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the stylist’s notebook | on a cruiseship

7 July 2009
I must say I adore your blog, very inspirational with great fashion tips. This is also the very reason I turn to you! My dad has recently been talking about going on a cruise in the carribean in the month of october. Now I’m the kind of girl that likes rock and roll and turning heads, so i was actually considering to buy lace umbrellas, floor lenght skirts and corsets. I’m sure you must be chuckling at my vision right now, but what girl didn’t want to own Rose’s wardrobe at some point? I know I did haha Now, not only would this be terribly impractical but also very hot. I know this because I live on an island myself. Now, I don’t wish to look like a tourist on that cruise, I don’t want any trashy hawaiian florals (I’m sure you would agree) and I’d love to feel stylish and comfortable (meaning, not hot ahha). I saw a picture of a girl wearing a flowery crop corset and a pair of light wash denim cut offs, wedges and a pair of round sunglasses , but i feel that i might be too full figured for that look. I’m about 5’8, have an hour glass figure, long limbs and a full head of curly brown goldy locks hair, I love wearing black and jeans and combat boots, but I know this is not fitting.
So would you please help me? I would appriciate it so much.

Zimmerman Swimwear 1

Ah, a cruise – how I am in dire need of an exotic getaway for a month-long vacation! Here I am, typing away data and archiving paperwork at the courthouse, where an occasional, forlorn glance out of the window would only bring into view a long line at the entrance of the building, with security guards eyeing suspicious persons who have come for their court dates.

I’m hardly exaggerating, either.

Anyhoo, darlings. Do keep in mind, however, that clothing should be layer-able and lightweight, and that both apparel and accessories do not cause awkward tan lines. Because that, my dears, is perhaps the worst part about getting a bit of summer glow.

{the necessities.}

Flat sandals. For the beach, walking around, and overall comfort. And a pair of flip-flops for your room.
Heeled sandals. For walking around the ship, on the little islands you’ll stop by, or for casual evening dinners.
Heels. Simply because heels are necessities (for me, at least) coming into handy for dinners that are semi-formal or formal, for attending evening events, and for parties on the cruise ship.
Large Sunglasses! A la Posh. And a hat, if you’d like.
Bathing suits. Plural, of course. A bit of variation is lovely: one-pieces, bikinis, monokinis.
Cover-up. By cover I hardly mean a simple towel wrapped about yourself; no, darling. Think kaftans, maxi-dresses, slips, sheer dresses, rompers, or simply dresses in general. Not only will you be the chic-est on the beach/pool/ship, the cover-up doubles as another day’s outfit (we do love practicality and lightweight packing), also allowing you to go from the beach to a cocktail or shopping trip in under a minute.
Denim shorts, bandage skirts, knit skirts, casual day dresses, tees, semi-sheer loose tanks, blouses, etc. Your average daywear.
Cocktail dresses and an evening gown. For the cruiseship dinners that require semi-/formal wear.

    {what to wear.}

    A cruiseship wardrobe, broken down by different types of styles! All items from either Net-a-porter, Forever 21, or Chickdowntown – my absolute favorites.


    the color palette: neutrals, greens, browns, taupe, gold

    cruiseship boho

    think: Vanessa Hudgens, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Rachel Zoe. Missoni-inspired prints, flowing tops, maxi dresses, straw fedoras, braided leather sandals, bangles and cuffs, Grecian silhouettes, asymmetrical lines, natural/organic inspired jewelry (wooden bracelets, feathered necklaces, raw stones), vintage Ray-ban aviators, denim cutoffs.

    {classic sophisticate.}

    the color palette: black, white, gray, cream, red, silver

    cruiseship classic

    think: Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Portman, Emmy Rossum. LBD, LRD, retro two-pieces, black bikinis, black cut-out monokinis, flats, pumps, patent heels, high waisted shorts, tailored shorts, shift dresses, silver jewelry, floppy hats, oversized sunglasses, clean lines, button down shirts, fitted crew neck tees, high waisted skirts.

