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What to Wear to a Yacht Party

When it comes to dressing for a yacht party, the key is to look elegant and put together without trying too hard. You want to look like you belong without looking like you’re trying too hard to fit in.

Here are some tips for putting together the perfect outfit to wear on a boat.

How to choose an outfit for a yacht party

Choosing an outfit for a boat party can be overwhelming. There are so many amazing outfit ideas and it’s hard to know what will look good. But planning can make it easier. Whether you want to go full nautical or prefer a more understated look, let’s explore some important points to keep in mind when deciding what to wear.

group of people on the deck of a yacht raising a glass

Consider the weather and time of day

When going on a boat, it is important to dress for the weather. For example, in the summertime, it is important to wear light layers that will keep you cool whereas, in the wintertime, it is a good idea to wear clothing that will keep you warm.

When you’re on a boat, the temperature can drop at night even if it was very hot during the day. Always bring an extra layer of clothes such as a light jacket with long sleeves to wear in the evening so you can stay warm.

Pick a color scheme that matches your yacht party’s theme

If the party you are attending has a theme,  try to stick with a color scheme that will match. For example, if the party is a Hawaiian-themed luau, you might want to wear a green grass skirt with a brightly colored floral top or a loose-fitting linen shirt.

If the party has a nautical theme, you could go for a navy blue and white striped dress or even a red, white, and blue nautical-themed sweater. For a more formal party on a luxury yacht, you might want to consider a white or black knee-length dress with gold or silver jewelry. Or, for a fun and festive party with a dress code, try a brightly colored cocktail dress or even a costume.

Dress for comfort

The reason you need a yacht party outfit that is comfortable is that you’ll be spending a lot of time in it. You don’t want to be uncomfortable the whole time you’re on the yacht. A comfortable outfit will help make your experience more enjoyable.

people partying on deck of yacht

Choose shoes that are easy to walk in on a boat or sand

When choosing shoes for a yacht party, it is important to consider both practicality and style. Boat shoes or sandals are the best options, as they are both easy to walk in and stylish. Heels or other dress shoes are not recommended, as they can be difficult to walk in on a boat and may get wet.

Pick an outfit with lots of pockets for all your necessities

When you’re on a boat, you need to be able to keep your belongings safe and dry. What’s the point of having a nice, relaxing day on the water if you have to worry about your stuff getting wet? An outfit with plenty of pockets is the perfect solution for a boat party – you can store all your essentials close to hand and avoid any water damage.

Wear accessories that won’t get lost in the water

A yacht party is not the best time to wear your favorite vintage sunglasses, a dainty pair of earrings, or a delicate necklace as there is a chance they could be lost to the ocean. Instead, try to wear statement pieces or items that are easily secured. For example, some large hoop earrings or chunky bracelets are both good choices. You can also wear your hair up in a bun or ponytail to avoid having it get soaked.

Don’t forget your swimsuit

A one-piece swimsuit or a bikini with high-waisted bottoms is a flattering choice for most women, especially if you’re worried about your tummy area. If you have a larger bust, look for swimsuits with built-in support or consider wearing a tankini.

For a more casual look, try a sporty bathing suit or even a rash guard. And don’t forget the cover-up. A flowy maxi dress, a cute sundress, or a colorful summer dress is perfect for throwing on over your swimsuit after you are done swimming.

bikini clad women on deck of yacht with man wearing shirt

What to pack in your bag

Always bring a bag to a yacht party. It can be used to store your personal belongings, such as your phone, keys, and wallet. Listed below are some other essentials items to stash in your bag:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Dry Clothes
  • Flip flops / sliders

Yacht parties are a unique chance to showcase your passion for fashion

If you want to make a statement, be the life of the party with an alluring yacht outfit. From swimsuits and bikinis to dresses or skirts, there are so many amazing ideas for how to dress up for your boat outing in style. 

Avoid wearing anything that you cannot afford to get wet, and save the high heels for the after-party once you are back on land, or inside the boat itself. What are some of your favorite boat outfits? And do you find boat party dress codes helpful or a hindrance? Get in touch and let us know what you will be wearing to your next yacht celebration.

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