As we’re scurrying out of the city and headed for sunnier (or at least, more beachy) locations, it’s time to get shopping for yachtwear.
Read: all the cool kids are doing it.
Falling into a similar category to beachwear, what you wear on a yacht is essentially an elevation of those clothes you wear on the sand. On a yacht you’re less of a beach bum but more of a boat belle, and your popsicles go from cheap and sugary to Prosecco-induced and boozy.
Nevertheless, it’s not all fun and games. The clothes you wear on a yacht need to find a perfect balance between fashion and function. Swimwear needs to be considered, in case you want to jump into the great blue. But a coverup for afterwards is also essential should you stay for dinner. Sunglasses are very important, given that the sun is bright and unavoidable out there, and a shawl or stole for the evenings is always a trusted companion (it gets cool).
Here, we’ve put together a bit of fashion inspiration for what you could sport on your next big yacht weekend. We didn’t include shoes because you’re likely to have to take these off upon entering, and we didn’t include the typical dive watches or sailor-themed items.
On the occasion of Net-a-porter having a sale of up to 50% off, we suddenly felt very inspired, but also designer-inclined. Sail ahead for our top picks.
[Featured Image Credit: Emily Ratajkowski in Jacquemus via Facebook; Hero Image Credit: Mohamed Masaau/Unsplash]
Starting our list with a preppy chic look, this Versace mini dress is an exclusive to Net-a-porter, with a great deal of ’90s flair. Inspired by what the supermodels of the bygone era wore to events, the double-breasted dress features monochrone strips and Donatella Versace’s very own signature. Whilst it can be worn as a blazer, we love it as a dress for a very put-together yacht look — taking classic navy stripes to new heights.
Here’s one that caught our eyes and hearts immediately. Christopher John Rogers is already creating a big buzz on the New York fashion scene, and these stunning turquoise wide-leg pants are a perfect example as to why. Part of his Spring 2020 collection, the voluminous pair is made from a slightly sheer silk-gazar in a bold colour very reminiscent of the Maldivian waters. Sitting high on the waist for a flattering silhouette, pair these with a silk scarf tied into a bandeau top for a very luxe look.
There’s a great deal of romance in a maxi dress; it is a style that evokes a strong sense of summer. Inspired by the geometric paintings of Italian artist Antonio Calderara, we love this Akris pleated maxi dress for a touch of sunshine. The material is made up of silk printed with tonal-yellow stripes and spliced with cream inserts that interrupt the pattern when you walk. Very dreamy.
Definitely one of our favourite brands of the minute, Jacquemus encapsulates the essence of great summer times with this Soleil tote. Woven from straw and trimmed with nubuck in a sugary pink shade, the bag is both playful and feminine, and can fit everything from beach towels and books to champagne and snacks. The little pink pouch in the snack also comes in especially handy, for, say, keeping safe your diamond earrings before you jump into the sea.
There is something extremely elegant about a black one-piece swimsuit. Part Bondgirl, part retro, we love the plunging V-neckline of this Solid & Striped swimsuit with an extremely lustrous wrap-around belt on the waist. The high-cut sides ensure that your legs look elongated and model-like, and the black colour and style make it easy to wear on its own or paired with a skirt, pareo, or wide-leg pants. At approx. THB 4000, it’s a real steal.
Following on with another classic, a big hat on a yacht is a real essential. Not only really Instagrammable but also a really handy way to shield your face from the sun, we love this Sensi Studio straw hat with an extra wide brim. A sure way to make a statement, it’s woven from lightweight toquilla straw, making it practical and unobtrusive to wear. The beaded ties can be fastened into a bow too, for a little personalisation.
Yacht days can be quite windy, especially if you’re one for speed. To keep your mane in place, opt for a headband. We love this one by Jennifer Behr, inspired by the glamour of the ’40s, made from taupe satin and tulle. The headband is embellished with rows of crystals and Swarovski pearls that form a knot at the top. Yet whilst the piece is a marvel to look at, it is also really well thought out in terms of function: there’s a hidden comb on the inside that secures everything in place. Adore.
Get a little groovy with your sunnies. These Chloé round-frame sunglasses are all about the party, boasted a 10-sided geometric silhouette with a gold-tone metal trim. We love the blue gradient lenses, and the option to add in a retro chain from the off-white cutout tips (a must).
It feels almost as if this coverup is covering up that it is indeed a coverup. Looking like a beautiful Grecian gown, Elena Makri’s number is lightweight and colourful, making it the ideal companion on a tropical yacht weekend. Made from pink and papaya semi-sheer chiffon, the drawstring ties at the shoulders come together beautifully for a feminine ruched effect. The rope belt allows for definition of the waist, pulling together a goddess-like aura for the modern-day goddess aboard the boat.
Big headbands are all the rage this year, and if you too want to get in on the trend, this GANNI piece is your best friend. Perfectly preppy, we love the rose print on this headband, a motif that was spotted on multiple items at the brands Spring 2020 runway show. Inspired by the ’80s, the silky padded satin is lined with a grosgrain ribbon to ensure your handband stays in place — a very useful feature on a windy afternoon. At only approx. THB 1701, it’s yet another incredible must-have.
This one gets a little literal with the theme, but we kind of love it. Exclusive to Net-a-porter, this pair of earrings is crafted from a partnership between Rebecca de Ravenel and Aquazzura. Inspired by Capri’s beaches, these Riviera earrings are actually clip earrings (!), and feature a gold cord and embellished dainty beads and glossy cowrie shells. Despite their voluminous appearance, they are actually light to wear — and fabulous to flaunt.
Does anything scream ‘weekend’ louder than a wrap-effect skirt? Of course not. Teasing the eye, Marni’s Creative Director Francesco Risso has designed a vibrant and exuberant blue skirt here, as featured on Marni’s Spring 2020 runway. Made from a cotton and cupro-blend satin, the wrap-effect silhouette gathers beautifully at the waist, bringing out a very elegant shape that is also mermaid-like. We actually also love this one in the urbanscape: imagine it with a crisp white shirt and bold pumps and you’ve got yourself a winner wherever you are.
We could not have missed out the mighty linens when talking about what to wear on a yacht. An ideal material to wear in warm weather, this Zimmerman ivory dress is detailed with many a girly touch, from the tiers to the ruffles to the picot trim. Boasting something Southern European about the whole thing, we love the halter neck ties that can be worn around the neck or tucked into the bodice to disappear entirely. Depends on your mood. You’ll never go wrong with linen.
Whilst big and bold dark sunglasses rarely go out of vogue, what really caught our eye in this Linda Farrow pair is the detachable scarf. We mean, just imagine how fabulous this could look flying in the wind aboard your yacht? Inspired by the ’70s, the Italian giraffe-print silk scarf is a striking addition to the thick peach arms of these sunglasses, perfectly complementing the oversized tortoiseshell frames. Are we the heroine of this romantic Italian movie? Of course we are.