Today’s guest post is by Lauren. Lauren believes all you need in life are three things: great lingerie, good food, and fantastic friends. She writes on behalf of Jolie Lingerie and when she’s not putting pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard) she enjoys reading, cooking (mainly desserts), and indulging in a little bit of retail therapy.
Remember that moment in Bridget Jones when Renee Zellweger had to make the decision between the scary, huge, pants and the sexy black ones? Those scary pants helped Bridget to bag Daniel Cleaver (against her better judgement, may I add) but nonetheless, she did look amazing in that gold dress.
If you’ve got a big event coming up and you want to make sure that you look your best, there’s no harm in using high tech fabrics and clothing design to give yourself a helping hand, and a super sleek silhouette.
Whilst shapewear is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle, if you’re feeling bloated or not as firm as you’d like, a good bodysuit or pair of control pants will boost your confidence and make you feel better about wearing your favourite dress. Here’s a quick overview of some of the shapewear that every woman will benefit from having in her closet:
Va Bien Shaping Bodysuit
For a quick lift, bodies and body shapers are the way forward. They may look a little like a swimsuit, but trust me when I say they’re very, very different! Bodies help to smooth out your stomach, lift your bosom, make your bum look perky and create a smooth silhouette – all in one! They are perfect for wearing under almost any outfit from trousers and tops, to shorts and tanks, to dresses and skirts. Many bodies have an integrated underwired bra to offer support, but if you prefer to wear your own, there are cupless styles available that often have matching separates, like this one from Gris Gris:
Prima Donna Twist ‘Cache Cache’ Body
Triumph Amazing Sensation Bodysuit
There are so many gorgeous designs out there, that you may find yourself wearing some bodysuits as outerwear!
Body Control Dresses
Resultwear Marilyn Slip
Cass Luxury Shapewear Cami Dress
Wolford Tulle Forming Dress
A good body control dress hugs your curves making them look smooth and toned. If you want shapely thighs, and defined waist and a perky bust, then a control dress under your party dress is the way forwards. Get fitted for your dress professionally, and be realistic about what the dress can do for you. A good shapewear dress, like the ones above, will give you a sleek, smooth silhouette, but it won’t make you a full dress size smaller. Trying to squeeze into a dress that’s too small will give you bulges in places that you shouldn’t have them.
What Katie Did Glamour Corselette
Kiss Me Deadly Sirena Corselette
Corselettes, or garter dresses, are an essential piece of shapewear that every woman should have in her wardrobe. They help to create a smooth silhouette when worn under dresses and skirts. Most corselettes come with stocking clips to help keep them in place, and many styles are pretty enough to wear on their own in the bedroom, or as part of a super-sultry boudoir photo shoot.
Sassybax Pretty Camisole
Cybele Seamless Shaping Camisole
Yummie Tummie ‘Serafina’ Shaping Camisole
Camisoles help to smooth your upper body, flatten your tummy, and hide any “love handles.” They’re more comfortable to wear than a full body control dress and are a good choice if you’re wearing a dress that’s fitted at the top and flared at the bottom or are pairing a show-stopping top with a pair of trousers, jeans or a skirt.
Chantelle ‘Paris Paris’ Waist Cincher
Gossard Retrolution Waist Cincher (right)
Rago Lacette Waist Cincher
Nipped-in waists and hourglass figures are still highly desirable. If you want to add a little extra definition to your waist, then a waist cincher or “waspie”, will be your new best friend. A waist cincher is a wide belt that is worn around the waist which helps smooth out the tummy and support your back whilst helping to create a hourglass shape. They are available in a wide range of styles that include front fastening hook-and-eye closures as well as pull-on styles, and they range from more plain, everyday wear to lacy pieces (such as Chantelle’s), which you’ll have a hard time keeping under your clothes!
Freya ‘Piper’ Cornflower Bra
Dirty Dolls Lingerie Longline Bra
Dottie’s Delights Chantilly Lace & Silk Longline Bra
Sometimes bra bulge can ruin an otherwise great outfit. Longline bras like the beautiful Freya style pictured above, offer support for your chest and smooth your back so that you don’t end up with a visible bra line. Longline bras are structured to extend a few inches lower than normal bras and can do double duty as a shaping bustier. Longline bras also give you a gorgeous silhouette, and are frequently more comfortable to wear than normal, thinner band bras because the wider band area offers more support across a larger space.
Know Me Seamless Lace Shaping Panty
Scandale ‘Sirene’ Long Leg Pant
Flexees by Maidenform Thigh Slimmer
If you want to look your best in a slim-fitting skirt or some skinny jeans, then shaping shorts and mid-thigh shapers are a good option. They lift your bum and smooth out your thighs at the same time. You can even get shaping pants that help keep your skin cool, so you don’t get all hot and bothered on the dance floor. Because who doesn’t want to look confident and comfortable in their party clothes?
Cosabella Smooth, Sexy Shaper Contour Brief
DKNY Underslimmers Slimming Briefs
Rhonda Shear Pinup Girl Panties
Whether you’re slipping on your favourite pair of jeans or getting ready to paint the town red with your friends, you want to look just as gorgeous from behind as you do from the front. Control briefs and boy shorts are perfect for lifting and rounding your bum to create a derriere you can’t wait to shake. Control briefs offer everything from light to firm support, and for those who are venturing into shapewear for the first time, are much less intimidating than their full-body counterparts. Many control briefs also offer light stomach support and even a level of thigh slimming too, making them the perfect all-arounder to wear under anything.
Solidea Silver Wave Slimming Sleeves
Slimpressions “The Have Nots”
Mary Portas Lace Armery
Shapewear isn’t just designed to slim tums and lift bums; there are even pieces to help out with your arms. If you’re wearing a tight top, or dress with long sleeves, you may want to invest in back and arm shapers. These can even help to correct poor posture, a common complaint amongst office workers and those who spend a lot of time at a desk. Arm shapers that stretch across the back help to pull your shoulders into a more natural position and can help to unfurl you if you feel hunched over. All this and you get the appearance of toned, shapely arms., besides What’s not to love?
Note: Shapers and support clothing can help you to feel more confident in your favourite outfits, but you must choose your support clothing carefully. If it is difficult to put on, restricts your movement, or causes discomfort, don’t wear it. Overly tight clothing can impair your circulation, which can be dangerous. The romantic Hollywood image of women fainting because they wore a corset that was laced too tightly has some grounding in truth. Don’t revive that image by wearing Spanx that are two sizes too small!
What is your favorite type of shapewear? Any brands you’d like to recommend?