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Women’s Travel Cruise Wear Online – Chicks Over 40 or 50

cruise wear tips

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.

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Plus Size Cruise Travel

This article is mostly about daytime cruise clothing.

1. If you want to read about fancy-dancy evening outfits for formal nights, read What to Wear for Cruise Dinners & Formal Nights.

2. 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 on a Cruise!

I can’t stand it.  I need to get out of the rain and snow… so, just like you, I’ve been looking for a good cruise deal.  And, just like you, I’m thinking, “What in the world will I wear?”

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.

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Cruise Outfits for Women over 40 50 60

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.

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3 Kinds of Cruise Outfits

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)

Photo credits on page two.

Keep reading about cruise wear for women on page two.

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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  3. Francesca

    I am not a "joiner", but your website and articles are great! Keep,it up for us OVER 60s, too!

  4. Kbs

    Hi, thanks for your comment. I am cruising to Europe this May. I am in my 60's could use help in packing stylish items, both for day and night. Any suggestions would be helpful....Thank you. Kbs

  5. Beach Stuff Shop

    Hi Tina-Boomerina,

    We love your website at Beach Stuff Shop. We sell beach wear, resort and cruise wear for women so this and other articles on your site will help our customers a lot. We will share some of your articles on Facebook and if ok on our website too.


    • Tina-Boomerina

      Beach Stuff Shop,

      Just hit the Facebook button at the bottom of the article. To post on your site, I would like you to follow the standard procedure: Post the first 50-ish words (first paragraph or two) and then leave a link to my page to read more.

      Thanks so much for asking. I really appreciate it.

      Tina Boomerina

  6. Beverly Kimball

    I am 79 years old and my niece is taking me on a cruise Nov. 1 for 6 days. I can't walk far and will be using a scooter some of the time. I don't know what to wear. I am a size W18p (5") Where do I look for that size?

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I answered your question below. I don't think you'd want to wear a dress or skirt on a scooter... I think you'd have to ride side-saddle.

      Lots of people on cruises use scooters and wheelchairs. If you want to wear a dress for a dress-up night (formal night... when they take photos), you could use one of their wheelchairs. You should contact someone and ask how you get one. You might have to rent it from the cruise ship.

      Other than that, cruising is the best way to travel if you can't climb trees (or stairs) like you did when you were a kid.

      You'll have a smashing time.


  7. Beverly Kimball

    I am 79 years old and my niece is taking me on a cruise Nov. 1 for 6 days. I can't walk far and will be using a scooter some of the time. I don't know what to wear. I am a size W18p (5") Where do I look for that size? Are slacks appropriate in the evening with a fancy blouse?

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I'm sorry for the delay. I had tech problems and it took me over a week to fix them.

      Yes, you can most definitely wear slacks in the evening on a cruise. Women do that all the time. I'll be right back with some ideas.

    • Tina-Boomerina

      I would take a look at these:

      Sejour Curvy Fit Pants (Plus Size & Petite Plus) at Nordstrom.com. Click the button that says Petite Plus if you want a shorter pair of pants. I would get black or navy. The pants don't need to be fancy if you have a sparkly top. To see more options, go to the search box and type: petite plus.

      Another place to try would be Talbot's. They have Woman Petite Sizes 12WP - 22WP.


      I bought my clothes for my river cruise to China at Draper's and I think they may go up to you're size. I'll email you with some links. I don't always have time to do that these days, but I'll help you.

      ACTUALLY, after looking around online to send you some links, I've decided to write an article about how to find plus-size petite clothing for a cruise. Thanks for your idea. I'm a "professional" (haha) online shopper and it took me a while to find the right stores and the right way to shop for this body type. If I'm having a hard time, everyone is having a hard time. Finding stuff online is my job. I'll post a link here when I finish the article... and for you, Beverly, I'll send you a link to "your" article.


      • Tina-Boomerina

        Beverly, I had a million things that got in the way of writing an article for you. I'm just writing it now... probably too late... but I wanted to tell you one thing.

        I JUST saw that you are only 5' tall. If I read that right, and you haven't found pants that are short enough, you should wear a long tunic over black leggings (for evening and maybe for daytime). I'm not sure if regular leggings will fit. They might be too long. If you don't have your clothing picked out yet, get cropped black leggings. They will look great with a long top or jacket. Tina

  8. Darlene

    What would you suggest packing for a tropical vacation at an all inclusive resort for a mature woman?