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Ok ladies, let’s talk travel wear. The strappy dresses, string bikinis, and pretty convertible tops that seem to be featured on every packing list, round-up, and Instagram feed. Yes, they are adorable. And I’m sure they look amazing on many women. However, as a curvy girl who is often caught between regular and plus sizes, I regularly find that these ‘perfect travel clothes’ really aren’t the best travel clothes for curvy women.

More often or not, when I look at these ‘must have’ lists  I end up mentally knocking off half the items because they won’t look good on my figure. Only to find out that those that I think might actually work on my body come in limited sizes. It’s a pain in the butt. Just because I’m curvy doesn’t mean I don’t want cute clothes. I deserve to feel good in a swimsuit. I want to look pretty in my photos. And I know I’m not the only one feeling left out when it comes to travel fashion, but the fact is that plus size travel clothing is hard to find.

Thankfully there are some brilliant brands that recognize that women of all shapes and sizes like to travel and look good while doing it. So from one curvy traveller to another, here are my recommendations for the best travel clothes for curvy women.

Diane Kroe for Stylish and Convertible Travel Wear

Convertible clothing and capsule wardrobes are perfect for travel, especially since airlines are getting so strict with luggage. And while many brands offer these types of designs, most of them target those with slimmer figures who are willing to show more skin. Personally, that’s not my style, which is why I love the chic and elegant designs from Diane Kroe.

Diane Kroe Origami Top

Diane Kroe offers a range of items from shirts to dresses to pants, all of which can be worn multiple ways. My first two Diane Kroe pieces were the Origami Top (above) and the Carry On Cozy ,(below) both of which I love. Both pieces transformed into multiple looks as tops and dresses. They washed and wore well, and were very obviously a quality make. Plus, I loved how they looked and felt on. The Origami top is perfect for dressier events and I love the Carry On Cozy for the plane and for having on hand to cover up my shoulders in more conservative places like temples.

Carry on cozy

I have since added a few more Diane Kroe pieces to my wardrobe including the butterfly wrap which is a light-weight cover up perfect for the beach (you can tie it as a dress, skirt, or wear it as a kimono-type top). 

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Perhaps my favourite piece, though, is the layer jacket. I actually have two now: one in black and one in red. It’s super cosy and I love that its a little dressier than a normal sweater. Plus, the long length makes it perfect to pair with leggings.

Diane Kroe is a Canadian brand based in Toronto. All clothing is created in-house by staff, and custom orders are accepted. Pieces can be ordered online at: https://dianekroe.com and regular sizes run from 2-20 (US sizing) but custom orders are welcome, making it one of the best plus size travel clothing choices. Worldwide shipping is available.  Use code HANNAH10 to save 10% off your purchase! 

Encircled for Cute, Causal Comfort

If you have been following me for a couple of years now and paid attention to my photos you might have noticed that, for the past three years, I have worn the same black t-shirt on every single trip I take. It’s the encircled Evolve Top and it’s easily my favourite shirt. The sleeves are adjustable to give it different looks, it’s a bit dressier than a normal t-shirt, and it washes and wears SO well. 

I have also recently fallen in love with their Dressy Sweatpant pants which are cuter than leggings but as comfortable as PJs and can be dressed up for down. I have also declared them the ultimate airplane pants because they are super comfortable, cute, and, while not thick, provide a bit of warmth. They come with me on every trip now. 

Encircled clothing is ethically made in Toronto, Canada. Women’s clothing ranges in size from xs-xxl and can be ordered online at: www.encircled.ca

Cherry Velvet & City Chic for  Dresses

I don’t know if its just me but I often find dresses one of the hardest things to buy. I have a big chest and a booty and one or the other always seems to be on prominent display in most dresses I try on. Which is why I am SO glad to have found Cherry Velvet and City Chic.

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Cherry Velvet is a retro/vintage inspired dress line that caters to girls with curves. Their dresses come in dozens of fun prints that fit my body perfectly. They are cute and flirty but keep all the important bits covered while still looking stylish. The lightweight cotton dresses are easy to pack, making them perfect for travel.

