Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Dinghy Test (From TDP, February, 2010)

Photo by Salt Water New England
There is a need for formal and business wear in life. But as much clothing as possible should pass "The Dinghy Test."

The questions are simple. Can the clothes you wear enable you - even encourage you - to successfully get in and out of a dinghy? Can they allow the range of motions required? Can your shoes provide traction? Can the clothes recover gracefully from less than successful attempts of entrance, egress or transport?

For example, this means no "dry clean only" garments. Every garment should be able to withstand some kind of washing; spot-cleaning or by hand if necessary.

In ability and temperament, we become more like the clothes we choose to wear. So it makes sense to choose garments that represent both who we are and who we want to be.


  1. Thank you for posting this again, Muffy. It really is a Classic!

  2. And shoes that don't pick up sand or grit so when you climb back aboard the boat... or at least are easily wiped or sluiced clean.

  3. No dangly jewelry, either.