How many terms do you use that have their origin in a seafaring culture? I would say you "know the ropes" of at least a few. Like anything great, nautical lifestyle has a rich tradition that is overtly present in our every day culture. Whether it be the way we compare a drunken man staggering like a boat which is three sheets to the wind, or to the way we dress ourselves to resemble the salty sailors of the 1800's Royal British Navy. The allure of the nautical lifestyle is one that is common among many people, and although not everyone has access to a 60 foot Beneteau Yacht, many still enjoy the lifestyle that is present among the yachting community.
In my experience, sailing is about freedom and immersing yourself into the nautical culture. Sailing demands a thorough understanding of the boat, the water, the wind, and the world in general. Sailing was the first form of worldly exploration and these roots are still alive today in the hearts of modern sailors. Sure, there isn't necessarily any "new land" to discover, but yet the lust for adventure, and journeying into the unknown is a major pull factor for myself and sailors alike. There are so many reasons to be a part of the nautical community, and one that speaks out to both sailors and land lubbers, is the fashion. Nautical style in clothing is a major influence on coastal cities across the globe. Bright red and blue stripes, and of course boat shoes are a timeless look and will never go out of style. After all, they have been around for hundreds of years, so it's safe to say that nautical clothing wont be going the way of disco any time soon. In fact some of today's most popular yachting brands are steeped in naval tradition and reflect this history in their clothing. Paul & Shark, Nautica, and Sperry, are some of a few great brands that incorporate this classic look into their fashion design.
The Menswear Club: August Parcel 2016 - "The Reckless Yachtsman"
Our August Parcel took inspiration from the nautical fashion industry to bring our members an incredible selection of items that all fit the specific theme. Since sailing is an amazing part of my life - or should I say lifestyle, I wanted to share some of the passion and fashion to those who dare to dream of captaining their own vessel some day. Products that we included in this Parcel were the Seville Anchor Bracelet by Bolt & Stone, the Oceanside Tie by Dazi, nautical themed No-Show Socks by Unsimply Stitched, and After Sun Mist Spray by Herbivore Botanicals.
Yet, the question still remains. Why do we want to dress like the worldly Traders and Pirates of years past? The answer will vary from person to person. I think it might have something to do with the fact that we all want the sense of adventure. We want to be a part of a grand journey that takes you to different places, tests your limits, challenges you mentally and physically, lifts you up, and slams you down! Or it simply could be the fact that navy and red stripes please the eye! Whatever the reason, there is no denying that the nautical "look" captures the eye and soul, and it will continue to do so for many passages to come.