Today’s topic is fashion related. Yes, we know that a t shirt and shorts is usually the go to boat attire. But with a classic boat you do have a social responsibility to be part of the scene. Do you really want to be in a day glow neon lime green shirt in a classic boat? No. You don’t and no one else wants you that way either. Now, you can also go to far and wear costume, or vintage, which “over done” can be a little odd. Like Star Trek convention odd!
Its one of the subtle dangers of matching cloths. It’s a fine line. To be honest, even our sexy Lancaster hats can be a bit much. Just ask your wife, if you can still find it after she hid it. So what is right? Well, first, who are we to have an opinion on what you wear on your boat? Well, we are Woody Boater and together we can decide.
We like simple patterns that are timeless. For shirts, simple stripes, or patterns have been around at the time.If you are getting into the 1960’s fashion though, bolder colors and possibly some more pazazz.
But the stripes and solid colors always work. Which brings up color, which may be the most important thing. A great site for reference is called VintageDancer, yeah yeah, we are not dancing, but its a great reference.
Color. Each period of time, has certain colors that were popular during that time period. So for example, if you own a 1948 boat, that was designed with a certain color pallet in mind.
Not day glow lime green. But certainly a green. One way to figure this out is to google fashion from your time period. You will quickly get the jist of things. Khaki, Argyle, more earth torn versions of color.
Boats in the 50’s loved Pastel colors where as in the 70’s they shifted back to earth tones, browns ,tan, sunflower yellow, Avocado green. The point here is that you should be aware of the color trend of your era of boat. That way, you can get away with wearing a avocado t shirt in your 70’s Orange boat, and it fits. But you would look wrong in a 1950’s boat. See, wasn’t that simple. Now hats.
Hats. You can NEVER go wrong with a simple Ball Cap. Khaki, Blue, Black. The second you wonder into new shapes and colors you need to be aware that the Dale Earnhardt Hat is NEVER a go to. In fact, that hat doesn’t really go with anything, except a trailer. HEY, just say’n. This is fashion, we can be catty! As to your skipper cap. Sorry, the cheap ones are just as bad as the Dale Earnhardt hat. And maybe just maybe the Lancaster Hat, Maybe????? work in certain situations. But the fact is, they are somewhat costumeish on men. And costumish is not what we are going for here. But women? It works also sometimes. BUT???? OK, lets talk sunglasses!
Sunglasses. OK, this is a big one. You need to make sure you are not wearing high tech orange mirrored sunglasses. I know you think you look cool, you don’t. Not on a classic boat. Simple RayBan’s Way fair are always OK, but after the 1940’s. Pre 1950’s you may consider The RayBan Aviators. There are of course lots of fun options here. Post 1950 stuff got fun, and for Women, real fun. Floor it in that area.
The crazier the better. For men, stick to simple but period.
Consider green lenses, blue, not the grey of today. Also Clip ones were part of the look back in the day. Here is a great website on old sunglasses. CLICK HERE to Kalsik.org
Shoes. OK, Simple boat shoes are always OK, Certain simple Keds are OK. Certain canvas shoes, yes. Red White and Blue Sperries? Well, we made the call on that last week. NO! And a HUGE NO. Clog CROCS. NO, No, NO! And I was a fan of them. But no! Not to mention they can be not so good boat shoes when they wear out.
And you look like a dork in them. Sorry. Trust me, I heard it enough. Crocs have come out with a more boat shoe looking version. So? Maybe, But leather and canvas are made from a material that was used back in the day. That’s the way to go.
Sport Coats and nice shirts. You know what, we like that. Its not done enough, but many of our boats in the 1930s and 20’s were used in formal attire. So a nice button down shirt is nice. The Sport coat thing, could be a bit much if you are alone, but if you are the driver and have pals, its a fun thing. And the idea of a “Formal boat ride” is a fun idea. It might get a tad warm, but this is fashion. You know what they say?
This will be an ongoing feature on Woody Boater, as spring comes close we can talk shorts, swimsuits, more hats, watches, socks or no socks. maybe help people with there boats that are fashion challenged. Got a lime green Donzi?