Ahoy, Ladies! It’s cruise season. Grab your gal pals, or your main squeeze and travel the world’s most exotic locations. While most cruises don’t put limitations on your luggage count, a small cabin’s closet doesn’t leave much room to overpack. We have some suggestions on how to manage your packing list in our Clever Capsule Wardrobe for Stylish Travel article, but here we will go more in depth about cruise wear, and offer some ideas of cute outfits to stay cool, calm and chic.

Here are some things to take into account when you pack your Cruise Wear:

  • Don’t Forget Your Swimsuit. Take one that is activity-appropriate, like snorkeling and beaches, but also pack one that is a more high-fashion look, because there’s a lot of time to spend above deck and take on-board swims. Remember that swimming is an excellent way to get in some exercise, so be sure to spend some time in the water.
  • Cruises Offer a Mix of Environments. From formal to super casual, you want to pack a range of items. A simple day dress can easily be dressed up for cocktail hours, just by adding the right accessories.
  • Keep Your Makeup to a Minimum.  Going back to the idea that there isn’t a ton of in-cabin space, keep your makeup kit to a minimum. Remember that a little black eyeliner and a bight color pop shade on the lips can easily vault your day look into your night look, in two easy products. Otherwise, it’s best to keep concealer and foundation light, opting for a BB or CC cream. And don’t forget the bronzer and highlighter!
  • Don’t Carry Your Purse. This is because of safety, lowering the chance of your entire life being stolen on-board or trips ashore in a foreign land. Plus, a tote with some sunscreen, a book or magazine, and other items is more practical. Pair that with a cross-body, just for your cellphone and debit card/ID. When no tote is needed, this tiny cross-body is ideal for all the walking you’ll be doing!

#ShopTheLook: Our suggestions for easy, please-y cruise wear:

3 Daytime Dresses-Comfy, Airy and Stylish

Joslin Puff-Sleeved Linen Midi Dress, $380

Joslin Puff-Sleeved Linen Midi DressSpecializing in luxe clothing with thoughtful, time-tested designs, Melbourne-based Joslin debuted in 2018. The label balances minimalist silhouettes with romantic touches – think dainty pintucks, smocking, and elegant ruffles – using sustainable techniques to craft pieces that allow women to feel comfortable and confident at once.

Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose Dress, $24.99

Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose DressThis Basic Long Tunic Top Mini T-shirt Dress glad for daily, Beach,going out, party, work, casual wear. Loose t-shirt dress design,put on a belt and paired with a pair of boots will make you looks great.

Split Neck Dress, $34.97

Split Neck DressA flirty split neck pairs with a flattering waist tie for a timeless look on this casual day dress.

Shorts and Easy to Mix ‘n’ Match Tops

So Slimming Brigitte Slim Shorts, $59.50

So Slimming Brigitte Slim ShortsChico’s bestselling So Slimming® Brigitte slim shorts with a flattering 10-inch inseam are back in time for winter getaways and spring vacation. They’ve created these shorts from your favorite jeans, featuring their figure-enhancing front panel that smooths and shapes. Made from stretch denim fabric, they’re ultra comfortable, too, just right with your favorite tees, tanks and casual sweaters.

Maeve Sweetheart Ponte Top, $68

Maeve Sweetheart Ponte TopDelicate, color-contrasting seams grant this blouse a sophisticated – yet playful – feel.

Cotton Denim Shirt, $79.50

Cotton Denim ShirtCotton Button Front Pocket Shirt. Versatile, great-looking, essential. Made from vertically striated denim with pockets at front.

Puff Sleeve Crepe Top, $59

Puff Sleeve Crepe Top

An essential top lets you get your girlishness on with the addition of gracefully gathered and draped sleeves and a frilly finish at the neck.

These dresses are perfect, day to night!

Boden, Octavia Jersey Midi Dress, $150NEEDS NEW LINK

Baublebar, Granita Tassel Earrings (Set of 2 colors), $28NEEDS NEW LINK

Boden, Freya Linen Shirt Dress, $130NEEDS NEW LINK

Madewell, Raffia Tassel Hoop Earrings, $32 NEEDS NEW LINK

Everlane, Japanese GoWeave Wrap Dress, $100NEEDS NEW LINK

Kendra Scott, Elle Earrings, $55

Comfy Shoes

Noles Heels, $100

Josie Sandal, $99.99

Alibi Sandals, $150

Lifestride Slip, $89.99

Teague Slide Sandal, $75

Damyuan Walking Shoes, $36.99

Beach Bag + Glam Items

Chanel, Bronzing Makeup Base, $50 

The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-bathed look. Wear it on its own, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite CHANEL foundation.

Mini NARS, Lost in Luster Palette, $32 

The versatile formula can be used as an eyeshadow or liner, applied wet or dry. Its addictive, velvety texture easily blends to create smooth, even color, while delivering rich, long-lasting pigment in one stroke.

Coola, 4 Piece Organic Suncare Travel Set, $40

A travel-friendly pouch of essentials that help prepare you for sun-drenched destinations.

Estee Lauder, Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Eyeliner for Women, $29

This unstoppable liquid eyeliner gives you an ultra-defined line plus 15 hours of staying power.

Chanel, Stylo Sourcils Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil, $33

A long-lasting, easy-to-apply tool for precise application and buildable intensity.

Bare Minerals, Complexion Rescue™ Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream, $32

A BB cream, a CC cream and a tinted moisturizer that leaves you with beautiful sheer-to-medium coverage and a radiant, smooth finish.

Clinique, Beach Bag Beauty Kit, $24.50

Get outside with these sun essentials. Clinique Survival For Sunny Days Set is a trio that helps protect, soothe, and refresh.

Base Coat, Cleansing Mist Hand Sanitizer, $16

With crowded cruises and island stops you need this in your bag, an antimicrobial essential oil blend with witch hazel.

Burt’s Bees, Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract, $4.99

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract cleanse your face in one easy step without ever having to rinse. They are specially formulated for all skin types. They gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Infused with white tea extract, calming cucumber and aloe, they leave your skin feeling smooth and naturally clean. They are 99.1% natural, dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested and contain no parabens, phthalates or petrolatum. Since no rinsing is necessary, you can use these disposable wipes anytime, anywhere.

Travel Organizer

HASSLE-FREE TRAVEL: Forget about packing-stress and say hello to hassle-free travel. With all the compartments in this hanging toiletry bag, staying organized is a breeze. After all, who likes to rummage through their toiletry bag to find their razor or shampoo? We sure don’t! With no less than six zippered pockets you will always have the perfect place for all your toiletries and cosmetics, and the XL 360⁰ Metal Swivel Hook allows you to can hang it anywhere for easy access. $32 on Amazon

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth 24 oz. Bottle, $35

Nordstrom, Cashmere & Silk Wrap, $99

Brixton, Joanna Hat, $58.95

Herschel Supply Co., Belt Bag, $31.94

Downy Wrinkle Release (2pk), $13 


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