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Struggling to find awesome plus size travel clothing ideas? One traveler swears by this brand. Find out what it is!


Plus Size Travel Clothing

Written by: Phebe Schwartz


One of my favorite brands for plus size travel clothing is Eileen Fisher.  Her clothes are based on what Eileen Fisher calls “The System”:  grab a top, add a bottom, throw on an outer layer, and voila, you have an outfit.

Everything is designed to be layered – perfect for travel! 

Eileen Fisher clothes tend to be a bit pricy, but the quality is outstanding, as are the fabrics of organic cotton or linen, modal jersey, cashmere, merino wool, and silk.

Her designs can be found at large department stores such as Nordstroms, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and on the Eileen Fisher website as well. (If you shop online, their models may not be plus-size even though the sizing is available.)


Eileen Fisher sizing tends to be a bit generous.  Items can be in petite, misses, or plus.  However, the misses XL usually fits size 16-18, or even 20 if it’s an oversized or boxy shape.  If you’re in a store, try a variety of sizes.  Her plus sizes are quite generously cut.


Helpful hint:  I always check the “sale” section online, and will save favorites while watching to see when prices drop even further.  I do the same at the department store sites.  When an item is 50% off or more, I grab it.



Mandarin-Collar Button-Front Shirt


The long-sleeved shirt


A long-sleeved shirt is indispensable for travel.  This can be worn alone, over a tank or tee, or under a sweater or blazer.  It can also be worn as an additional layer under or over the right dress.  My preference is white, because it looks so crisp with black.


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 Linen Cargo slacks


Basic trousers


Eileen Fisher has tailored slacks, harem pants, fitted or slouchy slacks, man-tailored trousers – I like her linen cargo slacks that are slightly cropped, and the lantern slacks which turn in just slightly at the ankle.


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knit skirt




The linen knit skirt travels beautifully, but so does the straight viscose jersey.  Both work well with just about every top.



Organic Linen V-Neck Tee


Tee shirt


The linen knit tees are light and airy, perfect for hot weather.



Tank top


Tank top


For really hot weather, a tank top will keep you cool, especially in natural fibers.  If you are self-conscious about your upper arms, look for a top with cap sleeves for a bit more coverage.



Silk Tee


Embellished top


I adore the beaded tops, but suspect they’d be too heavy for traveling.  The silk tops, however, are luxurious enough to dress up a pair of jeans, but are light as a feather.



Chambray shift dress


The Dress


So many dresses to choose from!  I like Eileen Fisher dresses that can be worn over her slacks, leggings, tights, or under any of the sweaters or jackets.  Look for versatility as well as what is flattering for your shape.  (The viscose jersey can be a bit heavy, so consider this when ordering online.)



Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan




I love her boxy pullovers, but I also adore cashmere cardis that go with everything.



Hooded Weather-Resistant Jacket


Blazer or jacket


This little cotton knit jacket works with slacks, jeans, skirts, a dress.  The vaguely military styling in absolutely on trend right now, but is so classic that it will still work five years from now.



I’d love to be able to fill my luggage with Eileen Fisher clothes, but my budget isn’t quite up to that.  However, a few of her items will definitely add a more elegant and luxurious look to a wardrobe of basics; and if you buy on sale, you won’t break your budget.

Do you own any Eileen Fisher clothes? Share your favorite plus size travel clothing styles in the comments!


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Author Bio: Phebe Schwartz started traveling at age 19, and hasn’t stopped. Retired, she and her husband are traveling the world and having the time of their lives! The plan is to have no plan, the philosophy is that where they end up is where they are meant to be. Follow their adventures: Rolling Luggagers