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>> Plus-Size Beach, Pool, and Swim Cover Ups

 
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.
 


Last Update: March 6, 2017

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After finding the perfect bathing suit, often the next task is choosing the perfect cover up.  Whether for modesty, convenience for getting too and from the beach, or to keep the strong sun at bay while lounging by the pool on a cruise, plus-size swim cover ups are a must-have.

Caftans, maxi dresses and skirts, loungewear, palazzo pants, and long tunic tees can all also double as great beach looks. Fashion designed specifically as swim cover-ups tends to have a filmy, peek-a-boo quality with fabrics like chiffon, light gauzes, and lace being especially popular.

Although cruises and tropical vacations are increasingly popular during the Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Year's holiday season, swimwear and beach cover ups are noticeably absent from most stores from September through January.   Options become much more plentiful at the beginning of the official "resort season" in mid January with the largest number of retailers and inventories available from mid February through mid August when cruises, winter vacations, Spring Break, and the summer pool and beach seasons are in full swing.

 

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Lane Bryant, which also designs some of the best fitting swimwear available for fuller-figures, usually has a small selection of coordinating cover ups available for size 14 to 28W. 

More seasonal from the winter cruise season through the summer months are the selections at department stores such as Dillard's and Lord & Taylor for sizes 1X to 3X.  

Avenue and Catherine's are the spots to stop for super sized divas to size 32W in the winter resort season, while Ulla Popken  in size 12 to 38W offers a wide variety of styles both in the swimwear tab, and elsewhere in their catalog such as chiffon tunic tops and knit maxi dresses.

 

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Tart
Jersey Maxi Dress
Size 1X - 4X 

Knit T-Shirt
Striped Beach Dress
Size 2 - 24W
Petite & Tall to 18

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Size S - 3X
 

 

Pom Pom Fringe
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Size 1X - 3X
 

 

 

Sealed with a Kiss is an especially good resource for knit maxi dresses, convertible jersey dresses, and palazzo pants, all of which can make great poolside apparel over bathing suits.  Sizing is generous at XL to 6X.

Ashro regularly carries an entire collection of caftans with African and global inspiration, while resort appropriate dresses and separates  can also work well. Sizing is 6 to 26W.

For those who like upscale bohemian looks, Soft Surroundings often has luscious maxi dresses, caftans, free flowing tunic tops,  and wide leg  beach pant styles in size XS to 3X.  Petite and tall sizes are available up to 18.  Meanwhile, Serengeti is the best resource for beach friendly broomstick maxi skirts and dresses in peasant styles with border prints in size S to 3X.  They've also added a cute collection tee and swing dresses appropriate for popping over swimwear.

 

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Chiffon Maxi Caftan
Size 12 - 30W
 
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Size 1X - 6X
 
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Size 12 - 26W
 
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Size 14 - 28W
 
 

 

 

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