Monday, December 20, 2010
The holidays are the start of the winter vacation season and in this man's opinion the best way to deal with the cold is to go somewhere warm. The illustration, which was originally posted at Gentleman's Gazette, reminds us to pack lighter colors for cruising, for though one may not need much for days on the beach, clothes do make the man on deck. The colors of summer - light blues, tan, white and light gray - are also good shipboard colors.
Now depending on the cruise line, one may be more likely to be wearing light sweaters than jackets these days, particularly under way as there is little need to carry anything other than the plastic card that opens the door to the cabin and is accepted as identification at the bar as well. But daily trips ashore warrant a linen safariana or a patch pocketed odd jacket if not a cotton suit in something like that very nice rusty brown on the man in the left background. Add a light blue coat and white trousers for informal nights in the dining room.
And remember your dinner jacket. After all, if you do not maintain standards, who will?