Who said lingerie is just for the thinner girls? With body positivity movements sweeping the nation and more designers creating pieces that fit curvy bodies, it’s never been a better time to get in the lingerie game. Whether you’re looking for something that helps you feel a little sexier during intimate moments or are looking to experiment with your personal style, there are plenty of ways that lingerie can spark your confidence and encourage more self-love. Here are some tips to find pieces that work for you and your unique, beautiful body.
The right fit
If you’ve ever gotten a bra fitting at a certain national chain, there’s a strong chance that you walked away with the wrong fit. Underwire jabbed at your body. You didn’t feel as supported as you would have liked. You might’ve even been given a size too small which can feel like you’re getting the world’s most unpleasant hug. Finding the right size, whether it’s for bras, panties, or accessories, is the first (and most important) step to choosing lingerie that not only makes you look great, but also feel great too.
There’s a reason this cannot be understated: Imagine the last time you wore something that just didn’t fit quite right. Even if nobody else noticed, it probably made you way too self-conscious, right? Maybe a shirt was too tight around your tummy or a pair of pants rode up in a way that was a touch uncomfortable. Ill-fitting garments have a habit of drawing your attention in a negative way. Clothing that fits well has the opposite effect: It draws your attention to what you love about your body, be it your curves, your killer hips, or a pair of legs that just won’t quit.
So how do you find the right fit? Well, you could go the classic route and learn how to measure for yourself. Knowing how to find your size can help you accommodate changes in your body and allows you to be more flexible with the lingerie you select. Or, you could go to an independent shop and get a professional fitting – just say no to the chain stores! Once you know your size, it’s time for the best part: shopping.
This is going to be the most subjective part but there are a few shopping tips to keep in mind when choosing plus size lingerie. For one, you should never, ever (ever) buy pieces without trying them on beforehand. You want to make sure that you feel as good as you look. It’s important to see how the fabric moves with your body and whether or not you simply feel comfortable. Something off the rack might look absolutely killer but if the fabric is scratchy, you feel constrained, or one of the pieces doesn’t sit right, it can be a confidence eraser.
Also, even though many of the pros like to say that you should always buy in matching sets, one of the best parts about lingerie is that, if you like it, who says you have to follow “the rules?” Buying separates can even be more cost-effective and, while a matching set might be nice from time to time, crafting a special lingerie look that oozes with your personality can be just as fun. It’s up to you to decide what you like, what feels best, and what’s really going to amp up your confidence.
Lingerie is the perfect way to show off all of your curves and swerves while giving yourself that extra boost of confidence. From plus size to petite, as well as everything in between, all body types are beautiful and there’s no clothing that’s ever “off-limits” for bigger girls. As Donna from Parks and Recreation would say, “treat yourself!”