|With women wearing larger sizes than they did decades ago, the lingerie world has rapidly caught up to serve the plus-size market. In fact, the most popular dress size in the US is 14 and lingerie has changed accordingly. You'll see numerical sizes as well as sizes like 1X-4X. Some brands specialize in plus-size bras and construct pieces that offer maximum support as well as an ideal fit. You'll find band sizes that extend to 48 and cup sizes that range to J or K. Most women wearing plus-size bras will get the best support and shape from underwire bras and bras with multi-part cups. |
The plus-size market also includes panties, shapewear and slips. Whether you're a thong girl or prefer full-coverage briefs, there's a style for you. Other styles include low-rise bikinis, boyshorts, hi-cut briefs and hipsters. Stock up on basics and round out your panty wardrobe with seamless briefs that are invisible under clothing; lacy briefs adorned with ribbons and bows; even a sexy thong. Numerical sizes extend to 15, which fits a 45-46" waist. Other brands use the 'X' designation, as in XXXL, also sometimes noted as 3X, for example. Plus-size shapewear is available in various styles. Try control panties for some tummy smoothing. For more all-over shaping, there are long-leg thigh shapers and high-waisted panties that smooth midriff, torso, tummy, back and hips. Body suits are also a great option. And of course, there's the girdle, although with new manufacturing techniques, this isn't your grandma's girdle. Current styles feature tummy control panels; shaped contour bands for slimming the hips, back and bottom; flat-sewn seams and boning. Use HerRoom's handy before-and-after photos to see exactly what each piece of shapewear will do for you.