From New York to Paris, this year’s runways offer an overwhelming abundance of lavish fabrics, bold colors, and unexpected twists on classic designs. Like the stark contrast from one runway to another, vacation wardrobes feature outfits as varied as the destinations on one’s itinerary, especially for a cruise that visits several countries. Whether you’re looking to spice it up or completely reinvent your vacation style, we’ve combed the collections and trend reports to identify the best wearable looks perfect for traversing the globe.
White Shirt Refresh
A staple in almost every woman’s closet, the classic white button-down is reimagined this season. Now in versions that are buttoned up, low-cut, ruffled, slashed, billowy or fitted, these new twists on an old favorite can be dressed up for dinner in the dining room or dressed down for shopping in port.
The Cold Shoulder
Cutouts designed to expose the neckline and shoulders are everywhere this season, and are perfect for cruising. Available in a variety of sleeve lengths, casual knit tops become more fashion-forward, flowing maxi dresses become more fluid, and everything becomes a little sultrier without showing too much skin.
Earn Your Stripes
Stripes are quintessential nautical fashion, but this season, the classic pattern is emboldened. Think big, think bright, think a look for every occasion. Whether on knit tanks to pair with shorts or on a funky statement jacket, bold stripes are perfect for making the solid pieces in your suitcase pop.
It’s a Wrap
Wrap skirts are back in a big way—though this time around, they’re less defined and made in every length imaginable. Short ones with athletic flair look especially hip for days out at port, mid-length versions work on ship and shore, and longer ones offer a sophisticated way to show a little leg.
Once featured in uniforms and The Preppy Handbook, this season’s updated micropleated texture is perfect for dresses, skirts, and blouses worn at sea. It provides a modern shape for any silhouette yet remains unstructured—offering a flattering drape for comfort and ease of wear.
Sparkle and Shine
You’re on holiday, so it’s time to sparkle—especially at more formal dining rooms and to add spice for an evening activity. Look for high-shine detail on items like casual linen pants with gold thread, as well as shimmering cocktail dresses in less-expected colors of burgundy, green and navy. Or consider choosing glittery accessories to make a statement with tunics and blouses.
All Ruffles, No Feathers
Girly yet still grown up, ruffles are the epitome of vacation and relaxation. Worn soft and loose, cascading in tiers, and falling in gathers, they add an ultra-feminine detail to dresses, tops, skirts and even shorts—in fabrics ranging from suede to silk, cotton, linen, and sheer organza.
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