This $40 Lingerie Helped Me Feel Sexy in My Pandemic Body

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The coronavirus pandemic has left people all over the world confronting unexpected weight gain, which comes with challenges like building a new wardrobe and embracing changes in our appearance. I'm over 30 pounds heavier than I was when the world shut down. I still struggle to accept the way my body fills out clothes that once hung loose on my frame, and deciding which pieces to donate has been nothing short of emotional. Through it all, a few key items have shown me how to love the skin I'm in — and one of them costs $40.

I'd never worn lingerie before COVID, but when Lovehoney offered to send me a piece from its Wild Anticipation collection last month, I figured I had no reason not to try it out. If nothing else, it gave me something safe to look forward to as the Delta variant encroached on most of my social plans. Yet when the Moonflower Lace Strappy Teddy arrived at my door, I never could have guessed it would bring me one step closer to accepting the way I look.

Lovehoney Moonflower Emerald Green Lace Strappy Teddy

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Every item in Lovehoney's lingerie line comes in two one-size-fits-all styles; one for sizes 4 to 12, and another for 14 to 20. As a result, each strap and band on my bodysuit is adjustable, which means it feels like the opposite of squeezing into an old dress I refuse to let go of. The best part? If my weight fluctuates again, I know it will still fit.

When I slip on the teddy, I look exactly the way I'd hope to in something so lacy and form-fitting. Its flat elastic waistband hugs my body without restraining it, and its high-cut legs fall at the natural curve of my hips. More importantly, wearing it reminds me I'll always be worthy of feeling sexy and comfortable, no matter my size, shape, or weight at any given moment.

I didn't have to pay for my Lovehoney lingerie, but if I could, I'd go back in time and buy every style in the collection (there may or may not be a black two-piece set in my cart right now). At the end of the day, anything that brings me closer to self-acceptance is worth it.

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