Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Reader Request: Cruise Wear

This week I got a request from new mommy Shoe Addict who wants some chic, plus size options to wear to a destination wedding on a cruise ship in March.  First, I'd like to express my jealousy, then say that no matter what size you are I think your suitcase will need the same set of basics for a trip like this:

Dress for the wedding:
I like that the Curvy Plus options from are great because they don't differ very much from what's available in straight sizes.  Something beachy and casual should work for an on-ship ceremony.  Pair any of these with fun, dressy sandals and jewelry (but not noisy bangle bracelets, as I learned first hand!).

Outfits for On Boat Activities:
I've not been on a cruise, but from what I hear there's lots of eating and hanging out in lounge chairs and watching your kids swim.  I also imagine the boat will be going somewhere warm, so shorts will be a necessity.  I highly recommend the Old Navy Perfect Khaki Bermuda short.  I have two pairs myself and have seen plus size women rock them better than I do.  They also come in capri length, if you like that better.  These shorts look nice with flowy tops or tank tops and a few colors will last you all summer.

Speaking of tops, I would pack some layering pieces in case it gets cool at night or indoors, and definitely lots of bright color.  A unique tank can look good alone or under a thin cardigan, and you can make two outfits without having to pack more. (Not gonna lie, I've been known to wear a tank top alone the first day, then as a base layer under something else before I go home.  Packing is hard.)
Tank tops by Old Navy,  Ballet Wrap Sweater by Kiyonna

Cruise Ship Shows/Dinner Dress
I know that most ships have restaurants on board where you can leave your kids and have a romantic dinner.  Or you can watch a Reba impersonator sing country hits.  Either way, you need a fun dress that will pack well.  I like these options from Macy's because they're (mostly) made of jersey and will not require tons of ironing, and look like what everyone else will have on.

A Kickass Swimsuit
I've said it before, and will reiterate that the Esther Williams pinup style suits at Modcloth are the BEST thing out there for a curvy body type.  The price is a little high ($90) but the construction doesn't compare to the thin suits for sale at Target and Old Navy.  I have the one-piece in wine and feel so awesome wearing it.  However, be prepared to go up a size.

Hopefully this was helpful!  Remember you can email me if you want your own set of screenshots for a shopping or decor issues you're dealing with.


  1. THANKS!! You rock. I plan to show off my purchases later this week on my blog.

  2. Beautiful dresses and swimsuits!
    PS, I gave you a blog award over at my blog.



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