A Style Guide to Men’s Nautical Clothing


Regardless of current trends, nautical clothing is a lifetime staple that makes an appearance throughout the year. It lends itself to both summer and winter. If done right, you could add a refined simplicity to your look. Here are some of the best nautical pieces to add to your wardrobe.


Breton Shirt

Dating back to 1853 this now popular T-shirt was once the uniform of the French navy based in Northern France. They quickly became a favorite with the fisherman of the region and the rest is history. Keep to the original style of navy and white stripes. A short sleeved T-shirt will be cooler when it’s warmer, while the long sleeve alternative will create a smart-casual look.


The Aran Sweater

Originating from the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, these sweaters are a winter essential. It’s chunky and rich texture will keep the chill off whilst looking great. There are so many options to choose from with plenty mass produced in different patterns and colors. If you’re looking for authenticity you could go for a luxurious wool and cashmere blend, hand crafted on the Aran Islands.

The Peacoat

Another firm favorite, it’s widely recognized that this was the coat of choice for the seafaring Dutch from as early as 1720. The double-breasted overcoat has changed very little over the years and remains a jacket for all occasions. The versatile piece works well with office wear, casual or formal clothing. It’s also well matched with other nautical items such as the roll neck sweater or Breton shirt.


The Raincoat

A fisherman wouldn’t be much good without his rain coat. You’ll want to be protected from the elements and a fisherman’s jacket is the smart, stylish choice. They are lightweight and waterproof, available in a selection of colors. Going for a bolder palette such as bright orange or yellow is a great way to stay true to the theme.



Technically, these began as part of a soldier’s uniform but gradually made an appearance as the seaman’s staple. They’ve become an important addition to any nautical themed outfit. During the hotter months, be sure to cuff the hems and go sockless for an authentic look. Always follow with the nautical palette of white, navy and red. These can also be paired with some boat shoes or for the winter months, some durable boots. Hunter boots are a great option providing durability and giving that rugged seafaring look.

With its timeless appeal, these items will be a great addition to your wardrobe for years to come. You want to keep it subtle though. Wearing too many nautical pieces may look like you’re wearing fancy dress. Choose a couple per outfit and you can’t go wrong

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