Modern shapewear and controlwear have taken on a sexy twist in recent years. You have likely heard of brands like Spanx, Yummie Tummie, Sassybax and many more, who have created supportive clothing and undergarments that comfortably control and shape your body, eliminating unsightly bulges and smoothing out your curves almost invisibly under tighter clothes.
Over the last five years or so, my clientele for controlwear has diversified, with even younger woman purchasing shaping and controlling garments! Women of all ages and sizes are interested in smoothing the lines of their bodies comfortably, (and not just plus-sized ladies, either).
Did you know that wearing the right sized bra and style for your body can give you an immediate slimmer appearance? When the back band fits snugly and envelops the excess flesh around your arms and back, all while giving your breasts the supportive lift they need, you are changing the entire look of your upper body, truly emphasizing the hourglass shape of your feminine body! You may not believe how instant the transformation can be, all just by wearing a supportive bra that fits properly, but I urge you to get a proper bra fitting (that’s just what the Bra Doctor is for!) and a new medium to full support bra, and you’ll see for yourself. If you are a plus-sized diva, I do suggest a full support bra to minimize discomfort on your shoulders and really give you the control and shape you need all day long.
Other than shaping bras (which tend to offer medium to full support), there are other ways to slim out your torso under your clothes. Shaping camisoles can be worn as clothing (if they are opaque enough) and smooth out your entire torso, from your breasts to your sides, including your waist and hips, like Arianne’s new Daisy collection (available this Spring in rose, periwinkle and basic black), which I love wearing with my jeans, with or without an open shirt or cardigan on top. I also adore Triumph’s new Lace Sensation Shaping Camisole, which intentionally gives your breasts an extra Oomph when you wear your bra underneath. Corsets can also help slim out your upper body (plus they are very sexy even if your goal is not to wear it as shapewear).
High-rise panties and girdles with extra tummy control have an integrated front panel of a minimal stretch fabric that helps flatten out your tummy. I really like Naturana’s Seductive Shape vintage-inspired panty girdle, which fits snugly and has an easy and comfortable zipper-front for a more precise fit. Naturana’s Functional Panty Girdle is made with a breathable stretch fabric and also delivers a seamless look under your clothes, rising high up your torso. Smoothing out your hips, bum and thighs doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive – find yourself a shaper that controls all of your problem areas! Many thigh and bum shapers, like Change of Scandinavia’s Hold In High Panty, come up very high, often reach the bottom band of your bra, so you can get the tummy control you need too, all in one garment. (Other fantastic styles are control bodysuits like Grenier’s Seamless Control Unitard.)
Need a dress liner that gives you the shape you want? Triumph’s new Lace Sensations Shaping Body Dress acts as a full slip (to offer opacity under your more transparent dresses), while also shaping and controlling your entire body, from your breasts to your thighs! This is my new favourite (and seriously convenient) addition to my wardrobe.
Whatever your needs, shapewear and controlwear (mostly synonymous!) can help you feel comfortable, smooth and shapely under any of your clothes.
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