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LOFT Plus Modern Skinny Jeans in Dark Rinse Wash | Boulder Creek Off-Shore Short-Sleeve Sport Shirt
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The Best Plus-Size Travel Clothes to Flatter Any Body

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See the world in style and comfort: These flattering plus-size travel clothes not only look good but also have features that make them useful on vacation. Mix and match some of the following shirts, pants, and jackets to create the perfect plus-size travel outfits for your next trip.

Plus-Size Travel Pants and Shorts

LOFT Plus Modern Skinny Jeans in Dark Rinse Wash

LOFT plus modern skinny jeans in dark rinse wash
LOFT

These stretchy skinnies are cut to hug your curves and have a mid-rise waist to help smooth out the belly bulge. They’re comfortable enough to wear anywhere on your travels, from a plane to a museum, and the dark color easily hides minor stains.

Liberty Blues Relaxed Fit Side Elastic 5-Pocket Jeans

Liberty blues relaxed fit side elastic 5-pocket jeans
Liberty Blues

Both flying and sampling new foods can cause bloating on vacation, but the elastic built into the waistband of these relaxed-fit jeans will help keep you comfortable throughout your journey. They come in a variety of colors and can be custom-hemmed for the perfect length.

ELOQUII Essential Leggings

ELOQUII essential leggings
ELOQUII

Add a pair of leggings to your collection of plus-size travel clothes for the ultimate in comfort for red-eye flights, workouts, or long days of sightseeing. The Essential Leggings from ELOQUII are thick enough that they’re never transparent, and they come in dark colors (black and navy) that can be worn with just about anything.

Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Stretch Pant

Columbia women's saturday trail stretch pant
Columbia

Water-repellent and offering UPF 50 sun protection, these hiking pants from Columbia have roll-up cuffs that change them into capris, making them a practical two-in-one garment for active vacations. The lightweight, stretchy fabric accommodates movement and dries quickly.

Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pant

Columbia men’s silver ridge convertible pant
Columbia

A similar option for men, Columbia’s Silver Ridge pants convert into shorts. The high-performance fabric wicks away moisture, provides UPF 50 sun protection, and comes in a variety of colors. There’s even a zip-shut pocket where you can keep small valuables.

LOFT Plus Slim Tapered Pull-on Pants

LOFT plus slim tapered pull-on pants
LOFT

These versatile black pants can be dressed up or down, making them equally at home on a tour or in a nice restaurant. The elasticized back waist and relaxed cut through the hips and thighs ensure a comfortable fit, and the pants are machine washable for easy care.

Dockers Big & Tall Easy Stretch Khaki Pants

Dockers big & tall easy stretch khaki pants
Dockers

These classic khakis are made of wrinkle-resistant fabric that holds up well on the road. The waist expands up to two inches for a little bit of extra breathing room when you need it. You can wear these pants with a casual shirt during the day or dress them up with a button-down for a night out.

Lane Bryant Chino Bermuda Shorts

Lane bryant chino bermuda shorts
Lane Bryant

If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of plus-size shorts that aren’t too short, consider these chinos from Lane Bryant. They come in various colors, from basic black and beige to beet red, and have a little bit of spandex in the fabric for an accommodating fit.

Cutter & Buck CB DryTec Bainbridge Shorts

Cutter & buck cb drytec bainbridge shorts
DXL

These moisture-wicking, UPF-50 shorts are ideal for hiking, playing golf, or exploring warm-weather destinations. The polyester/spandex blend makes for a stretchy, relaxed fit, and the shorts come in regular or tall length.

Plus-Size Travel Shirts

Lands’ End Women’s Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Broadcloth Shirt

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Lands’ End

The Broadcloth Shirt from Lands’ End comes in nearly a dozen colors so you can easily find your favorite. The three-quarter-length sleeves are practical for most climates, as is the moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant fabric.

Amazon Essentials Men’s Big & Tall Quick-Dry Golf Polo Shirt

Amazon essentials men’s big & tall quick-dry golf polo shirt
Amazon

This affordable polo shirt from Amazon is designed for golf but works well as a casual travel shirt as well, thanks to its moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric. It’s available in 10 colors and myriad big and tall sizes.

Lane Bryant Perfect Sleeve Swing Tunic Top

Lane bryant perfect sleeve swing tunic top
Lane Bryant

When looking for plus-size tropical vacation clothes, consider this tunic top from Lane Bryant, which is available in half a dozen colors. Its flattering, airy design goes equally well with shorts, capris, jeans, or leggings.

