Smooth Sailing: What To Wear To A Boat Party

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Summer’s finally here, lifting the anchor on another sunny party season. While some of us may be celebrating with a picnic in the park, days on the beach or drinks at the pub, others are setting sail in search of a good party – literally. Wondering what to wear to a boat party? Then look no further…

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Do Boat Parties Have A Dress Code?

While there isn’t a concrete dress code for boat parties, the general expectation (if it’s a day party) is to go for something a little more relaxed and casual. Make sure you take the weather into account – a boat party in the UK will likely be very different from one abroad – and pack on the sun cream. If the boat party you’re attending is in the evening, then the dress code may ask you to dress up a little more.

5 Ideas For Boat Party Dressing

1. Swimwear & Cover-Up

Setting sail somewhere nice and hot (with swimmable water)? Then you can’t go wrong with the classic swimsuit and cover-up combo. You can browse through our 2023 swimwear edit here or look up the best sustainable swim brands here.

2. Sundress

The next best thing to a bikini is, of course, a sundress. They’re perfect for when you don’t fancy taking a dip (or for throwing on once you’ve dried off), and can be worn before, during and well after you’ve stepped off the boat. Opt for funky patterns and colours to really channel those ‘summer abroad’ vibes.

3. Nautical Vibes

And then there’s always the more literal approach. Whether or not your boat party is fancy dress themed, you won’t look exceptionally out of place wearing sailor stripes. Pair it with white shorts, a straw hat, a navy cardigan and you’re good to go.

4. Linens

For a more casual affair, opt for linens. Not only will they keep you cool in hot weather, they also look effortlessly chic – and require very little to actually make them look good. We’re loving a linen co-ord this season, but a simple linen trouser or loose shirt on its own will also do the job.

5. Party Dress

And finally, if your boat party is a more dressy occasion, you can’t go wrong with a classic party dress. Dig out your summer glad rags (or borrow something snazzy from one of these rental platforms) and dance the night away – or gently sway, if seasickness is not your thing.

What To Wear To A Boat Party

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Woman in pink sundress

Farm Rio

Magic Forest Maxi Dress (Size UK 12), rent from £34.44


Orange phone pouch


Berawa Phone Pouch, £145


Blue and white striped maxi dress


Striped Maxi Dress (Size UK 10), rent from £33.76


Purple one-shoulder swimsuit


Beyond One Piece, £275


Blue and white stripe heel wedges

Fairfax & Favor

The Monaco Espadrille Wedge, £155


Woman in white trousers and yellow top

United Colors of Benetton

Pull On Wide Leg Linen Trousers, £79.95


Green woven bag

The Jacksons

Good Vibes Large, £85


Woman in floral dress

Really Wild

Liberty Print Linen Shirt Dress, £395


Brown sandals

Dune London

WF Linnie, £75


Woman in cream co-ord set

Fanfare The Label

Beige Linen Lounge Co-Ord Short Set, £175


Woman in colourful print dress

Mara Hoffman

Lolita Dress (Size UK 10), rent from £46.40


Woman in white swimsuit and blue cover-up


Etta Embroidered Cotton-Blend Kaftan, £110


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