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
Some cruise lines and resorts such as
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.
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
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.
in solids or prints, especially those in knits
that pack well, are very popular at more upscale
travel destinations. Like
they can easily pulled on over swimwear and
double as beach cover ups.
fibers such as linen, cotton,
and silk are cooler in hot climates.
tees are also
much sought after core basics.
become increasingly important in fashion,
including for full-figured women, the last few
years and is a particularly good choice for
Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Beach,
Resort, and Cruise Fashion
For those headed to luxury, upscale destinations
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
in sizes up to 24W.
If you are seeking a truly special evening wear
look, check out the selection at
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
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
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,
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
for tye dyes, global prints, and whimsical and
feminine vacation styles at
. 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 in the winter months
can be especially challenging. The best
and largest inventories available are at
Always for Me
Swimsuits for All,
both of which also carry beach cover-ups.
The figure trimming, high end Miraclesuit swim
line can be purchased from
with exclusive styles frequently offered by
Meanwhile for those who are active water sports
enthusiasts, look for athletic style swimwear
and items such as rash guards at
be the best resource for women wearing larger
than size 24W.
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
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,
will often carry sexier options from designers
and luxury lingerie brands, in addition to more
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.