How Shapewear Works

Body Type Checklist for Shapewear

Are you curious to find out if the shapewear hype is real? That it can help smooth out your curves and get you the sculpted figure you dream of? Well, you’re in the right place!

First up, shapewear comes in all shapes and sizes – just like our bodies! If you’ve had a lousy experience before, don’t let that put you off trying something new.

In this short guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about buying shapewear. Rest assured, by the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll feel confident about how shapewear works and know exactly what style is best for your body type, using our simple checklist.

Size & Fit

Size & Fit

A question we often hear is, “what size shapewear should I buy?” It’s a myth that buying shapewear a size down will give you more shaping power. Shapewear is designed true to size, and we recommend using a tape measure to find out where you sit on our size chart before ordering (Visit: sizing section of our Customer Care center.)

Your shaper should feel comfy and smooth, but not too restricting. You may need to go up a size, or swap to a different style if you find it’s squeezing you out, rolling down or just doesn’t feel right. With many shapes and sizes to choose from, don’t be afraid to try a few on for size – we offer free unlimited exchanges to ensure you find your perfect fit.

Fabric and Comfort

Fabric and Comfort

You might not realize it, but there’s a shaper for every season and any occasion! For warmer months, we recommend lighter, softer fabrics that won’t overheat. For colder seasons, either layer up or go for thicker materials, which also allow for more compression. The important thing here is for your shapewear fabric to be BREATHABLE. Our top-rated styles come with design features, such as mesh paneling to allow air to circulate and keep you cool as a cucumber.

Compression and Support

Compression and Support

When choosing your level of compression and support, consider your shapewear goals. From everyday shapers, and throw-on pick-me-ups, to special occasion pieces, understanding when and how you’ll wear it is an essential first step.

For all-day comfort and a smooth foundation, you’ll want light (medium), or firm (medium-high) control. Choose supple, stretchy fabrics that move with your body while adding subtle contours to your shape — providing hours of comfort without you wanting to take your shaper off.

If you’re looking for a significant transformation for a special occasion, go for higher-compression shapewear garments. Extra-firm control is perfect for formal, structured clothing like wedding dresses, prom gowns, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses. You should feel toned and sturdy without feeling constricted.

Stop the struggle

Shapermint makes shopping for shapewear easier because we hand-pick the best shapers loved by women worldwide. If you need help finding your perfect fit, talk to our fit experts on hand 24/7 to answer your questions, and sought out any shapewear struggles

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We believe every woman deserves to feel comfortable and confident. You might’ve ordered the wrong size (it happens to the best of us), or maybe you’re not being held in quite as snuggly as you’d hoped. Whatever the reason, we offer fuss-free returns and unlimited swaps until we get it right.