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lilosurf11
02-25-2010, 10:32 AM
So I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread about cruise fashion. I've seen a lot of people asking what to wear, what kinds of clothing to bring, etc. and that's ok. So post your ideas and suggestions; I think it will help a lot of people!:cool1:

DrRae2B
02-25-2010, 10:34 AM
Great idea for a post!!! I don't have any pics to contribute but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's.

JKSWonder
02-25-2010, 10:44 AM
I pack capri's rather than shorts for our trips. I had all different colors (black, navy, khaki, etc.). They can be dressed up or down depending upon the shirt or shoes you pair with them and can are good for both warm days and cooler days.

I also packed one white lightweight zip up sweatshirt that went with everything I owned and one ivory colored shawl that I used with my dressier stuff (sleeveless cocktail dress at Palo on a windy night, for example).

One pair of sneakers, one pair of brown slide sandals, one pair of silver strappy sandals, and one pair black flip flops was all I needed for the week.

idreamofwdw
02-25-2010, 10:54 AM
Great idea! I will be keeping my eyes on this thread.
I'm on a 7 night med cruise and I think i'm fairly comfortable about what clothes to take for for myself and DD, it's DH and DS3 i'm worried about.

It's really difficult in the UK (I find) to get smart pants for boys...lots of "smart" jeans and lovely shorts. Think I may need to up the cruise budget :goodvibes:goodvibes

eva
02-25-2010, 11:35 AM
I normally wear casual capris or skorts during the day. Most nights I wear dressier capris or a skirt with a nice blouse or a sun dress. On formal nights and at Palo I wear a cocktail dress. The trick is trying to limit the number of shoes. I still have problems in that area. I usually bring nice walking sandals for day time and a bit dressier sandals for evening. I tend to bring 2 or 3 colors of each. And by the time I add tennis shoes for working out, heels for the cocktail dresses, and flip flops for by the pool; I am up to 7 or 8 pairs of shoes.

DH has a much easier time. For formal attire he just brings one suit and changes out the shirt and tie for each event. On normal nights he wears Khakis and a polo shirt to dinner. He wears shorts or jeans during the day. For shoes he only needs 4 pair; tennis shoes, his Keens, brown leather slip-ons for dinner, and black dress shoes.

lilosurf11
02-25-2010, 11:41 AM
I'm really glad to see the responses so far and it's good to see that people like this thread!!!:cool1:

PearlySwan
02-25-2010, 11:53 AM
Urgh! I hate packing for extended trips. This is what I usually pack when going to a tropical destination:

DH:
One nice suit for 'dress up night'
Hawaiian shirts
Khaki shorts
Lightweight tan slacks
Dressy shoes
Sneakers
Crocs
T-Shirts
Swim trunks
Sweat Shirt
Straw Hat
Sun glasses

DD:
Shorts
T-shirts
Sun dresses
Capris
Blouses
Sandals
Flip flops
Crocs
Princess outfit
Dressy dress and shoes
Lightweight zip up sweatshirt
Swimsuit
Sun Hat
Sun glasses

DS:
Hawaiian Shirts
T-shirts
Khakis
Shorts
Sneakers
Crocs
One pair of dressy shoes
One lightweight long sleeve shirt, pants, and belt for 'dress up night'
Lightweight zip up sweatshirt
Swim trunks
Sun Hat
Sun glasses

Me:
A couple of sun dresses
Shorts
Capris
Blouses
T-Shirts
One nice dress up dress and dress up strappy pair of sandals
Flip flops
Teva casual non dressy sandals
Crocs
Lightweight zip up sweatshirt
Swimsuit
Visor Hat and Straw Hat
Sunglasses

Happy100
02-25-2010, 04:34 PM
A few swimsuits are a must; on the bikini bring ones that can be mixed up to give a different look. example. i have black bottoms that can go with multiple tops. :rotfl:
Always bring a sporty swim suit for playing in the water.

