Women’s Travel Cruise Wear Online – Chicks Over 40 or 50
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Here are some good websites for finding women’s cruise wear online, along with my tips for nautical clothing for your upcoming days and nights at sea. Just like you, I'm a woman over 40...well, actually I am almost 60...and I look for the same things in clothing that you do.
This article is mostly about daytime cruise clothing.
If you want to read about fancy-dancy evening outfits for formal nights, read What to Wear for Cruise Dinners & Formal Nights. If you're confused about what "smart casual" means, read What is Smart Casual for Women on Cruises?
However, you should probably read this first. Most of the time you will be wearing the clothes I talk about in this article.
Time to Get Away
It’s not that I haven’t been on a cruise before. I’ve been on lots of cruises. However, I want to shake up my look so that my photos aren’t exactly like the ones from last year, and the year before, and the year before that. Heck, I haven’t even tried on any of my stuff to see if it still fits. So, that’s why I’m writing about shopping for cruise wear.
Three Categories of Cruise Clothing
Women usually fret about what they are going to wear in the evening, but I think that day wear is more critical, because flaws are easier to see in the brighter light and your pals won't have been drinking as much. There are three main categories of clothes for cruising. You’ll need:
- Daytime cruise wear
- Nighttime cruise wear (formal and casual)
- Something to wear on excursions
Sure, there’s a lot of overlap in these three categories, but I’ve found that I end up packing the right clothes if I use these three groups as my guide. And, you should know that many cruise lines have ditched formal nights, but that’s no reason for you to wear old grubbies aboard ship.
Nautical Cruise Wear for Daytime
One color combination, which always looks great on a cruise ship, is blue and white. With that as your base, you can throw in red, yellow, turquoise, or other accent colors. Even if you would never wear red-white-and-blue on land, you can pull this off and still look hip at sea.
Navy Cruise Wear: While you don’t need to overdo the nautical theme to the point where the crew starts saluting you, a few blue and white pieces will make you look like you grew up around yachts. (Yes, there’s a reason why dark blue is called “navy blue”, although all shades of blue are apropos.)
Blue or white shorts, capris, and slacks all look sophisticated at sea, even on those of you who would normally toss white shorts overboard. Most of your daytime cruise outfits should be worn with white (or navy) sneakers, or some type of boaty shoes with good traction.
Black Cruise Wear:
If you are more into black clothing, there are many black pieces with a nautical feel. A black jacket with white piping and a black-and-white Breton top are perfect examples.
The right number of sweaters, polos, and tees depends on where your cruise is going. However, the best advice for travel clothing that I’ve ever read is that you should bring one piece of clothing that is suited for the opposite climate. For example:
- Pack a windbreaker jacket for a tropical cruise.
- Bring a sundress for an Alaskan cruise.
You will thank me later for this advice. I’ve been on a freezing, sleety cruise in the Baltic during high summer (August) and I’ve been in 80-degree weather on an off-season cruise to Alaska (May). And, out in the open ocean, the weather will change frequently. You may not need everything you bring, but you will be on a ship with limited shopping, or with no shopping at all. For any cruise, you may want to join all the other women who walk around the promenade deck (outside) each morning. So, pack a cute jogging suit or two. (article continues)
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