“The truth is, the other person in your bed is just so happy that you want to have SEX with them that they aren’t focused on your imperfections. They are INTO you, and into the fact that you are into them sexually. Live out loud and let go of your insecurities, and that is when your sex life can become smoking hot.
It’s when you are ready to be NAKED in the emotional way as well as the physical way that it gets really good.”» Chrystal Bougon
Bodies. We’ve all got ’em, and we all deserve to flaunt ’em. If you’ve ever been part of a Facebook discussion where 99% of the clothing stores people recommend are way too small for you, this is your roundup of plus-size and extended plus-size Valentine’s Day and everyday lingerie and underwear.
I’ve listed the largest size each store and website carries so you don’t have to hunt for size charts, plus a brief description of what the business carries. I’ve broken down your options into three categories: Large Fat (size 32+), Medium Fat (24-32), and Small Fat (18-24). Some people in the “large fat” arena also identify as superfat, infinifat (coined by Ash at The Fat Lip), or deathfat (because of the difficulty those of us at higher weights have in accessing healthcare, and to thumb our noses at the concept of being so fat we should have keeled over dead five minutes ago).
Some people who wear plus sizes identify with these labels, and some don’t. Either way is fine! If these category names don’t resonate with you, just look for the number sizing.
Fattest folks to the front of the line, please!
And because I’m tired of the fattest folks always having to look at the back of every clothing rack, scroll to the end of every list, and deal with the good stuff always being out of stock, I’m covering the largest-available sizes first. When you find your size category, all the categories beneath it in on the page should work for you, too. (All sizing below is American sizing.)
Large Fat Lingerie: Sizes 32 and Up
Largest size: Custom measurements
Smallest size: Custom measurements
Size chart: None
Price range: Around $95-165
I’ve got a little crush on Candace and Gwynedh, the Seattle-based creators of Bawdy Love Clothing, for their sheer level of genius in designing searingly-hot harnesses that are not only custom sized, but flexible enough to accommodate changes in weight and body size.
Shop: Bawdy Love
Largest size: Custom measurements
Smallest size: 0 (31″ bust, 35″ hips)
Price range: Around $58-138
Impish Lee offers beautiful lingerie for all sizes. The site carries bras and lingerie up to a 44J and 59″ waist, and you can easily order a completely custom piece to your measurements as well right through the site. The designs are original and refreshing, and they’ve pulled in some actual plus-size folks as models (primarily Corissa Enneking of Fat Girl Flow).
Here’s a review of Impish Lee’s summer collection over at The Curvy Fashionista.
Shop: Impish Lee
Largest sizes: Nursing bras up to a US J cup and a U.K. J cup, bra sized swimwear up to a UK “K” cup, sports bras up to a U.K. “K” cup, any bra shape and style up to a US “O” cup and UK “K” cup, sexy lingerie up to a 4X
Smallest size: Unknown
Price range: Around $10-80
“Being a curvy girl, I struggled with fit and support all my life, at a 36J , I was wearing a 38DDD, which was horrible, playing sports was brutal as well as formal events at school. As I got older I started ordering my bras from U.K because they had larger cup sizes, well that turned hellish as customs and time were not in my favor. This is what prompted me to start Hourglass Lingerie. To help EVERY woman get the perfect fitted bra, not the perfect bra, but the perfectly FITTED bra!» Dawn Mumaw, owner and operator or Hourglass Lingerie
I have been in business for over 8 years, we are a small family run business in Baltimore MD, we have a boutique feel with a warehouse inventory! Our sizes range from 28-56 A-O cups. Although, we have every size range our niche is full figured/ full busted, as this size can’t be handled everywhere properly. This range is where I love doing my fittings, seeing the difference in the way ladies look and feel when being properly fitted puts a smile on my face every day, and knowing I am helping them find the support they have been after for years.”
This small business in Maryland is passionate about helping women who struggle to find bras that actually fit. Dawn started her business out of that same struggle, and it’s nice to see a business that focuses on large bra sizes.
