La Marinière is the name for the classic Breton striped sailor top, which is as French as a beret or a beignet. Guess who popularized it? Coco Chanel, in 1917. It fits right in with today’s nautical trend, which draws on an international well of inspiration and includes American, Basque, and English references. Here’s to our fashion allies. Salud!

Runway inspiration: Valentino
Celebrity inspiration: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in a Balmain sweater, Maison Michel cap and Stuart Weitzman boots)

Why I love this look:1. A navy-and-white palette with accents of gold always looks fresh for spring.
2. Textural touches—like rope trim on espadrilles or knotted jewelry give the look a jaunty air.
3. Maybe I rendezvoused with a handsome sailor in a past life since I’ve never met a peacoat I didn’t fall for.

Build your own La Marinière-inspired wardrobe, starting with these key pieces:
Above, from left: Coach peacoat, cotton-polyester, $698; coach.com. Jenni Kayne flats, raffia, $495; hampdenclothing.com. CC Skye cuff, gold-plated, $195; ccskye.com.

You Can do La Mariniere 2Courtesy (3)

From left: Tommy Hilfiger pants, cotton, $99; tommy.com. Calvin Klein bag, saffiano leather, $238; macys.com. Veronica Beard dress, embroidered botton, $695; veronicabeard.com.

You Can do La Mariniere 3Courtesy (4)

From left: H&M sweater, acrylic-blend, $60; hm.com. Fratelli Rossetti clutch, leather, $720; fratellirossetti.com. Ben-Amun necklace, cotton rope and gold-plated, $183; ben-amun.com. Sea skirt, cotton-polyester; shopbop.com.

For more tips, pick up the February issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

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—Cindy Weber Cleary