So you’re off to Cowes Week, Falmouth, or Fowey. Summer sailing regattas are a fun time but you’ll need impeccable dress sense to fit in with your fellow yachties! Here’s our guide to help you look the part.
Pops of colour, contrasting shades and vibrant hues, all phrases often uttered in the world of menswear. But can anything be said for picking one colour?
Is it at best dull, at worst lazy? Or is it actually a stylish, versatile option for the modern gent?
We think the latter. So if you’re ready to commit to just one colour, read on.
Why wear one colourWearing one colour is unfussy, clean and means you don’t have to worry about matching accessories. The style, not colour, of your clothes can do the talking.
Avoid sticking to one shade though, or you’ll risk looking like an overgrown teletubby. Not a good look. So to avoid blending into one shade entirely, make sure you pick a pair of contrasting shoes. Go for a markedly darker or lighter shade, to help break up your outfit.
If your aim is to look taller, however, opting for a similar shade of shoes would work in your favour. By wearing the same colour trousers, socks and shoes you’ll give the impression of elongated limbs.
Nice and brightHe may have lost the Ballon d’Or, but did Lionel Messi win the style prize?
We vote yes, but where the all-in-red-look is concerned, there is no need to go more vivid than the Argentinian maestro. For a slightly more refined look go for deep velvet burgundy, it still makes a statement without being too bold. Vibrant blue is another great colour option for formal dos.
When summer finally rolls around, go for lighter colours. Linen is a great fabric for these shades, but a moleskin jacket works well too.
Nice and neutralNavy, black, grey and brown are all considered neutral, as they aren’t too bold and won’t offend.
Wearing all black looks super suave, but can also be intimidating – so wear with caution! Mix up the fabrics and textures to create a less daunting look.
Grey and navy work for both formal and casual occasions, and you don’t need to worry so much about varying the fabric up. Navy is perfect for the winter; a chunky coat with some navy chinos will look suitably stylish.
Is white alrightOf course white is alright, but is an all white ensemble a bit too casual? Well if you wear loose fitting cargo trousers with some cheap flip flops, then yes, but no stylish chap worth his salt would wear that combination.
Linen is a loose fitting fabric, but it’s perfect when the summer arrives. As long as you pay attention to other parts of your outfit, you’ll find it a summery, breezy and comfortable option. If you’re going all white and want a really casual shoe, then go for a leather sandal or deck shoe.
Featuring in a revenge filled drama on the Californian coast? No? Well then you’re unlikely to wear white in a formal setting, or for that matter, in the winter. But with a dash of black, to create the monochrome look, you have more options and added flexibility.
So if you fancy keeping things simple, then it can be a case of black and white. But for those that like a bolder outfit, take Messi’s lead and go bold, just be prepared for a few looks.
Sipping cold drinks by the sea, the burning coals of a BBQ and the smell of sun cream are all part of summer. But it isn’t summer. It’s winter, and that means some items of footwear are off the agenda.
Sandals, outdoor slippers and sticky flip flops can all be put away. But is there a place for the casual deck shoe? We believe so.
Why you should wear them?
Style doesn’t have a holiday during the winter months, and neither should you. It’s important to dress well, and deck shoes allow you to do this.
Whilst there’s no doubt boating shoes are a casual choice, there are plenty of laid back events over the Christmas period, so you’ll have ample opportunity to rock them out.
If you’re worried about the festive period being too cold for deck shoes, fear not, as winter workarounds are possible.
How to wear them
Start off by finding a pair with a thick rubber treaded sole. These are designed specifically for winter, meaning you are less likely to slip and will be able to deal with the colder conditions easier.
With the cold comes a need for socks, which is a deck shoe no-no most of the year. So either wear trousers with a full break, thus covering any socks. Or find “invisible socks” which only cover the bottom of your feet.
Socks or no socks, you most certainly won’t be wearing shorts, so it’s important to find the right mens trousers. Pick jeans for a really casual look, and chinos if you want to smarten things up.
What to avoid
Low cut deck shoes are clearly a bad idea during the winter months. For one the snow, rain and mud have less leather to fight against. But for the fashion conscious, low cut deck shoes will also reveal unsightly socks – a big faux pas.
Also, avoid brightly coloured deck shoes. Whilst it’s good to brighten up the colder months, vibrant colours are best for summer.
Loafers are the obvious alternative to deck shoes, but again you’ll need socks – so pick a stylish pair.
If you’re a fan of the chunky sole of deck shoes, but want something more substantial then go the whole winter hog and pick a nice big worker boot.
To pull off deck shoes in winter, you need to give them some thought. But with the right colour, trouser length and ability to hide one’s socks, you’ll be keeping the spirit of summer alive.