Black flip flops that can be worn with swim suits and casual dinner atire.

orlandothebeagle
02-25-2010, 04:59 PM
As many pair of shoes as baggage allowance will allow.:cool1:

Anal Annie
02-25-2010, 05:05 PM
I have a pair of dressy heeled sandals that are a combo of a clear strap & black patent that I try to wear with dressy capris on cruise casual nights and with cocktail dresses for semi-formal, formal & Palo. They really can go with a lot of things so if you watch what you pack something like that is very practical. I pack dresses for myself with some polyester in them so that they don't wrinkle. I pack them in those slippery garment bags from the dry cleaner in the garment bag to reduce the wrinkles too. I have a little black cocktail dress that is a MUST to bring. I also bring a wide sheer black scarf that I sometimes use as a shoulder wrap too with these dressier outfits. It gets COLD in the dining rooms so I also pack a lightweight sweater for the casual nights.

For DS, (if I can find them to fit), I bring a couple pair of those convertible zip-off pants. Not the track / exercise kind but the ones that are like cargo / khaki style. Those he can wear to dinner on cruise casual nights with his leather sandals then he can zip them off to wear as shorts the next day.

3 bathing suits & cover-ups + flip flops for the beach & pool. I do not wear flip flops to dinner. I bring dressier sandals for dinners.

Downey Wrinkle Release!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

orlandothebeagle
02-25-2010, 05:07 PM
I read ages ago about collecting the freebie hangers and packing stuff on the hangers so you can quickly unpack, but what with all the shoes wt is an issue so we dont do it, but its a good idea,cause you dont have to bring them home.

croppincolburn
02-25-2010, 05:21 PM
We are cruising next January. I'm having a hard time deciding what to bring in the jacket/sweater/wrap category. I kind of want a sweater/jacket that I can wear at dinner or stuff in my bag when sightseeing. Part of the problem is that I used to have the perfect jacket many years ago. I can't find anything like it now. Being plus size doesn't help. Of course I hope to be many sizes smaller by the cruise. (Not holding my breath)

pesto78749
02-25-2010, 07:43 PM
This is my first cruise so it is nice to see what everyone else is doing. Since we have been on many WDW vacations I usually wear a disney themed tee and nice chico or jcrew long (knee length) shorts. For the cruise I have made disney cruise type tee's and plan to do them with nice shorts. I have been keeping my eye out for nautical wear as well as that is in this year. I have found two skirts nautical theme to wear to dinner. Pirate night is what is giving me trouble. I am just not up for a lace up the front short pirate wench dresss. Maybe 15 yrs and 2 children ago. :)
Keep posting, this is intresting!
Ann, Dh and 2 boys.

mmouse37
02-25-2010, 08:20 PM
And remember....cruising the Caribbean/Bahamas or any warm climate really has no season...meaning you can wear white and bright colors or tropical attire all year long!!!

I also mostly bring capri's and casual tops during the day and dressier tops for evening. I bring one pair of black dress slacks and usually a pant suit for semi-night and same pants but glittery top for formal night.

I always bring at least 3 bathing suits...I find we go to the pool alot and hate getting into a wet bathing suit.

MJ

CoreyLe
02-25-2010, 09:06 PM
If you asked my mom this question she would say anything gold lame and with sequins/rhinestones.

:goodvibes

justmestace
02-26-2010, 02:16 AM
These Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops have been the answer to my prayers as far as cruise shoes! I bought the "Lily" dressy sandal and have 4 or 5 different straps for them. They'll go with anything! They also have a dressy wedge, and flip flops from flat, to medium heel to wedge.:thumbsup2



http://www.switchflops.com/cart/home.php#shoe=lilly-black&strap=dflt

MKJEcruisers
02-26-2010, 07:31 AM
I got 3 sarongs to wear on our cruise. They can be adjusted to be any length which will be good as we are going into Churches and Cathedrals in Europe. We can also use them as blankets on the flight over.
I also followed along the lines of the above poster with the switch flops. I opted to go with OneSoles though which have a sandal base and interchangeable, neoprene snap on sandal tops. I was looking into switch flops but was kind of worried about the comfort of the in-between toe thing. I haven't had much luck with flip flop type shoes. I'm not sure if I just have really sensitive skin or what but in between my toes can get pretty shredded up in flip flops.

