SHIPSHAPE FOR THE SUMMER
To avoid motion sickness, I have to do all of my nautical dressing on dry land. So while this spread looks to traditional seafarers’ uniforms for colours and stylistic inspiration, my safety announcement is that it’s highly romanticised. Many of these clothes are entirely unsuitable for sailing, but quite ideal for relaxing sea-side.
Traditional sailing kit is rife with fantastic functional details – and these details are often borrowed for purely decorative use. Breton tops, pea coats and bell bottom trousers with button closures are all examples of features that carry an air of the classic and the fresh at the same time.
As long as you don’t mind mixing your stripes, these kinds of garments could make up a capsule wardrobe for a long summer holiday.
I’ve gone for preppy casual styles, but dress uniforms, with their racing stripes and shiny buttons, are a direction also worth looking into.
These days, “uniform dressing” usually refers to wearing the same thing day in and day out, but dressing inspired by uniforms is another take on the term, and one that can give your outfit consistency and variety, with a bit of leeway for interpretation.
Yasmin canvas tote, $199