It’s been a busy week.
The post on TFFC centers around lingerie for “older women”, and in it I say that greater lingerie availability in sizes 14-18 would help us aging old decrepit women stay out of fuzzy blue flannel. I touched on extended sizes again, in my #DiversityinLingerie post, announcing my hope that by featuring size 14-16 “straight size” lingerie on models and in ad campaigns, manufacturers would design and produce more in those sizes, which retailers would stock (and I could buy).
And somewhere around 11:30 on Tuesday night, I realized I had a Maslow’s Hierarchy problem with lingerie. Because any sane and maturing lingerie lover would have certainly focused on that damnable, hated age thing. Right?
My midnight epiphany was that I am in extreme danger of never realizing my “self-actualized lingerie self”, since I can’t get past the second level of The Lingerie Hierarchy.
Yes, I’ve made significant progress: I’ve figured out my bra fit, and have found a way to purchase them (mostly online). I’ve learned how to spot a promising loungewear piece (have I ever mentioned I’m a loungewear fanatic?). I’m great at cruising department stores and shopping sales to sate my growing lingerie lust, and I’ve even purged my panty drawer of those horrid things called underwear and am replacing them with those pretty pieces that can be called “panties”.
But I’ve hit a wall. I want more. I want design and innovation and cutting edge lingerie. I want what big girls like me aren’t supposed to have…and I’m angry I can’t have it. And since I’m stuck in this you-can’t-have-it lingerie vacuum, I can’t progress to the next stage of the Lingerie Hierarchy – curating my lingerie collection.
I’m stuck somewhere between Safe Frumpy Mama and Sexpot of Your Dreams. And while I am sometimes a Play-it-Safe Mama, I never want to be frumpy. And I really enjoy being a sexpot, but I want to be the Sexy Sophisticated Sexpot in the retro-modern bra and panty set, wearing glasses and holding a hand-shaken margarita (served up, please).
How can I progress to talking about lingerie for the long-toothed when I’m so limited by size? It’s like I’m in an ice cream parlor and drinking water, people!
I want THIS.
So, if you wondered why the old broad didn’t talk about age in #DiversityinLingerie…now you know why. I’m still stuck on size, and I will be stuck here until design meets demand.
Lingerie designers, give me some lingerie in sizes 14-18. Some modern style, something cutting edge…something we haven’t seen before.
So, what do you think? Should designers fill the size gap? Are you in the 14-18 size range and searching for lingerie?
As always, I welcome (and hope for) input from my readers and fellow boob bloggers! Please comment on this post or drop me a line at info[at]widecurves.com.