I’ll post the complete World Cruise packing list in a future post, but for the time being some of you have been asking me for tips about what to wear on a cruise and asking “How much, and what can you buy on a cruise to top up your wardrobe if necessary?”
If you don’t have to fly to your departure port, you don’t have to worry about the weight of your suitcases but although you can, at a push, fit four medium suitcases under the bed (if it’s a double) in your stateroom, I wouldn’t suggest this! Particularly as you’ll find that you’ll probably wear less rather than more on a cruise, and garments that mix and match will see you through lots of different situations.
When it comes to purchasing cruise clothes onboard, there are likely to be boutiques on a Princess Cruise which will tempt you – both with designer gear (more expensive) and (reasonably priced) casual gear. For instance, I bought a couple of stripey nautical tops and a sweatshirt for AUD$24.99 reduced from around AUD$60 which I thought was pretty good. You can also occasionally buy T-shirts, trousers, sun dresses, active wear and jewellery in ship sales as well.
I think that although there’s a case for packing a couple of sundresses, a couple of cocktail dresses and a formal gown, separates should feature strongly in your cruise wardrobe.
Pack slacks that can be worn with different tops, for instance as in the photos below.
I’d also be thinking about packing a black pair of pants for more formal evenings, and a more funky pair for casual evenings, as well as cut-offs or capri pants for on shore excursions.
Make sure they work well with comfortable flat shoes – because you won’t always want to wear heels on the ship, and certainly not on shore excursions.
Below I’m wearing Joseph Ribkoff separates and FRANKiE4 Sandals – all very comfy.
Tops that are lightweight and which don’t cling to my tummy are top of the pops for me, as are tops that cover the top of my arms.
The white blouse below would be a great shore excursion garment – lightweight and comfortable in hot weather but offering good sun cover. The blouse above would be perfectly suitable with these quirky patterned slacks (or block black or white pants) for a meal in the formal dining room.
On Sea Princess there was a boutique showcasing Joseph Ribkoff designs, which while not inexpensive, were clothes that would go the extra mile. The cuts were fabulous, the fabrics were lovely, and as one passenger told me, “The black pants I bought a few years ago have gone on and on and on and on,” which fits well with my strategy of buying really good staple wardrobe items which you can mix and match with less expensive show pony additions that you might want to change more frequently.
When it came to packing dresses, I packed some frocks for daywear around the ship, and other more dressy options for evenings – both formal and casual (more to come in a future post).
I loved the Joseph Ribkoff dress below which fits snugly, gives me curves where I really want curves, and at a pinch went okay with my flat FRANKiE4 sandals. Although I probably would have teamed this dress with black shoes with a bit of a heel or wedges, if I’d had them with me on the ship (I didn’t have any with me – big mistake!)
This kind of dress is great for ship events like captain’s cocktail parties and more formal dining, not only because it’s comfortable and moves with you, but also because the fabric is stretchy but firm and helps hold you in a bit. I think it’s really flattering. I love the slimming side panels too.
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7 Top Tips for cruise clothes
- Pack lightweight clothes that can be layered and don’t require ironing, if possible.
- Take garments which mix ‘n match.
- Don’t take anything that’s too tight before you start a cruise in the hope that you might squeeze into it later. You probably won’t.
- Opt for comfort.
- Depending on the cruise your dress theme should probably be ‘resort wear,’ both casual and formal.
- Don’t just take white cut-off pants for shore excursions – be a bit inventive – how about khaki, or navy, or patterned or floral?
- Take one pair of beautifully cut black pants for evening wear that you can wear with different tops.
Got any great tips Lifestylers for cruise style or what to pack on a cruise? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Oh and Katies have some lovely spring/summer clothes if you’re looking …
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