If you’re lucky enough to get invited to a yacht party, you want to be sure to look your best. The vibe of a yacht party could be described as casual, but sophisticated. Throwing on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt obviously wouldn’t work, but a ball gown or tuxedo would be just as awkward. You want to wear something preppy, but simple. There are some key “rules” to be aware of:
1. It’s all about the shoes
If you’ve ever wondered when and where you would wear a pair of “boat shoes,” a yacht party is the time and the place. A boat shoe is a canvas or leather shoe with rubber soles, so you don’t slip around on the boat or leave dark marks. Boat shoes can range from sleek and sporty, to warm and rustic, depending on your taste, so it is easy to match them with any outfit.
2. If you think you’re underdressed, you probably aren’t
It is very easy to look overly formal and buttoned up on a yacht. For men, unless you’re required to wear a jacket, stick with loose, but well-tailored Oxford shirts, trousers, or shorts. Don’t wear a tie. For women, a tea-length skirt or dress is always classy, and linen pants are great, too. If it’s chilly, throw on a nice cardigan or wrap.
3. Keep the “nautical” tasteful
Unless you are an actual sailor, don’t dress like one. The all-white look is risky for a lot of reasons, mostly because you will become dirty and see-through almost instantly. If you want to add some clearly nautical themes into your wardrobe, think a shirt, shoes, or shorts with small printed anchors.
4. Think pale, pastel, and plain
Color is key to looking like you fit in. If you’re wearing a dark color, like navy blue, pair it with a white, cream, or other light pastel. If you aren’t sure about a color, get the pastel version of it. This includes peach, baby blue, salmon, mauve, tan, and so on.
5. Accessorize with caution
Yacht parties are not the place for bling. For one, it isn’t safe. A dangly necklace or earring could get yanked out by a piece of rigging. It will also probably be windy, and dealing with jewelry blowing around isn’t relaxing. Stick with nice watches, rings, and earring studs.