At Classic Shapewear, we know that shaping garments are a wise investment, but they’re an investment nonetheless. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your shapewear looking and performing its best. When it comes to caring for these delicate garments, following a few general guidelines will greatly extend your collection’s overall longevity and effectiveness. We’re taking a look at some of the best suggestions for laundering and storing your shaping attire so that you can fittingly keep your undergarments in great “shape.”
The key to washing your shapewear is all about striking the right balance. You’ll have to wash these garments fairly regularly in order to maintain their shapes. If you keep wearing a garment without doing so, the material will remain stretched out and won’t provide you with the same results that it did initially. Aim to launder each piece after wearing it one to three times, and layer undergarments beneath your shapewear to extend the time between laundry sessions.
When you do wash your shapewear, either wash it by hand or place it inside a lingerie bag or protector. These handy devices allow soap and water to flow to the garment with a protective outer layer that prevents snags and tears. If you use this method, set your washing machine on the gentle cycle using cold water for best results, and be sure to avoid overloading the bag. Items need to move freely in order to get properly cleaned. Always avoid chlorine bleach (it can destroy elastic), and never use hot water.
Underwire and gel-padded items should usually be washed by hand, because washing machines can prove too destructive for their delicate builds. Underwires may end up jutting out of the fabric, while gel fillers can become punctured and leak as a result. When hand washing, be sure to use warm water and a mild shampoo (like our Coquette Lingerie Wash) and avoid twisting or wringing the garment excessively.
As a general rule of thumb, avoid putting your shaping garments in the dryer. Excessive heat can damage the latex and elastic, and the last thing you want to do to your new shaper is ruin its shape. Lay these garments flat to dry instead, or hang them if you wish. While it is typically best to allow these delicate pieces to air dry, it is acceptable to use your dryer’s gentle cycle on the coolest setting if you’re short on time.
In order to best retain each garment’s shape, the best place to store your shapewear is in an enclosed drawer or closet cabinet. Hanging garments for extended periods of time tends to put strain on the straps and elastic, which can stretch them out. Since several types of shapers have hook-and-eye closures and zippers, these garments are best kept separated to avoid any snags or rips. Smaller items like bras and shaping panties can be folded into drawer divider compartments for a neat and tidy presentation. Full-length body shapers, shaping slips and bustiers are best kept in their natural shape, so avoid folding these if you can. Instead, lay them inside a drawer in a flat position.
How do you care for your shapewear? Do you follow the tips above, or will these suggestions change your laundry and storage habits? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below!
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We’ve all heard that you have to dress for success, but apparently, what you wear underneath your clothes is just as important when it comes to your overall achievements. Last year, Maidenform took a look at the connection between work performance and undergarments in a survey of over 1,000 women. The results were eye-opening and gave compelling evidence to the notion that what we wear greatly influences how we act.
74% of those polled reported feeling much more confident when wearing shapewear at work, and 88% said that confident women are more likely to receive a promotion. The survey also found that 72% of women feel that they’re taken more seriously at work when they look their best.
Obviously, confidence is a multifaceted trait, but if shapewear increases self-assuredness so dramatically, it appears that it can in fact have an effect on the potential for climbing the ladder.
Other survey findings were just as fascinating. For instance, consider the following:
At Classic Shapewear, we know that can make an incredible difference in the way clothing fits on the body, and simply adding a few shaping garments to your wardrobe rotation can yield impressive results. Not only will you look better in your clothing, you’ll feel more confident and self-assured because you’re comfortable with your overall appearance. In addition, you’ll save time in your morning routine by not having to try on various outfits searching for something that flatters. Even better, modern shapewear is designed with comfort in mind, so you can focus on the job at hand rather than constantly adjusting an uncomfortable undergarment.shaping styles
Maindenform’s survey demonstrates that the benefits of shapewear extend far beyond nipping in your waist, slimming your thighs or amplifying your curves. Shaping attire can change the way we view ourselves, which can ultimately alter the way in which the world views us, as well. That’s a powerful discovery, and we’re excited to share it!
Do you regularly wear shaping garments at work? If so, do you find that they enhance your confidence and overall work performance? Let us know how shapewear affects your 9-to-5 ambitions in the comments section below!
Spring weather is just about to bloom, and we can’t wait for higher temperatures and sunny skies. While spring is undeniably beautiful, the warmer months ahead can demand specific shapewear that doesn’t leave you hot and bothered (forgive the pun). We’re taking a look at some of the best shaping solutions for spring and summer, because feeling comfortable is an essential part of looking your best!