    {feminine & girly.}

    the color palette: white, cream, pinks, lavenders, mint green, & any other pastel color.

    cruiseship girly

    think: cupcakes, Katherine Heigl, Mariah Carey. Itsy-bitsy bikinis, ruffles, cardigans, ribbons & bows, silver jewelry, chiffon, minidresses, pastels, kitten heels, round-toe flats, rhinestones, flowery hair clips, garden-inspired cocktail rings, layered & ruffled skirts, embellished tanks, sheer blouses.


    the color palette: gray, black, purple, gunmetal, earthy black-browns.

    cruiseship grunge

    think: Erin Wasson, Alexander Wang, Rumi Neely. Loose, semi-sheer tees, oversized sheer tees as cover-ups, boyfriend jeans rolled up, vintage denim cutoffs, strappy sandals, strappy bejeweled heels, Balmain-inspired, messy hair, ankle booties, jacquard prints in place of plaid, gladiator-inspired heels, jersey tank dresses/maxis, cropped tops.


    the color palette: grays, black, navy, silver.

    cruiseship rockchic

    think: Alexander Wang, Rock & Republic. Studded denim, cut-out cocktail dresses dresses, cropped denim jackets, denim bustiers, leather minis, embellished sandals, studded heels, knuckle rings, silver chains, crosses, destroyed denim, bleached apparel, bandage dresses, Elizabeth & James deconstructed tees, cropped tees & vintage shirts.

    {simply wild.}

    the color palette: brights & neons paired against black/grays, prints

    cruiseship wild

    think: Exotics, croc-embossed heels/pumps, gladiator flats, gladiator-inspired heels, animal prints, neon and bright colors, bandage minis, semi-sheer tanks over American Apparel’s bandeau bras, Wildfox Couture, rompers.


    La C.

    59 Comments leave one →
    1. 7 July 2009 8:06 am

      I want that yellow Herve Leger dress.

    2. 7 July 2009 8:19 am

      Great advice, as per usual! Ahh summer colours! I am designing an outfit for a cruise myself in my textiles class!


    3. Alize Morand permalink
      7 July 2009 8:43 am

      I’m all for the Classic Sophisticate meets Feminine and Girly 🙂
      Great inspiration, I’m dying to go the south of France, my grandparents have a house by the beach, and home to the Alps having pic-nic by the lake… in the meantime still Uni in London, but the parks here are filled with fashion-conscious arty students and über-elegant old ladies with cute dogs.. I’m loving it so much! Sorry for the description, I had to share these impressions with you! 🙂 So summer wardrobe is strapless and lace slipdresses so far, with platform sandals, in nudes and tan. Will become black and white on the French Riviera, and finally flower prints and corals/peach/salmon in the Alps.. do you approve of these summer choices Mademoiselle la Couturière? 😉
      Many kisses! x

    4. 7 July 2009 9:11 am

      Loooooove that black and grey one piece swimsuit!

      Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, I passed on an award to you, La C.

      Love your blog!


      • 7 July 2009 9:12 am

        Alize Morand: As am I! (: Oh mon Dieu that sounds unbelievably amazing, so much that I am incredibly jealous! It sounds so beautiful, darling! Alize. Of course I approve – your style sounds impeccable!

        The Anthology: Aww thank you Kels! You’re so sweet!


    5. 7 July 2009 9:17 am

      Hello La C. Great advice. Love those clothes. I wish I was on a cruise right about now. I took one to the Bahamas years ago. I’ve been thinking about that cruise a lot lately.

    6. 7 July 2009 9:47 am


      love the grunge-chic bathing suit! who is it?? 🙂


    7. 7 July 2009 9:48 am

      Oh wow, lucky lucky girl. I am jealous. And those Earthy dresses are just lovely.

    8. Clare Brown permalink
      7 July 2009 9:58 am

      Ahhh, the summer cruise! I have actually never been on one, I wish I was going, too haha. This is great advice. I love that periwinkle frilly bikini! So cute and feminine.


    9. 7 July 2009 10:21 am

      you forgot to mention the korcula yacht wheel bracelet! haha, surely a necessity on a boat. only kidding 🙂 xoxoxo

    10. 7 July 2009 10:21 am

      La Couturier–who is the designer of the first black one-piece suit in the “classic sophisticate”? I adore it!