Lands’ End Men’s Big Performance Twill Shirt

Lands' end men's big performance twill shirt
Lands' End

This low-maintenance button-down shirt from Lands’ End resists wrinkles and stains, making it easy to pack and wear on vacation. It’s available in nine colors and in sizes up to 5 XL.

prAna Foundation V-neck Plus

prAna foundation v-neck plus
prAna

You can’t take a trip without at least one basic tee, and this attractive option from prAna is a great addition to your plus-size travel clothes. You can layer it under another shirt in a cooler climate or wear it on its own in a warmer one. Bonus: It’s made of lightweight, sustainable TENCEL modal fabric.

Amazon Essentials Men’s Big & Tall Tech Stretch Short-Sleeve Shirt

Amazon essentials men's big & tall tech stretch short-sleeve shirt
Amazon

Men seeking affordable plus-size T-shirts can try this offering from Amazon, which provides quick-drying, moisture-wicking UPF sun protection in a variety of big and tall sizes. It’s ideal for working out, outdoor adventures, layering, and casual sightseeing.

Universal Standard Dolci Top

Universal standard dolci top
Universal

The loose-fitting and attractive Dolci Top is a cozy option for sleeping on long flights, relaxing in your hotel room, or casual sightseeing around town. It’s made of a blend of luxe pima cotton, sustainable modal, and stretchy elastane for an ultra-soft feel.

Boulder Creek Off-Shore Short-Sleeve Sport Shirt

Boulder creek off-shore short-sleeve sport shirt
Boulder Creek

Designed for fishing, this sport shirt from Boulder Creek is ideal for any sort of outdoorsy vacation with its water-repellent fabric and a roll-up collar to protect your neck from the sun. The shirt is made of machine washable polyester that wicks away sweat.

Plus-Size Travel Dresses

Ava & Viv Women’s Plus Size Floral Print Short Sleeve Maxi Dress

Ava & viv women’s plus size floral print short sleeve maxi dress
Ava & Viv

This affordable plus-size maxi dress is ideal for tropical vacations with its bright floral print and airy design. Dress it up with heels and jewelry for an evening out, or wear it during the day with comfortable walking shoes for a casual but attractive plus-size travel outfit. Its polyester/spandex blend is wrinkle-resistant and machine washable.

Torrid Navy Drawstring Challis Shirt Dress

Torrid navy drawstring challis shirt dress
Torrid

This versatile dress from Torrid includes pockets so you can go out and about without a purse. Wear the sleeves at three-quarter length, or roll them up shorter using the attached tabs. The drawstring waist makes for a flattering silhouette, and the rayon-spandex blend has a comfortable stretch.

Betabrand Venus Wrap Dress

Betabrand venus wrap dress
Betabrand

The Venus Wrap Dress has a hidden phone pocket at the waist and is made of a stretchy, wrinkle-resistant material that’s ideal for travel. The V neck and wrap design are flattering to most body types.

Plus-Size Jackets and Outerwear

Columbia Women’s Tested Tough in Pink Rain Jacket II

Columbia women's tested tough in pink rain jacket ii
Columbia

Jackets are a necessity for many trips, but their bulk can make them inconvenient to pack. That’s why I like this waterproof but breathable rain jacket from Columbia, which folds up into its own hand-sized pocket for easy packing.

Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket

Columbia men's watertight ii jacket
Columbia

Columbia offers a similar option for men, with the same waterproof yet breathable technology and the ability to fold it up into its own pocket. It comes in half a dozen colors in sizes up to 4X.

SCOTTeVEST RFID Travel Vest for Women

SCOTTeVEST rfid travel vest for women
SCOTTeVEST

Skip the purse and the checked baggage fees, and instead wear this cleverly designed vest with 18 different pockets for all your necessities. There’s an RFID-blocking pocket for your credit cards, as well as a special mesh compartment for your phone.

SCOTTeVEST RFID Travel Vest for Men

SCOTTeVEST rfid travel vest for men
SCOTTeVEST

Men can get in on the pocket action, too. SCOTTeVEST’s male vest has a whopping 26 pockets, including a compartment large enough to fit a tablet. The fabric is both water- and stain-repellent.

Traveling? Bring the Carry-On from Away

The carry-on from away
The Carry-On from Away

Still lugging around that outdated carry-on from 2006? It’s time for an upgrade. With 360° spinning wheels, a TSA-approved lock, a super hard exterior shell, and a USB-port for charging whatever it is you need charged, the Carry-On from Away is built to be your last.

 

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