Shop: Hourglass Lingerie*
Largest size: 15X+ (86-88″ bust, 88-90″ hip) and custom measurements
Smallest size: XXS (30-31″ bust, 31-33″ hip)
Price range: Around $8-70
SmartGlamour is a body liberation activist’s dream: clothing truly designed for ALL bodies, custom measurements offered, and models in lots of sizes and shapes. Owner Mallorie Dunn says:
“SmartGlamour is for everyone – truly. So why wouldn’t our models represent that visually? On this website you’ll find people of all shapes, sizes, heights, weights, ability, ethnicity, age, and identity.
There is not a single person who is not welcome to model for us. We will never crop out our model’s heads, make them model without their glasses, or depict them in a negative, weak, angry, or bored light. Our models are also never, ever photoshopped or airbrushed.”» Mallorie Dunn
Not only does SmartGlamour have a healthy line of lingerie and intimates available for an indie designer, the mesh neutral bras and panties are now offered in six shades of “nude” to complement a wide variety of skin tones.
Largest size: 5XL (60″ chest, 63″ hip) plus custom measurements
Smallest size: XXS (30″ chest, 33″ hip)
Price range: Around $28-65
One of the most socially-conscious lingerie and swimwear brands I’ve come across, Origami Customs makes lingerie designed for all genders. The owner says, “As a Non-Binary Queer Femme with a Transmasculine partner, I care deeply about the needs of the community, which is why I offer completely customizable items for people across the gender spectrum.”
All items are handmade in Montreal and sustainable “slow fashion.” This is a great option for plus-size queer and trans folks.
Shop: Origami Customs
Largest size: 58″ band, N cup
Smallest size: 28″ band, AA cup
Price range: Around $15-299
One of the largest bra shops online, Her Room carries a vast bra selection and is one of the best bets for hard-to-find sizes like mine. Their search allows you to find up to a 58″ band and N cup. I’m a little skeptical of their universal sizing, which didn’t seem to work at my bra size, but I appreciate that it exists.
Shop: Her Room
Plush Cat Style
Largest size: 5X/6X, (cups DD thru F/G, up to 75″ hips)
Smallest size: 1X/2X (cups A/B thru C/D, 35-55″ hips)
Price range: Around $25-70
A true indie classic, Satu Vuorenmaa’s Plush Cat Style offers handmade plus-size lingerie and apparel modeled on people at the high end of plus size for a realistic view. Her string bikini tops would make excellent lingerie-style bras, too.
Shop: Plush Cat Style
Largest size: Custom sizing on bras; briefs and thongs up to 50″ hips
Smallest size: 31″ hips
Price range: Around $10-105
Shop: Ewa Michalak
Largest size: 60L plus custom measurements
Smallest size: 30AA plus custom measurements
Fitting tips (Size chart is located on each product page)
Price range: Around $37-91
Decent Exposures is all about bras that are actually comfortable. They offer several bra styles, and will customize both the size and materials of each bra for a perfect fit that takes factors like arm hole size and latex allergies into account. This Seattle-based company also offers in-store fittings.
Shop: Decent Exposures
CarolAnn’s Dry Apron Panties
Largest size: 81″ hips
Smallest size: 46.5″ hips
Price range: Around $35
CarolAnn Bauer is doing something to care for very large bodies that no one else is doing: creating panties for bodies with tummies that overlap the pubic area. These unique panties have a panel that helps prevent chafing and skin rashes.
Shop: Dry Apron Panties
Largest size: Custom measurements
Smallest size: Custom measurements
Price range: Around $10-55
This small-business, “rainbow-flavored” duo Eli and Krista are doing binders right — and gorgeously. Each binder, crop top and sports bra is handmade to custom measurements in a variety of styles and materials. Check out the mermaid scale and cosplay styles!
