Reviewed: The Body Wrap’s ‘Sheer Iridesscent’ Slip & Bodysuit

Note: These items were purchased by me. The Body Wrap is not affiliated with this review in any way.

I’ve been wanting to try The Body Wrap for awhile. So much shapewear (the non-pinup kind, anyway) is boring and beige, that I love the idea of a shaping garment that can do double duty as something both pretty and functional. The Sheer Iridesscent Line is The Body Wrap’s trendier take on shapewear, specializing in more fashion forward fabrics but with less contouring, shaping, and control.

Since my bust, waist, and hip measurements put me in between sizes, I purchased the Romantica bodysuit in size L (left) and the Diva Dot slip in size M (although if I went by my weight, I’d be an XL…how do people come up with these size charts?). These pieces are available to purchase at The Body Wrap’s website for $78 each.

The 5-second review: The shapewear is pretty and would make a great layering piece (particularly for innerwear as outerwear looks), but it doesn’t shape. I’d buy this for the appearance, but not for the effect.

The good: The Sheer Iridesscent line really is pretty. The mesh is good quality (but definitely not powermesh), and I could definitely see myself wearing either of these pieces with a pencil skirt, skinny jeans, or beneath a sheer blouse. This is lingerie you can feel comfortable showing off. I also like that there are several different prints and patterns to choose from.

The not-so-good: This shapewear doesn’t shape. Or smooth. Or sculpt. Or do much of anything really. And while that would be okay if this was “just” a slip or a bodysuit, if you’re going to promote a garment as contouring shapewear (and charge premium shapewear prices), it would be nice if it actually delivered. Otherwise, why not just sell it as regular lingerie?

The other issue was related to fit and, looking back, was similar to a problem I had with the Bethanny Frankel ‘Skinnygirl’ Shapewear. Namely, the bra cups.

All of The Body Wrap’s full body pieces (like the bodysuit and slip) fit at least 3 bra cup sizes, with several of them fitting up to 4 (for example: A-D). That’s a lot of variation, and so you wind up with a generic (and generically fitting) bra. Basically, if you’re small busted, your boobs are keeping themselves up. But these pieces also illustrate perfectly one of my overall suggestions with regards to shapewear: namely, it can be better to focus on one specific area (for example: just your waist or hips or tummy) than trying to get one piece that does it all.

In summary, this is a nice fashion line, but not much more. If you are wanting full body shapewear, I recommend buying from a brand that sells by bra size instead of dress size or purchasing a shaping dress that lets you wear your own bra. Not only will your bosoms get the support they deserve, but so will the rest of your parts.

Have you tried The Body Wrap? What did you think of it? Do you feel like shapewear should actually do something when you wear it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Cora

Cora

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11 Comments

  1. 25/07/12 at 13:17

    I am really greatful for this review because fashion friendly shapewear always looks so appealing– glad to know that this is not what I’m looking for. The spotty one looks so cute though!

    • 26/07/12 at 11:42

      They *are* super cute! And of the two pieces, the dotted slip was my favorite. I’d just recommend having reasonable expectations if you decide to get one or the other. ;-)

  2. babelfishwars
    25/07/12 at 16:34

    Just glanced at the sizing chart. See what you mean about it – ignoring cup size, I’m a ‘P’ for everything … but a G for weight. A slight difference, eh?

    • 26/07/12 at 11:43

      Yeah…it’s weird, isn’t it? Glad I’m not the only who felt a bit out of place on that size chart. I am really curious about brands develop those now.

  3. 25/07/12 at 23:45

    Those are two gorgeous pieces! I would have never considered wearing those under a skirt or jeans-Ingenious! I really haven’t tried much of anything so I couldn’t add my two cents on that front unfortunately.

    • 26/07/12 at 11:44

      Hi Kayla! Yeah, I’d totally recommend these for a more modest take on lingerie as outerwear, but I’m not sure I’d buy them just for that. I’d much rather they shaped.

  4. Vhary
    26/07/12 at 14:56

    I love all your posts on shapewear, but I as I am new to most lingerie I am a little confused. How much activity is healthy for shapewear, and what kind of activity is not good to do while wearing shapewear?

    I dance swing and salsa, and I would like to look nice and feel nice when I go out dancing, but I worry that I will end up damaging a corselette or a set of high-waisted leggings, by possibly stretching the material too far or putting too much strain on the boning. Can you give me a basic idea of the do’s and don’ts of wearing shapewear?

    • 26/07/12 at 17:18

      Hi Vhary,

      As I’m not a dancer, I’m really not the best person to ask for recommendations on the best shapewear to use while dancing. Why not ask some of your fellow dancers what kind of shapewear they wear? You’ll get a much better response than you would from me.

      Best,
      Trea

      • Vhary
        29/07/12 at 13:28

        Hi,

        I’ll do that, thanks!

        Vhary

  5. 26/07/12 at 21:54

    Similar sad tale Treacle . I picked up a few pieces at a real steal from Ideeli and was super hopeful but feel quite let down :(

    I second your review notes. Nothing terribly wrong, just not right to call these pieces shapewear. I will say though that I love the high waist knickers and can completely recommend them.

  6. 01/08/12 at 11:07

    I love the look of these, they are beautiful, especially the bodysuit. However, it’s a massive shame to hear of the fitting issues with the shape and cup sizes. I like the look of the shapewear but if it doesn’t actually shape you then what is the point really. Big shame.

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