In the past, Shapewear has had somewhat of a stigma or bad rap associated with it. Either because it’s uncomfortable, too tight, or squeezes you in the wrong places.
What if we told you that the discomfort you’ve experienced is because the piece of shapewear you’ve chosen is either the wrong size (easy to fix) or it’s the wrong piece for your body type (also an easy fix)?
Just like no two bodies are alike, not every piece of shapewear is intended for every shape. This guide will help you discover the perfect match the next time you’re looking for the best shapewear to help you feel your absolute best.
1) What Outcome Do You Want?
First thing’s first... what level of compression do you want? Compression helps sculpt and smooth different areas of your body.
LIGHT CONTROL (LOW) - Do you have some areas you want to smooth out so you can wear clothes more comfortably? Light control, everyday shapewear pieces will gently smooth out your hips or tummy area, so you can feel comfortable in all of your favorite clothes.
FIRM CONTROL (MEDIUM-HIGH) - Are you looking to accentuate your curves? Firm control shapewear is made with breathable, stretchy fabrics that move with your body while adding subtle contours to your shape. You should get hours of comfort from firm control pieces.
EXTRA-FIRM CONTROL (HIGH) - Have a special occasion where you want to look breathtaking (while still being able to breathe)? Extra-firm control pieces are perfect for formal, structured clothing like wedding dresses, prom gowns, evening gowns and cocktail dresses. You should feel toned and supported without feeling constricted.
No matter how firm the control of your shapewear is, you should never feel like it’s uncomfortable or squeezing you. If your breathing or movement is restricted, try sizing up by one or two sizes.
2) What Area Do You Want to Boost?
Shapewear is like real estate: it’s all about location, location, location. Which areas of your body would you like more support or help toning under your clothes?
FULL BODY - Some of us would like support in more than one spot. If you want an all-over sleeker physique, try a full body piece like a bodysuit. Just make sure the piece has an easily accessible opening for bathroom breaks!
TORSO - Say goodbye to uncomfortable tops. A shaping cami might be what you need to smooth and shape your midsection.
BOTTOM - Want to give your bottom a boost? From smoothing panties to butt-lifting bike shorts, you have all kinds of options to help you lift and shape your thighs, legs and buns.
3) What is the Best Shapewear for My Body?
The right shape for you will depend on your body type. Whether yours is apple, rectangle, hourglass, pear, or strawberry, we have the right type of shapewear recommendation for you.
Find out more about each type below:
APPLE BODY SHAPE
If you have an ample bust and a full midsection with narrow shoulders and hips, you’ve got an apple body shape. That means you tend to carry extra weight in your belly. If your tummy makes it hard for you to find clothes that fit right, or if it’s just keeping you from feeling fabulous, here are some shapewear options to give your waistline definition.
Empetua® All Day Every Day High-Waisted Shaper Panty - Our best-selling everyday panty gently smooths your tummy while being lightweight enough to forget you’re wearing shapewear.
Curveez® High Waist Shaping Capri - Cute enough to wear with your favorite sweatshirt and light enough to wear under pants, these butt-lifting leggings help you look lengthened while adding 360-degree medium control to your belly, waist and back. Another option? We also suggest our Empetua® High Waisted Shaping Leggings.
Empetua® Open Bust Bodysuit Shaper Panty - This bodysuit is nice and thin, but it offers firm control to your waist, stomach and back while giving your boobs extra support.
RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE
Are you small-busted with a straight torso, slim hips and long legs? Welcome to the rectangle zone. If you’re looking for a curvier look, try some of these products for an extra boost.
Curveez® Everyday Shaping Boyshort and Empetua® Everyday Smoothing Short - Shape your butt and enhance your curves with these ultra-lightweight pieces you can wear with any outfit. Take a look at our Shorts collection.
HOURGLASS BODY SHAPE
If your hips and shoulders are the same width and your waist is naturally contoured, you’ve got an hourglass build. Try these products if you’re looking for some extra shaping power.
Miraclesuit® Sexy Sheer Shaping High Waisted Brief - Muffin top? More like muffin NOT. This warm hug of a shaping panty will smooth your belly and put your waist back in business.
Curveez® Incredibly Shaping Cami - Achieve a smoothing look under your favorite top, blazer, or jacket.
Empetua® All Day Every Day High Waisted Shaper Shorts - Are your thighs rubbing together under your skirt? Ouch. You aren’t alone. The secret to stop chafing? Bike shorts. Take them to the next level with our most popular shaper shorts that give your tummy, waist and behind a toned look.
PEAR BODY SHAPE
If you have a small bust, slim shoulders, a well-defined waist, full hips n’ thighs and a round bottom, you have a pear body type. Here are some pieces that are perfectly paired with a body shaped like a pear.
Empetua® Seamless Comfort Mid-Waist Shaping Leggings - Sculpt your hips, flatten your tummy and bring your thighs into order with these seamless leggings.
Miraclesuit® Sexy Sheer Shaping High Waisted Thigh Slimmer - Ultra lightweight yet strong enough to get your thighs, butt and tummy into shape.
STRAWBERRY BODY SHAPE
You’re a strawberry girl if you have wide shoulders, a large bust, narrow hips, and a small backside. If you want to balance out your top, try these slimming shapewear products.
Empetua® Open Bust Shaper Cami - Tame your tatas without causing “uniboob” with a great bra and this shaping cami that sculpts your back and upper abdomen.
Curveez® Essential Open Bust Control Tank - Is your tummy in need of TLC? This lacy little number gives you ideal under-bust support while offering full back, waist and belly control.
The Right Shapewear for YOU
No matter what your body type, you can find the right styles and looks to flatter your shape. Wearing shapewear isn’t about transforming your body into something it can’t be––it’s about celebrating your body and natural curves.
The right shapewear can help you look and feel your best in all of your favorite clothes, so you can go about doing all of the things you love.