Cruising style made easy

Packing is never easy, particularly when trying to create a capsule wardrobe for a cruise.

Cruising style made easy

SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite travel ritual is an afternoon Aperol Spritz, preferably enjoyed pool or beach side.

Packing is never easy, particularly when trying to create a capsule wardrobe for a cruise. And given most cruises involve a few formal nights, it would be a nightmare to take a different outfit for each occasion. Thankfully, there’s a trick to handling this scenario –with the right dress you can create multiple outfits by just adding accessories and layers.

While it may not be the most exciting or ground- breaking choice, a little black dress is the perfect canvas for an array of looks. The LBD, as fashionistas affectionately call it, is flattering, sophisticated and inconspicuous enough for it not to be obvious you’ve worn it before. If you find black too boring, choose navy or white – both very nautical choices and just as versatile.

Here are three ways to wear an LBD, plus what you’ll need to pack to pull the outfits together.

1. Drinks on the deck
For a polished yet laidback look, wear your dress with smart flat sandals and large sunglasses. Add a statement scarf, which will also keep you warm once the sun dips below the horizon.

2. A three-course affair
Dressing for dinner on a formal night? Wear your dress with a pair of killer heels, a statement – and I mean ‘STATEMENT’ – belt and jewellery. More is more in this case. Pull out all the stops with earrings, necklaces, rings and shoes. Style your hair in an up-do to finish off the look and make it even more sophisticated.

3. Third time lucky
Whether you’ve got another formal dinner, you’re off dancing or you just want to look stunning for a leisurely lunch ashore, this outfit will work. Throw on your trusty dress with a pair of pretty ballet flats and a stand-out jacket. Your jacket should do the talking for this outfit, so pick one in a statement print or vibrant colour.

Don’t want to look so dressy? Ditch the flats and put on sneakers, loafers or even thongs and swap the jacket for a lightweight shirt layered over your dress. You can also make your dress function as a black skirt by wearing a jumper or long-sleeve top over it. Add a hat and you have the ideal outfit for exploring ashore.

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