Shapewear comes in a variety of styles- from all-in-ones to tummy-controlling panties. The many options let you decide where you want that extra support. Shapewear also comes with different control levels- light control to extra-firm control. These control levels let you choose how much support you want.
Shapewear comes in a variety of control levels- from light to very firm. These levels allow you to choose the amount of support that's right for you.
This control is light enough to give you smoothness and shaping without binding. Control top pantyhose provide about the same support as light control shapewear.
For extra smoothness, moderate control shapewear is the answer. Generally, this control will have more spandex and possibly light control panels built in. This control can be worn up to eight hours without discomfort.
The most popular support level, firm control can really make a difference if you have a problem area you want to minimize. Though comfortable, this level of support is difficult to wear the entire day.
Extra Firm Control
This is the highest level of support available in shapewear. At this level, you will find reinforced panels and possibly boning.
- It is important to put your shapewear on correctly. If you don't, you will have a binding uncomfortable feeling all day. Similar to pantyhose, gather up the sides so the shapewear is only an inch or two tall. Step into the legs and pull up until you reach the point where you would like the shaper to begin. Now, gradually un-gather the shapewear as you pull it up over your torso. This technique ensures your shapewear will be in the right place and seams and panels will be straight.
- Once you have your shapewear on, sit down. If you have a binding feeling around your legs or torso, you need to readjust your shaper. A proper fit means the shapewear is as comfortable sitting as standing.
- Are you a classic pear shape? Women with fuller hips and bottom should choose shapewear with side panels and extra support in the rear.
- Some women make the mistake of buying shapewear one size smaller than their size to achieve additional support. This is wrong. A smaller garment will not fit correctly. Instead, choose shapewear with a higher level of support. For example, if your shapewear is of moderate support, consider buying a garment with firm support.
Perfect Fit Checklist
If your shapewear doesn't fit correctly, you could be in for a day of binding and irritating discomfort. Make sure your shapewear fits by going through this quick checklist.
- Waist stays in place - Move around in your shapewear after you put it on. Sit down, bend over, raise your arms. If the waist of your shapewear does not stay in place, you need another size.
- Legs are not binding - Sit down, cross your legs, and see if the edge of your shapewear binds or cuts into your leg. If so, you may want to consider a shaper with a longer leg length.
- Comfortable crotch - Check and see where your crotch is positioned. If it is low, you will have problems walking. If it is too high, your shaper will feel uncomfortable all day. Adjust the sides of your shapewear until the crotch lands in the right location.
- Smooth torso - There should be no bulges or wrinkles visible on your shaper. If there are, you may need a shorter length or smaller size shapewear. If the bulges are coming out over top of the shapewear, you may need a taller shapewear style.
- No rolling - If the waist or legs of your shapewear are rolling, your shapewear may have broken down and needs to be replaced.
- Total smoothness - If the shapewear is not laying completely smooth in any size, consider alterations.