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If you have curves, we’re here to give you just one cardinal piece of style advice: show them off. And what better way to flaunt your figure than with lingerie? In fact, some lingerie is specially designed to accentuate your curves. Just as you dress for your body type with certain styles of dresses, tops, and denim, you’ll also want to consider your shape when shopping for underthings.

So, which pieces are best for hourglass figures? In this guide, we’ll break down our top favorite lingerie looks for voluptuous bodies.

Bustier & Bikini

strapless bustier

Elissa Bustier P5017 | Elissa Bikini P5013 in Black

bustier is a go-to for curvy ladies for a reason: It draws attention to the smallest part of your silhouette (your waist) while also highlighting your full bust, making you feel oh-so-feminine. There is also a wide range of styles to choose from, so whether you’re looking for something sleek and simple or ornate with elaborate detailing, you’re bound to find a bustier that matches your tastes.

A bustier typically provides a significant lift for the bust but also smooths out the waist. Pair it with a classic bikini panty in a luxe fabric and you’ve got a stunning ensemble. To boot, a bustier can double a shapewear under certain ensembles — how’s that for multi-tasking?

Demi Bra & Hipster

unlined balconette bra

Marion Unlined Wire Bra P5392 | Marion Hipster P5395 in Pink Parfait

The beauty of a demi-cup bra is that it lends some major lift and showcases your cleavage without being quite as dramatic as a push-up bra. Try an allover lace unlined demi-cup bra to strike a classically elegant look, or opt for a padded demi-cup bra in a fun pattern for a look that’s a bit more flirty and fun. Whichever vibe you go for, you can pair your demi-cup bra with a hipster panty, which is playful yet still undeniably sexy at the same time. Though a hipster provides a tad more coverage, it also shows off your curvy hips, making it a phenomenal choice for anyone with an hourglass shape.


Related: How To Define Your Lingerie Style


Longline Bra & Hipster

longline underwire bra

Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 | Sandrine Hipster P5355 in Burgundy

If you have a penchant for retro romance, then this set should definitely be in your collection. The longline bra may have a certain vintage appeal, but it’s been making a major comeback — and with good reason. This style is ultra flattering and also super supportive at the same time. Not only does the longline bra provide superior lift, but the extra fabric provides additional support under the bust, which is especially helpful for those with larger/heavier breasts because it takes some of the strain off your back and shoulders.

Also, a longline bra has shaping benefits: Like a bustier, it smooths out your torso, making it a perfect pick to wear under form-fitting dresses or a high-waisted pencil skirt when you want to accent your small waist and feminine hips. There are a wide variety of longline bras to choose from — some only extend a couple inches below the cups and others extend all the way down to the top of the hips. Additionally, longline bras come with underwire or wire-free, and with unlined cups or padded cups, so you’re sure to find one that meets your unique needs.

As for what to pair with a longline bra, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more perfect match than the hipster. This panty style is universally flattering, but looks especially striking on hourglass figures, as it hugs curves without digging into curvy hips. Though the hipster may provide more coverage than a bikini or thong, make no mistake — it’s still ultra seductive, especially when worn with a sultry longline bra.

Wired Babydoll & Thong

babydoll lingerie

Lulu Unlined Wire Babydoll P5618 in Grape

Looking for something a little more exciting than just a bra and panty set? You can’t go wrong with a babydoll. It lends more coverage than a mere bra and panties, but it still has an undeniable sex appeal. For curvy women, we recommend a babydoll with underwire in the bust — separated cups will not only ensure you have ample support but will also give you a more defined, lifted look. Go for one in a rich hue like red or purple, or if you want to play it safe, timeless black. And if you opt for a sheer babydoll, you can have fun mixing up what you wear underneath, as your panties will peek through oh-so-subtly.

The truth is, there’s hardly any lingerie that doesn’t look stunning on an hourglass body. Still, these are some of our favorite looks when you’re seeking to show off those feminine curves. Remember: Curves are something to be celebrated, and wearing lingerie is a wonderful way to do just that.


Related: 6 Ways To Accentuate Your Curves Without Wearing A Corset Or Waist Trainer


plus size babydoll

Adriana Unlined Babydoll P5488 in Pearl White

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Lulu Unlined Wire Babydoll P5618 in Scarlette Red

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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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