Lingerie as Outerwear for Curvy Women: 6 of My Fave Picks

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By: Holly

I’m not exactly a fashion plate kind of woman. I spend lots of time in jeans and t-shirts, or sometimes even less when I’m at home working. I have a pretty great lingerie collection, but my wardrobe is kind of lacking.

I made a resolution a few months ago to try and develop a stronger personal sense of style, which had some ups and downs. One of the high points was my discovery of teddies and bodysuits, which I previously believed only looked good on girls with very few curves. It turns out there are a lot of great lingerie companies making bodysuits that make your curves look phenomenal.

I’ll admit that I still wear lots of jeans, but I’m more likely to toss on a cute teddy or bodysuit than a t-shirt these days. Teddies and bodysuits also look amazing with high waisted skirts or pants if you want to be more formal about that look. There aren’t a lot of people talking about how the underwear as outerwear trend applies to us curvy women, but I promise you it can be done with the right pieces.

Here are a few of my recent favorites to get you started:


The Basic Tank Teddy from Hips and Curves:

Okay, to be fair, I haven’t entirely given up tank tops. This teddy represents a step up from my normal jeans and t-shirt routine. It’s a great lingerie and wardrobe basic, and it is guaranteed to make your curves look great. I’m hoping to give up my boxy t-shirts forever and replace them with pieces like this.


Ribbon Lace Long Sleeve Bodysuit by Hanky Panky:

I tend to wear lots of tank tops under my sheer bodysuits, so this Hanky Panky bodysuit is right up my alley. I already love Hanky Panky’s thongs and lace underwear, so I’m really excited that they’re expanding into other sorts of lingerie. This bodysuit would go perfectly with jeans or something more formal.


Lace Trim Satin Teddy by Hips and Curves:

This teddy is a perfect example of how sometimes less is more. It comes in two great colors, has amazingly sexy lace details, and feels silky soft. I’m planning to pick one up to laze around home in, but I’m sure you could wear it in place of a tank top with a cardigan just as easily.


Shimmer Teddy by Lola Haze:

Lola Haze is an amazing brand designed by my fellow TLA columnist Laura, and she’s been picking up a ton of press lately. This teddy is luxurious, stylish, and bust friendly. The large has a 41” inch chest, which would allow my 34GG self to fit into it. I love the gold stretch mesh, and it’s just begging to be accessorized with some big gold jewelry.


Blossom Lace Bodysuit by Sonata Lingerie:

My last two picks are from made to measure designers. Made to measure isn’t talked about much in conjunction with the full-busted lingerie world, which is really a shame. There are lots of great designers out there making things that look great on curvy women! Sonata Lingerie is one such company. I own the navy blue and hot pink version of this teddy, but I love the soft peach color as we look forward to spring. The lace on this bodysuit is soft, and the look goes with everything. I wear mine at least once a week.


Anouk Starlight Blue Silk Chiffon Playsuit by La Lilouche:

I adore any sort of blue lingerie, and I’ve fallen in love with this playsuit by La Lilouche. The 1930s look has been a great trend this season, and this playsuit embodies it perfectly. The crystal details on the straps are exquisite, and the ruffles on the back are adorable. This would make a great outerwear piece with the right accessories.

What are some of your favorite lingerie as outerwear pieces? Let’s talk about them in the comments!

Mad Mimi Form


Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.