Shopping for lingerie as a curvy woman is tough. It’s way too easy to get overwhelmed by your body insecurities and end up feeling bad about yourself and coming home empty handed.
If you struggle with feelings of low confidence or self-worth while shopping for lingerie, keep reading. These three lingerie shopping tips are designed specifically to help women with curvy bodies confidently and happily find the styles that fit and flatter their figures best.
1. Buy the Right Size
Buying lingerie in the right size for you is crucial—especially for curvy women. Many curvy women either buy lingerie that is too big in an effort to hide their shape, or lingerie that is too small because they feel embarrassed by the number on the tag of the size that actually fits them.
In reality, lingerie that truly fits you will flatter your figure much more effortlessly than any style that is too big or too small. If you want to conceal the rolls around your midsection or keep any other physical insecurities hidden, loose-fitting lingerie won’t do the trick. Loose-fitting lingerie will just bag on your figure and make you look bulkier and shapeless. In fact, form-fitting lingerie like sexy teddies tend to be some of the most flattering styles for curvier women.
Don’t worry about the number on your size tag, either. Size numbers vary wildly between different brands, and they’re meaningless in the end anyway. Your body will look better in lingerie that fits you, and no one but you needs to know what number is written on its tag.
2. Accentuate Your Assets
Which parts of your body are you proud of? Which parts are easy for you to love? Which parts do you avoid looking at in the mirror at all costs? Every woman has insecurities about her body, but not all of these insecurities are the same.
Before you go shopping for lingerie, spend some time figuring out which parts of your body make you happy and which make you feel under-confident. Whether it’s your tummy or your backside, it’s okay to feel insecure about certain areas of your body. The key to feeling confident in
3. Don’t Be Afraid of Plus Sizes
Many women regard the term ‘plus size’ like it’s a bad word that should only be uttered in hushed tones or Googled secretly in a private Web browser. In reality, the average American woman is far from a size 0. In fact, almost 70% of women wear a size 14 or above. For reference, U.S. plus sizes start at size 12.
This means that, if you fit into plus sizes, you’re in the good company of the vast majority of American women. Plus sizes get a bad rap for no reason. Wearing size 12 or above doesn’t mean that you’re unhealthy or that your body is unattractive. It just means you need a little extra fabric to offer the coverage your sexy, curvy figure requires. Plus size lingerie styles can be ultra-sexy and provide a flattering fit for your figure that smaller sizes can’t.