12 Easy, Breezy Cruise Outfit Ideas

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Between daytime excursions, lazy afternoons by the pool and semi-formal dinners, cruises require a few wardrobe changes throughout the day. This variety of activities poses problems for travelers trying to streamline their packing list. If packing for a summer cruise stumps you, take inspiration from these simple vacation-ready outfits.

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A matching shorts and top set makes for an easy outfit that's breathable and so cute. It's perfect for a day filled with tourism fun.

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Hawaiian shirts are totally acceptable on cruise ships or any other kind of tropical vacation. Give it a fashionable twist by rolling up the sleeves and tucking it into an equally-as-bright skirt.

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Linen pants or shorts and a relaxed button-down are must-haves for guys. These pieces are lightweight enough to wear during the day, yet nice enough to dress up at night.

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And, ladies, definitely bring along some white linen pieces, as well. This sleeveless jumpsuit is comfortable enough to wear while trekking around a port city and chic enough to wear for evening with tons of jewelry and espadrilles.

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Men should bring along at least one (lightweight) blazer to wear for nice dinners on the boat or for chilly days spent roaming a nearby city.

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A simple striped tunic serves as swimsuit cover-up or easy, lightweight dress for warm, casual days. Multi-purpose items save serious suitcase space when packing light!

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A relaxed shirt and short set looks polished and put-together with little effort. A straw Panama hat is a must, for men and women.

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Linen pants and an oversized button-down are extremely versatile and each can be dressed up or down. Block-heel sandals are both practical and stylish.

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Sean Julian is seen attending the KATAMA presentation wearing a B Squared jacket, Ben Minkoff bag, and Christian Louboutin shoes during New York Fashion Week Men’s Collection F/W 2017 on July 14, 2016 in New York City.

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Not into Hawaiian shirts? A blazer in a bright tropical print works, too! White pants and a T-shirt keep the look casual.

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Leave heels at home. Flat, strappy sandals work with everything from dresses to shorts to cropped pants.

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Sleek sneakers (and, duh, Hawaiian shirts) are always a good idea. Ditch trouser socks for no-show ones and wear sneakers with slacks or shorts.

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Be sure to pack at least one pair of jeans for unexpected chilly temps. Flowy, bright blouses and messy up-dos give an effortless look to shorts or cropped pants.

The Takeaway: Don't overthink your outfits too much. Keep it simple, colorful and comfy. Happy cruising!

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