Best Outfits For Boating This Summer
Summer is synonymous with beach getaways – long walks, dreamy sunsets and the soft sounds of waves lapping at the shore. For yacht-owners and enthusiasts, summer also means floating effortlessly as you relax in the sun’s warmth. If sailing to exotic destinations is on your summer itinerary, no journey will be complete without a stylish (and yes, sun-protective) wardrobe to match.
WHAT TO WEAR
Any seasoned yachtsman will already be familiar with sailing-specific clothing: technical fabrics, rash guards, sun-blocking headwear and so forth. However, as a passenger, you’re probably looking for something a little more stylish to wear on board this summer as you hit the high seas with friends and family.
Looking good on a yacht is all about finding the right fit, fabrics, and flattering colors to keep you cool and dry. The challenge is to find outfits that can adapt between cooling you in the sun and drying quickly as needed, as sea splashes are almost inevitable.
When selecting your shirts, choose ones that can protect you from harmful UV rays. Great options include technical t-shirts, polo shirts and spandex rash guards. Be sure to get something with a UPF rating of 50+ to protect you from harmful UV light.
Pants and shorts
Shorts are a preferable option for hot summer days, but they leave your legs exposed to the sun. If you’re looking for full skin coverage, look for pants made from quick-drying and lightweight fabrics. You also might appreciate the extra protection at night or early in the morning if the winds pick up.
It’s very important to keep your face, neck and eyes protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Sailing caps with a lower brim are designed to keep the sun out of your eyes, and some even feature flaps to cover the back of your neck – one of the easiest places to get sunburn.
Just like hats, sunglasses help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, which only get stronger as they bounce back at you off the water. Choose sunglasses with full UV spectrum protection that are comfortable enough for all-day wear and won’t easily slip off your head.
Picking the right footwear can sometimes be tricky. You want to strike a balance between style and safety. Sailing shoes need to be able to cover your feet, skid less and also look sharp. In addition, your choice of footwear should be waterproof and comfortable on your feet. Thankfully, brands Sperry have been making yacht-specific footwear for generations.
This summer, build a capsule wardrobe with outfits from your favorite local and international designers, color schemes, and fabric combinations that will save you time, so you’re not wondering what to wear onboard or ashore. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from sunburn!