EVERY WOMAN’S SECRET WEAPON • STICK TO YOUR SIZE:
Body-shaping underwear is your answer to a flawless silhouette. We put a range of garments to the test.
Don’t be tempted to size down for extra firmness. Body-shapers are designed to enhance your silhouette according to your actual size. Anything too snug will cause bulges, rolls and discomfort. Always try the garment on before buying to check for fit and comfort.
• SHAPERS ARE GENERALLY MADE OF NYLON AND SPANDEX
(both synthetic fabrics), which is great in colder weather when you want to retain body heat, but you will probably sweat in summer. Nylon or 100% spandex can prevent the skin from breathing. A cotton blend is better for breathability and will keep you cool and comfortable for long periods. Feel the fabric to get a sense of how the garment will shape: lightweight shapers are more likely to smooth out targeted areas, while heavier pieces usually have compression zones that will suck and tuck your body into shape.
• DETERMINE WHICH AREA OF THE BODY TO FOCUS ON:
The level of compression and control (light, medium or firm) you want in a particular area depends on the intensity required for the body or targeted areas to highlight the curves. Remember: more control, less comfort.
• THE GARMENT SHOULD STAY IN PLACE
rather than roll down when you sweat. Silicon edging ensures that the shaper doesn’t creep down – though silicon can cause an allergic reaction, so be sure to check if it will affect you.
• ENSURE THAT THE SHAPER HAS A COTTON GUSSET
for hygiene reasons, and hook-and-eye closures for convenience.
• BONDED SEAMS OR SEAMFREE OPTIONS
create a smoother look under clothing.
Machine-washing can be harsh on the fabric so hand-wash instead. Lay the garment flat to dry as twisting may cause it to lose its shape. Do not tumble-dry to prevent shrinkage.