LONDON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Summer is almost in view and the social calendar is beginning to look very nautical indeed. From Henley Royal Regatta to luxury Royal Caribbean voyages, the summer months mean fantastic parties besides sparkling rivers and oceans. But when the style stakes can be as competitive as regatta rowing, it's important to plan the perfect outfit to fit the occasion.
Henley Royal Regatta is renowned across the world and is one of the highlights of the summer sporting season. Thousands of visitors flock to the riverbank every year to enjoy five days of Olympic-standard races and British hospitality.
Gentlemen lucky enough to be invited into the ultra-exclusive Stewards' Enclosure at Henley will need to wear a blazer or lounge suit and complete their look with a tie or cravat. Ladies should don a dress or skirt that lies below the knee - consider sleeveless styles, which are the best choice for a hot summer's day.
The dress code is slightly less formal in the Regatta Enclosure, where many visitors choose a vintage style to honour the long heritage of this rowing event. Think crisp white shorts and striped blazers for the men and floral sundresses for the ladies.
Towering heels are not the best choice for getting around on soft ground, so female regatta visitors should rely on a sensible heel instead. A glamorous hat or headpiece provides the ultimate finishing touch to an outfit worthy of a royal day out.
Those looking at cheap Caribbean cruises this summer can embrace a greater range of fashion choices. Daywear aboard a ship should be smart-casual, with many passengers choosing the classic combination of white shorts and polo shirts. The Sports Deck offers traditional sporting pursuits such as lawn bowls and croquet, so it's important for holidaymakers to rise to the occasion with chinos, boat shoes and white dresses. Blue and white is a classic cruise combination, while red, yellow and turquoise are a great way to add a pop of colour to a nautical look.
Although many cheap cruises no longer require passengers to dress in black tie every evening, an ocean voyage is the perfect time for holidaymakers to flaunt their finest. Women should pack at least one cocktail dress for evenings of dinner and dancing, which can either fall above or below the knee. Male passengers can dress down in an informal suit or go all out in a tuxedo to revive the golden age of cruise travel.
SOURCE Thomas Cook