OK, call us psychic if you want – we know what you’re thinking when feeling sexy in shapewear is mentioned. You’re remembering THAT big pants scene in Bridget Jones… Are we right? If there were ever one cinematic moment that rocketed shapewear into society’s frame of cultural reference it’s that! Ever since, there’s been a question mark about whether shapewear can ever be sexy. We’re here to dispel the myth and look at how and why you should feel sexy in shapewear.
Let’s look at how attractive shapewear can actually be. You’re not limited to nude shaping shorts (although these are amazing under a summer frock). Check out corsets and corselettes. Over bust or under bust, they never fail to look super sexy. Similarly, a shaping cami gives you that whole torso control that packs a punch. These all encompassing styles of shapewear are a spectacular foundation for feeling sexy. They look great and keep your whole body feeling supported and secure without slipping.
Since this is all about feeling sexy, let’s consider the styles that shapewear gives you access to. With a smoother silhouette, most of us get more adventurous in the looks that we go for. So while you may normally avoid a clingy dress, a shaping slip can give you the confidence to just go for it. These looks that are normally out of your comfort zone can play a huge part in feeling elevated above the every day. A sense of the exceptional and feeling special are incredibly important parts of feeling at your most sexy self.
Sizing in Comfort
This is where sizing comes in. And comfort. They’re interlinked and are vital parts of feeling sexy in your shapewear. No one ever felt like a siren while being in pain. They may have looked knock out, but inside they were probably concentrating on not passing out! So make sure your shapewear is sized correctly, fitting snugly but not cutting off circulation. It’s a common misconception that smaller shapewear will be more effective. However, they tend to create bumps in your silhouette, are inclined to roll up or down and are just generally uncomfortable.
After all, comfort equals confidence! Why, then, do we feel confident in shapewear? Once you have the sizing correct, it’s all about your self image. Good shapewear certainly isn’t vital to have a positive self image, but it can certainly help! Simply donning your control briefs can give you the sense of security over your body that makes you feel more powerful and more confident. These, after all, are the very bones of feeling sexy.
That sexy confidence should be centred on the way you feel about yourself rather than worrying about what others think of you. So to that end, really your shapewear can be as ugly as you like as long as it gives you the finished look that makes you smile when you look in the mirror! So why not go for the nude shaping shorts or panty girdle if they make you feel great in that flirty summer dress. It’s you who matters, after all!
Except sometimes there is someone else! If you know (or are pretty sure) that your shapewear’s going to take centre stage, then maybe you’d prefer to choose something that looks sexy in its own right. You don’t have to – after all the chances are that whoever you’re with is more interested in what’s beyond the shapewear. Again, it’s about what makes you feel most confident. Sometimes knowing that your underwear is gorgeous is part of that confidence. So go for colour – black, navy, red, and detailing with embroidered panels and mixed fabrics. Choose shapewear that’s focussed on the torso – a cami, corset or full slip for example.
Really, there’s no ‘how-to’ when it comes to feeling sexy. But it’s certain that confidence has a huge amount to do with it. Wear shapewear that makes you feel strong and energised and you can’t go far wrong. After all, Bridget had a whole lot of fun with those big pants in the end.