Underneath it All: Lingerie for Every Shape, Shade & Size
There comes a time for many of us living abroad when hauling merchandise from back home can get tiring, or worse, expensive. Bras in particular are such items, ubiquitous yet hard to get just right. Fortunately, we’re in good hands here in Spain. Although there are a few Spain-specific brands, a few of the shops featured on this list ship internationally! Women deserve to feel both sexy and comfortable no matter where they are in the world! Check out these shops for your bra and undergarment related needs.
For the Couch Potato: ASOS
If you’re confident in your bra size already and think shopping is best done at home or even on the go, ASOS.com offers bargain shoppers a veritable treasure trove of undergarments, from your basic t-shirt bras to lacy lingerie. With this UK based company offering free shipping to Spain (just one of dozens they deliver to) on orders over 25€ and prices that range from a few euro to a few hundred, you’ll find yourself receiving boxes of their goodies in no time.
For a Larger Bust: La Dama de Copas
(C/ Goya 64, Madrid)
Busty ladies, your prayers have been answered. La Dama de Copas carries up to a K cup and specializes in making sure you’ve got the right fit. The warm and professional staff is very (literally) hands on with your fitting process, so throw modesty out window, and you’ll be well taken care of. Although they don’t have an online store, one of the perks of being a client is that they keep your measurements on file and you can place orders for delivery, with free shipping for orders over 50€.
When Beige ≠ Nude: Nubian Skin
Lots of women can attest to the fact that the right undergarments can perfect an ensemble or lead to an embarrassment. Unfortunately, for many women of color have struggled to find undergarments in their skin tone, since most “nude” undergarments only come in shades of tan or beige. The Nubian Skin line of lingerie is designed to eradicate this predicament. With the 4 shades of bras, panties and hosiery they offer, women of all shades will be able to get that foundation piece in the perfect color. And as Nubian Skin ships worldwide, women everywhere can get in on the action.
For the Sporty Girl: Oysho
For active women looking for a great sports bra, look no further than Oysho. This Spanish chain is best known for undergarments and loungewear, but they’ve also got an impressive line of activewear that includes a variety of sports bras and tops with built in bras. They make picking the right bra less of a chore with different levels of support, depending on the intensity of your workout. Oysho can be found all over Spain, online and increasingly more in big cities all over Europe so you won’t have to sacrifice your workout no matter where your travels take you.
Feeling Fancy: Alma Bloom
(C/ Claudio Coello 63, Madrid)
Sometimes you just wanna wear pretty underwear. It’s a way of getting all dolled up, but only you (and perhaps a special someone) are privy to the secret. The practicality of wearing frilly undergarments under your habitual t-shirt in jeans however, is low. Enter Alma Bloom, a Spanish brand that creates undergarments that are as functional as they are attractive. This functionality extends to Alma Bloom’s accessories as well, which include everything from clips to turn your everyday bra into a racer back to body tape.
Now, Alma Bloom can also assist you in throwing pragmatism aside as well. In the “Rincón Erótica” one can find pasties, body jewelry, massage oils, games and other treats ensured to kick a special night up a notch. Regardless of what you go to them for, there’s something for everyone and you’re bound to leave a satisfied customer. Check out their new flagship store in Madrid, in select stores in Madrid, Cadiz, Logroño and Vigo or on their online store.
What has your experience been like buying and finding lingerie while living abroad? Share your story in the comments!
Christine is 26 year old native New Yorker who has lived in Madrid, Spain since 2011 and has no desire to leave. She is a teacher, student and lover of a good Ribera de Duero.