Holiday Gift Guide: The Impractical Plus Size Lingerie Wishlist
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You’d probably be surprised to learn that I’ve never been one to ask for lingerie for Christmas. Up until recently, I viewed my underwear as a necessity and limited myself to purchases that could be considered practical foundation garments.
In the last year and a half, as my personal tastes and ideas about lingerie have shifted to include items worn for pleasure, for myself, I still find myself reluctant to purchase a few things, mostly because I tend to think of them as impractical or out of my personal budget.
This lingerie wishlist/gift guide could be useful for individuals seeking to request gifts they would never buy for themselves, but would love to have. Maybe you’re like me and have a hard time with large purchases or with buying items that don’t neatly fit into the “useful” box. That’s okay; you don’t have to treat yourself. Instead, show the gift givers in your life this list, and let them do the treating for you!
1. Nerdy Undies: I don’t know why I don’t buy licensed character underthings for myself. If the underwear you normally purchase for yourself is more practical and you have a fandom you’d love to support, try adding something like this to your wishlist. I love bright colors and Torrid’s selection includes items with Batman, Star Wars and Wonder Woman prints – all for less than $20.00. Available up to Torrid size 5 (US 28).
2. Pasties: The small and expertly curated selection of pasties at Bluestockings Boutique is calling my name and whispering that this a unique and budget friendly gift idea. I can tell my family I’ll just use these as patches for a jacket if they ask too many questions.
3. The Thing A Lot Like The Thing You Already Own: I’ve written about Toru and Naoko pieces before – I can’t stress enough how wonderful their lingerie is. However, practical-brain-Ariel is getting in the way of pretty-purchase-Ariel, preventing me from buying a piece that’s similar to something I own already (at least right this minute). However, I love the line and need it all, so it’s a perfect brand to put on the lingerie wishlist. Have your measurements ready for this one, as sizes over XXL are custom made to fit you.
4. The Bedazzled Bralette: Sparkles? Sheer? Custom sizing available? Check, check and check. This bralette is literally covered in rhinestones and you can’t beat something this festive for a personal lingerie gift guide.
5. The Vintage Inspired Favorite Thing: Dottie’s Delights sheer embroidered tank and panty can be made in custom sizes. The top also has the word “whiskey” embroidered on it. I love everything about these pieces, even though I generally tend to steer clear of vintage- inspired pieces. Sometimes, I have weird feelings about lingerie that evokes a bygone (but not nearly distant enough) era that was less than racially inclusive, to say the least. I also fear falling into the cliche of the “fat girl pinup” look, but there are several beautiful sets on Dottie’s Delights’ website that have me feeling very good about the label as an aesthetic choice. If you have to have this set customized, it may not arrive in time for holiday gifting (check the timeframes listed on the website), but it’s still a great gift idea.
6. The Printed Bralette: I exclusively buy solid color bras and bralettes because I feel like it’s harder to hide prints under clothes, but this bralette and matching panty by Ashley Stewart (available up to 5X or a 30/32) is the exact type of eye-catching print I’d love to let someone else treat me to.
7. They Look Like Shorts: I’ve grown to love and accept bra silhouettes and levels of support that might be considered non-traditional, but I haven’t had quite the kind of personal growth for my underwear situation. I always find myself purchasing high-waisted briefs, but I’d love to try something new. These shorts, created as part of the State of Liberty collaboration with Unlucky Lingerie (two Australian brands both trying to make themselves inclusive by carrying plus sizes and offering custom sizes) are black and sheer, which aligns perfectly with my personal aesthetics, just in a new shape. I’m also in love with this rose gold knicker from Desvalido (another Australian brand with a willingness to customize in the interest of welcoming all bodies).
8. The Expensive Nightgown: Lane Bryant’s collaborative efforts with other designers, like this Lela Rose nightgown or this gorgeous slip by Sophie Theallet, are some of the strongest products they carry. If you’re like me and you are hesitant to personally give Lane Bryant any of your hard earned dollars, putting it on your lingerie wishlist is a way to get around that little obstacle.
9. Shapewear for Outwear Purposes: I don’t like buying shapewear, but I can’t get the idea of this piece under a blazer or some of my sheer dresses out of my head. If you want to avoid shapewear at all costs, I also love the idea of this crochet detail bra from Re/Dress deliberately peeking out of something sheer.
10. Harness the Spending Power: The Dick Tracy Harness by Chromat can be customized just like the Valentina Harness by Zana Bayne. Teale Coco (yet another Australian brand that states they are willing to accommodate all bodies through custom orders) has a gorgeous collection of dusted pink pieces. If you’re feeling spendy or have someone who is willing to treat you to any of these amazing harnesses, go for it!
I’m definitely feeling ready to drop this list in the hands of those close to me. Are you willing to actively ask for lingerie as a gift? What are you currently wishing for?