risqué sleepwear. No babydolls or satin chemises. No lace bras. I was scared of anything that could classify as sexy, because I felt so not sexy myself. And because I wasn't big into dating, I didn't see the point of owning something that seemed so intertwined with relationships. Not to mention that I was the largest of my friends -- the one with the most fat on her body -- and presumed that wearing anything that showed off my tummy or legs would result in horrified gazes and Mean Girls-style mockery.
Nine X Lingerie via the beautiful Nancy Whittington's blog, Sugar, Darling? Back in July, she reviewed a purple, preciously vintage-inspired, babydoll, and I made a mental note to check out the site. Immediately, I was impressed by their range, which extends from a UK 8 to a 24, or S through 6XL. The collection is far more size inclusive than most brands and e-retail sites, even those that are plus-specific.
I chose to feature the Black Lace Panel Babydoll because it was something a bit out of my comfort zone. For this fire-lit shoot, I had to style it with a black bra and knickers -- otherwise you'd be seeing a bit too much for comfort! -- but the babydoll is actually really beautifully designed. The see-through lace is classic, and has something of a naughty/nice boudoir nature to it that I love. Double-straps also added to my partiality. But when I received it, I was most shocked by the sheer softness. It feels like perfect silk, and is definitely something I'd be happy to wear just for the sake of it.
|Nancy Whittington of Sugar, Darling?|
It's not easy when you have a world telling you that a six pack and abs of steel are the ultimate and truest forms of beauty. But I know for me, finding clothing that I think is beautiful -- that I feel beautiful in -- is a huge confidence booster. There will always be people out there who look at photos like these and think, "What is she doing showing off her stomach like that?!" But there will also be those who encourage and support it. And the latter sort of humans definitely make self-love a whole lot easier. And worth dealing with any haters that come your way in the interim.
Some other Nine X favs include:
|Sleek Blue Satin Babydoll|
|Satin Cami Set in Ivory|