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July 15, 2015

Boating Attire

  • Photo Credit: Sperry

Dressing for a day of boating In Newport Beach is unlike dressing for any other type of event. You’re desire to look chic remains the same, but it takes some creative styling to ensure your ensemble works at sea as well as it works on land.

First off, let’s start with your footwear.  Men should opt for a pair of the tried and true Sperry Top-Siders.  These deck friendly classics work with any style of outfits and their nonslip, non marking soles ensure you’ll have a smooth ride. Women, leave your stilettos on dry land, there’s no need for them here. Go for a rubber soled flat.  If you’re looking to be casual; Van’s and Converse work great and are so on-trend right now, or if you want to elevate your look try Mint & Rose Espadrilles, which can be found at Jolie on Via Lido in Newport Beach.

For daytime boating, when you know you’ll begin with swimming off the bow and ending with cocktails on the deck, you’ll need to think about layering to keep yourself appropriately attired throughout.  Ladies, you’ll want a cover-up that look pulled together and effortless.  Whether you’re wearing cutoff short and a tank top or a linen tunic or shirt dress don’t forget that layering on an outing like this is key. Pair your cover-up with a wide brimmed hat and a pair of statement sunglasses and you can effortlessly navigate through the day. For men a polo shirt or light button paired with trunks or khaki or linen pants works well.  If you’ll be out till evening you might want to pack a light sweater or coat as well for when the sun goes down and the temperature drops.

Finally don’t forget to pack a small, useful bag like an LL Bean Boat and Tote, with all the necessities you might require should the need arise. Lip balm, sunscreen like COOLA which can be found at Spa Gregorie’s and a packet of sea sickness pills are always a good idea to have on board. For men, you may want to bring along a clean shirt should choppy waters result in a spill. Ladies, something with sleeves if you’re you were hoping for a tan in the day time and an elastic hair tie for a simple yet  elegant  ponytail if the winds kick up can make all the difference if there’s an unexpected change in the weather.

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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