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What Is the Best Plus-Size Lingerie?

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Whether you’re buying lingerie for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, it can be a bit intimidating, especially if you’re never done it before. But if you can find the right piece, there are few gifts that are more indulgent. “Lingerie is a great treat, no matter if you’re buying it for your pandemic partner or for yourself after all this self-isolation led you to become better acquainted with the rechargeable tenant living in the drawer of your bedside table,” says model, writer, and actor Abriana Soll. When it comes to plus-size lingerie, gone are the days when you’d have to “sacrifice comfort for style,” according to fashion blogger and brand consultant Liz Black, who says “there’s been a major improvement in plus intimates.” To find the best size-inclusive lingerie, we spoke to Soll, Black, and nine other cool people — and then we combed through our archives to make sure we didn’t miss any superior pieces we’ve written about before. The 29 pieces of lingerie below include sets of separates, bodysuits, and even dressing gowns and robes; while each item has different sizing, none of the items are smaller than 1XL and some go up to 6XL. To help you shop, we’ve broken down the picks into categories and lead each section with products that got the most recommendations.

The best plus-size lingerie sets

Five the cool people we spoke to named-checked Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, four of whom told us about this specific daisy-printed set. According to fit model Rachel Richardson, the style blogger behind Lovely in LA, “Rihanna’s size-inclusive collection always brings the heat.” Soll agrees, telling us that no intimates wardrobe is really complete without something from the brand. “Everyone in the plus-size community loves a good Savage x Fenty piece.” Of this specific style, she adds: “What we love even more, however, is when our period-drama-loving hearts are given the Bridgerton-slash-Marie Antoinette bustier of our dreams in up to a size 3XL — with underwear and garter belt to match.” Plus-size fashion expert and model Alysse Dalessandro Santiago is another fan, telling us that the set “gives me ditzy ’90s vibes,” in case that’s more your style. According to model Stacey Louidor, “the fresh mint color and textured floral accents evoke a gentleness, while the see-through mesh provides that risqué element.” Louidor is particularly in love with the bustier, which she says “would also look phenomenal layered over a top as outerwear.” Summing it up, model Kaguya told us, “Rihanna is queen! Period.”