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Cruise Wear for Plus Sizes – Formal Nights

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If you want something with more upscale elegance, I would try the JilRo Dinner Party Wrap Dress from NM.  This cocktail dress is gorgeous and, like the other things I recommend, it will never go out of style.

Fancy Tops to Wear With a Long Skirt or Pantstravel party wear for women

J Kara Beaded Twinset: This 2-piece top is loaded with groovy goodies, and I like it a lot.  It’s got trendy, Baroque, Forentine-scroll appliqués.  You can wear it with a long black skirt and use that same black skirt with another top on a different night.

Pros of This Formal Top:

  • The bolero can be taken off if you start sweating while line dancing.
  • The sleeves are sheer, which means you’ll be covered, but not as hot as with regular sleeves.
  • You can wear the tank on it’s own or wear the bolero over another sleeveless dress that you already own.
  • You can wear this cute, cute, cute 2-piece top with dressy pants.
  • The embellishment is going to frame your face and make you look great in photos.

Cons of This Formal Top:

  • This top doesn’t have spandex, so it might be harder to fit... and less forgiving than something with loads of stretch.
  • This top runs small, so if you’re a true 3x, it might not fit.  Why do the Chinese manufacturers always think we are smaller than we are?
  • You have to have a dressy black skirt or dressy pants, or you have to buy something.  (I usually like to wear long black skirts, but I have been known to wear fancy tops with plain old black jersey pants... and no one noticed.)

If you wear your dressy tops with standard wide-leg or bootcut jersey pants, you can also wear those same black jersey pants on an excursion or while wandering around the ship, and you can wear those same black pants with something like this Laila Jayde top later in the trip.  (Wash jersey items in the sink, hang in the shower, wear the next day.)

Green Dragon Icy Pullover: Here’s another cute top from Nordies.  It also comes in black and I’ve seen women wear tops like this for formal nights and also for regular cruise dinners.  It just depends on how casual or formal you want to go.  And, if you want to jazz this top up more, just add some twinkly rhinestone jewelry. (The only thing I’m not sure about is the band at the bottom of this shirt.  Sometimes, tops with this banding don’t fit me right or don't stay put... it depends on where the band hits.)

Don't Forget to Pack a Shrug or Wraptravel wear shrug sweater for cruises formal nights

Okay, you may be going to the tropics, but don’t forget that it can get chilly-willy at sea, especially in the evenings.  So, don’t forget to bring a nice little wrap or shrug to cover your arms.  Here are some ideas.

Jessica London Knit Shrug: This comes in go-with-everything black, but I also like the nice, nautical turquoise in the photo.  I love that this is a knit and it has a button to help it stay on during cold, windy evenings.

Open Stitch Long Cardigan by Lane Bryant: I love-love-love this type of shrug because it’s long enough to tie in front.  Two cons of this shrug: You need to pack it in a plastic baggie or it will tear on something in your suitcase, and it won’t keep you as warm as a real cardigan.  However, these types of wraps are so flattering, I’m considering one for myself.  They’re also great to have on long flights and can be smushed into small spaces.  (A similar shrug comes in black and other colors, but I prefer the versatility of the longer style.)

Now... you've got some ideas about what to pack for your evenings, but you still have to decide what to bring for daytime.  However, you don't need to go crazy buying stuff to wear on your cruise if you don't want to.  The main thing is to get on that ship, wear a smile, and have a good time.

More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40 or 50

Daytime Cruise Wear for Women With Style

Sexy Plus Size Cruise Wear: Cocktail and Formal Dresses

Knit Jersey Dresses: Travel Wear for Women Over 40 or 50

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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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