Largest size: 6X or 38/40 (64-66″ bust, 68-70″ hip)
Smallest size: 1X or 14/16 (40-42″ bust, 44-46″ hip)
Price range: Around $30-120
I’ve long associated this stalwart brand with just activewear, so it was a lovely surprise to discover their bra selection. Juno has a reputation for somewhat expensive, but sturdy and high-quality gear.
Medium Fat Lingerie: Sizes 24-32
Curvy Girl Lingerie
Largest size: 28/30
Smallest size: 12/14
Size chart: Depends on brand
Price range: Around $22-60
Curvy Girl is one of my favorite lingerie stores. They carry up to size 28/30, and the owner Chrystal is unapologetically fat positive. That means there’s no body shaming in their materials or promotions, and the blog is full of rare, amazing practical advice on sex for fat bodies (and sex toy reviews like my own review of the Womanizer Plus). Chrystal also actively advocates for manufacturers to expand their size ranges, heading to trade shows every year to talk directly with the manufacturers’ reps about the wide-open opportunities to capture the market for plus-size lingerie.
Shop: Curvy Girl Lingerie
Largest size: 6X (60″ waist)
Smallest size: S (28″ waist)
Size chart is located on each product page
Price range: $20-25
I’m married to a fellow who wears the high end of plus size (or rather, big and tall) himself, and his experience in finding underwear is way, way harder than it should be. We femme folks have a much easier time of it these days, because at least we have options. Masculine undie options are (way too) slowly increasing, though, and Bear Skn is standing above the crowd at the moment with cute, butter-soft boxers and briefs up to 6X (about a 60″ waist). I found that these boxers gave my cis female wide hips a wedgie, but they work perfectly on my cis male hubby.
These pieces are somewhat delicate, so definitely hand wash and air dry them, and don’t go sitting on concrete in your bare Bear Skns. With proper care they last quite a while, though, and the Bear Skn folks have been fantastic about replacing a couple of pairs that wore out way too soon.
Hips & Curves
Largest size: 6X (size 30, 62-65″ bust, 66-69″ hips)
Smallest size: M (size 10, 34-37″ bust, 38-41″ hips)
Price range: Around $18-52
Hips and Curves was the first appealing plus-size lingerie site I ever encountered, and it remains one of my favorites. The site isn’t as flashy-glamorous as Victoria’s Secret, but in its quiet elegance it treats large bodies as worthy of respect and eschews the tawdriness of the sex-shop-esque sites. I highly recommend Hips & Curves for hosiery, bustiers and costumes.
Shop: Hips & Curves*
Largest size: 6 (6X, size 30, 66-70″ bust, 72-76″ hip)
Smallest size: 00 (M/L, size 10, 38-40″ bust, 42-44″ hip)
Price range: Around $10-80
Ahh, Lane Bryant’s younger sister, the mall’s newer standby for plus-size clothing. Torrid has its issues — a yearning to cater to smaller and smaller women, failing to stock their largest sizes in-store — but for trendy plus-size clothing you can actually try on in person, they can’t be beaten. Torrid was one of the first to start offering sexy plus-size bralettes, and they’ve been carrying smoking-hot lingerie forever. I recommend shopping their website for a better selection.
Largest size: 32 (60″ bust, 62.5″ hip)
Smallest size: 10 (38″ bust, 40.5″ hip)
Price range: Around $17-70
This brick-and-mortar chain is the fat woman’s Old Reliable. Frumpiness levels vary over time, and the quality usually doesn’t match the pricing, but the stores are easily accessible — in almost every mall, and some stand-alone locations — and carry a wide range of sizes. Their new bralette line is worth a look, even for large busts, and they’ve started carrying the strappy-back panties that until a few years ago were limited to straight sizes.
Shop: Lane Bryant
Largest size: 34 (63″ bust, 65″ hip)
Smallest size: 6 (35″ bust, 37″ hip)
Price range: Around $6-115
When Simply Be says “intimates,” they generally mean plus-size bras and panties rather than lingerie, but their selection of the former is nothing to sneeze at. This is also a great place to get a comfy robe up to size 30.
