The Wardrobe Swap

The end of the yachting season is characteristically a time when many crew go on vacation or leave their current yacht to pursue new adventures. This means that you inevitably have to tackle your overflowing cabin closet to avoid shipping large amounts of belongings across the world.

Super yacht stewardess love to shop; especially when you have just been paid your monthly tax-free salary or a generous charter tip. Retail therapy is an escape from work, the confines of the yacht plus it makes you feel great. We usually have limited time to rummage through the rails at the nearest boutique or department stores so we just buy clothes that we think look great and don’t bother trying them on. This results in a wardrobe of unworn apparel that triggers ‘retail therapy losers’ when you .

Two weeks ago my friend, Sam, and I started chatting about doing a wardrobe swap at Rybovich Super yacht Marina (Rybo). I have attended a similar event back home in Cape Town and that is where I found some of my most cherished items.

We chatted to the Rybo guest services staff and they loved the idea and gave us the go ahead. Sam and I headed to the M/Y Cafe one evening after work with a bottle of red in hand and my Mac Book Pro. We brainstormed the logistics of the event and I designed this poster to advertise the event:

The Wardrobe Swap poster I designed

The Wardrobe Swap poster I designed

On the day, we improvised with what we could find around Rybo and set up the Wardrobe Swap. I found a long swimming pool net pole and kindly asked our deck crew to use our heaving lines to hang the pole from the rafters. It worked out really well and was surprising easy to set up. We moved the couches and tables around and starting arranging the apparel as it arrived. Sam had thought ahead and had compiled an awesome playlist on her iPhone which we hooked up to the outdoor sound system.

After everyone met one another with a glass of wine, the swapping or ‘free shopping’ began. As most of the ladies were trying to reduce their wardrobe for packing purposes; some only took a few items at first. After trying on some apparel and enjoying another glass of wine, some took another few items.

Stewardesses Bethany Hodnefield (M/Y Seven Jays) and Mariel Villarroel (freelance) started their own bikini line called the Bottom Line. They are in the early stages of launching their gorgeous and very comfortable bikinis so this was a great opportunity to showcase their products. I landed up buying one and love it!

The Bottom Line creators, Bethany and Mariel.

The Bottom Line creators, Bethany and Mariel.

The Wardrobe Swap ladies at Rybovich Superyacht Marina

The Wardrobe Swap ladies at Rybovich Superyacht Marina.

It was such a lovely warm Florida evening and a great success. I mean, how can you go wrong? Free clothes, shoes, accessories and meeting like-minded fun ladies.

Clothes, accessories, shoes

Clothes, accessories, shoes and the Bottom Line bikini range.

Note the superb DIY yachtie clothing rail

Note the superb DIY yachtie clothing rail.

It was such a hit that we have been asked to host another Wardrobe Swap and may even branch out and do a Ladies Night Out sometime soon in West Palm.

Thank you to everyone who was involved. Great success!

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3 Responses to The Wardrobe Swap

  1. Katie this look awesome! I’ve been to a similar one before and loved it too!
    Well done on the organising! x

    • katiewilter says:

      Thanks Lulu and Tash! It was great fun and surprisingly the easiest thing I have organized. Tash, unfortunately we have already donated the leftovers to charity but I’ll think of BVI if we do it again 🙂

  2. tashi says:

    very cool skate! send any leftovers to BVI 🙂

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