Sunday, April 27

Ahoy Matey: Sailor Pants and Shorts

Fashion often takes a one step forward, three steps back approach. This spring, designers have taken their inspiration from the 1970s, creating pants and shorts with typical back to the future retro appeal.  While the 70s produced a lot of designs I would not be thrilled to see again, the higher waist sailor pants and shorts are a welcome sight. Like the nautical trend, but not a fan of anchors and stripes? This looks for you- both sailor pants and shorts are an ideal way to access the ever-chic nautical trend without going overboard with sailor accents and references.

Follow my easy tips for wearing these high-waisted styles below.



Before choosing a top consider how visible the buttons on the trousers or shorts are: Do they blend in with the fabric color or do they standout because they are metallic? If they do standout, then obviously you want to showcase, rather than conceal them. Also make sure the length of your top isn't so long that it hides the high waist, which is the signature of this look.  Personally, I like wearing cropped tops and sweaters with my sailor bottoms so that the high waistline is the outfit's focal point.  Also, the waist of these bottoms should hit at the highest point of your hip to accentuate and narrow your waistline.
  • White and bright colors or striped T-shirts with or without nautical embellishments (anchors, etc.) are a classic combination with sailor bottoms, which are usually navy, red, or white.
  • Wear either short or three-quarter length sleeves to achieve a balance between upper and lower body so that your look is stream-lined for a perfect silhouette.
  • To tuck or not to tuck? This really depends on how wide your top and leg trousers are in relation to each other, and the length of the top. In general, I wear my fitted tees, blouses, and knit tops tucked in.



  • Go for pointy ballerinas or loafers for a relaxed style.
  • Heels with a wedge or a platform look great with sailor bottoms, but you can also go with more polished styles, like stiletto sandals for a more glamorous approach.

As old as it, the S/S '09 D&G ready to wear collection is one of my favorites for showcasing this look.  Check out the outstanding runway ensembles above, then browse my picks for 2014 below.

Raven Piper

Ralph Lauren Blue Label
Charlotte Russe
Free People
Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe

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