Shop: Simply Be
Largest size: 46K bras, 4X or 18 apparel
Smallest size: 32D
Price range: Around $10-48
Elomi is Wacoal’s bra line for larger busts, and many of my friends swear by them. The company’s description says, “Elomi lingerie is designed for women like you who embrace your curves and make the most of what you have been blessed with.” Since they use smallfat models for many of their pieces, it’s a bit easier to see what the bras might look like on a fat body, and the designs are cute and modern.
Largest size: 32 (63″ bust, 69″ hips) (some lingerie tops out at 22/24)
Smallest size: 12 (41.5″ bust, 45.5″ hips)
Price range: Around $45-80
Eloquii is carrying some of 2019’s hottest plus-size lingerie right now, and I’m here for it. Their bodysuits are absolutely stunning. They’re also working with blogger Chaya Milchtein, shown above, to demonstrate how their pieces work on a larger body that’s not an hourglass shape, which is really handy. Representation matters. (Here’s more of Chaya + Eloquii.)
Largest size: 28/30
Lacey Jayde is a fairly new discovery for me, so I can’t yet review them from personal experience. The site offers fare similar to Yandy, but with a focus on plus-size lingerie up to a 28/30, making this a good place to check first.
Shop: Lacey Jayde
Largest size: 6X (38, 65″ bust, 69″ hip)
Smallest size: 0X (14/16, 41″ bust, 45″ hip)
Price range: Around $9-70
I wouldn’t have thought of the generally-frumpy chain Catherines as a source for hot plus-size lingerie, but occasionally these folks have a major breakout in the sexy department. I haven’t been in their brick-and-mortar stores in years, but I bought a smoking hot silver crushed-velvet babydoll and robe from their website last year, and it looks like they’ve gotten in on bralettes recently too. Worth an occasional look.
Small Fat Lingerie: Sizes 18-24
Largest size: 4X (26/28, 55-56″ hip)
Smallest size: XS (33-34″ hip)
Price range: Around $20-36
Non-binary and Gender nonconforming people deserve to have underwear options too, and Tomboy X delivers up to a 4X (about a size 26/28). This new-ish LGBT-affirming company is dedicated to offering sustainably-made, eco-friendly undies that are also pretty darn cute. Their 9″ boxer briefs are the only ones I’ve tried that don’t give me a massive wedgie, and the 4X fits my 58″ waist. I wear them under jeans to prevent chafing, but they’d be hella sexy for a person-next-door boudoir session, too. (See some of their goods on a plus-size woman of color.)
Shop: Tomboy X
Largest size: 44O bras, XXL panties
Another Wacoal brand, Freya focuses more on thin women and small in-betweenies. In addition to bras, Freya offers lingerie, swimwear and sportswear.
Rose & Thorne
Largest size: 46H
This New Zealand brand specializes in bras with a wide range of beautiful laces and layers: not too many boring one-color cover-ups here.
Shop: Rose & Thorne
Largest size: 40L
Smallest size: 28D
Price range: Around $18-80
This British brand’s motto is “Inspiring big boobed women to feel amazing!” Topping out at a 40″ band, they specialize in smaller band and larger cup sizes, and are a highly-recommended bra source for smallfat folks and in-betweenies.
Largest size: 5X or 66″ hip on lingerie
SexyPlus focuses on, you guessed it, sexy plus-size clothing. Though their clothing line doesn’t seem to extend beyond a 3X, their lingerie goes up to 5X and offers some unique options. Shown above is blogger Chaya Milchtein in the Estrella babydoll — she also has some great unisex Valentine’s gift ideas.
Largest size: 42H bras, 3X apparel (20/22)
This hip New York brand caters to thin women and in-betweenies with strappy, lacy and mesh-y bras, panties, and lingerie. They also offer soft swing and tent dresses and tank tops.
