Women’s Travel Cruise Wear Online – Chicks Over 40 or 50
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Night Time Cruise Wear for Women
A black or navy dress is perfect for formal nights or for smart casual nights. If you pack a simple style, you can wear the same dress more than once by tricking out your look in different ways with various sets of costume jewelry and accessories. Any elegant outfit with slacks can be worn instead of a skirt or a dress, even for formal nights.
Many of you love to tart yourself up with long, elegant formal gowns embellished with beading and rhinestones. And, if you want to show off your wardrobe, the sky’s the limit. However, I’ve seen everything from Oscar-worthy gowns to extremely modest black pantsuits on formal nights on the same ship. On the other hand, I want you to remember that you will never be barred entry for being overdressed, but you might feel out of place if everyone looks better than you do.
Check the Cruise Critic forums to find out what former (and future) passengers have worn on your particular ship. Note: Some upscale lines (and hybrid lines like Oceania) do not have formal nights, but passengers will be well dressed in “smart casual” outfits. The distinction is that women will be wearing shorter dresses (or wearing trousers) rather than gowns. Note: Smart, as used in the UK, means sharp, stylish, chic, or fashionable.
I love to wear shoes with (sturdy) high heels, however most women wear flats if there are swells over a few feet. And, you should always be prepared by packing evening footwear geared for surviving stormy seas. Flat sandals will almost always work.
Outfits for Ports and Excursions
In most ports, it’s fine to wear the same daytime nautical clothing that you wear at sea. However, sometimes your seaboard outfits won’t translate well on land. For Europe, you might want to wear skirts or dresses for sightseeing. For Hawaii or Baja Mexico, bring brighter, tropical (but not cornball) resort wear. You can go even brighter in the Caribbean. Everyday jeans and jackets are perfect for Alaskan ports. But, as always, make sure your excursion shoes are well broken in.
Good Sites for Cruise Wear
Here are a few of the many good sites for great cruise wear, however look for similar styles in less (or more) expensive options at other online stores.
No, that is not a typo. Sometimes, women who are over 40 or 50 need to find similar items that are a bit more expensive. It just depends on the occasion...and on the woman's level of fitness. Yes, it's sad, but true...and I'm one of those chicks who sometimes needs to spend a bit more than my thinner pals.
- Nautica: Nautica has perfect clothing for daytime and smart casual evenings. I love the striped (Breton) tops.
- Nordies: I've been shopping at Nordie's since I was in kindergarten... when they only sold shoes. I can usually find something at my go-to store.
- Travel Smith: I wear their Indispensible Travel Dresses for day or evening. I wear them at home when I'm running errands. My favorite lightweight dress is their Voyager Knit Dress with bias seams. It has a good drape and looks more expensive than it is. It's good for day or evening.
If you have not won the lottery:
- Nordstrom's Rack: As I've said before, I'm from Seattle. Nordstrom's is a good store.
- Old Navy: Believe it or not, I find a lot of good daytime cruise tops at Old Navy. Who... moi? I like their T-shirts. If you're traveling and you lose them, who cares? They cost about as much as a Vente Frappuchino.
If you haven’t discovered the fun of cruising, you might not know that some outfits, which look great on land, can look a bit odd at sea; and some things, like white capris, can look fine aboard ship, even though those same capris can look tacky on land. But, in reality, there are no cruise-wear NAZIs. If you can’t afford new outfits, that’s no excuse for staying home. The most important thing is that you have a fabulous time, and the main thing people will remember is your smile.
Photo Credits: Prshots.com
- Main Photo: Long Tall Sally.
- Plus Size Cruise Travel: Asos, summer 2015.
- Cruise Outfits for Women over 40 50 60: Simply Be.
- 3 Kinds of Cruise Outfits: 50 Plus.
- Daytime Cruise Wear: Asos, summer 2015.
- A Simple Dress is Perfect: Fashion World.
- Simple Plus Size Dress for Cruise: Asos.
- (If you're looking for a photo that's no longer here, try Heatons, Marisota, Dunnes, or Laredoute.)
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