The Inspiration: Prada, Spring 2011

The Look: Nautical Pop
Life’s a beach. Revolutionize resort wear by pairing classic navy-striped attire with snazzy prints inspired by tropical ports of call. Anchor the high-impact look with familiar ruffle details, denim touches, and jute cues. Dare to stroll the boardwalk
in heels.

The Model: Gina Macaraeg, 41, production manager at Gymboree and bassist in local emo indie-pop group, Glass Trains. “I let my inner Miami Beach princess take over here,” says Macaraeg.

Think of the navy-striped nautical piece as a wardrobe neutral—it’ll help you confidently merge the classic motif with divergent patterns. Xhilaration striped cardigan, $23 at Target, 5001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Colma, 650-992-8433,

Straw Bag
Embellished ethnic straw bags add summer color and texture to any outfit. Did we mention that they’re cheap? Etsy has a splashy array for under $20. Vintage Mexican straw bag, model’s own

Can’t find a vintage swimsuit? Bare your gams in a Daisy Dukes–length cotton jumpsuit for a similar effect. Then prepare to stop traffic. 1950s striped cotton swimsuit, $65 at StyleKouncil Collection, 415-547-0588,

Rope Bracelets
Sailorly jewelry accents such as rope bracelets and knotted belts make a salty, seafaring impression, even on dry land. Tanya Aguiñiga indigo-dyed rope bracelet, $90 at Nooworks, 395 Valencia St., 415-821-7623,

Another StyleKouncil look for Gina

*Photos by Peter Samuels