Shapewear has long been the not-so-secret wardrobe weapon of women everywhere.
And yet, the very term has been shrouded in negativity, eliciting images of Bridget Jones-style knickers and nanna undies.
A quick pick-me-up, perfecting and smoothing over our natural lumps and bumps we are (unnecessarily) self-conscious of, shapewear or spanx as they’re often referred, are a staple we believe are deserving of a better reputation.
It’s not just us mere mortals who call on shapewear for those fitted and slinky pieces; Beyoncé, Kaley Cuoco and Chrissy Teigen are top of the list of celebrity fans.
Then, there are the Kardashians, who transformed waist trainers and shapewear into garments to be worn independently and flaunted on our feeds.
The undergarment is far from one size and shape suits all, below we round up the styles to shop for every need.
The Best Shapewear For Each Concern
If you’re after a shapewear piece for a particular concern, whether it be tummy control or thigh smoothing, scroll on for our top picks.
SKIMS Core Control Thong
$54 at Skims
The No-Show Thong
Looking for tummy control without any pesky underwear lines showing? This thong will cinch your waist and smooth your stomach area without cutting in or creating lines around your bottom.
Nancy Ganz Body ID Cincher
$79.95 from Myer
For Waist Control
For that Kardashian-esque hourglass waist, something a little more heavy duty like a waist trainer, may produce the results you’re seeking. As well as the extra cinching power, this bodice is made from free cut performance fabric for smooth lines and features three rows of hook and eye closures for easy adjustment.
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$124 at Skims
The Smoothing Slip Dress
Crafted from a buttery soft fabric, this slip dress is perfect for any sheer numbers or providing an extra smoothing layer to delicate and unforgiving fabrics.
SPANX Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
$266 from Farfetch
For Plunging & Low-Back Outfits
No matter the dress style, this smoothing bodysuit has you covered. Low back? Plunging neckline? They’re no match for this soft, stretch jersey number.
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Nancy Ganz Power Play High Waisted Short Brief
$89.95 from MYER
The Under-Bra Slip
If you want all over smoothing but are particular about bras, this high-waisted shapewear brief will smooth the tummy, waist and bottom. The longer length also helps reduce curling, pulling and rolling.
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Should You Buy Shapewear One Size Smaller?
There’s no need to buy your shapewear a size smaller (or larger, for that matter) than what you would normally purchase in clothing.
Shapewear is designed to smooth and sculpt, not to make you lose weight, and buying a size smaller than you usually would, can result in discomfort, buldging and cutting into your figure at the seams.
Which Shapewear Brand Is Best?
From celebrity-founded (yes, we’re looking at you, SKIMS) to long-time, trusted labels, these are the best shapewear brands you need to know about.