Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Personally I think that’s what makes the world interesting, how boring if we all looked the same!
And mostly everyone has something about their bodies they would like to disguise and something that they love to highlight.
Lets talk about the not so perfect bits.
I have a lovely wobbly muffin top and stretch marks that remind me everyday that I made and carried and gave birth to my beautiful daughter. And I love my body more now for being able to something so wondrous, but as much as I love the reason for it, I just like how it looks when I wear certain clothes. And while I wait for my current healthy diet and regular exercise to make it disappear, there are ways to disguise it.
To some girls shape wear is an ugly word. They are embarrassed and no one wants to own up to looking for one in stores let alone admit to wearing one. I’ve been told by clients that it’s because to them shape wear is only for very unfit or overweight women.
Although I do understand this crazy way of thinking, it’s not the truth of shape wear.
I have been using shapewear on actresses and models of all sizes for years and let me tell you something, everybody uses it at some point.
And another truth: shapewear does not make you skinnier.
Sorry ladies but it’s a myth. It’s not possible. That’s what people assume they do, and make the mistake of buying the size they want to look as opposed to the size they actually are.
What shape wear does is refine your silhouette, smooths out any lumps and bumps usually caused by the elastic on your bra or undies. It’s not to wear all the time, its to wear under certain kinds of clothing. I have used shape wear for petite woman who are a size 6, under a slinky evening gown, just to give a smooth line, and I’ve used it on women who are a size 20 for the exact same reason. Ever notice how you never see any undie lines or even the tiniest bumps on the red carpet? How they all look flawless? Shapewear my friends.
Here are some tips when choosing shape wear.
1. Try on a couple of sizes and choose the correct one. If you can, bring the garment you want to wear it under to the changeroom to see how it looks.
2. If you are over a size 12, don’t buy shape wear that’s labelled ‘one size fits all’. Choose a brand that actually has proper dress sizes.
3. Good quality shape wear comes in lightweight fabrics for summer and heavier weight for the cooler months. Choose the appropriate one for your dress.
4. When you are in the change room, make sure you can sit down while wearing it and still be able to breathe. if you can’t, the size is too small.
5. While you have it on, go for a little walk just outside the changeroom door, make sure it stays where it’s supposed to, that it doesn’t ride or roll up.
These are the different kinds of shapewer on the market. They come in variations of 2 colours, black and nude.
- The slip with built-in bra: this is fabulous under any dress, especially the sleek fitted styles. My favourite is this one by Nancy Ganz. They all come with straps for those of us who are too big up top to wear strapless.
- The under bra slip: I love this for when you need to wear a particular bra or even no bra. It has shoulder straps to hold the slip up.
- The high-waisted skirt/shorts: great for muffin tops or if you are wearing a slinky top with your jeans or skirt and you don’t want the tiny bit of skin fold over the waistband. The Long shorts are great for saddle bags – where the side of the thighs are wider than the hips. Here’s a great one from “hold me Tight’
- The cami: these are my favourite for sheer tops, they smooth any bumps plus I’m not a fan of showing my bra off. It’s a personal thing. Yummie Life has some great ones like these.
- The all in one: Personally I’m not a fan. They make going to the bathroom rather challenging but if it was just for a few hours and I had on an outfit that really needed it, sure why not! This one is by Spanx.
- The high-waisted briefs: fantastic for over the waistband rolls or muffin tops but be careful of what you wear them under. You can also get boy leg versions of this. I love these by Nancy Ganz.
Most of all, please remember, shape wear isn’t necessarily for everyday, or everyone. If they make you feel better and you love wearing them, wear it proudly (and comfortably). Don’t care so much what other people think of you. Some people will think unkind thoughts because they are unkind, not because you have a couple of little flaws. xxx
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