The Sea Shanty Is Ascendant. Here’s How to Dress Like the Flyest Sailor on the Ship.

It’s official, folks: The world has flipped for the sea shanty. Bolstered by a wellspring of surprisingly delightful renditions first circulated on TikTok, the sea shanty—a style of folk song attributed to sailors working on board large merchant vessels during the mid-1800s—has fully taken over, dominating timelines from port to starboard.

But this week, a similarly nautical revolution was going down on this very site, where in the past few days alone we touched on the transformative power of the cable-knit sweater, a longtime staple for veteran sailors the world over, and the enduring appeal of the peacoat, a bona fide icon of seafaring style if there ever was one. So much so, in fact, that a whole bunch of people are now saying we’re singlehandedly responsible for kicking off The Great Sea Shanty Revival of early 2021. (Okay, so no one’s saying that. Sue me. It’s called creative license.)

Intrigued by the stylistic merits of the genre? You’re in luck! So are we. Because, as it turns out, there’s never been a better time to dress like a rugged old sea dog. Which means it’s time to hop on the bandwagon, baby. No shame in it. And if you’ve already mastered the best of what #shantytok has to offer, we put together a list chock full of thick, gale-ready knitwear (and a few well-chosen accessories) sure to see you through any storm—on the high seas or the high street—in style.

Hey, if it was good enough for 19th century whalers willing to lose a leg to score their payday, it’s sure as hell good enough for you.

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Cashmere Rib Beanie



Because as every sailor knows, no winter-ready fit is truly complete without one. 

Private White Manchester Wool Cashmere Peacoat

Todd Snyder


Good on the sea, great on the street. 

Low-Gauge Crewneck Sweater

Uniqlo x J.W. Anderson


Anchors away! 

Mill Pants

Flint and Tinder


The hard-wearing work pants that’ll get you through even the worst winter gales. 

Angler Moc Nubuck Boat Shoes



The best shoes to buy, even if you’ve never stepped foot on a boat. 

Tin Packer Hat



Rustic in all the right ways. 

Huston Corduroy-Trimmed Fleece Gilet



Believe you me: if they had fleece when the canon of classic shanties was being written, sailors around the world would be singing its praises too. 

Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater

L.L. Bean


Melville approved. 

365 Corduroy Pants

Flint and Tinder


Stretch corduroys you’ll want to live in, on land or sea. 

Mateo All Weather Boots



Boots that’ll help you steer the course, no matter what the elements send your way. 

Alex Beanie

Begg & Co


Cashmere so soft it’ll help keep any imminent winter chills indefinitely stalled at port. 

Chouyatou Classic Double Breasted Wool Peacoat



As classic as they come, for a very friendly price.

Cable-Knit Donegal Merino Wool and Cashmere-Blend Scarf

Inis Meáin


An Aran-inspired cable knit scarf sourced straight from one of the islands where the style originated. 

Cable-Knit Virgin Wool Sweater



The swankiest cable knit we’ve seen in a minute. (And that’s saying something.)

Rugged Flex Rigby Cargo Pants



Rugged in every sense of the word. 

Desert Boots

Clarks Originals


Your brand new sea legs are officially but a boot away.  

Guernsey Stitch Sweater



A study in naval-inspired, uh, navy sweaters, in three parts. First up, the classic Guernsey stitch option. 

Fisherman Sweater



Second, a classic fisherman style of team Outerknown. 

Hero Lambswool Roll-Neck Sweater



And last (but certainly not least!) an all-time roll-neck style from the knitwear gods at Shackleton. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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