Whether you prefer sarongs, robes or boyfriend-style blouses, plus size cover-ups are smart and practical to throw over your swimsuit after a dip. You will find there are quite a few options to choose from in modern cover-ups. If you don't like anything you see, you can get inventive with fun fabrics. Either way, you'll make a splash.
Styles of Plus Size Cover-ups
Choosing a cover-up depends on where you will be swimming and what you need, as well as what makes you feel attractive and comfortable. If you're running around with the kids on the beach, you may just want a pair of shorts and a loose shirt, clothes that are very practical and can stand the dirt, water and rough-and-tumble. If you're on a romantic cruise or honeymoon beach trip, you want an eye-catching, sexy sarong, perhaps with a matching head scarf. For an all-day barbecue and pool party, you may want a robe that skims your body like a wrap-around dress. Whatever you choose, don't let prettiness overcome your practical needs. If you're going to be by the water all day, you must wear long sleeves and a long skirt, even if you're continually reapplying sunscreen. The exception is the cruise, where you can add to the romance and your exotic appeal by carrying a parasol. Don't be discouraged, because you can easily buy something beautiful that protects your skin as well.
Shopping for Cover-ups
Cover-ups are one of those items you don't have to try on before buying, because with very few exceptions, you're not looking for something fitted. Therefore, you can look for good deals online. On the other hand, the end of summer and other off-season times are ideal for going into high-end shops and searching for quality merchandise at giveaway prices.
For online shopping, try Swimsuits Just for Us, a specialty shop that understands plus size women still want to look pretty and sexy when swimming or lounging and carries nothing but swimwear and cover-ups for active ladies of size.
- The Turquoise Shells blouse, and Indian-inspired v-neck sheer blouse trimmed with lovely turquoise shells, is comfortable, pretty and perfect for a pool party or even a casual cruise dinner.
- The Embroidered Gauze Tunic also has a Southeast Asian motif with beautiful aqua embroidery at the neckline, cuffs and hemline. It is 100 percent cotton and ideal for a romantic stroll by the shore.
- The Embroidered Plus Size Cover-up has subtle silver embroidery around the neckline, cuffs and hemline. It is made of cotton gauze and perfect for protecting you during the hottest hours of the day.
- The Hooded Gauze Cover-up is just what you want to throw over you after a stimulating swim. It is available in black or white, with contrasting embroidery around the cuffs and hem.
- The Flowered Rayon Dress slips on easily and feels like cotton. In black with a green and red design, this is a dress you can throw on at a dressy pool party and feel feminine and comfortable.
- The Blue Baja Breeze Rayon Dress is perfect resort wear. It slips on easily, feels like cotton and is pretty enough for the restaurant or outdoor dancing.
The Beauty of Batik
Nothing says beach or resort wear like batik, and the website Big on Batik features wonderful swimsuits and cover-ups with batik designs.
The batik cocoon jacket in a choice of two different prints or solid black is a wonderfully versatile piece. You can go straight from the beach to the office with it, after you've put on something underneath, that is. It's fringed and very striking.Find this lovely cover-up is in the loungewear section.
Also in the loungewear section is an oversized caftan in three gorgeous hand painted prints. This versatile cover-up goes easily from a day at the beach to an afterboon of relaxing by the pool.
They also carry several beautiful hand-painted sarongs that are four feet wide by eight feet long. Each sarong comes with how-to instructions for creating a variety of styles. Perfect for a resort holiday where you want to pack as little as possible but still have a diverse look.
Fun in the Sun
With the many beautiful styles and designs of plus size cover-ups available you are sure to find several that will make you feel and look terrific. Your time in the sun will be much more fun when you know you look fantastic.