The classic body shaper is a must for any foundation wardrobe. Why is it so beloved, though? Firstly, we should recognise the importance of a body shaper’s structure. By this we mean its anchoring points at the shoulders and crotch. Anchoring is the best feature of all body shapers. It prevents roll down and roll up, keeping the garment sturdy and reliable. It’s what makes this specific form of shapewear the most effective and versatile style out there. So how do you choose?
Where do you prefer to focus the compression for your shapewear?
Although a sometimes forgotten area of shaping, a sleek and natural line actually begins at the thigh. So a body shaper that offers compression from the thigh all the way to an anchor on the shoulder will give you the most uninterrupted silhouette.
The great thing about body shapers is that they are cut in panels. In this way, a garment with firm waist compression can focus specifically on this area. This prevents any visible hem lines around the body.
Body shapers have options from an open bust shaping slip, allowing you to choose your own bra, to a push up corset style. In both garments, bust compression is a key, and variable, factor. This level of flexibility means that your body shaper can work for a variety of different occasions.
From the dramatic to the subtle, you want to choose your shape to fit your mood. So which is it to be?
Look for waist cinching body suits to create an enviable hourglass line. But it’s not all about the waist. To complete the hourglass shape, you’ll need height to your breasts and a smooth line to your hips. Which is why a good body shaper will provide support across these areas to build the silhouette.
Elegant and smooth lines which are a little more subtle will not seek to change your natural shape. So a long-line light to medium compression body shaper will suit. Long leg body shapers are ideal here as they create the most uninterrupted silhouette.
This is a structured look which makes a fantastic foundation to tailored styles and work chic. Your body shaper should be practical and support a full day of wear.
From the beautiful to the practical, it’s the detail which can mean that you’ve found the perfect body shaper.
Some of us prefer to go for nude or white to minimise any chance of visibility. Or for evening wear, you may prefer the confident feeling that darker colours like navy and black provide.
You either love aesthetic detail or hate it. This is why body shapers are available in styles ranging from sleek modernism to elaborate lacework. If your shaper will be sitting under a snug outfit, you should minimise any details which could cause interruptions to your silhouette.
More often than not, the seams of a body shaper will be hidden or invisible. This means that the panels of your body shaper can discretely provide varying degrees of compression across the body. Most importantly, seams will not be visible from underneath your clothes.
Sometimes it’s all about the stuff surrounding the outfit and the confidence to choose a specific style.
A shaping slip is anchored from the shoulders, focussing compression around the waist, hips and thighs. This means that a formal or casual dress will hang naturally and smoothly.
Long line body shapers are ideal with jeans. However, make sure that you choose your top wisely, since you don’t want your body shaper midriff to be visible at any point.
The best everyday body shaper? A simple underwired body suit is firmly anchored, supports you from breast to hip, and will keep you comfortably and practically supported.
The really great thing about such a range of body shapers existing is that you need not choose only one! The truth is that we all have different moods and different occasions to dress for. So why not make sure that your body shaper collection covers you for summer and winter, work and play, and coquette to bombshell!