A glaring fashion "don't" has an appeal akin to the mythological Medusa; while you try hard not to stare, sometimes it's impossible to look away. Cruise ships have both written and unwritten wardrobe guidelines, yet, despite the obvious -- say, no jeans on formal night -- some passengers still don't catch on.
Every cruiser has encountered someone whose onboard style has seemed inappropriate -- whether it's as simple as a lack of taste (high-waters aren't necessary for the high seas) or something more dramatic, like exposure to places where the sun doesn't -- or shouldn't -- shine.
We've compiled a list of nine cruise fashion faux pas, drawn from our own experiences and from those of our members. Plus Kelly Nishimoto, host of TLC's "Something Borrowed, Something New" is onboard to add some of her expert tips.
The self-taught fashion designer and creator of Los Angeles-based clothing line and shop Cute Booty Lounge has worked with celebrities like Madonna and Demi Moore. Her advice is always the same: "Be comfortable, first of all. Then show bits of your personality."
If you follow these rules, you might not make the Lido Deck best-dressed list, but you will avoid becoming a fashion fool on your next cruise.
--By Gina Kramer, Associate Editor