What to wear on a Mediterranean yacht charter
by Zoe Dickens
Holidays don't come much more glamorous than chartering a luxury yacht on one of the Mediterranean's beautiful coasts. Whether you're headed to Cannes or Capri, cultivating a capsule wardrobe that caters for everything from swimming and sunbathing to sophisticated soirees is no mean feat. This yachting season make sure you get the dress code right with our guide to Mediterranean-appropriate looks for day and night for both him and her.
The perfect Mediterranean daytime look should cater for impromptu swims, tender trips, shopping and casual lunches. Invest in a slice of true dolce vita with Dolce & Gabbana's vintage-style swimming costume (especially if you're staying in Capri, the island which inspires the design duo's collections). Keep a pretty cover-up by Melissa Odabash in this versatile Mulberry leather tote - there is no summer look more classic than a white dress and tanned skin - and finish with Tomas Maier's palm-tree embossed sandals and a simple charm from Astley Clarke for a look guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood.
Swimsuit, £335, Dolce & Gabbana at Net-a-Porter; Dress, £214, Melissa Odabash; Palm tree-embossed leather sandals, £265, Tomas Maier at Matches Fashion; Natural leather tote, £595, Mulberry; Cosmos 14ct gold and diamond locket, £995, Astley Clarke
Whether it's a cocktail party on a neighbouring superyacht or a private dinner on board your own luxury yacht, evenings in the Mediterranean should always mean dressing up. Compliment azure sunset skies and turquoise seas with Erdem's enchanting floral print dress; just be sure to drape Saint Laurent's classic tuxedo jacket from your shoulders to ward off any chilly sea breezes. Accessories should be kept simple but chic - a pair of classic Gianvito Rossi heels, an Alexander McQueen clutch and an elegant Chopard Happy Diamonds watch are all the finishing touches you need.
Floral-print dress, £840, Erdem at Matches Fashion; Satin-trimmed wool-crepe tuxedo jacket, £2,035, Saint Laurent at Net-a-Porter; Suede ankle-tie sandals, £705, Gianvito Rossi at Neiman Marcus; Clutch, £1,395, Alexander McQueen at Harrods; Happy Diamonds Icons 18ct gold and diamond watch, £10,300, Chopard
The bright sunshine and pastel hues traditionally associated with the Mediterranean coastline make it ideal for injecting a little colour into your casual wardrobe. Opt for a stylish twist on the nautical theme with lightly patterned blue swim shorts from Frescobol Carioca; we suggest opting for a tailored pair that won't look out of place for al fresco dining or spontaneous jaunts ashore. Wear with a relaxed Steven Alan white shirt, classic deck shoes from Sperry Top-Sider and Ray-Ban's iconic Clubmaster sunglasses for an effortless holiday look. Of course, no yacht style is complete without a diving watch. Our pick of the moment is Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms Automatic Bathyscaphe.
Tailored swim shorts, £150, Frescobol Carioca; Button-down Oxford shirt, £140, Steven Alan at Mr Porter; Gold Cup Authentic Original boat shoe, £150, Sperry Top-Sider; Clubmaster Classic sunglasses, £125, Ray-Ban; Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Automatic diving watch, £9,090, Blancpain
Unless you've been invited to a black tie event in advance, it is likely most Mediterranean superyacht parties will have a smart-casual dress code. While the temptation is there to try quirky prints or colours because you're on holiday, we recommend you keep things classic and relaxed in navy Margaret Howell trousers and an Italian-style collar shirt - like this one from Mathieu Jerome - that can be worn open and without a tie. (Note: there's no need to go bespoke for less formal occasions. Buy unhemmed trousers off the rack and take them to your favourite tailor to ensure a perfect fit.)
Opt for tan, instead of black or dark brown, accessories. A pair of classic Church's lace-ups and a luxurious Zilli leather belt will remain useful long after the summer has passed and the lighter shade feels much chicer in warmer climes. Finish with something flashy yet understated on your wrist; a limited edition version of Omega's De Ville Tourbillon Co-Axial will do the job nicely.
Tapered linen trousers, £345, Margaret Howell; Leather lace-up shoes, £385, Church’s; Italian-style collar shirt, £180, Mathieu Jerome at Matches Fashion; Leather belt, £650, Zilli at Harrods; De Ville Tourbillon Co-Axial Numbered Edition watch, POA, Omega