How to Choose the Right Shapewear for Your Body

Shapewear is the perfect choice for creating smooth lines under your clothes. Shapewear can be worn as an everyday foundation, but is most commonly used under special occasion outfits.  Choosing the right style and size is crucial for getting the most out of your shapewear piece.

All About Fit

Shapewear fits tight, so while it can be tempting to go down a size to get more control, you are generally better off ordering your typical panty size for brief or full body shapewear.  For cami shapers, order your typical shirt size.  Going smaller will often result in rolling or cutting, which defeats the goal of a smooth look (and can be really uncomfortable). If you go up a size, you won’t be getting the most out of your garment in terms of control.

All About Style

Choosing the right style depends completely on the garment you want to wear over it and the area you want to shape. There are three main shapewear silhouettes and they each have a unique purpose.

Full Body Shapers

Designed to give a smooth look from your bra to below your panty, full body shapers are a great choice for strapped, form-fitting dresses.  You will notice that all of the full body shapers at The Fitting Closet are styles to be worn with your own bra. We believe that the perfect fitting bra will do just as much to flatter your figure as the right shaper.  Trying to fit a shaper and bra in one piece will rarely give you an ideal fit for the best shape.

Brief Shapers

The most popular style of shaper is the brief, which is waisted.  Waisted shapers control the tummy and bottom, but can include upper leg and upper torso shaping, depending on the style. These garments can be worn under any outfit and offer excellent shaping and versatility. Panty cut styles, that do not come down on the leg, can be cooler and less likely to show under shorter hemlines, but can also show panty lines.  To smooth the area from your waist, across the rear, and down to the thigh, the best choice is a legged shaper, such as the TC Even More styles 4041 and 4059.

The height of the waist also varies by style. The smoothest look will come from a style that is high-waisted, where the waist meets the base of your bra. High-waisted shapers are perfect for smoothing backs and creating a smooth line across your midsection. They work particularly well with dresses, but are also great for reducing “muffin top” over jeans or slacks.

Cami Shapers

Cami shapers are perfect when you want to smooth your back or waist without wearing a shaper on your lower half. A cami shaper will smooth your back to create a seamless look across the back of your bra band and smooth and hold the lower back and tummy.

After trying many styles of cami shapers, our Fitting Closet fitting specialists strongly recommend the TC Even More Torsette.  We believe it is the best cami shaper on the market, due to the flexibility of wearing your own bra, the added length to prohibit cutting, and the Wonderful Edge Lining to keep it from rolling.