The occasion, the guests, and the time of day the party is held all play a part in dictating how to dress. Avoiding fashion mistakes and looking your best can be as simple as knowing what is acceptable and what is not.
Surprisingly, when it comes to yacht parties, the trends can be quite different from what you will find on land.
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What to Wear for a Party at Night
In short, a night party will generally be more highbrow than a party held during daylight hours, but, because the party takes place on a yacht, the fashion is going to be a bit different regardless of the purpose of the event.
In comparison with a high-class event on dry land and one on a boat, the yacht party will usually be a tad more casual, but there are still standards that should be adhered to in order to fit in among the other guests.
A nighttime yacht party can range from casual to classy, but there is always an element of looseness about the clothing choices. Tight or form fitting dresses and clothing are almost taboo aboard a yacht, and parties are no exception.
Flowing gowns, skirts with flounces, and princess-waist dresses are the norm. The classier the event, the less romantic the outfit should be.
Adding a sequin jacket or a color-coordinated wrap can be the right accent piece for these types of events. Make the outfit dressy without being too formal.
Bear in mind that, unless the invitation specifies that the event is formal, you should have an element of fun to your outfit.
This is another case where, unless formal is stated in the invitation, the dress should lean toward casual. Men should stick with comfortable, not form fitting slacks, a dress shirt, and, depending on the type of party, a jacket. No tie should be required in most cases.
The more casual the event, the less buttoned up a man should dress. A party that is casual could even warrant a polo shirt, but keep in mind that evening parties can get chilly, so bring a nice jacket that isn’t too casual.
What to Wear for a Party During the Day
Casual parties are typically held during the day, but there still sometimes parties that require a little more effort in the fashion department. Pick out an outfit or dress that is comfortable, stylish, and appropriate for the event, but don’t overthink your choice.
Light, loose, and flowing are the keywords for unlocking the mysteries of what to wear to a daytime yacht party. At casual get-togethers, you can get away with classy shorts, or a short skirt, while affairs that are more formal like charity parties, may require more sophistication.
A shift dress that stops at mid-thigh is perfectly acceptable for these types of events. As for footwear, choose wedges for classy events or flats for casual parties. Spiked heels are not appropriate on a yacht!
Loose sailing pants and shirts, light colors, and a loose jacket when needed are more than appropriate attire for men during the day.
Shorts at a party are generally a bad idea, no matter how hot it is out in the sun.
What Not to Wear!
Style choices can change depending on the type of party you’re invited to attend. Simple birthday parties are different from a formal charity event, but some rules are universal.
- No nautical wear!
- Form-fitting and tight clothing is inappropriate (unless it’s swimwear)
- High heels are out of place, even for formal wear on a yacht
- Beach colors consisting of pastels and neutrals work in daytime, but bolder colors are more appropriate for the evening
- Clothes that are too casual or in disrepair, even for a casual party, are not recommended
Finding the right yacht outfit boils down to what looks good, feels comfortable, and fits the reason for the event. Go shopping and get a few outfits that are appropriate for the different occasion and you’ll be ready for anything!
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