By Stella Okemuo
18 October 2021 |
Shapewear is the canvas and the clothes are the art – Sara Blakely Shapewear is an important piece of lingerie every woman should have. Its main purpose is to compress flabby areas of the body in order to achieve a nice feminine silhouette. Shapewear has been around for centuries and can be traced to…
Shapewear is the canvas and the clothes are the art – Sara Blakely
Shapewear is an important piece of lingerie every woman should have. Its main purpose is to compress flabby areas of the body in order to achieve a nice feminine silhouette.
Shapewear has been around for centuries and can be traced to the Victorian era when they were mostly worn as corsets.
The corsets were mostly uncomfortable to wear because they were made of hard materials like iron wires which crushed the lungs and affected breathing. Modern shapewear is now made from breathable materials.
Here are the importance of Shapewear
It gives a boost of self-confidence due to the smoothening of extra flabs, hence making the body appear slimmer. It covers up our weak spots whilst flattering the rest of what we’ve got.
It aids weight loss: Shapewear helps to eliminate toxins as some people sweat under it. A combination of shapewear and exercise can definitely enhance the progress of weight loss.
A good shapewear corset gives good back support and improves posture because it positions you to stand with your back, straighter and firmer.
It helps to prevent wardrobe malfunctions: When wearing dresses with high slits or low rise jeans, shapewear is essential as it helps to prevent any form of wardrobe malfunctions.
It reduces cellulite visibility: If you want to reduce the visibility of cellulite and bumps when wearing fitted clothes, then shapewear is definitely a must-have.
Postpartum support: A body shaper can help new moms get back into shape gradually because it supports abdominal compression.
Dieting: Wearing shapewear can help you to control how much food you consume daily. That way, you won’t overeat. This should be combined with regular and moderate exercise too.
Types Of Shapewear
Bodysuits: This soothes and sculpts the body while providing a natural lift of your curves. It shapes up the entire body. It is worn from the thighs, extends through the butt, abdomen, hips, stomach, waist, and has a built-in bra.
Waist trainer: This shapes your waist and helps to achieve your ideal silhouette.
Skirt slip: This shapewear holds in your core while shaping your butt and hips.
Minimiser bra: This bra firms up the bust and upper back.
Thigh slimmer: It is worn like shorts, but extends only up to the abdomen and hips to shape up the thighs and butt.
Tips For Buying Shapewear
Stick to your size- Don’t buy a smaller size on purpose for extra firmness. Choose shapewear that is neither too tight nor too loose. Wearing undersized shapewear will cause bulges and discomfort rather than smoothing them out.
Buy various types of shapewear – One shapewear will not go with all of your dresses. You need to build your body shaper wardrobe just like you build your clothes wardrobe. You need a variety of shapewear to go with your outfits.
Try it on – It is more advisable to buy shapewear in stores rather than online because you would be able to try it on and know how it fits. When you wear shapewear, sit down in order to see where the fabric tightens or loosens. You should be able to sit and stand without feeling uncomfortable.
Also, the shapewear should not affect your breathing.
Test the shapewear with the outfits- It is important to try out the shapewear with the outfit you’re planning to wear, in order to check if the final look is what you’re aiming for.
Pick the right colour- It is advisable to avoid selecting white shapewear because it doesn’t go with every outfit. Preferably, choose black or beige. These neutral colours go well with most outfits.
Select shapewear according to your dress fabrication. It is recommended to buy seamless shapewear because they go with every outfit. I believe that shapewear should assist and enhance in the most discreet way possible. Seamless shapewear ensures that you won’t see visible (panty) lines under your dress; your outfit will just be perfectly smooth and sculpted.
How to take care of your shapewear
Hand wash your shapewear if you can. This will go a long way in its maintenance.
If you are using a washing machine, always wash with cold water. Coldwater shrinks the material back into its proper place.
Avoid dryers at all costs, air dry your shapewear in order to preserve its regular form, elasticity, and compression.