Shapewear is not new to me. While I didn’t always own it I have vivid memories of watching my Grandmother get ready for church in the morning, squeezing into something she called a “girdle”. She said she wore it because it helped her look better in dresses, she compared it to my slip (you know that thing women don’t wear anymore). Women may no longer wear “Girdles”, but they definitely wear “ShapeWear”. ShapeWear is a growing trend in enhancement undergarments and with the fashion industry vanity sizing everything it’s almost a must. Shapewear isn’t a must for everyday wear, unless you absolutely feel it is, but when worn under certain outfits it can create the perfect silhouette that will turn heads.
I got over my shapewear phobia last year when I needed a slip to help me fit a dress. I’m not the size 4 that I was back in 2008 but I was afraid that wearing shapewear was going to automatically categorize me as being overweight. This was horrible thinking on my part and as I’m learning to accept that I’m a little thicker than before I know that Shapewear is more of my friend and not my enemy, especially if it would give me the extra smoothing out I needed to make sure the dress fit perfectly. Think of it as an instant Nip and Tuck without the surgery or the medical bills! What I like about shapewear is now it’s more modern and comes in classic colors and styles to fit any women’s needs. Just this last weekend Macy’s was having a Buy 2 Get 2 Free deal on all Bali and MaidenForm shapewear so I made sure to stock up on what I feel are the the ultimate must haves for any woman’s closet.
The Waist Slimmer
The Body Shaper
The BYOB Body Shaper
The Full Slip
The Thigh Slimmer
Do you wear Shapewear and aren’t ashamed to tell it? What are some of your favorite pieces? If you’re new to the shapewear game take the time out and really access what you need for your wardrobe, or take my list and go try on some. Yes try it on! Shapewear is not one size fit all because it has your correct cup size does not mean it will fit your body size.