Shape Up For The Holidays: The Best Shapewear For Your Body Needs
The holiday parties just keep coming—and these festivities include all the scrumptious food and yummy drinks too! As much was we want to make that diet commitment around this time of the year, it’s just impossible with so many good treats and good company. Rather than sacrifice this once-a-year party marathon, why not just give your curves a quick fix with these must-have shapewear styles? That way, you get to look good in your party frocks while you indulge in the holiday spirit!
Shapewear has come a long way since the constrains of the corset; they’re comfier, more luxurious and even sexier. There are a variety of styles out there, some claiming to address your body shape—and how to balance it. While there’s nothing wrong with checking out what shapewear suits your body-type, we strongly recommend choosing your pieces based on your specific needs, as opposed to what guides say is recommended for your figure. Because, you know, some of us are happy having our curves the way they are! Don’t forget, you can always mix and match these pieces—so long as you are still comfortable, of course!
Great For: Bulging at the chest and side area
Do you struggle with excess flesh flowing out of your bra sides? This is specially common for ladies with heart-shaped bodies, or full hourglass figures. If larger cup sizes doesn’t fix the problem, the consider wide-band bras for added support and smoothening coverage. You can definitely start rocking that tight-fitting top you wanted!
Triumph Shape Sensation T-Shirt Bra, At SM Department Store
Great For: Slimming and smoothing legs
Feeling extra daring for the party? Perhaps you want to wear that mini-dress, or semi-sheer skirt? Add some coverage to your legs by wearing some shapewear tights. No, they’re not yoga pants (although sports leggings do a similar job); these tights are more lightweight, with strategic compression areas, and sometimes semi-sheer. ‘Perfect for that little black (see-through) dress!
SPANX Original Mid-Thigh Shaping Tights, At Rustan's
Great For: Narrowing your waist line
Give yourself that hourglass figure by putting in the trusted waist cincher. Not only do they minimize your waist, these also re-distribute excess bulge to the bust and hip area, accentuating to those curves. Perfect for any body type, too!
Great For: Reducing hip and butt area, or a total lower-body contour
Also known as hip reducers, these come in a variety of looks and lengths; some go all the way up the waist and extend down to the thighs, while some are just focused on hip-to-buttocks. You might want to go through some trial-and-error to find one that suits your needs best. But personally, we prefer the longer, waist-to-thigh hip-huggers; they re-distribute the curves more evenly, and already do the job of smoothening most of your body.
SPANX Power Series Medium Control Higher Power Short, At Rustan's
Great For: Smoothening upper body
If you feel that majority of your bulges focus on the upper body, then having a shapewear camisole is an excellent investment. These camisoles have built-in compression to reduce and smoothen the chest to belly area. They also come in open-bust styles, so you can still wear your favorite push-up bra with it.
Great For: Adding more shape to your behind
No need for those endless squats this time of year! These booty lifters are basically the push-up bra for your backside. Resembling yoga shorts, these pieces have soft pads in the back to lift and sculpt your butt for a well-rounded shape.
All-Over Body Shaper
Great For: General contour of the silhouette
No fuss, just one quick smoothening piece to clean-up your shape. All-Over body shapers are an excellent way to just make sure everything is in place. Plus, these make great lingerie pieces, so you can have function and sizzling allure with this one shapewear!
Maidenform Body Shaper, At SM Department Store
Scroll through our gallery for more shapewear picks!
1 to 4—Maidenform, available at SM Department Store; 5-7—Spanx, available at Rustan's
Lead photos from @maidenform