The occasionwear season is well and truly upon us with the races, weddings and garden parties being on most people’s calendar entries.
I’ve read and seen a few blog posts about what to wear this season with some great outfit ideas and inspiration for styling these types of events.
However, how many of you are aware of the one piece that can transform any outfit? The foundation to your outfit that will enhance, minimise and define your body shape to create the perfect silhouette?
I am of course talking shapewear.
It’s definitely an area that gets missed when planning that #ootd but can have amazing impact overall.
Before i finished for maternity leave, I was working on a new bra fitting training programme for House of Fraser and this included shapewear.
I’ve been aware for a while now that shapewear isn’t just for the formal dress anymore, where we need to hide those muffin tops. The demographic has changed, shapewear has changed. The Bridget jones pants are becoming a thing of the past (RIP Bridget pants) and we are now seeing much sexier, prettier product.
However, if you were like me to start with, shapewear can be like the black art. If you look at the many products, styles, shapes and types, it can instantly put you off. Where do you begin?
Here, I have broken down the two main aspects to consider when making that shopping trip for shape wear solutions a little easier:
Start with the area you want to shape. Whether its whittling your waist or smoothing things out decide where you want to focus on. Shapewear also can create curves, so please don’t think it’s just to hide and minimise body parts!
If you want a sculpted silhouette from bust to bottom, flatten your tummy and lift your bum, try an all over body solution. There’s waist and smooth tummy solutions with pieces to help you create a 50’s inspired hourglass! Amazing right? Want a smoother bottom? Then there are pieces from the full thigh slimmer to high leg knickers.
It maybe that you are looking to take off a whole few inches, or that you want to achieve subtle results with lightly smoothing out the desired area without flattening it. There are various levels of control from extra firm through to light control so depending on your outfit and occasion its worth having an idea of what you want to achieve.
For example for those perfect pair of jeans you might want to just gently smooth out the thighs and hips with light control thigh slimmers. Or for that fabulous dress an extra firm fitting body suit might just give you that silhouette you’ve always wanted.
Tip: Look out for the different fabrications. Some brands have pieces with unique low friction finish to eliminate that shape wear tug of war, and many have boned products for extra shaping.
Tip: Don’t be fooled into buying a size smaller either as that just causes ill fitting pieces and what have the desired impact. It will just end up with you fighting yourself trying to squeeze into it!
Shapewear has moved on such a long way, the technology behind this concept is pretty incredible, and all to give us that perfect finished look. From laser cut products, seam free, anti static and cling free, no roll waist bands, boning to thin but powerful fabrics.
My advice is to build up a shape wear wardrobe so you have a solution for most outfits and occasions. It will transform everything!