A 21st Century Guide to Choosing Shapewear

A 21st Century Guide to Choosing Shapewear

Finding the right shapewear can improve your self-confidence and boost your self-esteem as you head into the new year. Once thought of as just for special occasions, women are celebrating shapewear and are finding it an everyday luxury. Confidentially Yours carries a large selection of shapewear and special occasion undergarments to take your outfit to the next level. 

Shapewear in 2020
Shapewear is no longer just a trend spotted on the red carpet worn by celebrities. Instead, it can be worn daily to the office, trips to the grocery store, and especially on evenings out on the town by people of all ages, shapes, and desired goals. Shapewear has come a long way since its early invention where it used to push excess body tissues outward and upward rather than smooth it out evenly. If you haven’t had a chance to try on shapewear in recent years, you are more than likely in for a surprise as to how comfortable it can and should be.  

Come To The Store To Try On Your Shapewear
It is always a good idea to try shapewear on in person in order to get a feel for the garments.  Ordering too small of a size in shapewear can counterbalance the smoothing effect that is desired by causing garments to look bumpy and bulky. Some people think that ordering a smaller size in shapewear will actually give them more compression and extra minimizing effects; however it can often cause the opposite to happen. Purchasing ill-fitting undergarments can also cause discomfort, sickness, dizziness, or even shortness of breath. Physicians warn that wearing too tight of shapewear can actually compress organs and nerves causing numbness and tingling. By trying your undergarments on in store by a trained fitting specialist, you can assure that you are getting that “just right” fit for your wearing needs. If you are in between sizes, your CY Bra Sisters recommend trialing a larger size rather than sizing down in your shapewear.  

Choosing Shapewear
When choosing shapewear, one of the most important things to consider is having support and control in all of the right places. Finding the right size can be half the battle, but it doesn’t have to be. The Bra Sisters are here to come to your rescue. They share their ultimate tips for choosing shapewear below. They also happily offer their fitting guidelines for bras, undergarments, swimwear, and more in store during regular business hours. A trained fitting specialist is always on hand in order to help guide you in the right direction for all of your apparel needs.

Consider Your Goal For Wearing Shapewear
When purchasing shapewear, the Bra Sisters will ask you to consider your ultimate goal for wearing the shapewear in order to direct you to the most appropriate options.  It is helpful to bring your outfit(s) that you are planning to wear with the shapewear with you to your fitting. The Bra Sisters encourage you to walk around the store, shop around, and sit down in the fitting room, etc, to get a feel for the apparel to determine if it is comfortable to you. Stand behind the closed fitting room door and do a little dance to determine if your shapewear will remain in place for your daily activities. (It’s ok….no ones looking).  Remember, in order to look your best, you need to feel your best, too.

Shapewear Fabrics To Consider
Another factor to consider when choosing shapewear is the time of year that you are planning to wear the undergarments. Shapewear fabricated from nylon and spandex can get warm when worn in the summers; however, it may provide an extra layer of comfort when worn on cooler nights. Cotton blends of shapewear are often used for smoothing out body lines while thicker fabrics or those with higher nylon content are often used for compression and targeted zoning.   

Full Bodysuit Options
Many people turn to full bodysuit shapeware in order to simplify options and to avoid the work in finding minimizing bottoms and tops that work well together. Full bodysuits are available with chest minimization and without. If a full bodysuit is not what you are looking for, the bra babes suggest finding high-waisted shapewear that hits at your bra line in order to smooth your torso.  While you might find yourself thinking of granny panties, these help to provide that “just right” level of compression through your midsection to provide a nice slimming effect. There are actually shapewear pieces designed to attach to your own bras in order to hold undergarments into place and to provide a comfortable and known fit for your upper body.  

Shapewear For Your Lower Body
In terms of shareware for your legs, it is recommended to look for tights with built in compression and shapewear capabilities. Wearing tights over shapewear can be uncomfortable and difficult to do because the two garments typically each contain nylon. When these two fabrics are worn together, they often don’t play nicely with one another. This can cause rolling waistlines as well as cause an evening of tugging and shifting of garments in order to stay in place.  

With so many options available and with how far shapewear has evolved, it is definitely worthy of a first try or a retry. When worn correctly and appropriately, shapewear can be a welcome addition to anyone’s wardrobe. A special night out should be celebrated by wearing the just right fit and not just tolerated by wearing shapewear that is uncomfortable and constricting. The Bra Sisters at Confidentially Yours are available to help you along any step of the way in order to provide the foundations to your wardrobe and have you feeling fit and fantastic as you head into 2020.  

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