If you’re one of the lucky ones who will be going on a southern cruise this winter, you’re probably starting to wonder what to pack. I’ve pulled together some outfit options to keep you looking your best morning to night, so you can stop wondering what to wear and start thinking about more important things, like relaxing, soaking up some sun, sight-seeing, and eating fantastic food!
Lounging by the Pool
Lounging by the pool with a good book and pina colada nearby is one of my favorite things to do. (I can almost smell the coconut-scented sunscreen now!) I like to stay covered up. It protects me from the sun and discreetly covers the ‘wobbly bits’ at the same time. I really like this white coverup with sheer striping. It’s high enough to cover the décolletage, and the long sleeves protect your arms and keep them covered, but it’s still very airy and light.
If you decide to jump in for a swim, this figure-flattering bathing suit is perfect for an over-40 gal. The criss-cross ruching is slimming and helps hide an over-40 tummy.
Here’s another fabulous option:
Sight-Seeing or a Casual Day On-Board
A cruise is one of the most relaxing vacations you can take, but relaxing doesn’t mean frumpy. For days on the ship when you’re cruising or if you stop for an excursion, you’ll look chic, cool and pulled together in a pair of shorts, sandals, and a little sleeveless blouse.
Cocktails or Casual Dinner
Depending on your cruise line, what’s appropriate for dinner attire may be wide-ranging. This metallic palm print tunic dress by Lilly Pulitzer is a perfect piece to bring. With gold metallic sandals and earrings, it dresses up nicely for a smart casual dinner. It’s also an incredibly chic option when you’re enjoying a sunset cocktail on deck.
Dressed Up For Evening
You’re going to want to pack at least one dress to get you through dressier events like the Captain’s dinner, New Year’s Eve on board the ship, or some other special evening. For a Caribbean cruise, I gravitate towards dresses that, while formal, aren’t too over-the-top. This black floral maxi is a good example.
The playful floral pattern echoes a Caribbean vibe that is balanced by a longer length, side slit and classic style keep. The black sandals are a little dressy, but the block heel keeps them super comfy. Keep your accessories simple and unfussy. I absolutely love these drop earrings by Kendra Scott. They come in lots of different colors too.