2021 is a New Year like no other. You’ve survived all the struggles that 2020 has thrown. So if there ever was a time to reveal the new you, it’s now! Whether you’ve got plans for professional triumph, lifestyle changes or a mindset realignment, making change is harder than it looks! There are days when, frankly, change seems impossible. This is why it should be made at foundation level. Styling is no different; and this is where shapewear comes into its own.
So how and why should you be choosing new shapewear for this year?
If you’re new to shapewear, or looking to expand the range you already own, it’s time to plan the pieces you need. A complete collection will see you through a range of outfits and occasions. So what should you aim to include in your collection for 2021? This, of course, depends on your apparel aspirations!
Perhaps you already dress to a more formal tailored spec, or maybe your new you vision for 2021 has this target in mind. Either way, tailored styles wonderfully complement plus size looks. To wear it to the best effect, a smooth silhouette is key. Make sure you include high rise control briefs or full bodysuits which create a striking waist shape. Tailored trousers hang great over shaping shorts.
From support to layering, foundations under sportswear work twofold. On the one hand, for active sportswear you’ll need a selection of great sports bras and high waisted control briefs. On the other, for leisurewear, you should consider how looser fitting clothes hang on your silhouette. But don’t forget about comfort and ensure that your sizing is accurate.
If a relaxed look is your vibe for 2021, you can still create a splash! When your wardrobe is jeans heavy, it’s important to focus your silhouette control on your hips and bum. With some control brief shaping, your jeans will sit more comfortably and look fabulous!
Evening gowns or bridal formalwear will always look sleeker over a shapewear. Occasionwear may be an infrequent demand on your wardrobe (especially recently), but when it comes up, it’s likely to be important! So you should have at least one full body piece of shapewear, like a cami or shaping slip, ready for action!
Make sure you have more than one item of each piece of shapewear in your foundation wardrobe. This will ensure that you can have a garment in the wash and still know that you can maintain the look you want. Depending on the circumstance, good quality shapewear can be worn a couple of times before it needs to be laundered.
How long should a piece of shapewear last before you should purchase a new garment? Well, to ensure consistent performance from your shapewear, you shouldn’t leave it too long to replace. Remember that the power of shapewear lies in its stretch, which will eventually deplete with time. Over laundering will speed up the ageing process for your shapewear so avoid this.
Keep an eye on sizing as you buy new pieces of shapewear. It’s easy to fall into the trap of habitually buying the same sizes, but check with each purchase that your size is correct. This is especially so when it comes to bras or bra encompassing pieces like camis. You should check your bra size every 6 months to a year to make sure the fit is correct.
How important is a stable foundation, then? It’s at the core of every new year’s resolution you can think of. And as far as your look for 2021 goes, it’s vital! However you plan to style your year ahead, do it with a good stock of shapewear and you can’t go wrong!