So, you’ve received an invite to a luxury yacht party and the wardrobe panic has set in.
We get it — a day or evening spent breezing around on a yacht calls for a great outfit.
While most of us are pretty comfortable with picking out an outfit to wear to a bar or cocktail venue, a luxury yacht might feel like uncharted territory.
The goal is to nail an effortlessly glamorous look as you would for any other party but to simultaneously tap into that relaxed, beachy vibe.
Not sure where to start?
We’ve got you covered. Here, we break down what to wear on a luxury yacht to ensure your outfit is as memorable as the event.
What to Wear on a Luxury Yacht
If you’re heading out on a luxury yacht, why not go all out with a luxe outfit? It is in the name, after all.So, the brief for your look is ‘glamour’.
Below, we share our top outfitting tips for daytime and nightime luxury yacht events.
As for the outfit itself, your decision will largely depend on whether the event is taking place during the day or after dark.
Generally, daytime events feel a little more casual, but a daytime event on a luxury yacht? That’s an occasion that calls for something equal parts elevated and playful.Think of it as the oceanic equivalent of a garden party or cocktail luncheon.
Of course, your outfit will need to be informed by the expected activities of the day.If you anticipate you might be diving overboard for a quick dip, we recommend a
high-neck ruffle hem mini dress.
For boat parties strictly on-deck, we love a midi dress or two-piece set.
The high neck feels chic and dressy, while the flippy hem adds a fun and relaxed element, ideal for the beachy environs. The high neck also means you can wear your swimwear underneath!
Overly structured silhouettes can feel a little heavy for a luxury yacht. Instead, lean into that tropical vibe with something that shows a bit of skin.
The beauty of this seaside location is that you have a little more freedom silhouette-wise than you would at a formal garden party or luncheon.
As for colour pallet, you could opt for hues that complement the environment (think lush greens and blues) or go all out with a vibrant rainbow-inspired look.
A crop top and skirt, a midi dress with cut outs, or something with a plunge neckline fits the bill. These shapes are location-appropriate but also feel a little more wearable for a sea adventure.
For those who are more print-inclined, keep your accessories understated and let your dress or set do the talking!
If colourblocking is your thing, make a statement with a hot pink or vibrant orange outfit with contrasting accessories.
If you’re spending your evening on a luxury yacht, there are two styling approaches we recommend.The first is a breezy look. Think slinky midi dresses or relaxed wide-leg jumpsuits and two-piece sets. Look to plisse, silk, chiffon, crepe, and georgette fabrications. These materials tend to billow and float, giving you that dreamy, elegant seaside look.
To accessorise your breezy look, add drop earrings and keep your hair out, toussled by that salty sea air!
With breezy silhouettes, look to softer hues such as greens, blues, and pastels. Avoid deeper hues such as blacks and reds, as these can feel a bit too weighty for a balmy location.
Midi dress silhouettes feel especially relevant for evening events. Look to styles that give you shape, but avoid bandeau or skin-tight pieces, as these tend to feel nightclub-esque.
The second approach is a sunset-inspired look. This is a winner if you’re cruising at dusk. Go for something in a glowy gold or orange hue. This colourway will work beautifully against the landscape of the sun setting over the ocean.
A glowy finish is the goal here, so go for minimal, dewy makeup. We love this glowy makeup look.
Slip on some strappy mules and fine gold jewellery to bring the look together.
What to Wear to a Boat Party — Casual
So, maybe you’re not heading out on a luxury yacht, but you have another kind of boat party in your calendar.Perhaps you’re heading out for a day on a deck boat, or you’re enjoying a relaxed evening on a sail boat.
A shirred mini dress feels fun and summery, especially when pared back with white sneakers. Go for a classic all-white look or bring some colour into the mix with a bright floral print.
In this case, we recommend something comfortable and casual, but with a playful flair. Our top picks? Shirred mini dresses, wrap silhouettes, shirt dresses, and floaty midi dresses.
Tiered midi dresses are a summer staple for a reason. They’re breezy, flattering, and can effortlessly be styled up or down depending on the occasion. For your boat party, add a boater hat and earthy-toned sandals for a laidback yet considered look.
Shirt dresses are notoriously easy to wear, so you know you’ll be comfy all day long. Whether you’re a print lover or you’re all about the classic white or blue shirt, you can’t really go wrong. The bonus? You can wear the shirt dress undone over your swimwear during the day for some extra sun protection (plus, it looks really chic).
If you prefer something with a little more shape, a wrap dress is the way to go. They’re designed to cinch in your waist, so they’re particularly flattering if you’re petite and tend to get lost in floaty silhouettes. Experiment with bright, vibrant prints (the hallmark summer vibe) or go for bold block colours. Keep accessories to a minimum if you’re going bright — a pair of sunglasses, a floppy hat, and sandals are the perfect finishing touches.
Your Seaside Styling, Sorted
You’re now set with a few ideas for what to wear on a luxury yacht.Whether you’re all about the floaty, breezy look or a ruffled mini dress is more your speed, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your outfit.
Occasion outfits usually carry a hefty price tag, and we’re not about letting that get in the way of you feeling like your best self. At Dress for a Night, our dress hire system makes it possible for you to wear designer pieces for just a fraction of the price. Plus, you’ll save space in your wardrobe and you’re helping to prevent textile waste from ending up in landfills!
Play around with different shapes, patterns, and accessories to work out just how far you want to lean into the beachy theme.
Enough from us — it’s time to get shopping for your luxury yacht party look. Discover all the looks mentioned here and hundreds more!