Date Night Style | Formal Night at Sea

Happy new week!! How was your weekend? We had the best time celebrating the dads in our lives, especially Mr. SP. He really is the center and life of our family, and surprises me everyday with his humor, patience, and devotion to us. We’re actually celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary this week, too, so I’m pretty much a big ball of mush for him right now. Do you realize I’ve been with him longer than without?!

He’s (almost) always a good sport when it comes to my plans and ideas, and he’s been the biggest supporter of my passion for this blog. Even when it requires him to change out of his beloved jeans and t-shirts.

But somewhere along the line, I kind of created a clothes-horse monster! The day after our Scandinavian Cruise invitation arrived, he was at Nordstrom buying a new suit! “I need it for Formal Nights, babe!!”

To be fair, he only owned one, and it’s better suited (#punny) for Winter. I was a little hesitant for him to shop alone, because #man, but the associates steered him in the right direction! I would have never chosen a blue suit, but it looks amazing on him, and the color is so versatile!

Suit (similar on sale) | Best Dress Shirt | Tie | Shoes (on sale!) | Chiffon Maxi Dress | Pink Sandals (similar) | Tassel Earrings (similar)

Formal Nights quickly became my favorites on the ship, simply for the excuse to dress up for each other. Let’s be real, the man sees me in a baseball cap enough…it’s good for a marriage to show your best side on occasion!

Chiffon Maxi Dress | Tassel Earrings (similar)

Chiffon Maxi Dress | Pink Sandals (similar) | Tassel Earrings (similar) | Tanning Towels | Lipstick | Texturizing Spray

The dress code is pretty flexible for Formal Night, you’ll see everything from jeans and a sport coat, to sequined dresses. I skip the sequins and go with pretty maxi dresses, or a party dress. And if dressing up isn’t your thing, there’s always a number of other restaurants to choose from on a Princess Cruise that are perfect for casual wear. Or even better, stay in your cabin and order (free!!) room service!

Mr. SP only packs a few collared shirts (this Nordstrom style is his favorite, for both fit and ease of packing with no wrinkles!), and rotates them with jeans, slacks and a suit.

Suit (similar on sale) | Best Dress Shirt | Tie | Shoes (on sale!)

You may recall I tried several maxi dresses for this trip….but the stunning blue and floaty pleated chiffon of this one made it the hands-down winner. Bonus that we totally coordinated, too! #promdateforlife

Fit Tip: This dress brand is my go-to for formal events and maxi dresses, and the petite sizing means no alterations for me! I’m wearing a 2P.

princess cruise formal night nordstrom eliza j dress

Isn’t the Skywalk on the Regal Princess the coolest…and a little scary?! It’s on the top floor of the ship, and literally extends out over the side, with a see-thru floor that looks all the way down to the ocean!! It’s my favorite spot for watching the sunset, too.

Do you have any special occasions or fancy date nights planned this Summer? Here’s a few gorgeous dresses to consider!

{Favorite Special Occassion Dresses}

{Shop My Outfit}

{Shop Mr. SP’s Outfit}


See More from our Scandinavian Cruise:
Port of Call | Tallinn, Estonia
Sugarplum Style | What I Wore on a Scandinavian Cruise
My 10 Travel VIPs
Port of Call | Stockholm, Sweden


*This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all clothes, styling and skywalk strutting are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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