Body shapewear is finally in vogue for a great many women. It’s easy to see why – it emphasizes an hourglass silhouette and smooths the tummy and thighs. Where so many are wearing shapewear to become more confident and are open about it, it has many lay women wondering exactly how to wear body shapewear.
Before we discuss how to wear body shapewear and how to care for it, we should review what body shapewear is. It’s a type of garment with control features that allow you to smooth and flatten areas of concern.
They come in wide varieties, including slips, shorts, skirts, girdles, tops, and full-body girdles. These each have their own benefits and types of outfits they complement. Control underwear is perfect for jeans, where shorts provide the perfect shape under a bodycon dress or skirt. Mid-section girdles boast versatility, which will be detailed later in this article.
No matter which type of shapewear and outfit you choose, there are a few rules that apply to all of them. These rules list everything from safety to cleaning and everything in between.
Choose shapewear articles that pair perfectly with your outfit.
A versatile garment that fits perfectly under anything. Whether it’s your favorite jeans or a sexy short dress, it will flatten your stomach and be smoothly hidden when worn with hip slits and fitted to your thighs.
Shorts are perfect for controlling your tummy and thighs. While worn with pants or shorts, it may cause unsightly bumps, but it’s perfect for skirts and dresses of any fit.
Shapewear dresses or slips are best suited to snug or loose-fit short dresses. However, bodycon dresses may be too tight should the slip ride up and create rolls.
Tops are best fitted under, well, tops. Whether it’s a blouse or a fitted tee, these tops will provide control of your mid-section and support your breasts.
There are two types of girdles. Mid-section girdles flatten the stomach and can be worn under almost any article of clothing. The full body girdle controls the thighs, midsection, breasts, and sometimes even the arms. They fit nicely under dresses and jumpsuits.
Safety is paramount in all things. This includes fashion. While body shapewear does not have the same risks associated with it as other shaping garments in history, there are still some rules you should follow.
The first rule is to ensure you only wear it for 8 hours at a time. This reduces the chance of organ and muscle strain while allowing for easy breathing. While wearing it longer occasionally won’t cause problems, if worn longer than 8 hours at a time routinely, it can cause issues.
The next important rule is to wear shapewear that fits comfortably. While it should compress areas of concern, it shouldn’t restrict your breathing or make you feel as if it’s crushing you. Buy the proper size and try it on to ensure it fits properly.
The final rule is to buy the right shapewear for you. If you are pregnant, it’s best to purchase maternity shapewear that is safe for both you and the fetus. If you’re wearing shapewear during a workout, it’s best to buy an athletic garment.
All lingerie, including shapewear, should be washed on the delicate cycle. Most should be done with cold water, and many require hang or tumble dry. To be certain, always check the washing instructions on the label.
Now that you know the rules, the last thing to do is choose the shapewear that best suits you!
Leggings are super comfy and stylish, especially with the rise of loungewear as casual wear. They are incredibly versatile and find that perfect place between making your legs look great and feeling cozy. A feeling we all want with the fall weather setting in. Which begs the question: can leggings be worn as pants?
But before you rejoice, there are some things you should consider. These include the environment you’re in and the activity you’re engaging in. Leggings with an oversized sweater look almost as cozy as it feels and is perfect for a day with friends or in the house. However, the same cannot be said for wearing them in the office.
This does not mean you can’t wear leggings as pants outside of casual settings, just that you have to be more strategic.
It’s widely accepted that people wear leggings beneath skirts and dresses in various settings, but the same is true for wearing them as lone bottom pieces. You simply have to dress for the occasion.
In your place of work, you can wear subtle leggings with subdued colors and patterns beneath tunic-style shirts that reach your mid-thighs. This way, your groin and bottom are covered, but you’re still comfy while looking professional. Leggings are the perfect addition to a business casual outfit.
Dressing up? Wear your leggings under long sweater dresses or flowy A-line tops. Layer a thin but long camisole with a cardigan and belt it around the waist as a finishing touch. These looks are perfectly paired with jewelry and scarves to make the perfect date night or party outfit.
Paired with the right top and selecting a sturdy and opaque fabric, some leggings can look like pants. Two main types of leggings can be disguised as typical bottoms.
