Oh boy, this is a subject! Ever since I’ve been plus sized, I’ve struggled finding underwear. In fact, when I gained a substantial amount of weight after my pregnancy, I found that only maternity panties were doing the trick for me. Talk about not feeling sexy, huh? I mean, yeah there are plenty of brands I could purchase from but the cost is so expensive when they come from popular plus size stores. One pair of undies for $14 and up is just way to much to spend on an everyday item. So, what was a curvy girl to do?
Well, I decided to bring it to my Facebook group and see if they knew about anything. After several replies, I found one that caught my eye. A member named Megan suggested Aerie. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever considered shopping a brand from American Eagle. The majority of their stuff doesn’t even come close to the size waistline I would need to wiggle into. Well, I gave it a look and sure enough, they were carrying size XXL, recommended for size 18-20. Better yet, it seemed every time I checked the site, they were having some amazing deal on panties. Their individuals were still on the higher side at $12.50 but when you bought in bulk, it really paid off. Luckily, I needed to buy in bulk.
Still skeptical, I decided to take advantage of their Labor Day sale and I got 10 pair for only $35! What a steal. When I finally got my package, I was excited but still reserved. I knew there was a very good chance that these wouldn’t fit. I figured they’d run smaller than they said and I’d be back at square one. I was happily wrong! Not only were all of the cute, frilly patterns absolutely delightful but they fit perfectly. Did I mention I got them for a steal? From that day on, I was a loyal fan of the brand.
I had heard about the Aerie Real campaign while scrolling through my newsfeed. Aerie had started using a diverse set of models into their campaigns. Even better, they were pledging to not retouch their photos. It was pretty exciting to see this brand to embrace body positivity. The campaign is still pretty new. In fact, they are touring to share their empowering message across the U.S. Last weekend, they made a stop in Austin and I knew I had to go!
The beautiful Iskra lawrence was there to welcome guests as the face of Aerie Real. As we shuffled in, we were met with fresh acai bowls from Blenders and Bowls, the perfect healthy snack. Attendees were encouraged to check in to Wanderlust Yoga for a free class. While waiting, you could shop the pop up Aerie Real had set up with fun workout clothes and accessories. It was a really neat experience and I definitely left feeling more confident and inspired.
Of course I grabbed this fun water bottle and sweat towel just for a lucky one of you. Enter to win it by leaving a comment below. I’ll contact a winner by October 1st. Good luck!
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Now I have to try their underwear. You and I are the same size so hopefully they work! Thanks Jillian!
Awesome! Not only the panties and you rock, but the campaign does as well. It’s hard to feel pretty without lathering on the male up sometimes, especially being plus size.
I have to try them! Panties are super hard to find, and like you said, at most brand stores they are expensive! I’m excited, thank you for the info; I would have never thought of trying their panties if you hadn’t blogged about it 🙂
Xoxo I’m continuously inspired by you Jillian! This blog is perfect for all women of all shapes. Love it! Xo
I’m going to have to order some new panties now!!