Shapewear Essentials

That time of the year is upon us once again! The grocery stores and malls are rife with holiday music and the home improvement stores are bustling with giant inflatable snowmen and cookies. Soon, families across the United States will sit down for a large Thanksgiving dinner and the race will officially begin. No weekend will be left spared as the parties stack up. The office holiday party will be followed quickly by the neighborhood holiday party and then family gatherings and New Year parties.

If you haven’t started a diet yet (not that you need one), chances are you’re already putting it off until next year, but you still want to look as good as Julia Louis Dreyfus or Maggie Gyllenhaal at an awards ceremony. The good news is that those lovely Hollywood ladies strut down the red carpet in shapewear - and you can too!

The key to finding the proper shapewear is first to consider your body type, and then consider the outfit you’re going to wear. Some types of shapewear will work under skirts, while others will show. Likewise, some shapewear can be worn with a strapless dress and some cannot. Make sure you buy it in your normal size. Shapewear is already meant to fit a bit tighter than normal underwear, so buying a size smaller will only make you uncomfortable. Here are three basics that will help smooth out your holiday season.

Va Bien Control Panty1) Butt and tummy: If you’re just looking for some shaping of the middle section, a fine control brief like the Va Bien firm control satin panel brief will do the trick. Control briefs are often called “granny panties”. That’s because they’re big. They typically cover all of the buttocks and rise high to reduce the appearance of any tummy roll. The Va Bien control brief is 25% spandex, so it will smooth, shape and even reduce your tummy by up to an inch. The crotch panel is 100% cotton so the fabric there breathes well. Other options include the Miraclesuit high waist brief (it stretches to just below the breasts to cinch the waist) and the Assets by Sara Blakely Chic Peek Thong, which controls the tummy without the full coverage over the rear. This fabulous high-rise thong features a stretch lace top with mesh control lining to shape you beautifully.

Spanx hide and sleek control short2) Thighs: If you’re concerned about bulging hips or flabby thighs (maybe even both), then control shorts like the Spanx hide and sleek mid-thigh smoother are just the thing for you. In general, control shorts are like extra long control briefs. They’ll smooth your butt and your tummy like a control brief – but they extend downward like bike shorts to smooth out your hips and thighs too. In addition, most control shorts provide lift to droopy bottoms. So, they’re a great smoothing solution under just about anything from slacks to skirts.

Wacoal try a little slenderness control camisole3) Upper Body: If you’re more concerned about the shape of your torso than that of your lower body, then you’ll want to try a control camisole like the Wacoal “Try a little slenderness” camisole. This camisole features lightly lined contour cups with a built in underwire and seamless fabric that extends down to the hips to provide dramatic shape to your breasts while smoothing and slimming your back and waist. Like most control camisoles, it provides light control of the tummy. It’s perfect for underneath a light, form-fitting sweater.

The most popular shapewear silhouette is the torsette. This cami-like shapewear piece overs your torso but not your breasts, so you can wear it with your favorite bra. Some have straps, but the Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra Firm-Control Arm Toning Top also covers your biceps and triceps to eliminate arm wiggle. The Playtex Shapers Firm Control Torsette is sold up to size 4X.

If you purchase shapewear in the right size, it should be fairly comfortable. If you put it on and feel the need to immediately remove it, then you’ve got the wrong shapewear. Most modern shapewear is devoid of uncomfortable laces, zippers and metal clasps. If you haven’t worn shapewear in a long time (or ever), you’ll probably be surprised at just how comfortable it is. We’ve progressed from the Middle Ages and thankfully our shapewear has too.

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  1. i’ve seen them recently. they were in my local lingerie shop ;)

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