Shapewear: Underneath it All!

Undergarments are an important ensemble just as much as the outer garments we wear. Nothing can help enhance your figure more than wearing body wear; sometimes called shapewear or body shapers.

The way in which our clothes fit can really make a difference in our appearances. What’s the point in spending money on a fancy dress or nice suit only to compromise the fit by wearing improper underwear?

There was a time in our younger years where we could simply wear a one-size fit all bra, but for most of us, those days have come and gone. The changes in our bodies makes it crucial that we wear the proper fitting bra under our outer wear for a better overall look.

Most of us can remember our mothers and grandmothers squeezing into a tight, constructed girdle. Back then, girdles were unflattering in appearance and even worse in comfort.  Today’s body shapers really are no different than the older version of the girdle; only difference is they have a sexier look and are less constructed. Companies have simply rebranded the girdle to look more like lingerie.

You can buy shapewear almost anywhere. Most stores sell them in the lingerie section. My preference is to go to Burlington because of a large selection and the pricing. But you can also go to Gabes, TJ Maxx or Marshalls to check out their selection.

Prices can range from as little as 11.99 up to $50.00 or more, but keep in mind that the price doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting a better, sturdier shapewear product.

Once I wore a tube top style shaper under a strapless top so I wouldn’t have to wear a strapless bra. The tube top actually came down a few times and luckily it didn’t expose anything! From that experience, the next time I wore the same top, I purchased a longer shaper to replace the short tube top and it worked out perfectly.

Shapewear can accommodate any silhouette and they are a must-have. I have experienced the benefits of wearing them, so much so, that I have two drawers full of shapers.

There are so many to choose from. Be careful not to buy them where they fit too tight and are not holding everything in (especially your back fat). My recommendation is to buy them one size larger than your clothing size.

I know women who want to get that extreme tapered waist look, but more than likely, it will be uncomfortable because it’s pulled tightly around the torso. Often times, when you feel uncomfortable, you look uncomfortable.

If your goal is to snatch your waist in, look for shapewear with snaps or zippers. They seem to really give you a better chance at forming that hourglass figure.

My favorite shaper isthe one-piecewith thebra attached. Itworkswonders under my wrap and evening dresses.

If you’re doing a one-piece, opt for the body wear with an open crouch because you don’t want to have to take everything off just to go to the bathroom, especially if you’re out in public.

I recommend that if you are trying to find a shaper for a particular garment, take the garment to the store with you to try it on.

What you don’t see is just as important as what you do see. There is a reason why the popular lingerie is called, Victoria’s “secret”. If you are not a fan of shapewear, you will be once you see how it can enhance your body type. Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment if you already use them, or after you have made your first purchase.

1 Comment
  1. Yes!!! Something definitely needed to keep everything tight and looking right!!! Thanks for another informative article on style.

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