Sadly, the shaper is the end of the lingerie series. It has been a terrific ride helping everyone out with their panties and bras. It was tons of fun collecting amazing pieces to share and I hope I was informative enough to help guide you towards your new lingerie collections.
Shapewear. I’m not sure what all to say about this at first. To me, this topic is a love-hate sort of article of clothing. Everyone with every shape wears shapers now, it’s almost like an epidemic. And I have to admit, I own a few in my closet too. So I guess they are like a necessary evil.
According to Andy Paige, author of Style On A Shoestring, weather you buy expensive or cheep shapers they all are basically the same. So if you want to splurge on a $30 pair or run to the local CVS for a $5 pair, you’ll get about the same control and comfortable level.
How To Know a Good Shaper from a Bad Shaper: A good one will be like your bra – it will lift and separate your cheeks. A bad shaper will squish your ass together and give you uni-buns (Andy Paige’s word). She says to look for shapers with a gathered center seam that fits comfortably between your cheeks.
Important tip, inspect the waist band and leg bands before you buy. You want ones made from microfiber and elastin to give you “invisible support.”
Personally I own a couple biker short styles (high waist and down the thighs) that do work great but I find that the long legs make them difficult to wear with short skirts and dresses. I also own a waist cincher that I have worn maybe once since I bought it. It’s not exactly comfortable and it doesn’t exactly “suck it in” like you would think. So I wouldn’t recommend a cincher honestly.