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You might think you should have nothing to worry about while boarding a cruise except how fast you can get a rumrunner in your hands. With the right cruise wear, it can be almost that simple. Wear cool cottons or light linens to convey effortless style. Enjoy the festive ambiance of the ship, without a second thought to what you are wearing.
As you make your way through the throngs of people, you may get hot, sticky and downright irritated. The beauty of a cotton top is that it not only helps to keep you cool, but cotton also has wicking properties that control sweating in the midst of a crowd. Since it's a cruise, be festive with your color choice; yellow, bright orange and red are all good solid-color choices for a cotton top.
You can go monochromatic with a pair of cotton pants the same color as your top, or you can mix and match. Since you don't know the boat's interior temperature and you want to be comfortable, opt for pants over shorts until you are boarded and ready to change and party. Avoid looking like a retiree in baggies. Choose pants that skim the silhouette of your body to flatter your shape.
If you are dead set on wearing shorts because of the casual climate of the cruise, khaki cargos are your best choice. Not only is this among the more functional garments, but it's casual sophistication at its best. Khaki goes with about any other color, and you have a multitude of shoe choices with cargo shorts. Best of all, they aren't super short, so you could wear them around the boat until it's time for dinner.
It may be tempting to slip on your favorite flip-flops or even go uber stylish with a pair of wedges. But for all the standing and walking you do when you board a cruise, sneakers are the optimal choice. They are comfortable enough to be worn for the time it takes to get settled, and you can add some dazzle with your choice of sneaker color or design.