FYI, lots of women find that wearing smoothing undergarments is the easiest way to get a little extra support under their outfits–especially when dressing for a special occasion. Of course, there are a bajillion brands on the market that sell contouring or compressing bodysuits and lingerie. Because I live for convenience, though, I’ve made it easy to sift through everything by dropping only the best shapewear pieces below.
Some of these designs feature light, control fabrics that feel like you’re not wearing anything at all. Seriously, I’ve tried them. Others use firmer materials for a stronger effect. Whichever look you’re going for, there’s something for everyone— no matter your style or mood. Have you heard that there are also butt-lifting leggings out there? Yep, they are as impressive as they sound.
Anyway, scroll down to check out the best shapewear around.
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A high-waist thong
Core Control Thong
Take a closer look at that high-waist band. That’s where all the supportive magic happens. And I can’t forget to mention the thong silhouette, which guarantees you won’t be left with any VPLs.
A semi-sheer short
Sometimes you want something that hugs your thighs too. These sheer, lightweight shorts will also keep your inner thighs from rubbing together, which can be uncomfortable during sticky, hot summer days.
A no-slip option
SPANX® – Higher Power Short
I love high-waist everything, but it can be extremely annoying when the band won’t stay up. Thankfully, these shorts have a slip-proof strap hidden on the inside.
A shapewear shirt
Look at Me Now Seamless Tee
The top here looks like your average scoop-neck shirt. However, that firm spandex material provides some smoothing support for the upper arms and the midsection.
A lace brief
Now here’s something you could comfortably move around in. The sturdy band helps you feel hugged-in and covered, while the lace panels add a pretty detail.
A summer-ready bodysuit
Low-Back Body Shaper with Cool Comfort™
Yes, it’s possible to wear shapewear during hotter months without burning up. Well, that’s if you have this high-tech one-piece in your closet. Maidenform made this bodysuit with a trademarked cooling fabric that’s kinda genius when the temperature outside heats up.
An arm shaper
Seamless Shaper 2852
Most shapers focus on the mid and lower sections. This design gives some love to your arms without smushing your chest down.
An opaque slip
Top Model Medium Control Skirt Shaper Slip
You’ll find the majority of the compression in this skirt along the stomach area, which means your hips and thighs get a bit more freedom.
A tank top
Seamless 2-Way Shaping Tank
Tank tops are all I can think about wearing whenever it’s warm out—or as a layering essential when it’s chilly. The shaping one here can be worn as a v-neck or as a scoop neck!
A waist band
Sometimes you don’t need shapewear attached to your undies or your bra. That’s where a band like this one comes into play.
A mesh pair of underwear
Charley Hi-Cut Smoothing Brief
Here’s proof that shapewear doesn’t have to be boring or ugly. The see-through panels are made from a soft, supportive material that’s makes this pair just as cute as any other in your undie drawer.
A comfortable bodysuit
COCOA BY NS Bodysuit
Nubian Skin is a brand that knows beige and nude are not the same thing. So keep it bookmarked if you want the prettiest brown hues and soft, gentle support.
A lined bodysuit
You can easily add this lightweight design to your summer wardrobe, thanks to the breathable mesh material.
A lace-trimmed corset
I’d save this sexy corset for special moments. The ruffles, bow, and gold fastenings will make you feel fancy as hell.
A long pair of shorts
Control High-Waist Thigh Slimmer
The strategically placed seams on this one mean it’ll go totally undetectable beneath your clothes.
A sheer-paneled thong
Sexy Sheer Control High-Waist Thong
Miraclesuit might be best known for its swimwear, but the brand also has supportive undergarments like this extra-firm thong.
A slip dress
Mini Cami Slip
Whenever your dress needs an extra layer, this slip will keep you covered. The microfiber texture is beyond comfy and won’t bunch up underneath your look.
a pretty bodysuit
Amber Ouvert Plus Size Bodysuit
There’s no such thing as too much lace. The frilly detail and the invisible shaping fabric make this bodysuit too good to pass up.
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