Anyone who was around in the early 2010s is keenly aware of jeggings – leggings fashioned to appear like jeans. They caught a bad wrap in the day as many wore cheap thin materials that left little to the imagination. Fortunately, there are many better alternatives nowadays that hug and shape your legs like your favorite pair of skinny jeans without compromising comfort.
These Jeggings can easily be worn as jeans and have the added benefit of tummy and leg sculpting.
Dress leggings are exactly what they sound like – leggings that can be worn in more formal situations. They look just like any other dress pants but boast the leg-flattering benefits and comfort often not found with usual dress pants.
A versatile garment that’s perfect in the office or on a night out. Enjoy tummy control with an insert brief that also conceals that butt and groin, meaning you can easily wear it in regular length or even cropped tops.
Don’t compromise style, flattering cuts, and comfort. Choose your style and wear your favorite pair of leggings as pants.
Love them or hate them, bras are essential for a good chunk of the population to prevent back problems and discomfort. However, they are either expensive or don’t last long, and sometimes both. The bra can last longer if you learn how to wash your bra.
Bras, especially those made for full-busted people, are made with reinforced wires and bands, and some have molded cups that might lose their shape over time. The fabric and wire choices help lift and hold your breasts in place, allowing you to move about freely.
Of course, there are several different types of bras suited to different outfits and activities. A push-up bra might be great for date night, and a sports bra for day-to-day activities.
You can read in-depth about each of them and their advantages and disadvantages in an article telling about bra styles.
Whichever style is right for you, you also want to ensure that you wear your bra correctly. This includes wearing the right bra size and alternating them correctly. Don’t over-wear bras (three to four days a week) as it causes the fabric to wear more quickly.
Your breasts collect a lot of sweat during the day, especially underneath them. It’s best to wash them after every two wears, and every wear in the summer for this reason.
However, you don’t want to over-wash your garments, as they will also negatively impact their longevity. You’ll be the best judge of when it’s necessary, but you should go no longer than two days.
There are two different main methods when discussing how to wash your bra. These are a) handwashing and b) machine washing. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, but the keyword for either method is “gently,” as you don’t want to fatigue the fabric.
Washing bras by hand may seem overwhelming and tedious, but it’s not as daunting as the images of preindustrial laundresses make it out to be.
This process only takes around 20 minutes and is much better for your lingerie. Simply fill your sink with about a gallon of cool water, then a tablespoon of gentle laundry detergent, a no-rinse solution. However, any detergent formulated for delicate is more suitable.
Let your bras sit in the sink or tub for around 15 minutes. Once this is done, rinse them under cold water and gently squeeze the excess water from the fabric.
A more attractive alternative to handwashing, even if it can be rougher. Mitigate the harmful effects of machine washing by following these steps:
This process usually takes about 45 minutes, but you won’t notice the extra time as the machine does most of the work.
Whether you opt for handwashing or machine washing, it’s best to hang your bras to dry to avoid agitation and heat warping.
You know how to wash your bra and wear it properly. All that’s left is storage. Once done, nest the garments inside each other and place them upright in a drawer specifically for them.
Enjoy longer-lasting bras that keep their form and support!
New Year’s is just around the corner, and many of us are looking to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. While we all know the benefits of eating healthy and exercising, there are a number of other things you can do to support your weight loss. With the popularity of shapewear and workout waist trainers, many are asking: does wearing shapewear help you lose weight?
Wearing shapewear can help you lose weight, but the pounds won’t simply melt off while you wear shaping garments. They work by supporting your body, boosting your confidence and mindful habits.
Shapewear helps you lose weight in subtle but tangible ways. This means that you can boast the figure of your dreams while working to make it a reality.
Perhaps the most notable example on our list is waist trainers or cinchers made to be worn while exercising. Compressing fat cells into muscle tissue, thus making your core muscles work more intensely. Another way this works is by providing core support during your workout and correcting your posture.
Though it does need to be mentioned that those who choose to wear waist trainers during workouts shouldn’t wear them too tight or for prolonged periods of time. As with any new exercise equipment (including wardrobe) or routines, pay close attention to your body.
