Plus Size Tropical Apparel

Donna Cosmato
Plus size woman in resort wear

Give your wardrobe a beachy twist with plus size tropical attire. Although these garments are the perfect choice for tropical vacations or beach clothing, they can be worn as dressy or casual summer ensembles for almost any occasion.

About Tropical Attire

Designed for comfort, plus size tropical attire is an essential summer staple. Vivid colors and huge floral patterns that call to mind tropical islands, sandy beaches, and balmy breezes are the signature look of such garments. Seashore-inspired colors (cool blues and greens) are other tropic-themed shades are popular with tropical clothing designers who want to convey an island-style look to apparel. The cut of such clothing is usually generous and somewhat free flowing to provide a comfortable yet flattering fit without binding or constricting. Some tropical dresses in this design style may be referred to as plus size Hawaiian dresses.

Types of Tropical Wear

Resort wear for extended sizes is available in a wide range of fabrics and types, so whether you are shopping for luau attire, cruise wear, or a new outfit for an upcoming beach wedding, there is bound to be a design to suit your taste and personality. Look for styles like:

  • Short or long dresses
  • Pant sets
  • Skirt sets
  • Blouses
  • Caftans
  • Mu'u mu'us
  • Jackets
  • Slacks and shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Shawls and sarongs

The most comfortable fabrics for plus size resort wear are fibers that wick moisture away from the skin during warm weather. Cotton, linen, silk, rayon, and blends of these fibers are good choices for lightweight, breathable fabrics that look fresh and cool all day long.

Buy Plus Size Tropical Attire

Tropical attire is available at many stores, but finding such items in plus sizes can be challenging. In addition, the selection may be small or an item may not be available in the right sizes. The solution to problems like these is to shop online, where one has access to many vendors, styles, and size options with the click of a mouse:

  • Tropical Tantrum: Treat yourself to luxurious, hand-painted resort wear in plus sizes 1X to 4X. Qualifying orders ship free, custom designs and patterns are available, and alterations are free.
  • Maui Shirts: If purchasing clothing manufactured in the United States is important to you, consider shopping with Maui Shirts. The garments are made in Hawaii and come in sizes 1X to 3X.
  • Tropical Plants Flowers and Décor: Don't let the name fool you; there is a large selection of tropical summer dresses, mu'u mu'us, and sun dresses from which to choose.

Include some final additions like thongs, flip flops or sandals when shopping for your tropical attire. Thin or stacked bangles are nice accessories, as is an oversized straw bag or tote.

Caring for Tropical Attire

One reason that plus size tropical attire is so beautiful and unique is that many such garments are hand painted or produced by special fabric-dying techniques like batik. However, the same qualities that make the clothing so vivid and outstanding also contribute to its increased need for special care and handling. While you should always read the manufacturer's care labels and follow those instructions completely, if there are no care instructions given, it is wise to err on the side of caution and dry clean, machine wash on a gentle cycle, or hand wash delicate items like these.

Simply fill a sink or tub with cold water and gently immerse the garment. Use a mild detergent (like Ivory) and swish the garment around several times. Empty the tub and refill with clean water. Dunk and rinse the garment until the water runs clean (you may need to refill the tub several times.) Do not twist or wring the garment to remove the extra water. Instead, hold it up and let the excess drip into the tub, and then lay the item on a large bath towel. Gently blot using very light pressure to remove as much moisture as possible. Lay the item flat on a dry towel or hang on a line to air dry.

With proper care and attention, your tropical wardrobe will stay in great condition and see you through years of wear.

Plus Size Tropical Apparel