One of my boyfriend’s and my favorite films is the 1996 White Squall, based on the true story of the ill-fated 1961 school sailing trip aboard the Albatross. In 1960-61, the brigantine was the vessel that united a group of 13 school boys during their ocean academy in a strong bond of loyalty and trust – with the ship, Dr. Sheldon their “Skipper”, and with each other. The film eloquently captures the adventure and wonder that the boys experience on their travels from the Bahamas, through the Caribbean, to the Galapagos, and back again. During their voyage the boys experienced rigorous sailing training, and with the disciplined encouragement and guidance of their “Skipper”, they became men. About eight months into their journey, the Albatross was hit by a white squall west of the Dry Tortugas. She keeled over almost instantly, taking with her Dr. Sheldon’s wife, the ship’s cook, and four of the boys. This tragic tale is brought to life by director Ridley Scott, heavy hitter Jeff Bridges (tanned and tough as ever), and 90’s teenage heartthrobs Scott Wolf, Jeremy Sisto, and Ryan Phillippe. It’s a great film, not only for it’s heartfelt story, but also for the sartorial elements. For me it’s not as much about the pressed chinos and the of-the-moment short sleeved button-front shirts the boys show up in before they start their voyage. It’s what they wear while living on their new home, the Albatross. I especially love Jeff Bridges’ wardrobe. It’s the essentials of a sailor who spends his life at sea: chino shorts ripped and sunwashed, white T’s and polos worn thin from everyday wear and tear, boat shoes that have seen better days, and sunglasses secured by frayed peeper keepers. This is what style inspired by sailing looks like to me. It’s not just an idea, it’s a lifestyle.