Our designer Leanna spoke with Glamour magazine recently to discuss the best lingerie styles for a curvier figure, and what to look for in choosing special occasion garments that really make you feel, well, special!
For the full interview, head over to glamour.com, or read on below for some key tips for lingerie silhouettes and styles.
We didn't get much of a chance to discuss choosing the best luxury bras for a curvier DD+ figure, but of course take look at the Fitting Room for tips of finding the best bra fit for your special occasion lingerie.
Glamour: Sometimes it seems like the only people comfortable in lingerie are lingerie models. What pieces or silhouettes are typically best for curvier bodies?
Harlow & Fox: First, you need a garment that fits well. Nothing is going to make you feel less comfortable than if what you're wearing is digging in, binding, or sitting awkwardly. And find what makes you feel beautiful, whether it's a color you love against your skin or a print that reminds you of your first date. Find little things that make you feel good and that inner confidence will shine on the outside.
Suspender belts are actually a great way to highlight your favorite body parts while subtly covering areas you feel less confident about. Our Eleanor suspender belt style sits on the natural waist to emphasize an hourglass silhouette, while lace side panels frame the hips and cover the area between suspender belt and brief. It's softly covering the tummy, an area you might not like to draw attention to, but isn't doing it with solid, heavy-duty pieces.
Glamour: High-waisted pieces always look so seductive in a catalog, but they're intimidating to wear. Any other tips for approaching them?
H&F: One of the biggest fit issues we found was that long-line bra shapes, those that extend an inch or so lower than normal, and high-waisted briefs are best not paired together unless they'll overlap to create the illusion of a one-piece style. Otherwise, no matter what size you are, they'll create an unflattering roll in the middle.
The briefs work best when they have some sheerness in the design, like our Sophia high waist briefs. It keeps things light and avoids creating a mass of one color and texture, which looks like a solid block. Central panels, especially when curved to follow the narrowness of the waist and the fullness of the hips, visually lengthen the torso.
If you're shopping online, the height of the model used in the image is often listed in the item description. Check it because it's a good indication of how high or low the briefs might come up on you.
Glamour: So high-waisted briefs and garter belts can be super sexy and also help calm nerves about showing off your stomach. What if you consider your thighs to be your trouble zone?
H&F: To avoid drawing attention to a particular area on your body you feel less comfortable about, the best thing to do is find somewhere else to highlight instead, and celebrate the good feeling you have about that. If you're not that comfortable with your thighs but love the curve of your bottom, for example, look for panties that are real showstoppers, with intricacy and detailing on the back. Make the most of your favorite parts of your body and work from there to find pieces that coordinate and complement, and focus on how beautiful that part of your body is instead.