Shapewear has come a long way since Bridget Jones’s day. From semi-sheer thong styles to clever corset designs, there’s something subtle for everyone who wants to smooth out those lumps and bumps.
20th December 2019
I need to caveat this feature by saying that if you’re ever looking for a quick, easy method to knock your body confidence down a peg or two, trying on a load of shapewear and taking pictures from every angle is a surefire way to do it. Demoralising though this exercise may have been, I do now feel well qualified to opine on the very best shapewear out there. Like most women, I have unwanted cellulite, rolls and general nasty areas which – when dressed, anyway – are easily solved with the help of these clever knickers. May I present to you my findings…
Best For: Stomachs
To kick off proceedings, the Miraclesuit – available at John Lewis – promises to make you ‘look 10lbs lighter in ten seconds’. A corset-style waist-cincher, ten seconds is a bit of an understatement. The impossibly stretchy nylon/elastane/spandex body is so tight it was a serious struggle to get on. However, once fitted around my waist, it was easily the slimmest I’ve ever looked. The notes I jotted down while trying on this piece simply read, ‘Wow. Look tiny.’ A thick, elasticated panel guarantees it isn’t going anywhere (although I can’t promise it won’t make you a little sticky on the dancefloor) plus it actually claims to support your back too. Given the tightness, I can only imagine it will do wonders for your posture. Forget pilates and a tummy tuck, this is the £40 alternative.
At this point, M&S’s Magicwear Geometric Firm Control Low Leg Knickers deserve a shout out. A pleasant, tummy-tucking surprise given their conventional knickers fit, they have a little more stretch, making them much easier to get on, plus they offer great bum coverage as well as working wonders for your tummy. Where the Miraclesuit cinches in your waist, the M&S knickers pull in that unwanted spare tyre – great if you’ve indulged a little too much over the festive build-up. Mesh panelling makes them look a little more like lingerie than shapewear, which is always a plus.
Best for: Thighs & Bum
The good news is that if you have a sudden urge to try the cycling-short trend, these Spanx shaping shorts can double up and help you get the look. The same thickness you’d expect from high-performance active wear, they’re not sexy, pretty or subtle, but golly do they do the trick. Whether it’s to smooth out cellulite or just create the illusion of smaller thighs, these shorts genuinely do tuck everything in – plus they’re the perfect balance of stretchy enough to pull on and off, and tight enough once on that you really feel them working. Compared to other high-street shorts, these were significantly more effective and worth the extra cash.
Best For: Comfort
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