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#WeTheCurvy - Supportive (and sexy) lingerie for curvy women

#WeTheCurvy - Supportive (and sexy) lingerie for curvy women

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#WeTheCurvy - Supportive (and sexy) lingerie for curvy women

Whether you're curvy, plus-size or big-busted, our columnist Meredith Shaw has a supportive and sexy lingerie pick that will work for you.

When it comes to choosing a mate, we all know that it's what's on the inside that counts, but while deciding on an outfit, we often overlook what's underneath. Big mistake. Huge! I've experience a series of blush-worthy Bridget Jones-esque granny-panty moments, like the time my tutu got tucked into my undies post-bathroom visit, which meant the whole room for to have a look-see—and it was an event I was hosting! If my embarrassment has taught me anything, it's that what we choose to hug and support our curves with can have the biggest impact of all. Think of lingerie as your undercover confidence.

I used to shy away from the body-conscious trend, until I realized, Oh, it's not my body that's the problem; it's my lack of support! Undergarments, especially shapewear, are kind of like a permanent Instagram filter. It's still you, but better. Now, if you don't own any lingerie, girrrl, you are missing out! Buy it for yourself, wear it for yourself—and, hey, if someone gets to see you in it, lucky them.

Here are some of our favourite styles of the season:

BODYSUIT BLISS

Bodysuits are so in this season, they're out. Wear one in the boudoir or pop one under a skinny jean and a blazer for a sexy night-out look. Being able to get more mileage out of just one piece allows you to justify spending a little more, giving you the best fit and fabric for your budget.

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Anita comfort corselet (sizes 4 to 22 and cups B to H), $165, anita.com.

BE MY VALENTINE

Few things are sexier than a well-fitted bra and matching briefs. When it comes to buying sexy underwear, don't dress to hide; instead, dress to show it off. If you love your cleavage but hate your hips, choose lingerie to maximize your chest rather than purchasing a piece to minimize what you don't like. 

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Ashley Graham Showstoppers bra (sizes 36DD to 44DD), $70, and underwear (sizes X to 3X), $30, additionelle.com.

MAKE SHAPEWEAR YOUR BFF

Underpinnings with purpose have got a bad rap over the years, but the technology has come a long way. No you won't fee like a sausage, and yes, you can still go pee—I know you were wondering. I love this bodysuit from Maidenform because it goes all the way from your thigh up to your underarm (buh-bye, back fat), plus you can wear your own bra with it making it great for a body-con dress. 

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Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra singlet (sizes M to 2X), $77, thebay.com.

LACED UP

Dita Von Teese, Christina Hendricks and Downtown Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley are to blame for my new obsession. Corsets are a stunning complement to a curvy shape. The style is made for us, with its perfect balance of sex appeal and coverage. 

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J'Adore corset and matching underwear (sizes 2X to 4X), $56, curvynbeautiful.com.

STRAPLESS? REALLY!

As a curvy woman, I searched for a strapless bra like it was a mirage in the desert. But with brands such as Addition Elle and Torrid, we now have the option to be both supported and strap-free. Look for a strapless bra with a convertible strap option.

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Ashley Graham Phenomenon bra (sizes 36DD to 44DD), $70, additionelle.com.

 

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