Traveling Fashion Tips: 7 Fun Plus-Size Cruise Wear Options

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If you have a cruise on your itinerary soon, but you’re wondering which outfits to pack, you have come to the right place! We are going to explore all of the pieces you should bring with you to create vacation outfits that are cute and versatile. Not only will you be wearing plus-size maxi dresses for summer, but we also have other outfit ideas that will have you feeling confident and beautiful throughout your entire vacation. 

But planning a wardrobe for a cruise isn’t just like planning any average vacation outfit. Cruise looks need to be versatile and ready for whatever the day has in store. Whether you’re venturing off the ship or lounging poolside, each look needs to be comfortable and stylish. Don’t worry, though! We will show you exactly what you need to pack and how they fit into outfits that are perfect for a cruise.

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1. Dresses for Every Occasion 

Every tropical vacation calls for stunning dresses that keep you feeling cool but looking hot. For a cruise, you may want to pack a few different dresses so that you’re ready for multiple occasions. For example, you may attend a fancy captain’s dinner one night, hit up the comedy club or nightclub another night and then, of course, you will need a flowy and beautiful dress to venture off the ship in. We suggest packaging a party dress, a plus size maxi dress and a mini wrap dress. 

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2. Shorts Are the Main Staple

You can’t have a tropical vacation without wearing plus-size shorts. While you can certainly pack jeans or flowy pants, shorts are the most practical option for a vacation in warm weather. You can choose different styles of shorts, from linen to denim, and pair them with cute blouses, crop tops or bikinis. Shorts are also a great piece to bring with you as you lounge on the beach or hang out poolside since they can easily be thrown on as a coverup if you need them. 

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3. Cute Plus-Size Swimwear 

Of course, you will need the cutest plus-size swimwear on a cruise. Whether you love wearing plus-size swimwear that’s more minimal or bold, we have some fun pieces that are going to elevate your vacation wardrobe. Choose from cute two-piece or one-piece swimsuits that contour your curves and boost your confidence. 

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4. Kimonos 

If you want to turn your favorite swimsuits into an outfit, make sure you pack cute swim cover-ups or flowy kimonos that you can throw on throughout the day. You will be feeling like the goddess you are as you walk through the ship and lie by the pool. If you want to pack one kimono that goes with everything, prioritize neutral colors over bold prints and patterns. 

5. Sandals and Shoes

Every vacation outfit needs a cute pair of shoes. Make sure you pack a variety of sandals that you can wear with shorts, dresses and poolside, as well as a pair of sneakers if you plan on doing anything adventurous outside the cruise ship. You can also pack a pair of heels if you plan on attending a fancy dinner or a nightclub. 

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6. Accessories 

Every outfit can be elevated with your favorite summer accessories. If you’re packing light and don’t have a lot of room in your suitcase, here are some of our favorite accessories to bring. Dainty gold jewelry like earrings, necklaces and bracelets can easily fit in your carryon, and they also add a glamorous look to every outfit. You can strategically pack a floppy hat in your suitcase by laying it upside down and packing around it. 

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7. A Beach Tote and a Crossbody Bag

Aside from your primary luggage, you will want to pack a beach tote that is cute, but which can also stand a little bit of water and sand, as well as a chic crossbody that is practical for all adventures. These two bags should pair well with all your looks and, above all else, allow you to partake in your favorite activities. 

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We hope you have a relaxing, fun and fashionable cruise! You’re already on your way to relaxation now that you don’t have to stress about what to pack! We predict you’re going to be the style icon of the ship!