Spanx Power Panty, Catherines Thigh Shaper, Fleexes Shapewear Tank
Questions about shapewear have been flooding my Instagram and Facebook page lately, and there are so many options to choose from. I love shapewear, and whoever created it is a genius, but it is not a miracle worker. Shapewear can only help so much, and it definitely cannot take the place of weight loss. I do not wear heavy-duty shapewear, but I do like to look smooth and polished in my clothing. I only wear shapewear when I wear bodycon styles because that is the only time that I feel I truly need it, but sometimes I like to wear a light shaper to prevent my thighs from rubbing together, which is a common issue for plus size women. I also really enjoy how a good shaper can camouflage your lumps and bumps. A lot of people think that only plus size women wear shapewear, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. There are many thin women and hollywood stars that also enjoy the benefits of a good shaper. The purpose of a shaper is to eliminate your problem areas as much as possible, so that your outfit can shine! The key to picking shapewear is to select the right type for the outfit that you are wearing. Here are some tips that I hope you find helpful:
1) Light Support - when I am wearing a garment that is constructed out of a thick or heavy material I like to wear the Spanx high-waist power panty. This is my favorite shapewear! I actually wear it a lot because it is comfortable and not too tight. It offers great support and is very comparable to control pantyhose. The material around the thigh area is constructed of the same type of material that pantyhose are made of and the power panty is very flexible and does not ride up at all. You need this in your life:-)
2) Medium/Heavy Support - When I am wearing a thin material that will expose every little lump and bump, I like to wear a stronger shaper. Recently, I discovered shapewear from Catherines, the sister store to Lane Bryant. Catherines offers larger plus sizes that a lot of stores do not cater to. I was looking for shapewear to wear under a white dress during Full Figured Fashion Week, and I was having a very hard time finding one that did not have seams that you could see through the material. Surprisingly, a lot of shapewear is made with seams that are visible through thinner materials (not cool)! I found a shaper at Catherines that offered great support, gave me a smooth look, and most of all that I could still breathe in.
3) The last type of shapewear that I want to discuss is the shaper tank. This is a must-have for every wardrobe. Sometimes when my weight fluctuates I develop back fat that I do not like to display. A shaper tank is the perfect way to smooth those problem areas and it offers tummy control as well.
Lastly, there seems to be the thought that good shapewear cost a lot of money. I don't find that to be true. My Spanx power panty is my favorite shapewear as I stated, and I have seen it priced from $28.00-$38.00, that is very affordable. It is important to invest money in your undergarments and shapewear because without the appropriate foundation you can really ruin the look of a cute outfit. There is shapewear out there that will work for every body type, so take some time and figure out what will work for you.