Most of us will agree that the point of shapewear is to make you look great and feel confident. It should smooth your line, giving you a knock out silhouette that showcases your fashion choices in the best light. But how much should you worry about the look of the shapewear itself? How important is fashion over function when it comes to this foundation layer? You may have an instinctive personal preference, but are there reasons you should take a second thought?
This comes down to two questions. Is your shapewear going to form part of your outfit aesthetic, like a corset or bodysuit? And, how likely is it to be seen in private?! The world of shapewear has come on leaps and bounds since Bridget Jones’ massive pants. You can now choose from garments that are both streamlining and sexy! So whether you want to keep your control briefs as a functional thing, or show a corset off there’s lots of fun to be had in shopping!
Admittedly, it can be tricky for nude coloured underwear to look pretty, but it’s not impossible! With lacing and embroidery, nude shades can look just as stunning as those more contrasting tones of black and navy. Nude shapewear is unbeatable when it comes to invisibility, so when you want to go low key it’s the obvious choice, try these pretty control pants for a subtle shape. Whereas dramatic black and crisp white show off detailing to great effect. Don’t forget how a splash of colour can make you feel super special!
Because feeling gorgeous is about more than just appearance, it’s about the feel of garments against your skin. There’s no point in looking tip top if the fabric makes you feel all itchy or constricted. The stretch lace detailing that our brands use sits smoothly and softly against the skin, like this chemise from Shirley of Hollywood. With seamless styles and breathable mesh, this shapewear revolution is one of comfort and confidence combined.
The pretty / plain debate can depend on your mood. Sometimes you might prefer a sleek and plain control slip. Other times you’ll go for an elaborately laced bodysuit. Don’t forget that the correct size for you may fluctuate from brand to brand. So it’s important to consult the size guide to get it right. For most shapewear, it’s your waist size that is the most important. If you’re choosing between shaping shorts that are available in 14-16 or 18-20 and you tend to hover between a standard size 16-18, measure your waist and choose the size range that’s in line with that measurement.
If you love lace and detailing, don’t forget to think about control levels. For moderate to high compression, seamless construction is popular and lends itself to sleeker, sportier looks. Lighter compression in bodysuits and camisoles allows for more elaborate embellishments and designs. It’s important to balance your style preference with the functionality of your shapewear. There is a balance to be found, though. Wide stretch lace waist bands on control briefs can offer firm support whilst also looking feminine and pretty. For body suits, laced panelling gives a similar balance of control and elegance.
It may seem obvious, but we’re firm believers in variety being the spice of life. This is incredibly true of a shapewear wardrobe. Have something for every occasion, and you’ll always be ready. Your outfits and moods vary, and you’re likely to want a different level and style of compression depending on the occasion. We know that your choice of shapewear can have the power to make you feel extra confident, secure, or sexy. So sometimes you’ll prefer elaborate and sometimes sleek. Both are pretty in their own way and should have their place in your shapewear armoury!