When trying to choose shapewear there are many things to think about.
Bodies come in a wide range of beautiful types. The purpose of wearing shapewear is not to try to transform your body into an impossible form – it is all about celebrating your body’s full potential, the way you were naturally made.
1. What Is The Outcome You Are Looking For?
First of all, what look do you want? The degree of control and your shapewear’s compression will determine the final outcome, so be sure to choose the best shapewear that suits your goal.
Extra-Firm Control (High) – Do you have a special event to attend where you would like to look stunning (but still have the ability to breathe)? If so, extra-firm shapewear is ideal for structured, formal clothing such as cocktail dresses, evening gowns, prom gowns, and wedding dresses. It will make you feel sturdy and toned without feeling overly constricted.
Firm Control (Medium-High) – Is accentuating your curves what you are looking for? Firm shapewear is made out of stretchy, supple fabrics that are designed to move along with your body to give your shape subtle contours. Firm control pieces give you hours of comfort.
Light Control (Medium) – If you have a few bulges you ake want to smooth them out so that your clothes are more comfortable. Every day, light control shapewear pieces help to smooth out trouble area so you look fabulous all day long.
It doesn’t matter how firm your shapewear’s control is, you shouldn’t ever feel like you are an overstuffed sausage. Go up on or two sizes if your movement or breathing is restricted in any way.
2. What Parts Of Your Body Are You Wanting To Give A Boost?
Shapewear is similar to real estate in many ways: location is everything. However, not everyone needs or wants to have a beachfront property (or a bangin’ bootie or tiny waist) in order to be happy. So what area of your body makes you uncomfortable and what can be done to make you happier?
Full Body – Some people have hang-ups in multiple areas. If you would like to have a sleeker physique overall, then try out a full-body piece such as a bodysuit. You just need to be sure there is an opening that is easy to access for a bathroom break!
Torso – No more muffin tops or bra bulges. If you are feeling self-conscious about having extra bulges on your back, waist, or belly, get a shaping cami to give your self-esteem a boost.
Bottom. Do you have extra bulk that you want to slim down, or do you have a little flat bum that needs a boost? From butt-lifting bike shorts to smoothing panties, there are many different options that are available to help you feel much better about your buns, legs, and thighs.
3. What Is The Best Type Of Shapewear To Use With My Body?
The best shapewear for you is going to depend on your specific body type, whether that it strawberry, pear, hourglass, rectangle, or apple.
If you have a large bust, full midsection, and narrow hips and shoulders, then you have an apple-shaped body. This means your belly tends to carry some extra weight. If your stomach makes it difficult to find clothing that fits you right, or it is preventing you from feeling good about yourself, then there are shapewear options that are available that will give added definition to your waistline.
If your shoulders and hips are the same width and you have a naturally contoured waisted, then you have that highly coveted hourglass shape. YOu are one lucky woman!
If you have a small bust with long legs, slim hips, and a straight torso then you have a rectangle body type.
If you have a round bottom, full thighs and hips, a well-defined waist, slim shoulders, and a small bust, then you have the pear body type.
If you have a small backside, narrow hips, a generous bust, and wide shoulders, then you are a strawberry girl.
Once you know what your individual body needs in order for you to feel your absolute best then you can call the shots and own your look.