Most of us won’t be wasting our weekends away this summer on superyachts with friends and family or rolling up to the Cannes film festival by way of a glamorous speedboat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take style cues from those who do consider this to be the norm. I'm showing you how to do nautical style this season without going (ahem) overboard. Here’s my key items…
STRIPES DONE RIGHT
To pull off this style you’re undoubtedly going to lean towards a bold shirt. Yes, we’re talking stripes. Stripes are definitely a key-piece to this genre and should form the top half of your outfit. Nautical stripes bring just enough of the sailing look whilst downplayed enough for any lad to pull off. An added benefit of wearing stripes is that they can extend the look of your chest, making up for all those days you skipped the gym in the lead-up to summer. Be bold this season with Nines Collection Mario vertical stripe shirt. Lightweight and airy; it’s the perfect adaptable shirt for changing weather conditions and plans.
SKINNY CHINOS TO GO
No nautical look is complete without a great pair of chinos. Whether they are chino shorts or chino trousers, you can’t go wrong. When it comes to colours, stick within blue (generally navy) or white (brilliant white or cream) shades. However, be sure to offset the colour of your chinos with your choice of top to balance the whole outfit. All the usual high street names are now fully stocked with their SS19 chinos but if you ask me; you can’t go wrong with a skinny-fit pair from Primark for a tenner. A proper steal!
BOAT SHOES AT THE READY
It’ll come as no surprise that boat shoes are a must for sailing style (boat is literally in the name!). Boat shoes are most popular in leather and canvas. Leather immediately dresses up your look while canvas follows the trend of laid-back and airy. I tend to lean towards leather thanks to its durability especially with the UK’s ever-changing forecast. With boat shoes; blue, brown or tan will never steer you wrong. The neutral colour of brown works perfectly with navy and white while giving contrast – so it may be worth accessorising your whole outfit (watch strap, belt, boat shoes) in brown or tan.
THE SHADE OF IT ALL
Complete the nautical look with shade. Here I’m wearing H&M Tortoise Shell rounded sunglasses which will set you back just £6.99 online or in-store. The Tortoise Shell colour and design will work in synchronisation with your brown/tan accessories to boost your look. You've got to protect your eyes from the sun anyway, so why not protect them with a pair of sunglasses that will make you look every part the movie star at a fraction of the cost?