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How to Choose Comfortable and High-Quality Shapewear?

Have you ever seen a female celebrity on the red carpet and thought how amazing they look in an extremely tight dress? You may have thought that their workout routines are strenuous and demanding and that they follow strict diets as well. Even though that might be true, there is probably one more secret to achieving such an amazing figure – body-shaping underwear.

These form-fitting pieces have been around for quite some time and are a huge and important part of the lingerie industry. Today, these garments have made their way into women’s closets and have also become one of the basic, must-have items for many of them.

Regardless, there are a few misconceptions when it comes to shapewear and these undergarments have earned a rep of being extremely uncomfortable and in need of constant adjustments due to certain parts rolling up and sliding down. However, this might have happened because of a few different reasons – the lingerie was either the wrong size, was not optimal for a person’s body type, or maybe even both.

Nevertheless, these mistakes are easily fixable, so if you would like to learn more, here are the different types of shapewear, as well as some tips on how to choose a great piece that will suit your body perfectly.

What is Their Purpose

Although it is mainly used to make one’s body look slimmer, it does not serve just a single purpose. This clothing item can also be worn to smooth out any bumps, lumps, or other trouble spots you would like to conceal and they can eliminate visible underwear lines or bra band ridges too. For clothing that is sheer or see-through, these items can act as a great under-layer, while certain pieces can assist with thigh chafing or act as a great bra alternative.

The Types

There is a lot of variety to choose from, but listed below are some of the most common types.

  1. Briefs or Thongs

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Shaping briefs or thongs vary in height, depending on what parts you would like to smooth out. For example, if you would like to shape your lower part of the stomach, the ones that go just below the belly button are a great choice. If you want to shape your waist as well, other types go all the way up to your bra line. Some brands also design their pieces with clips that can be attached to your bra to prevent the lingerie garment from sliding down.

  1. Shorts

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Similar to briefs, they can shape your stomach and waist, but slim your thighs as well. Per HauteFlair, they are also useful if you are wearing an extremely tight outfit but are not a fan of thongs since they can hide any visible pantie lines.

  1. Bodysuits

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For maximum coverage, especially at the back and complete body-shaping, these suits are the way to go. You can opt for a built-in bra type which is great if you want to avoid wearing it or you can choose one with an open bust so you can wear your own bra. The second type is perfect if your clothing item has a very deep neckline.

  1. Slips or Half-Slips

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Slip dresses are a great substitute for bodysuits since they offer the same benefits but allow you to go to the bathroom without having to undress. If you only want to make your stomach and hips smoother, a half-slip which is actually a skirt might be a better option.

  1. Camisoles

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These form-fitting tank tops are great for the upper body and can do wonders for your stomach, back, and waist while also giving you a chance to go braless.

  1. Backless Pieces 

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Certain celebrations, such as weddings, are one of the most important days in any woman’s life. It is understandable to want to feel confident and gorgeous and wearing a body-shaping undergarment might help you with that. However, what happens if your wedding gown has a low back or is backless?

Luckily, many pieces are designed especially for such occasions. For example, you can choose a backless thong bodysuit that will perfectly support and lift your body while staying completely invisible. Another type of bodysuit without a back also comes without straps and is compatible with almost any type of wedding dress.

Things to Consider During Your Purchase

Level of Control – You can choose between three levels which include medium, medium-high, and high control. Light, everyday undergarments can help you wear your clothes better by simply smoothing out any trouble spots. Firm control is great for lifting and shaping your problem areas while accentuating your attributes at the same time. Extra-firm pieces provide a completely toned shape without making you feel constricted.

Areas of Discomfort – Consider what parts of your body you would like to boost and choose your type accordingly. For example, for full-body coverage opt for slips or bodysuits. For the torso area opt for a camisole, shorts or briefs. If it is your bottom, generally all of these lingerie pieces can help you smooth and lift it. 

Your Size – Never try to size down since it will do absolutely nothing for your figure. It will actually cause discomfort and emphasize everything you are trying to hide. When shopping, don’t just try the pieces on, but sit down and walk around to make sure it is comfortable and stays in place. If your movement or breathing is restricted in any way, go for a bigger size. 

Why Wear Them?

Besides the already listed benefits, they can also improve posture and restore abdominal muscles post-pregnancy. They can greatly boost one’s self-esteem and confidence and with the right eating and exercising plan can help weight loss efforts too. 


By putting just a little time and effort when shopping for these tight-fitting lingerie pieces, you will not only make sure that your body looks great no matter what you wear, but also that you will feel extremely comfortable, confident, and amazing. Have these tips in mind and do not be afraid to ask the salesperson for assistance to truly enjoy all the benefits shapewear has to offer.

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