Shopping for clothing is bad enough for Western women in China, as sizes here don’t typically account for any semblance of a bust or hips. That being said, lingerie shopping can be even worse! If you wear anything beyond a C cup, chances are that you simply just bring your bras and panties with you from your home country. Luckily, there are a few stores in Shanghai that cater to the curvy woman. Read on for some of your best bets for lingerie shopping in the city.
1) The VillaView In Map
Calling itself a “lifestyle brand,” The Villa is an upscale lingerie shop that specializes in a whole range of international styles. They carry everything from your basics to “cutting edge statement pieces” you’d find on the runway. Expect to see big name brands like Hanky Panky, Dianne Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, RAG & BONE, Jason Wu, and Minnie Rose, as well as more obscure designers who nonetheless have the quality necessary to make it into The Villa’s choosy roster. If you’re in need of a tune up when it comes to bra sizes, styles, or design features, you are in luck – this store employs a whole team of knowledgeable experts to help you on your merry (and sexy!) way.
Add: 1 Taojiang Lu, near Yueyang Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6466 9322
Opening hours: daily, 11:00-21:00
2) Marks & SpencerView In Map
Marks & Spencer pretty much thrives on the bra and panty set. And while you may have to turn to their website for some of their more generous sizes (which includes an entire section dedicated to DD and GG sized cups), their store on Nanjing Xi Lu still carries an impressive array of affordable pieces. With every category imaginable, from “sexy” to “bridal” to “maternal” to “matching sets,” chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Don’t expect any extra help from the sales people here, but if you know what you like and what you want, this is a great store for a lingerie wardrobe restocking.
Add: 863 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6218 2558
Opening hours: daily, 10:00-22:00
3) Amour CacheView In Map
Don’t let the awful website fool you (and I do mean awful - complete with cheesy music and terrible graphics). This chain boutique is great for basic bras and panties as well as slightly fancier, more cutesy designs. Think bows and ruffles – after all, this place does advertise itself as selling lingerie for the modern woman with a “French elegant and romantic temperament.” They carry local Chinese brands as well, but it’s the European collections that we expat women will likely find the most appealing. One of the best things about Amour Cache is that they offer a custom made lingerie service, meaning you can basically get any style you’ve ever dreamed of made in your exact size.
Add: 115, 919 Tianshan Lu, near Loushanguan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 800 820 7158
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
4) H&MView In Map
The truth is, until more smaller boutiques start carrying Western sized bras (thank you, The Villa and Amour Cache!), the big name department store brands are still your best bet - hence the inclusion of H&M on this list. This place has a fun selection of very reasonably priced (think in the 99 RMB range) bras, panty sets and full bodices. Their size range isn’t quite as large as say, Marks & Spencer’s, but they do still go up to a full sized D, so all hope is not lost. This is the store to visit if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Think multi colored rhinestone encrusted bra cups or a push up bra that comes with a detachable metal necklace with plastic jewel stones that can be attached (or detached) from the actual bra.
Add: 645-659 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5383 8866
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
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