If you're on your way to Spain and wondering where to shop if you're curvy, pear-shaped, top-heavy, or any other asinine metaphor society uses to describe a woman's body, we can help. We're not down with being compared to fruit or inanimate objects, but we cantell you where to find jeans that don't make you feel like a sausage.
A bit of context, I'm Black (no, really?!) and I've got a body ody ody. No that's not a typo, body ody is a thing! I'm also a bit taller than the average woman standing at 5'8 plus another couple of bonus inches thrown in for my hair. I'm an athlete, and of the mindset that "thick thighs save lives" (Coined by the glorious Lita Lewis). I, by no means, resemble any of those gaunt, androgenous Zara models, and although I'm a size 6-10 in the United States. I felt like an actual bovine in Spain. Yo! Everything is smaller: the showers, the elevators, the beds. The bras! (Side note, I literally walked out of a lingerie store when they said I'm a 90-something-or-other F because I was unable to can with these liars suffering from Dyscalculia). I believe my actual response was: Ma'am, I don't have an F in anything.
Shopping, which used to be a preferred pasttime, became tedious and every time I stepped into a store, my self-esteem took a big hit. Why? Because I don't know what size 40 means, but I sure as hell know that size 8 sounds better. Don't even get me started on shoes! I'm a 9 US and here, I wear a 40.
What is math and why does it make me tired and hungry at the same time?
Some Practical Advice for Shopping in Spain:
You cannot pack your entire closet from home, so don't try.
Ask around. I've discovered many stores because they were recommended to me by friends that I trust, and other big-boobied Queens.
Don't pay attention to the numbers when you're trying things on. Then, when you find something that fits, take note of both the size and the store. Ex. I know my size in Primark versus my size in Lefties.
Keep in mind that some stores use their own size charts. Don't get frustrated. Come prepared.
Where to buy Jeans
*They also have great options for shirts and dresses*
There are plenty of options and sizes to choose from. And most offer the beloved, God-given 2% spandex (BLESSINGS!). There are many locations in the center, so you won't have a hard time finding a location!
This is a Dutch brand (of course, the Dutch just get it) and I've seen up to 50+ in terms of sizes. Furthermore, they have a grand variety of styles because we all don't want to be wearing Gloria Vanderbilt mom jeans. I want to spend 45€ on torn, holey jeans like any other millennial, dammit!
Where to buy Dresses and Formal Attire
Asos is an English online-store that's always on trend, and has amazingly fast and reliable delivery. I trusted them to deliver my wedding dress. That's how dependable they are.
Where to buy Lingerie
Anyone else in the big titty club? Hey, y'all! Please, save yourself an ugly cry and skip the chains like Intimissimi and Oysho. Also, don't be an abuela, and go to these mom-n-pop stores that have bras that look more like tents draped in their windows. Here's the way to go, from one DD Queen to another:
Expat-owned and operated, this place is a God-send. Personalized attention, with no shame, and all the comfort you could want when you have a stranger looking at your breasts and measuring them! Support them! Just like they support your Girls!
Every single time I leave this place, I'm poorer, but feel like 1 trillion dollars! They do free fittings and consultations on everything from proper, supportive swimmwear, to bras for new moms, to everyday bras! It's a Portuguese company, however, there are locations in Madrid! Take a girlfriend, and treat yourself!
For Random Odds and Ends
I usually buy undies at Primark, the occaisional nightie, accessories, or other odd things I may come across. This is one of the stores I mentioned that uses their own size chart, so don't be alarmed.
I've bought a total of 1 pair of jeans from Lefties, but it was not worth the mental stress of trying on 4 other pairs first. The problem is that if you buy the high-waist, they aren't the same as the skinny, or the boyfriend, or the mom jeans, and the number size isn't universal. Proceed with caution. I do however, buy basic tank tops there, or even the random pair of yoga pants. It's really hit or miss with this one!
There you have it, Queens! Do not feel pressure to change yourself just because you're living in Spain. As long as you feel good, are healthy from the inside out, and keep your mental where it needs to be, don't hate your booty! People-- without exaggeration-- pay for this.
Remember what Lita said: Thick thighs save lives!
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.