High-Rise Shaping Briefs
Shaping briefs work well beneath skirts, dresses and shorts alike, and a high-rise design comfortably cinches in your waist. This is a breathable style that’s a warm weather essential. Look for multi-tasking shaping briefs with added anti-cellulite benefits to help you prepare for swimsuit season while you’re at it.
As soon as the temperatures enter the 70s, everyone starts reaching for strapless dresses and halter tops. A strapless shaper or longline bra is an ideal way to accommodate any neckline with flattering support and smoothing abdominal compression.
Camisoles and tank tops are staple pieces you’ll turn to regularly throughout spring and summer, so why not choose one with shaping benefits? You’ll stay comfortably cool while flattening your midsection. Even better, neutral camisoles in shades like white, black, navy and grey go with anything and everything in your closet.
Bodysuits and Body Briefs
There’s something so versatile about a basic bodysuit, and these pieces are perfectly designed for sunny days. First, they look like a classic one-piece swimsuit, so they’re basically made for outdoor outings. But second, they slim your entire torso while doubling as layering essentials. What other style can keep you covered in low-rise jeans and pair easily beneath a lightweight cardigan? Exactly.
Butt-Lifting Shorts and Capris
Upgrade your basic denim shorts and capris with designs that feature butt-lifting construction. Our shaping denim is built to shape your backside with flattering compression and lift. Choose from standard denim washes and vibrant colors, or even try on a pair of shaping overalls to earn bonus fashion points.
Ideal for lazy weekend afternoons, running errands and hitting the gym, leggings work in any season. The best part about our sports leggings, however, is that many designs are made specifically with fabric that wicks away sweat. Pair them with a simple tank top, and you’re all set for staying comfy and cool all day long.
Much like out butt-lifting shorts and capris, butt-lifting undergarments keep your backside perky, but they also are a great solution for clingy summer dresses. Avoid visible panty lines with these flattering shapers that help you look your best in the tightest of bodycon styles.
Which shapewear styles do you rely on to get you through spring and summer? Share your picks in the comments!
Anyone who’s looked at shaping solutions has likely felt a little intimidated by the sea of modern-day options. We’re taking a look at some helpful considerations that you’ll want to keep in mind before stocking up on flattering shapewear must-haves.
1. Tailor it to your figure needs.
Try mixing and matching separate pieces rather than searching for the perfect one-piece solution. You’ll likely find unique styles that are tailored to your personal needs this way, and it affords you more options when it comes to different outfits, necklines and hem lengths.
2. Research your options.
Gone are the days of choosing between a lace-up corset and a girdle. Today’s shapewear offerings are so innovative and broad that you owe it to yourself to browse through what’s out there. From sexy styles and unique necklines to shaping bodysuits that double as basic tops, you’ll find plenty of pieces that will extend and enhance your daily styling options.
3. Buy your size.
The number one rookie mistake of buying shapewear is sizing down. Don’t try to fit into uncomfortably tight designs in the hopes that they’ll make you look even smaller. Wearing styles that pinch or dig in to your curves can actually produce less than flattering results, and who wants to wear something so painful, anyways? Take your measurements, study size charts and read reviews to ensure that the shapewear you purchase is going to fit you like a glove. Better yet, try things on to see how they fit. This also gives you an idea of how they’ll look when worn underneath your clothing.
4. Know how to wear it.
Another common issue is that people assume that shapewear should be fastened to its tightest setting possible, but that’s not how these garments are designed. In fact, wearing a new piece with the tightest row of clasps fastened ultimately limits its longevity. Those multiple rows of fasteners are intended to be used in progression as the shapewear loses its original elasticity from frequent wear and washing. As the design ages, you should gradually utilize the next row of fasteners until you need a replacement piece.
5. Prepare to care.
Speaking of washing instructions, it’s crucial to read your care labels carefully to make sure that your shapewear holds up as it should. They may look tough, but many of these garments are delicate just like your underwear and bras.
By following these basic guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to investing in your shaping garments wisely. These pieces are integral components of an impressive wardrobe, and with the proper selection and care, they’ll serve your lifestyle and figure needs well.
Building an impressive and wearable wardrobe is usually trial and error. What looks amazing in the store may not look as wonderful on – and vice versa. It’s so easy to be thrown off our fashion game with tempting clearance buys we’ll never wear or expensive dresses that will just retain their tags. Fortunately, certain clothing staples make it easy to create a solid foundation for your closet, and we’re helping you shop for these stylish essentials with the top ten basics every woman needs!
1. Heavy Knit Leggings
These are the pants (yes, pants!) you’ll turn to time and time again. A classic pair of black leggings in a heavy knit goes with everything in your closet and is a multi-seasonal must-have.