After abdominal surgeries or giving birth, your body is quite literally out of shape. This, of course, isn’t your fault, but that of the immense trauma your body has gone through. Shapewear compresses fat into muscle tissue and reshapes the body. This promotes healing.
If you are in the market for post-surgical girdles or after birth, you should consult your family doctor to ensure it is safe for you.
When people ask, “how can shapewear help me lose weight?” they often think of the reshaping and compression features. However, there is one subtle way that shapewear aids weight loss – you’re more mindful of your eating. The pressure on your stomach makes you more aware of that full feeling.
However, when it comes to diet, it is always important to have enough calories for your demographic and energy levels. Be sure not to use this method to promote fasting and be aware of any stomach pains.
The power of feeling “right” in your body is tangible. If you feel like You and don’t feel animosity toward your body, you’re much more likely to take care of it. Feel at home in the only body you have by dressing the way you want and loving yourself.
Your ideal shape now becomes something tangible that you can see rather than a vague idea in your head. This makes you much more likely to follow through with your new year’s resolution to live a happier and healthier life!
With the holidays, New Year, and December weddings, many look for body shapewear for backless dresses. Wear that glamourous dress of your dreams while still wearing stunning yet discreet shapewear.
There are many different types of shapewear for backless dresses; the key here is to find something with a band that comes below the waist or back of your dress. Shorts, skirts, and briefs are all great options for such outfits, but you can also get backless bustiers that look incredibly sexy underneath your dress or in the bedroom.
The Va Bien Backless Bustier is perfect for brides and bridesmaids with backless dresses. This bustier provides excellent bust support along with body shaping control along the ribs, stomach and hips, all while looking like fashion lingerie!
Colors: White, Ivory, Black
A Longline Bra is similar to a bustier but stops above the navel. The Dominique Neomi Backless Satin Longline Bra is all but invisible under your clothing and is perfectly suited for backless dresses of all silhouettes. This piece offers lift and support for your breasts while slimming the torso, creating a sleek and sexy figure.
Colors: White, Ivory, Black
While many girdles or waist cinchers come up to the ribcage, the Cortland Intimates Open Bottom Girdle only rises above the navel and small of the back. This makes it a perfect choice for those looking to tame their tummy and hips while still wearing a backless dress.
Colors: White, Black
The Rago High Waist Leg Shaper Firm Shaping garment is perfect for anyone looking to control their stomachs, hips and thighs. The waist comes up above the navel but still is love enough to accommodate most backless and revealing dresses.
Colors: White, Black
At the time of writing, it’s winter, and most people wearing short dresses or dresses with slits will need to wear stockings or pantyhose to keep warm. So why not get an item that pulls double duty as hosiery and shapewear?
The Berkshire Queen Silky Sheer Control-Top Pantyhose are a wonderful and cost-effective choice to keep your legs warm while shaping your calves, thighs, hips, stomach and buttocks. Looks beautiful under any backless dress despite its length and silhouette.
Colors: City Beige, Black, French Coffee, Linen, Natural Tan, Nude, Off-Black
Worn as any underwear, the Dominique Shaper Brief is a perfect choice for any dress, as it’s super discreet. Enjoy the benefits of a slimmed stomach, buttocks and hips with your choice of clothing, no matter how revealing. Comfort and style meet with this piece of covert shapewear.
Colors: Black, Nude
Now that you know the different types of shapewear and our recommendations for backless dresses, we hope you can find something this holiday season that will make you feel beautiful and confident.
With the start of the new year just around the corner, many of us are trying to find ways to look and feel our best. Many are doing this using discreet and stylish shapewear to add confidence to their favorite outfits. Here are the five best control body shapewear for 2023 that will bring style and confidence into the new year.
Before introducing our five items, we should discuss the many types of control body shapewear and the outfits that they pair with best.
Camisoles are tops that fit under tops and dresses of your choice. They control the stomach while lifting and supporting the bust to enhance your torso’s shape.
Briefs are underwear with tummy control that flatten the stomach while leaving the legs and bust free. This allows you complete freedom of outfits, from your favorite pair of jeans to a formal dress.
Shorts will also compress your middle to give you a signature hourglass figure, but also provides control over hips and thighs. This type of body shapewear pairs incredibly well with bodycon dresses, leggings, skirts, and jeans.
