It’s January, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for another new year. And let’s be honest, we’re pretty glad to be seeing the back of 2021 (and its 2020 hangover). We don’t know about you, but we’re starting the new year with optimising and enthusiasm, and the desire to go out and look our best doing it! But if you’re also like us and the pandemic has added a couple of pounds to the scales, don’t worry. With a little wardrobe refresh, you can start feeling like yourself again in no time no matter what you wear. How? With shapewear!
Shapewear For All Occasions
Shapewear isn’t just for special occasions, and 2022 should be the year you embrace shapewear in every aspect of your wardrobe. Yes, there is shapewear for the sleek ballgowns and little black dresses. But did you know there is also shapewear for the gym (like sports bras and high waisted control briefs) to give you support and a great shape during your workout? Or that a shapewear tankini, shorts or even corset under your workwear can give you an instant, tailored look and take your everyday outfit to office chic in seconds? Take some time and explore all of the different shapewear options, and you’ll find there’s one for every item in your wardrobe.
The Size Trap
If you’re treating yourself to some new shapewear for the new year (go you!), just be mindful of which size you’re buying. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of buying the same size all the time, but sizes can be different depending on the brand or even depending on the type of garment. So make sure you look at the measurements on the item and compare them to what you know you’re comfortable wearing to ensure a good fit when they arrive. And remember, if your shapewear has got a bit stretched out, it might be time for a new pair!
If you’ve never had shapewear before, it can be a bit daunting when it comes to washing day. And even if you have had it before, listen up, because you might have forgotten something! Firstly, try not to over wash your shapewear. Aim to wear it 2-3 times if you can (depending on how ripe it gets!) before washing. It’s best to hand wash any type of shapewear, but you can put them in the washing machine if you prefer. If you’re going to do this, you need to put it inside a lingerie bag or protector. These netted bags allow water and soap to pass through, have enough room for the shapewear to move around and agitate the dirt but have a protective layer to stop your shapewear snagging on anything in the machine and getting damaged. You should still use the gentle cycle and wash on a cold cycle to get the best life from your shapewear. And whatever you do, don’t put them in a tumble dryer! Instead lie them flat to dry, or hang them if you prefer, and store them in their natural shape if possible to avoid stretching or misshaping the garment. That sounds like a lot, we know, but once you get the hang of it you won’t even notice!
We all need a stable foundation to look and feel our best, and the right piece of shapewear can do just that. You’re not looking to change yourself, just make sure you’re the best version of yourself you can be. So however your 2022 goes, you know you’ll always have a rock-solid foundation of confidence and spandex with shapewear on your side.