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how to shop for plus size underwear

It’s no secret that shopping for plus size bras comes with a whole slew of special considerations. But the truth is, so does shopping for plus size underwear. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, though — luckily, many brands are offering more plus size panty options than ever before! That means that no matter whether you prefer hipster, thong, boyshort, or bikini cut, you should be able to find some unmentionables that are comfortable, fit properly, and best of all, make you feel fabulous.

Not sure where to start? Here are some of our tried-and-true tips for shopping for plus size underwear.

Check out the brands

Just as it’s important to look for brands that specialize in plus sizes when shopping for bras, it’s just as crucial to seek out these plus size-friendly lines with panties as well. Such brands will carry beyond an XL in underwear (2XL, 3XL, etc.). Moreover, their panties will be designed to meet a plus size woman’s needs based on her body type — which goes beyond some additional fabric.

Consider coverage

The level of coverage on a pair of underwear is obviously a matter of personal preference. Some prefer a low rise, while others like to keep more of their tummies covered. Some like to show a little derriere, while others opt for a panty that covers the whole behind. Regardless, when shopping for plus size underwear, you’ll still want to be mindful of the amount of coverage offered so you don’t have to worry about adjusting it all day long. A plus size panty that fits flawlessly will stay in place. Note that a high-waist brief will have more coverage than a low-rise bikini or thong, for example.

Mind the fabric

One thing’s for certain: Plus size panties with some stretch can be more comfortable, so take a look at the tag to see what materials they’re made out of. Even a hint of spandex can go a long way. Speaking of fabric, note that microfiber is an excellent option when it comes to plus size underwear. This material is highly breathable (hence why it’s often used for athletic apparel), adding to the comfort factor. And as it wicks moisture away from the body, it’s a stellar fabric to wear during the warmer months or while exercising.

Related: The Girl’s Guide To Panty Styles

Go for quality

Trust us: It’s worth splurging on high-quality plus size panties. Why? Because underwear that’s been carefully constructed with sturdy materials will be more durable. That means it can withstand more washing and wearing. As a result, you’ll get a lot more use out of these undergarments you in the long run. Think of it this way: Since you won’t have to replace them as often, your investments will be well worth it.

Read the reviews

One of the major benefits of shopping online is that you can read reviews from other customers. Don’t overlook this handy feature while browsing plus size panties. You may be surprised by how helpful this insight is — other women who have purchased them can fill you in on key info, such as whether a particular pair runs small, prevents a VPL under a form-fitting dress, or hits lower on the hips that expected.


Take the above advice into account while shopping for plus size underwear and you’re bound to pick up a few new pairs to adore. One final tip, though: If you find a pair that works well for you, don’t hesitate to snag it in multiple colors. After all, it’s not always easy to hunt down panties that are supportive, sturdy, fit flawlessly, feel phenomenal, and look stunning — so once you do, you’ll be glad to have them in an array of options!

Related: The Real Reason You Should Replace Your Underwear Often


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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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