Shapewear Guide

Chances are, you’ve already defined your “problem areas” but do you know what kind of shapewear can help boost, lift, flatten and shape your beautiful curves? Let our comprehensive shapewear guide show you the way.

 

Bodysuits: Offering the coverage of a maillot swimsuit, bodysuits and body shapers are designed to flatten and boost your business from the neck to the thighs. Done right, these versatile garments lift your boobs and behind while sucking in your stomach so you don’t have to.

Problem areas: Breasts, midriff, butt

 

Body Control Dresses: Want a red carpet-ready silhouette in a dress that hugs your curves? Just wear a body shaping slip or dress under it. A good one cinches your waist, defines your thighs and boosts your breasts under your party dress.

Problem areas: Breasts, midriff, butt, thighs

 

Corselettes or Garter Dresses: Despite the Victorian connotations of its name, a corselette is one of those undergarments that you wish you could wear on the outside. Not only do they give you a sleeker, perkier look under dresses and skirts, but they are sexy enough – especially with stocking clips – to make you look forward to stripping down at the end of the night.

Problem areas: Breasts, midriff, thighs

 

Shaping Camisoles: If you want to smooth your abs, eliminate back fat and battle bulges, a shaping camisole is your best friend. Perfect for tight tops and fit and flare dresses, this style is more comfortable and forgiving than a bodysuit or shapewear slip.

Problem areas: Breasts, midriff, back

 

Waist Cinchers, Waspies or Snatchers: The “hourglass figure” rarely happens all by itself. To get a wasp waist it takes an assist from a waist cincher – a wide elasticized belt that defines your waist and accentuates the curves you want to show off. Often made with boning, these shapers also offer moderate back support.

Problem areas: Waist, midriff, back

 

Longline Bras: Bye-bye, visible bra line. Similar to a cropped bustier, a longline bra defines the bust and enhances the silhouette, featuring a wider band with better back support than the average bra. Another way to bring sexy back to your shapewear game, these bras are designed to lift, shape and reign in bulges.

Problem areas: Breasts, back

 

Shaping Shorts: If your problems lie from stomach to thighs, you can’t have enough of these smoothing shorts. Available in space age fabrics that keep you snug without making you sweat, they bump up the junk in your trunk while flattening your stomach, hugging your love handles and slimming your thighs. Excellent with pencil skirts, sheath dresses, skinny jeans and even exercise pants.

Problem areas: Midriff, butt, thighs

 

Control Briefs: If you’re a shapewear rookie, briefs are a good way to test the waters. Comparable in style to boy shorts or full coverage panties, these briefs have the added benefit of firming your belly and boosting your butt. They’re the perfect solution for improving your profile in skinny jeans or adding extra oomph when slipping into a form-fitting sheath.

Problem areas: Midriff, butt

 

Arm Shapers: Not everyone has “guns” and for those of us with a little slack in the upper arms, there’s an app for that! Shaped like an extra snug shrug, these ingenious smoothers also offer back support, prompting you to correct your posture when you’re slumping. Try one under a skin-tight top or long-sleeved body-con dress and feel the difference.

Problem areas: Arms, back

 

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Miss M

Measurements: 38-31-34 Age: 39

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