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Shapewear is becoming a popular item in most women’s, and even some men’s, closets across the world today. It helps to tone our bodies and give us that slimming figure we all desire. But how does it work? What part of the design makes it work for us and give us the results we want? We turned to some experts in the field to discuss some of the reasons behind why shapewear works.
Shapewear’s design and fabric used is a huge part of why shapewear works so well.
“It makes us skinny by sewing or knitting together elastic or rigid fabrics that are cut into such a pattern that when worn, the finished garments nips and tucks the body,” said Marianne Gimble, one of shapewear’s founder’s and fit expert of Va Bien.
It has a lot to do with the elastic material that is sewn together and also the unique pattern that designers use to sew the material together. The material used in shapewear design helps to tuck resulting in a slimmer appearance. The material is a different type of fabric used to keep our fat tight together. It is also breathable, so that we don’t sweat and develop moisture from it on our bodies.
Shapewear works for our bodies by helping us to keep slim, smoothing out any bulges or unwanted lines, and supporting the body. Now the question becomes “where does all the fat go?” This is a common question by those that utilize shapewear garments and even those who may not. Gimble again helped to answer this common question.
“Fat can move into spaces where muscle is compressed, such as the abs. It can also be moved directionally, towards more desirable places.”
That is what shapewear acts to do. If you have a large stomach bulge of fat and wear a tummy compression garment, the garment helps to smooth out the fat and equally disperse it over the tummy, so that you don’t have a huge bulge showing in one area, but rather a flatter tummy appearance. Jason Scarlatti, a creator of men’s shapewear, adds that shapewear does help to make the flab more compact. He states that shapewear is designed in a way that helps “funnel excess weight” to make our bodies appear more slim. He describes it as pushing your hands on your belly to push in the fat. It helps our excess flab to condense, and it can even help to slim you up to a few inches.
Because of this, it is very important to purchase shapewear of the right size and of a good brand. If your shapewear is not the right size, it can actually create large bulges and lines under outfits. Make sure to be fitted to select the shapewear that can be best for you. Also, even though it’s good to save money, sometimes going with a better brand is the trick. Some cheaper brands on the shelves aren’t designed with high quality material, and this can definitely play an impact on its performance.
It is important to make sure to do your research before purchasing shapewear. It really does work. There are many garments on the shelves to choose from. If you are interested, definitely try it out!
Is wearing shapewear during pregnancy ok to do? This is a common question that many women have when they feel uncomfortable in that extra weight gained while having a baby. Studies have shown there to be many benefits to wearing shapewear during and immediately after your pregnancy. If you want to slim down that “post baby pouch,” that just seems very difficult and impossible to get rid of, then why not try out shapewear?
There is a common condition that occurs during pregnancy called Diastasis Recti. This is caused during pregnancy when the uterus stretches out the muscles in the abdomen creating a huge bulge in the stomach area. Well, wearing shapewear during pregnancy can help to prevent this condition to happen in the first place. The pressure on the uterus causes Diastasis Recti and wearing a compression can help to get rid of some of that pressure.
There are many pieces of shapewear that are available for pregnant women. There are several options in terms of size, and amount of compression. If you are looking for something that is not too tight or something that will hold in that extra fat, there is something for all. Below are some of the most common types of pregnancy shapewear that is on the market for pregnant women.
This type of panty provides a women with very light compression to the abdomen area. This is a good choice for women that are in their later stages of pregnancy. The panties contain a reinforcement band to help support the belly area. Back pain is prevented by extra front and back coverage.
If you are interested in a piece of shapewear with more compression, and a booty lifting and thigh slimming effect, then the seamless pregnancy shaper garment would be the one for you! This panty will help to provide compression below the belly, on the hips, below the rear and on the lower back. There is a soft material on the belly area that allows for larger growth of the stomach for the later months of pregnancy.
This body suit style shapewear has a combination of both medium and high compression. The medium control helps to lift the butt and tighten the waist. The high control helps for back support and to lift the buttocks. This body suit has a crotch opening that makes it easy to still go to the washroom without removing the whole garment.
For those women who have experienced Diastasis Recti, this will help correct the condition of post-partum. This can be worn right after giving birth, even while in the hospital. It will help reduce the uterus. It also has features that will help to slim you. The garment covers the whole tummy and reduces it back to normal size. This piece comes with Velcro so that you can tie it up at your own comfort level and tighten it as your stomach gets smaller. This type of garment in offers in both a regular and high waist style.