Like shorts, body shapewear skirts control the middle, hips, and thighs. These are paired well with an assortment of dresses and skirts. Slips are also paired with dresses and skirts, providing bust and back control as well as hip, middle and thigh control.
Waist girdles are incredibly versatile, pairing with any garment of your choice. These girdles flatten your midsection, and select models also provide bust support. Girdles come in various types, from middle compression to full body sculpting shapewear that firms the hips, legs, middle, and, on some models, even your arms.
Shorts are a staple of control body shapewear. This is one of our highest-selling body shapers – the all-in-one high-waisted shorts that compress your hips, middle and thighs. With an anti-slip waistband, the top stays just below the bust. These shorts are easy to use and work like magic!
Colors: Black, Nude
This shaping camisole provides full-bust support and firm control for the stomach and back. Fitting sleekly under most shirts and dresses, as well as looking like a regular camisole for translucent shirts and cardigans.
Colors: Black, Nude
Worn like normal underwear, this shaping brief lifts your buttocks while compressing your tummy, giving your middle, hips, and bottom your desired shape. Movement isn’t hindered while you wear this brief as the leg bands are flexible for comfort and motion.
Colors: Black, Nude
A thin, lacy slip that appears like any other lingerie but with body-shaping benefits. Cups fit, lift and shape the bust, while contour bands compress the hips, back, thighs and stomach, giving you an hourglass figure. This can be paired with most dresses with wide straps or sleeves, as well as most necklines.
Colors: White, Black/Pink, Black/Mocha, Black/Red, and Black
Our highest-rated full-body girdle is perfect for formal occasions, ensuring you have your ideal figure for big events such as weddings or proms. As it is bust-free, you can wear it with your favorite bra without sacrificing back control. Enjoy a full reduction of your hips, thighs, and mid-section leading to the figure of your dreams.
Colors: Nude, Black
There are multiple bras out on the market today, and picking the perfect one can be quite difficult. There are many different styles, materials, purposes, and fits, all of which play an important role in determining what is best for you. Listed below are 8 different bra styles and a little bit about each of their purpose.
This bra can be referred to by many different names, such as T-shirt or contour bra. It essentially performs that role of hiding under clothing so that you will not see it through the fabric. The cups of the bra are always in place, even when not being worn. These type of bras are very good for nipple coverage.
Balconette Bra/Demi Bra
Although these are listed together, they are both different bra types. Many people confuse these two as being the same. The balconette bra is a full-coverage bra with a cup that is lower to show off more of the top of the breast. Whereas the demi bra, has a cup that is even lower than the balconette and the tops of the cup are cut straight across. The demi bra is good for lower neck outfits and also good for those with a shallower type of breast because it lifts them up without creating cleavage.
Push-up braIf you want to lift up your breasts and create a nice cleavage, then the push-up bra is the perfect style for you. This is also a good style for those with breast asymmetry, meaning one breast is a bit larger than the other.
Underwire bras are very good for those that enjoy feeling supported. They help to keep the breasts close to the chest. Some find this style uncomfortable. The underwire bra comes in different styles such as demi, plunge, and full-coverage.
These are one of the popular new styles of bras. These are made without clasps and can be put on right over your head. Many Bralettes are made of lace material and have adjustable straps. They are very comfortable and can be worn to bed, or even as sexy lingerie. For those women with fuller chests, there are Bralettes made with underwire for more support.
Sports bras are perfect to wear when working out. They come in different styles for impact such as low, medium, or high. If you are running, you want a higher impact bra to keep you supported. Lower impact sports bras would be for such activities as yoga.
These are popular for those women who have larger breasts. They offer full-coverage that helps to minimize the appearance of larger breasts. It helps spread the breasts across the chest rather than together.
Strapless bras are chosen for outfits that show off skin. Convertible bras are similar but allow you to add and change straps into different patterns. If you are looking for more of a versatility then chose a convertible bra.
These are some of the basic bra styles out there on the market. Choosing the perfect bra can be difficult, but with knowing its intended use or purpose can make it a lot easier.
