Shapewear comes in lots of different styles. There is so much stuff out there, just where do you start?
The easiest way to start is to think about the main outfit you are wanting to wear your shapewear under. This is especially relevant if you are choosing shapewear to wear for a special occasion.
Is your skirt or dress below the knee, above the knee or really short? This will affect your decision in terms of whether or not to choose a mid thigh style (one that looks like cycling shorts and comes down your thighs). In general I always advise to go for a knicker style version of shapewear if your skirt or dress is mid thigh or shorter. You might think you will be okay with a mid thigh shaper if your skirt is mid thigh, but it may peep under your hem line when you move around.
Shapewear not only covers a lot of your front (think tummy, waist etc) it also comes up to a similiar level on your back. If your dress or top has a nice scooped back, or is even backless, you will really have to think about what style of shapewear will work under it. With more dramatic style outfits it may be that you won't be able to slim all the areas you would like to without your shapewear showing on your back.
Shoulders and Straps
Most of our shapewear is strapless, but some of the slimming tops and bodysuits do have straps. You need to think whether or not they will be hidden by your outfit. For example, dresses with spaghetti straps cannot be worn under any bodysuit with straps - they will show and ruin your look!
Most shapewear does have seams of some description. They give the shapewear the strength needed to pull you in and make you look slimmer. Most brands are really good at making these lay as flat as possible, and so end up looking seamless. These flat seams will be hidden under most fabrics, except really thin material, such as silk. However, unless you are wearing something extremely unforgiving, please do not be put off by seams.
Once you have taken all of these outfit elements into consideration, you now need to think about what area you would like to slim the most.
Choose tights or leggings. These come in both low waisted and high waisted versions and are a really good way of achieving a sleek, slimmer look.
You will need something that looks like cycling shorts. These can be low waisted, high waisted or even combined as part of a body suit. You can't wear these with short dresses and skirts though.
Hips and Bottom
Most shapewear (except waist cinchers, thongs and tops) cover the hips and bottom. So, depending on what outfit you are wanting to wear you can choose pretty much any shapewear. If you are only wanting to slim the hips and bottom, go for a pair of control pants as these really focus on those areas. Again, these can be low waisted or high waisted.
All of our shapewear will slim your tummy. However, to get the best results you need something that also covers your hips and your waist. This will pull everything in, making you look much slimmer.
Everyone wants a slimmer waist these days, thanks to the likes of the Kardashian ladies. The most effective way to achieve this is with a waist cincher. This is powerful, strong shapewear and will dramatically (but temporarily) alter your figure. You can achieve a less dramatic effect with high waisted shapewear. I find high waisted shapewear such as the Trinny and Susannah Reducer very helpful to wear with my jeans when they are a bit too tight around my waist. It pulls me in, smoothes my muffin top and makes everything much more comfortable.
Back boobs and bra bulges can completely ruin the look of a nice tight top or jumper. Slimming tops can sort this out really effectively. They are very tight vests which cover and smooth out all your lumps and bumps.
Where possible we avoid shapewear that covers the bust. We do have a range that does have cups, but this style of shapewear only works if you are completely in proportion (ie size 8 with an A or B cup size or size 16 with a C or D cup size). Not many of us come with these sorts of proportions. Lots of our shapewear has a scooped out section for your bust. This means you can wear your own bra with it and get the best support and shape for your boobs.