The best Shapewear products for women
The easy way to get an A-list body in an instant?
The women’s underwear market has been revolutionised in recent years with the introduction of shapewear; body sculpting underwear that flattens and tones in an instant. Gone are the days when those wobbly bits would prevent you from wearing that slinky dress, now anyone can enjoy a slimmer silhouette without the gruelling workouts or extreme dieting.
This red carpet secret has kept the likes of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Princess Beatrice and Oprah Winfrey wowing us with svelte figures and slimline curves for years, and today, no wardrobe is complete without at least one item of ‘emergency shapewear’ on hand for those special occasions.
The concept of body shaping underwear is simple; we all want to cover those little imperfections, that mummy tummy, those slightly untoned thighs, and that not-quite-hourglass waist. The strong, lycra-enriched fabric that makes up most brands of shapewear is designed to streamline those bits, slim down your overall shape and basically hold everything where it needs to be.
They come in all shapes and sizes, from high waist briefs to flatten the tummy to full-on body shapers that cover the thighs right up to the bust. This sort of underwear can help you lose an inch instantly and makes lumps, bumps and VPLs a thing of the past.
Can you wear it everyday?
Don’t be left thinking that your body shaper needs to be stuffed at the back of the wardrobe, waiting for the next black-tie event.
Shapewear can be worn under pretty much anything, making it the most versatile piece of underwear that you will probably ever own.
Wear them under everything from skirts and shirts to dresses and jeans and no one will ever need know that you’re hiding a multitude of sins!
Recommended Shapewear brands
Recently launched shapewear range, Pelham and Strutt have even taken shapewear to the next level, introducing its distinctive ‘Y’ shape mapping and compression areas that will also help support certain muscle groups and improve posture.
The brand recommends its line of shapewear to everyone, even men, and claims to be particularly effective for athletes, gym goers and anyone that suffers from a bad back as a result of poor posture.
The impact of correcting posture alone is enough to make most of us look a little leaner, add to that the strong, stretchy fabric that sucks in those problem areas and this range is potentially one of the best on the market at the moment.
Prices of shapewear very massively from brand to brand, with some of the more well-known names charging between £50 and £100 for their full-body-shapers. Pelham and Strutt have put themselves firmly in the middle in the price war on this one, offering its products between £25 and £50.