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 some can’t-go-wrong maxis, and how to style them.
Slip Dress 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 one ( above) have a laid back vacation vibe that reminds you of the sand and sea. Complete your look with some cute flats, a straw bag and tassel earrings, and it’s smooth sailing ahead.
One of the joys of getting away in the winter is being able to slip into some lighter colors and fabrics. This linen colored summer maxi with its colorful trim has a natural vibe. It pairs well with rough cut, earth-toned stone earrings, and a straw bag with fun pom poms. Rhinestone sandals give it a goddess feel.
This relaxing tropical leaf maxi is just what you need to settle into vacation mode. The lace-up neckline adds a sexy touch. Add a pair of 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.
No skinny, too bare spaghetti straps here! Wide straps give this black and blue striped maxi great coverage at the shoulders making this a particularly flattering style for 40+. Also, the combo of black and blue is a little bit more modern than your basic black and white.
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 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.
A vacation is a fun place to try out a new look and so you might think about taking along a one shoulder maxi. This one is pretty with the feminine ruffle, and the rope sandals, beaded bracelets, and off-white clutch give it a nautical spin.