The Trend For Larger Lingerie

Whether we like to admit it or not I think most women are aware that the proportions of clothes sizes have increased somewhat in recent years. Reacting to the undeniable fact that we are far more likely to buy something when we can squeeze into a smaller size, most brands and retailers have increased the proportions of each size. I had thought that this trend was confined to outer wear but have now discovered that even lingerie has experienced an expansion.

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Image: Review of Elomi Imogen


Despite the fact that I have definitely put on weight over the last year or two I find that I am often able to wear the same dress size that I did in my younger days which is frankly ridiculous given that I am actually at least two sizes larger. It makes shopping a nightmare because as I am growing so are the clothes and it is often difficult to tell what size to pick up. I now routinely migrate to the changing rooms with at least two sizes of each garment that I wish to try because otherwise I would walk miles to pick up different sizes every time I visit a shop. Perhaps the whole thing is a plot to make us all lose weight from the extra exercise!

Never mind that you look like the back of a bus, that label says 12 so you are just an average size.


The last bastion of sanity in sizing was lingerie which seemed to have remained relatively consistent but last week I even encountered issues with knickers! Feeling that I am most definitely now a size 14 I exercised the logical side of my brain and bought size 14 pants but when I got home I found them to be absolutely massive! They were cheap numbers from a discount store and so I resisted the temptation to return them in case I was incapable of refraining from spouting a few jokes about tents and marquees.

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At least Bras are difficult to tamper with. As bra sizes mention a definitive measurement it will be difficult to get past that one so I am guessing that a 36C bra is still 36 inches otherwise things are going to get really confusing. I have noted that more generous cup sizes are now available in many ranges but I am not sure if this is the result of the obesity epidemic or the popularity of plastic surgery. Either way my boobs have failed to mirror the expansion of my waistline so the FF cups are unlikely to ever be on my shopping list.

False Flattery

Trying to flatter us is all very well but enlarging a size 12 into something that could house a family of three does not alter the truth of the matter and may well contribute the problems many people have losing weight. After all if you think you are a size 12 what have you got to worry about? Never mind that you look like the back of a bus, that label says 12 so you are just an average size. Perhaps being the size of a bus is average now but that is not the point. Sticking to the size charts and consistency would help everyone to shop more easily and would undoubtedly lead to far fewer returns when it comes to online sales.

As for me, well I think I will try out some more classy lingerie. If the high street retailers are going to confuse the hell out of me it would be worth trying out some quality brands to see if there is any level of sanity there. I don’t have the time to erect a tent when I get dressed so I need sizing that I can rely on.

Sally Stacey is a keen writer with an interest in fashion who is finding the sizing policies of retailers a little confusing.

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Plus Size Beachwear


Recently I packed for a family holiday in Majorca.  As a rule I am excellent at organizing these things, and indeed three of the cases were packed beautifully.  My own however was sadly lacking in beachwear.

Standing in front of the full length mirror I surveyed my decidedly un-sylphlike figure. What was needed here was an objective analysis…easier said than done, but really just a matter of perspective.

Bracing myself, I considered such things as the balance between my bust and hips, how much if any of a waist I had and the length of my body compared to the length of my legs.

This done I was able to stop procrastinating and set about finding the most flattering beachwear available. As always, my first point of call was Google.

Eagerly I typed in ‘beachwear for the fuller figure’ and waited expectantly. Well, the next three hours are still a blur. There was so much contradictory information I thought my head was going to explode.

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It’s Time To Call For Back Up

Realizing the error of my ways, I decided to call for back up- my two best friends, both of them with equally curvaceous but very differently proportioned figures, and one of them with a lifetime’s experience in fashion. We set about our mission to come up with a definitive list of beach fashion that really rocks.

Like something out of Sex in the City, the three of us hit the High Street, the shopping malls and the markets, leaving bikinis and bathing suits quaking in our wake.

Taking notes along the way, and photographs if we thought we could get away with it, we studied our combined research over a light supper and a large glass of wine. The next morning, unable to face any more shops, I went back on line and ordered exactly what I needed for my holiday.

Considering the amount of effort my friends and I put into the research, we felt we should share it with the world. Here then, are our vital statistics and details of the most flattering styles for each of us.

