Spring 2011 Nautical Looks

Nautical looks from Lands' End, KMart and JCPenney. Courtesy photos.

Stores are packed with bright colors, bold prints and a whole new attitude. In our "Best of Spring" series, StyleList sifts through the plethora of products to uncover what's hot, what will refresh your wardrobe and which pieces are destined to become favorites for seasons to come.

Spring 2011 will usher in a host of snappy nautical looks. Blue and white stripes are cropping up as far as the eye can see.

There's something so fresh about seeing navy and white as the weather warms. Navy, because it functions as the black of spring, only less harsh. And pure white leads us to the days of summer, the only season we were traditionally allowed to wear this light hue (for the record, while StyleList respects most traditions when it comes to clothing, wearing white only between Memorial and Labor days is not one of them).

Ann Taylor has a great thin-striped halter blouse, which the company has thoughtfully paired with double-button-front sailor trousers, coming and going for spring in navy, white, denim and so on. Kmart also sails the traditional route -- pairing white sailor trousers by Jaclyn Smith with a chic, fine-striped shirt. Brooks Brothers, that bastion of traditional clothes, has built an entire collection on this navy-and-white concept with florals, seersucker and, yes, stripes. Another classic take, from Lands' End, offers a great Breton striped shirt. And then there's Nicole by Nicole Miller, exclusively at JCPenney -- Miller has taken sails, ropes and knots and reworked them into a great print for a tunic.

Get on board.

Stay tuned for more "Best of Spring," as we shop the season's key trends. Up tomorrow: workwear.

A nautical vignette from Brooks Brothers. Photo courtesy of.

Meanwhile, learn how to update your stripes for any season: