Five Take: Nautical

The idea behind Five Take is pretty simple. One theme, five peopleā€¦ resulting in five different looks. The only restriction is having to shop from our closets. Sounds easy enough, right?

This week, our theme was nautical. This is actually our second Five Take with nautical, you can check out my outfit from last year here.

I have to confess that I am not too enthusiastic about today’s outfit… but hit or miss, I’ll always show the outfits to you! I had something in mind that worked better but in my flurry of packing… the necessary items got put in a box.

Five Take: Nautical

Top – Old Navy, 4X
Skirt – Land’s End, size 26
Leggings – Avenue, 26/28
Flats – Evans
Necklace – My grandma’s
Lipstick – MAC, Lady Bug

Speaking of boxes? I’ve been filling lots of them. Yup, it is crunch time! Next week, at this exact time, I’ll be headed out of California, with Chris and all of my worldly possessions to my new home in Texas. Exciting!

It might be a little quiet around here for the next few weeks as I finish packing. We leave California May 6th, arrive in Texas the 9th and our move-in is the 15th.

Five Take: Nautical

Today I went to go visit a childhood friend before I leave. We’ve been friends since the second grade, when I moved to the city I grew up in. There are some people in my life that I can go ages without seeing, but when we get together, it is like no time has passed. It is like that with her!

The outfit itself is pretty basic – an old top, this new-ish skirt from Land’s End clearance, capri leggings, worn out flats and my favorite necklace (also the only one that isn’t packed away, ha!). The leggings were necessary. I’ve learned the hard way to sew down the button placket or wear shorts. Otherwise bad things happen.

I swear this looked better when I walked out of the house this morning… but the shirt stretched as time went on and looked sloppy by the end of the day. Not my favorite. I wore it tucked in all day, but thought to see if untucking (and folding under) the shirt would improve anything… nope. Oh well!

Five Take: Nautical

I’ve kind of fallen in love with Land’s End. Yeah, I know. I can’t explain it but my taste (and style) is veering toward more classic, timeless items (and also higher quality). Which is fantastic for remix potential, but not too exciting otherwise. After glancing through their spring/summer catalog, I saw a lot of nautical inspired pieces too. I picked this chambray skirt up on clearance ($10!) to try out their sizing.

I even bought (half of) my summer swim suit from Land’s End. Despite reviews saying that some of their swim bottoms ran small… I had no problems getting the size 26 on my butt. Which is interesting because swimsuits are usually just as bad (or worse) than a pair of Spanx. All that power netting, tummy control… “put this on and look 10lbs lighter!” crap.

Oh yeah, my summer swim suit is a fatkini. AWW YEAH! I’ll need to invest in some serious SPF(and aloe) because my lily white stomach has not seen the sun in many years. And if burns on other sensitive places are any indication – a burn on my tummy will hurt like hell.

After we move in, one of the first things I plan to do is hit the pool… so hopefully I can take pictures soon!

Mt. Diablo

One of my brother’s told me I looked like a bumble bee, and a couple of other disparaging comments. He is quite vocal about (my) sartorial choices when he has no room to talk!

I’m sure that Mitch (another brother) is bummed that this is the last set of outfit pictures he will be taking for me… but not really.

Want more nautical? Don’t forget to visit the others!

Claire – A Monkey Fatshionista
Rebecca – The Plus Side of Me
Gina – Fat Fit Fine
Becky – The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe

Do you like the nautical trend? What are your favorite elements?

15 Comment

  1. I really like the yellow top! I have a thing for yellow at the moment – I want more of it!!

    Good luck with the move :)

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thanks Claire! I love mustard, but usually during the fall. I like it to brighten up gloomy days… in spring/summer I feel blinded by awesome. Which can be both a bad and good thing.

  2. Ooh I like that! Yellow and chambray is a winner in my book!

    Good luck with your move! Such exciting and scary times!

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thank you Michelle!

      I can’t wait to try the skirt with a darker, or solid top. I think I might like the look better visually.

      Yes, definitely both scary and exciting! I’ve gotten re-acquainted with my fabric (and yarn) stash too… which is a little scary.

  3. What part of Texas are you moving too? I live in Texas and was hoping it would be near me, ha!

    I’ve been following your blog awhile and wish I had just an ounce of your confidence. Maybe one day… :)

    Good Luck Moving and may you not hate our summers too much :-)

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Hahaha, thanks Krisitie! I’m moving to northwest Houston. I’ve visited in the summer/fall the last few years… so I have an idea of what to expect. That is, to stay inside in the air conditioning, right? ;)

      It doesn’t happen overnight! You’ll get there. Thanks for reading!

      1. Wow! I am only an hour or an hour and a half from you! I live in College Station, home of Texas A&M University. We should meet up once you are all settled in!

        Yes, do stay in the A/C, which thankfully everyone keeps nice and cold! (Unlike Europe)

        1. Nicole says: Reply

          I think we drove through there on our way to Dallas…

          But definitely – meeting up would be great!

          In the Bay Area (where I live) having A/C is few and far between. Most of the time we don’t need it, but on those 100+ days it would be nice. The only thing I struggle with is the humidity… but each trip has been less miserable – ha!

  4. Olivia says: Reply

    You look so relaxed and casual! I love the top tucked in. I really need a skirt like this xx

  5. thirtiesgirl says: Reply

    I love nautical fashions because, when done right, they remind me of French sailors, which I love because I think all things French are cool, and because ’50s boho-hipsters often worked the French nautical look with horizontal stripes, bold colors, skinny jeans and little flats. When done wrong, nautical fashion can look like a midwestern tourist on vacation in Florida or the Bahamas, trying to “look sailor-y” in too much trim, too many solid colors, and too much white.

    I love the yellow & white striped top on you and think yellow & white looks exceptionally good on people with auburn hair. I think the top would look great with dark wash skinny jeans and little flats. I’m not too into the skirt with it, but those sunglasses look fantastic.

  6. Courtney says: Reply

    Nothin’ wrong with liking classical pieces. I find one doesn’t have to do a lot of clothes shopping every season if you stick to classical pieces.

    I really like the stripes of the nautical theme, along with the pairings of red, white, and blue. I’m not patriotic or anything but I think those colors look great together (when done “right”).

    <3 those flats!

  7. I just discovered your blog and I love it ! I’m sorry if I speak badly, I’m French (curvy girl too).
    I love your striped top (love yellow :3) !

    I will come back !


    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thanks for visiting! Your English is just fine. :)

  8. Bondgirl says: Reply

    I have that same skirt! I love lands end and talbots as well. I am very drawn to preppy clothes but it is crazy hard to find prep fashion in size fat. I also live in Houston….the heat definitely drives my fashion choice in the summer. Just the thought of wearing a cardigan or a jean jacket when its 108…ugh. so sweaty in this city. I try to do lots of cotton dresses and stay indoors. :)

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Great minds think alike! ;) Prep fashion is definitely one thing I haven’t seen much of in plus sizes, except for those two stores. I used to see a lot at Macy’s, but I’m not sure if that is still the case. Growing up, it was the bane of my existence!

      Where are you at in Houston? I’m near Cypress. We’ve been lucky so far this summer. It isn’t hot as hell yet! It was funny talking to family in California that had hotter weather than Houston. That is rare!

      I wear a lot of cotton, but I’ve also been okay with certain polyester tops/skirts.

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