Booked your first ever cruise? We bet you're here cause you have no idea what to wear!
Fortunately, cruises are a lot more casual than they used to be. Whilst we'd still recommending one posh frock (Any excuse for a pretty new evening dress!), these days, you can most certainly get away with smart separates and summer dresses.
If you're heading on a cruise for one week, there's most likely to be two formal nights; an easy formula! Here, we'd recommend bringing one gorgeous cocktail dresses, and one set of separates- think silk or satin palazzos teamed with a gorgeous top like a pretty pussy bow blouse, lace or jewel adorned shirt or smart blazer and vest look. Elegant but not over-the-top evening wear is perfectly acceptable on even the most glamorous ships, as long as glam jewellery and heels ramp up the look. Alternatively, jumpsuits look equally as chic for the evening.
Midi and maxi dresses are ideal to take on a cruise with you- you can dress these down with flat sandals or even trainers in the day time, and glam them up with high heels (Here's your excuse to go as high as you can, you'll never be walking too far on the ship!) and statement jewellery in the evening. Complete the look with a slouchy bag in the day, or luxe clutch in the evening.
A variety of temperatures, and a cool sea breeze means it's important to bring some smart layers for evenings. We'd recommend a stunning pashmina or simple cardigan since you can wear these in the day too!
Whilst at sea, remember your layers for the cool sea breeze, and opt for more casual resort pieces. Whilst exploring, cropped trousers and midi and maxi skirts are ideal, whereas jeans and perhaps even a sweater or jacket is ideal whilst on the boat, or if your cruise takes you around a variety of different climates.
A pretty summer 50 plus dress is the ultimate choice for a cruise; they're oh-so easy to dress up and down for every occasion!
And if you really do want to dress to impress, here are some of our favourite lux ball gowns...
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