Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE| FASHION -

This week­end I’m at­tend­ing a fash­ion event aboard the Catalina, hosted by the de­light­ful ladies from The Trav­el­ling Ki­mono (lo­cal eth­i­cal fash­ion la­bel).

There’s no doubt this will be an af­ter­noon of af­ter­noons. The only thing in ques­tion is, what to wear? What does one wear when on the wa­ter?

We all know about cliche cruise cloth­ing: the panama, the whites, the nau­ti­cal stripes.

You may be think­ing, well, that’s all just a lit­tle bit too Noosa for me.

In­deed, it’s true our chums a lit­tle fur­ther north are fe­ro­cious in the fash­ion de­part­ment but they’re not to be feared: they’re friendly folk and when it comes to dress­ing for deck time, they are def­i­nitely do­ing it right.

That’s not to say Noosa owns the loung­ing look, but be­ing among the top sea­side des­ti­na­tions in the world, it’s an ex­cel­lent spot to look to for in­spi­ra­tion.

So, what to wear?

The No. 1 thing to al­ways keep in mind when sail­ing (let’s not limit our dress code to river cruises) is sim­plic­ity.

Fid­dling and fluff­ing around with straps and com­pli­cated get-ups is the quick­est way to look un­com­fort­able.

The look we are go­ing for is re­laxed and care­free and, most im­por­tantly, low­main­te­nance. Prepa­ra­tion time should never speak louder than your out­fit.

Look to your favourite sim­plis­tic pieces, be it a fab­u­lous pair of pants or del­i­cate dress or even a jump­suit, keep it light­weight and you’re on a win­ner.

Colour is also a mat­ter of per­sonal pref­er­ence, due to the na­ture of the ac­tiv­ity.

Lighter colours usu­ally rule and the heatab­sorb­ing darker colours are a less likely op­tion. Ac­ces­sories are al­ways on board. In fact, a well-placed scarf may just be the splash of colour you’re look­ing for.

Footwear must be ap­pro­pri­ate for the vessel you are visit­ing.

For cock­tail-style canal cruises and the like, wedges al­ways work. Of­ten, heels are also ac­cept­able.

How­ever, for more se­ri­ous boat­ing, a flat “boat shoe” is what you’re look­ing for.

White or navy are su­per-cute, nat­u­ral colours are also very chic.

San­dals are of­ten wel­come aboard, es­pe­cially if you hap­pen to be on a yacht.

Run­ners are for run­ning and should never step on a boat, ever.

Gen­tle­man may find they’re most com­fort­able in shorts and a clas­sic col­lared shirt. Hawai­ian is fun if it suits your mood. Yes, Hawai­ian.

I know it can be a tricky one: should you, shouldn’t you? I’m go­ing to say yes to Hawai­ian aboard a ship. Could there be any bet­ter time?

Un­less you’re a pi­rate, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a pi­rate in a Hawai­ian shirt … but maybe it’s just time they up­dated their uni­form.

Check out www.the­fullfeathe­r.com for more fash­ion ad­vice.

WA­TER WEAR: The Trav­el­ling Ki­mono's Twi­light Silk Pant.

Pic­tures: Con­trib­uted

A dress from Woom­bye la­bel Sun­day Dream­ing.


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