2. High-Rise Jeans
Every woman needs a great-fitting pair of blue jeans. This all-American basic becomes extra flattering in a dark rinse and an elongating high-rise waist. Even better, our Colombian styles offer built-in shaping compression.
3. Layering Tanks and Camisoles
These are a non-negotiable must for every closet. Stock up on neutral hues to accommodate a range of outfits, from basic black and white to skin-tone nudes.
4. A Convertible Bra
You’re going to be wearing bras anyways, so it makes sense to invest in one that’s versatile. A convertible bra in a flesh-tone shade is a savvy piece to include in your lingerie drawer. These designs can accommodate strapless, criss-cross and halter necklines for plenty of styling options.
5. A Shaping Slip
Anyone who’s ever noticed that her dress is semi-sheer in the sunlight after leaving the safety of her home definitely understands the importance of a versatile shaping slip. Try one in a soft blush or nude shade that mimics the skin tone for discreet but effective coverage, or pair a sleek black version beneath dark pencil skirts and dresses.
6. A Strapless Brasselette
For those challenging outfits with unique necklines, a strapless brasselette works wonders. This is a great piece to own, because you can pair it with any shaping bottoms – from shaping briefs to basic slips or panties. Many of these pretty designs also feature closures along the lower back to similarly accommodate a range of low-back styles.
7. A Little Black Dress
No matter whose closet you covet, she’s certain to have this quintessential fashion icon hanging amidst her collection. Always appropriate and effortlessly chic, the LBD is the dress that works for any occasion and flatters like no other.
8. A Fitted White Blouse
Ideal for layering, a basic white blouse in a fitted silhouette makes a classy and elegant statement all its own. Ethereal and timeless, it’s just as chic with jeans as it is with a flowing maxi skirt or embellished trousers.
9. A Cozy Wrap or Tunic
Wear it with leggings, jeans, a pencil skirt or a dress. This little number is the perfect topper for anything and everything you want to pair it with, and it comes in especially handy when you want an additional layer of lightweight but cozy warmth. Plus, its longer length and sleek draping are guaranteed to make you look effortlessly pulled together.
10. The Full-Body Shaper
It’s important to have an all-in-one shaper that’s ready for anything you throw at it, which is why our full-body styles make so much sense. These pieces lift your chest, cinch your waist and smooth your hips and thighs for a beautifully contoured physique.
One of the best things about shapewear is that it works for everyone! Whether you’re petite, tall like an Amazon or athletically strong, there are shaping options designed to fit and flatter your unique build. Plus size beauties have no shortage of designs to choose from, either. We’re reviewing some of the most popular types of plus size shapewear and how to best utilize them!
For a convenient all-in-one investment, try a garment that addresses multiple areas all at once. Full-body shaping slips and bodysuits target the waist, hips, butt and thighs for a streamlined look all over.
Open Chest Shapers
This style is especially helpful if you require a unique bra size. The open chest design allows for your choice of bra, therefore giving you ultimate customization. It’s also useful for choosing a bra to accommodate a specific neckline.
If you want to tighten or smooth your stomach area, there are several different shapers that can help. Girdles and waist cinchers can dramatically re-shape your midsection with firm compression, so these are ideal if you’re looking to cinch your waist for an hourglass effect. If you prefer lighter compression that smoothes any rolls or bulges, compression belts, abdominal bands and high-waisted shaping slips and panties can offer the levels of control you desire.
Lower Body Shapers
Balance your upper and lower body effectively with lower body shapers that target most women’s primary trouble spots: the hips and thighs. Shaping briefs and compression slips tighten your lower half and come in a range of leg lengths to accommodate your coverage and style needs.
Enhance your backside with shapers that lift, minimize or maximize, depending on your preferences. Several full-body shapers are designed with rear cut-outs that lift and amplify a flat tush, while other shapers help to smooth and shape the buttocks. If you’re looking to balance your backside with your bust, padded panties can add realistic curves to a shapeless booty.
If you have a large cup size and want to downplay it underneath a button-down blouse or tight sweater, a minimizing bra is a wonderful solution. These bras provide gentle compression and shaping construction to reduce volume along the bust.
Most women struggle with loose skin and a lack of definition along the triceps as they age, and it’s admittedly challenging to keep the upper arms looking trim. Arm shapers smooth and tighten this trouble area with compression sleeves. As a bonus, these shapers wrap around the upper portion of the back to additionally smooth back fat and bra bulges.