Sagging breasts are a natural part of life for many of us as we grow older and those with larger breasts. It can be irritating and even painful to watch as time and gravity take their toll on your body. While it is natural, that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant, which is why it’s so important to find the best bra for sagging breasts.
The most well-known culprit is age, but other factors also contribute to sagging breasts. Most of these involve hormonal shifts such as pregnancy or menopause and certain medications. However, weight gain and loss can similarly be responsible.
Those with larger breasts are much more likely to suffer sagging younger than their smaller-breasted counterparts. This makes bra choice even in your early twenties very important as it can delay sagging.
And of course, like with all matters of the body, the most significant factor is genetics. If you look at earlier generations and notice sagging breasts are common, it’s likely that you will also have that issue.
The right bra provides support for your breasts, allowing them to withstand gravity and movement. Meanwhile, the wrong bra can have the opposite effect, leaving your breasts unsupported and looking saggy.
For tips on how to choose the right one and size, please read our article on How to Find the Best Bra Type.
Typically wire-free bras do not provide the support required, but innovations in bra design have made wire-free models more accessible. However, bras with underwire are still the best option for full-busted women to have the most support.
We go more in-depth on the pros and cons of underwire and wire-free here.
1. Push-Up Bras
Push-Up bras are excellent for sagging breasts when worn correctly, as they provide lift to counteract falling. They also give you a perky appearance, and ones with a plunging neckline are perfect for low-cut and boat neck tops.
This bra provides ample lift to counteract sagging and can be worn strapless or with straps for additional support.
Colors: Nude, Black, White, Lilac, and Brown
Give your bust a boost with this bra. Stop sagging while staying comfortable and sexy.
Colors: Bombshell nude, chocolate, black, blue sapphire, and crantastic
2. Full-Coverage Bras
Full cups cover and lift the entirety of the bust and often are supported by comfortable, wide straps. Perfect for large-busted women and those with very little firmness to their breasts.
With Straight and plus-size cup options and lacy feminine detailing, this bra is both sexy and supportive.
Colors: Nude, Black
Price: $59.00 Sale/ $76.00 reg.
Perfect for most necklines, the Fully Yours provides support while staying stylish and comfortable.
Colors: Mocha, Fawn, Black, Violet, Bilberry, Deep Red, Dark Teal, Hot Red, Pink, Silver, Sky Blue, and Peach
Balconettes transform sagging breasts into a perky pair while still leaving plenty of room for cleavage. With wide-set supportive straps and demi-cups, you can look and feel sexy.
With a plunging neckline and floral lace, the Gossard Glamour lifts and reveals your bust comfortably and effectively without sacrificing style.
Sizes: 32-38, AA-G
Purpose made for large-busted folks, with embroidered vines, the Superbra Tango boasts lamented cups for perfect support, and plush straps ensure your comfort while enhancing your look.
Colors: Black, Nude, Blush, and Navy
Don’t let sagging breasts get you down – find the perfect bra to give you a much-deserved lift.
It’s happened to all of us. You are getting ready for a night out or a very important event, you put on your best outfit, and your stomach stubbornly sticks out. Using shapewear is a quick and easy way to achieve the look you want. Though you may wonder, which is the best shapewear to flatten your stomach?
When choosing shapewear, there are a number of factors you want to consider, including your outfit, areas you wish to control, your activity levels while in it, and even the weather.
By considering each of these factors, you can ensure that you discretely and comfortably flatten your stomach with shapewear.
At the time of writing, we are experiencing a global heatwave with dangerously high temperatures, which is probably important to discuss how to choose shapewear during a heatwave.
Of course, regardless of the weather, you want to keep your shapewear on for no longer than eight hours and plan your day or evening accordingly. This will allow you to achieve your desired look without sacrificing your health and safety.
During the heat, you can still wear shapewear. It’s best to opt for breathable waist clinchers. This allows you to avoid layering shapewear over your bra and underwear, and your core will be less prone to overheating.
The best shapewear for this is the Farmacell Shaper Belt, made with an ultra-breathable fabric that controls your lower abdomen and hips.
Colors: Black, Nude, White
Price $37.00 Sale/ $51.00 reg.
