It can be hard enough to find cute plus size lingerie that you love, but if you're not a huge fan of ruffles, bows, and lace, the search becomes exponentially more difficult. Although plus size minimalism is beginning to get more attention from clothing brands, lingerie is having a hard time keeping up. Although I love a little lace or pretty detailing from time to time, most days, I'd rather look striking than soft, and it frustrates me when I'm only able to find sweet and frilly underthings in my size.
After all, most of my outerwear gives off a sporty or slightly edgy minimal vibe; it would be great if I could find equally cool undergarments to match my sense of style. Thankfully, a few designers are beginning to fill this major gap in contemporary plus size lingerie selections, and I'm loving the results. From sporty basics like boxer briefs to simply sexy styles like cage bras, I'm finding more and more frill-free options in extended sizes.
If, like me, you've been searching for underthings that make you feel sexy without a lot of added flounce, you might also love these new options that don't limit femininity to florals and lace. Whether you prefer your lingerie in all black or bold brights, sheer mesh or sleek straps, these 13 minimalist pieces will upgrade your underpinnings with a little extra edge.
1. Strappy Open-Cup Bra
Origami Customs Cage Bra, Sizes XS - 5X, $57, Bluestockings Boutique
What could be sexier than this sleek, open-cup cage bra from Origami Customs? Wear it over your favorite bra for an added touch of kinky cool, or by itself when you're looking to really heat it up in the bedroom.
2. Mesh Panties
Jane Stretch Mesh Panties, Sizes 1X - 4X, $45.06 for two pairs, Raven Dreams
Ruffles and lace aren't your only options if you're looking for cute underwear. I love mesh for its sensual appeal and utter simplicity.
3. Sporty Bralette
Toru & Naoko Kate Crop Top, Sizes XS - 2X, $54, Bluestockings Boutique
This sporty halter bralette is a perfect loungewear staple. Wear it underneath your outfit as an incredibly comfortable foundation layer, or show it off as a minimalist crop top.
4. Pocket-Trimmed Boxers
Tomboy Boxer Brief, Sizes XS - 2X, $30, Foxers
How to improve on the classic boxer brief? By adding pockets, of course.
5. Sheer Balconette Bra
Sexy Sheer Balconette, Sizes 34DDD - 44H, $62, Curvy Couture
When you want solid support without a lot of extra ornamentation, this balconette bra from Curvy Couture will have you covered. Sheer gray and black color-blocking add visual interest while keeping the look simple and sophisticated.
6. Cage-Strap Panties
Bamboo Crossover Strappy Hipster Panties, Sizes XXS - 5XL, $46, Origami Customs
If you love edgy underthings, Origami Customs is the brand for you. With tons of sexy options in a wide range of sizes, this independent brand is a truly inclusive option.
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7. Bandage Bustier
Bandage Bustier, Sizes 1X - 6X, $79.95, Hips & Curves
When you want to take your look up a notch while still remaining true to your minimalist aesthetic, this bandage bustier will have you feeling absolutely irresistible. Add garters for a complete lingerie look, or layer under jeans for a club-worthy outfit that will have all eyes on you.
8. Stretchy Cage Bra
Teggings Cage Bra, One Size Plus, $28, Re/Dress
Sexy doesn't have to mean uncomfortable. This super soft, stretchy cage bra is a brilliant option for days when you want to look fierce while feeling cozy.
9. Sheer Robe
Infinity Sheer Mesh Robe, Sizes XXS - 5X, $99, Origami Customs
Wrap yourself in yards of sheer mesh with this edgy infinity robe. Witchy glam has never been easier.
10. Fishnet Bra
Claudette Fishnet Scoopneck Bra, Sizes 32C - 38E, $69, Bluestockings Boutique
If you're looking for a simple style, but want to find color options beyond basic black, this wine-colored fishnet bra will make your heart sing. Sheer panels offer a surprising level of support.
11. Boyish Briefs
Good Carma Boxer Briefs, Sizes XS - 4X, $27, TomboyX
For boundless comfort and tomboy-approved style, these boxer briefs are the ultimate effortless undergarments. Available in a wide range of lengths and colors, these may just become your new everyday favorites.
12. Geo Lace Bralette
Geo Print Crop Lace Bralette, Sizes 0X - 5X, $28.50, Torrid
Try out the bralette trend with this geo-print longline style. The sharp abstract pattern proves that lace doesn't have to be sweet.
13. Sheer Thigh-Highs
Kix'ies Sheer Stay-Up Thigh Highs, Sizes 1X - 4X, $27.95, Hips & Curves
Show your legs some love in these sheer, banded thigh highs. Get all the fun of kicky hosiery, without the fuss of a garter belt.
If you prefer minimal style, but have had trouble finding the edgy simplicity you love in plus size lingerie, these sleek, sensual designs will definitely have you feeling yourself. Redefine sexy on your own terms.
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