Dubbed “the world’s greatest superyacht event”, Monaco Yacht Week does not disappoint - and neither should the sartorial choices on display. For the majority of show-goers, their time spent in Monaco will be comprised of attending event after event. Due to the hectic schedules that are so common during MYW, one should be able to focus his or her time and attention on topics more important than “What should I wear today?”. For that reason, we have done the research for you.
Having evolved into a major trade show since its first show was held in 1991, the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show is set to awe-inspire attendees yet again. Held between September 27th and 30th in Port Hercules, making an impeccable first impression is essential as an attendee, whether you will be yacht-hopping or attending high-profile meetings within the city.
Located along France’s Mediterranean coastline, average October temperatures within the French city-state remain between approximately 16 and 20 degrees, with the average sea temperature hovering near 20 degrees. The typically temperate climate of the French Riviera makes dressing for MYW all the more flexible.
When it comes to day wear, a navy blue, single-breasted jacket tends to be a safe bet. If the blazer displays a top breast pocket with the Monaco Yacht Club coat of arms, you should not wear a pocket-handkerchief. Additionally, only officers should wear gold or silver buttons; navy buttons are preferred for other attendees. Between October 1 and April 30, it is recommended to wear grey bottoms: skirts or pants for women, trousers for men.
Women can be comfortable and chic by wearing daytime dresses, chic jumpsuits, and blouse and skirt combinations. Fitting accessories include oversized sunglasses, comfortable loafers, ballet flats, a medium-sized purse (large enough to fit your laptop, if necessary), minimalistic jewelry or a classic watch.
As for men, they will be well off wearing classic-colored blazers, white sport shirts, navy blue or grey trousers (not white), and boat shoes or leather loafers. Women can wear open-toe sandals but never flip-flops or tennis shoes, and men should not wear shorts, tennis shoes or open-toe footwear.
Considering that Monaco Yacht Week’s environment is conducive to making plenty of new connections, it’s not uncommon to be invited to another event by a newly acquired acquaintance. If invited on the spot, you can best assume that smart casual attire will be suitable (unless explicitly stated otherwise). If invited to a formal evening event, a suit is expected for men and a formal or cocktail dress (depending on the dress code) is expected for women. Some events require black tie attire, as well, so it is recommended to ask the host for dress code clarification.
A classic evening look for men could include a navy blue, double- or single-breasted jacket paired with a white dress shirt. If one chooses to wear a Yacht Club de Monaco evening tie, the coordinating Yacht Club de Monaco stickpin should be placed 10 c.m. away from the knot. Between October 1 and April 30, one can wear grey bottoms during the evening, as well – skirts or pants for women, trousers for men.
Women may also have the option to wear cashmere to smart casual events, cocktail dresses to formal events, or black tie attire if recommended. Accessories should include smart stilettos (without platforms), embellished clutches and a unique watch. Men can dress in subtly printed blazers, a white dress shirt and grey chinos or slim-fit black trousers. Suede or leather loafers (without laces), patterned pocket square and cufflinks can be added accordingly. Formal attire or a suit should be worn if recommended.