Friday, January 28, 2011

Sara's feelin sexy: TOP 5 PLUS-SIZE LINGERIE SHOPS

(Image from, and daaaammmnnnnn)  

Love it, hate it, or indifferent about it- Valentine's Day is fast approaching! This time of year, one is bombarded with all sorts of stimulating inspiration. However, regardless of one’s relationship status or sentiments on the over-commercialized, be-laced, puke-fest that is V-Day, the fact remains that underwear is important.

That's right. Fierce, sexy goddamn underwear can be a big ego boost- especially when said undies are flattering, functional, and the right price. For us divas with a little extra (ifyaknowwhatImeanandIthinkyoudo), the available offerings are somewhat more limited. But fear not gentle readers and BBW admirers! I give you, after YEARS of combing the interwebs and pouring myself into frilly things in the name of sexy...

Arguably Victoria’s older and wiser big sister, FOH carries sizes from Large-3X in lingerie and bra sizes from A-F.

Pros: Offers what Victoria’s Secret does not.
Cons: No plus-size models. Panty category is mixed with plus-sizes (1X-3X) and regular sizes (s-xxl).  
My Picks: Satin Heart Back G-String Panty and Hollywood Dream Corset
This site has a little bit of everything from accessories to clothing and everything in-between. Not much in the way of bras/panties, but hosiery and lingerie galore.  

Pros: Caters to retro/rockabilly/indie/hipsters.
Cons: Deals largely in Leg Avenue and Dreamgirl… fun and racy, but ya get what ya pay for. Both cap at 275 lbs. or Queen, I believe.
My Picks: Pink and Black Waist Cincher and Layered Tulle Mini-Petticoat
Most should be familiar with Lane Bryant. Bra sizes range from C-F, lingerie offerings from a size 12-28 (pants size).

Pros: Usually have sales, coupons, and reward programs going on. High quality bras/undies.
Cons: Lingerie category is seasonal and small. Tends to be more decorative than functional (see: waist cinchers that don’t really cinch). Also, their bustiers for some reason always look horrid on me (I'm 5'4).
My Picks: Striped Garter Belt  and Pink and Black Mesh Bodysuit

2.) Torrid
Torrid is a sister-company of Hot Topic and is geared toward the teen-20’s diva. Sizes range from 14-26 (pants size) with some items in a size 12 and 30/32. Bras run C-DDD.

Pros: Good range in the intimates category to suit different styles with a fairly wide selection. Often have sales and promotions. Also, wide width sexy shoes! :)
Cons: Similar to Leg Avenue and Dreamgirl, price point is good… but ya get what you pay for. And some of their lingerie styles don’t seem very supportive of larger busts.
My Picks: Nude and Black High-Waisted Shaping Panty and Ivory Skull Corset

Well-deserving of #1. I ogle this website often. Very body-positive. Easy to navigate. High quality, but good prices. Sizes generally run 16-28 (pants size). Bra sizes around C-DDD.

Pros: Quality, functional corsets ladies and gentlemen!!! Leather offerings. Gorgeous skirts and accessories. Fantasy costumes offered year-round. Cup-less and shelf bras that actually work for big boobies.
Cons: Panty section is somewhat limited. Also carries a lot of Dreamgirl.
My Picks: ALL THE FOXY SKIRTS! and Long Gown Peignoir Set

(** = also carries "regular" sizes)

Stay tuned for: Even sexier stuff! That Adult Content warning ain't on there for nothin!

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