Gone are the days of uncomfortable and unsightly shapewear that you’d be forgiven for hiding at the back of your underwear drawer, since the likes of Kim Kardashian entered the space with her groundbreaking brand Skims, shapewear and sculpting underwear has had a serious makeover.
Whether it be bodysuits that sculpt your figure under a skintight dress or high rise briefs that provide extra support on the occasions when feeling your best is top of the agenda, there are endless high-street to high-end offerings that appear virtually undetectable under your favourite ‘fits. The best outcomes come from strong foundations, and here we consider our trusty shapewear to be the ultimate underpinning. More where that came from please! And FYI: shapewear shouldn’t be painful or contort our bodies in a way that encourages us to believe there’s something about us that needs to change. We’re here for style, comfort, confidence and support only!
For full-on support and confidence with every look, a full piece bodysuit is your ultimate base layer. If you’ve ever struggled with high-rise knickers and a separate bra creating a roll of skin in between, a bodysuit will smugly eliminate this problem and leave you wondering why you ever overcomplicated your base layer with more than one item. Whether you opt for short sleeve or long, corseted or more comfortable, a bodysuit is perfect for underneath tight evening wear and full length looks, and can even be found with backless options to match the silhouette of any outfit.
Shapewear Briefs and Thongs
VPL? We don’t know her. The best pants in the biz- whether they be low, medium or high-rise- are sculpting yet breathable, providing core control and a figure-defining fit that don’t cut off blood circulation- always ideal! Oftentimes made from super soft, seamless materials, shapewear underwear can come in the form of briefs, thongs or Brazilian styles, and are designed to hug your tummy and contour your core area. Look no further than brands such as Skims, Spanx, Heist Studios and Conturve.
A pair of seamless shorts might be all you need to obtain a snatched and sculptured finish to your look, with their stretchy compression fabric smoothing over skin to give a supportive feeling that could be the difference between feeling top or bottom of the confidence scale. As usual Skims have a plentiful offering of shorts in a variety of lengths and skin tones, even offering some designs with a cutout leg on one side making them perfect for occasion dresses with high slits- ooh la la! Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled for another celebrity shapewear launch coming this year: Yitty by Lizzo! We have a feeling this size inclusive brand could change the game when it launches in April, but be quick as it’s likely to sell out ASAP!
Backless and Adhesive Bras
So your bottom half is good to go, but sometimes a tricky outfit with backless details or a low plunge front needs all the help it can get when nailing your base layer. Say hello to the best of the best in adhesive bras, strapless designs and sheer finishes to ensure your outfit is the least of your worries when a big occasion comes around. The bigger debate? White or rosé.
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