It’s is a Canadian brand based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dresses are ethically made in Canada and can be ordered online at: cherryvelvetplus.com . Its a perfect brand for women who need regular or plus size travel clothing because the size range starts at small and goes up to 4X.

City Chic Dress

Another brand I love and have several dresses from is City Chic. This brand has all types of clothing but, so far, I’ve only tried their dresses. The downside for me being Canadian is that the North American part of the business is US based so I get hit hard with border fees. But, I have found some of their dresses and products in other Canadian stores like Additionelle. They are a plus size brand and carry products from size 14 (XS) t0 24 (XXL). 

Celebrity Pink for Jeans

I normally HATE buying jeans. I’m bigger in the hips/thighs than my stomach which means finding a pair that fit me properly really hard. Last year I stumbled across a brand in the Macy’s of NYC called Celebrity Pink. I gave them a try and fell in love.

These jeans are super soft, super stretchy, and super comfortable. They were pricey in the store but I have since found them online at amazon for half the price (or less when on sale). This pair is my favourite and I have them in 2 different washes. I will point out, I’m 5’8 and they are ok length wise on me, but if you are much taller you might find them too short. 

Other jean brands that curvy women have told me to check out include: The Good American (pretty pricey but people rave about them), Torrid (sadly, I don’t have one near me to try), and American Eagle Curvy jeans.

Clever Travel Companion for Anti-Theft Pieces

As a solo female traveller, I think that Clever Travel Companion is one of the coolest clothing lines out there. Their products; which range from underwear to pants to tank tops to hoodies, are all pickpocket proof. Secret pockets that are perfect for cash, passport, and banking cards keep your important items safe and concealed.

Clever Travel Companion

While the colours and designs may be plain and simple, the designs are flattering. I tried out their travel tank with 2 secret pockets a couple years ago and it’s now a staple in my luggage. Check out my review for it here.

Clever Travel Companion clothing can be ordered online at: clevertravelcompanion.com. They will ship around the world, and sizes run from XS-XXL.

Swim Suits For All for Swimwear

Shopping for swimwear is most women’s nightmare, no matter their body size. But for someone who spends her summers on a lake and is a scuba addict, there is no avoiding it. Swimwear is a must in my life. Thankfully, I stumbled on Swim Suits for All a couple years ago, and I’ve bought several swimsuits from them since.

Swim suits for All

What I love most about the brand is their belief that every body is a swim body. From sexy one-pieces to cute bikinis, they have everything in a huge range of sizes. Bombshell Ashley Graham works with this brand, which I think is amazing for promoting body positivity. At least it worked for me; I always swore I would never wear a bikini, and then somehow I bought one to take with me to Bali.

Swim Suits for All

Swimsuits for all is based in the USA and ships internationally to select countries. You can order online at: http://www.swimsuitsforall.com. Size range starts at 4 and go up to 34 for many styles.

I also have had luck recently with swimwear from Old Navy. 

Columbia for Outerwear

Outerwear can be another pain in the butt to buy, but being Canadian I have to have several different coats for the different seasons. I’ve bought coats from plenty of brands throughout the years, but when it comes to keeping warm or dry, my favourite brand is Columbia.

Columbia Coat

I currently have two Columbia jackets; a warm winter one perfect for those -40C days (yes, I said -40C. Welcome to Canada) and a lightweight waterproof rain coat. The raincoat is perfect for travel because it folds up into its own pocket, is lightweight, breathable, and most importantly: waterproof.

Columbia products can easily be found on amazon. The raincoat I’m wearing above can be found here.

Have any brands you love that cater towards curvy women? Let me know in the comments!

Psst: Wondering what my must-have travel items are? Here’s what you’ll always find in my bag.

the best travel clothing for curvy women

27 Comments

  1. operatingrn on June 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Great post. I found many of the sites suggested very intriguing. I will definitely be adding to my travel wardrobe. With the checked bag fees and carry-on space crush I need to minimize my travel gear.

    • Hannah Logan on June 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      These brands are all lightweight and pack easy as well! I love them all and take them with me everywhere.

  2. Jade on June 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    So refreshing to read some tips for us curvy girls!