There are several different styles, designs, patterns to choose from for pregnancy shapewear. There are many benefits to wearing shapewear during and after pregnancy.
Did you know that 80% of all women will face night sweats and hot flashes at some point in their life?
There are many different causes of night sweats. To find the cause, a doctor must get a detailed medical history and order tests to decide if another medical condition is responsible for the night sweats. According to webmd.com, some of the known conditions that can cause night sweats are menopause, idiopathic hyperhidrosis, infections, cancer, medications, hypoglycemia, hormone disorders and neurologic conditions.
When health issues erupted within her circle of family, friends and personally, Lusomé creator Lara Smith looked throughout North America and Europe for a sleepwear brand with beautiful style and soft fabrics. She found several moisture wicking brands, but they were using 100% polyester and chemicals in the finishing process. The urge to find a better solution occurred as Lara watched her sister battle breast cancer and the uncomfortable long-term side effects associated with the treatments.
Lusomé is a beautifully designed sleepwear brand using the most innovative moisture management technology possible for naturally blended fabrics. Lusomé with Xirotex™ provides women with revolutionary moisture management in luxuriously soft fabrics expertly engineered for ultimate comfort. Xirotex™ draws perspiration and bacteria away from the body through its innovative capillary structure and dual-layer fabric construction. Xirotex™ rapidly eliminates moisture, odor and bacteria from the skin’s surface. Skin is left feeling completely dry in under 10-seconds, a pace unrivalled in the current marketplace.
Interest continues to rise in waist training methods as more and more celebrities share Instagram photos of their midsection-slimming routines. Starlets such as Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner and Lindsay Lohan have touted waist training as a go-to method for tightening their abdominals and contouring their midriffs.
Much like corsets of the past, waist cinchers are used to visually slim the torso to create a dramatic hourglass look and disguise unwanted pounds along the midsection. This compression is also believed to improve posture and provide helpful back support. Unlike traditional corsets, however, modern day waist cinchers are made to support your figure and not constrict it, making daily wear a cinch! (pun intended)
In addition to its visual flattery, this form of shapewear is known to be especially helpful for women who are recovering from childbirth. Girdles and binders are highly recommended to women who have recently undergone C-section procedures as a way to ease pain, support wound healing, and reduce swelling.
Hollywood beauty Jessica Alba credits modern waist-cinching techniques with getting her body back into shape after childbirth. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months,” the actress has revealed. As for the results? Alba says the process was “sweaty but worth it.”
Waist-cinching has come a long way from its early roots, but the effects are just as impressive. This technique has been shown to reduce waist circumferences by up to seven inches. Waist cinchers fit discreetly underneath your regular clothing for easy all day wear, allowing you to achieve results quickly.
When purchasing this type of shapewear, consider buying two separate pieces to regularly alternate for best results. This will allow each corset or binder a day off to snap back into its original shape, thus increasing the shapewear’s longevity and overall performance. When it comes to fasteners, remember to begin at the outer-most clasps. Doing so will allow you to work your way down to the tightest clasps as needed. Don’t be afraid to start slowly and progress to longer wear at your own pace. As your body adjusts, you can increase your frequency.
Classic Shapewear offers a wide assortment of postpartum shapers and waist-cinching belts to help you trim your abs with ease. Our comfortable and supportive binders are far from the suffocating corsets of the past. They will address your needs with the discreetness and versatility you desire.
There are many causes of night sweats and hot flashes, such as postpartum, cancer treatment, thyroid problems, peri-menopause and menopause. 80% of all women will face night sweats at some point in their life.
When health issues erupted within her circle of family, friends and personally, Lusomé creator, Lara Smith looked throughout North America and Europe for a sleepwear brand with beautiful style and soft fabrics. She found several moisture wicking brands, but they were using 100% polyester and chemicals in the finishing process. The urge to find a better solution occurred as Lara watched her sister battle breast cancer and the uncomfortable long-term side effects associated with the treatments.
Women want to feel beautiful and comfortable through these times of dealing with excessive moisture and heat. Drawing from 20 years of experience in the women’s fashion industry, with an emphasis in textile sourcing and innovation, Lara went to work in uncovering a technology solution that would perform in the exquisite fabrics she envisioned.
