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>> Plus-Size Resort & Cruise Wear for Warm Weather Beach and Tropical Vacations

 
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: September 9, 2016

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Off-the-Shoulder
Denim Top
Size 14 - 24W 

Tiered Floral
One Piece Swimsuit
Size 10 - 26W
 

Polka Dot Maxi Dress
Size 12 - 30W
 

 

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 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 casual clothing.

 

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Knit Harem Jumpsuit, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Tiered Skirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Knit Cocktail Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Cold Shoulder Swing Top, Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Knit Harem Jumpsuit
Size S - 3X
 

Tiered BoHo Print Skirt
Size S - 3X 

Knit Cocktail Dress
Size S - 3X
 

Cold Shoulder Swing Top
Size 14 - 32W
 

 

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 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.

 

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Romantic Cold Shoulder Top, Size 14 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick BoHo  Print Tunic Dress, Size 12 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Romantic Cold Shoulder Top
Size 14 - 26W 

BoHo Print Tunic Dress
Size 12 - 32W
 

Fringed Kimono
Size 1X - 3X 

Cobb Hill
"Gabby" Sandals

Size 6 - 12 M, W
 

 

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.

 

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Size S - 3X 

Flutter Sleeve Tee
Size S - 3X

Tie Dye Sun Dress
Size 6 - 28W
 

Lace Trim Print Kimono
Size 14 - 28W
 

 

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 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 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.

 

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Vince Camuto, Chiffon Cocktail Dress, Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Crochet Fringe Poncho, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Melissa McCarthy, Denim Sailor Shorts, Size 14 - 24W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Vince Camuto
Chiffon Cocktail Dress
Size 14 - 22W

Crochet Fringe Poncho
Size S - 3X
 
 

Denim Sailor Shorts
Size 14 - 24W

Ruffled Chiffon Poncho
Size XL - 5X
 

 

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.   Several California boutiques specializing in easy, free flowing jersey pieces regularly list plus-size options in sizes XL to 3X on Shoptiques.

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.

 

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Contrast Trim Romper, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Paisley Crochet Tank, Size M - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Striped Tee, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Ruffled Floral Bardot Top, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Contrast Trim Romper
Size 14 - 24W
 

Paisley Crochet Tank
Size M - 3X

Striped Tee
Size S - 3X

Ruffled Floral Bardot Top
Size 14 - 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. 

Younger women on Spring Break with a more body conscious or sexier style will frequently find suitable choices that pack easily at Forever 21.  Both 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.

 

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Retro Halter Swimdress, Size 16 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Convertible Jersey Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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C Wonder, Paisley Foulard Palazzo Pants, Size 0 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Retro Halter Swimdress
Size 16 - 26W

Convertible Jersey Maxi
Size 1X - 6X
 

Paisley Foulard Palazzo Pants
Size 0 - 28W

Lace Yoke Tank
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

Ulla Popken 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 flowing looks.

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.

 

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Knit Sport Skirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Challis Dress, Size XL - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Rachel Pally, Jersey Shirtdress, 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Knit Sport Skort
Size S - 3X
 

Floral Challis Dress
Size XL - 6X 

Rachel Pally
Jersey Shirtdress
Size 1X - 3X

Print Maxi Dress
Size S - 3X
 

 

Plus-Size Swimwear Shopping

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 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.

Those looking for extended sizes above 24W will have the most luck at Ulla Popken and Catherine's.  Late spring and early summer Avenue also has a good selection up to size 32W.

 

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Tiered Crinkle Skirt
Size S - 3X 

Crochet Lace Tunic
Size S - 3X

 

Medallion Print pants
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL
 

Sheer Chiffon Duster
Size 2 - 24W
Petite to 18P
 

 

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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