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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:  July 2, 2016

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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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Polka Dot Top
Size S - 3X

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Size S - 2X

Cold Shoulder Blouse
Size 1X - 3X


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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Black Chiffon Layer Skirt, Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Palm Print Beach Cover Up, Size 18 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sheer Print Bodysuit, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Cobb Hill, Perforated Sandals, Wide Widths | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chiffon Layer Skirt
Size 14 - 24W

Palm Print
Beach Cover Up

Size 18 - 24W

Sheer Print Body Suit
Size 1X - 3X

Cobb Hill
"Ainsley" Sandals

Size 6 - 11 N, 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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Batik Dress
Size S - 3X

Tie Dye Poncho Tunic
Size 6 - 24W

One Shoulder Maxi Dress
Size 14 - 28W

Plaid Shorts
Size 2 - 24W
Avg - Petite


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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Navy Chiffon Cocktail Dress, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Bryn Walker
Linen Tunic
Size 1X - 3X

Striped Sailor Shorts
Size XL - 3X
 

Drape Neck Tee
Size S - 3X

Navy Chiffon Cocktail Dress
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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Tie Dye Beach Romper
Size 14 - 24W

Beaded Tie Dye Maxi
Size 14 - 32W

Tiered Tankini Top
Size 8 - 22W

Palm Print Dress
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.  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.

 

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Lori Goldstein, Slub Knit High Low Maxi Skirt, Size XS - 2X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Flounced Gingham Bikini
Size 1X - 3X

Convertible Jersey Maxi
Size 1X - 6X

Lori Goldstein
Slub Knit High Low Maxi

Size XS - 2X

Naturalizer
Slide Sandals
Size 5 - 11 M, W


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.  With sizing up to 34W, this can be an especially good find for those looking for natural fibers, and flowing looks.
 

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Johnny Was, Print Georgette Tunic, 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

White Cotton Sleep Chemise, Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Knit Skirt Set, Size S- 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Print Georgette Tunic
Size 1X - 3X
 

Cotton Sleep Chemise
Size 1X - 6X

Print Knit Midi Skirt
Size S - 2X

Knit Resort Separates
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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Silk Chiffon Kimono
Size 12 - 24W
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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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