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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.  Elegant Plus Sizing Report  Hand selected collection of stylish plus-size clothing that packs, plays, wines and dines for the best resort vacation or cruise holiday experience.



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 @ Always for Me

Designer: Rachel Pally, Printed Palazzo Pants, Size 1X-3X | Editor's Pick
Designer: Rachel Pally
Size 1X - 3X

Chino Shorts, Plus-Size 14-24W | Editor's Pick

Serengeti Maxi Dress, Size S-3X| Editor's Pick

Beach Cover Up, Plus-Size 1X-3X | Editor's Pick

Chino Shorts
Size 14 - 24W

Serengeti Maxi Dress
Size 6 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

  Swim Cover Up
Size 1X - 3X

Plus-Size Resort Wear for Cruises & Winter Beach Vacations
[Plus-Size Clothing Shopping Resources 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; 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.

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.

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

For those headed to luxury, upscale destinations Neiman Marcus offers the best collection 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 Carolyn Rose, Tolani, Johnny Was, Melissa Masse, and Eileen Fisher in sizes up to 24W.

If you are seeking a truly special evening wear look, check out  the selection at Blue Gala.  Brands such as Terani Couture, Blush, Primavera Couture, and Allure Night Moves offer sparkling upscale cocktail dresses and full length evening gowns in sizes up to 32.

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 sizes up to 3X is available directly from her website. 

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 up to size 18, selected styles available in petite and tall sizes, and a large portion extended to women's size 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.  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 up to 26W with some plus petite and plus tall sizes here and there, as well. 

Younger women with a more body conscious or sexier vibe will frequently find suitable choices that pack easily at Forever 21 and Asos. 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.

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 up 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

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.  The figure trimming, high end Miraclesuit swim line can be purchased from Cyber Swim with exclusive styles frequently offered by Lane Bryant.  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.

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, Bare Necessities, 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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