Both men and women may have a hard time deciding what to pack for a cruise. The main reason is related to the final destination, the weather, but also to the specifics of the cruise. That is, your luggage should always include both formal and informal pieces of clothing and accessories.

If you’re wondering what to wear on a cruise, here are the clothes you must include in your luggage to make sure you’ll enjoy an amazing vacation aboard.

Cruise Wear for Women: Daytime

For a vacation on warmer climates, women’s daytime “must have” cruise wear includes shorts, T-shirts, flowy skirts, bathing suits, cover-ups and sundresses that must be worn with either flip-flops or comfortable sandals. You must remember though that bathing suits are appropriate cruise wear only by the pool.

Cruise Wear Outfit Day


Get the look: Vitamin A bandeau bikini | Stella McCartney sunglasses | Tory Burch Kailey sandals | Matthew Williamson kaftan | Magid floppy hat | L’Agence shorts | Yukio Mishiba tee | Tory Burch Ella tote

Be fashionable and comfortable at the same time by wearing a bandeau bikini top, such as Vitamin A Bel Air bandeau bikini available in multiple colors (pink, turquoise, black). Don’t forget about shorts: the L’Agence shorts with mid rise belted waistline are an appropriate choice for daytime cruise wear. Pair them with a 100% cotton T-shirt in a funky print, like the Yukio Mishiba graphic tee.

Cruise Wear for Women: Evenings

Evenings on board require different cruise wear that ranges from casual to formal. On a six-day cruise, usually there will be 2 formal evenings, 2 semiformal ones and the same number of casual nights. As a result, it is wise to pack cocktail dresses and matching accessories (high heels, fancy jewelry) for the formal evenings. On the semiformal and casual ones you may opt for daytime cruise wear (but no bathing suits, nor shorts).

Cruise Wear Outfit Night

Get the look: Coralia Leets earrings | Loeffler Randall Dahlia sandals | DvF Akela dress | Dior eye palette | Valentino bow bag

You can always count on Diane von Furstenberg cocktail dresses, such as Akela one shoulder dress. You may also opt for a flirtier outfit with the Basix sequin cocktail dress with a sexy draped back.

Cruise Wear for Men: Daytime

Daytime cruise wear for men must include shorts, chinos, jeans, shirts and T-shirts. Go for knee-length shorts by the pool, but wear jeans or chinos for lunch or during a trip on shore. Keep in mind that polo shirts are always a nice option for daytime cruise wear.

Mens Cruise Wear Daytime

Get the look: Paul Smith straw hat | Save Khaki shorts | Ralph Lauren polo | Rolfs of Men wallet | Kris van Assche aviators | Tom’s men’s slip ons

Cruise Wear for Men: Evenings

Mens Cruise Wear Nighttime

Get the look: Mini gingham dress shirt | Italia Independent chinos | Ferragamo penny loafers | Paul Smith belt | Creed Green Irish Tweed fragrance

While a business suit, or even a tuxedo is essential for a formal evening, on an informal evening you can always count on the chino/shirt combo. Try the classic chino pants with a Mini-Gingham Sport Shirt from Bloomingdale’s on a casual evening on a cruise for a perfect cruise outfit.

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