The holidays are approaching, and that means more dress up occasions and more food. Luckily, your solution to both of these is pretty easy: shapewear.
Unfortunately, if you’re really curvy, it just isn’t that easy to find shapewear that doesn’t make you feel like an overstuffed sausage appetizer. It can be even harder to find shapewear that looks just as good by itself as it does under a dress. Lots of cute full body shapewear pieces don’t come in full-busted sizes, so you’re stuck with mixing and matching things that don’t look great together.
This month I’ve put together a list of curve friendly shapewear that will look great, smooth out your silhouette, and stay comfortable even after the holiday eating frenzy.
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Charnos doesn’t get a lot of press, but they’re a really amazing brand making gorgeous curve friendly shapewear and bras. Their corsetlette is one of my favorite pieces, but for some people their new waist nipper may be more their style. Either one comes in a gorgeous gold color with a black lace overlay, and just begs to be seen. I’ve had my corselette for almost a year now and it has never let me down.
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Va Bien Shapewear:
I’ve recently discovered Va Bien and they’ve become a regular part of my shapewear routine. While their pretty vintage looking pieces don’t come in full-busted sizes, some of their separates are very curve friendly.
Even though Va Bien isn’t one of the companies that comes up in conjunction with the full-busted market much, I’m a big fan of The Perfect Strapless bra. It gives great lift, stays in place, and comes in sizes up to I cup. Be warned that their backs run small, but their cups are very true to size. I usually take a 34 and needed a 36 in this bra.
If you want to emulate that strapless bodysuit look for larger cup sizes, combine the bra with either the Minus Touch Vintage High Waist Control Short or the High Waist Firm Control Brief. Until a company comes up with a pretty strapless basque or bodysuit for larger cup sizes, this is the next best option.
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Bodywrap Iridescent Collection:
Bodywrap Shapewear makes gorgeous and functional shapewear, and their iridescent collection is one of my favorites. This collection isn’t really aimed at curvier women, but with the multi-hook system on the back of their pieces they fit up to a G cup or so.
I’m in love with this beige pin dot pattern, as well as the red bodysuit. However, the top of my lust list has to be this Romantica bodysuit, which would work beautifully as shapewear or as part of the underwear as outerwear trend. If you’re looking for shapewear that is worth showing off, this line is a great one to try.
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While I may still be waiting for a gorgeous strapless bodysuit in my bra size, Bravissimo has been carrying some amazing basques for a long time. I’m a huge fan of blue and green lingerie, so this basque covers all the bases. It won’t provide a firm hold like some of the other pieces on this list, but it will smooth things out under your favorite dress. Even better, it comes in cup sizes up through K.
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Sophina is one of the Figleaves house brands, and they put out some gorgeous lingerie. I love the rich purple color of this set, as well as the light control you get. This is perfect when you want to make a big post-event impression, but look a little smoother under your favorite dress.
What shapewear will you be pulling out this holiday season? Do you like your shapewear sexy, functional, or somewhere in between? Let me know in the comments.