Smooth Sailing

How to rock the nautical trend without looking like a sailor.

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When it comes to fashion trends, some are a lot easier to pull off than others. On one side of the spectrum there's the easy stuff: florals for spring, shearling for winter, and even '60s mod, all of which are a piece of cake. But on the other hand are the season's slightly more challenging directions and this coming fall's nautical trend is one of them.

But, if you are anything like us, you are not going to shy away from something simply because it may require a little work. In fact, that only makes the whole thing more fun. There are several ways to incorporate sailor-style pieces into your wardrobe without looking like you're in the navy. Here are some tips.

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No. 1: Opt for one statement piece rather than a full look.

Whether it's the wide-leg trousers adorned with gold buttons or a captain's-style jacket, go with one or the other and pair them with something simple, like a plain white T-shirt or skinny jeans.

Stemma Trousers by Max Mara, $556, matchesfashion.com
Organic Cotton T-Shirt, $10, zara.com.
Double Breasted Blazer, $198, jcrew.com
Moto Mid Blue Baxter Jeans, $70, topshop.com.
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No. 2: Accent nautical ready-to-wear with sleek, modern accessories.

There is no better way to dial back the costume-y-ness of a right-on-trend piece than by adding a classic shoe or bag to your look.

Loafers With Heel, $40, zara.com
Mini Mini Bucket Bag by Mansur Gavriel, $475, fwrd.com
Rolling Block-Heel Velvet Ankle Boots by Gianvito Rossi, $945, matchesfashion.com
Embossed Crossbody Bag, $70, zara.com.

No. 3: Pay close attention to fit.

When it comes to the nautical trend, it's more important than ever that you choose items that fit correctly. A too-boxy jacket or a too-long pant is going to throw your whole look off.

A model walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger Women's show as a part of fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Photograph courtesy of Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic

No. 4: Start out small.

If you are still uncertain about how to wear the nautical trend with conviction, try to incorporate a small accent piece like an anchor brooch or even a striped sweater.

Sea Life Anchor Brooch, $58, bananarepublic.gap.com
Striped Sweater, $40, zara.com
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