It seems like every spring the so-called "nautical trend" is pushed on us, defined increasingly loosely now that everyone who's going to buy blue-and-white horizontal stripes and Sperry Top-Siders has already done so. This year it seems to be steaming towards the proverbial iceberg in record time—Urban Outfitters' "nautical" page has no discernable theme whatsoever, and Martin + Osa's "Riviera Shawl Cardigan" (left) was marked down 40% almost as soon as it hit the site. You're never going to be as cool as Cap'n Crunch, so don't try to dress like the man; therefore in place of the latter we'd recommend the less stilted and more universally wearable Lands' End version (right).

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