Planning to escape this frigid winter weather on a glamorous cruise? Soon you’ll be soaking up the sun, island hopping, and eating gourmet meals every single night.
If you’re scratching your head over what to pack, don’t worry! Here are some cute ideas for what to wear on a cruise to look shipshape.
These days, you can wear pretty much anything you like on a casual cruise, but if you are looking for a starting point, why not take inspiration from your surroundings? A nautical inspired outfit is classic, classy and always appropriate.
Since suitcase space is limited, it’s a good idea to pack separates. A nautical clothing capsule that consists of shorts, pants, and tops in red, white, blue and stripes can be easily mixed and matched to create several outfits. For sightseeing how about a pair of crisp navy shorts, a cute lace-up striped t-shirt, and some metallic sandals?
Wondering What to Wear on a Cruise Ship? – Stripes Always Work
Stripes are key to the nautical look, but they don’t have to be boring. This pretty pink and blue striped tank top, worn with a pair of white cropped pants, is a modern twist on traditional stripes. A straw bag and rope espadrilles play up the sailor vibe.
For Casual Dining or Buffet
These days many cruises have freestyle dining which means: no set dining time, relaxed attire, and flexibility to eat at one of the many onboard restaurants, cafés, and grills. Smart Casual is the typical dress code. This includes dresses, casual pants or jeans, skirts, and tops. (For men, it’s jeans or slacks with a collared shirt and closed-toed shoes.)
Ladies, be sure to pack a few lightweight dresses to wear on a cruise. Ocean inspired print sundresses, like this one by Lily Pulitzer, are popular. Pair a cute shift dress like this with a straw bag that has a nautical feel and some pretty wedge sandals. Wedges are an ideal shoe to bring on a cruise.
Here’s another option. This versatile dress can be worn sightseeing, walking around the ship, or even for casual dining when you dress it up a bit with some pretty jewelry.
At some point on your cruise, you’ll want to sip cocktails on deck (preferably near a pool). This means one thing, a swimsuit. Don’t panic. Finding a flattering swimsuit isn’t as impossible as it seems. If you’re self-conscious, choose a one-piece suit in a dark color. Navy happens to be popular this year.
This cute nautical-inspired swimsuit has a wave pattern and rope belt high under the bust. Don’t forget a gauzy tunic to wear as a cover-up, a great straw hat, and some glam accessories.
Ready to set sail? Have fun, and don’t forget the sunscreen! For more cruisewear ideas check out this post.