Now that the party season is upon us, many women are opening up their lingerie drawers and dealing with a subject they dread: shapewear. I’m a actually a huge fan of shapewear as long as it follows several rules. It has to fit and give you a smooth line under whatever you’re wearing. I like my shapewear to be effective but forgiving enough to eat in, and above all it has to be pretty. Life is way too short to spend it in ugly lingerie, even when no one else will see it. In a perfect world, your shapewear should make you feel confident and glamourous instead of sending you scurrying to the bathroom to remove it in private.
If you’re full busted, it’s easy to feel like people aren’t making pretty shapewear for you. Lots of places only feature corsetlettes that depend on cup size, or overbust corsets that can be hit or miss. Those of us with larger cup sizes really want pretty shapewear that we can wear with our own bras while still feeling gorgeous and coordinated when our dress comes off at the end of the night. Today, I’m imploring you to get rid of all the awful nude stuff in your drawer that you hate and instead try one of these pieces. They are all perfect for the holidays, can be worn with any bra you want and have tons of personality.
I love everything that Kiss Me Deadly puts out, but this Vargas Longline Girdle is extra special. Plum is a hot color this season, so this piece of shapewear is also right on trend. The double layers of powermesh will give you a smooth line without making you feel squished, and the giant bows on the garters are like icing on the cake. It’s sold out on the Kiss Me Deadly site right now, but Girdlebound still has stock in all sizes.
I’m always fascinated by the way Dottie’s Delights fuses the old and the new into gorgeous lingerie pieces. This girdle skirt is made from tough as nails shapewear material and Chantilly lace that is combined with vintage deadstock satin for a functional homage to the past. The garter clips are vintage as well, so you don’t have to worry about your stockings slipping around awkwardly during your big night out. Each one is made to order, and sizing goes up to 2x.
This high waisted open bottom girdle practically has a cult following. I know women who swear by this piece and won’t wear anything else under their dresses and skirts. If you’d like an inch or two of extra room in your dress, this is the piece to pick up. In the spirit of feeling confident and expressing yourself, check out Orchard Corset’s options to custom dye your shapewear. They offer a wide variety of colors, and it’s only $10 extra to have a quality piece of shapewear in your favorite color. Go ahead — you know you’ve always wanted a lime green girdle!
Sometimes the basics really are the best, which is why corsets still have such a strong following. A well made corset can be comfortable and incredibly effective in giving you a whole new shape underneath your outfit. What Katie Did has a fantastic range and offers a great entry point into the world of corsets. My favorite is this silk Mae corset in Aubergine. It’s simple but stunning, and can be worn under or over your favorite dress.
If you’re not sure about the whole steel boned corset thing, this piece by Squeem is a nice middle option. It has serious compression to it, but the rubber and flexible boning give it extra comfort. It also boosts a gorgeous brocade pattern that’s unusual to find in a shapewear piece.
Do you love or hate shapewear? Which pieces are your favorite?