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elomi Caitlyn Underwire Side Support Bra EL8030
elomi EL8030 Caitlyn Underwire Side Support Bra$55.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews elomi EL8030 reviewsSized up to HH (D9) cups
elomi Betty Underwire Plunge Bra EL8170
elomi EL8170 Betty Underwire Plunge Bra$68.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews elomi EL8170 reviewsSized up to HH (D9) cups
elomi Rita Underwire Multiway Banded Bra EL8011
elomi EL8011 Rita Underwire Multiway Banded Bra$60.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews elomi EL8011 reviewsSized up to K (D12) cups
Curvy Kate Princess Balconette Bra CK6001
Curvy Kate CK6001 Princess Balconette Bra$68.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews Curvy Kate CK6001 reviews
Natori Yogi Sports Bra 731050
Natori 731050 Yogi Sports Bra$66.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews Natori 731050 reviewsSized up to H (D5) cups
Chantelle Pont Neuf 3 Part Cup Underwire Bra 1381
Chantelle 1381 Pont Neuf 3 Part Cup Underwire Bra$88.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews Chantelle 1381 reviewsSized up to H (D5) cups
Paramour by Felina Melody Contour Bra With Lace Overlay 135003
Paramour by Felina 135003 Melody Contour Bra With Lace Overlay$39.00Select colors/sizes on saleAvailable up to a G (D4) Cup
Wacoal Supporting Role Underwire Bra 855203
Wacoal 855203 Supporting Role Underwire Bra$60.00Sized up to G(D4) Cups
Felina Enchanted T-Shirt Memory Foam Bra 130566
Felina 130566 Enchanted T-Shirt Memory Foam Bra$44.00Select colors/sizes on saleReviews Felina 130566 reviewsAvailable up to G (D4) Cup

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.


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