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Best Cruise Swimwear to Look Chic on the Ship

Since posting about What to Wear on a Cruise, I have been asked, How many swimsuits should you take on a cruise? I always recommend at least two. One for excursions: swimming, snorkeling, and frolicking with dolphins (a practical swimsuit), and one just to lay around and look fabulous in!

Yes, there is a lot of poolside lounging on cruises, to the point where it can feel like you are living in your swimsuit. So, why not go all out and create a poolside persona that is pulled together and chic? Here are three themes to consider. Which one are you?

Swimsuit for women over 40 - glam cheetah print

1. Animal Prints for Glam Gals

If you’re a fashionista who likes to glam it up, then a leopard print swimsuit is for you. Animal prints are pure Hollywood,  and adding them in a swimsuit-size dose is a perfect way to inject a little celebrity into your trip.

To further the glam vibe wear a sheer coverup ( the boudoir feel is sexy) , strappy-sandals, a chic straw hat, and oversized movie-star sunglasses. This sexy ensemble will keep everyone guessing who the glam mystery woman on board is. Meow!

Swimsuits to pack on a cruise - nautical

2. Nautical For Sporty Types

While at sea, why not look the part in this cute, nautical stripe tankini? Tankinis are super comfy and ideal when your top half is a different size than your bottom half. Not to mention they make bathroom breaks so simple!

I always say that a great way to dress after 40 is to take a classic look and give it a modern twist. A seaworthy tankini ( similar top here, bottom here) does just that, mixing classic sailor stripes with coral whipstitch piping. 

White drawstring beach pants enhance the nautical theme and will get you from the pool to the spa, to the buffet and back again without feeling too exposed. Ship Ahoy, this one is a winner!

Swimsuits to wear on a cruise - tropical

3. Tropical Flowers for Romantics

Hot, tropical destinations and exotic floral prints go hand in hand, so if you’re going on a cruise, particularly to Mexico, the Caribbean or Hawaii, a tropical-print swimsuit is a natural choice.

If you want to look slim in your swimsuit, this gorgeous one-piece does a great job to help you emphasize your waist or even fake one. The subtle ruching on this tropical floral swimsuit draws the eye inward, thinning your midlife tummy.  The deep V-neckline elongates your figure and helps create a stunning hourglass shape.

To complete the outfit, add a lacy white cover-up that won’t compete with the bold punch of tropical color. Ahola!

Are you going on a cruise this year? Tell me what you’re planning to bring. No need to limit yourself to just one swimsuit!

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