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

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Hand selected collection of stylish plus-size clothing that packs, plays, wines and dines for the best resort vacation or cruise holiday experience.

 

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT:

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Tops @ Avenue

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

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

Designer: Eileen Fisher, Organic Linen Shift Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Designer: Eileen Fisher
Size 1X - 3X

Print Rash Guard, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Swim Bottom Sold Separately

Palm Print Caftan, Size S-3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tie Dye Swim Cover Up, Size 10 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Rash Guard Swim Top
Size XS - 3X

Palm Print Chiffon Caftan
Size S - 3X
Petite to XL (18)

  Swim Cover Up
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 @ Avenue

Tie Dye Maxi Skirt, Size XS - XXXL| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Striped Cropped Tee,  Plus-Size 14-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Palazzo Pants, Size 6 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Multi Color Striped Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tie Dye Maxi Skirt
Size XS - XXXL
Avg & Tall

Striped Cropped Tee
Size 14 - 24W

Print Palazzo Pants
Size 6 - 28W

Multi Color
Striped Maxi Dress

Size 14 - 32W


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 Shoes @ Footsmart

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

Tie Dye Cotton T-Shirt Dress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Gypsy Print Tank Top, Plus-Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Fisherman Sports Sandals, Women's Size 5 - 11 M | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available 

Nic + Zoe, Chiffon Print Kimono, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Tie Dye Cotton T-Shirt Dress
Size S - 3X

Gypsy Print Tank Top
Size 1X - 3X

Fisherman Sports Sandals
Size 5 - 11
M

Nic + Zoe
Chiffon Print Kimono
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: Plus-Size Designer Clothing @ Lord & Taylor

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 @ Zappos

Michael Kors, Chiffon Halter Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Chiffon Beach Pants, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors/Patterns Available

Chiffon Poncho Top, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Jersey Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Michael Kors
Chiffon Halter Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Print Chiffon Beach Pants
Size 1X - 3X

Chiffon Poncho Top
Size 1X - 3X

Jersey Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 4X

 

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. 

One of the best selections of upscale, casual fashion in natural fibers with easy lines and artisan or global detailing is at Soft Surroundings.  Maxi dresses and skirts, and long tunic tops suitable for beach vacations are a specialty. Sizing here is some of the most inclusive with everything available size 2 to 18, selected styles available in petite and tall sizes, and a large portion extended to women's size 14 to 24W.

 

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

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

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

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

Print Jersey Culottes, Plus-Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors /  Prints Available 

Print Chiffon Kimono, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

BoHo Print Maxi Skirt, Plus-Size XL - 3X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Roll Cuff Denim Shorts, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Print Jersey Culottes
Size 1X - 6X

Print Chiffon Kimono
Size 1X - 3X

BoHo Print Maxi Skirt
Size XL - 3X

Roll Cuff Stretch Denim Shorts
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.

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.

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

Tropical Print Trapeze Tunic, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Crochet Trim Ruched Tee, Plus-Size XL - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Print Sundress, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Peasant Tunic, S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Tropical Print
Chiffon Trapeze Tunic
Size 12 - 26W

Crochet Trim Ruched Tee
Size XL - 4X

Print Sundress
Size S - 3X

Peasant Tunic
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

Old Navy offers their exclusive plus collection on-line only in size 16 to 30W, which is a good resource for inexpensive tees, shorts, skirts, and casual dresses, all of which pack well for vacations.  Plus specialty retailer Avenue is another inexpensive shopping destination for casual styles that pack well with a size range from 14 to 32W.

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 @ Ulla Popken

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

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

Ikat Print Maxi Dress, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Whisper Light Denim Shorts, Plus-Size 12 - 38W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

White Faux Wrap Skirt, Plus-Size 14 - 28W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cold Shoulder BoHo Print Top, Plus-Size XL-5X| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ikat Print Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 3X

Whisper Light Denim Shorts
Size 12 - 38W

White Faux Wrap Skirt
Size 14 - 28W

Cold Shoulder
BoHo Print Top

Size XL - 5X


Plus-Size Swimwear Shopping

Plus-size swimwear shopping in the winter months can be especially challenging.  The best and largest inventories available are at Always for Me and Swimsuits for All, both of which also carry beach cover-ups. 

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 @ Catherines

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 @ QVC

Ikat Print Swim Dress, Size 16 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Lace Trim Soft Jersey Robe, Plus-Size 1X - 6X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Ponte Knit Midi Skirt, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

SA by Seth Aaron, Floral Print Scuba Dress, Size 0 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available  

Ikat Print Swim Dress
Size 16 - 30W

Lace Trim Soft Jersey Robe
Size 1X - 6X

Ponte Knit Midi Skirt
Size 14 - 28W

SA by Seth Aaron
Floral Print Scuba Dress

Size 0 - 28W


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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Resort, cruise and beach vacation fashion for plus-size women.

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