a quick guide of choosing shapewear.

 Remember that moment in Bridget Jones when Renee Zellweger had to make the decision between the scary, huge, pants and the sexy black ones?...

 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 a little something extra to help you look and feel 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 isn't a requirement for dressing well, if you're feeling bloated or not as firm as you'd like, a good bodysuit or pair of control pants can help boost your confidence and make you feel better while wearing your favorite dress. Here's a quick overview of shapewear styles that might make an appearance in your closet:

Bodysuits
For a quick lift, bodysuit 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 underwire bra to offer support, but if you prefer to wear your own, there are cupless styles available that often have matching separates. There are so many gorgeous designs out there, you may find your version of best shapewear bodysuits and wearing them as outerwear!



Body Control Dresses
A good body control dress (also known as a shaping slip) hugs your curves, making them look smooth and toned. If you want shapely thighs, a defined waist and a lifted bust, a control dress under your party dress is the way to go. If possible, get fitted for your shaping dress professionally, and be realistic about what it can do for you. A good shapewear dress will give you a sleek, smooth silhouette, but it won't make you a full dress size smaller. Trying to squeeze into a shaping dress that's too small will have the opposite effect, in fact, giving you bulges in places you shouldn't have them.

Corselettes or Body Briefers
Corselettes, or garter dresses, are an essential piece of shapewear, and I believe they have a place in most every wardrobe. Corselettes help 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.

Shaping Camisoles
Camisoles help smooth your upper body and flatten your tummy. 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. They also work well for pairing with a show-stopping top and a pair of trousers, jeans, or a skirt.



Waist Cinchers
Nipped-in waists and hourglass figures are still highly desirable for many women. If you want to add a little extra definition to your waist, a waist cincher or "waspie" will be your new best friend. A waist cincher is a bit like a wide belt that's worn around the waist to helps smooth out the tummy and support your back whilst helping create a more defined 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, which you’ll have a hard time keeping under your clothes!

Shaping Shorts and Leggings
If you want a smooth line under a slim-fitting skirt or some skinny jeans, shaper shorts and mid-thigh shapers are a good option. They help 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?



Control Briefs
Whether you’re slipping on your favorite pair of jeans or getting ready to hit the town with your friends, you want to look and feel your best all day (or night!) long. Control briefs and boy shorts are perfect for lifting and rounding your bum to create a shapely derriere. Control briefs offer everything from light to firm support, and are perfect for those venturing into shapewear for the first time as they are much less intimidating than their full body counterparts. Many control briefs also offer light stomach support and even a bit of thigh slimming, making them an excellent all-around shaping garment suitable for most anything.

Arm Shapers
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 a dress with long sleeves, you may want to try a back and arm shaper. These can even help with 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 can help uncurl your body you feel hunched over after a long day at work. What’s not to love?

Note: Shapers and support clothing can help you to feel more confident in your favorite 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. Have you found your favorite type of shapewear? If not, happy hunting! xx

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