JKSWonder
02-26-2010, 07:36 AM
These Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops have been the answer to my prayers as far as cruise shoes! I bought the "Lily" dressy sandal and have 4 or 5 different straps for them. They'll go with anything! They also have a dressy wedge, and flip flops from flat, to medium heel to wedge.:thumbsup2



http://www.switchflops.com/cart/home.php#shoe=lilly-black&strap=dflt

So cute! Thanks for this link....will definitely be looking into buying some of these before our October cruise!

TotallyAngelic
02-26-2010, 09:23 AM
I read ages ago about collecting the freebie hangers and packing stuff on the hangers so you can quickly unpack, but what with all the shoes wt is an issue so we dont do it, but its a good idea,cause you dont have to bring them home.

the throw-away hangers is a good idea but like you say with weight restrictions they are an unwelcome addition. I am planning to pack shoes into hand baggage to reduce weight in the check-in bags. I hope to manage with one or two pairs of strappy sandals, 2 pairs of wedges, one pair of flats for sightseeing and everyday stuff, one pair of beach shoes and one pair of lightweight trainers for the gym. DH will have trainers, formal shoes, and probably an everyday pair of lightweight shoes and a pair of sandals. Hopefully that will be enough.

I love those switch-flops but don't like the between-the-toe post either, so no good for me. Wish someone would invent inter-changeable sliders!

mylittleprincess
02-26-2010, 09:30 AM
These Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops have been the answer to my prayers as far as cruise shoes! I bought the "Lily" dressy sandal and have 4 or 5 different straps for them. They'll go with anything! They also have a dressy wedge, and flip flops from flat, to medium heel to wedge.:thumbsup2



http://www.switchflops.com/cart/home.php#shoe=lilly-black&strap=dflt



:thumbsup2 Thanks for link!! These are so cute!!

mylittleprincess
02-26-2010, 09:35 AM
These Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops have been the answer to my prayers as far as cruise shoes! I bought the "Lily" dressy sandal and have 4 or 5 different straps for them. They'll go with anything! They also have a dressy wedge, and flip flops from flat, to medium heel to wedge.:thumbsup2



http://www.switchflops.com/cart/home.php#shoe=lilly-black&strap=dflt



:thumbsup2 Thanks for link!! These are so cute!!

PrincessTrisha
02-26-2010, 10:01 AM
Some kind of lightweight dress or sundress that can go over your swim suit so you can go from pool, to lunch or activity without too much hassle.

Two piece swim suits (even for plus size ladies - doesn't mean a bikini - they have ones that offer full coverage) less struggle getting it on and off to...erhm....use the facilities and such.

Mom323
02-26-2010, 10:12 AM
The Disney Store has matching family tropical wear. They are very cute. I just ordered shirts and dresses for our upcoming trip. You get a 20% discount for purchases of 2 or more.

Add SHIPTODAY for a shipping Discount.

You can also add DRVCMEMBER if you have the Disney Visa for an additional 10% discount.

For orders over $100 add ALICE for two free vouchers to the new Alice movie.

eva
02-26-2010, 10:29 AM
Pirate night is what is giving me trouble. I am just not up for a lace up the front short pirate wench dresss. Maybe 15 yrs and 2 children ago.

A lot of people will wear more tropical island wear. I usually opt for a tropical sun dress and DH wears a nice tropical Tommy Bahama shirt.

MKJEcruisers
02-26-2010, 01:45 PM
I love those switch-flops but don't like the between-the-toe post either, so no good for me. Wish someone would invent inter-changeable sliders![/QUOTE]


Check out this link to onesoles. They are extremely comfortable!
http://www.onesole.com/

Kaizen
02-26-2010, 02:13 PM
For a first time cruiser, this thread is very helpful! Thanks everyone - I will be checking back frequently!

