What to Pack for a Cruise

If you’re setting sail for your next adventure, packing for a cruise requires navigating comfort and style with some serious strategic packing. Whether you’re exploring the Mediterranean or cruising the Caribbean, every Avaraista needs a well-curated wardrobe. Think of versatile pieces like pretty tops and bottoms when you’re on the boat and lovely dresses for when you’re under the sun. From tops to bottoms and all the accessories in between, here’s our guide on what to pack for a cruise for both function and fashion.

Start on Top

We have plenty of colorful tops to choose from when you’re getting ready to set sail. Packing a variety of tops for your cruise ensures you’ll have versatility and be stylish for every occasion. Sweaters with a fun print and tropical tops are perfect for exploring an island or lounging by the pool. A pretty white dress can help you transition from a casual daytime stroll to a refined dinner on board. A beautiful tropical-print dress can make you feel like you’re walking on sand, especially if you actually get to walk on the beach during your cruise. 

If you love these different tops and dresses, check out all of our women’s clothing options. Don’t forget about layering options that give you even more flexibility as the weather changes. If you love mixing and matching different tops and bottoms, get inspired by any of our vacation outfits for your cruise.

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Set Sail with These Vacation Outfits

1. Sweater with a Fun Print

A sweater in a fun print, like the chain link print of the Mamie Sweater or the blue and orange striped Arden Sweater, gives a fresh look to your favorite pair of Avara denim. On those days when you’re not sure what the weather holds for you during your cruise adventures, a versatile sweater remains a trusted companion. When you’re on your cruise, temperatures can vary from chilly nights at sea to cooler destinations during shore excursions. A sweater is sure to provide comfort and warmth when needed, making it the perfect choice for layering over dresses and lighter tops. Not to mention, it’s easy to pack and carry to help you optimize suitcase space.

2. Pretty White Dress

A pretty white dress with a gorgeous linen-like texture, like our Lillian Dress, is a must-have for your cruise. The timelessness of a pretty white dress effortlessly transitions from day to night. When you want to keep cool on a tropical day, the crisp white hue will reflect the sunlight. You’ll look chic under moonlit skies as you exude effortless charm. The simplicity of this dress allows for easy styling with colorful scarves and statement jewelry alike.

3. Tropical Top

Get ready to set sail in the Avara Exclusive Sadie Top! This top captures the essence of adventure and relaxation. The vibrant print and bold colors perfectly complement an oceanic backdrop. Lightweight and breathable, this top will keep you cool in a warm climate while adding a pop of personality to your outfit. Pair with shorts, skirts, or jeans for that laid-back sophistication every cruise traveler needs for comfort and fashion-forward flair.

4. Tropical Dress

The stunning Ivy Dress has a vibrant floral print and gorgeous, flattering silhouette that’s great for your beach vacation or outdoor dinner on the cruise. This dress is the epitome of island charm and cruise chic. It’s an exceptional choice for onboard and onshore adventures, thanks to its vibrant pattern and breezy fabric. The versatility of the Ivy allows you to transition from daytime excursions to evening soirees in no time, so you’ll look and feel your best throughout your maritime journey. Embrace the tropical spirit to sail away in style with this stunning dress.

Pack Your Bottoms

Diversifying your option of cute clothing bottoms ensures you’ll stylishly adapt to every setting. Jeans are perfect for casual chic daytime activities and cooler evenings and can easily pair with various tops. Mini skirts are perfect for a fun-filled night at sea with a dose of youthful charm. To exude confidence, put on a midi skirt for a formal dinner. Shorts offer a more laid-back vibe that’s ideal for exploring tropical ports or hanging out on the beach all day. From classic blue denim jeans to pretty tropical pants with a head-turning print, these are just a few of our well-curated pieces at Avara. For more fashion inspiration, shop all of our latest clothing styles online.

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1. Classic Blue Denim

Pair the Becca Jeans with a crisp white button-down shirt and tuck it into the jeans for a more polished look. These jeans have a flattering high-rise silhouette and classic blue wash, making them the perfect choice for both casual outings and semi-formal moments. Layer the jeans with a blazer for an evening that you’re exploring ashore or enjoy an al fresco dinner. Add on ankle boots and delicate gold jewelry to elevate your ensemble. Experiment with different tops and accessories to create diverse looks for your cruise.

2. White Denim

To style the Kelsey Jeans in white, pair them with a lightweight striped blouse in pastel hues for a more nautical touch. Layer it with a denim jacket. Complete the look with espadrille wedges and a straw hat for a look that’s perfect for lounging on the boat or exploring a port city. Accessorize with oversized sunnies and a statement necklace.

3. Colorful Denim

For colorful denim like the Mariah Jeans in sage, craft a look that combines effortless wanderlust with a touch of bohemian charm. Pair these jeans with a flowy, off-the-shoulder blouse. Wear it with embellished sandals and a crossbody bag. Try hoop earrings and layered bracelets for some added flair. The soft sage hue evokes a serene coastal vibe that’s great for a leisurely stroll along the deck.

4. Corduroy Mini Skirt

Style the Camden Corduroy Mini Skirt in rust with a tucked-in lightweight cream-colored sweater. A daytime exploration look goes well with loafers or ankle boots. Accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat and crossbody bag for a hint of sophistication. The rich rust color of the Camden Skirt adds vibrancy and warmth as an easy way to infuse cozy charm into your cruise wardrobe.

