Before we dive into Shapewear 101, I want to tell you about one of my news nightmares. Why? It illustrates one of my key points about shapewear and explains precisely the reasons I swear by it for professional events.
I’ve just finished an on-set interview and return to my desk feeling rather pleased. That segment went great, I think to myself. Then, my producer rushes over with concern in her eyes.“Lindsay, you could totally see your underwear out there! Are you wearing lace?” she asks. “We could see EVERYTHING.”
My eyes drop to my computer and my heart sinks. The emails are already coming in: “That was scandalous!“, “If I wanted to see this, I would open a Victoria’s Secret catalog”, “What was your anchor thinking when she wore that dress?”
Thankfully, this was just a dream. It didn’t ACTUALLY happen, but it’s really not that much of a stretch. Changing light can reveal much more than you anticipate, especially on a TV set! You’d be shocked at how eager viewers are to comment on a journalist’s wardrobe or appearance. Although usually well-intentioned, these remarks are blunt and can sting a bit.
Shapewear not only gives your confidence a boost with its smoothing and sculpting powers, it takes that particular worry of your plate. You and your curves are covered. When it comes to looking elegant and professional, modesty is where it’s at!
Now, let’s dive to into more specifics about shapewear and knock down a few misconceptions.
First, I know some people might be reading this saying… C’mon… you don’t need shapewear. You’re right, no one NEEDS shapewear! We are beautiful just the way we are. That said, it’s important to remember bodies are ever-changing. Sometimes we feel amazing, other times we might need a little confidence boost.
Maybe life is getting in the way of your gym routine, perhaps holiday parties have left you with a bit more padding than you’d like, or you’ve lost significant weight and feel self-conscious about your excess skin. After I had my son, shapewear helped me come to terms with my postpartum body. I needed time to ease back into my fitness routine and loved how these high waisted shaping leggings and shaping tights smoothed out the areas I was hung up on.
That’s one of the reasons I was so excited to collaborate with Shapermint for this post. This company gets it! It’s a marketplace that sells a wide range of shapers… and—here’s the really cool part—it was created by women just like you and me, who use shapewear for all the reasons above.
Are you new to shapewear? Still think it’s something only your grandmother would wear! Trust me, these garments have come a long way. Shapewear is now super comfortable AND effective. But, there are a few tricks of the trade.
Don’t make the mistake of buying a size too small thinking it will hold you in better. You will not only feel uncomfortable, you will also be creating unwanted bulges in the same areas you are trying to smooth. In contrast, when you choose the right size, your shapewear stays firmly in place, no rolling down, no need to tug or pull. Best of all, you get the sleek look you desire.
Shapewear is organized in levels of compression. News flash: It doesn’t have to feel like a corset or straight jacket to work! In fact, that’s probably why shapewear gets a bad rap. Lower compression levels provide a “smoothing” effect, while higher compression styles are fashioned with heavier fabrics to “sculpt” and shape your body. Read descriptions carefully so you understand exactly what a particular piece of shapewear is offering. Levels vary from brand to brand. For instance, Shapermint describes them as Medium (light control), Medium-High (firm control) and High (extra-firm control). What does that all mean?
Sure, nude is boring… but it’s versatile. Think carefully about the colors you’ll be wearing your shapewear with before making your purchase.
Wearing a slinky dress? There is nothing worse that undergarments creating a “muffin top” where there isn’t one. High-waisted panty, shorts and bodysuit shapers guarantee a smooth line all the way up your torso. I always prefer higher waistlines, as I find them more comfortable. Make sure your garment offers some sort of anti-slip function so it stays put. Shapermint’s styles have a handy silicone strip.
Have shapewear questions? Please ask in the comments below. I’m happy to help!