What’s Under There? Let’s Talk Shapewear

This is the final post in the What’s Under There? series. You can view previous posts here.


The concept of shapewear may bring to mind the highly restrictive corsets of the 18th and 19th centuries. After all, we’re talking about forcing your body to resemble somebody’s idea of perfection, right?

Wrong! These days shapewear is a lot more varied. If you simply want to create a smooth foundation under your clothes, there’s a piece for you. But if you want a bit more control around the waist and tummy or even an all-over slimming effect, there’s a different solution. And none of them has to be uncomfortable.

Since SPANX is one of the most popular shapewear brands (to the point that the SPANX and shapewear are almost synonymous), let’s start with some of their options.

Shaping panties are among the most basic of shaping garments. They offer light control and have the added benefit of not showing through your clothing. These briefs boast of a “hidden shaping waistband”.

Spanx everyday shaping brief

Spanx Everyday Shaping Brief $22, barenecessities.com

You can also get simple shaping bras. This one helps to smooth back bulges while remaining invisible under clothing.

Spanx T shirt bra

SPANX Pillow Cup Signature Wire-Free T-Shirt Bra, $68.00, barenecessities.com

Now let’s step things up a notch.

The SPANX Boostie-Yay Extra Firm Control Camisole offers  “extra firm control” and an “all-over power mesh for targeted tummy control”.

Spanx control camisole

barenecessities.com, $98

If you want to shape from the waist down, SPANX All The Way Firm Control Pantyhose may be your solution. These retail at $28 from barenecessities.com and claim to “shape & firm tummy, hips, thighs and rear”

Spanx control pantyhose


Let’s check out some other brands.

Some bodysuits offer you the option to wear your own bra. This gives you additional room to decide exactly what goes under your outfit.

Lane Bryant offers the  Shape by Cacique open bust body suit for $46. This will give you “medium-level control from torso through mid-thigh”.

Shape body suit Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant also sell an everyday seamless cami which helps to smooth” lumps and bumps”.

Lane Bryant seamless cami


Lane Bryant seamless cami, $32.50

For firmer control (that also looks good) there’s the Bali Lace ‘N Smooth Body Briefer. You get bust support from seamless underwire cups as well as a trimmed tummy and waist.

Bali body briefer

Hanes, $39.95

The final garment which also gives all-over support is the Naomi and Nicole  Luxurious Shaping Strapless Bra Slip. It offers “tummy and hip control, derriere lift, and midriff & thigh shaping”. Perfect for those fitted strapless dresses!

Naomi and Nicole strapless bra slip

Naomi and Nicole  Luxurious Shaping Strapless Bra Slip, $63, The Bay


Natasha Beckles

Natasha Beckles is a freelance copyeditor, writer and content creator. She has over a decade's experience in both traditional and online media. In addition to blogging about fashion and travel, she uses the written word to help brands and individuals tell their unique stories.

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