Shapewear has gotten a bad rap. Some have compared them to torture devices that squeeze your innards in the name of beauty. Then there’s the problem of having to constantly and discreetly adjust bits that are rolling down or sliding up. If you’ve had any of these bad run-ins with shapewear, it’s because it didn’t do its job, which is to help you feel comfortable and in control.
What if we told you that the squeezing, rolling, muffin-topping discomfort you’ve experienced is because the piece of shapewear you’ve chosen is either the wrong size (easy to fix) or it’s the wrong piece for your body type (also an easy fix)?
Just like no two bodies are alike, not every piece of shapewear is intended for every shape. This guide will help you discover the perfect match the next time you’re looking for the best shapewear to help you feel comfy and body confident.
1) What outcome do you want?
First thing’s first: what are you going for? The level of control, aka compression of your shapewear will determine the outcome, so make sure it matches your goals.
LIGHT CONTROL (MEDIUM) – Do you have some bulges you want to smooth out so you can wear clothes more comfortably? Light control, everyday shapewear pieces will smooth trouble spots so you can rock your look all day long.
FIRM CONTROL (MEDIUM-HIGH) – Are you looking to accentuate your curves? Firm control shapewear is made with supple, stretchy fabrics that move with your body while adding subtle contours to your shape. You should get hours of comfort from firm control pieces.
EXTRA-FIRM CONTROL (HIGH) – Have a special occasion where you want to look breathtaking (while still being able to breathe)? Extra-firm control pieces are perfect for formal, structured clothing like wedding dresses, prom gowns, evening gowns and cocktail dresses. You should feel toned and sturdy without feeling constricted.
No matter how firm the control of your shapewear is, you should never feel like an overstuffed sausage. If your breathing or movement is restricted, try a size or two up.
2) What area do you want to boost?
Shapewear is like real estate: it’s all about location, location, location. But not everyone wants or needs beachfront property (or tiny waists…or bangin’ booties) to be happy. So what spots of your body are sources of discomfort that you want to turn into a happy place?
FULL BODY Some of us have hang-ups in more than one spot. If you want an all-over sleeker physique, try a full body piece like a bodysuit. Just make sure the piece has an easily accessible opening for bathroom breaks!!
TORSO Bra bulges and muffin tops no more: if you feel self-conscious about extra fluff on your belly, waist or back, boost your self esteem with a shaping cami.
BOTTOM Have extra bulk you’d like to slim down, or a flat little bum that could use a boost? From smoothing panties to butt-lifting bike shorts, you have all kinds of options to help you feel better about your thighs, legs and buns.
3) What is the best shapewear for my body?
The right shape for you will depend on your body type, whether yours is: Appe, rectangle, hourglass, pear or strawberry we have the right type of shapewear recommendation for you.