BThis piece is dedicated to every friend and every reader who has ever commented, emailed, messaged, or texted me in a panic about finding lingerie options for special occasions, especially weddings. I often forget, because I’ve been immersed in the DD+ lingerie world for at least twelve years now, that for many Americans the concept of bra sizes larger than a DD or DDD cup is still foreign. Despite the onslaught of start-up lingerie brands flooding social media feeds with promises to solve all our bra woes, most of these brands still don’t offer solutions for fuller bust sizes.
When they do, the styles available tend to be aggressively plain or simple. And if you’re looking for a specialty style, like a longline bra or a strapless bra? Forget it. The thing is, the brands making the most noise are drowning out the voices of companies which have been doing the work for years. The thing is, the brands making the most noise are drowning out the voices of companies which have been doing the work for years. Companies which offer truly gorgeous and well-fitting lingerie in a huge range of sizes.
In the last decade the fuller bust lingerie market has grown enormously, with new brands developing new styles, adding new sizes, and thinking boldly when it comes to design. This bridal lingerie lookbook is designed to showcase those truly luxurious pieces. The styles featured here cover band sizes from 26 to 48, cup sizes from B to J, and dress sizes from XS to 3X.
I’ve been the person flushing with embarrassment in the fancy boutique, being told that there’s no pretty lingerie in my size. I’ve been with friends as they shop for their wedding dresses. I’ve seen how some store associates react when my friends share a bra size they’ve never heard of before.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.– BILLI REUSS
Instead of the boring, basic, and “this is all we’ve got,” I wanted to feature lingerie that is decadent, celebratory, and unabashedly luxurious. Lingerie with touches like real silk, pearl and silver beads, billowing tulle, and delicate embroideries. I also made sure to feature strapless pieces for both smaller back sizes and plus sizes.