Fashion Q & A:
Packing for a Cruise

Q: I've enjoyed your presentations over the last few years at two Raytheon sponsored events and I look forward to receiving and reading the e-mails from Dressingwell.com. I'm writing today to ask for advice on what to wear on a 7-day cruise (my first ever). We will be heading to St. Thomas, San Juan and the Bahamas, and I will be checking a suitcase.

A: Have a wonderful time. Here are a few pointers for you:

Consult your cruise line to determine how formal the dinners are. If your dinners are formal, bring at least two formal dresses, i.e., floor length. You may also be able to wear semi-formal, i.e., knee length. A lightweight shawl, wrap or pashmina would work well if the evenings are cool.

For daytime sightseeing on the islands, wear a sundress or long Bermuda-style shorts in white or khaki with a sleeveless blouse or colorful tee shirt and flat sandals that are good for walking.

White pants/capris are a favorite of mine. You can dress them up or down, depending on the occasion, and they work with any color. For a dressier look, pair them with a kitten heel sandal in red, navy or brown, a silk top and oversized silver or gold earrings with a bangle/cuff bracelet. Wear a flat sandal and a lightweight knit or cotton top for a more casual look.

A cover-up for your bathing suit, a hat, sunglasses and, of course, don't forget the sunscreen!