6 Pieces of Shapewear Every Woman Should Own

To bring you the best tips and tricks for selecting shapewear for any occasion, we connected with the expert.
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We’ve all been there. It starts with an invitation to that special event and ends with a plan of intense dieting and exercising with hopes of losing that last 10 lbs to fit into the outfit you plan to wear. Our advice? Enjoy the cheese spread and instead invest in quality shapewear.

To bring you the best tips and tricks for selecting the best shapewear for any occasion, we connected with Lynn Riggio of Allure Lingerie, a premier lounge and lingerie boutique in Manhattan she and her sister started 30 years ago. Here’s what she had to share.

Top Tips For Buying Shapewear

Tip 1: Make the investment. Don’t splurge on the dress and skimp on the shapewear. While $200 may seem like a lot to spend, investing in the right undergarments saves money in the long run. When you buy lower-end pieces the shelf life of the fabric that smoothes and shapes is much shorter, so you end up rebuying them over and over. Quality over quantity is the key.

Tip 2: Fabric matters. In today’s world of fast fashion, quality clothing crafted for long-term wear is hard to find. While nylon and spandex - two popular shapewear materials - are excellent at holding you in, they run hot. If you’re worried about your personal heat index (thanks, menopause), seek out cotton blends and mesh materials, which are fabricated to offer both hold and breathability.

Tip 3: Match materials. Matching clothing and shapewear material is an easy win. Wearing silks or satin? Choose seamless shapewear with a similarly silky feel. Wearing a cotton dress? Pass on hosiery-type material to avoid the dreaded static cling.

Tip 4: Find the right fit. We all know the experience of squeezing into too-small shapewear only to end up sweaty, breathless, and with bulges in weird places. Shapewear should fit, not bind. If you can’t find an expert like Allure Lingerie to help you find the right size, a general rule of thumb is to buy your typical size: If you’re a medium in your dress, buy a medium in your shapewear.

Must-Have Shapewear For Women 40+

To help you build your arsenal of waist-defining, back-smoothing, and butt-lifting pieces, we have handpicked the best shapewear to add to your closet. Hear! hear! to tackling any occasion confidently.

Shapewear Shorts.

Shorts are the perfect first shapewear piece to add to any woman’s intimates drawer. They work well with skirts and dresses, and the right shorts slim your thighs, lift your booty and add extra tummy control. Pro tip: Consider the length and style of your dress before slipping into these shorts. Shorter skirts and dresses pair better with shapewear briefs or bodysuits.

Commando Classic Control Short
Spanx OnCore High-Waisted Mid-Thigh Short
Honeylove SuperPower Short
Wolford Tulle Control Shorts

Shapewear Bras.

Backfat beware! Shapewear bras were made to combat any and all of our bra-wearing woes and are bridging the gap between comfort and function. Offering the support and lift our lady lumps deserve without uncomfortable wires and hooks.

SHAPELLX CoreSculpt Supportive Ultra-Versatile Bra
Neiwai Barely Zero Curve Extra Support Bra
Honeylove CrossOver Bra
Evelyn Bobbie Evelyn Bra

Shapewear Bodysuits.

Full body shapewear bodysuits is a one-stop shop from bust to booty. The right piece can lift, shape, and support your breast, tummy, hips, and butt without feeling constricted or making you overheat. Pro tip: Avoid the uncomfortable bathroom shimmy and invest in items with special slits built in for easy bathroom breaks.

SHAPELLX PowerConceal Low-Back Hourglass
Honeylove Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
Spanx Suit Your Fancy Strapless Cupped Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
Wolford 3W Forming Body

Shapewear Slips.

A shapewear slip is a perfect piece to pair with lighter-weight fabric dresses and skirts that tend to be more sheer/see-through while also providing the smoothing you need to create that oh-so-sleek appearance around the tummy and thighs.

Spanx Women’s Hollywood Socialight Slip
Wolford Sheer Touch Forming Skirt
Commando Two-Faced Tech Control Full Slip
Item M6 All Mesh Shaping Slip Dress

Shapewear Tights.

Shapewear tights - the OGs of shapewear - have always held a place in our closets and with today’s options there is no need to channel your inner 80s aerobic instructor - hello Jane Fonda - to get the support and shape you want.

Shapermint Smooth Control Tights
Spanx High-Waisted Shaping Shears
Item M6 Invisible Sheer Compression Shape Tights
Wolford 100 Den Leg Support Tights

Shapewear Tanks.

Shapewear tanks can double as bras and help smooth the back and tummy. They are also one of the pieces of shapewear that can be worn daily under a pretty blouse or oxford for built-in confidence. We love the slimming effects of these made-for-comfort shapewear tanks.

Spanx Brallelujah One-and-Done Scoop Neck Padded Cami
Yummie 6-in-1 Shaping Tank
Honeylove Liftwear Cami
Commando Butter Soft-Support Tank
Honeylove Boldness Tank

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