What to wear to the Monaco Yacht Show: Men's style guide
by Zoe Dickens
The Monaco Yacht Show 2015 is just around the corner and, with so many yachts, exhibitors and events to attend while you're there, all sartorial planning should be done well in advance. Of course, with yacht hopping and business meetings during the day and a coterie of social engagements every evening, knowing what to pack can be a bit of a headache.
To give you a head start we've picked three stylish looks suitable for day time, dinners and cocktail parties so you can be the best dressed man at the show without even thinking about it...
You may be all business during the day but the balmy Monaco climate calls for something rather more relaxed than your usual office attire. Opt for classic navy chinos and a white shirt paired with a lightweight subtly checked jacket for a little added interest. A pair of original Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes are a must for any serious yacht hopper while finishing touches in the form of versatile black sunglasses and a hard-wearing Breitling diving watch complete the look with ease.
Blue glen-check wool, silk and linen-blend blazer, £2,520, Lutwyche at Mr Porter; Classic navy chinos, £149, Armani Collezioni at Harrods; Authentic Original boat shoe, £85, Sperry Top-Sider; 301 gold and black sunglasses, £395, Linda Farrow; Superocean heritage Chronograph 44, £2,700, Breitling
If you are hosting or attending a more formal dinner the golden rule is to choose one 'hero' piece and keep everything else simple. This velvet jacket from Brioni comes in an intriguing navy-teal shade guaranteed to set you apart in a sea of black and navy suits. Wear with a classic white shirt, slim-fit black trousers and an understated yet sleek chronograph watch that speaks volumes about your elegant taste. Even if your event is on-shore finish with a pair of black suede loafers - laces at boat shows are never a good idea.
Cotton and cashmere-blend velvet blazer, £2,940, Brioni at Mr Porter; Classic white cotton shirt, £230, Jil Sander at Farfetch; Slim-fit wool and mohair-blend trousers, £375, Valentino; Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback Automatic Chronograph, £6,600, Tag Heuer; Shark black suede loafers, £450, Giuseppe Zanotti
The standard attire for Monaco Yacht Show cocktail parties may be chinos and a navy blazer but that doesn't mean there isn't still room to show a little personality. Start by choosing a jacket with a barely-there pattern and be sure to rough roll your chinos for a more relaxed, off-duty style. When it comes to accessories, really go to town with quirky, colourful touches - Fendi's Monster cufflinks and Brunello Cucinelli's patterned pocket square are ideal. But, of course, you can't beat a timeless Rolex to really pull a look together.
Hoyt navy checked seersucker blazer, £320, Tiger of Sweden at Harvey Nichols; Aros grey cotton chinos, £110, Norse Projects; Monster cufflinks, £215, Fendi at Matches Fashion; Wool flannel patterned pocket square, £120, Brunello Cucinelli; Cellini Date Dual Time, POA, Rolex