3 Easy Ways to Put Together Cruise Vacation Wardrobes: Tips for Summer Travel Nautical Outfits
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
There’s more than one way to come up with a functional travel wardrobe that you can fit in one suitcase, but here are some tips that work for me. Well, in all honesty, I always end up taking a ton of outfits and only wearing one or two, but… do as I say… not as I do. Anyway, here are my tips for putting together a nautical-ish cruise vacation wardrobe for women.
Don't laugh. I try hard to fit all my stuff into a small bag, but in reality... well... you can only imagine.
Cruise Wear Outfits for Women
If you’re going on a cruise, you’ll probably want to wear different outfits than if you’re hanging out on the beach in Hawaii or the Caribbean. I mean… you CAN wear aloha prints and wild Jimmy-Buffet florals, but I like solids, color blocks, and stripes better for ladies aboard ships.
You can add splashy florals to your basics, but it seems easiest to start with bright solids and geometrics. I assure you, there are many ways to add festive touches with accessories.
Sounds basic and boring… right?
Well, I want you to remember that I only wear boho outfits on land, so I’m not trying to steer you wrong. And, I never wear sporty anything… unless I’m at sea.
However, outfits like I’m showing you in this article really do look right when you’re on a cruise.
1. Nautical Red, White and Blue Outfits
Yes, red, white and blue sounds cornball, but it’s so easy… and you can’t screw it up… unless you try to match reds. Most blues go with most blues, but reds that are next to each other can be very tricky. So, the easiest way to create a nautical cruise wardrobe is to start with navy and other blues. After that, you'll be able to see what to add so you don't look like a boring old lady from Kansas.
OK, nothing against Kansas. If you live in the Midwest, you're probably ready to get out of Dodge and into the ocean blue.
The most important thing with a red, white and blue outfit is to add a few unexpected accessories, like rhinestone sunglasses or striped shoes. So, remember how I promised to show you a few things that will keep you from looking like your grandma. Oh, I didn't say that? Well, I am now.
I do like the nautical look, but it does not like me. My face and body just don't do sportswear. That's why I HAVE to add crazy things like rhinestones and big hats and funky shoes and humongous statement earrings. You don't have to do that, but just don't wear little ditzy things that are too conservative. Really! It just looks bad on older women.
You need to add pizazz. Hey, if you haven't figured out how to pull off your own special style by now... well, I'm going to have to yell at you. "ADD GROOVY STUFF THAT NO ONE ELSE IS GOING TO BE WEARING!"
Please, I beg you, please add at least one (or two) unexpected accessories that don't match, that don't "go", that people don't expect. There is nothing worse than a woman with no style... except for an old lady with no style.
Cruise Shoes and Accessories for Fun Vacation Wear:
Here's why the accessories in the photo will jazz up your typical red, white and blue (or blue and white) nautical outfits:
- The red statement earrings are huge.
- The handbag has pink and yellow.
- The dark sunglasses are cheap and sparkly... and perfect for a hussy like you or me.
- The red shoes are easy to walk in on a ship because they have a chunky block heel.
- The white sunglasses have studs in the shape of dots and stars.
- The blue and white sandals are freaking floral.
None of these offbeat accessories are something you can't pull off... just wait... I may come up with crazier things in a bit.
2. Bright Nautical Flag Color Outfits
If you're not into red, white and blue, another type of cruise wardrobe is something I call nautical flag colors. You can see the actual colors for inspiration above, but I don't want you to limit yourself to the real nautical colors... unless those are your favorites.
I actually consider all bright colors to fit this vacation wardrobe theme... and even though you're used to the red, white and blue of the USA, the UK, and France, there are quite an assortment of flag hues from places you've never heard of... and ... quite frankly... I've never heard of. So, pretty much all bright, bold colors fit this "nautical flag" idea. And, somehow it works when putting outfits or a whole wardrobe together.
For cruisewear, the flag idea is definitely found in tops, dresses, and accessories with color block patterns and, to a lesser extent, stripes. Well, actually, most stripes are just a type of color blocking.
Just looking at these pieces gives you something of the "flag" feeling I'm trying to express. In reality, most color block clothing and accessories have a base color like blue, black, white, navy, or some other neutral. If you're smart, you'll choose that color as the basis for your travel wardrobe.
If you're like me, and you're not smart... because you like every color under the sun, you'll end up with a lot of cool clothing that may or may not go together into a cohesive whole. But, somehow it will work. Actually, color block clothing with both black and blue in the design will take care of the issue, but that isn't always the piece of clothing you fall in love with.
If you've never worn this trend very much, you might want to read my old article on how to wear color block outfits.
3. White Cruise Clothing Wardrobe for Women
You already know how to base your vacation wardrobe around basic black, so I'm not going to bother with that. However, white is a great anchor "color" that really works well at sea. It sounds crazy if you're a klutz, but you can find bleach on holiday and as long as you take a few packets (or a few hundred packets) of Shout stain remover, white can be a really elegant warm-weather look.
Of course, you don't want everything to be white. You're not a freaking bride. And, I recommend giving your outfit something like brown shoes so you don't look like you're going to float away on a cloud. Silver is good, too. And, of course, take a few black or navy things in case you're going to be doing something where you might get a bit dusty or dirty. But, white is a surprisingly good tropical color.
And, everything goes with white: tan, pink, beige, orange, black, navy, turquoise, coral, everything.
Bright Colorful Summer Accessories
And, because I promise you some more fun accessories, check out these brightly hued bags and shoes. So... freaking... cute. And, they will really perk up white or navy or whatever. I love these things.
So, my three tips to try are:
- 1. Red, white and blue (with some funky accessories)
- 2. Flag Colored Clothes
- 3. Mostly White Outfits
But, no matter what, just go. Just get on that damn ship. It really doesn't matter that much what you wear... and there are always places to shop in port, I promise. Bon voyage, sweetie!
Photo Credits: Mostly Prshots.com.
- Main Photo: Red white and blue outfit MandCo.
- Tips for Cruise Wear Clothing: Studio Eight plus size.
- Red White n Blue Nautical Wardrobe: Wallis, Monsoon, Simply Be plus size, East, Jigsaw.
- Fun Cruise Accessories for Women: Red statement earrings Kenneth J Lane Neiman's, sunglasses River Island, color block bag Accessorize, blue sandals Dune, red sandals New Look.
- Nautical Flag Colors: Wikipedia.
- Flag Colors for Vacation Clothing: Wikipedia.
- Color Block Clothing in Blue: Hat BoardwalkStyle, scarf East, blue dress East, blue top Debenhams, plus size blue dress Studio Eight, pink dress Debenhams.
- Cruise Outfits Black Color Blocking: Black n white dress M&Co, green n black dress Next, black n white pants outfit MandCo, skirt and top Marks and Spencer, short dress Wallis.
- White Based Wardrobe for Cruise: Marks and Spencer, East, East, Marks and Spencer, Wallis.
- Summer Accessories in Bright Colors: Striped bag Dune, floral shoes Dune, pink bag Debenhams, checked shoes Wallis.
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Leave a comment below if you're bored. Hugs, Tina