What Gretchen Wore

I love shopping….I think I have mentioned that a few times.  I was looking for new swimsuits yesterday for my upcoming cruise, but this dress caught my eye.  I found it at Marshalls for $29.99.  It is so colorful and comfortable.  I added my navy jacket and statement necklace for a cute office look today!


I’m Cruising in a Month

One would think that clothes would be the least of your concerns when you are on a trip that is all about doing things at an enjoyable, leisurely pace. But, when you are going on vacation where you will be spending some time with new people in a luxurious setting for a stretch of time – then picking the right kind of clothing may actually be something to pay attention to.  Not to mention, some ships and onboard activities do have a dress code that you need to follow. Otherwise, you will have to either spend extra and buy the right outfit from an outlet on the ship, or you would have to be left behind while everyone else enjoys the activity.

You would also have to keep in mind the weather in the area you will be cruising to. You really would not want to be underdressed nor overdressed for the climate you are in. And for sure, you would want to look back on those cruise pictures and see yourself looking happy and stylish, right? If you just said yes, here are a few tips to keep in mind and take note of on what clothes to pack and wear for your cruise:

Think ‘cruise casual’

This term may vary depending on the cruise ship, but in general, ‘cruise casual’ pertains to walking shorts, jeans, t-shirts and collared shirts, casual skirts, and sundresses. For men, this translates to casual khakis, jeans, walking shorts, sports shirts and t-shirts.  For footwear, make sure to have some comfortable flats or sandals. Athletic wear and shoes are a must in fitness centers and for certain activities. Flip flops are best used when you are bound for the pool area. While keeping it simple is great – keeping it too ‘spare’ in terms of fabric may not always be in agreement to some ships’ dress code. Limit your stash of short shorts, ripped jeans or cut-offs, and tank tops as certain areas of the cruise ship like restaurants and recreation centers have stricter requirements.

Bring proper swimwear

Just like luxury resorts, cruise ships also have strict rules on swimwear. Make sure to bring a swimsuit, flip flops, and a cover-up (great for lounging around the pool area, and is acceptable at some pool-side restaurants). If you are feeling the beach vibe, you can jazz up your look with a light sundress or shorts. Light colors are great for poolside wear, especially if you are cruising in hot weather.

Be ready with hats and eye protection

If you are cruising to a hot-weather destination, you would want to have hats and sunglasses handy. They are not just classy and fashionable, more often than not, they are actually necessary to keep the blinding glare of the sun at bay and to keep your facial skin protected from painful sunburn.

Outerwear are just as important – bring a light cardigan, a heavy jacket or scarves

Layering is so ‘in’ in cruise ships, mainly because it lets you carry just a few basics and transform them into a ‘new’ outfit with just a scarf, a cardigan, or a jazzed-up jacket. These pieces of clothing also come in handy for those instances when the weather takes a bad turn, and you’d need to get a little warmer.

Always have at least two formal wear choices

Cruise ships have, at the very least, at least one formal night, when cruisers literally dress up and bring their most elegant selves to the event venue. For women, formal cocktail dresses and evening gowns are a must. You may also want to bring at least one dressy top or bottom or an elegant dress for semi-formal nights.  For men, a tuxedo or dark suits with ties are best. You may also consider sports coats and button-down shirts for less formal night events. For footwear, bring a formal pair that can match all your formal clothing options. Classic colors like black, silver, gold, or nudes are best. For men, elegant dress shoes are a must.  Make sure to pack these clothing basics for your upcoming cruise, and be truly ready for your grand vacation and those picture-perfect moments!


What Gretchen Wore

I absolutely love my black leather jacket.  I found it at The Loft Outlet a few months ago.  I had a coupon, and ended up getting it under less than $80.  You literally can wear this jacket over any outfit from jeans to dresses.  Today I threw it on over my army green and black maxi dress.  I normally add a little more color, but today I kept it all muted.