Style Spotlight: Seafaring Chic

This April, it’s all about new nautical. While classic pieces like high-waisted culottes, navy blazers and striped shirts aren’t necessarily new, add a modern twist by mixing patterns, reaching for bright accessories or opting for some cut-out or laced-up details. The goal is to look fashionably chic or even slightly edgy. Under no circumstances should it look like you’re actually about to head out to sea or to a nautical-themed party.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Bianca channels her inner sailor (if you read her bio you know she loves a good boat trip) and adds a hint of new nautical style to her everyday look.

Perfect For: Afternoon Boating

"This dress has so much character, I spotted it several meters away! The lace up, blue dress from GUESS is comfy and accents all the right places. You can throw on a pair of heels for a night out or wear these cute, casual sneaks from Old Navy. The red purse gives it a pop of colour. This look also photographs well, so it’s perfect for your Insta feed!" - Bianca Solterbeck

 Pia Lace-Up Dress available at GUESS $138*; Rain Jacket available at Old Navy $49.94*; Lauren RALPH LAUREN Shoulder Bag available at Hudson's Bay $248*; Canvas Lace-Up Sneakers available at Old Navy $26.94*; Sunglasses available at H&M $12.99*.

Perfect For: Family Brunch

"Black and white stripes, a trench coat and white pants- you can’t get a more classic look! The trench coat is perfect for BC weather and gives any outfit a polished look. I love how the feminine scarf looks on the Guess bag next to the bold stripes on the Karl Lagerfeld sweater." - Bianca Solterbeck

London Fog Trench Coat available at Hudson's Bay $220*; Karl Lagerfeld Button-Up Shirt available at Hudson's Bay $99*; Karl Lagerfeld Striped Sweater available at Hudson's Bay $109*; True Skinny Jeans available at GAP $79.95*; Round-Toe Suede Pumps available at Le Chateau $99.95*; Gia Shoulder Bag available at GUESS $130*; Striped Scarf available at H&M $14.99*; Faux Pearl Ring available at Old Navy $8.95*.

Perfect For: Afterwork Cocktails

"No one is going to give you the cold shoulder in this look. See what I did there!? I love this stripped, sexy sweater from Reitmans. It adds elegance and structure to the trousers, but can also be paired with distressed denim and sneakers for a more casual look." - Bianca Solterbeck

Long Vest available at Reitmans $74.90*; Cold-Shoulder Sweater available at Reitmans $54.90*; INC Wide-Legged Trousers available at Hudson's Bay $99*; Isabeau Shoulder Bag available at GUESS $85*; Steve Madden Slingbacks available at Town Shoes $125*; Long Necklace available at Old Navy $15.95*.

Are you ready to go nautical this spring?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.