Fort Lauderdale Boat Show: How to Stand out for All the Right Reasons

by Kevin Swan on September 25, 2019

It’s almost that time of year again. Come October 30th until November 3rd, yacht experts and boat enthusiasts worldwide will head to Fort Lauderdale - the “yachting capital of the USA” - and gather for the annual 60th International Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Known as the “The Greatest Boat Show On The Seven Seas” according to their official website, there will be a wide variety of boats on display, with exhibits ranging from yacht builders and designers to dynamic car and boat brokers.

So, the dates have been in your diary forever, you’ve got your ticket, and now all you need is the perfect look. Here’s how to stand out for all the right reasons at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

Consider the weather forecast.

According to the latest forecast, the weather is set to be a mixture of sunshine and showers over the course of the Boat Show. Temperature - wise, there will be a high of 84 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 69. You know what that means? You’re going to have to dig into your summer closet! Depending on where you’re currently located, you might already be embracing fall fashion, which means that you’ve had layers in hand since early September. The best thing to do is to take summer wear as your base, fall layers in case of chilly evenings, and waterproofs to keep you dry during any rain storms. That way, you’re completely covered for all potential weathers.

Showcase the boating look.

yacht fashionFrom industry professionals to hobbyists, everybody at the event is going to look like they’ve just stepped off a yacht (because a lot of them actually will have!) In case you didn’t get the memo, the ultimate boating look is cool yet understated, whilst also promoting the elements of luxury and high quality. Whether you’re male or female, think: smart shorts or chinos combined with textured shirts, seersucker, performance button ups and sophisticated pullovers. Then simply finish off your stylish boating look with a lightweight soft sports coat and distinctive pair of sunglasses.

Dress to impress, but also for comfort.

Fort Lauderdale boat showIf you’re heading to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, you’ll likely spend multiple days there, for long hours at a time, so you have to take the potential heat into consideration.

Linen shirts are perfect when it comes to warm weather, as the fabric is breathable and lightweight . With a relaxed fit and soft finish, a luxury linen promotes ultimate comfort with a classic style. Men, you can stay cool in the humidity by pairing your linen with a great pair of chino shorts and boat shoes by day, then throw on a textured soft sports coat in the evening.

Ladies, simply team this shirt with a pair of shorts, sunglasses and a floppy fedora to epitomize boating chic completing a fresh, summery feel - ideal for the Yacht Show.


Nod to the latest trends.

Sure, you’ll be dressed in summer wear when it’s technically fall, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t showcase this season’s fashion trends through your outfits. The easiest way you can do this is by wearing on-trend colors.

designer mens poloLadies, why not take inspiration from many Italian designers and promote one of the hottest colors of the fall season - vino. A textured pattern top in a beautiful wine hue that would look killer with a tan, beige shorts and summer wedges.

Men, if you also feel like referencing some of fall’s luscious shades, then take your pick - vino, lavender and reds are huge for you right now. A casual polo can be a universal and safe selection, but selecting the right polo in a oversaturated market can be daunting. Starting with fabric choice can narrow the selection. A fantastic blend of Cotton and Silk can make a polo soft and breathable but with a uniquely elegant finish. Simply combine this with white chinos and signature sunglasses for a look that will pack a real fashion punch.

Whether you plan to spend everyday at the Yacht Show, or only visit briefly during one day, you’re guaranteed to have a good time! Have fun, stay dry and follow our fashion advice - and you’re sure to stand out for all the right reasons.