For plus-size travelers, it’s a constant struggle to find good options for warm-weather travel clothes. Is it too short? Will everyone be able to see my butt? How badly will my thighs chafe in it?
In a previous post about preventing thigh-chafing, Erin (one of our lovely commenters) mentioned that skorts (a handy skirt-shorts hybrid) were her solution on an extended trip to Southeast Asia:
I just got back from 7 months in SE Asia and found skorts to be the answer to my chub rub. I found a cute knee-length one from athletica, but there are tons of options around including a million types of tennis skorts. Helpful for not only reducing the dreaded chub rub, but also great multifunction item for days that you need a skirt to visit temples but want to ride an elephant or hop the back of a moto without flashing everybody.
I was totally inspired! I wore skorts as a kid, but I hadn’t thought about them in years. After doing some research, I’ve found that skorts are making a comeback, and there are plenty of options available for plus-size travelers.
Here are a few of my favorites:
UK retailer New Look has more of a variety of cute skorts in plus sizes.
ASOS Curve will sometimes have skorts, like this patterned pair. Many times, these skorts will be from New Look. For US buyers, it’s often cheaper shipping-wise to order New Look items from ASOS.
Woman Within has a couple different types of skorts. There’s a tighter stretch cotton skort (Amazon link) and a looser, more flowy cotton skort (Amazon link). They have pockets, come in a bunch of colors, and are highly rated on Amazon. I love that the skirt part wraps fully around the back, which I prefer over just the skirt in the front with the shorts showing in the back. I’m definitely going to pick up one of these for my next warm-weather trip!
This skort from faded glory can be dressed up or dressed down, and its versatility can help save on packing space.
HPL commenter Karen found this great skort from LL Bean. It’s made of moisture-wicking, quick-drying nylon and has three zip pockets, making it an ideal travel garment. I could definitely see myself carrying one of these in my backpack!
Skorts are pretty common golf and tennis attire, so if you’re into a sportier look, there are an abundance of skorts to be found from sports sections or retailers. Kohls and Lane Bryant both offer pretty reasonably priced athletic skorts. Golf skorts are a little on the pricier side, but are often made of synthetic, moisture-wicking materials, and sometimes have very cute patterns! Lori’s Golf Shoppe has a pretty good selection of plus-size skorts.
Have you worn a skort on your travels? How did you like it? Know of any good places to buy plus-size travel skorts? Let us know in the comments!