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Fashionable sailors

November 22, 2015
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One of the essentials not paid much attention in mainstream sailing media is fashion.  What do long distance cruisers wear? At least, when we do wear clothes.  Now we don’t always wear clothes but in port and anchored close to other boats and/or local villages we do try to aspire to be respectful and cover up.  But when we don’t, what clothes do we wear?

So, one day in the Seychelles Yacht Club we were all having lunch and decided to take a few photos of what people were wearing.  Of course, the women were far more discerning about what they were wearing compared to the men.  You judge with the following pictures.

THE WOMEN

Sunday Brunch finery with Utta from Imagine, Divinia from Divanty, Marcia from Strider and Connie from Sage

Sunday Brunch finery with Utta from Imagine, Davina from Divanty, Marcia from Strider and Connie from Sage

 

Marcia dressing very tropical with Fijian cotton print shirt, REI capris and Keen shoes

Marcia dressing very tropical with Fijian cotton print shirt, REI capris and Keen shoes

 

Divina is wearing a matching short set with croc shoes to match

Davina is wearing a matching short set with croc shoes to match

 

Utta is most fashionable wearing a dress by Isayake (?)

Utta is most fashionable wearing a dress by Isayake (?)

 

Connie fashions a hand embroidered top from Sri Lanka, shoes by Keens

Connie fashions a hand embroidered top from Sri Lanka and shoes by Keens

Of course there are always those moments where hi-fashion has to be put aside for practical reasons:

For those hikes where cool waterfalls or streams are available it's always handy to have a wrap to use after bathing. Connie hard on the slopes

For those hikes where cool waterfalls or streams are available it’s always handy to have a wrap to use after bathing. Connie hard on the slopes

 

Nives, our Seychelles crew/guest, sports the latest in Seychelloise millinery fashion with a hand woven husk hat

Nives, our Seychelles crew/guest, sports the latest in Seychelloise millinery fashion with a hand-woven husk hat

 

Looking good in the dinghy is important - here Kirsten from Lop To and Connie from Sage display the latest in dinghy wear

Looking good in the dinghy is important – here Kirsten from Lop To and Connie from Sage display the latest in dinghy wear

 

THE MEN

Men haven’t caught on to the importance of fashion wear in the cruising community but there are some great displays and attempts at trying to fit in to the highly competitive world of cruisers fashion

Leading the men's pack is onboard Momo

Leading the men’s pack is Bernie onboard Momo

 

Second in the 'men' pack is Dave sporting a Fijian cotton print with Tilley shorts

Second in the ‘men’ pack is Dave sporting a Fijian cotton print with Tilley shorts

 

And then there is the group attempt to fit in.

For visiting the sacred banyan tree in Nosy Be one must be appropriately dressed

For visiting the sacred banyan tree in Nosy Be one has to be appropriately dressed.               Standing from left to right: Kirsten (Lop To), Peter and Utta (crew on Pipistrelle), Helmut (Lop To), Bob (Pipistrelle), Rose and Steve (Emerald Sea).

And then there is yours truly:

Tony at rest

Tony at rest – hat by Tilley, scarf by Enoki and shirt from a thrift shop in Victoria

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie Boldt permalink
    November 24, 2015 21:38

    Have all the fashonistas made the same crossing as you on SAGE?
    Will we have more fashion shows in the future?
    I liked Bernie’s get up the best.. what it lacks in co-ordination it makes up for in color!
    Hope you are on the road to recovery.
    We are camped at San Carlos in Sonora for a week.. some R&R after 6 days of steady driving.
    Next Sunday we leave for another 2 day stint to Rincon.
    Hasta luego,
    Annie B.

  2. November 24, 2015 21:42

    Tony:

    Kudus from the Value village Poster Boy

    Namste,
    Fred

  3. Archer permalink
    November 24, 2015 23:16

    Love those Tilley hats

  4. Darrel and Loretta Smith permalink
    November 24, 2015 23:31

    Great post. Lots of laughs. You’re such a good looking, fashionable bunch … an inspiration. L&D xx

  5. Sue Donaldson permalink
    November 25, 2015 03:20

    Cheating Tony with that façonnable photo of you IN FRANCE when you were able to spend time cultivating the manly little scarf look– bwaahahahahaha

  6. Pippa permalink
    November 25, 2015 06:05

    High fashion on the High Seas …. What a deeelicious bunch you are !

  7. November 25, 2015 08:11

    Stylin’!

  8. jalnagibb permalink
    November 25, 2015 09:04

    I laughed out loud – thoroughly enjoyed the fashion details and pics! I did note the designer labels!!!! Rick would have had trouble competing. He wears shorts , shorts and more shorts – no socks – even though it’s -2. Now that i have retrieved my mitts, hats and woolies from the moth balls, your attire looks amazing – trade you!

    Jalna

    Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:31:05 +0000 To: jalnagibb@hotmail.com

  9. Brian Gibb permalink
    November 25, 2015 09:26

    I really hope that Kirsten, from Lop To, has for some hedge clippers to deal with her upper lip ~ unless that was just my darling brother pretending to go incognito. Cheers … Brian – glad to see you guys are still having a blast (other than the windy kind!)

  10. Brian Gibb permalink
    November 25, 2015 09:37

    OOPS! … oh the shame and the humiliation and the apologies!!!!! I took another look and realized that Kirsten does not have a moustache but, with the Tilly hat, does have a remarkable resemblance to “my darling brother” …. please forgive me (and my aging eyes), Kirsten. In my attempts to have some elder sibling fun at my brother’s expense, I certainly didn’t mean any harm. ~ Brian (this system won’t let me use a tiny font!)

  11. November 30, 2015 00:10

    Vogue magazine, eat your heart out! Great post with stunning models …

  12. November 30, 2015 17:40

    Glad to hear from you . Congratulations for the colorful competiton. Here ,on our hills,
    covered with frost in the morning, you woul have to wear warm woolies . Glad to see
    you enjoy life. We duly received you card from southAfrica.Thx. for your kind worries
    about our situation in those days of terrorism. We are lucky not to have had any
    casualties among our youg ones who were having dinner in a closeby restaurant.
    We hope Mr. Diesel’s engine will soon be running again !!
    All the very best to both of you , from Janine & Gilbert in France.

  13. Patrick permalink
    December 1, 2015 04:51

    Nice new collection 2016!? Tony, you must Be lost on the Middle of that beautiful lady?
    Big kisses!

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