    11. 7 July 2009 11:33 am

      i can’t decide whether to go for the grunge or rock look…! xx.

    12. 7 July 2009 11:45 am

      perfect timing! Sis and I are planning on a Bahamas cruise =)

    13. 7 July 2009 1:25 pm

      I love that neutral color palette!!
      its so refreshing and just beautiful against a nice tan while on the cruise!


    14. 7 July 2009 1:28 pm

      Great tips as always. I think a hat is gorge and charming…I have a gucci flora hat…so pretty… :)Oh and caftan too, because it’s tunic (with a walk) function and great beach accessories…

      maybe a plus: huge leather bag…Hmmmm?


    15. 7 July 2009 2:13 pm

      I really want the first black costume in the second pics. x

    16. 7 July 2009 2:19 pm

      I love how you provided options in various colour palettes.

    17. 7 July 2009 2:37 pm

      Yet another amazing post, I love how you show different colourpallets.
      xx LF

    18. 7 July 2009 2:43 pm

      Obviously, I need to board a cruise very soon – if only to wear these delish ensembles! 🙂

    19. 7 July 2009 4:01 pm

      Your taste is truly flawless! Especially loving the bohemian!

    20. 7 July 2009 4:04 pm

      Great advice! Although I must add if you are planning on walking a lot in the islands, grab some comfy sneakers, the brick streets aren’t safe for high heels. Plus, you’ll feet would be hurting.


    21. 7 July 2009 4:27 pm

      I was prepared pretty well for my cruise, but here’s what I wish I had brought:
      A better assortment of hair ties and conditioner. The cruise ships are windy little buggers; sometimes you have to pass through an outside area to get to where an activity is. And all of that salt air tends to frizz out the hair, ugh.
      Concealer. The lighting in the islands is different than up north, weird. It shows up every little flaw.

      Somehow, I thought the cruise would be very “Marilyn Monroe/Jane Russell”. It wasn’t. It was more like Jimmy Buffet meets Jerry Springer. I was a little overdressed, except on formal night, and then I fit right in.

    22. Con Brio permalink
      7 July 2009 4:29 pm

      Now I am dying to go on a cruise myself. I once went on a cruise to Mexico and it was fabulous 🙂 Anyways, beautiful post, as always! The bathing suits are gorgeous and the cover ups are drool-worthy!

    23. 7 July 2009 5:42 pm

      I’m definitely of the buy-many-swim-suits variety of person. I think I currently own a dozen of them… I pick one up every fall, when they’re cheap!

    24. 7 July 2009 6:13 pm

      I love your q & a’s….so spot on!

    25. 7 July 2009 6:57 pm

      I love this advice! Remind me to come to you next time I have a fashion question. I love the classic and rocker looks the best!

    26. 7 July 2009 8:34 pm

      Oh man, I wish I was going on a cruise!

      Great advice LaC!

    27. 7 July 2009 9:11 pm

      I really like all of your tips for a cruise and for a summer vacation in general. And you gave options for all types of body and not just limited to one

    28. 7 July 2009 9:23 pm

      Gorgeous post! Love the ensembles, and I so wish I were going on a Cruise too! 🙂 La C., are you wanting to become a lawyer? I used to be one…

      • 7 July 2009 9:38 pm

        Brigadeiro: I’m quite conflicted about it – I know I would love to go into fashion, but right now I’m thinking about journalism, business communications, international relations/law, the likes. But law is always on the back of my mind – I’m in a Law & Public Services academic program at my high school (which is, as the name suggests all about law: business law, criminal/constitutional/civil law, politics, governmetn) and interning for my local courthouse. Gahh I don’t know… hhaha (:

    29. 7 July 2009 9:39 pm

      I love your cruise selection, especially that long dress in the very first row… It spells sunshine and easy chic.

    30. 7 July 2009 10:08 pm

      love this post :] i can tell you really put a lot into, and love your what to wear posts – i can only hope that i’ll be able to use this advice someday when i go on a cruise.

      um, let’s put it in our future schedule, ok? great.

