Just like yacht crew agencies – there seems to be so many yacht crew uniform suppliers now. Seems every retired yachty either sets up an agency, starts a blog or opens a uniform shop. Not that this has helped to lower the price though. We pay a lot of money for our fine uniforms, but this is definitely one area where we don’t want to cheap out.
The uniforms we wear represent the style and professionalism of the yacht. You only get one chance to make a ‘first impression’.
Most often you will see yachties in khaki bottoms and white polo’s. They may look all the same from the outside, but there will be marked differences – mostly in quality and durability.
Whilst it is tempting to go off kilter and try and be ‘original’, it would be advised not to deviate too far off the traditional uniforms that we see most yachties wear. Most attempts that chief stews make in trying to be unique, just come across as unprofessional and out of place.
Think about all the airlines you fly on. The traditional uniform is pretty much the same across the board. Just colours and patterns change – not so much the style.
The yacht wear variations that we see today, presents a professional and smart crew who uphold the industry’s symbolic professionalism.
CHOOSING A UNIFORM
When choosing a uniform it is 100% about fabric and quality. Due to the nature of our work, with constant movement and increased body temperatures – we want a fabric that can move with us, and breathe easy.
For outdoor crew in particular, where the body temperatures will rise with the nature of the work – it’s best to fit your crew out with a light cotton or merino wool polo. Natural fibers will absorb moisture more readily than synthetic fibers, however they generally don’t dry off a quick, which means those dreaded sweat marks can stay around longer.
Whilst polyester fabric needs less ironing and often falls nicely and doesn’t crease – it also doesn’t breathe or readily absorb moisture. It does however dry quickly and a poly blend combination could give a fair compromise to both arguments.
Merino wool is another good option. It has little pockets in the threads that absorb moisture and release it slowly, giving a wool shirt surprisingly good cooling properties. And wool doesn’t soak up odors like synthetics, an added bonus in hot weather.
If you’re buying skorts or capri’s for your girls, you definitely want to consider a cotton /elastane blend for extra movement. Most, but not all, of the skorts and capri’s from reputable suppliers will have approximately 3% elastane.
CHOOSING A SUPPLIER
The following uniform suppliers have been around for a long time. They have listened to crew and provide comfortable and durable clothing.
Liquid Yacht Wear
Haute Yacht Wear – Fort Lauderdale
For a complete list of uniform suppliers worldwide, have a look at YACHTING PAGES