Shop: Uye Surana
Largest size: 46N, UK 26/28 (about a US 22/24)
Any store with Wonder Woman-inspired undies is good by me! And Molke delivers with some really cute designs, all created in the UK with sustainable cotton and low waste.
Yandy lacks the dignity of Hips & Curves and the personal touch of Curvy Girl, but for smaller plus sizes and straight sizes, Yandy is a gold mine of sultry lingerie and dresses.
Largest size: 46G
Offering sizes up to 46G, Adore Me is a nice new option for unique bras and panties.* When I searched for the closest equivalent to my size, a 44DD, over 100 options came up. The company also offers a monthly plus-size lingerie box of the “pay for what you keep and send the rest back” variety, a nice option for those of us sized out of mainstream versions of these curated boxes.
Shop: Adore Me*
Largest size: 26, 4X, or 56″ hips
I’m going to be honest here: I always forget that Addition Elle exists, so I’ve yet to shop with them. Their lingerie line seems to be in line with Simply Be’s offerings: simple and elegant bras, panties, robes and babydolls.
Shop: Addition Elle
Largest size: 5X, or 52″ chest
Founded in 2015, gc2b is a trans-owned company based in Maryland. gc2b’s founder, CEO, and designer, Marli Washington, saw that the only binding options were uncomfortable and inadequate compression shirts designed for cis men. As a University of the Arts Industrial Design graduate, he used his experience in product design and his back ground in textiles to provide accessible, comfortable, and safe binding options designed by trans people, for trans people. gc2b binders were the first garments designed and patented specifically for gender-affirming chest binding.
Largest size: 3X (22/24 or 55″ hips)
Monif C. is celebrating a decade in plus-size fashion, and has some pretty freaking hot lingerie out to celebrate. This is also a great time to support a business created by a woman of color!
Shop: Monif C.
Largest size: 24
Voluptuous is a clothing store that’s pretty unashamed of catering to curvy women (up to a 24, at any rate), so their lingerie is smoking hot and inspired by runway trends.
Shop: Voluptuous Clothing
Largest size: Aus 20 underwear (about a US 16), 43″ underbust bras, plus custom measurements
Their regular offerings top out at around a US size 16, but this Aussie brand promises custom garments at no extra charge. And how good is it to see a cover model with pendant breasts?? Amazing!
Shop: JBC Lingerie
Largest size: 38H
This new lingerie brand is still in pre-launch, but if you fit in their projected size range, it’s worth watching.
Request early access: TéAmore
Largest size: 44G or 24
Possibly my favorite lingerie designs in this entire guide, and the one I most wish was more inclusive in their sizing. Gorgeous designs! More about them: “Favouring black, like your ex’s soul, the garments are constructed with sheer mesh, vintage lace and, jersey fabrics. Pops of colour can be seen through out the collection, and the individual samples are often reflective of rainbows, opting for constructed vintage garments and every day wear.”
Shop: Unlucky Lingerie
Largest size: 24-32, depending on the item
It may seem strange to include a socks-only shop in an underwear roundup, but socks count as undies too, and Sock Dreams is the place to go for them. Not only does this Portland, OR-based store carry a huge range of plus-size socks online, they test them on actual large bodies and then report in detail on the fit. If you’re able to take your own body measurements, you’ll be able to see exactly which items will fit you — no more guessing and then not being able to return ill-fitting items. (They’re even carrying the wonderful We Love Colors plus-size tights these days.)
Shop: Sock Dreams
Largest size: 26
Playful Promises is a London designed lingerie brand, which mixes quirky, directional design with all things playful, flirty and even a little bit dirty. Their lingerie tends toward the elegantly strappy side, and they’ve collaborated with Gabi Fresh.
Shop: Playful Promises
Is there another store that should be on this list? Where do you find your cute plus-size undies and lingerie? Let me know in the comments!
Special thanks to Juana Tango and Hannah Schnabel for their great suggestions for this resource guide.
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