      • 7 July 2009 10:39 pm

        michtseng: Aww thanks babes (: I guess they do take me quite some time 😛 And let’s! We need a cruise – to relax, get away from everyday frustrations, and look for delicious men (;

        eden: Thank you darling!

    31. 7 July 2009 10:33 pm

      bonjour love! i just wanted to thank you for the kind words that you left on my blog, and KUDOS to the letter seeking your advice and your advice at that– i agree with michtseng, you obviously placed a lot of thought and dedication into it and for that, i applaud you.

      much love


    32. 7 July 2009 11:58 pm

      Those models are beautiful! I love the fifth collage 🙂

    33. 8 July 2009 12:06 am

      grunge chic all the way!
      loves it.
      not as much as kate in that dress, but pretty close.

    34. 8 July 2009 12:48 am

      you are so good at what you do! i love all of the looks you put together. ❤

    35. 8 July 2009 1:20 am

      Great tips! I’m not sure I’d recommend wearing leather minis on a cruise ship though, after all the buffet it might get a little tight to wear haha

    36. 8 July 2009 3:43 am

      this is so nice! i want to go on holiday too
      love all the diffrent styles

    37. 8 July 2009 4:44 am

      one of your best post i think…. 🙂 you might be heading towards r.zoe career 😉

      • 8 July 2009 12:44 pm

        maja: Aww thank you darling! (: Ahh that is the BEST compliment I’ve ever received – I can only dream of such a career! Love, love, love & kisses!

    38. 8 July 2009 8:20 am

      an amazing post, makes me want to go on a cruise, even though i don’t travel too well!!

    39. 8 July 2009 11:47 am

      you’re sooo good at things like this! I love the bohemian look aswell as the feminine and girly 🙂

    40. 8 July 2009 1:11 pm

      Wishing you a wonderful wednesday!
      I´m finally back from vacation ;)… THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENT!!!

      Great style advises… now I want to be on a cruiseship, too 😉
      Ahh, this Azzaro bathing suit is awesome!!!!
      Mon Dieu!

      Beautiful Blessings….

    41. 8 July 2009 3:38 pm

      Great pieces! It gives me a lot of ideas what to wear on vacation! Love the Alexander Wang pieces and those little black dresses are gorgeous! xxoxoxoxo

    42. 8 July 2009 3:51 pm

      oooh you picked out some fabulous choices for her

    43. 8 July 2009 4:31 pm

      i love how you answer peoples questions. and give styling advice. and you do it in an such non-judgemental- really interesting way. you always show options. its really really well done. each and every post. thanks for liking my etsy store. im glad 🙂

      • 8 July 2009 5:19 pm

        ediot: Thank you, darling! (: And I do love your Etsy store – your tee-shirts are so fabulous!


    44. thebaglady permalink
      9 July 2009 2:47 am

      I seriously think you are en route into becoming a great stylist. Not only are the looks so chic, but they clearly can be worn by different women with different styles. I admire how much time you put into this!

      The color palette is fabbbbulous!

    45. latethunder permalink
      9 July 2009 8:59 am

      Thank you much for putting so much effort into this!
      I’m really late, i know, but my internet didn’t function properly for a few days. Thank you so much, dear!
      Good luck with your job,

    46. 9 July 2009 3:45 pm

      Ok, I’m not a cruise-dreamer but this makes me want one… just to dress like that !! I love your guides, I love your… well ^^

    47. 9 July 2009 10:46 pm

      Great list! I love your colors & choices.

    48. kristine permalink
      11 July 2009 12:57 pm

      the color palette idea was fabulous! so easy to look at, love the separation of styles, you should be a stylist like PRONTO.

      i’d hire you if i had fab places to go, or at least could afford one… haha

      • 11 July 2009 12:58 pm

        kristine: Thank you again, darling! I should love to style one of my lovely readers!

    49. 12 July 2009 7:26 pm

      Great post! The items are all so lovely. I especially adore the first two black swimsuits and the feminine & girly items 🙂

    50. liz permalink
      22 November 2009 10:01 am

      love the leopard prints!


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