After finding the
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.
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
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
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
Lord & Taylor
for sizes 1X to 3X.
are the spots to stop for super sized divas to
size 32W in the winter resort season, while
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.
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,
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.
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