Until Sonata Rapalyte contacted me, I had only ever seen her pieces modeled by people with very slim or athletic builds. I adored her super-delicate silk and lace designs, but the message I got was “these pieces can only be worn well by people with ballerina builds.” I have a soft belly and a fuller bust, so I had firmly put this piece in the “pretty, but not for you” category. (I’m also 5′10″, and most OTR bodysuits are not tall-person-friendly).
I was stunned when the sales team responded to let me know that they made custom bodysuits for people outside their size range all the time, and they wanted to offer me one to review. This kind of lingerie is so different from what I usually choose for myself, and I’m kind of in love with it. Shooting a completely sheer lace bodysuit was a little scary, but it’s becoming one of my favorite things to wear around my apartment, especially as summer creeps closer and the temperatures rise.
I am a size 14 who was formerly a size 6. Chronic fatigue syndrome and years of medication put weight on me that hasn’t come off, but I’m honestly okay with it. I don’t think being fat is awful - I think the way people deal with fat people makes it awful. We live in a society where fat people are kind of like health terrorists. The “war on obesity” and other popular narratives have functionally criminalized being heavier as society gets larger and larger, to the point where we’re now simultaneously trying to market to and root out the most common size range in the US. This whole thing works because the goal is to make plus size people (and plus size women in particular) ashamed of themselves. It creates a lack of visibility which leads to a lack of agency: why demand things you don’t feel like you deserve?
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The final two reviews of the Tutti Rouge series are live! This week I’m feeling festive in Jessica and Fifi. All size and fit details for these new D-HH styles are on the blog– I hope you’ve enjoyed this series!