nautical stripe dress

Frocking Friday # 3: McNautical

Folks, I have a confession to make, and I’m just going to get it out of the way, so we can all move on with our lives. These photos were not taken today, Friday. They were taken on Wednesday. Yes, I cheated on Friday by frocking with Wednesday instead. And just to make matters worse, rather than repenting of my sins and asking Friday to take me back, I’m planning to do it again, and not just with Wednesday, either. In fact, in the future I may frock with Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: you name it. I am a frocking slut, in other words. (I’ve taken this analogy a bit too far, haven’t I? Is it making anyone else feel a bit uncomfortable?) You see, while I have no problems at all with the wearing of the dresses, Friday is a total bitch of a day in terms of finding time to take photos, upload them, or, in fact, to do much of anything. (For this reason, my Friend Friday posts are normally written on Thursday, and scheduled for Friday. Damn, I’m shattering illusions left right and centre here, aren’t I? Next I’ll be telling you the Easter Bunny isn’t real!*) So, in future, I’ll just wear the dress and take the photo at some point in the preceding week, and post them on Friday. I wear dresses almost every day anyway, so I’m sure it won’t be too much of an issue. And we’re all adults here, after all, aren’t we? Yes?

(That was a really long and boring blog-adminy paragraph, wasn’t it? Sorry. I guess I could’ve just taken the photos whenever I wanted and not told you, but the guilt of the deception would’ve kept me awake at night. That’s probably why MI5 didn’t reply to my letter about becoming a spy that time.)

So, on Wednesday I had an appointment with the dentist, and as my dentist is just a couple of miles from this little bit of coastline, I took the opportunity to dress like a sailor for the occasion. That’s why they call me “Amber McNautical” – shish boom!

Actually, I felt pretty stupid wearing a nautical dress around actual boats. It made me feel like the kind of person who would wear a wetsuit to watch a surfing competition on TV, say, and even although I totally am the kind of person who would do that (When I was a child, I entered a crappy little gymkhana that my riding school held. It was a totally low key, for-their-customers-only kind of affair, with maybe five or six competitors, most of whom were about 5 years old, but I insisted on turning up wearing full show jumping regalia, right down to the black coat and white tie. I looked ridiculous, but I felt like THE BOMB, so I guess that’s all that mattered. Also, I totally kicked those toddlers asses at riding, and I’m not even joking.) I did spend a bit of time worrying that there would be some kind of nautical emergency, and people would look to me to solve it.  The cry would go up: “Is there a sailor nearby?” Then all eyes would turn to me and I would be forced to admit that I’m not actually a sailor, I just play one on the Internet.

(Note to self: learn how to do some nautical stuff, like avasting the mainsail or tying knots in things or something, just in case this situation actually arises one day. And it’s always useful to be able to tie knots in things, isn’t it?)

(Also, maybe start referring to people as “me hearties”. That’ll help.)

(“Amber McNautical”. God, I crack myself up sometimes…)

In other dress-related news, my ASOS order finally arrived, having been placed on January 7th and dispatched on the 11th. It’s been sent to my parents’ house though (my fault – I must have had their address saved in my account since December, when I got something shipped to them while I was on holiday) so I haven’t seen it yet. I also received an Adam dress from Shopbop (more on this later – it’s part of a promotion we’re doing with them), which I ordered late on Tuesday night, and which arrived first thing this morning via UPS. If only Royal Fail were taking notes! 

* The Easter Bunny is totally real, relax.

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  • Oh Amber, stop it with the being funny! You’ll give all of us anxiety about living up to your level of hilarity ;-P

    I do love when you do your stripey outfits, it is my secret love as well. My boyfriend was out with me the other day and I tried on a dress, I believe his words were ‘it is EXACTLY THE SAME as your other stripey dress, but red.’ To which I replied ‘exactly, I don’t have a red one!’

    January 21, 2011
  • Kerry, your boyfriend needs to learn that if it is a different colour, it is A DIFFERENT ITEM 🙂

    Amber McNautical, I love your boots. And I think you’re probably grand doing your Frocking Friday on a Wednesday, I suppose this kind of thing doesn’t need to be too prescriptive 🙂

    January 21, 2011
  • Siel


    You look great! Ibet you were the best dressed sailor out there 🙂

    January 21, 2011
  • Brilliant post!

    Maybe you could just drink rum? Would that be sailor-y enough?

    January 21, 2011
      • (shudders) Rum-cola?

        January 21, 2011
        • Mojito?

          January 21, 2011
          • I take two! (but not six, ok? Six were BAD!)

            January 21, 2011
            • They’ll be laughing on the outside, but only to disguise their searing jealousy.

              January 21, 2011
  • I love your dress! Is it a recent buy?
    I’ve just ordered a sailor top from Forever21, can’t wait to get it. I’ll definitely be nicking your idea of putting red footwear with it.

    January 21, 2011
  • I love this! Especially the boots. I am normally so against horizontal strips, but you truly make them look fabulous! And then with the pop of red – well you look like a movie star!

    January 21, 2011
  • Stripes and red shoes – what’s not to love?!
    The sun reflections in your hair on the second pics are breath-taking.
    Are your tights blue or black, actually? (sorry, my screen sucks, and a S.A.D. lamp doesn’t improve colours at all)

    January 21, 2011
      • Oh, I can’t read, apologies (will blame it on Friday)

        January 21, 2011
  • Pauline


    Amber, I just love this look on you ,normally I hate the nautical look as I never think ladies can really make it work or try too hard in the process. You can you have and it works for you. I love the use of red shoes and blue tights with the dress.

    January 21, 2011
  • I adore the nautical look, this frock is fabulous and you look amazing as always. And in case of nautical emergency, stay on dry land and then surely you can get away with just a cheeky wink and salute!

    January 21, 2011
  • I love love love the red shoes.

    January 22, 2011
  • oh those boots! i have those boots! thanks for reminding me oh their awesomeness! i shall wear them as soon as winter hits this side of the world!

    January 23, 2011
  • ~ * ♥ * ~

    Amber McNautical, you crack me up too… > u < Love the outfit, you look super cute. And yes, tying knots in things is a very useful skill to have!

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

    January 23, 2011
  • Thanks for clarifying that the Easter Bunny IS indeed real 🙂
    Lovely dress, but what’s driving me bananas right now are those fabulous red booties , want, want, want!

    January 23, 2011
  • I love this dress! Love it soo much. I miss living in England and having those stores around. Stupid Canada.

    January 23, 2011
  • You always have the best photo spots! I’m in love with the little details of your outfit, and how they work so perfectly with your location.

    January 24, 2011
  • jen


    I bought a stripy top from fashion union. It’s very flattering. More people should wear stripes more often, ‘cos stripes are good. Stripes have had a bad rap for too long. My top from fashion union even had a diamond on the label, but it fell off.

    January 27, 2011