Spanx show us how to buy shapewear so you can eat all the (mince) pies this party season
Party season is here! It’s the time to eat, drink and be merry – and not for worrying about your wobbly bits.
We all come in different shapes and sizes, but sometimes you need a bit of help – especially when it comes to wearing a slinky party dress. Some frocks can totally rock whatcha got. But some can also highlight bumps and lumps.
But don’t fret! That’s why shapewear was invented – to smooth, shape and lift your bits. Because dieting is BORING, anyway.
When you think shapewear, you usually think Spanx – so we got some top shapewear shopping tips from the team:
Buy the right size
Sounds obvious, non? But apparently, lots of us buy a size smaller in the hope it will give extra slimming compression or squeeze you into a smaller dress. NOT SO! it can actually make you look bigger due to all the unsightly bulges – plus, you might pass out. Attractive.
Identify the problem body bit
You don’t need a full-on bodysuit. Which part of your bod needs attention? Those looking to control their tummies should go for girdles, while women who want to lift their derrières should try shapewear briefs.
Choose your level of control
Shapewear isn’t just for curvy girls. Not all women need a lot of support, but just want to smooth out visible panty and bra lines with a bit of light control shapewear. At the other end of the scale, firm control shapewear uses extra strong reinforced panels to cinch you in.
One doesn’t fit all – literally!
The Spanx expert says: “While some women think they only need one piece of shapewear, that’s not the case. Think of it like shoes – you need different styles for different outfits and occasions.” So build a sort of shapewear wardrobe.
You can go to the loo!
Gone are the days where gals would avoid going to the toilet for fear of getting stuck in their shapewear (seriously). These days, shapewear has handy poppers and *ahem* flaps in the downstairs department so you won’t pee your pants. What?! You have to consider these things!
Shapewear can be sexy
Quite often it’s beige – so it’s as invisible as possible – most most styles also come in sexy black. Look for lace trims or try a retro-isnpired waist-cinching corset (which can also suck in your tum, too).
Not just for special occasions
Spanx do T-shirt bras for a smooth silhoette under your everyday tops and opaque tights with tummy control panels which you can wear everyday for a cheeky confidence boost.
Don’t wear a mid-thigh shaper with trousers
Go with a style that doesn’t stop on the thigh and create a line, like the Super Footless Shaper £24. For skirts and dresses, choose a mid-thigh silhouette.
Pregnancy and shapewear
Not, as you may initially think, to bind down the baby bump – hellz no! – but to provide comfort and support around the tummy area and ease muscle pain. The maternity hoisery we saw at the Spanx pop-up had mesh tummies so no babies will be harmed in the wearing of tights!
Pssst! If you live in or around London, Spanx has opened a pop-up consultation hub at John Lewis Oxford Street. Running through party season (until 15th December), you can bring your party dress of choice along for a one-to-one appointment with an expert lingerie and shapewear fitter.
As Jo Hooper, Head of Lingerie Buying at John Lewis, says: “Our lingerie fitters know the best products on the market as well as top tips and tricks on how to use shapewear to your advantage when pulling an outfit together.”
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