Looking back on the #DiversityInLingerie theme, my main concern is not to see every possible type of woman represented as a model, but to see lingerie produced to suit every type of woman. My first call in my related post was that I’d like to see more full bust lingerie appropriate for teens.
Brands like Curvy Kate, Cleo and Tutti Rouge get labelled as junior, but a lot of what they offer would not be suitable for a lot of girls under 16. And most girls start wearing bras long before that. There may be some young girls who feel very comfortable sporting a red Marcie or a purple Tease me, but I’m pretty sure lots are not. And they shouldn’t have to wear beige boulder holder contraptions either.
As a young teen, I wanted no nonsense comfy bras, possibly cute and quirky, but not too frilly and certainly not sultry. I’m sure there is still a market for this, so here is my little selection for girls who are not ready yet for grown up styles.
Lots of girls start by wearing soft cup bras. That is Royce Lingerie specialty. They do have a line for young girls called Missy, with some items, including a very useful sports bra, running 30-36 A-D, not perfect, but still much better than most “training bras” range.
Their Everyday range also has a few simple styles that a non-fussy tween might like, some up to a K cup. Sadly, a few of the most teen-friendly were discontinued. I’m thinking about the demure Emily and the girly Candy, which still pop up every now and then on eBay. I wish the new Ultimate comfort could make that list. Sadly, it only goes up to a DD.
I mentionned that the Missy line featured a sports bra and I think it is very important that teens figure out early on that sports bras come in other sizes than S, M and L. Crop top/bralette style sports bras are also one of the first style young girls are familiar with. Panache Sports bra is a great alternative. Available from a 28DD to a 40GG (and a 38H), it provides ultimate support, and looks great in a variety of colours neutral/bright/sweet, take your pick! Its cushioned wire case makes it particularly suited to get used to the feeling of wired bras without discomfort. And nothing stops you from wearing it outside of your PE classes, as an everyday bra.
Another sadly discontinued favourite is Kalyani (now Faubourg)’s Natural Charm. The two part cup wired bra was one of the first bra ever produced up to a British K cup. It came in Black, White, Grey marl, white/pink stripes, orange/hot pink stripes. Deliciously simple, whith that great cottony feel, it was the bra I had been looking for all through my teens, so I rocked the hell out of it even though I was 20+
One thing that put me off large cup bras as a teen is that they were always so lacy, which to me read adult (and possibly scratchy). Lots of Freya bras, especially those available in larger cups feature a lace panel, but that is not the case of the ever popular Deco and I must say that this Flamingo print is a lot of fun and quite teen-appropriate.
The new Marvel is also lace free and offers a brand new shape up till an H cup. The black colourway is a great option for those in need of a darker bra.
There should be more and in fact, I’m sure there are more out there. If you know of any, please drop me a line. Let me just mention a few more options, which I haven’t included in the main post, because, while perfectly teen appropriate, they lean on a frillier side: Tutti Rouge Olivia, Tutti Rouge Pearl, Tutti Rouge Frankie, Cleo Maddie, Cleo Lily, Cleo Natasha, Curvy Kate Eden, Bravissimo Dotty Spot, Bravissimo Sweet Bon Bon, Freya Hello Dolly, Freya Patsy