Nautical style is one of our favourite parts of a sailing holiday. There are a growing number of nautical clothing brands out there, and we’re excited about this, but finding the perfect fit can be tough.
Whether you plan to embody the glamour of Brigitte Bardot, or are happy looking rough and ready like Captain Ahab, we love planning what to wear and we’re here to help you, too.
Planning your clothing for a holiday is an important part of packing; knowing what to pack for a seaside holiday is a strategic process, so, if you’re not sure, check out our ultimate guide before you go.
Let’s get to it! Here are our top 7 favourite nautical clothing brands of 2016.
Nautica is our favourite online retailer for super stylish nautical apparel. If you’re looking for a simple, classic and reliable brand, Nautica has got you covered. They’ve been around since the ’80s and have since developed a cult following. Here, you’ll find and be inspired by apparel for men, women, kids and even nautical accessories. We also LOVE their blog. However, if you’re planning on putting down the champagne and getting your hands dirty while on holiday, Nautica may be a little too clean cut.
Quba is similar to Nautica, but their clothing style is more practical for a hands-on sailing holiday. They’ve got almost every item of clothing you could possible need for a holiday on a boat, PLUS nautical accessories FOR the boat. How does relaxing on a sail cloth bean bag on a sun-soaked deck sound? From stylish windbreakers to carabiners and nautical pyjama sets, you’ll find everything you need at Quba.
Everything here is the real deal. The Sailing Clothing Store will provide you with hard core apparel that’ll hold its own against raging winds and thrashing seas. Their clothing is still stylish, but the main aim here is functionality. They’ve got everything from thermal base layers and dry suits to life jackets and gear for your dinghy.
J.Crew has been a staple of American fashion for decades. Its iconic style remains strongly inspired by nautical themes, and their range varies from casual outdoor to smart casual. J.Crew is the perfect mix of preppy and nautical, and you’ll always be able to find a tonne of great items on sale.
Want to learn more about nautical trends? Read our Guide to Nautical Clothing.
Where J.Crew takes nautical style and turns it stylish, The Nautical Company brings home the basics. If you’re looking for casual holiday wear for the whole family, this is your place. They also stock great nautical decor products to dress up your home on the sea.
Everything But Water is one on our list that’s exclusively for the ladies. They’ve got an enormous range of bikinis, resort wear, and travel and beach accessories, so if you’re searching for something special to wear at the seaside, they’ve got it. You can even personalise every aspect of your bikini when ordering, so you’ll be buying a product that’s perfectly fitted (AND they look great). We can’t get enough of this place.
We wouldn’t consider this list complete without including one of the most iconic nautical apparel brands of all time: SPerry. Invented in 1935, Paul Sperry’s authentic non-slip original has held its title as the official sailing shoe. They’re stylish, they’re comfortable, and they’re reliable — they’re our ultimate boating shoe.
And if you’re wondering where these great nautical brands got inspiration for their sea-inspired designs, read our post on the Evolution of the Nautical Style.
So, now that you’re all decked out in the best nautical gear in town, what else is left? Oh, yeah — booking that boat! Check out our top destinations for sailing and find some amazing summer holiday discounts here.