Where to Buy It: Fashionable Plus Size Lingerie Up to 5X (And Beyond)
Shopping for lingerie and sleepwear, as opposed to bras, can be freeing as you're less limited by traditional requirements for functional elements. You aren’t bound by the need of endless seaming and underwires because the intent of the item is different. However, it can still sometimes become a microcosm of what it's like to shop while fat, period. Retailers tend to latch onto an aesthetic, usually well behind the popularity of the trend in straight sizes, and then run it into the ground.
I wanted to find some lingerie and sleepwear items that didn’t fit neatly in the categories of lace/cage-inspired bralettes, demure nighties, or sleepwear sets with cartoon graphics. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, but it can frequently feel like those are the only options on the market in larger sizes.
It really does feel like that more often than not, plus size sleepwear is a sea of graphic tees with matching pants or demure nighties. While I happen to be a fan of both of these styles, the details of this pajama set makes it chic in a way that can be hard to come by in larger sizes. This satin pyjama set from ASOS comes in a gorgeous blush color and is available up to a size US 28. The delicate fabric and the understated detail of the piping give this set a very luxe and formal feeling, while the shorts give it a playful feel.
Pieces made by ASOS generally run large (which is great as people who are sized out based on the tag number frequently share triumphant photos of pieces looking amazing anyway). The filter by size system frequently does not work. Not all pieces are available in the full size range and most of the bras and panties stocked by ASOS (other than the ones by New Look) do not cover anyone over a size 20 bottom or 42 band.
Red and black is a color combination I generally try to avoid, mostly for personal style reasons, but this vintage robe from ReDress is a one of a kind find. Vintage items in larger sizes can be harder to find, so to find a piece as gorgeous as this one is extra special. The beadwork on this robe is stunning and I love the idea of pairing this piece with more minimal items to be worn in or out of the house.
ReDress carries a small, but extremely unique underpinnings section so check back frequently. Pieces include plus size vintage slips, petticoats and harnesses that are a bit more thoughtful than a lot of watered down plus size interpretations of that aesthetic. You'll also find detailed fit information and a commitment to diverse models.
I recently purchased this piece for myself from Bluestockings Boutique and it feels amazing. This bralette is comfortable and effortlessly sexy. Most plus size bralettes are made of lace and have lots of caging details or prints. This minimalist design is a refreshing change from all of that. The bamboo portion is so incredibly soft, and the mesh cups are surprisingly supportive.
If you are sized out of the readymade version of this item at Bluestockings Boutique, check the Origami Customs website for custom sizing on this or any other item.
I love this combination of pieces from Knickerocker. The cupcake design manages to be sweet, but not cheesy, and the colors are so vibrant and fun! I recently ordered the cupcake crop top and a slightly modified version of the high waisted panty and the fit was perfection. These handmade pieces can be custom made to any measurement.
Etsy is amazing. Many designers openly advertise their desire to customize the sizing of pieces, but even ones that don’t are merely a message away. This particular designer was extremely friendly and attentive to the messages I sent about fit information and customization.
Toru & Naoko
The Lacey mesh bra and Marlie high waist panty from Toru & Naoko are prime examples of well done minimalism, an aesthetic that’s hard to find in the frequently embellished world of plus. The items in this line of basics are crafted from jersey and mesh and are sexy in a way that is less overt. I have become a repeat customer of Toru & Naoko based on the strength of their designs, quality and fit.
Camila, the designer, is extremely attentive to details regarding adjusting pieces for different bodies. The width and length of straps, wraparound details or the type of elastic used are all taken into consideration when customizing an item. Any item can be made to measure and don’t be surprised if you receive an email asking for input about further customization on the design to work best with your body.
The velvet panels on this bralette and panty are a nice change from the lace that seems to be omnipresent in plus size bralettes. Many of the items from Alexandra Anissa are made of fun fabrics and prints like velvet and tiny florals (unlike the large watercolors that saturate mainstream plus brands). This particular set is my favorite.
Several pieces are offered in sizes up to 5X (a recent development), and the website also offers the option to customize items for sizing.
What's most important to you when shopping for lingerie and sleepwear? Do you find that the mainstream brands are a hit or miss for you?