Summer is officially here, and that means I'm looking for cute, tropical plus size clothing to help me feel like I'm on a vacation (even when I'm stuck behind a desk). Island-inspired prints are a classic warm weather look, but never fear; these go-to tropical motifs are updated and fashion forward as can be this season with unique shapes and trendy details. From palm leaf prints to rainforest florals, maxi dresses to breezy rompers, there are some great designs right now that will bring the best of plus size summer style to your wardrobe.
Whether you prefer easy, airy minimalist pieces or bold, eye-catching statement styles, there's a resort-worthy option out there that will suit your unique tastes. Personally, I'm loving the look of tropical-print trousers with a cute crop top and sporty sandals. I love the way these warm weather prints instantly update my favorite easy staples, and get me in a relaxed, summery state of mind. So if you're looking for a quick way to get your closet ready for an upcoming island adventure, or just your next day at the pool, check out these trendy tropical styles for an extra dose of sunshine, wherever you may be.
1. Short & Sweet
Palm Print Shift Dress, Sizes 8 - 28, $58, SimplyBe
Get in your summer groove with a cool, short shift in a vibrant palm leaf print. Add oversized sunnies and sporty sandals for effortless vacation style.
2. Island Vibrance
Tropicana Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $99, City Chic
Celebrate summer with a flirty, flowered frock in vibrant brights. Detachable shoulder straps allow you to easily even out your tan lines.
3. One-Piece Wonder
Palm Tree Romper, Sizes 0X - 3X, $25, Forever 21
What could be easier for warm weather than a light, breezy palm print romper? The self-tie back cutout detail and ruffled hem make this piece the perfect solution for one-and-done vacation dressing.
4. Mesh Insets
Tropical Scuba Mesh Inset Dress, Sizes 00X - 5X, $44, Lovesick
Hibiscus print has come a long way from Dad's summer button-downs. A playful, skater-style shape and sheer mesh insets make this floral dress a tropical treat.
5. Kaftan Coverup
Upgrade hammock time with this sheer, floral coverup. Vacation lounging will get an extra dose of shine with black sequin trim.
6. Legs For Days
Show some leg with dramatic, tropical shorts in a high-waisted, retro shape. Just add your favorite crop top, and you'll be ready for any island adventure.
7. Summer Sunset
Summer Nights Strapless Jumpsuit, Sizes 14 - 24, $119, City Chic
For parties that are just getting started when the sun goes down, this vivid strapless jumpsuit will catch the dying light beautifully. Stretchy jersey will keep you comfortable while you dance the night away.
8. Bright Bandage
Bandage Plus Size Swimsuit, Sizes 14 - 24, $128, Monif C.
You'll be the definition of eye-catching in this bold, tropical-toned animal print bandage suit by Monif C. Pool parties will never be the same.
9. Swing Silhouette
Palm Swing Sharkbite Tank, Sizes 12 - 26, $35, Ashley Stewart
Stay cool in light layers like this tropical print swing tank. The bright citrus shade and easy shape will look just as great with short-shorts as they will with a breezy maxi skirt.
10. Palm Peplum
Palm Print Peplum Top, Sizes 00X - 5X, $29, Lovesick
When you're stuck at the office but dreaming of the beach, this black and white island print peplum top will help tide you over until your next getaway. Or at least your next piña colada.
11. Pineapple Print
Pineapple Print Twisted Bikini, Sizes 0X - 3X, Top, $18, Forever21 | Bottom, $20, Forever 21
Summer style feels even sweeter with a cute swimsuit, and this pineapple print bikini definitely fits the bill. Feel the sun on your skin and show off that VBO with this twisted, cutout top and ruched swim skirt set.
12. All Tied Up
Michel Studio Palm Print Dress, Sizes 14 - 24, $130, Addition Elle
A classic A-line shape gets an update with a cool palm print and tassel-embellished neckline. Play up the lace-up detailing with your strappiest sandals for sexy summer vibes.
13. Tropical Trousers
Keep your casual outfits cool and crisp with wide leg trousers in a tropical foliage print. Complement the flowy shape with a fitted crop top for an effortlessly flirty look.
14. Necessary Neutrals
Carmakoma Jacquard Palm Leaf Print Jumpsuit, Sizes 12 - 22, $250, Navabi
Tropical prints take a sophisticated turn in this black and silver jumpsuit from Carmakoma. Stretchy viscose and a drawstring waist keep this style as comfortable as it is chic.
15. Classic Convertible
Long Printed Convertible Dress, One Size Plus, $158, Monif C.
Save space when you're packing for vacation with this gorgeous convertible dress that you can style and re-style to your heart's content. A bold, geometric print and vibrant lime hue will ensure that your resort looks are simply stunning.
No matter your summer plans, these tropical styles are perfect for bright, sunny days and warm nights. Fruity drink and beach chair not included.
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