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Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Resort & Vacation Clothing in Sizes 12 +

Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus.  Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page.  All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link.  All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Last Update: Nov 4, 2015



Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Macy's

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Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Swimsuits for All

Designer: Rachel Pally, Ikat Print Maxi, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
Designer: Rachel Pally
Size 1X - 3X

Crochet Swim Dress, Size 18-24W | Editor's Pick
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Knit Striped Skirt, Size 14 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Underwire Support Polka Dot Bikini, Size 10 - 24W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Crochet Swim Dress
Size 18 - 24W

Knit Striped Midi Skirt
Size 14 - 24W

  Underwire Support
Polka Dot Bikini
Size 10 - 24W

Plus-Size Resort Wear for Cruises & Winter Beach Vacations
[Shopping Resources & Editor's Picks Below]

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 dance 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 casual clothing.

Some cruise lines and resorts such as Holland America and Sandals 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 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 clothing.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Alloy

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Eloquii

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Pyramid Collection

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Ulla Popken

BoHo Tunic Dress, Size XS - XXXL| Editor's Pick
More Colors / Prints Available

Draped Jersey Dress, Size 14 - 28W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

White Palazzo Pants, Size 6 - 28W | Editor's Pick

Crinkled Layer Peasant Blouse, Size 12 - 22W | Editor's Pick

BoHo Tunic Dress
Size XS - XXXL

Draped Jersey Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Palazzo Pants
Size 6 - 28W

Crinkle Layer Peasant Blouse
Size 12 - 22W

Plus-size swimwear 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 special occasion or cocktail dresses 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. Palazzo pants 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.  Natural fibers such as linen, cotton, and silk are cooler in hot climates. Shorts, capris and 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 beach holidays.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Casual Clothing @ Serengeti Catalog

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Trendy Fashion @ Rue 21

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Avenue

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Nordstrom

Lightweight Denim Gauchos, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Drawstring Shirt Dress, Size S- 3X  | Editor's Pick
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Cold Shoulder Maxi, Size 14 - 32W | Editor's Pick
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Eileen Fisher, Sleeveless Silk Tunic, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
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Lightweight Denim Gauchos
Size S - 3X

Drawstring Shirt Dress
Size S - 3X

Cold Shoulder Maxi
Size 14 - 32W

Eileen Fisher
Sleeveless Silk Tunic
Size 1X - 3X

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Beach, Resort, and Cruise Fashion

For those headed to luxury, upscale destinations Neiman Marcus 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 Caroline Rose, Tolani, Johnny Was, Melissa Masse, 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 selection at 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 Dillard's and Nordstrom.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothes @ Coldwater Creek

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Dillard's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Fashion @ Monroe & Main

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Kiyonna

Empire Swimdress, Size 6 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Ralph Lauren, Charmeuse Jumpsuit, Size 14 - 22W | Editor's Pick

Ruffled Knit Tank, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Ruffled Wrap Maxi, Size 10 - 32W | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Print Swimdress
Size 6 - 24W

Ralph Lauren
Charmeuse Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 22W

Ruffled Knit Tank
Size S - 3X

Ruffled Wrap Maxi Dress
Size 10 - 32W


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 entire 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. 

Television shopping channel QVC 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.  Look for tye dyes, global prints, and whimsical and feminine vacation styles at Pyramid Collection .  Maxi dresses and skirts, palazzo pants,  and tunic tops are available in unusual styles up to size 28W.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ SWAK

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Karen Kane

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Forever 21

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus:  Women's Clothes @ Catherine's

Tie Dye Jersey Tank Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | Editor's Pick
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Karen Kane, Black Chiffon Dress, Size XL - 3X | Editor's Pick

Striped Drawstring Shorts, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Tie Dye Jersey Tank Dress
Size 1X - 6X

Karen Kane
Black Chiffon Dress
Size XL - 3X

Striped Drawstring Shorts
Size S - 3X

One Piece Swimsuit
Size 16 - 24W

Budget Shopping

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.  For sportier or classic style women, Lands' End has one of the best collections of cotton tees, polos, shorts, and khakis available. Swimwear is a specialty also and available all year. Sizes are available from size 2 to 26W with some plus petite and plus tall sizes here and there, as well. 

Younger women on Spring Break with a more body conscious or sexier style will frequently find suitable choices that pack easily at Forever 21.  Junior retailer Alloy is one of the best spots for inexpensive BoHo styles including filmy scarf print tops, and knit maxi dresses and skirts.  Sizing is XS to XXXL with talls available in many styles.  Charlotte Russe has recently extended their trendy fashion line to range from S to 3X, while 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.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Ashley Stewart

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Maurices

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothing @ Old Pueblo Traders

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Women's Clothes @ Blair

Chiffon Palazzo Pants, Size 12 - 26W | Editor's Pick
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H by Halston, Chiffon Hem Knit Top, Size 0 - 28W | Editor's Pick
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Crochet Skirt, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Classic Short Sleeve Tee, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Chiffon Palazzo Pants
Size 12 - 26W

H by Halston
Chiffon Hem Knit Top

Size 0 - 28W

Crochet Skirt
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL (18/20)

Classic Short Sleeve Tee
Size S - 3X

Extended Plus Sizes 26 +

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

Meanwhile, Sanctuarie Designs specializes in flowing knit maxi dresses and palazzo pants in solids and bold prints that pack extremely well for sizes XL to 9X in average, petite, and tall lengths.

Finally, Ulla Popken is one of the best spots for Bohemian style tunic tops and casual dresses, with packable cocktail dress and pant suit options for those going on more formal cruises.  Everything is available in size 12 to 34, with selected styles extended to 38W.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Macy's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Ashro

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothes @ Willow Ridge

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Satin Sleep Chemise& Robe, Size 1X - 3X | Editor's Pick
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White Cotton Maxi Dress, Size S - 3X | Editor's Pick

Split Sleeve Blouse, Size XL - 6X | Editor's Pick

Satin Sleep Chemise
& Robe
Size 1X - 3X

White Cotton Maxi Dress
Size S - 3X

Casual Pant Set
Size S - 3X

Split Sleeve Blouse
Size XL - 6X

Plus-Size Swimwear Shopping

Plus-size swimwear shopping in the winter months can be especially challenging.  The best and largest inventories available are at Swimsuits for All and Always for Me which also carry beach cover-ups.  Less extensive year round inventories are available at Lane Bryant 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 to 18.

Meanwhile for those who are active water sports enthusiasts, look for athletic style swimwear and items such as rash guards at Lands' End.

Amazon will be the best resource for women wearing larger than size 24W.


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Soft Surroundings

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Lingerie @ Hips & Curves

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Lane Bryant

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Clothing @ Sanctuarie

Chevron Stripe Knit Maxi, Size 2 - 24W | Editor's Pick

Jersey Pajama Separates, Plus-Size 1X - 6X  | Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

ABS by Allen Schwarts, White Wide Leg Evening Jumpsuits, Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Tropical Floral Print Palazzos, Size 1X - 9X | Editor's Pick
More Patterns Available  

Chevron Stripe Knit Maxi
Size 2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

Jersey Pajama Separates
Size 1X - 6X

ABS by Allen Schwartz
White Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Size 14 - 24W

Tropical Print Palazzos
Size 1X - 9X
Avg - Tall

Plus-Size Sexy Honeymoon Shopping Resources

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 list.  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, Her Room, will often carry sexier options from designers and luxury lingerie brands, in addition to more practical lingerie. Lane Bryant 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.



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