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How to look hot without trying: Best shapewear for women
Shapewear for women
Finding quality shapewear products: what to look for
When dressing for style, half the battle is mastering the right fit. But often, no matter how stylish your new button up shirt is, it will always look ill-fitting if you don't have a perfectly proportioned body: the buttons will gape and the pockets will pull. And guess what? The muffin top that you've been trying to eliminate for years will be there and that's probably not the look you're going for. Shapewear, if carefully chosen, can help slim down your figure significantly. It smooths out the middle and eliminates "back fat". You can pair shapewear with a cocktail dress, a tight fitting shirt, a pair of jeans or even work clothes.
You don't need to be severely uncomfortable in order for shapewear to work for you. And tighter all around is not always better. Modern shapewear targets certain areas that may need slimming: tummy, thighs, butt and multiple areas. It's best to check shapewear reviews to get a better idea of what products are quality and what products are not.
Get the right fit
Although online shopping is great and convient, sometimes it's best to go to a store to try on different brands and styles of shapewear to see what's right for you.
Make sure you take your hip and waist measurement and jot those numbers down, whether you're buying a shapewear product in store or online. Going down a size in shapewear won't do you any favours. Sometimes, a too-tight shapewear piece will make you look even bigger because it shows bulges. If the shapewear garment is too small for your frame, this may lead to health problems. Neurologist Orly Avitzur, MD, medical advisor for Consumer Reports states, "any time we put on really tight garments we take the risk of compressing organs or nerves."
Many women complain that the shapewear they use rolls up on itself, so it's important to find the right material with the right structure (plastic boning is one way to provide structure).
Body shapers for women: which one is right for you?
Shapewear styles: which is right for me?
Depending on what style of clothing you plan to wear, (a dress, work clothes, tight fitting t-shirt ect), the type of shapewear you use will change. It's important to know the different styles of shapewear so you know what you're getting into and so you can choose the best shapewear for you.
Sometimes shapewear for women is used in medical circumstances. After having a baby, compression can help the organs to go back to where they were before. Compression through a waist cincher can be used for those who need structural support for their abs and back.
As I mention earlier, shapewear is made of various fabrics: cotton, latex, rubber, spandex, just to name a few. Something consumers might want to consider in addition to finding shapewear with the best results, is finding shapewear that is comfortable too. Try to find products with cooling fabrics and look for these features:
- Moisture wicking
- Heat storage
- Lightweight styles
- Minimal coverage
You should be asking yourself, do I need a product to just smooth over the lumps or do I want a product that holds everything in and makes me have a smaller frame, with no lumps or bumps? Typically, you'll find more structure and support with clasps and boning. Luckily some of the best shapewear products offer both of these features.
Body shapers for women: many styles
Style of shapewear
What to wear
Waist Cincher: strapless
Strapless shapewear made of cotton, latex and rubber. If product is used properly, waist size can be reduced 1 to 4 inches. Look for flexible boning (so the garment doesn't fold or roll over itself).
Sleeveless tops or sleeveless dresses, t-shirts, blouses or tank tops.
Waist Cincher: straps
Fits around waist and has straps that are connected and adjustable. Some waist cinchers come in a vest-style piece, ensuring that body fat is smooth all the way up to the bra line. The vest-style shapewear smooths the abdomen area and lifts the breasts.
Great for work clothing, jeans, dresses with sleeves, tapered tops and low-cut tops
Made of mostly nylon and spandex, eliminates muffin tops and back rolls, sculps tummies, waists and hips. Fabric is usually non-slip, so it should stay up without rolling.
Work clothes: pants and tighter, fitting tops, formal wear and summer dresses
Made of synthetic material (nylon, lycra, spandex ect). This shapewear piece has a high waist and it fits over your legs (like tight fitting shorts, but with a high waist),
Tight dresses, formal tops and t-shirts
Looks similar to a one-piece swim suit, you have the option of buying a bodysuit with straps/strapless/briefs style/shorts style, the suit gives structure and support under the breasts, works on smoothing out multiple areas of the body (stomach, breasts, thighs, hips)
Good for sun dresses, strapless dresses
Shapes your torso, hips and backside, built in bra and many styles have multiple strap options
Fits like a tight fitting camisole or tank top, more eye catching than the latex cinchers
Great for layering, v-neck shirts or dresses
1. Squeem Waist Cincher
2. Flexees Hi-Waist Boyshort
Top rated shapewear and shapewear reviews on Amazon
The Squeem Waist Cincher got the overall best reviews. A lot of users mentioned the product helped with their back/posture. Women who use the Squeem waist cincher loved the plasic boning for structural support and they loved the added support of the front clasps.
Flexees got great reviews for being high quality products with great, structural fabric. Users preferred the boyshort style because they didn't pinch as much as the briefs and it left no panty lines. The Flexees have rubber grips at the top, so the product doesn't roll down. The Boyshorts are especially comfortable too.
3. Spanx Power Panties
Spanx Power Panties
The Spanx name has been around since the beginning of modern shapewear. You get the added bonus of having a removable panel at the bottom, so you can use the toilet. A lot of women complained that the panel flap was too small though. The material is not constricting and the Spanx are very comfortable, as long as you get the right size for your body.
Bali Body Briefer
The Bali Body Briefer has a proper fit and it lifts. It's also very comfortable and made of elegant fabric (lace!). This product can be worn comfortably all day. Honestly, I only found one bad review on this one, people seemed to love this product
What's your favourite shapewear style?
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