Cliffside
02-26-2010, 02:53 PM
Any advice from previous med cruisers in terms of what to wear for excursion that visit churches. DD and myself I guess can wear capris or bring a skirt to throw on and off if we want to wear shorts the rest of the day. I am more concerned about my DH as to what he should wear. Any thoughts or experiences out there.

MKJEcruisers
02-26-2010, 04:02 PM
Any advice from previous med cruisers in terms of what to wear for excursion that visit churches. DD and myself I guess can wear capris or bring a skirt to throw on and off if we want to wear shorts the rest of the day. I am more concerned about my DH as to what he should wear. Any thoughts or experiences out there.

Convertible pants are a good option. They go from bermuda length shorts to pants with just zipping on the bottoms.

eva
02-26-2010, 04:14 PM
Any advice from previous med cruisers in terms of what to wear for excursion that visit churches. DD and myself I guess can wear capris or bring a skirt to throw on and off if we want to wear shorts the rest of the day. I am more concerned about my DH as to what he should wear. Any thoughts or experiences out there.

It is a real problem for men. DH wore jeans most the time during our ABD trip to Italy. He wouldn't have been able to get into half the places we went to if he had worn shorts. I wore capris every day with no problem. We were lucky that Italy wasn't too hot when we went. One thing you should know is that Europeans do not really wear shorts much. Women wear capris and skirts. Men wear lightweight pants and jeans. Some even wear capris too. So if you wear shorts you will stick out as a tourist.

eva
02-26-2010, 04:24 PM
Convertible pants are a good option. They go from bermuda length shorts to pants with just zipping on the bottoms.

I would love it if DH would give these a try. But I do have a tough time picturing him in them. He is a strict Docker person. Even his shorts are Dockers.

Cliffside
02-26-2010, 04:45 PM
It is a real problem for men. DH wore jeans most the time during our ABD trip to Italy. He wouldn't have been able to get into half the places we went to if he had worn shorts. I wore capris every day with no problem. We were lucky that Italy wasn't too hot when we went. One thing you should know is that Europeans do not really wear shorts much. Women wear capris and skirts. Men wear lightweight pants and jeans. Some even wear capris too. So if you wear shorts you will stick out as a tourist.

Thanks for the heads up, I think capris will be a good option for me and dd. I am concerned it is going to be very hot in August and my DH will be upset if he is in pants. I will have to look into very light weight fabrics.

cissy
02-26-2010, 05:59 PM
Let me be upfront and tell you that I work at Chico's. That said, I can tell you that I LOVE the Zenergy line of spa wear. For me, it is perfect on vacations because it is lightweight but some of the pieces are dressy enough for evening. And it can be rolled in a suitcase to come out almost wrinkle free. But I agree with a lot of posters in that I LOVE to take dresses with me on vacation, too. I choose ones that can be dressed up or down based on jewelry and shoes. Dresses are just so darn easy!! And a good medium weight shawl in a neutral color is a must!!

I am just beginning to plan our cruise so I have not asked about mailing packages ahead. However, if I can mail ahead I will be sending my shoes that way so they do not take up so much space.

croppincolburn
02-26-2010, 08:47 PM
This thread is going to cost Dh a lot of money.:lmao:

Too bad I don't fit into Chico's clothes. They have cute things in the Travel section. The OneSole shoes with changeable tops are fun. I could drop a lot of money buying the interchangable tops.:eek:

Bookwood
02-27-2010, 06:49 AM
I have 2 cocktail dresses (use the same shoes for both), then take 2 pr jean shorts, skorts (between 2 and 5 pair depending on how long the cruise is) and 2 pr of capris (white and kacki) for dressing up or down. I have a pair of brown wedge sandals which dress up the skorts and capris or I wear them with flip flops ( I love the adidas "Cushy" ones and have several colors since they weigh practically nothing I can take them all.

The big "shoe space" in my luggage will be the running shoes I bring along- although for my next cruise in Jan I may wear them so it won't be an issue. If I have space I'll put in another pair of athletic shoes (shox most likely) for keeping feet warmer at the parks which may be necessary in Jan.