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Nautical (or 'Nauts' as team CQ have inexplicably shortened it to) has always been a bit of a problem trend for me.It's so easy to get the look wrong and end up looking like you're wearing a costume. However, when I spotted this rope detail vest and Vanessa Bruno skirt, I knew I'd found a fabulous potential sailor-themed outfit. Adding grey instead of white is unexpected and stops the look being too crisp and catalogue-ish. Doubling up on necklaces is modern and funky, but other accessories should be kept to a minimum. I'd roll up the scarf and tie it in my hair, or attach it to the bag. Keep reading for product info...

Knotted rope tank $390 Kai Miller at Vivre
Pleat detail mini skirt £155 Vanessa Bruno at Browns
Patent detail belt £25 Topshop
Nautical bandana $8 Urban Outfitters
Straw bag with grey lycra sash 150EUR Ottavia by Kontessa
Anchor pendant on gold chain £151 Juicy Couture at Net-a-Porter
Round toe platform shoes £310 Sergio Rossi at Net-a-Porter
Blue plastic anchor pendant from PlasticLand. Currently unavailable but try this one instead!