Cruise Wardrobe Essentials

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With different temperatures along the way, a few specific dress codes to adhere to, and limited storage space in cabins, packing for a cruise is definitely not easy. Fortunately, with some clever advance planning, you will be able to put together a concise selection of cruise wardrobe essentials that will work for just about every occasion while you are away.

Swimwear and Accessories
If your cruise ship has a swimming pool, then swimwear is a must. It is always a good idea to bring along at least two pairs, so that you have something to wear while the other is being washed and dried. Cover-ups are also necessary, so that you can easily transition from the pool to other parts of the ship. When it comes to accessories, sun protection is a must, as are sunglasses and sun hats.

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Casual Day Wear
During the day, you will generally be dressing quite casually, so items such as shorts, jeans, t-shirts and tank tops are essential. You will also need a few warmer items in case you encounter some unseasonably cold days out at sea, as well as some sandals or other comfortable shoes to walk around the ship,

Shore Excursions
You are likely to be making a few shore excursions along your cruise ship’s points of call, so keep in mind that you will need appropriate clothing for this. If you plan on doing some snorkeling or diving, function swimwear is a must, while those that want to visit religious or cultural sites should bring along some modest clothing, so as not to offend.

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Evening Wear
When it comes to evening wear, each cruise ship will usually have their own dress code that passengers must follow, and while shorts and tank tops are generally not allowed, casual wear is still accepted. This can include dress slacks with a blouse, or a casual cocktail dress. Of course, there may be a few formal nights where some passengers do go all out with tuxedos and gowns, but this is not usually essential.

Extras
There are a few other essentials that are likely to come in handy whilst you are on your cruise. A lightweight rain jacket will be your go-to item on rainy days, both on board as well as on shore, while a dressy shawl will not only keep you warm in chilly air-conditioned rooms, but will also instantly make your outfit appear much more formal. If your cruise ship has a gym on board that you will be making use of, then a pair of workout clothes will also be needed.

When choosing individual items to bring on your cruise with you, try to pick garments that can be worn interchangeably, and that can be used to create a number of different outfits, so that you still have some choice while out at sea. Your cruise ship is also likely to have some laundry or dry cleaning facilities, meaning that you will be able to wear your items multiple times, saving you some valuable space.

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Jenny Packham – Queen of Social Style

Jenny Packam

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Launched in 1988, the Jenny Packham brand and their unique signature style helped to revolutionize the bridal industry, providing it with a much more contemporary perspective. Now, in addition to bridalwear, Jenny Packham also creates ready-to-wear, resort, accessories and lingerie collections, with flagship stores in all of the major fashion capitals of the world. From Angelina Jolie to Kate Hudson to Dita Von Teese to The Duchess of Cambridge, Jenny Packham’s designs have been worn and loved by some of the most talented and influential women of this generation.

Caters to the Everyday Woman
London’s fashion scene is known for its eccentricity and quirkiness, but by staying away from experimental looks, Jenny Packham managed to carve out quite the unique niche for the brand. Packham’s signature floor-length gowns, that each cut a simple yet flattering silhouette, are aimed at the everyday woman. While critics may say that Packham’s designs are ‘safe’, their elegance makes them appropriate for many different occasions, while Packham’s signature detailing, from the cascading beadwork to the intricate embroidery, gives them an edge to stand out from the crowd.

Exceptional Bridalwear
Jenny Packham’s wedding dresses bring in half of the brand’s overall revenue, making them a significant part of the business. Packham discovered that unlike evening wear, occasion and bridalwear were able to hold strong against the recession, leading Packham to form partnerships with bridal companies all over the world, from the US to South Korea to Japan. When it comes to celebrity weddings, Packham has designed quite a few dresses, coming up with brilliant bridal creations for everyone from Liz Hurley to Fearne Cotton to Kim Sears. However, in order to remain accessible to her customers, Packham has recently launched a mini collection featuring nine floor-length gowns that are more affordable thanks to cheaper fabrics. With flowing silhouettes contrasting against contemporary structured shapes, these gowns are going to be extremely sought after for weddings this year.

Models wearing Jenny Packam gowns

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Jenny Packham’s Tips on Choosing a Gown
There are usually many different factors running through a woman’s mind when she is choosing a gown, which is why Packham has come up with a few top tips to help in this situation. Firstly, Packham advises that women keep it simple and try not to stress about the dress too much, as this will add unnecessary pressure. When it comes to choosing a silhouette, pick the era that flatters your body shape the most, such as the Art Deco styles of the 20’s, as this will really help to narrow down your options. Finally, Packham advises that women make an effort to live in the moment. All too often, she comes across customers that want a dress that will still be in style in ten years time. However, this is near to impossible, so rather than trying to contemplate what you may want to be wearing in a decade, live in the moment and choose what works best for you right now.

Packham’s latest collections celebrate style and energy, and, of course, have plenty of Packham’s signature glamor. Jenny Packham’s collections are available all over the world, from Packham’s own flagship stores to other well-known department stores, and can also be easily purchased online.