Playful Promises have long been a brand that championed showcasing a truly diverse range of bodies on their social media. They proudly feature plus size bodies, heavily tattooed bodies and disabled bodies on their instagram, they’ve produced lookbooks starring LGBTQ* icon Violet Chachki, models in their late 60’s, and they consistently work with a variety of models of colour. Their imagery and social media is something bigger brands should be aspiring to.
Most recently Playful Promises have released their second collection in collaboration with plus size blogger Gabi Fresh. Their first collab was a massive hit and sold out incredibly quickly, so when they suddenly dropped the new collection by surprise on 17th September, I leapt right on the website to check it out.
The collection is available in dress sizes UK 16-28 and bra sizes 36-38B-G and 40-44C-G which is an incredible size range for an independent small company. Playful Promises are always trying to expand their size range and have added many new sizes in the last few years. Lingerie is a more complicated area to increase sizing in than clothing, check out this Lingerie Addict article on limitations on sizing in lingerie if you want more information on it from a real expert. I can name some plus size specific brands that don’t have the depth of that size range, especially in their briefs.
The range is absolutely LUSH. It features basques, embroidery, sequins, mesh, lace, harnesses, velvet, camis, and even two non-wired bralets! I loathe wiring, but as a plus size boob-haver it can be hard to find cute bralets in my size, so I was thrilled when I saw these. One is already on order and I’m crossing my fingers that on pay day the other one will still be in stock so I can order that too. Gabi Fresh herself models the collection and looks an absolute fox in every piece, I’m already looking forward to seeing how bloggers style their reviews of the pieces, because I know I won’t be the only one to have ordered from the range.
Playful Promises are really out there doing amazing things and being the sort of brand others should aspire to be. Rather than using body positivity and diversity as buzzwords to sell their lingerie, they simply get on with being the change they want to see in the lingerie industry and I cannot wait to see what they do next.