Shopping For Shapewear
Lets make shopping for Shapewear as easy as possible.
The are many basic types of shapewear, each designed to control certain problem areas of the body.
Within these basic types each lingerie company offers different interpretations. Some offer light, medium and firm control (called compression in shapewear talk) and lots of garments are available in plus sizes.
The list below should throw some light on the types of garment available and how they can help you look great in that special outfit. Make a few notes before you go Shopping for Shapewear!
The Body Briefers
The Body Briefer shapes from bust to hips. Examples are bodysuits, slips and unitards.
Maidenform Flexees Women’s Shapewear Comfort Devotion Body Briefer is great if you like a particular style of bra because of the sizing or shape. It begins below the bra and smoothes the area under the bra then streamlines down over tummy, hips and thighs. Suitable to wear under dresses or tops and trousers for a seamless, bump free look. This one is a little more expensive but it’s magic under a formal gown!
Try this garment in two sizes and make sure you buy the one that isn’t too tight. Sizes vary between designs so take your time.
Miraclesuit Wonderful Edge Body Briefer Shapewear is light and easy to wear all day.
It provides control for midriff and tummy and a smooth rear view!
This type of shapewear can be found with various bra shapes and of course sizes including plus sizes so again take your time to shop around until you find the one that is perfect for your shape. Then buy it in every color! If you choose Shapewear with very firm control it will feel a little heavier. Make sure this is alright and again, take care with the size.
The Control Slip
This Cass V-Neck Shaping Dressis pure luxury providing smooth control of bust, tummy, hips and thighs. Lightweight, comfortable and almost invisible these pieces are available in light to medium control to wear under gowns and dresses. The only difficult thing about shopping for shapewear is the difference in quality from one brand to another. Look at the pieces closely, the material, the seams and edges and if you are satisfied it’s worth paying a little more.
The Control Brief
Flexees Weightless Power Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer is a shapewear panty with firm control of the waist and tummy. This long leg version also smooths the hips and thighs. Perfect for closer fitting pants and skirts. This type of brief is available in light, medium and firm control and in all sizes including plus sizes. Some have an extra firm tummy panel with lightweight legs. Shop around you’ll love the colors too.
The Control Camisole
SPANX Slimplicity Lingerie Strap Camisole Shapewear provides medium control for the bust, midriff, tummy and waist. Today’s shapewear camisoles are sleek and lightweight to wear under Ts, blouses and sheer tops. They come in lots of styles, just be aware of trims and embellishments as like bras the patterns sometimes show though. Look out for designs with a built in bra and pare down to just one item.. even better!
The Spanx Slim Cognito Shape Suit offers firm control of the waist, tummy, hips, bum and thighs. A perfect choice to wear with long or short dresses, pants and skirts.
This is a celebrity must have piece but beware that you find the right size so you will be comfortable all evening.
Take your dress with you when you go shopping for shapewear to make sure you achieve the desired result. A piece with too much control can delete your waistline.. or flatten your bust. Shapewear can work little miracles but you need to get it right!
and there’s more..
Shapewear’s ideas are never ending. Plain and pretty, with or without under wire, light, medium or firm control, colors, with or without gusseted opening. Shapewear can reduce flabby arms, whittle your waist or give your butt a bit of a lift. Try a thigh slimmer under those fitted pants or layer a camisole under a smart jacket! Remember that nude
is your best choice under white or light colors.
The price tags vary
so take your time and be sure to make the best investment.
Many of the shapewear garments offer
a choice of 3 different levels of control :
- Light Control : Suitable for all sizes if you just want to look smoother ( eliminates visible panty line) but not smaller.
- Medium Control :
This level offers smoothing control (stops jiggling) with some
compression. This is an ideal choice if you want to look more toned.
- Firm Control :
These garments offer maximum control and compression. If you want to
appear slimmer and more toned this is your best choice. It can take off
Where to buy?
Whilst shopping for shapewear personally is probably best it may not be possible for everyone.
Amazon stock a huge selection of designs from countless manufacturers. The descriptions are a great advantage because you can consider, weight, control (compression), size and color. Price comparison is worthwhile too. You can try items on at home at your leisure and return or exchange as you wish.
Shopping for Shapewear can be fun..
if you’ve done your homework first!