Shapewear for Every Body Type
Sara Blakely may have started a mini revolution when she snipped the feet off of a pair of control top pantyhose and inadvertently created Spanx—and we’re so glad she did—but the category known as “shapewear” (undergarments that sculpt and smooth your silhouette) has expanded exponentially since then. The ultimate investment piece, these high-quality garments will last a lifetime—and the boost of confidence they provide is priceless. Got a wardrobe hang-up? Good news—there’s shapewear for that.
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Yummie Tummie Dawn Wire Free Contour Bra
If you find underwire bras uncomfortable, but feel like bandeaus and bralettes don’t offer enough lift (or separation)...
Try Yummie Tummie’s wire-free contour bra. Slightly padded, molded cups create shape and support—no wires required—and the extended band keeps it in place and comfortable all day long.
To buy: $38, yummielife.com.
TC Shapewear Just Enough Seamless Camisole
If you want light control that is comfortable enough to wear all day long...
Try TC Shapewear’s “Just Enough” camisole. A lightweight, seamless cami you can wear under anything (also available in nude), this tank’s front panel offers, as the name suggests, just enough control to create a smooth look beneath a top, but not so much that you feel constricted. A built-in shelf bra with molded cups is an added bonus.
To buy: $50, neimanmarcus.com.
Athleta Stealth Capri
If you wish you could wear shapewear to the gym...
Try Athleta’s “Sculptek” line. While not technically “shapewear,” their innovative new technology stretches in both length and width to solve the problem of tight spots and pinching, while strategically placed compression panels create a sculpted silhouette.
To buy: $89, athleta.com.
Spanx Faux Leather Black Leggings
If you love the look of leather leggings, but worry that they'll be tight and unforgiving...
Try Spanx’s Faux Leather Leggings. Convincing look-alikes made with the same shaping technology you already love Spanx for, these are a win-win (and available in three colors).
To buy: From $98, spanx.com.
Cosabella Low-Backed Bodysuit
If you have a top with a low back and don’t know what to wear under it...
Try Cosabella’s low-backed bodysuit. The full-body construction means it will stay in place (even if you completely remove the straps for bare-shouldered looks), and the “V” cut out between the cups means it works well for blouses that dip low in the front, too.
To buy: $148, shopbop.com.
NYDJ Sherri Slim Jeans
If you like the way your skinny jeans look when you wear shaping shorts under them...
Try NYDJ’s slimming jeans. There’s no need for any special undergarments when that slimming, sculpting technology is built right into the denim.
To buy: $134, bloomingdales.com.
Miraclesuit One-Piece Bathing Suit
If you wish you could wear shapewear to the beach...
Try Miraclesuit’s bathing suits. They essentially are shapewear, made from swimsuit material.
To buy: $128, miraclesuit.com.
Fleur Du Mal Body Suit
If you hate tucking in tops because it requires constant adjusting and fussing to keep everything from bunching...
Try Fleur Du Mal’s body suit. It's the perfect layering piece—not only is it made out of a soft, sculpting jersey, but it also stays securely in place. Plus, the high neck adds dimension to an outfit when worn beneath another top or a dress, and the sleeveless style looks sleek and smooth under other long-sleeve blouses.
To buy: $245, net-a-porter.com.