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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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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: August 19, 2017

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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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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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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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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, Caroline Rose, Rachel Pally, XCVI, Joan Vass, 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.

One of the best spots of easy, global inspired BoHo fashion including embroidered and print tunics, kimonos, maxi dresses and skirts is Soft Surroundings, many of which come in natural fibers that keep travelers cool and comfortable in hotter climates.  Sizing here is 2 to 24W, with both petite and tall sizes available up to 18.

 

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Size 6 - 26W
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Size 2 - 24W
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Size 2 - 24W
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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, look for pieces at Neiman Marcus.   California boutiques such as Kiyonna offer similar free flowing styles in easy-to-pack knits for sizes up to 32W.

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. Meanwhile, Eloquii is quickly turning into a moderately priced, well stocked shopping destination for women who enjoy chic style suitable for occasions and upscale weekends.  This can be a fantastic spot to find sophisticated party dresses and separates, especially around the holidays.  Many of their other pieces mix and match, dressing up and down with ease.  Sizing ranges from 14 to 28W, with a selection available in plus petites to 22W.

Those who appreciate natural fibers and a more classic style with artisanal detailing will find resort collections regularly available in extended sizes from Coldwater Creek and Talbots for sizes up to 24W.

 

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Budget Shopping

Younger women on Spring Break with a more body conscious or sexier style will frequently find suitable choices that pack easily at City Chic.  One of the fastest growing retail chains, Torrid is also regularly stocking cute clothes for trendy fashionistas with swimwear a regular part of their inventory, along with shorts, tops, skirts, and dresses for sizes up to 6X.  Rainbow Shops is particularly good for those who enjoy prints and retro trends in size XS to 3X.

Nordstrom rack offers different labels and brands than their flagship website, many at very affordable price points with a mixture of trendy and contemporary styles available for sizes up to 4X.

 

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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.  Ulla Popken is one of the best spots for Bohemian style tunic tops and casual dresses, with packable cocktail dress options sometimes available 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.

Ashley Stewart is the spot for those who like more body conscious and trendy looks in bright colors and prints with sizing recently extended to 32W.  Style cycle through here quickly, but along with synthetics, breathable cottons and linens are frequently on offer.

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IGIGI in size 14 to 36W.

 

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Plus-Size Swimwear Shopping

Plus-size swimwear shopping in the winter months can be especially challenging. Ulla Popken stocks mainly one piece and swim dress styles in styles from classic to trendy for sizes 12 to 32W.  Sexier two piece styles with underwire support are regularly available from Torrid in size L to 6X.  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.  These labels are more readily available from the department stores such as Macy's and lingerie retailers such as Her Room.

Those looking for extended sizes above 24W will have the most luck at  Catherine's.  Late spring and early summer Avenue also has a good selection up to size 32W.

 

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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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