When wearing a two-piece outfit, you want to ensure that your shapewear isn’t exposed during movement. This, however, is an easy thing to do with high-waisted skirts and shirts tucked in, with most options being discrete.
However, the best options are shaping leggings, shorts, and briefs, depending on the length of the skirt. The Euroskins midthigh boxer shaper is perfect for smoothing the hips and legs while tucking in the tummy at a mid-waist level.
Colors: Black and Nude
Price: $22.00 Sale/ $45.00
A two-piece outfit with pants has the same issues as one with skirts and the added challenge of not having leg pieces visible. This is why shapewear briefs are the best option for shorts and pants.
Noir by Euroskins Mid-Waist Panty Shaper is a perfect option here, as it is mid-waist underwear, so it will not be visible no matter how you move.
Colors: Nude, Black
Price: $20.00 Sale/ $40.00 reg.
Shapewear for dresses is very easy to pick as, depending on length, nearly your whole body is covered regardless of your motion. This means you can flatten your stomach up to your bust line and shape your hips and thighs without anyone knowing.
The best article is one that does all of these, such as the TC Fine Intimates Just Enough Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer. In this piece, you keep your stomach flat and your curves tame.
Colors: Black, Nude
While enjoying your summer, dress your best with shapewear to flatten your stomach. These items will give you the confidence you need to eschew the self-consciousness common to social events on hot nights.
It’s your big day. You’ve got everything figured out from your hair to your dress, leaving you with one question: which body shapewear for a wedding dress is the best?
Many don’t think about what goes underneath their dream dress, but it is just as important as the dress itself as it can add confidence or comfort. Whether it’s bridal lingerie or sleek shapewear you want something that will make you feel truly radiant.
When choosing shapewear to go underneath your dress there are three aspects you must consider:
When buying body shapewear for wedding dresses these questions are key. A Victorian-style bustier may not be ideal for a tight-fitting dress, or shorts might not work for a dress with a slit up to the hip.
When trying on shapewear consider these factors and when possible, try it on with your wedding dress so you have an idea of how it’ll look.
Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a non-exhaustive list of bridal shapewear suited to a variety of dress features. While reading through this list, it’s important to remember that it is not exhaustive but rather a collection of suggestions, so bear in mind your comfort, style, and visibility.
If one of these suggested items is close, but not quite right, we have several similar items. We’ve broken them down into types as well.
A bustier compresses the middle while lifting the bust. They are best for strapless dresses with high waists as they stop just before the last ribs.
This lacy bustier covers the bust completely with medium tummy control. Can be worn with strapless or spaghetti strap dresses and boat necks, and full coverage sweetheart necklines.
Colors: White, Black
Enjoy Romantic looking and sleek shapewear beneath your dress with this smooth, ivory bustier.
Colors: Ivory, White, Black
Torsolettes are similar to bustiers but cover the entire torso giving the wearer a much-desired hourglass figure. Brasselettes are shorter than torsolettes but longer than bustiers. These garments tend to be thinner and are great for both natural and dropped waist dresses.
This gorgeous torsolette is perfect for sweetheart necklines and natural or dropped waist dresses. Have the figure of your dreams with the luxurious feel of satin.
Colors: White, Black
Romantic satin brasselette is perfect for a classic bridal look suited to plunging necklines, off the shoulder and sweetheart necklines with flared and sheathed dresses. Sheer enough to be worn under any dress.
Colors: White, Ivory, Black, and Nude.
Girdles are shapewear that controls the tummy. This means you can slim your stomach while wearing your favorite bra with your dream dress.
This sheer girdle is nigh invisible beneath your dress and is perfect for most waistlines and flared or slim dresses. Diagonal bands shape the hips and stomach for your dream figure under your dream dress.
Colors: White, Black
Garters hold stockings in place at the thigh and clip to a garter belt which shapes the hips and lower belly. These are great for most dress types, especially for winter brides who may want to wear stockings for warmth.
This garter belt is thin and climbs above the navel controlling both the stomach and the hips.
Colors: White, Black
At the end of the day, the best body shapewear for wedding dresses is the one that makes you feel amazing. Consider the lines, material, neck and back openings among other factors to help make your decision.
Find your dream shapewear to go under your dream dress on the big day.