The fashion essentials for a trip aboard a yacht
Will you spend time on a boat this summer? Start thinking about your effortless outfits - because they are not
The rule for an adequate yacht wardrobe is quite simple: the bigger the boat, the bigger your wardrobe. On a huge yacht, you are usually not expected to do anything but look fabulous. But don´t mistake the size of your closet with the size of your suitcase. You can, of course, arrive with your allowed XL business trolley, but don´t expect this to be deemed a glamorous entrance. Weekender bags, no matter how many, are a much more elegant choice, because they can fit much more comfortably within the limited space of a boat. And you want to have a good relationship with the skippers from day one!
Lots of bikinis and swimsuits
Especially on a yacht, you can´t ever have too many, and you should change them often and wear them all! For a classy, million dollar look, ditch the colourful prints and invest in monochrome pieces with interesting details like asymmetric shoulder straps or high waisted bottoms. And bring a few one-pieces too - they work fabulously as tops, as well, for example with light cotton midi skirts. Erès is always the best choice, but there are plenty of new, exciting minimalist swimwear labels from Brazil; like Myra Swim or Haight. Beautiful bikinis, pareos and kaftans from a hippie beach bazaar are, by the way, very much appreciated, because it proves you don´t have to rely on famous labels to feel good about yourself. That is always a sign of good taste. Swimwear where you instantly recognise the name is not.
Again: don´t try too hard, but be prepared. Unless you are staying on a yacht while attending the Cannes Film Festival, don´t bring a complicated evening gown with pearls and all. Long linen or cotton dresses with dramatic sleeves in the style of Lisa Marie Fernandez are a much more laid-back option for looking fab. Bold prints and patterns are allowed! Pair it with your glowing tan and gold jewellery for extra impact!
Of course you already know that you are expected to take off your shoes the moment you step on a boat. The only exception is on a sailboat where you are an active part of the team - in this case you need boat shoes with grip. In all other cases, think twice before you fall in love with a pair of greek sandals with complicated straps. Remember you will have to tie and untie them every time you hop on and off the boat. Does not sound like a holiday, does it? So search for some lovely slides instead.
The best choice to put on over your bikini when it is getting a little chilly is a striped cotton or linen sweater. It is a nod to the maritime lifestyle and also works interestingly well with all kinds of colours and patterns. So, don´t pack too many kaftans; they are not really needed. Another cool option is a simple sweatshirt. Just don´t forget your white, high waisted shorts, Jackie Kennedy style!
A colourful carrée
Hats are beautiful when in a port with no wind, but a carrée draped around your head is actually much more comfortable sun protection when moving from bay to bay - and can be as glamorous. If you don´t want sun-oil stains on your Hermès silk, it is better to look for cotton versions - differently coloured bandana prints look and feel good. By the way, another tip regarding sun protection: double your SPF when going on a boat trip. The white of the yacht will reflect the sun and burn you in a minute. You want to eat the lobster, not look like one!