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.
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 […]
Some images in this post are NSWF. Toru and Noako is a new Chilean brand that launched earlier this year. Since then we’ve been smitten with their strappy bralettes and wrap around bras that are reminiscent of the famous Kestos bralette of the 1930s. There is definitely a vintage vibe in this small, handmade label, though the silhouettes have been modernized to feel entirely new and fresh. Toru and Noako’s […]
Trying to look sexy while presenting as a butch or androgynous woman can be really hard. For me, and for many other butch, androgynous, or genderqueer people,