Posts from October, 2009

Stockings, Tights, and Pantyhose for Curvy Gals

Are you voluptuous? Thick? Full-figured? Plus-sized? Then today’s post is all about you. For too long, I’ve neglected my ladies with vintage, hourglass figures. This time, we’re talking stockings (and other kinds of hosiery) for “real” women.

In this article, I’ll discuss the best places to buy the big three: stockings, thigh highs, and tights. As always, if I leave out your favorite brand, don’t think twice about adding it in the comments!

It’s no secret that stockings have the power to make any woman, no matter her size, feel like a sex goddess. A peek of a garter strap, a slight breeze under your skirt, and suddenly you’re part of a tradition of seduction stretching back for generations.

Secrets in Lace has a dedicated Curvy Leg Salon where they stock both lace topped and plain topped stockings. Both are made of a nylon/spandex blend, but the plain welts are a deal at only $19.99/pair.

Stockings Direct, a UK company, also carries Cervin and Levee stockings in sizes for curvy gals. The most inexpensive pair, the Cervin Paris Capri 15, is an incredible $10.94/pair…a great price for any budget.

Last, but not least, Stockingirl carries two varieties of queen sized stockings for big and/or tall girls–the Patricias, which come in packs of 3 for $21.99 and the Divine Divas which go all the way up to a shoe size 13 and a weight of 220 lbs.

Thigh Highs
Don’t feel like dealing with garter straps everyday, but having trouble finding a thigh high stocking that won’t dig, bind, or cut off your circulation? Fortunately, manufacturers and retailers alike are recognizing that women exist in more than “one size fits all.”

Once again, Secrets in Lace offers a selection of two stay-up stockings, both with lace tops. The British retailer MyTights also sells hold-ups from the European brand for voluptuous ladies, Levee. UK Tights also stocks plus-sized hold-ups from Cervin. You can purchase either look shown here for less than $20/pair.

Frederick’s of Hollywood also carries thigh high stockings for plus-sized figures as well.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll talk about tights. If you’re a curvy girl who loves tights, then you’re in luck because there’s lots to choose from here.

My very first stop for tights would be We Love Colors. Not only do they stock opaque, striped, and fishnet tights in plus sizes, all of their products are available in over 51 colors and nothing costs more than $20 (some tights are even less than $10!).

MyTights and StockingsHQ would be my next stop for tights as they carry the quality budget labels Pretty Polly and Levante. StockingsHQ also carries the Gipsy line, which I haven’t tried, and MyTights stocks shapewear tights from British fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah if you need a little extra holding power. Finally, UKTights and Frederick’s of Hollywood also stock fashionable tights for the fuller figured ladies.

Now that the weather’s getting cooler, and tights are becoming a necessity in some regions of the globe, I hope this article helps with your search. If you’re a curvy gal, where do you shop for hosiery? Why don’t you tell me in the comments?

The Look for Less: Wolford Lace Tights

Good morning fellow nylon enthusiasts! I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of this season’s lace trend. Lace can give even the simplest of outfits that extra edge which pushes you from flat to fabulous.

Unfortunately, I can’t quite afford the $55 price tag for Wolford’s Flora lace tights. Fortunately, several other designers have caught on to this trend are producing their own variation. So who comes closest to the Wolford label?

I believe I’ve found a winner with the French hosiery brand Love Me, sold through StockingsHQ. Though these are stockings, not tights, the Love Me pattern appears almost identical to the Wolford one but costs a whopping $40 less at only $14.

If you visit Wolford Boutique London, you can see that several other lace patterns due to be released later on this year. You can bet that when they do, Stockings Addict will find the best “knock-off” for you! Happy Shopping!

Chantal Thomass & Bruno Dayan

After lusting over last year’s Chantal Thomass collection, I couldn’t quit without viewing photos of this year’s array, and I’m oh-so-happy I did.

In my opinion, Bruno Dayan’s photography perfectly captures the playful yet cultured spirit of the Parisian couturier’s lingerie. And it turns out when I dug a little deeper, that I’d seen Dayan’s work before…

Cheap Undies

Here’s another great find, courtesy of Fred’s Bad Side. Cheap Undies (the closeout site for the same people who run FreshPair) is unloading a lot of clearance lingerie.

If you’re looking to do a bulk up your panty drawer (as my Momma would say, you can never have too much underwear), Cheap Undies is worth checking out. Take a look at what I found…

Mary Green Silk Knit with Lace Chemise
Was $50, now $12.50

Wacoal “Lost in Lace” Underwire Bra
Was $44, now $26.40

On Gossamer Mesh Thong Bodysuit
Was $39, now $19.50

Fayreform “Candid” Boyshort
Was $28, now $14

Fayreform “Vitality” Full Coverage Underwire Bra
Was $62, now $31

Panache “Venus” Suspender/Garter Belt
Was $32, now $16

D&G Dolce & Gabbana “Please Me” Thong
Was $30, now $7.50

DKNY “Belle du Jour” Underwire Balconette Bra
Was $32, now $16

Cosabella “Soiree” Low Rise Hotpants
Was $24, now $12

Ellen von Unwerth & Chantal Thomass

I finally made it to the end the Ellen von Unwerth rabbit hole by finding these images of her ad campaign for Chantal Thomass a few years back.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely is quickly becoming one of my favorite lingerie models, but I have to say Melissa Rose Haro (her dark haired companion) doesn’t look too bad herself.

We’re not done yet, though. Chantal Thomass is known for her seductive and breathtaking ad campaigns, and if you like these, you’ll almost certainly love what I have to show you tomorrow.