There's a picture somewhere: my mother in her Jackie O sunglasses, my younger brother and I in our painfully cute cruisewear
, boarding the big Cunard ocean liner, all of us excited about our first transatlantic voyage, our first trip to my father's ancestral homeland, France.
Their dresses smack of catalogue and have never been the obvious choice for a woman wanting to look different at a party - they're too samey and remind younger shoppers of cruisewear
The shop, owned by Caroline Clarke, specialises in prom gowns but also caters for bridal, cruisewear
We gave them the theme of cruisewear
of the 1920s and '30s to reflect Liverpool's Year of the Sea," explains Sue Bone, course tutor for the college's Foundation Degree in Fashion and Clothing Technology.
She began hand-painting her original designs onto cruisewear
, which she sold at boutiques from Martha's Vineyard to Hawaii.
You'll find her trademark silk bikinis, futuristic fashions and plenty of cruisewear
clothing that works so well for the SoCal scene.
From beautifully-tailored trouser suits to holiday cruisewear
, every option is covered in the catalogue.
It stocks a wide range of cruisewear
, beachwear and nightwear in sizes 10 to 22 and is also the only Scottish agent for Janet Reger lingerie.
Profoundly mortified by the anecdote when the young Joan (before she became Joan Rivers) gravely overpacks for a Jamaica holiday and outs herself as unclassy, with city dresses and pumps rather than more unstructured cruisewear
, I was determined never to fall into that trap.
Expect to see occasionwear, glamorous dresses, cruisewear
, embellished tops and flattering skirts ideal for women who want to look stylish but aren't at the mercy of high fashion.
Prices are around pounds 300 for a complete outfit of skirt, top and jacket for a wedding, as well as more casual cruisewear
, with more than a hint of Coco Chanel, will spearhead the stripey revolution.