Shapewear That Will Last

Want to know a secret about women who have stunning hourglass figures?

Whenever you see an especially beautiful woman with an elegant, graceful silhouette — whether in a movie, on television, in a magazine or walking down the street — there’s a nearly 100% chance … that she’s wearing shapewear.

For many of us who have dieted and exercised ourselves into oblivion in order to look great in our clothes, this secret can be both eye-opening and enlightening. For years, you may have thought you were just one of the “unlucky ones” with inconveniently-located tummy rolls or ill-fated thighs. But the truth is, there is no such thing as the "perfect" body – we all have different shapes and each one is equally beautiful. But that doesn't mean we can't all have those hourglass curves!

That's where shapewear can have a powerful role. But the question is …

What is the Best Shapewear on the Market?

Which shaper do you need? And which ones last longest and deliver the best results?

A quick search on Google will turn up thousands of product results — some that cinch, others that bind. Some that smooth, others that lift.

But what will look good on you? What will work? And equally important: What will last?

After all, committing to buying even two or three pieces of shapewear is no small investment. You want products that work and are versatile, but you also need them to last.

Below, we’ve provided a guide that will walk you through the basics of essential shapewear. We’ve included seven main categories of garments, including how each type of shapewear works, who they’re for and why they’re essential. By the end of this guide, you should have a basic understanding of at least two or three shapewear pieces you could benefit from for either your daily wardrobe, a special event or both!

Let’s begin!

  1. Corsets

Corsets have been worn by women for centuries. They are primarily used to cinch and support the waist, sometimes elongating the entire upper body itself and definitely adding a more contoured silhouette overall. Note that corsets tend to change over time — in a good way. The more you wear them, the better the boning and fabric will grow accustomed to your shape and size. For this reason, you'll want to practice wearing your corset for at least a few days before taking it "out on the town."

  1. Waist Trainers

Waist trainers are strong and tight-fitting corset-like garments that fit around the waist and cinch it in. Like corsets, waist trainers are worn around the midsection. They can be worn as corsets are — beneath other clothing. Or, they can be worn at home and in private to supplement your other slim-down efforts, like diet and exercise. Many waist trainers use latex, which helps to increase thermal activity in your core. This increases your perspiration during physical activity, so you can get more results from the same effort.

  1. Bodysuits

Body shapers are abdominal pieces that focus on slimming and tightening the center of the body — the tummy. They do include panties (unlike control camis) and often feature thin shoulder straps to keep them up. Still, they typically do not cover the breasts. Instead, they sit directly below the bustline, providing some support and lift. To support the bust, you'll want to wear the bra of your choice beneath your shaper. This arrangement actually offers you more versatility because you'll be able to choose your bra based on what garment you'll be wearing.

  1. Workout Bands

Workout bands are a variation of the typical waist trainer. Unlike regular trainers, however, these are meant to be worn during your workout. As a result, they’re made of more durable materials that can withstand intense physical activity and serious sweating. In fact, one of the goals of workout bands is to help you sweat more, maximizing your results and slimming your waist in the process.

  1. Apparel 

For pieces that actually incorporate shaping elements within the garments themselves, try shapewear apparel. The most typical types of shapewear apparel include shaping camis and shaping leggings. For example, our Peachy Shaping Pants slim and shape the waist, hips and legs in addition to lifting your backside. Shaping apparel items can be worn visibly. In other words, they aren’t meant to be hidden beneath your outfit, out of sight. If you’re tired of camisoles and leggings that are so thin and delicate that they easily show rolls and other unwanted trouble areas, shaping apparel might be just what you’re looking for.

  1. Camis

Lastly, control camisoles are ideal for shaping your tummy and upper body silhouette. Unlike apparel versions of shapewear camis, these camis are generally meant to be worn beneath clothing. They tend to be more heavy-duty, or they may be somewhat see-through. Some control camis come with a built-in bra while others are just one layer meant to smooth the entire upper body. Built-in bras can be particularly useful with camis as you’ll have fewer straps and hooks to worry about. Choose a cami with a plunge, push-up or slimming neckline/bra to match your outfit.

Store Your Shapewear Carefully

It’s best to store shapewear with care. Allowing it to crumple in a drawer or hanging pieces that may get hanger bumps can damage your shapewear beyond repair (ironing is a no-go for most shapewear because of the synthetic fabrics that are used).

As a result, it’s best to lay your shapewear pieces flat in a drawer and out of direct sunlight. If hanger bumps or stretched-out elastic won’t result, you can also hang certain items.

When it comes to dressing your best, everything starts with knowing what essential shapewear pieces your wardrobe needs, how to care for each garment and when it’s time to replace ageing pieces. We hope we’ve answered some of the fundamental questions you’ve had in this regard and given you some ideas for pursuing your own shapewear wardrobe!

If you are interested in reading more about how to properly use and wear shapewear, including appropriate care and maintenance for your pieces, see more great tips on our blog!