Last weekend was the Newport Beach Boat Show. It's not the biggest or the baddest Yacht Show we have in the US, but never the less we had to go...since we are still shopping for an upgrade (yes, my hubby is on the Yachtworld.com every day. #obsessed
So, once again the question is What To Wear?
"Going to a Yacht Show with no info about the dress code is like hiking through the jungle in your bikini...unpleasant, to say the least."
Taking the "Wanna Be" approach I have mentioned in the past, remembering the magazine ads and thinking “This beautiful Maxi dress would go so well with my oversized hat, and the new wedged sandals...the ones with 3 buckles”. This kind of a thought process is exactly what you will be beating yourself up for later. 99.9% of the yachts on display require you to take your beautiful shoes off before you can step aboard...and then back on for 30 sec, just to take them off again in front of the next yacht, and again and again....yeah, now you get where I was going with that whole 3 buckle thing, right? The Maxi dress is going to be in the way of every single staircase or a ladder you might have to climb...”Ladder? On a Yacht???” Yeah, another major deal breaker for me, but believe it or not even 80 foot Super Yachts have a ladder sometimes...Seems like during the design process of a multi million dollar yacht, no one ever consults a woman or takes into consideration that a man buying this yacht might have a women in his life. Ok, enough venting, back to FF: Fashion Functionality. Do we even need to talk about the oversized hat? It might be obvious at this point that if it doesn’t fly into the ocean with the first gust of the wind, you might just toss it there yourself just so you don't have to carry it everywhere, while you are dealing with your 3 shoe buckles and holding the maxi dress up the stairs. Ha!
So, what works?
Cute shorts, jeans, linen pants...anything that will not get in the way and will not make you self-conscious about someone looking up your skirt while you are exploring the flybridge:-)
Slip on shoes, flats, espadrilles, cute flip-flops all make it easier to get around. No laced shoes, no zippers, no converse, no sneakers...and don't think just because you are wearing your boat shoes you can keep them on. I like my shoes, I don't want anyone to “mistakenly” take them, most of the time my shoes are white or light in color and I don't want to see other “considerate” people throw their dirty shoes on top of mine at the dock, so I personally carry my shoes around in my hand when I'm exploring the yachts...My husband still thinks it's weird, but everyone has their quirks.
Crossbody bag and a pair of comfortable, stylish polarized sunglasses are a must and a fedora, slim brim hat or a baseball cap also make a functional accessory. Jewelry, don't forget your jewelry! Pearls, abalone (doesn't have to be real, still looks great)...anchor bracelets, rope jewelry...bring out your best stuff. And last, but not least the sunscreen!
I hope this post didn't make you feel like going to a Yacht Show is a huge hustle, because if you are prepared it is a lot of FUN. It's effortless and a great bonding experience if your other half is into Marine Lifestyle. Make sure to explore as many boats as you can, definitely check out the affordable boats and the Bigger Yachts, “Don't be afraid to dream bigger, my friend!”
Happy Yacht shopping,
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