If you’re looking for lingerie that flatters a variety of body types, consider purchasing a stretch lace chemise. A stretch lace chemise is often black, but you can sometimes find this type of lingerie in red, pink, or white lace. Depending upon the style you chose, a stretch lace chemise can be delicate and feminine or sexy and provocative.
The basic chemise is essentially a shift stress with thin spaghetti straps. However, there are a few variations you may want to consider. If you’re not a fan of your ample derrière, a chemise with a flirty skirt may make you more comfortable. If you hate your arms, look for a chemise with sleeves. If you want to show off a sexy back, choose a chemise with cutouts and crisscrossing straps in this area. For retro appeal, look for a chemise with garters for attaching stockings.
A chemise made entirely from stretch lace will be see through. If you are looking for lingerie that is a bit more modest, choose a chemise that features satin panels for strategic coverage.
Since the stretch lace chemise is a very popular style, you can find this item wherever women’s lingerie is sold. Department stores such as Kohl’s have affordable chemises and include plus size options. Specialty lingerie stores such as Victoria’s Secret have a wider selection of styles, but tend to be more expensive and have a smaller range of sizes.
While stretch lace is very forgiving, remember to read size charts carefully if you choose to shop online. As with other forms of women’s apparel, lingerie sizing can vary by designer. These items often can't be returned, so it's important to make sure your purchase will fit properly.
When shopping for a stretch lace chemise, do not confuse the chemise with the baby doll. While both types of lingerie have a similar appearance, the baby doll is looser at the hips and most often styled to resemble a young girl’s nightgown.