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Sexy Plus Size Cruise Wear: Cocktail & Formal Dresses

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Yes, you can be chubby and sexy. Find great plus size cruise wear, like formal dresses and cocktail dresses. Make sure to show off your goods to best effect.  

I love cruising. It’s the easiest way to see different cities without doing any work. Well, here are some sexy plus-size cruise wear outfits for formal nights.  Hey, you might want to look sexy on your cruise because:

  • It’s your honeymoon.
  • It’s your anniversary.
  • You are just sick and tired of wearing long underwear and down jackets all through the horrid winter.

what to wear for formal night on a cruiseSexy Slinky Outfits for Formal Nights  

First of all, you should check to see if your cruise ship has true formal nights because some lines don’t. Go to cruisecritic.com and look for answers on their fabulous forums. If you want to get dressed up because you have a fabulous dress, just do it. I swear that no one will kick you out if you’re the only girl dressed to the nines. Actually, you might get better service, so don’t fret if you want to wear a formal gown and you’re not sure about it.

Most women seem to wear black on formal night, but black is not a requirement. You can wear a long gown, a tea-length dressy frock, a nice suit, or a two-piece pant ensemble. And, I believe that a floral dress is fine for formal nights on most tropical cruises as long as you look suitably festive and your dress is not too casual.

Sexy Black Evening Gowns: Plus Size

I think that East Coast women (on Caribbean cruises) get more dressed up than women on any other cruise I’ve sailed. And, that includes two upscale cruises to the Mediterranean and the Baltic. A lot of the formality has to do with your cruise line and your particular ship.

Great Gowns for Plus Sizes

Sexy Plus Size Cruise Wear Dresses

Almost every woman will be in black. If you don't want to blend in with the crowd, just wear a different color.

read about what to wear for formal cruise night at boomerinas.com

Sexy Red Cruise Dress


Can you wear short dresses and skirts for formal nights at sea? Of course you can.

Shorter Dresses for Cruise Dining and Dancing what to wear for formal night if your large size woman

If you want to buy a dress that is practical and can be worn many times, then you are like me. Here are some dresses that can be tarted up for formal night or worn out to dinner at home. Heck, many upscale dresses can be worn out to lunch with a girlfriend at a local mall.

Pant Suits for Formal Cruise Wear

If you are more comfortable in a pant suit, there are many styles that will look perfect on formal night.  I wear dresses (usually in jersey) because I look better in dresses, and stretchy dresses are more likely to fit my apple shape.  However, many women wear pants on formal nights:

  • Patchingon Sexy Black Shimmer Drop Shoulder Tunic and Pants.  I've never bought anything from Patchington, but I can tell that they have the type of clothing I like.  I'm overdue for new clothes and I'm going to give their site a try for travel wear.

Casual Outfits for Formal Nightswhat to pack for a cruise

If you want to take an informal dress or suit to the max, you can use props to spiff up almost anything.  Here are some ideas:

  • Wear a headpiece or hat with your suit (or dress) to outshine everyone in the entire dining room.
  • Look trendy enough for Italy with a great fabric corsage.
  • Wear a lowcut top with your suit and knock your sweetie’s socks off when you remove your demure jacket.
  • Add a statement necklace or a Victorian neck ruff.  (Google "Gothic neck ruff" or look on etsy's.)

I have found that some cruises are very casual, even when their brochures include formal nights.

read about sexy plus size cocktail and evening dresses for cruises

Sexy Plus Size Cruisewear

(My husband has snuck into dining rooms while wearing jeans...though, I hope your husband is trained better than mine.)  So, it's good to pack a mix of formal and informal clothes, along with a truckload of accessories.  That way, you will always have the right thing to wear.

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Photo credits: Prshots.com.

  • Sexy Red Cruise Dress: Vera Mont.
  • Sexy Plus Size Cruisewear: Vera mont.
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What do you wear on formal nights?  Leave a comment at the bottom of the page. It will take a while to show up because I get a lot of junk and I have to sort through the comments. But, it will show up eventually.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. lisa giles

    I would like to know who makes the black dress with the long sleeves and the beads, please

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Having a little trouble with a few photos since we updated to new wordpress. Can you show me the dress on Pinterest? I don't think it's from this article.

  2. Laura Wagner

    I would love to know where to buy the royal blue side draped dress w/ rhinestone accent pictured in your Sexy Plus Size Cruise Wear: Cocktail & Formal Dresses. I think it would make a lovely informal mother of the bride dress

    • Tina-Boomerina


      Sorry, but that dress is from 2012, when I wrote this article. Lots of women ask about that dress. You should contact the website for Marisota (in the UK) and tell them to bring that dress back. Or, contact SimplyBe.com, which sells Marisota in the US.


  3. Barb Bauman

    Can you please tell me where I can find the long sleeve black dress with gold cuffs? Thank you!

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