At some point, summer will be here. It might not feel like it, but it will be. We promise! There are so many wonderful things about summer – longer days and not having to wear a coat are just two! At the same time, though, the warmer season can feel a bit daunting when it comes to dressing to feel your best. Lighter fabrics can cling to all the bits that you don’t want them to, and there’s generally more skin on show. Don’t fall into feeling out of control of your shape, though. We’re here to guide you in the ways of working your shapewear into summer styles.
There’s a reason that control briefs are the absolute most versatile and popular piece of shapewear around. They work under everything. Go for high waist low leg for the maximum torso shaping under a summer dress. All that’s left to remember is colour. Summer trends veer towards lighter shades and floaty fabrics. So invest in nude tones for your shapewear. This will see you through all of the cuts and fabrics of summertime. A great strategy for the season!
Of course, with summer trends come spaghetti straps and flirty skirts. The last thing you want while showing off your great sunshiny outfits is to reveal your shapewear. Go for a strapless corset or shorter cut control briefs when the style requires and keep a control slip to longer hemlines only. There’s a piece of ideal shapewear for every outfit so make sure your arsenal is fully equipped!
In the summer, it’s more vital than ever to get your sizing right! We’re always going on about the benefits of a good fit, and summer bodies benefit from this even more than at other times of year. Prolonged spells of hot weather change the way blood moves around our bodies. More blood is pumped around the body in the heat so it is even more important not to wear shapewear items that are too small. If it leaves a mark, it’s too tight. In addition, well sized shapewear looks sleeker – and this is more highlighted under summer clothes.
Pay attention to the fabrics that you choose to wear. Breathable fabrics like cotton and moisture wicking technical fabrics are ideal in the heat. From a microfibre shaping skirt to micro-modal shaping shorts, shapewear is constructed in engineered fabrics that not only offer great control but are also highly moisture wicking and breathable.
Anchoring your shapewear is important whatever the season – it’s just a bit trickier in the summer! The best anchors for shapewear are your shoulders. So if your summer wardrobe is heavy on skinny straps, you can go one of two ways. Firstly, show them with pride – this means going for bold black or navy when you select your colour, and keep detail to a minimum. No frills here! Alternatively, attach high waisted shaping shorts to a strapless bra to make sure it stays put and invisible.
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OK, this might be a bit TMI… But let’s face it, keeping hydrated in the summer means drinking lots of water. And then needing to go to the loo! The last thing you want to be worrying about in a cute sundress is getting out of a full bodysuit. But when it comes to great shapewear, who can deny the fabulousness of a bodysuit waist? It’s all about the details here – make sure your bodysuit has crotch poppers, or go for a shaping cami instead. This way, you’ll look great without getting caught out!
As temperatures rise, there’s no reason to give up your smooth lines and cinched waist. With a great selection of quality garments at Elle Courbee, you can showcase your summer wardrobe with a cool confidence!