New England: Bold Color, Understated Style

For a classic New England tour on your private luxury yacht charter, you’ll need all the essentials but with an extra dose of patriotic color and style. Preppy may rule the day, but smart fashion stretches those limits a bit from the topsider and khaki mindset.

New England picks for the pack from The Best of Yachting Virtual Valise will earn you admiring glances while maintaining a sense of what’s proper in high social circles. Put these together with an iconic itinerary from Newport to Boston, and make your own headlines.

In a dramatic swimwear style for her, Moeva’s red cutouts echo patriotic color while paying homage to high style in a no-nonsense red one piece with strategic slices. For him, a Ralph Lauren Purple Label choice in navy, paired with espadrilles and a classic tee, establishes an easygoing but stylish image.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label 5” Swim Trunk
Ralph Lauren Purple Label 5” Swim Trunk

How about some classic aviators, made right here in Massachusetts? Randolph Engineering makes the best. Great style with mineral crown glass lenses, and a lifetime warranty on solder joints, the Sportsman model does away with 98-100 percent of the UV rays. Choose gunmetal finish, or 23k gold plate. Christian Roth designs lots of things, but his sunglass style is over the top, mixing tradition with color and some quirky details. For her, the Fly Girl combines tortoise shell with a swish of red, and mismatched polka dots in a voluptuous cat eye frame.

Christian Roth Fly Girl
Christian Roth Fly Girl

For a smooth groove of a day on board the yacht, Donna Karan creates a breezy sweater and pull on pant in flawless detail. Choose the monochromatic look of either black or white. For him, Helly Hansen has the answer with a cool sailing polo and high tech sailing shorts that look great and dry in an instant. Ample cargo pockets and several adjustments make them comfortable, before, and after, indulging in New England’s fabulous seafood fests.

Dress it up just a notch with this Lilly Pulitzer Topanga dress for her. Perfect with sandals, high or low, depending on where you go. Dress it up with heeled sandals and some bling, and you’re ready for any high end affair at the yacht club. Slip on some flats, and it’s off to the beach or a casual, waterside pub. Pick the Stuart Weitzman See You wedge for versatile appeal. For him, The Andover Shop does a navy travel blazer, great with khakis for an upper crust dinner, or good with jeans and a silk tee for simplified evenings. Either way, topsiders are the footwear of choice, or perhaps even a pair of savvy Tod’s Gommino slip ons, if you dare.

Pennsylvania Tourbillon
Pennsylvania Tourbillon

Quality is alive and well in the watchmaking world, right here in America. Roland G. Murphy, a graduate of the prestigious WOSTEP school in Switzerland, is creating exceptional timepieces, one at a time, by hand, with precision and beauty. His RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon, available in stainless steel, gold, or platinym, is tribute to the fine craftsmanship in all RGM timepieces. For her, the hugely popular Shinola watches out of Detroit are making big waves. This Runwell women’s sport watch is why. Looks great, runs great, fun to wear.

In an absolutely beautiful balance of form and function, Zero Halliburton’s line of lightweight travel cases make perfect sense. Designed to keep elements out and keep contents in, this flyweight luggage brand works wonders. Available in several colors, and sizes from huge wardrobe all the way down to briefcases, the design performs flawlessly and looks very different from most. Pack it up and ship on out. You are now ready to board.

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