Six years ago, I moved from the landlocked Midwest to a city on the ocean and never looked back. I try to make it to the beach every week in the summer (salt water is the cure for everything, as they say). As such, I have amassed a small collection of swimsuits. So many people hate swimsuit shopping, but I love it, especially since discovering swimwear that actually fits me. Seriously, full bust swimwear is a life changer. I’ve stopped buying non-cup-sized bikinis entirely. Nothing is worse than trying on an XL bikini top, only to find the band is too big and the cups are still too small. Well-fitting swimwear is like cute lingerie that’s socially-acceptable to wear outside. In other words, it’s the best.
As a size 42D, I recognize I have more options than someone with a fuller bust or who wears a bigger band size. My size is often the largest size available for bras covering up to a size 20. Even my sister size, 40DD, is available at major retailers, like Victoria’s Secret. Based on the access my bra size provides, I know some of the pieces I’ve reviewed for the Lingerie Addict are not accessible to all plus size babes. With this in mind, I wanted to review a bra with a really wide range of plus sizes.
The modern day sheer-tulle-with-tattoo-lace trend can largely be attributed to Fleur of England. Whilst I’m hesitant to claim the brand invented it, they’re almost certainly responsible for driving it to such widespread and recent popularity. Skivvies By For Love & Lemons has certainly capitalised on the tattoo lace trend. The bulk of the brand’s designs utilise the lace appliqué mesh technique with various strappy attachments.
The market for full bust bras grows every season, and there’s never been a bigger selection of pretty, supportive lingerie for people with a high bust-to-underbust ratio than there is today. We even have an entire, gorgeous post on full bust lingerie trends from CURVE this season. However, for those of us who wear over a GG cup, cute stuff is still hard to find.
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.