Y Magazine

Nautical But Nice

The Extreme Sailing Series starts in Oman this week, so raise the sails with seafaring style, says Penny Fray.

Marine mode seems to be a ubiquitous catwalk trend – and this season is no different with everyone from Michael Kors to Tommy Hilfiger indulging in colourful stripes.

While Muscat’s malls are currently overrun with Breton style t-shirts, blazers and anchor-themed accessories, why not add some individual flair to the look by experimenting with shapes, patterns and bold, clashing colours?

Try a shot of neon, embrace spots or just keep it preppy by teaming cropped trousers with a classic French top and boating shoes.

If you just want to flirt with the boating trend, statement jewellery with sea-themed emblems should do the trick.

Leather Tote, GAP – RO52

Hermes’ Clipper Watch – Price on request

La Redoute T-Shirt – RO10 – www.leroute.com

Fashion Targets Denim, M&S – RO12

Silk Dress, Beyond Vintage – R0160


  1. Riviera chic is one of the simplest everyday styles to pull off as it all starts with a stripy tee – something we all have lurking in the back of the wardrobe. Pair with this season’s must-have – slightly rolled-up coloured chinos with tan or nude coloured heels for extra leg-lengthening power and a nipped-in soft blazer, and your look is complete.
  2. Who says you have to wear stripes to embrace Riviera chic? Wear a ’50s-style broderie dress with ballet pumps or a pair of loose-fitting linen trousers and some beautiful gold and aquamarine jewellery.
  3. Wear both vertical and horizontal stripes at the same time for a modern take on the sailing look.