Welcome to My Styling Bliss – The 2018 Disney Cruise Alaskan Wardrobe Edition!!!
I am SO excited for our upcoming cruise, I think I might explode into a *poof* of Pixie Dust! We started our countdown clock at over 400 days. I started our wardrobe planning at about 300 days! Now we’re in the final stretch and at this point I’ve styled 3-weeks worth of Disney-themed outfits, and may need to take out a second mortgage to finance my airline baggage fees!
While there are many blogs out there promoting the Minimalist Lifestyle and how to pack a week’s vacation wardrobe into a carry-on suitcase, THIS is not one of them! I subscribe to quite the opposite paradigm. For a practical, no-nonsense, Alaskan Cruise wardrobing guide, check out the first post in this series where you’ll discover everything you’ll need to stay comfortable on your Alaskan Cruise.
Today’s post is purely a style share of what I’m planning to wear on our upcoming Disney Cruise. It is not intended as a guide. In fact, it’s a perfect example of Do as I Say, Not As I Do!
Now sit back and enjoy the comedy of a clothes addict attempting to
narrow things down to less than 3 outfits a day rationalize taking 3 outfits per day!
My Daytime plan: When on the ship, dress Disney! In addition to the Disney-themed outfits I’m sharing here, I’ll also have a selection of everyday, non-Disney basics like jeans, tops & casual dresses. Comfortable, easy to wear, mix & match pieces, perfect for touring the ports. We aren’t doing any excursions that will require special clothing.
My Evening Plan: Fun meets Glam! I love to dress up. My family is celebrating their 51st, 15th & 10th Anniversaries on this cruise so we are dressing for the occasion all week long!!! Don’t let my evening wardrobe intimidate you. The Disney Cruise Line is very casual compared to some other cruise line dress codes. While dressing up for dinners is encouraged, the only real rule on “Cruise Casual” nights is to NOT wear things like swimsuits, cover-ups or workout wear in the dining rooms. You will see lots of kids in more casual shorts and t-shirts and adults in nice jeans and tops. Do what feeds your bliss!
Without further adieu…. (other than the disclaimer that hair, makeup, and accessories are still being figured out)… I give you my wardrobe:
Day 1, Embarkation Day & Cruise Casual Night
Day: Custom Family Cruise Shirt by Smiley Face Designs, on Etsy. Alaska Skirt (Amazon). Rainbow sneakers found on sale at Target. Super comfy but I’m not really loving them with this outfit and might swap them out for silver Mary Jane shoes.
Night: A cute and sassy little black dress by Nicole Miller, bought on sale at JCP. Pink pumps by Christian Siriano for Payless, bought on a BOGO sale. Still choosing between the statement earrings (tassels found on Etsy, made into earrings by me) or the statement necklace (found on clearance at Target). I may break the rules and wear BOTH statement pieces because I feel they actually work well together!
Day 2, At Sea & Formal Night
Day: Disney Castle Dress by LuLaRoe.
Night: Navy Blue Sequins Formal gown by Nightway, from Macy’s, bought on sale plus Star Pass.
Day 3, Tracy’s Arm Glacier (viewed from the ship) and my family’s Anniversary Dinner at Palo.
Day: Celebrating our 15-year wedding anniversary in matching Lady & The Tramp shirts by Sparkle Design Co., on Etsy. Disney Leggings by LuLaRoe. Shirt extender from Amazon.
Night: Navy Blue Lace formal by R & M Richards, from Macy’s, bought on sale plus Star Pass!
Day 4, Skagway & Frozen Night
Day: Minnie Mouse Top & Leggings by LuLaRoe. In Skagway, we plan to go shopping and have lunch so I’ll probabley wear a shirt dress, cardigan, leggings and booties, pictured later in this post.
Night: Navy blue sequins dress by MSK, from Macy’s, bought on sale. Shoes from Target, bought on clearance!
Day 5, Juneau & Cruise Casual Night
Day: Merida Tank by Ignite The Magic from Etsy. Bear Leggings by LuLaRoe. Cardigan by Cuddle Duds. When visiting Juneau I’ll wear skinny jeans, a flannel, booties and a puffy vest or cardigan.
Night: Black lace dress found on sale at JCP!
Day 6, Ketchikan & Semi-Formal Night:
Day: Bear top & Leggings by LuLaRoe.
Night: Semi-formal red lace dress w sequins, by Liz Claiborne, found on clearance at JCP for just $28!!!
Day 7, At Sea & Farewell Dinner 😩😢😭
Day: Alice & Wonderland Top & Leggings by LuLaRoe.
Night: Leopard print, Calvin Kline swing dress from Macy’s, bought on sale!
My backup mix of Disney….
My Non-Disney items for port calls… I went with easy-to-layer pieces that will be comfortable in the 50-75 degree range.
Outerwear: In my previous post, I talk about creating your own version of a 3-in-1 jacket system. Here is my version.: 1) A fleece jacket for cozy warmth. 2) A rain/wind shell to be worn solo on warmer rainy days or layered over the fleece for cooler rainy days. 3) A puffy vest to layer over the fleece (and under the rain shell if needed) for extra warmth. This combo is all I really need for most of the cruise but we live in the Pacific Northwest and are more acclimated to Alaska’s Summer weather (we call it Spring).
I also bring my winter coat for walks on the ship deck at night and just in case there is a really cold day. I did not bring a coat on our first Alaskan Cruise in 2013, and I regretted it! Now, I pack it no-matter-what because I would rather have it and not use it, than need it and not have it! People from warmer climates might live in their winter coats all week, and I’m told by a Floridian that the layered 3-in-1 systems don’t cut it.
Kids’ evening wear:
The 9 yr old: All of these dresses were purchased at Costco! The 6 pastel dresses totaled under $100. The purple dress was a hand-me-down from her older sister’s last cruise (5 yrs ago), also purchased at Costco! I go every Fall and Spring to stock up on any of their party dress needs.
The almost 14 yr old…
The burgundy lace dress was from Macy’s and the 3 to the right were from JCP.
The long formal was MY formal from our last cruise 5 years and 12 lbs ago (sigh). A simple alteration in length and it fits my 14yo perfectly! The cocktail dress was found on clearance at Macy’s, plus I got to use a Star Pass to make it even better!
As you can see, I love clothes, and I’m really having fun celebrating in Disney Style!!!
Tune in next time for my Gadgets & Gizmos A Plenty Haul where I’ll share all the Whatsits & Thingamabobs that I’ve been collecting for use on the cruise!
May your days be Magical! TTFN!