With Summer just around the corner, the season for boat parties is almost here. Whether you’re going on a sunny break or cruising down the Thames, the question remains the same – What should you be wearing to a boat party?Check out more Men's Style Guide features and check out our store.
A boat party used to be only for the rich and famous, but now they’re getting more popular. You can get stuck into a boat party whether it's a party holiday in Ibiza, a private celebration, or even a Disco Cruise on the Thames.
Nautical fashion always makes a come back a soon as the sun starts shining. However, there are so many things to think about when dressing for a boat party. Once you’re out on that boat there’s no chance of an outfit change, so you need to come prepared. Hopefully, this style guide will take you in the right direction.
Stripes are the first thing that spring to mind when thinking of nautical fashion. To keep it simple it’s best to choose one striped piece of clothing for your outfit. Basically, if your shorts are striped you shouldn’t be wearing a striped shirt as well. You don’t want to overdo it.
Navy blue and white are on trend and a good choice for a smart look. Although vertical stripes are supposed to be more slimming, a long-sleeved t-shirt can make horizontal stripes look smart and stylish. When picking your striped t-shirt, make sure the fit is right. You want to aim for a slightly oversized top, otherwise, you may end up looking like Smee. (Google it).
If a striped t-shirt isn't your thing, why not go for a striped shirt instead? Wear your shirt with the top buttons undone for a smart look, or wear the shirt open and layer it over a plain white t-shirt. Layering will keep you warm from the boat-breezes.
A suit is easily adapted into boat attire. First of all, you may want to lose the tie and possibly the blazer too- they’re the last thing you want to be wearing on a hot summer’s day. If you want to wear a shirt, choose a light material like linen or cotton. Undo the top couple of buttons for a more casual look and get those sleeves rolled up.
You don’t have to wear trousers but if you do prefer them, try a pair of navy chinos, rolled up slightly to give yourself that sailor look. Alternatively, a pair of well-tailored shorts can still look just as smart. Finish your look off with a classic watch to accessorise.
If you’d prefer to go more casual for your boat party, wear a t-shirt and a pair of chino shorts. Pair the shorts with a plain t-shirt or a short-sleeved shirt. Try to avoid bright, garish patterns like the dreaded Hawaiian print and instead, go for a more tasteful and subtle print.
If you want to go for the printed short-sleeved shirt option, but aren't sure what vibe to go for that isn't too 'in your face', then take a look at our top picks below.
Style Your Knits
If your boat party is more of a trip down the Thames than a sunny Caribbean cruise you need to think about keeping warm as well as looking good.
With the unpredictable British weather, it could get a bit chilly out on the water.A jumper can be worn over your casual or smart look. Stick with greys, creams or navy to compliment the nautical theme.
Whether you decide to go smart or casual, you can’t go wrong with a boat shoe. What else would you wear on a boat? These classic shoes not only look good with anything – smart trousers or jeans – they’re also practical. The rubber bottoms mean you won’t have any embarrassing slips (hopefully). A dark coloured shoe will complement most outfits. For more ideas check out how to wear boat shoes.
The sockless look works great at a boat party. It also means you don’t have to worry about socks that don’t match the rest of your outfit. If you want to avoid the uncomfortable feeling that comes with wearing no socks you may want to invest in some invisible socks. Women have been using this secret for years, so you can have the great sockless look without worrying about sweaty feet or your shoes rubbing.
Your boat party outfit won’t be complete without a good pair of sunglasses. The classic Wayfarer shape is always a good choice for most as it will work for a smart or casual look. Aviators are also a popular choice. Not everyone can pull these off though so it is best to try them on first.
There are some more unusual shapes to choose from if you want to stand out. But a bad pair of sunglasses can ruin your whole look, so choose wisely. Try different shapes, sizes and colours to find which suits you best. Also, if you’re using your sunglasses as a stand out accessory you will probably want to mute down the rest of your outfit or you may end up standing out for all the wrong reasons.
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