Red Carpet Secrets

Cyla Weiner, owner of Sylene of Washington, offers these Visual Slimming Tricks – the same ones used by your favorite celebrities on the red carpet.

Shapewear today is not your grandmother’s girdle! Instead, essential slimming products have been amazingly updated with contemporary new fabrics that control curves and smooth out anything you want to be invisible. Shapewear hides little bulges and rolls to make your shape look great, regardless of size. Whether you are 110 pounds or 210 pounds, shapewear products assist with problem areas from back and bra bulge to the hips and thighs.

Great shapewear pieces these days are comfortable, breathable, and offer enhancement. Whether a woman wants to whittle her waist, trim her thighs, define her derriere or banish back bulges, there is a shapewear product to the rescue!

The Cami Shaper: Minimizes your midriff while simultaneously smoothing out your back. Try strapless, or a V-Neck shaper from Cass and Co. that has wide straps and a flattering neckline. Cosabella designed a cami of eco-friendly, light, breathable and cool natural fiber that lows body temperature and is antibacterial, hypoallergenic and odor preventive. This scoop neck tank results in a slimmer and smoother appearance. Camis have made strides with many colors and strap options available.

The Pant Shaper: One growing product in the category of shapewear is the pant. Like full length Shaper Leggings, but with strategic stitching to lift the but and slim the front of legs and tummy, eliminating panty lines and creating a sleek silhouette. This type of shapewear is good for all body types and is comfortable, especially when it features a non-binding waistband.

The Body Suit: Like a leotard that opens and closes at the crotch, this style is great because it is comfortable, you can go to the bathroom easily, and the product makes you looked pulled together. They can be found with legs and without, with straps and without, with built-in bras or BYOB (Bring your own bra). Body Wrap’s full-figure seamless underwire body suit has a tummy control that flattens and slenderizes, while the rear lifts and shapes. The seamless underwire cups provide lots of support and lift. Wacaol offers a full-figure body briefer as well. (Shown: Bali’s Passion For Comfort All-In-One Bodysuit)

The Bottom Shaper: Many styles of panty shapers exist – from thongs, to briefs, to biker shorts, to mid-thigh, and long leg. DuMi, Cosabella and Grenier offer some sexy shaper products that offer significant function. Again, Body Wrap has the best selection for plus sized women and they have evolved shapewear selections by adding fun prints. These shapers do not cut into the waist and smooth out bottom bulge. Cosabella’s Breathe Brief is made with eco-friendly materials allowing your body to breathe while simultaneously firming the tummy and slenderizing hips.

The Dress Shaper: The benefit to a dress shaper is that it is one piece with overall slimming control, smoothing out any bulges while staying put. Look for a length about 3 inches above the knee. One of my favorites is from Cass and Co. This shaper lifts and supports the bust. Body Wrap offers a strapless slip that accommodates a D cup and is available in sizes small to extra large. Spanx offers a full slip shaper with removeable underwire available in sizes up to extra large (size 14-16) as well as a great half slip with a laser cut hem that is very effective in smoothing out problem areas.

A Final TipColor: Many of these shapers come in fashionable colors such as fuchsia, turquoise, red, brown, cream and pink. Nude is always your best neutral color choice because it is skin toned and works well under white and black clothing. If your natural skin tone is dark try a brown or suntan color.

About the Author: Cyla Weiner is a bra, intimate apparel and swimwear fitting expert who grew up in the fashion industry. She opened Sylene of Washington (SW), a woman-owned lingerie and swimwear boutique, in the Washington-DC area 35 years ago. She and SW’s fitting experts specialize in helping women, brides to be, and teens who appreciate a combination of personal attention and superior, luxurious selections.

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2 Comments

  1. Blanche says:

    What brand is the pantliner?

  2. Rachel says:

    Just click on the photo and learn all about it!

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