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Plus Size Panties Don't Have To Be Beige

Updated on June 2, 2010

A reader raised this point to myattention, and though I have written on similar topics before (see myongoing war against beige in lingerie,) it's worth addressing again.

Sherman says: Why is it that youngerbodies get most of the bright colored lingerie while sizes for fullerfigured bodies are predominantly black, beige or white?

Now, as much as I'd like to go offranting about the evils of a fashion industry that makes large peoplefeel ugly and unworthy of wearing pretty lingerie, I'll have torestrain myself. Because the fashion industry is just that, anindustry. It is cold, dispassionate and responds not to love, norhate, joy nor sadness but only to the call of money. So, I wouldconjecture, the fact that so much plus size lingerie is made inbeige, black or white reflects the tastes of the people buying it.

The good news is that it is quitepossible to buy plus size lingerie that is every bit as gorgeous andadorned as lingerie for the smaller sizes. You need only spend a fewminutes on 'the google' to work that out. However, if you go shoppingamong the major brands and in major department stores especially,you'll make the same observation that Sherman did, that the majorityof larger lingerie stocked does tend to be in plain, drab colors.

In fact, lingerie for working women (Imean, professional women with corporate jobs, not you know 'workingwomen,' also tends to come in a wide range of beige. I suppose thisis largely because a woman who is going to wear a crisp white shirtdoesn't want her lovely pink bra showing through it, but that's a copout as we all know. How many female office workers only wear whiteshirts these days? Hardly any. Women's fashion is far too rich andvaried to leave women with only a plain white blouse to wear (men'sfashion is another story.)

Long story short, it would appear thatlarger women (who make up the bulk of the plus size lingerie market,)prefer to buy plain underwear. Do they have to? No. Options are outthere. However plain underwear no doubt feels ostensibly morecomfortable, in the same way sweat pants and that oversized jumperGrandma gave you that reaches almost to your knees is morecomfortable than clothing that makes you look good.

Plus size panties don't have to bebeige. Strike out against the beige tyranny by not buying the stuff,and the fashion industry will notice and start producing prettierplus size lingerie.


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      Mandy 7 years ago

      I agree with what you're saying, with regards to plainness, but don't dog on the black. Kthxbai.

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      Sherman 7 years ago

      Actually, Lane Bryant has a much more colorful pallet of panties than the national department stores. LB sizes uses dress sizes (i.e. 14/16, etc.) though I'm not sure how these translate to the single digit sizes. Any help here?

      Who else has a very colorful selection that is intended for post teenage maturity?

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      Erica 7 years ago

      I'm with you Hope! Out with the boring beige unless you are wearing a white shirt or blouse without a jacket, which is not very often for me.

      Fortunately there are retailers like Lane Bryant and JMS who carry the larger sizes (I'm a 46B) in colors other than beige. They usually have a black and white, and at least one other color in the styles I like. I wish there were more choices though.

      It's fun getting dressed and undressed when you have some color on. It changes my whole attitude when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. And it usually carries through the day. Isn't that what it all about, enjoying what we wear and being comfortable in it? So go for the color, even if no one but you sees it!!

      Thanks Hope, as always, for your insight.


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      Dataman 7 years ago

      You got that right. Lane Bryant has some very nice colorful panties. I refuse to buy White, Brown, Beige. If I want to wear boring underwear I could buy Men's.

      But it did annoy me the other day when I got new Bra. Very nice TShirt Bra. Got fitted and Gals helped me with it even. But the Color I wanted? Sprint Flowers.

      I had panties picked out to match it already. But alas I had to get Beige. Of course it won't show thru, but I wear colored shirts anyway. White shows the Bra too easily. So they lost a sale on the Flowered Panties.

      When you get to 44b no pretty colors. White, Black, Grey. But I did find out they are bringing out more colors for larger sizes!!! Hopefully when these wear out I can get flowered pattern along with matching panties.