I have written a lot of posts for this blog.
But I don’t ever think I’ve gotten as many requests for a blog post topic as this one.
And I am so happy to write it.
Not to be all about myself—but I TOTALLY PACKED PERFECTLY.
I had worn almost every single thing I brought.
The shoes were perfect.
The amount of dresses and cover-ups and workout gear and earrings and sleepwear (even down to the nightgown) were all perfect.
I had prepared for this for almost two months. I researched and planned and thought about all the events and even walked through the outfits and the excursions and what I would need for different events and today I’m so happy to share it all with you. It’s a mixture of high low. Some of the dresses I splurged on (I’m looking at you purple linen dress) and some were super affordable.
And I put it all together to help me (and anyone else who might need it) to know what to pack for the next cruise.
Okay—before we get started on the actual outfits, let’s talk through some of the basic principles I used to pack.
- I tried to make sure everything could double up to be something else. For example, this black cover-up/mini caftan that I’m wearing here in this picture? I wore it as a dress on the excursion and it can also double up as a cover-up by the pool.
- I would bring at least three swimsuits (with matching cover-ups if you are feeling wild). It’s so hard to wash them out between wearings and you are usually wearing a swimsuit at least once a day (if you are heading to a warm weather destination).
- I planned on changing three times a day and that worked out to be almost exact. Some days I wore a work-out outfit, a casual dress, then a dressier dress for dinner. Somedays I would wear a swimsuit, a casual outfit and a dressier dress for dinner.
- Make sure you check with your cruise to see what theme nights they have and plan accordingly if you want to get dressed up for those. I’m not really a theme night person, but we did have a “white night” on the cruise, so I packed a long white dress.
- I also planned on some long dresses and some shorter dresses to mix and match what I was wearing.
- Don’t forget to take accessories and shoes into consideration.
- And lastly, just as a reminder—here are 21 essentials (in addition to my outfits) that I would bring on the cruise.
// polka dot swim dress //
I thought I’d get this out of the way at the beginning. Me in a swimsuit on a national blog. That takes courage my friends. Extra courage with a little more boldness on top.
(total aside: this tan is TOTALLY FAKE. I did it myself and you can see all my tanning tips (and what I use) here.)
But here’s the thing. I had to share because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this swimsuit.
Or swim dress.
I got it in three different colors but I like the blue and white polka dot the best. It is full of tummy control and structure and has so much support. It’s made by Land’s End and it’s chlorine-resistant and has underwire. I’ve gotten several questions—I did not get petite (because I wanted the skirt to be as long as possible–LOL)! Also–my suit didn’t have the option to choose a cup size so I just went with the existing cup size on the suit and it fit well. As a reference, I’m a 36 DDD.
You can see it here.
I also got it in the Paradise Aqua Gingham (which looks so good with a tan).
I knew there would just be a couple of days we’d be on the ship and able to go to the workout room.
I packed two of these (my GO-TO leggings) that I’ve mentioned a few times (just a few).
I brought one long sleeve workout top from Walmart and then? I brought two of these shapewear tanks.
They are my latest favorite find. They look like tank tops, but they have compression panels in the front and back so they look amazing as a layering piece when you are working out or with sweaters, too.
I brought two long dresses with me on the cruise and I thought that was the perfect amount.
One of the dresses I wore was a midi dress with white eyelet that I bought last year on clearance at Tuckernuck. I found a similar dress here.
The flower hibiscus shoes were a splurge and are now sold out most places.
I also brought with my the PERFECT cruise dress. It was such a splurge. I saw it around Christmastime and treated myself.
I also found this beautiful linen embroidered dress that comes in lilac, too. It’s a splurge as well, but look at the detailing on the embroidery.
And I also thought this would be the prettiest dress for dinner on a cruise.
I wish that I would have taken more pictures of my outfits.
I’m thinking as I’m writing this post that I didn’t plan this very well.
If I was a true fashion blogger, I would have been posing in every outfit so I could show you.
Instead I’m a cruiser who thought they took a lot of picture until they got home.
So instead I rounded them all up here.
Some I got off Amazon.
Some I got off etsy.
Simply click on the photos and it will take you right to the dresses.
I also packed one formal dress.
This is a dress I got last year on super clearance. The fabric is incredible. It’s by a designer out of New York.
There’s nothing like a fancy dress on a cruise ship to make you start humming “The Love Boat.”
Oh—I almost forgot to mention shoes.
These flower flats.
The pink shoes in the first picture and my beloved HOKA’s.
I saved this picture for last because look at the look on my face.
It is pure joy.
The face of a packer who planned every outfit perfectly.
Or maybe just a girl who had the vacation of her life. 🙂
PS Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions in the comments.
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