A cruise vacation is the ultimate way to de-stress and escape the long, hard winter. However, figuring out what to pack is anything, but relaxing. I gave you a few ideas for what to bring when I wrote about What to Wear on a Caribbean Cruise. But, there’s one more thing I want to add to the list — a cute maxi dress!
Here are 5 can’t-go-wrong maxis, and how to style them.
Tropical Print Maxi
If you’ve been hesitant to buy a maxi because you couldn’t see yourself wearing it to the mall or out to lunch with a friend, then you’ll be glad to know that you’ll feel right at home wearing a maxi dress on a cruise. They’re perfect for a sun and sail vacation. Colorful, breezy maxi dresses like this aqua island print one, above, have a laid back vacation vibe that’s a natural fit for the cruising lifestyle. All you need is some cute flats and pastel accessories, and it’s smooth sailing ahead.
Pretty Off The Shoulder Maxi
What could be more perfect for a breezy cruise than a laid back off the shoulder maxi? This dark floral frock has a boho vibe that is perfect for a sun holiday. The tassel earrings are really hot at the moment, and the sweet tote is just what you need when you do a little island shopping. The nice thing about this dress that it is one of the few maxi dresses that cover your arms, and I know many of you are looking for that.
Coral Print Maxi
One of the nice things about getting away in the fall or winter is slipping into some light, pretty colors. This lovely coral maxi with Dolan sleeves is just what you need to settle into vacation mode. The V- neckline and vertical print of this dress lengthens and slims. Add a pair of gold rope wedges and a clutch to dress it up at night or wear it daytime around the pool over your bathing suit. This maxi is easy to pack and super versatile.
Striped Maxi Dress
You couldn’t get more nautical than stripes, making them everyone’s print for cruising. Stripes are sporty which translates into fun, energetic, adventurous and youthful… exactly the look you are aiming for when you travel.
What’s so nice about this black and white striped maxi is that it has great coverage at the shoulders. No skinny, too bare spaghetti straps here! This is a particularly flattering style for 40+.
Also, the combo of black and white creates a neutral base. This means you can throw another color on with it. If you get tired of an all black and white theme, add some rustic looking rustic orange beads, or any other bright color to give your dress a modern twist. And, don’t forget to bring some glam sunglasses. The bigger, the better, ladies as they will balance out your floppy hat.
This dress could take you from breakfast the on the ship to sightseeing onshore during the day, and then to drinks before dinner. It’s very versatile.
If you’ve ever been on a cruise you know, they have casual dinner nights and fancier dinner nights. This pretty, bold, blue floral maxi looks like it has been plucked off a tropical island. It would be lovely for a dressy dinner. Of course getting a dressier also depends on the way you style your maxi. Here, we’ve added fine silver jewelry and a dressy metallic clutch that has some texture. Texture adds interest and makes your looks more relaxed.
If there was ever a time to wear a bit of bling on your feet, it’s vacation time. Show off that pedicure! Go for a pair of flat sandals in metallic silver to keep things light and show off your dress. Trying to match the color of your sandals to your dress ( i.e., blue or purple sandals) would be matchy-matchy, and not modern. These silver cork wedges work are pretty and comfy too.
One word of caution- Be sure to wear in your sandals before your trip. Sometimes the bling on the top of the sandal or at the sides breaks through the leather and rubs against your foot. You don’t want to be wearing bandaids on your feet all trip.