We all dream about the photoshopped bodies seen in magazines, which in reality is very difficult to achieve. However, we believe that everybody should feel confident in their bodies and today shapewear is gaining more popularity. You’re likely to find shapewear in all sizes, color shades, shapes, textures, length.
This controversial category has evolved over the years into comfortable garments that can be worn all day without feeling discomfort.
From the uncomfortable Victorian corsets from the past, the evolution of this apparel category proves that women want to feel good about themselves without worrying about the extra pounds.
But first: what is shapewear?
Shapewear is an undergarment intended to cover areas of the body with extra fat that people like to hide such as stomach, butt, hips, or thighs, or multiple areas.
Shapewear is ideal for women who have recently given birth and have not yet returned to their initial weight and shape.
If you’re pregnant, you might want to check with your doctor about whether you can use special maternity shapewear. “Too-tight shapewear may lead to health problems”, says neurologist Orly Avitzur, MD, medical advisor for Consumer Reports. “Any time we put on really tight garments we take the risk of compressing organs or nerves.”
It’s also helpful for women who have gained a few pounds and want to have a slimmer appearance. In the end, looking good and feeling good about yourself is a self-esteem matter.
You can wear shapewear for a wide range of occasions, from special events, weddings, anniversaries to more formal business meetings and events to get a boost of confidence. Shapewear can make you look slimmer in a summer or cocktail dress. You can also wear shapewear on dates to have a more polished look and feel sexy.
Shapewear is so versatile that you can wear it when you go to the gym, as part of your holistic approach to loosing weight. The pieces are so soft and comfortable that they can be worn on a daily basis to hide a few pounds and feel more empowered about your slim silhouette.
What is the best shapewear?
It really depends what you feel comfortable wearing.
Celebrity stylist Mickey Freeman says that the qualities of good shapewear include its ability to “slenderize your torso, firmly control and smooth the tummy and hips, shape the waist, improve postsure and complement [your] outfits.”
Start with basics like a mid-thigh shaper, a slip dress, underwear. As you gain more experience with shapewear, you will figure out what works best for you and create your own shapewear wardrobe.
SKIMS is the shapewear line created by Kim Kardashian West. The idea for SKIMS came from Kardashian West’s own struggle to find shapewear that fit her well and comfortably. “Having that perfect first layer gives me the confidence to wear outfits that I might not wear otherwise,” she says, “and freedom to experiment and try new things is what makes fashion so much fun.”
Building a Shapewear Wardrobe
The number of options in stores can feel overwhelming. To help you cut through the clutter, we compiled a list of the best shapewear brands and pieces on the market today.
Think about what parts of your body you would like covered: the full body, or specific parts such as butt, tights, tummy.
Some of these garments are made of light control fabrics that feel like you’re not wearing anything at all. Others use firmer materials for a more dramatic effect. Are you going to wear them daily or for special ocassions only?
In terms of versatility, shapewear include leggings, tanks, full bodysuits, cami tops, thongs, slip dresses, high-waisted shorts, push-up bras, invisible bras, maternity shapewear and nursing bras, sports bras, and more.
For color flexibility, look for pieces in a shade that’s close to your skin tone: nude. Or if you want to look slimmer, buy black garments.
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Underwear – thongs, slips and panties