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Walking into CURVE New York on February, 25 mannequins representing ten years of iconic lingerie trends greeted me. While the lingerie styles displayed were aesthetically diverse, all the mannequins wore the same size. I feel like that’s a metaphor for what it’s like to be plus size in an industry still very straight size focused. So much design innovation…but when it comes to those trends appearing in plus, it feels like we’re invisible.

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Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links. In late February, I attended my first CURVEXPO New York to report on trends for plus size lingerie. Previously, I’ve attended CURVEXPO Las Vegas and other major retail tradeshows as a buyer. Therefore, I was familiar with what to expect as a plus size woman: lots of pretty things not made in my size. Armed with that awareness, I set out to find […]

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Since writing for The Lingerie Addict, I’ve frequently mentioned my annoyance with the lack of aesthetic variation in plus size lingerie. The selection for trendy or unique off-the-rack pieces is slowly improving from major brands like Torrid or Cacique, but not as quickly as I (or others) would like. I was thrilled to see Toru & Naoko in TLA’s Best Brands of 2016 list. TLA has reviewed Toru & Naoko previously, but I’m excited to offer a perspective on ordering customized pieces for a fat body.

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Named after Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul, Designer Psyche Terry infuses the myth’s whimsical notions of love, ambition, fearlessness and perseverance into her own life…and these very same concepts appear in Inspire Psyche Terry. The line’s debut Spring/Summer 2017 collection features a range of feminine, timeless silhouettes with romantic details and thoughtful embellishments, all aimed at empowering to love themselves and follow their own individual aspirations – much like the brand’s namesake goddess Psyche.

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Valentine’s Day is both my most favorite and least favorite holiday. I hate how it encourages clichéd forms of obligatory, performative “romance” popularized to improve greeting card sales. On the other hand, I love twee heart motifs, big bouquets of fresh flowers, pink chocolate boxes, excessive kissing, and, of course, fancy lingerie.

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