It may have taken them years, but fashion designers have finally said goodbye to the Stone Age are now creating fashionable, sexy, and classy lingerie for plus size women. At last, plus size women can ditch their unflattering undergarments for sexy and elegant lingerie that fits as marvelously as it looks. However, if you’re a plus size woman, there are five rules you should follow when choosing plus size lingerie in order to select the right pieces for your body’s unique characteristics.
1. Take Accurate Measurements of Your Waist, Hips, and Bust
It may seem obvious, but in order to select the right plus size lingerie for you, you must know your measurements. To measure your bust, wrap a measuring tape all the way around your bust at nipple level. Your natural waist, which is slightly above your belly button, is the slimmest part of your body. Your hip, on the other hand, is the fullest part of your body. Find these areas and take a couple measurements of each, using the highest ones.
2. Take Cues From Your Lovely and Unique Body
If you have a terrific bust line, choose a Grecian-wrapped bodice, v-necked teddy, or bustier. Lingerie with an empire waist will begin spilling down from right beneath your breasts, giving you a high-waisted look that camouflages a fuller tummy. Also, look for lingerie with good bra support, because higher breasts will not only help you stand straighter, but they will make you look younger as well. If you have a smaller waist and larger thighs, otherwise known as the much adored hourglass shape, then emphasize it with lingerie that features color patterns, ties, or bands at the waistline.
3. Know Your Shape
Some women have pear-shaped bodies with ample behinds and large thighs, while others have apple-shaped bodies with most of their weight focused in the middle of their figures or column-shaped bodies with small waists and hips. When you know the shape of your body, you can then learn the rules to accentuate your favorite features and minimize your least favorite. This is a key consideration when shopping for plus size lingerie.
4. Choose the Right Fabrics
Most plus size women, and women in general, become focused on color, cut, and little details when shopping for lingerie, which is well and good, but many forget to take the actual fabric material into consideration. That shiny satin, velour, or charmeuse lingerie item may catch your eye, but it also shows bumps. Jersey, on the other hand, will not. If you do go the classic route and choose a shiny material, make sure to choose a forgiving fabric.
5. Pick the Right Colors to Highlight Your Features
To showcase your body’s best features, you should choose lingerie that is light, patterned, or rich in color. Conversely, you should select romantic, dark hues of burgundy, black, or navy for your least favorite areas in order to discourage eye detail.
While there are now hundreds of plus size lingerie options for full-figured women everywhere, you’ll only be able to choose the right pieces if you know your body and what fabrics, styles, and shapes will highlight your body the best. By following these five plus size lingerie rules, you’ll be able to do just that and show off your plus size figure with confidence.