    • Hannah Logan on June 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      I thought it was about time 😉 I’m not the only one!

    • PRAYRNA SINHA on November 10, 2019 at 10:08 am

      I think you did an excellent job by covering the topic of travel outfits for curvy women without compromising their chic style

  3. Practical Wanderlust (@practicalwander) on June 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Yassss thank you!! As a fellow curvy girl I know it can be extra challenging to find clothes that are comfortable and functional enough for travel. Some awesome ideas here I’m def going to try out!

    • Hannah Logan on June 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Yes! I am so grateful to have found these brands so happy to share with my fellow curvy travellers 😉

  4. Roaming Required (@RoamingRequired) on June 26, 2017 at 5:28 am

    some really great suggestions here Hannah. I split my (only pair) trousers on our trip to Australia. Couldn’t face trying to replace them to patch job and how for the best. Can’t predict all drama when travelling!

    • Hannah Logan on June 26, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Oh god thats my fear when I go to Asia haha

      • Rachel on October 9, 2018 at 2:58 am

        That’s my biggest fear. My sister and I are going to Thailand later this month and we’re both 6′ tall so if our pants or shoes give out we are S.O.L.

        • Hannah Logan on October 9, 2018 at 3:19 am

          haha yeah sometimes its worth it to pack extra 😉

  5. Roaming Required (@RoamingRequired) on June 26, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Side note, good for you for putting a swimwear shot up. I took some shots in Bangkok at a swish infinity pool and haven’t yet found the confidence to share them publicly. Bravo curvy sister, bravo.

  6. Dee Lushious on July 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    How do you find the Cherry Velvet dresses, in terms of wrinkling? I have four or five of them, but hadn’t really thought about taking them travelling, as I thought that they’d just wrinkle up, and I usually stay in hostels that don’t have irons readily available!!

    I am starting to love SweetLegs — I just wish that they were a natural fibre, as I usually try to avoid the synthetics in the crotch area, especially in the hot sweaty summer! But I definitely ordered a bunch today with their 20% off sale this weekend:)

    Definitely checking out the other suggestions here!

    • Hannah Logan on July 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      I find if I hang my cherry velvet dresses over a door or in a closet it helps get the wrinkles out. Can also hang it in the bathroom when you shower- the steam will help 🙂

  7. Darcy on July 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I love Eddie Bauer’s Girl on the Go insulated trench. It stands up to all sorts of weather. I’ve worn it in pouring rain in summer without the lining and stayed dry, and in the snow and wind in winter with the lining and have stayed warm. It’s low profile enough for city travel.

    • Hannah Logan on July 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Good to know! I have a couple things from EB but they only carry plus online (with ridiculous shipping) or in the USA.

  8. Dana on April 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I found this site yesterday and love it! My husband is very uninterested in traveling outside of North America and I can’t contain my wanderlust anymore. When you travel solo, do you try to keep it down to a large carry on for most trips or do you check your bags every time?

    • Hannah Logan on April 18, 2018 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Dana! It depends on how long and where I’m travelling. For 1-3 weeks I do carry ons. But when I do multi-month trips I tend to check my bags.

  9. Elian on January 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    One of my favorite travel pieces is the Columbia Pardon My Trench. It’s a belted jacket with trench detailing and a hood and zip up pockets. It’s sleek enough to work in a city but sturdy enough for light hiking, trekking. And it fold up very small. Runs up to 3X.

  10. Sue on January 28, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Glad I found this post! Planning a 3 week trip to Italy and Greece (includes a 12 day cruise). I’m sure your suggestions and websites will help me. Great to see fellow Canadian suggestions too.

    • Hannah Logan on January 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      ooh fun! Definitely check out Diane Kroe pieces for that! The convertible aspects will help you pack lighter + her clothes are beautiful.

    • Bev Burr on December 24, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Thanks for these ideas. One cmpany I like for clothing is Blue Sky. Available online or in person in BC, this company makes bamboo clothing in real people sizes. I especially like their skort which is knee length with pockets. It can be dressed up or down. My travel wardrobe is almost 100% Blue Sky.

      • Hannah Logan on December 26, 2019 at 11:59 am

        I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!

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