Planning a trip down south and wondering what to pack?
Banish your winter blues and update your vacation wardrobe with some gorgeous new styles to look hip on your holidays. Stylist Morgan Mullin has some suggestions.
You’re one of the lucky ones: Escaping the frigid winter weather on a glamorous cruise. It’ll be amazing- you can sun yourself, island hop, and eat lobster every single night. No wonder your friends are jealous. But if you’re scratching your head about what to pack, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with these tips:
To get the most out of your limited suitcase space, pack separates for daywear. This means you can mix and match to get more outfits!
Bermuda shorts and simple V-neck tees are great options to pack. Bermuda shorts are long enough to hide cellulite but still keep you cool. V-neck tees show just enough skin to keep you looking modern, but are casual enough to keep you from looking like you’re trying too hard.
Finish off daywear looks with practical sandals, a watch (to make sure you don’t miss timed activities) and fun necklace. If you’re looking to really fit the theme of your vacation, try playing around with tropical prints. This season designers such as Marc Jacobs have re-invented classic Hawaiian print in dark colours, creating a beautiful and moody effect (see the printed bermuda shorts in the collage below).
A cruise is one of the few places left in the world where people still dress up for dinner. With that in mind, make sure to stash a few lightweight sundresses in your bag. Paired with a heeled sandal and some fun jewlery, a sundress is super comfortable yet still dressy. And choosing a fun print is a great way to pack an extra fashion punch! If dresses aren’t you thing, light khaki pants with a floaty blouse will fit the bill.
The key is to take a close look at the hemline that suits your particular legs. We’re talking vacation wear here so you can definitely go a little shorter than normal if your legs are o.k., but absolutely not more than 4 inches above the knee or you’ll look desperate. Also keep in mind that spaghetti straps can be harder to wear after a certain age because the arms are much softer and fleshier, so if that is the case look for dresses with wider straps or have a little shrug on hand to cover up a touch.
At some point on your cruise, you’ll want to sip cocktails on deck (preferably near a pool). This means one thing: Swimsuits. Don’t panic, though. Finding a flattering suit isn’t as impossible as it seems. If you’re self conscious, choose a one piece suit in a solid colour (not black though! Have fun with colour!). To make it modern (and flattering on a fuller tummy) choose one with rouching through the midsection. A deep v neckline or one-shouldered top of the suit will make your look fashion forward. Don’t forget a gauzy tunic to wear as a cover-up and a great straw hat to banish UV rays!
Here’s hoping your cruise is as fabulous as the suitcase you packed! Have fun, and don’t forget the sunscreen!