Georgie has a large bust and a waist that goes straight down into her hips. She went for powder blue bathing costumes in halter neck style, under-wired for support but non-padded.  This took emphasis away from the bust and gave her the appearance of a longer body. She preferred the costumes with ruching over the abdomen which kept the focus off the chest even more.

A pair of strappy heels (which would have to come off before actually getting on the beach), had the effect of making her legs look longer and gave her “an entirely elegant feel”.

A large brimmed straw hat, accessorized with a powder blue scarf trim pulled the whole look together.

Taz is a plus size pear shape. She is five foot six with narrow shoulders, average bust, a hint of a waist and ‘childbearing’ hips. (Oh, how she loves those childbearing hips!)

We emphasized the bust by choosing a two piece with molded and padded cups up top, and sarong style bottoms in bright fuchsia. (Paler colours were less flattering as she did not have much of a tan).

Finishing off the ensemble with a plunging neckline white Kaftan, a pair of fuchsia strapped wedges and a bold fuchsia and white striped beach bag, the effect was stunning.

Me: My body is ‘frumpy’, and frumpy is ok for work, or taking the children to school, but on holiday it just won’t do…I want to be SEXY.

I had determined that my best features were my waist and shoulders, whilst my worst were my belly and legs.

I chose a steel blue, bandeau under-wired tankini, loose fitting around the middle but emphasizing the bust and fully displaying those shoulders. A small floral design on the top stopped the focus being drawn to any one area. The full briefs were comfortable, and for added modesty I complemented the tankini with a pair of optional harem pants.

Finally, we all agreed that the essential holiday fashion accessory was a tan, so off to the pharmacy I went for a bottle of the good stuff…case fully packed.

Happy holidays everyone!

If you have any plus size holiday packing tips please share them in the comments.

Author of The POISE Archive fantasy series and ghost writer of various self-help books, Jacqueline works full time as a counsellor and lifestyle advisor. She is married with four children.

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Busty Women

Many busty women find it extremely difficult to shop, look fantastic, and feel comfortable when dressing the way they want to. This is quite normal, in fact, and can be easily changed with just a few different techniques to really help you achieve your look. So many girls that would not consider themselves “slim” are starting to be able to get certain styles, without having to spend hours inside a store. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you can look great in your own fashionable way.

Stop Dressing To Your Figure

The best thing women can do is not try to hide that fact that she has curves. You should embrace this, and use this attribute to stand out. Bright colors that coordinate aren’t necessarily a distraction, but a fashion that you can work with to bring out the look you truly want to convey. Remember, that it’s all about creating your own style. Take advantage of this and dress in what you want, not what doesn’t fit.

Wearing Stripes

Stripes are a great way to either conceal or show curves in a very comfortable and fashionable way. Anything from a nice blouse, dress, or skirt will be fine as long as you don’t buy them too loose or too tight. Wear commanding colors such as black or dark blue with white stripes always. This can easily be turned into nice evening attire or even exceptional office wear. Bold colors bring out your features and define them in a very sexy and classy way.Roza-Grace-Brief-grace_black

Skirts and Shirts

The most important part of busty women’s clothing happens to be how you wear your attire. There are many different key attributes that can give yourself a truly defined comfort that you’ve never had before.

  • Slimming Skirts – Many women are starting to go with skirts because they can be worn over the belly. This is a great idea because you can hide the least sexy features. Pencil skirts are well known for bringing out the best of curves, while also slimming down the stomach drastically. These particular skirts also provide an essential smooth detail that can be quite noticeable to you and the others around you.
  • Shirts That Work – When it comes to wearing the right shirt on a certain day, remember this: your clothing in general needs to be so that it isn’t tight, but also not so loose that it’s sagging like previously mentioned. Wearing different color tanks underneath not only defines the colors of your outfit, but also slims down your overall figure, if worn correctly. Try to wear shirts that colors truly bring out your skin tone as well.

Wearing Clothes That Are Comfortable

Overall, just imagine exactly what you are looking for in a style and just go with it. Don’t try to wear clothes that you think will not look good on your figure type. You should feel like you are able to wear the clothes and certain looks you without any worries as long as you feel comfortable in your own clothing.


Janet Matthews is a leading expert on clothing for women who are a little above average in weight, and devotes herself into companies like to ensure that women are comfortable in their own clothing.

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