Boat Show Style Explained…

September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am 4 comments

The Newport International Boat Show kicks off tomorrow, welcoming thousands of visitors from around the region and right here in our backyard to admire the newest sailboats, powerboats, equipment, to attend seminars, mix and mingle and more. It’s the largest in-water boat show in the Northeast and it doesn’t mess around. But it’s more than just jaw-dropping vessels and rolls of rope – there are tons of fashionable exhibitors showcasing stylish accessories and practical must haves, including Style Newport, Francesca Joy and Ella Vickers, to name few. As the temperature changes throughout the day, the breeze can pick up off the water, and hopping all those yachts can be taxing. Dressing smart and the part takes a little thought. Here’s our boat show style tips, trends and essentials:

Hint at a high seas luxury with a classic striped boatneck top, also known as a French sailor shirt. Versions of this beloved look have been spotted recently at Island Outfitters, Island Pursuit and Potter & Co.

Add an extra layer of warmth with a comfortable fleece vest or light jacket (find a nice selection of both at Helly Hansen, Patagonia on Thames and Team One Newport)  and/or a great scarf (a ton to choose from at Ericka Zap).

There are a ton of handouts, samples and information by exhibitors, so in lieu of cramming everything in the provided bag, bring (or buy!) a roomy, sailcloth tote like this one from the fabulous Ella Vickers.

The most valuable fashion advice we can give you though, is this: wear flat or nearly flat, comfortable, easy to get on, easy to get off shoes as almost all boat brokers request you remove your shoes before boarding. Not to worry; “flat” and “comfortable” won’t force you to sacrifice style, as evidenced by the a wall of Tory Burch flats at spotted at Michael Hayes, and tons of other lines at Sole Desire.

Tickets and infomation about the Newport International Boat Show, September 16-19,can be found at:

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. firecracker  |  September 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    where is that sweater from? i love it.

    i’ll be at the boat show saturday! it is one of my very favorite parts about living in newport and i’m excited to see what the vendors roll out this year and, of course, what people wear.

    • 2. Andrea McHugh  |  September 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      This particular sweater is by Saint James, a similar versions of it can be found at Paottr & Co., Island Outfitters, Island Pursuit and I suspect, The Narragansett on Bowen’s Wharf.
      Re: boat show- I know! The first time I went years and years ago I was practically dragged there because I though it was all boat equipment and related things, but they have a wide range of vendors, great accessories and boats I’ll be happy to buy as soon as I hit the lottery! Have a blast!

  • 3. cynthia at the daily basics  |  September 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I want those TB gold flats- too darn cute!

  • 4. Gordon King  |  September 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Style Newport’s first year at the boat show. Tent A – Both 8


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