Sailing in Style: What to Wear on a Boat

If you’re one of the lucky few who lives near water and has access to a boat (either your own or someone else’s), you’re going to need an outfit to sport on that pontoon, sailing skiff, or yacht.

What to wear on a boat toes the line between functional and stylish, channeling just the right amount of laid-back cool. We’re talking a retro-inspired short-sleeve shirt, swim trunks that look more like shorts, and classic sunglasses updated ever-so-slightly from a pair you know and love. In short order, all of these summer style essentials guarantee that you can stand out in exactly the right way this season, both on land and off.

Time to set sail.

Grayers Burning Palm Short-Sleeve Shirt – $78
Grayers Short-Sleeve Shirt what to wear on a boat

One way to ditch the overly preppy connotations that come with heading out on a boat? Subverting the normal style move you might expect — a polo or stripes — and reaching instead for a printed shirt that’s bold but  subtle at the same time.

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American Giant Premium Crew Tee – $37
American Giant Crew Tee

Layering a printed short-sleeve shirt over a crisp tee is a move that adds visual interest to your look. It also provides another barrier from the sun’s rays allows some layering flexibility to keep you cool. This classic tee from American Giant is a big-time winner for its fit and excellent fabric.

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SWIMS Gavitella – $90
swims gavitella what to wear on a boat

Perhaps the most pressing clothing concern on a boat revolves around, as you would expect, your swim trunks. The SWIMS Gavitella blends a tailored fit with a classic navy color that teams with just about anything else in your wardrobe, printed shirt and white tee included.

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Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Classic – $143
Ray-Ban Wayfarer what to wear on a boat

It pays to stick to the classics when it comes to your accessories. With a smaller frame and a softer eye shape, these updated Wayfarers are a perfectly refined and understated addition to any ensemble you throw on for a waterside day.

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Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Loafers – $110
Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Loafers what to wear on a boat

The modern man’s answer to boat shoes, these Cole Haan kicks combine a slimmed-down profile with exceptionally lightweight and comfortable technology. They’re a far cry from heavy leather slip-ons or loafers, to say the least.

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MVMT Watches Calypso Watch – $145
MVMT Watches Calypso Watch what to wear on a boat

With just the right balance of sporty style and refined designed, the affordably priced Calypso Watch belongs on your wrist this summer. It’s easy to throw on and forget about because it performs just as well as it looks .

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Are you one of the unfortunate souls who doesn’t live near water, doesn’t own a boat, or doesn’t have a friend that has a boat? Don’t worry — there’s still summer cook-outs and backyard parties to get dressed up for.

If you’re in charge of the playlist for your next boating adventure, may we suggest this one?

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