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Comprehensive guide to shapewear

Comprehensive guide to shapewear

Life is a puzzle, and sometimes we all just try to fit in but the best part comes when we finally accept the glorious mess that we are! After all, we are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress. Beautiful bodies exist in all shapes, colors, and sizes and a well-fitted shapewear exists to enhance every bit of it. It is like a little magic trick you can carry with you everywhere. It transforms your outfit and enriches your confidence.

What is a shapewear?

Shapewear is a specially designed undergarment to temporarily carve and contour the body, offering you a slimmer and more toned look. Typically made from elastic materials like spandex, nylon, and lycra, shapewear delivers different extents of compression to smooth out and shape several areas of the body, such as the waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Its smooth and natural compression is the secret ingredient that turns ordinary clothing into performance gear.

What is shapewear used for?

Shapewear is available in numerous styles tailored to different body parts and needs. The primary goal of shapewear is to enhance the natural silhouette, developing a more streamlined look under clothing. Its polished appearance, especially under fitted or formal attire enhances one's confidence like a warm embrace enveloping your spirit. Shapewear is used for various purposes, including:

  1. Creating a seamless appearance:

    Shapewear crafts a seamless aesthetic, concealing imperfections and enhancing contours for a polished silhouette by eliminating visible lines and bulges under clothing and creating a smooth silhouette.

  2. Refining body contours:

    The elastic materials used in shapewear allow for flexibility and movement while ensuring a snug fit to minimize bulges and contours in specific areas like the waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks.

  3. Amplifying Natural Shape:

    Shapewear often features panels or seams that lift and sculpt, enhancing natural curves and providing support where needed. They accentuate natural curves for a more defined look celebrating the beauty of natural curves.

  4. Posture Support:

    Shapewear offers posture support by gently encouraging proper alignment of the spine and shoulders with its firm yet flexible construction, reducing strain on the back and promoting a confident and upright stance.

  5. Cultivating Confidence:

    The overall improved appearance can boost self-esteem, empowering individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in their skin. Shapewear's enhanced look contributes to a confident demeanor, encouraging better alignment and poise. This helps individuals feel more confident and empowered, letting them embrace their unique beauty with pride.

  6. Momentous occasions:

    Worn under formal or tight-fitting attire for a polished look

  7. Postpartum Recovery:

    New mothers need aid to improve their core strength and posture as they recover from pregnancy and childbirth. Shapewear provides gentle compression and support to the abdominal area and helps reduce swelling, providing comfort, and promoting healing after childbirth.

  8. Weight Management:

    Weight management is about progress, not perfection. While it doesn't contribute to long-term weight loss, it can offer compression to smooth and contour the body, making individuals feel more slim, confident and comfortable in their appearance.

  9. Sporting Activities:

    Shapewear aids in sporting activities by delivering support and compression to muscles, reducing fatigue, and enhancing performance. With its flexible and breathable materials, shapewear provides comfort and stability during physical exertion, helping individuals feel more supported and confident in their athletic endeavors.

Types of shapewear

Here are different types of shapewear, each designed for specific areas and purposes:

  1. Control Briefs:

    Target the stomach and waist area, providing tummy control and a smooth silhouette.

  2. Bodysuits:

    Offer full-body shaping from the bust to the hips, combining the effects of multiple shapewear pieces.

  3. Waist Cinchers:

    Focus on slimming the waistline, often resembling corsets or wide belts.

  4. Thigh Shapers:

    Target the thighs and sometimes the buttocks, smoothing and shaping these areas.

  5. Camisoles and Tanks:

    Provide upper body shaping, focusing on the torso, including the bust and midsection.

  6. Shaping Shorts:

    Combine the benefits of control briefs and thigh shapers, extending from the waist to the thighs.

  7. Shaping Leggings:

    Provide compression and shaping for the entire lower body, from the waist to the ankles.

  8. Slip Shapewear:

    Designed to be worn under dresses, smoothing the body from the bust to the thighs.

  9. Arm Shapers:

    Focus on slimming and shaping the arms, often worn under tops or dresses with sleeves.

  10. Butt Lifters:

    Enhance and lift the buttocks without adding extra padding, often incorporated into briefs or shorts.

How to choose a shapewear?

Choosing the right shapewear is like unlocking a treasure chest, revealing a perfect blend of support and style to enhance your confidence and silhouette. Selecting the right body shaper depends on various factors, including your body type, the area you want to target, the level of compression you desire, and the outfit you plan to wear it with.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right body shaper:

  1. Identify your target areas
  2. Consider your body type whether you have an hourglass, pear, apple, or rectangle body shape, and choose a body shaper that complements your natural curves and proportions.
  3. Determine the level of compression mid-level compression will suffice if you want shapewear for everyday use. However, for events or special occasions you may want to go for high-compression option.
  4. Choose the right style including briefs, shorts, camisoles, bodysuits, and full-body shapers.
  5. Check the sizing chart to ensure you select the correct size because the wrong one can cause discomfort and may not provide the desired shaping effect.
  6. Consider the fabric body shapers created from breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics that are not too tight and are comfortable to wear for longer hours.

How to wear shapewear?

Buying something without being able to use it properly defeats the purpose. It's like having a tool but not knowing how to wield it effectively. Understanding how to use a shapewear will help you get the most out of it, maximizing its value and benefits. Wearing shapewear correctly is crucial for comfort and effectiveness.

Here are some pointers to help you put on your shapewear properly:

  1. Select the Right Size:

    Make sure your shapewear is the correct size. You can use the brand's sizing chart to measure yourself accurately. Do not go for shapewear that is one size smaller as it will be uncomfortable to wear.

  2. Start with Clean, Dry Skin:

    Clean and dry your skin to avoid irritation as it makes it easier to put on the shapewear.

  3. Step Into It:

    Avoid stretching or damaging the fabric as most of the shapewears are designed to be stepped into, not pulled over your head.

  4. Roll It Up:

    For easier application, roll up the shapewear and then gradually roll it up your body.

  5. Adjust as You Go:

    As you pull up the shapewear, adjust it to ensure it sits correctly on your body. Rub off any wrinkles or folds.

  6. Check the Seams:

    Ensure that the seams are straight and properly aligned for a seamless look under your clothing.

  7. Position Correctly:

    Make sure the shapewear sits properly on your waist, hips, or thighs, depending on the type. Adjust the waistband to sit comfortably without rolling down.

  8. Take Your Time:

    Don't rush when putting on shapewear. Taking your time will help you position it correctly and avoid discomfort.

  9. Check in the Mirror:

    After putting on the shapewear, check yourself in the mirror to ensure everything looks smooth and there are no visible lines or bulges.

This comprehensive guide to shapewear can help you wear your shapewear comfortably and achieve the desired smoothing and shaping effects.

A well-fitted shapewear is like a silent ally, providing support and shaping to help you conquer the day. Wacoal is a prominent global lingerie brand that combines science and leading-edge technology to provide stylish and comfortably fit lingerie to every woman, making them feel comfortable inside and confident outside. You can shop various styles of Shapewears from our vast selection of innovative shaping solutions, created using an array of free-cut, lightweight fabrics that are soft to the skin and invisible under clothing. After all, well-fitted shapewear is like a whisper of confidence, gently sculpting your silhouette to perfection