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I fully expect that todays pick for Lingerie of the Week will be incredibly controversial, primarily due to (as youve no doubt guessed) theВ dГ©colletГ© strap details. While strappy, harness, and bondage-style lingerie is incredibly popular now (and, thusly, available at a wide range of price points) this particular strap configuration and placement is most often associated with Marlies Dekkerswhich may make some of you wonder why were posting what appears to be a derivative design (or knockoff) on TLA.
Almost two years ago, I wrote a pretty in-depth blog post examining the lingerie knockoff problem, from multiple angles. While I still am not (and will never be) in favor of counterfeit goods, what Ive learned about lingerie marketing and manufacturing in the past year and a half shows me that most lingerie brands are moving towards becoming ever more conservative not just in terms of sizing, but also styles. Furthermore, when there are size expansions proposed, theyre often in the direction of the very vocal and very visible small back/full bust crowd as opposed to the considerably less vocal and less visible large back/small bust community. What that means, in so many words, is that even when more options are offered, theyre very rarely offered to plus size consumers (offhand, Dita von Teeses lingerie line is one that breaks with this nascent tradition, choosing to expand into plus sizes before full busts to the chagrin of many full bust bra size advocates). And even the plus size choices that are offered, quite frankly, tend to be less creative and less luxurious than options in either the traditional size range or small back/full bust sizes.
Personally, Ive been watching designer brands like Marlies Dekkers for years, and it appears that a 40 band size is their limit for the time-being. No doubt, there are very good, numbers-based reasons for doing so, but the end result remains that women who wear 42 and 44 band sizes (and beyond) are often left out of the designer lingerie game. Good reasons or no, it can start to seem unfair when everyone is getting more options except for this particular segment of the market.
I like Caciques Strappy Lace Balconette Bra for a few reasons. Black lace is one of my most favorite lingerie materials (second only to black mesh, of course), and I really dig the balconette styling here (I love a nice half cup). And, of course, the strappy details are nice. Theyre not so extreme as to alienate a less-adventurous customer, but they are just stylish enough to offer this genuinely underserved market something new and different. Lane Bryants version of the strappy bra is available up to sizes 44DDD and retails for $46. As of this writing, its only available in one color black.
What do you think of Lane Bryants take on the strappy look? More broadly, what are you feelings about companies specializing in plus sizes (like Lane Bryant) offering riffs on straight size lingerie styles? Id love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Author: Cora Harrington