Lusomé is a beautifully designed sleepwear brand using the most innovative moisture management technology possible for naturally blended fabrics. Lusomé with Xirotex™ provides women with revolutionary moisture management in luxuriously soft fabrics expertly engineered for ultimate comfort.
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The battle of the bulge is not always fought at the waistline. In fact, for many women, it’s the other way around. Ill-fitting bras and too-tight clothing oftentimes accentuate back fat, which is the last thing you want when you’re dissatisfied with that region already. Luckily, many modern shaping devices offer built-in compression that directly targets multiple areas of the back. We’ve rounded up some helpful styles that will streamline your figure and ease your apprehension about this common figure concern.
Don’t choose a bra that highlights back fat – choose one that conceals it instead! Longline bras are ideal for smoothing the middle of the back and reducing the appearance of rolls, which are sometimes accentuated by traditional bras and their smaller bands.
Sure, you want to target your backside, but you don’t want to compress your bust in the process. That’s why open-bust body shapers are ideal solutions. This design is made with an open front, so you can wear the lifting bra of your choice. Meanwhile, the back panel keeps back fat smoothed and controlled.
Target back fat and slumped shoulders with one innovative design. Much like the open-bust shapers mentioned above, posture correctors only compress the back, smoothing out any rolls around the bra itself. As an added bonus, this style is designed to encourage you to sit up straight.
If you’re looking for a shaper that slims your upper back while also addressing your arms, this is the shapewear for you. Arm compression garments keep unwanted arm flab in check by smoothing and tightening this troublesome spot. In turn, its placement along the upper back flattens any back fat.
Most people specifically think of waist cinchers and fajas as tummy fixers, but these popular shapers give your backside the same smoothing compression as they do your abs. If your primary focus is on your lower back, this is a great shaping garment to utilize, and it helps create an hourglass effect.
Much like waist cinchers, shaping vests are designed to address the entire torso, but they’re constructed with straps for additional lift and support. This particular garment is ideal for targeting the midsection and eliminating bulges from the upper, middle and lower portions of the back with one convenient solution.
Do you struggle with back fat, and if so, what shaping solutions do you rely on to help you look and feel your best? Share your feedback in the comments section!
It’s the classic lingerie question: Should you regularly sleep in your bra, or should you forego a nighttime bra entirely? A new line of sleep bras is awakening this age-old debate, and we’re taking a look at the science and technology behind its interesting claims and innovative design.
Renowned plastic surgeon Randal Haworth noticed over the course of his career that his clients who regularly slept in bras had perkier, firmer breasts than those who slept without them. In addition, nightly bra wearers showed less wrinkling on their décolletage areas. This discovery led Dr. Haworth to create a sleep bra that would provide maximum support to breast tissue in order to prevent sagging and unsightly lines.
To understand why a nighttime bra is necessary, it’s important to look at what happens to breasts during the sleep cycle. Whether you’re a side sleeper or prefer to lie on your back, breasts will fall into certain positions during sleep that can create unwanted sagging. For instance, back sleepers’ breasts will fall to the sides, therefore stretching out the breast tissue and altering its shape over time. Side sleepers’ top breasts will sag onto their bottom breast, resulting in distortion and wrinkles. Because of these effects, Dr. Haworth decided to design a sleep bra that would essentially support each individual breast with sling construction.
At Classic Shapewear, we’re pleased to carry Dr. Haworth’s innovative NightLift collection. Specifically designed for nighttime use, these styles provide ample support to ligaments and connective tissue while cradling the breast to retain its shape. Comfortably constructed with no underwires, these bras used multi-layered, molded construction to stabilize the breast area throughout the night. Even better, this stabilization protects against unwanted lines and wrinkles along the décolletage. J-hooks further allow for customization as you please.
Dr. Haworth even suggests that with regular use, his sleep bra can prevent the need for a future breast lift – and that says something coming from a plastic surgeon! “Prevention is what the NightLift does most effectively,” he says. “If you’re sagging a little, our bra can’t tighten tissue that’s already stretched, but it can certainly help prevent it from further stretching and sagging.”
What are your thoughts on Dr. Haworth’s NightLift collectiion and the science behind it? Do you plan to change your nighttime habits, or are you already committed to wearing a bra around the clock? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below!
Images courtesy of NightLift.
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