If you are wondering what to pack for that relaxing Caribbean cruise you have booked, be sure to include a few cruisewear dresses. I’ve taken many cruises, and this type of dress comes in super handy. You can wear them strolling around the ship, sightseeing while in port, to dinner on board, or even by the pool over a swimsuit.
The trick to finding a good one is to look for a cruise wear dress that is simple with clean lines. It should have a relaxed but not baggy fit. Choose a no-fuss fabric, and be sure your dress is comfy for lounging. And of course, bright colors and fun prints go perfectly with the tropical cruise vibe too. Here are a few cruise wear dresses that you can pack in a pinch and that won’t let you down!
1. Lilly Pulitzer Cruise Wear is a No Brainer
When I’m looking for cruise wear dresses, the first place I turn to is Lilly Pulitzer. If you are not familiar with this brand, then just know this… You can’t go wrong with a Lily Pultizer vacation dress. They’re famous for their cute Palm Beach style tropical sundresses that are super colorful and super comfy. This darling Lilly Pulitzer swing dress with the cheery watercolor paisley print is a very popular style.
Don’t think that because it’s, you are wearing a dress you have to wear heels. Like most sundresses, these dresses are a shorter vacation length than your average day dress, so go with a flat sandal, or wear a pair of sneakers to look totally cool.
2. Stripes have a Nautical Feel
Cruises are more casual than ever these days, so a cute striped cotton dress like this can work pretty much anytime, anywhere. Some jewelry and a change of sandals takes you from the deck to the dinner table, unless you are planning to attend a formal dinner night, which most cruises still offer at some point in the voyage.
Stripes have a distinctly nautical vibe, even when they are coral, instead of navy or black. You’ll look totally ship-shape in this sporty number that combines traditional stripes with a relaxed tank silhouette.
3. Be Sure to Pack a Tropical Print Cruise Wear Dress
The lush, green tropical islands you’ll be visiting provide an excellent clue for what to wear. This breezy palm print sleeveless shift dress is perfect for a Caribbean cruise. When else do you get to wear such a cute print?
The asymmetrical hemline and slit us the side of this easy shift dress make this one comfy, dress. No worry about having a second helping at the ship’s buffet table. This dress will hide it all. (Lol!)
4. Ikat Print Dresses say Vacation Time!
Hit the high seas in style in this vacation-ready ikat print dress that doubles as a swimsuit cover-up. From lounging on the ship’s deck to lunching in town, this sexy little dress will turn heads.
5. A Little Black Dress is Handy on a Cruise
Not everyone likes bright, tropical colors and that’s o.k. Neutral shades like navy, tan and black all work too. When you want a casual dress that looks dressy, this is the one for you. This black embellished shift dress features delicate beading and V-neckline. Plus, it’s made from classy linen and is guaranteed to keep you cool. A great dress for a casual drink by the bar!
6. The Best Cruise Wear Dresses are Sporty and Feminine
Go from basking at the beach to touring city streets in this navy twill dress with flutter sleeves. This dress is light and easy to wear – perfect for full-on vacation mode. The white stripes are sporty and slimming, and the cute tiered sleeves make it pretty and feminine. Pair it with some simple slides, and you are ready to explore the ship.
7. Need Coverage? Maxi Cruise Wear Dresses to the Rescue!
If you prefer to keep your legs out of the sun and under wraps, then this lively t-shirt style maxi dress is for you. The colors are beautiful, and the leggy side slits adds a sexy touch. It’s perfect for an island girl! Now, all you need is a pretty tropical flower in your hair! LOL!
Have a great trip and check out these other cute vacation and cruise wear sundresses from Amazon:
I love the asymmetrical sleeves on this cold shoulder dress from Lilly Pulitzer. If you are looking for a simple sundress, this white eyelet dress can easily be dressed up or down. Wear this crinkle cotton dress as a cover-up or as a casual dress.
This simple matte jersey dress with a fun tropical print screams island vacation. Or take a more subtle approach to your outfit with this tropical breeze floral printed sleeveless maxi dress. I love the unique details on this fit and flare maxi dress from Lilly Pulitzer with a deep v-neckline and inset bands at empire and waist.
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