If there’s one word that comes to mind when it comes to winter clothing, it’s ‘bulky.’ For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the thought of stuffing ourselves into thermal underwear, layers of thick socks, turtlenecks, ugly sweaters and puffy coats and going out into the world looking like a matronly version of the Stay-Puft marshmallow man can fill us with dread. But when you’re forced to choose between hypothermia and an unflattering outfit, the outfit will win every. single. time.
So how do some women get away with looking so put-together WHILE staying warm in the winter months?
A little somethin’ somethin’ called shapewear. (Bet you didn’t see THAT one coming 😉)
Forget the sweaty, rubbery girdles from your grandmother’s day. Today’s shapewear is made with stretchy, breathable material that smoothes your pudge, accentuates your curves and adds a layer of warmth to winter outfits without melting you like a marshmallow in a cup of hot cocoa.
We’ve checked in with some #ShapermintGals around the web to find out what their favorite shapewear pieces are for winter time, and here’s what they had to say:
Do you have a favorite little black dress the windchill has been keeping you from wearing? Putting on a curve-hugging bodysuit will give your bod and your temperature the boost it needs to rock your look, no matter what the thermometer says.
Curvalicious fashion blogger Logan Russell (@lolo_russell)’s go-to piece for bodycon dresses is the Co’Coon Hip Hugger Bodysuit: “I wore this bodysuit for an entire day and never had the urge to take it off.”
Like thermal underwear, body-shaping leggings are a fantastic way to add a layer of warmth without bulking up an outfit.
Unlike thermal underwear, when paired with a cute cami/cardigan combo, your body-shaping leggings can *actually be the outfit.*
Proudly petite fashion blogger Vanessa M. (@laceupsandthunderthighs) spent her holidays snuggled into Co’Coon Seamless Opaque Mid-Waist Leggings, which look super-cute and comfy worn with a pair of Uggs.
She’s also wearing a shaping cami, which brings us to...
Why add more bulk to a sweater with an unflattering turtleneck when you can slip on a shaping cami? Worn alone or under a top, a shaping cami can help keep unwanted bulges in check while adding more contour to your waist.
Lifestyle YouTuber Franceska Garza loves to flaunt her curves. She considers tank tops to be a staple of her wardrobe. She says that the Co’Coon BioCrystals Square Neck Shaping Cami is a great addition to her tank top collection, since it smoothes out the lines on her back and sides created by her bra.
“I would totally wear this alone as an outfit or under a blouse,” says Franceska.
And speaking of wearing shapewear as is, we were happily inspired by Mary’s (@maryworewhat) unconventional approach to winter attire. Who thought shaper shorts could look this fab worn as biker shorts?
If bearing your gams in the snow isn’t really up your alley, just image this cute little office look paired up with the perfect pair of cozy paperbag pants - it looks so ageless!
And if dresses are more your thing, go flaunt or go home! Here’s an excellent idea by Ayana (@ayanaiman): long-sleeved, skin-tight, animal print. Or, in her own words, “those body-hugging moments”. All you need is to put on your fierce on strutting down the street - shapewear’s got your back!
True story: knowing you’re leaving the house feeling cozy and confident can help cure the winter blues. Whether you’re fighting the frigid weather or just wanting to feel comfortable in your own skin, don’t listen to the haters. Go get your shapewear on: loud and proud!