America’s Cup fever is at an all-time peak, with many of us poised to show our support for Emirates Team New Zealand as they defend the world’s oldest international sporting trophy on Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour this month.

Sartorially speaking, understated elegance has always surrounded the sailing world, and whether you’re lucky enough to watch the action from a boat on the water, with the hordes of fans in the Cup village at the Viaduct Harbour, or with friends at home, we’ve got you covered with a curated mix of fresh, casual basics with a nod to the nautical. Let’s go, Emirates Team New Zealand!

Ruby Avalon tie shirt, $229
A loose shirt tied at the waist and paired with well-cut shorts and sandals or espadrilles is a classic nautical look. I’d buy this in a generous size, tie it in the front and wear it over a bikini top. Shop

Aje Darcel denim shorts, $340
There is no denying the best place to watch the action is on board a yacht or launch, and if you’re lucky enough to do so, you’ll want your look to be boat friendly. Avoid maxi dresses or anything fussy with too much fabric. I recommend shorts, and these from Aje would be a perfect sophisticated alternative to classic denim shorts. Shop

Karen Walker Britannia silk scarf, $145
Inspired by her new love of sailing, Karen Walker released a capsule collection in collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the official home of the America’s Cup since New Zealand’s win in Bermuda in 2017. The range consists of sailing-friendly windbreakers, sun hats, towels and clothing. Tie this scarf loosely around the neck to keep the midday sun off your chest. Shop

Nomadic State of Mind sandals in camel, $179.99 from Atamira 
These on-trend rope sandals have been popping up at many chic occasions over the warm months. They are comfortable, versatile and, better still, won’t scratch a boat’s deck. They are available in a range of styles and colours. Shop

Janessa Leone kai bao straw fedora, $449 from Superette International 
Essential item number one for anyone out in the sun on a hot Kiwi early-autumn afternoon is a beautiful wide-brimmed hat. There’s a plethora to choose from, and something for all budgets, but this one appeals for its thickly woven straw and extra-wide brim to supply maximum shade. Shop


Prada Linea Rossa sunglasses, AU$355 from Sunglass Hut
Look the part in these performance sunglasses from the Prada Linea Rossa collection. Add a neoprene sunglass strap from Burnsco if you want to really stand out. Shop

Thom Morison Studio tote bag in natural, $90
I’m often perplexed how men can get by without a handbag, especially on days when they need more than just their car keys and wallet. This classic canvas tote is locally made, looks great, and would be the perfect place to store your binoculars, swimwear, towel and hopefully even a cheeky bottle of Mumm. Shop

Asuwere panama shirt, $169
Beat the heat and wear a loose-fitting button-down shirt while you watch the racing. Linen or cotton will be best; wear it on its own or pair it with a simple t-shirt underneath and wear open. Shop

Lululemon Bowline 8-inch shorts, $89
The heat at this time of year can be brutal, so as well as looking sharp, you’ll also want your core temperature to stay as low as possible. The Bowline are classic smart, drawstring shorts made of a lightweight cooling fabric. Shop


Birkenstock Arizona EVA, $80
The EVA Birkenstock will happily get wet, and even float if it happens to go overboard. In this bright white shade it will look right at home at the marina. Think of these as elevated jandals. If the white is a little too attention-grabbing for your speed, these are also available in black, khaki and other, more subtle tones. Shop

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