Date Night | Cruise Style

Happy Monday from the land of jet lag and laundry! There’s no question the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel, and while I’m beyond grateful for the opportunities, nothing beats the feeling of coming home!

I put Little Miss to bed last night, and lingered long after she’d fallen asleep just staring at her precious face. She was happy to have us back, but even more thrilled to add to her snow globe collection! (We bring one home from each of our travels, see her room and collection here.) I think our son was mostly just excited to be relieved of taxi duty. He finally got a little taste of what the last 16-years has looked like for us!

Today I’m excited to share some Date Night inspiration with you, perfect for Fall and holiday parties and events. One of the most-fun parts of cruising, is every night is date night! I took a handful of dresses and jazzy tops, but this lace fit-and-flare was by far my favorite.

Jacket | No-Iron Dress Shirt | Trousers | Shoes (similar for less) | SunglassesLace Fit-and-Flare Dress | Sandals

I actually shared several dress options on my Instagram Story when packing (find them in my highlights under Cruise Packing), and this was your overwhelming favorite, too. Nordstrom is jam-packed with so many gorgeous dresses for every dress code, so it was impossible to choose just one!

The shape is so classic and flattering, but the navy and black color block, along with the tiered skirt, makes it extra-chic and modern. The lace is thick and substantial, and it’s fully-lined (with the exception of the shoulder cut-outs).

I paired it with nude sandals, but black pumps would be a great option when it cools off even more. I also kept my accessories neutral to allow the lace and details of the dress shine.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 2 and it falls just above my knee. I’m 5’4″, btw.

Earrings | Cuff | Lipstick

Can you believe the views from our ship? These were taken on the British Isle trip, which has a lot of open seas between ports. Alaska was completely different in that we saw land and rugged coastline for much of the journey.

We’ve loved all the ships, but the Regal and Royal are our favorites of the Princess fleet. They’re among the newest and largest, with more wide-open deck space and the gorgeous Skywalk over the ocean.

Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress | Sandals | Earrings | Cuff | Lipstick

It’s always a fun time with Mr. SP, but our hilarious friend, Zan Passante of Cling Creative, shot these…hence the extra laughs.

Jacket | No-Iron Dress Shirt | Trousers | Shoes (similar for less) | SunglassesLace Fit-and-Flare Dress | Sandals

We pull out the stops for Formal Night on the ship, but the rest of the time it’s a more casual affair. Here are a few options from the other nights at sea.

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse (on sale!) | Distressed Jeans (similar) | Similar Leopard Pumps

I love this ruffled jumpsuit as a dress-alternative! It’s really comfortable, and the peplum silhouette is extremely flattering.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0 and had it hemmed. If you’re in-between sizes though, go up one.

formal night on the cruise ship
Peplum Jumpsuit | Sandals | Leopard Clutch

This shirtdress has seen more action than any other…I take it on virtually every trip! It works for all seasons, and packs like a dream. Not to mention, hides all the eating!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS. 

Shirtdress | Similar Leopard Pumps

You’ve seen this lace midi countless times…it’s my go-to for all things cocktail! But beware, it’s a compliment magnet! (See it in full in this post.)

Fit Tip: It runs small, so size up one. The straps are adjustable for a more custom fit across the bust.

Lace Midi Dress

And finally, this is from last year, but I just saw the gorgeous maxi dress is on sale! (See the full post here.)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2p.

Floral Maxi Dress | Sandals

What’s your go-to date night look for cocktail and formal events? Do you like getting gussied-up, or prefer to keep it casual? I think it’s safe to say we’ll be in sweatpants on the couch for our next few date nights! Takeout tacos are sounding pretty good right now!

See more of our Date Night styles here, and find more about our Princess Cruises here.

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*Photos by the talented Zan Passante of Cling Creative. This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom & ShopStyle, but all styles, opinions, and passion for sea life are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*


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