Modern shapewear is so efficient that it may seem like a new concept, but humans have shaped and altered their figures since ancient times. It makes sense that shapewear has such an extensive history given the laws of attraction. In fact, the Babylonian goddess Ishtar was described as wearing a girdle to symbolize feminine fertility. Between the 1920s and 1960s, shapewear saw several reinventions, from minimizing styles that promoted the slender Flapper look to the robust curves of 1940s pin-up stars and 1950s sweater girls. But shaping garments date back much further than the 20th century. We’re stepping back in time to look at shapewear’s fascinating origins.
Bras and girdles are believed to be among the first shapewear pieces used by women. The earliest bras on record were discovered by scientists in Austria and are believed to date back to sometime around 1400 A.D. But the ancient Greeks apparently used bras and girdles even centuries earlier, around roughly 2900 B.C. Depictions during this time showed women with fabric wrapped about their chests in a type of binding design, while girdles of leather and linen were used to cinch women’s midsections.
Women aren’t the only ones who’ve reaped the benefits of shaping devices throughout time, either. Renaissance men were known for wearing padded wool stockings and clothing that increased their size. In fact, one of the most commonly used shapers, known as a “codpiece,” added bulk to the front of a man’s pants to showcase his virility and masculinity.
Corsets and Farthingales
Corsets were used by women in ancient Rome as decorative accents placed atop their other clothing. The 16th century debuted steel corsets paired with “farthingales,” or the petticoats placed underneath skirts that made them dramatically wide – a look commonly associated with the Elizabethan era. The Victorians predominantly used corsets made with pieces of whale bone, thus the phrase “boning” that we still use today.
Flappers and Pin-Ups
In the Roaring Twenties, women preferred a very slender frame, which led to minimizing devices being used to smooth out feminine curves. Interestingly, during World War II, women opted for shaping garments that featured discreet panels for carrying important papers. After the war, however, women sought a more curvaceous approach to body shapers and returned once again to waist-nipping girdles and padded bras.
Fortunately, today’s shaping garments are much more comfortable than those of days past. Stretch fabrics, quality construction and contouring but breathable compression all help to make modern shapers both effective and easily wearable. Let us all breathe a sigh of relief!
If you hope to lose weight and get a slimmer figure in 2016, you are not alone!
Polls have shown that weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution.
One thing that helps with actually keeping these resolutions, even when it’s cold out or you’re dying for another hour of sleep is a waist training.
In this infographic, we take a look at the best practices of waist training, and how you can achieve optimal results. Aside from attending the svelte and sexy appearance you so desire, the process of training your waist can also promote a few notable health benefits.
Motherhood is a wonderful and exciting experience. It also happens to demand some major adjustments in your overall lifestyle. Maternity and postpartum shaping garments can help ease this transition for both you and your new bundle of joy. From shapewear that promotes healing after delivery to maternity bras and post-pregnancy waist slimmers, you’ll find a variety of styles to suit your maternal needs.
As your body changes throughout your pregnancy, you may find that your comfort is increased by specific shaping solutions:
Leggings are always an essential component of comfy style, but their stretch design makes them especially ideal throughout pregnancy.
During pregnancy, each breast typically becomes a few ounces heavier, which requires more support than your regular bra is equipped to handle. A maternity style is designed to support a woman’s growing curves to maximize comfort. Thicker bands, wider straps and extra rows of fasteners help make these styles remarkably sturdy and supportive.
Maternity undergarments can also help your stomach area as it grows with high-waisted panels that keep your midsection efficiently supported.
Ideal for layering and great for everyday wear, these tanks feature discreet compression that flattens your middle.
After your delivery (whew!), you’ll likely be focused on recovery as well as anything that saves time – hello, nursing bras! – and gets you back to your pre-baby body. Postpartum shaping styles can help you throughout this transition.
These simple-to-use wraps help to reduce swelling at the midsection and encourage abdominal muscles to heal properly post-baby.
Many celebrity moms swear by the effects of daily waist-training routines after giving birth. Waist cinchers and girdles visually cinch the waist and help to restore the midsection’s pre-baby shape.
If you plan to breastfeed, a nursing bra will make the process much more convenient. These bras allow you to open them up at the cup in order to easily access the breast for feeding.
If you’ve undergone a C-section, post-surgical shapewear is a smart component of your recovery. Doctors recommend utilizing these shapers in order to reduce swelling at the surgical site and promote proper healing. These garments can also greatly enhance your comfort as your body bounces back from the operation.
Maternity belts and bands are a wonderful way to fully support a growing baby bump and the weight that comes along with it. These discreet styles fit comfortably beneath your waistline for helpful reinforcement.