amongst fashion icons, the sailor boy of jean paul gaultier is one of the most prominent. the white pant and the stripey tee seem to cross sexual and gender boundaries where most formulaic fashion characters fail – the sailor is a hottie whether s/he or you as observer is a man or a woman.
what jpg does best for men is mastered by vivienne westwood for the ladies – despite the fact that her anarchistic sailing crew tends to be less law-abiding (did i just repeat myself?). neither designer makes sense without references to nautical people – whether heroic or delinquent.
although i hesitate creating the quirky hourglass figure that dame westwood has notably been known to craft, there are essentials that work for the creation of a shady sailor girl who hardly likes to take the curvy road. since i am not entirely against color (haha!), i feel most comfortable in the monochrome zone. that is no obstacle for doing the sailor – or at least that's what i want to believe. it comes down to combining elements that speak sailor together regardless of the anchor tattoos.
first, the pant is a classic: cotton twill with a full button front, wide legs and a snug high-waist fit is what you need. naturally, they're black.
second, the stripey top. black and white.
third, cotton shoes. white.
fourth, personality – which in my case is a few carefully selected bracelets that speak rock'n'roll rather than ahoy.
sailor pants by vivienne westwood anglomania, tank top by h&m, shoes by converse, bracelets by cos, jimmy choo for h&m and bless.
can you feel the sea breeze? how do you twist iconic styles without losing yer own sense of self?