But before we get there, let’s get you started with the basics of shapewear to help you choose the right one for the long run.
- Know your body type
- Know your shapewear
- Seek expert assistance
- Choose the right size
- Own different kinds
Know your body type
Do we really need to remind you about the importance of knowing your body type? About 70% of your problems are automatically solved once you're clear about your body type. You’ll know which body part you want to focus on—your bust, waist or hips—and will be able to accentuate your features accordingly. So read up and/or seek personal advice on whether you’re an apple, pear or an hourglass body type, and then head out shopping.
Know your shapewear
First things first, know the different types of shapewear available in stores today—broadly categorized into light-control, moderate-control and firm-fit. While light-control is the most comfortable to wear (with the least compression), firm-fit is what you’ll need to tone down those extra layers of flab. Each type of shapewear serves a different purpose, while some may cinch, others may emphasize. So be sure to do your homework first.
Seek expert assistance
It’s okay to ask for help. You don’t have to feel shy about wanting one or think of shapewear as something to be conscious about just because you’re opting for extra support over exercise—because that isn’t the case. They way you use a concealer to conceal your blemishes, shapewear helps conceal your loose ‘love’ handles. Argument won! So go to that store, a physical one (don’t buy it online if it’s your first time) and remember to always try before you buy.
Choose the right size
This is the next thing, and it is absolutely imperative! People often tend to opt for smaller sizes while giving in to the delusion of looking slimmer. They forget about the awkward bulges that appear later, not to mention how all that constriction could irritate their skin and leave them with rashes. So, in order to avoid all of that, measure yourself accurately, and measure again, if you think your body has gone through changes since your last purchase. No harm!
Own different kinds
When it comes to shapewear, there’s no one-size-fits-all. Sooner or later, you’ll need a different one for a different outfit—thanks to the ever-changing fashion trends from bare backs to lace-ups. So invest in shapewear that accentuates your curves in all the right ways. Difficult? Hardly! For there’s shapewear specific to body parts too…so you’d now be concentrating only on the problem areas. Sounds cool? It is! And hella practical too…whew!
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