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Resort, cruise and beach vacations require the
perfect balance of versatility and chic.
Clothing that can mix and match, pack well with
minimum wrinkling, and
suit the needs of casual day activities,
shopping, sitting by the pool, and dancing the
night away in hot climates can be challenging to
find, especially in the winter months when cold
weather clothing is in most stores. Popular
Caribbean destinations such as Cancun, the
Virgin Islands, Aruba, and Jamaica, in addition
to more exotic destinations such as Hawaii,
Ibiza, and Rio de Janeiro mix an exciting
night life with shopping, sun and sand during
the day. More family friendly
destinations such as Florida (and Disney) and
the Bahamas tend to be active, also needing more
Some cruise lines and resorts such as
focus on more upscale experiences including
food, wine, art, and luxury shopping
appealing to adult travelers. Romantic cruises
and beach vacations are popular with singles and
honeymooning couples, especially for romantic
occasions such as Valentine's Day; but, families are even
beginning to choose Thanksgiving cruises and
Christmas or New Year's beach holidays together, instead of
staying home to cook and celebrate. Those
with a more adventurous travel spirit are mixing
the luxury of sophisticated evenings on board
with activities such as scuba diving, wildlife,
or cultural sight seeing creating a need for a
wide a variety of summer weight clothing in the
winter shopping months.
can be difficult to find at any time of year,
but particularly during the winter beach and
cruise vacation season. Many times these are
romantic or once in a lifetime vacations, so
are also on the must-pack lists.
Popular pieces range from long sweeping
BoHo styles to
chic, modern classics. Resort wear designers often
create free flowing styles with gorgeous drape
that mix and match with both styles.
in solids or prints, especially those in knits
that pack well, are very popular at more upscale
travel destinations. Like maxi dresses,
they can easily pulled on over swimwear and
double as beach cover ups.
fibers such as linen, cotton,
and silk are cooler in hot climates.
tees are also
much sought after core basics. White has
become increasingly important in fashion,
including for full-figured women, the last few
years and is a particularly good choice for
Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Beach,
Resort, and Cruise Fashion
For those headed to luxury, upscale destinations
offers the best selection of designer fashion
with the sophisticated, easy style suitable for
travel and vacations. They carry an
especially good collection of wide leg palazzo
pant styles, flowing BoHo tops, and natural
fibers such as silk, cotton, and linen. Cocktail
and formalwear is both luxurious and often
easily packed. Labels to look for
include Tolani, Johnny Was,
Melissa Masse, Caroline Rose, Rachel Pally, and Eileen Fisher
in sizes up to 24W.
More mature women
looking for cruise wear that mixes evening
appropriate and daytime styles will find a good
Draper's & Damon's
which offers packable separates and dresses in
size 6 to 26W. The department stores are
another good resource, especially for dresses in
size 14 to 24W. Two of the best are
Lifestyle designer Rachel Pally offers some of
the best knitwear in free flowing and packable
styles. Maxi dresses, free flowing tops, and
palazzo pants are her strength in lengths meant
to require final hemming for the perfect fit.
Often available at upscale department store and
other well-known shopping destinations, the
Rachel Pally White Label
collection is size 1X to 3X is
available directly from her website, in addition
to her main collection available in size XS to
XL. California boutiques such as
offer similar free flowing styles in
easy-to-pack knits for sizes up to 32W.
Television shopping channel
has an extensive and deep companion web site
with many options available from dresses to
separates in size 0 to 28W, and options
available in some styles for petite and tall
plus-sizes. Styles range from contemporary
classics to trendier and bohemian looks.
for tye dyes, global prints, and whimsical and
feminine vacation styles at
. Maxi dresses and skirts, palazzo pants,
and tunic tops are available in unusual styles
up to size 28W.
Eloquii is quickly turning into a
moderately priced, well stocked shopping
destination for women who enjoy chic style
suitable for occasions and upscale weekends.
This can be a fantastic spot to find
sophisticated party dresses and separates,
especially around the holidays. Many of
their other pieces mix and match, dressing up
and down with ease. Sizing ranges from 14
to 28W, with a selection available in plus
petites to 22W.
Those who appreciate natural fibers and a more
classic style with artisanal detailing will find
resort collections regularly available in
extended sizes from
Coldwater Creek and
Talbots for sizes up to 24W.
More moderate budgets will find an excellent
collection of beach friendly, yet stylish
contemporary fashion available at
Monroe and Main
all year. Casual styles mix with special
occasion wear and warm weather options are
available all year.
Younger women on Spring Break with a more body conscious or
sexier style will frequently find suitable
choices that pack easily at
Rainbow Shops and
Rue 21 is
particularly good for those who enjoy prints and
retro trends in size XS to 3X.
Flash sale website
6PM can be
a great resource for getting up to the minute
resort style from well known brands and
designers at a discount in size 0 to 24W.
Nordstrom rack offers different labels
and brands than their flagship website, many at
very affordable price points with a mixture of
trendy and contemporary styles available for
sizes up to 4X.
Those needing extended plus sizing will find the
free-spirited California style in flowing and
trendy knits at
Sealed with a Kiss
a fashion find with most styles available in
size 1X to
6X. eBay boutiques with Bali batiks in
tunics, dusters, palazzo pants and dresses with
sizes up to 5X are another tropical vacation
shopping resource. One of our favorites is
Lotus in the Moonlight.
is one of the best spots for Bohemian style
tunic tops and casual dresses, with packable
cocktail dress options sometimes available for those
going on more formal cruises. With sizing
up to 34W, this can be an especially good find
for those looking for natural fibers, and
Ashley Stewart is the spot for those who
like more body conscious and trendy looks in
bright colors and prints with sizing recently
extended to 32W. Style cycle through here
quickly, but along with synthetics, breathable
cottons and linens are frequently on offer.
Plus-size swimwear shopping in the winter months
can be especially challenging. One of the best
and largest inventories is available at
Always for Me
which also carry beach cover-ups.
Less extensive year round inventories are
for size 14 to 28W, many of which have built in
bra support .
Designer swimwear in
larger sizes is becoming more
readily available for those that prefer quality
fabrics and construction, including tummy
slimming technologies. Look for names such
as Carmen Marc Valvo, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and
Michael Kors to name just few. Other
premium quality labels include Gottex, Miraclesuit,
and La Blanca. Sizing is usually 16 to 24,
although a few more exclusive lines run size 12
Those looking for extended sizes above 24W will
have the most luck at
Late spring and early summer
Avenue also has a good selection
up to size 32W.
For those planning romantic cruises and beach
vacations with a partner or significant other,
either as a honeymoon are a special getaway,
some extra sexy lingerie may be on your shopping
Hips and Curves
has some of the most sophisticated lingerie
available in larger sizes, with some options
available as large as 6X. Bra and lingerie
shopping super site,
will often carry sexier options from designers
and luxury lingerie brands, in addition to more
has long been committed to full-figured sexy
lingerie that fits as well as it looks good.
A recent collaboration with luxury fashion
designer Sophie Theallet has yielded a
limited-time-only capsule collection designed
for women size 14 to 28W.