One of the most failsafe ways to keep your high-waist control briefs or shaping shorts in place is to attach them to your bra. Shapewear that rolls down or moves about ultimately defeats the object of wearing it in the first place. Your intention is to smooth your line and refine your silhouette and instead you’re left with bumps in places you never intended. So with this extra security you’re free to be active, shop til you drop or dance the night away! But why does rolldown happen, and how do you attach shapewear to a bra?
First, it’s important to understand why shapewear may roll down in the first place. Garments that initially feel like they fit perfectly may start to shift or roll as you go about your business, which is not ideal. The core reasons for rolldown are:
The best fitting shapewear is less likely to roll down – fact! Resist the temptation to size down thinking that this will be more effective. In fact, it tends to have the opposite effect. An undersized item is actually more inclined to roll and create bumps.
Good quality fabrics are less likely to roll down. This is because they retain their compressive properties for longer and through more cycles of wear. Buying cheap ultimately results in less durable garments that eventually will fail you!
Yes, there is a correct way to put on your shapewear! After a shower take the time to make sure your skin is dry. This is because as excess moisture dries, it changes where the fabric sits against your skin.
Your body has natural anchor points when it comes to dressing. Your shoulders are a great anchor so when it comes to keeping your shapewear in one place, use them! The shoulder straps are essentially the part of your bra responsible for fighting gravity.
Using your Bra
So how can you use your bra to keep control briefs and shaping shorts in situ? Your bra is already sitting pretty securely from your shoulders and around your ribs. So the secret is in using the bra band to create a seamless line into your waist compression.
Use your bra as a layering tool over high rise control briefs. Simply tuck the top line of your tummy control underneath the band of your bra for extra security against the briefs or shorts rolling down.
Physically attach the top of your high waist shapewear to your bra in a minimum of three places. Some shapewear is made with straps that hook onto your bra. Or for a quick fix, safety pins will do. However, if you have more time to play with you can source purpose manufactured straps that work like mini braces. They fold over your bra band and clip onto the top of your shapewear.
Alternatively, employ the age old dressers trick of sticking with tape. Dressing tape is a reliable piece of kit to have on hand for those occasions that you may want additional stability. Either tape to your body under your bra or use the tape as extra security between the underside of your bra and the top band of your compression briefs.
Ready Made Option
Of course, for the ultimate in stable core shapewear, you can combine bra and shaping briefs in one garment. Look at a shaping cami or body suit. These all in one garments anchor from shoulder straps and benefit from the stability of side panels. This enables them to lift your breasts and shape around your tummy, bum and hips all at the same time. And there is definitely no budging!
At Elle Courbee we want to fight off rolldown! This is why we strive to guide our customers to the right sizes in beautifully made garments of high quality. From using your bra as extra stability to shopping for a full shaping cami, we want to help you get the best look and top confidence!