Question: Please help me find some knits suitable for a Caribbean cruise. I prefer knits for the packability factor, but I'm also interested in something I can wear when I return. I'm 44, Size 12 and work in a downtown office.--L.M.
Answer: The world's knitwear queen, Sonia Rykiel, designed the ship-to-shore outfit illustrated here. Each piece can be mixed and matched with things you might already have in your wardrobe. The $110 white skirt, for example, will look nautically natty this summer with a navy, red or black linen jacket, a print-on-white blouse or, for a party at the beach, one of the many new midriff-baring tops. You can, of course, create your own bandeau by tying on an old bandanna or silk scarf. The long pullover ($105) will serve aboard ship over shorts or pants, and once you return home, it can do shore duty atop a printed cotton skirt or linen sheath. The jacket ($145) will keep you shipshape and warm when the nights aren't as balmy as promised or the air-conditioning gets too cold. And back in Los Angeles, it will take the place of a blazer, functioning over dresses, skirts or pants. The knitted fabric in all three pieces is a velour made of 90% cotton and 10% nylon. The nylon content assures shape retention, and the cotton assures comfort. Bullocks Wilshire has all three pieces in black as well as white for more mix/match potential.