5. Faux Leather Skirt

The Rita Skirt is a faux leather skirt that pairs well with a lightweight, flowy blouse in a soft pastel shade. Add effortless sophistication to your cruise ensemble with a tailored blazer. Complete the look with strappy sandals and delicate jewelry. Faux leather skirts offer a modern and sleek aesthetic as you transition from daytime adventures to evening events.

6. Lightweight Shorts

Want an outfit that helps prioritize versatility and comfort? Try the Kennedy Shorts in navy and pair it with an off-the-shoulder blouse or white tank top for a chic maritime look. Layer it with a lightweight cardigan for those cool evenings at sea. Complete the ensemble with sandals or espadrilles for easy onshore explorations. The black color of these shorts offers endless styling options that can be mixed and matched with a wide variety of tops and accessories throughout your cruise vacation.

7. Tropical Pants

The vivacious print of the Leila Pants adds instant flair to your cruise wardrobe, perfect for soaking up the sun in style. Pair it with a simple solid-colored top or a flowy blouse in a matching tropical or floral print to match. A woven tote bag can add bohemian charm, while simple earrings help the bold print of these pants stand out.

Layer Like a Pro

When you’re planning outfits for vacation, you also have to think about what kind of outerwear you want to pack for layering. Incorporating varied outerwear into your cruise wardrobe caters to changing temperatures and diverse activities. For casual versatility, try a denim jacket that can effortlessly layer over a sundress or be paired with jeans during a breezy evening on the deck. Elevate your outfit with a statement blazer that polishes a daytime extrusion look or matches a formal dinner ensemble. You’ll have warmth and coverage while these must-have outerwear pieces stylishly complement your cruise outfits.

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1. Dare to Denim Jacket

Whether you wear the puff sleeve Roxanna Denim Jacket in a light wash or the Julia Denim Jacket made from premium denim by KUT From The Kloth, you’ll find that a denim jacket is a versatile outerwear choice that offers both practicality and casual style. The laid-back look of the denim jacket complements a variety of outfits when you want some comfort on deck. Layer it over a dress or top to add a touch of relaxed sophistication to any outfit.

2. Statement Blazer

Statement blazers are meant to stand out. Pack a blazer in a fun color like fuchsia, or let your outfit sparkle and shine with a blazer with sequins. Prefer something with understated charm? You can’t go wrong with a black blazer with an all-black monochromatic outfit for a nice dinner date night on your cruise.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

You can’t forget about a chic pair of shoes. Sneakers blend trendiness and comfort for your casual stroll in a foreign city’s port or for an active excursion like a hiking or biking tour. Heels in a neutral tone are easy to mix and match for your evening attire while adding sophistication. Mules are great for a leisurely walk on deck or exploring port towns in style. Each shoe serves a distinct purpose, so you’ll be prepared for every moment of your cruise adventure.

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1. Fashion Sneakers

According to U.S. News, even if you don’t plan on ever leaving the ship while you’re on the cruise, there’s still plenty of walking to do when you’re on the boat. Instead of wearing unsupportive flip-flops, pack sneakers that are comfortable and fashionable like the Georgie Sneakers. They’re designer-inspired and designed with a clean look that’s elevated with a pop of gold metallic on the heel. Wear it with a denim jacket and a long-sleeved top on a chilly night.

2. Neutral-Toned Heels

Neutral-toned heels, such as our Claire Heel platforms, can complement any outfit. The silhouette of this timeless heel is as comfortable as it is chic. Step out in style throughout your entire cruise adventure when you pair this nude heel with a dress in a bold pattern, or keep it casual with jeans and your favorite top.

3. Mules with a Pop of Color

The mule offers style and comfort for leisurely walks during your cruise. The slip-on design of the Alexis Mule makes it convenient for quick outings, while the chic silhouette adds sophistication to any outfit. Comfortable and versatile, this mule is a cruise wardrobe staple for every moment.

Accessorize It Up

No resort clothing-inspired outfit is complete without the right accessories. There’s no need to go overboard with accessories for your cruise, especially when you have limited packing space. A few statement pieces will do just fine. To help you diversify your accessories, have a nighttime clutch for formal evenings. For daytime excursions, a leather bag combines durability and style. As for a general accessorizing tip, a patterned headband can effortlessly add a pop of color and personality to an otherwise low-key outfit.

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1. Nighttime Clutch

The nighttime clutch adds a sophisticated element to your cruise dinner look. Try our Dorit Bag in blue, which combines a faux straw fabrication with a gold chain strap. Compact yet stylish, this perfect vacation purse is a great option for glamorous dinners and onboard entertainment, so you’ll be prepared and poised for unforgettable nights at sea.

2. Faux Leather Bag

A faux leather bag blends style and durability to help you transition from exploration onboard to ashore. The chic design of the Elodie Bag complements any outfit while offering ample space for essentials. Versatile and resilient, this bold, pink, quilted faux leather bag with a large matte chain strap will have you saying “bon voyage!” to your other bags!

3. Patterned Headband

A patterned headband like the Holly Headband is an essential cruise accessory to add flair to your outfit while keeping your hair in place. When the ocean breeze rolls your way, the versatile headband will act as your trusted companion for a casual day that involves hanging out at the pool or exploring a new city. Add a pop of color and personality to your vacation look with minimal effort.


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March 05, 2024 — Emily Shack

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