I was prompted to write this because my husband and I’s first anniversary is coming up next month – October 15 – and I’ve been looking for lingerie for our little getaway. We rented a cabin for two nights in Hocking Hills (i.e. gorgeous cabin in secluded woods, surrounded by hiking trails, caves, and wildlife), and our cabin has a private hot tub. Oooh la la, I am so excited.
My current collection of ‘nightwear’ is old and boring, and I am definitely in the market for something new. However, I have run into a problem. It’s really hard to find nightwear that is not only sexy – that’s easy to find – but also fits and flatters my full bust.
For me, obviously my go to has always been Lane Bryant for nightwear; they do have a pretty good selection of chemises, babydolls, “corsets” and special bra + panty sets (hello faux python longline….)…..but the sizes are limited, especially because a US H cup is a UK FF cup. Oops. I need a US M-N.
So, something like this is totally me and my style:
Tiered Lace Babydoll by Cacique, sizes 14/16-26/28 $49.95
Except for the fact that it has built in underwires…..so, I could buy a 26/28 to accomodate my breast size (and still be bulging out of the cups) and have poor fit everywhere else. From what I remember about working there, the base cup size for Lane Bryant’s lingerie is about a D-DD cup. So even a 26/28 DD (46-48 band) is only like….a 40G in their sizing (or a UK 40 F).
You can get styles of lingerie that do NOT have underwire in them, like this:
Rhumba Lace Babydoll by Cacique, sizes 14/16-26/28 $42.95
Which gives you a litte more room in terms of different breast shapes and sizes…BUT….then you have the dreaded saggy boobies. I have quite a few babydolls like this, and I 99% of the time end up wearing a black bra underneath them so that the babydoll actually looks like it is supposed to.
The many times that I have gone into Lane Bryant to look for something, I am always accosted by sales girls who say “Buy it anyways! It’s not supposed to be a perfect fit! It’s lingerie! It’s going to come off fast anyways, right?” But….wait….aren’t I supposed to feel sexy in my lingerie? Now that I’ve learned which bras fit and what size I need, the last thing I want to do is pack myself into a piece of lingerie with cups that are too small. I won’t feel sexy and confident in something like that. It will just remind me of how uncomfortable my boobs have been for the past….12 years. No. I don’t want to do that. And I do appreciate the styles without underwire, but I still end up wearing a bra with them in order to feel sexy and confident. That’s just one more thing to take off Boo.
I’ve searched and scoured the sites of Hips and Curves, Bravissimo, and even Frederick’s of Hollywood….but I haven’t really found anything that appeals to my taste and will be a good fit for me. I’ll admit that I need help I love wearing lingerie that isn’t just bras and panties, as I love the sense of mystery and surprise that these other items can provide.
Question to full bust readers (and also plus sized): Where do you buy your nightwear? Are you able to find pieces that fit and flatter while also providing the sexy aspect? Do you have to compensate and wear a regular bra under your nightwear?