Dressing Effortlessly Chic While Enjoying the Yachting Lifestyle on the Italian Riviera

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Here’s everything you need to look effortlessly chic while enjoying the yachting lifestyle on the Italian Riviera.

A versatile travel wardrobe is essential – one that allows you to change your look from day to night, from boat to barbeque, from pool to parties…

We’ve paid tribute to Italian designers in our selection – they know best…! Embrace the Italian flair and love for bold colors and exceptional craftsmanship – whether you’re dressing for a casual afternoon sipping espresso or for a night under the stars.


Create a stunning silhouette while lounging by the seaside by indulging in the absolute ultimate in this season’s swimwear style. This beautifully designed one-piece by Dolce and Gabbana is classic you can’t go past. And if achieving a perfect golden tan is on your agenda, make use of the detachable shoulder straps for a flawless glow.

For a playful, sailor-girl look, opt for a nautical-themed striped bikini. We love this eye-catching cream and white ‘Morgan’ bikini from Solid & Striped. Cut from Italian jersey this bikini will have heads turning.


Whether spending time on the deck or taking a dip in the refreshing Mediterranean waters, a high-quality swim suit in bold block coloring favored by the Italian fashionistas, men can achieve a tailored, slim-fit silhouette – even while cooling off. We love this selection from Rio de Janeiro’s Frescobol Carioca.



If you’re travelling light, you need just one great pair of sunglasses that make a statement all by themselves, or blend easily with your ensemble.

For ladies, Fendi’s ‘Iridia’ sunglasses are a must-have this season. The classic cat-eye frame is given a modern twist with black acetate and gold tips. The simple color scheme means this accessory fits with every possible outfit combination in your travel wardrobe.


For men, you’ll need something that takes you from days on the yacht to sipping sundowners. An updated take on the aviator model is the perfect style solution – and this pair from Tom Ford (made in Italy, of course) are our number one choice.


Footwear– Day to Night

If you pack only one thing for your trip to the Italian Riviera, make sure it’s an elegant pair of flat sandals. These are essential for strolling around Portofino and Genoa as you embrace the café lifestyle and peruse the many galleries.

Being comfortable and stylish is achievable with this pair from Guiseppe Zanotti’s collection. These sandals are embellished with the designer’s signature flame in a gorgeous rose gold that is complimented by the metallic patent leather straps.


For men, a light shoe that matches every outfit is a must. Try this light-as-a-feather, handmade espadrille from Berluti – it’s rubber sole is perfect for walking marinas, beaches and hitting the café scene.


A versatile heel is essential, and this high-heeled suede sandal is the perfect choice for warm evenings, while dining al fresco – and you’ll need these heels to take you from dining to dancing. While the collection from Gianvito Rossi has a variety of colors, it’s important to pack a pair of heels that compliment all your evening wear: look no further than this gorgeous Italian crafted pair.


For gentlemen, a classic pair of loafers, handcrafted from the finest materials will lay the foundation for an elegant evening look. If you’re travelling light, select a tan pair that will match well with traditional sailing colors: crisp white, navy, red and neutrals.


Evening Wear

Accept an evening invitation while you’re visiting gorgeous Genoa and chances are you’ll find yourself soaking up spectacular views of the Ligurian Coast while sipping a glass of Prosecco. Dress for the occasion, as it’s likely to change from dinner to disco. Embrace the Italian love for a pop of bright color that will offset your golden holiday glow. Casual hair swept up and simple accessories will complete your look.


A crisp white shirt in a casual, lightweight material is a must for gentlemen. Leave it open at the neck and roll the sleeves for the ultimate holiday look. Team your tailored top with a pair of classic cut trousers to complete the ensemble. This slim-fit staple from Italian luxury designer, Caruso, is our favorite.



Choose timepieces that are fashionable and functional – and are in keeping with your personal vacation style.

A casual wrap around watch (we love this one from Gucci) is playful in design and will keep ladies punctual on their days in transit or while hiking. For evening wear, a few diamonds never hurt anyone. Wear something elegant that sparkles along with the Mediterranean.


German luxury watchmaker, Junghans, has one of the most elegant solutions for gentlemen. With a day-to-play wardrobe in mind, this watch will take you from the deck to the dance floor, with style and functional elements such as water resistance.


Her Bags

A generously sized yet lightweight backpack is essential for daytrips – select something sophisticated in a neutral color that will work with every outfit. Luxe leather with lots of pockets inside for easy access to the essentials are two features to look for.


A travel non-negotiable for any glamorous Mediterranean holiday is a fabulous clutch. There will be many nights of dining, dancing and by the sparkling sea – and you will need a clutch for all events. Choose something that offsets the Italian block coloring we’ve recommended for those warm summer evenings.


A fantastic tote that transforms from a beach bag to the ideal shopping companion is an item you won’t regret packing. Something similar to Balenciaga’s ‘Cabas’ tote, which is made from canvas and leather is the perfect choice.


His Bags

Day trips will call for a backpack, and we recommending choosing one that ticks the style boxes, while being versatile and handy enough to make your time away from the yacht an organized pleasure.

Gents will also need a classic hold-all for travelling in planes, trains and automobiles. A leather weekender is a timeless accessory that will hold its place in any wardrobe for years to come. We are coveting the natural leather Clipper from Mulberry.



Elisabeth Corcoran

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