The secret to a great outfit is shapewear!I'm a big believer.No matter how proportionate, thin, or muscular you are, the right shapewear can enhance your curves, smoothen out the bulges and really make your body look its best in fitted clothing. Truly every woman can benefit from it.There is a myth out there that shapewear is uncomfortable but the shapewear available today is actually quite comfortable and less constricting. Depending on the areas you wish to target, you can find shapewear in the form of tank tops, briefs, slips and bodysuits. The most effective shapewear pieces will be true to your own clothing size and have a comfortable fit.
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There are lots of options for shapewear but here are the most popular styles. Pick one based on what area you would like to target.
1. Mid-Thigh Waist Shaper
The most common type of shapewear is the Mid-Thigh Waist Shaper. This type of shapewear fits over your stomach and upper thighs, generally stopping just above the knee. You slip it on like you would a pair of spandex workout shorts. The Mid-Thigh Waist Shaper is designed to conceal both your thighs and waist, giving you an overall slim look. Because it smooths and compresses both your abdominal region and your thighs–problem areas for many women–it’s a very versatile piece. You can wear it under dresses, pants and skirts. If you are looking for a light weight version for the summer, try Skinny Britches by Spanx.
2. Slimming Cami
If you’re looking to conceal your upper half only, a slimming cami is your best option. Wearing a slimming cami is a great way to conceal your love handles or to give your stomach a flat and firm look. It can also flatten your bustline. For all these reasons it’s a very useful undergarment to have if you frequently wear blouses or form-fitting tops to work.
3. Slimming Briefs
If your lower abdomen is what you’re trying to conceal, a slimming brief is all you need. You wear it just like you would any basic underwear; the difference is that a slimming brief smooths everything out. Your lower abdomen isn’t the only area concealed–this type of shapewear also compresses your rear. Since slimming briefs are generally seamless, you can wear them under all kinds of garments without having to worry about visible panty lines. They’re great pieces to own if you wish to specifically target the areas covered by your underwear.
4. Body Suit
For all-over coverage and a piece with maximum function, a body suit is the winner. A combination of the Mid-Thigh Waist Shaper and the slimming cami, a body suit smooths and slims everything underneath your clothing. It’s best worn for special events or short functions since it can be impractical to slip on an off–it’s essentially like wearing a leotard under your clothing. If you’re looking for the right undergarment to wear under a slinky dress, though, a body suit is your best option.
Here are my picks for top shapewear brands
If I were to pick two pieces to own, they would be -Spanx Skinny Britches Shorts - Light material so can be worn during the warm weather months. You can layer them for extra support.Spanx Mid Thight Bodysuit - Excellent under dresses, skirts and even pants.
And guess what? Shapewear is supposed to help improve your posture and wearing it regularly can help tighten certain parts of your body so go ahead and give it a try. I'll end with a before and after photo of wearing shapewear!