I spend a lot of time writing about what the lingerie industry isn’t doing, but I found myself reflecting as I wrote this article on how difficult it would have been to put together this list even three years ago. Plus size progress seems to move at a glacial pace, so finding these little signs of hope means that one day plus size lingerie lovers will have the same options as core sizes.
The plus size chemises and babydolls in this article are a grab bag of everything, from some that I’ve tried and loved to some from brands taking little steps into new plus size territory. Some of these are just pieces that grabbed me as being different, which can be hard to find if you’re plus sized and looking for something new.
Whatever your tastes, I suspect you’ll find something on this list that helps you prepare for the warm weather we’re all looking forward to in the next month or so!
Wedgewood Blue Babydoll by Buttress & Snatch:
While I don’t own this, I do own the corresponding lingerie set---it’s possibly my all time favorite warm weather lingerie set that I’ve ever purchased. Buttress & Snatch makes each piece to order and to your measurements, which means this can easily work with curvier bodies or larger sizes. My extensive experience with them has been uniformly phenomenal: they’re the rare brand that understands how curves work on larger bodies and tailor pieces in a way that is both sexy and comfortable. If you’re looking to channel your inner Alice, try this one.
Pomperoo Babydoll by Dottie’s Delights x Mosh:
I am not a black lingerie person, but the drama of this babydoll has put it on my “must buy” list. Mesh chemises and babydolls often feel too basic for me, but Dottie’s Delights pieces always add exquisite little details that make even black mesh feel extra special. While the lingerie industry (and lingerie articles) can often seem like a big black mesh parade, this babydoll design elevates the material.
Stretch Lace Underwire Babydoll by Elila:
It’s no secret that I’m an Elila superfan, and I’m glad to see them using their tried and true bra shapes to create more fashion forward pieces. This chemise is based on their classic underwire bra, which makes it incredibly comfortable to wear. While I’d love to see them release it in a color other than black, I’m hoping that their printed and patterned bras this season indicate that we’ll see a more colorful version in the future. In the meantime, this is one of my favorite nightgowns, and I’ll happily buy another once I wear this one out.
Marabou-Trim Swing Babydoll by Sophie Theallet:
I’ve been continually impressed by the Sophie Theallet and Lane Bryant partnership and this season’s collection is no exception. I love the Old Hollywood look of this babydoll, as well as the relaxed swing style. While I’d like to see them increase their cup sizes, it’s nice to see Lane Bryant branching out and producing some pieces that stand out in the industry.
Matchplay Asymmetrical Nightdress by Between the Sheets:
Sometimes you want a babydoll that you can both wear in front of other people, but also sleep and lounge in. If so, Between the Sheets has you covered. Their Matchplay collection is beautiful and practical - while transitioning well to daytime loungewear. Their pieces are made in the USA, and B-corp certified, so you know you’re doing something right with your money as well. I own a bunch of the Matchplay pajamas and have loved them (occasionally to the point of wearing holes in them), so this nightdress comes highly recommended.
Strappy Mesh Bralette Babydoll by Torrid:
I’m a huge fan of the Torrid bralettes, so I suspect these babydolls are great too. The mesh is surprisingly supportive, which makes them perfect for lounging and sleeping if you’re ready to ditch your underwire bra. They’re also really budget friendly, which makes them an easy splurge for date night or just for fun.
Edwardian Lace & Cotton Chemise by Hips and Curves:
I’m sucker for textural details like pin tucks and embroidery, so I love this simple and sweet chemise by Hips and Curves. It won’t break the bank, and it’ll look cute and fresh once the warmer weather hits. It’s also machine washable, which means you won’t have to feel guilty if you spill coffee all over it in the morning either.
Hanky Panky Parfumerie *Plus Size* Chemise:
I love the fabrics that Hanky Panky uses, as well as their seasonal prints that are frequently some of the most interesting on the market. However, I’ve been discouraged that they seem resistant to using those same limited edition prints as part of their plus size line. Obviously, I was thrilled to see one make its way into the plus size collection recently! While there are still some issues (adorable chemise, but no plus size matching panties?), this is a huge step forward. I bought one the minute I saw it. I love this vintage perfume bottle print to death, and I hope this means we’ll see more of the great Hanky Panky prints hitting the plus size section. I know I’d buy a ton from them if it came in my size.
If prints aren’t your thing, I’ve had great experiences with their stretch lace chemises in solid colors as well. Stretch lace is everywhere these days at a wide range of prices, but Hanky Panky still represents the gold standard in stretch lace to me. While their pieces are pricier than some other brands, the fabric quality makes it eminently worth the extra splurge.
What do you think of these plus size chemises and babydolls? Would you wear any of these?