Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION, KARLYA SMITH -

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

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