Shaping bodies: Your little secret!
What's the best way to get a perfectly smooth silhouette? You could spend hours in the gym – or you could just use a shaping suit. These foundation underwear garments are one of the quickest and easiest ways to turn yourself into a Hollywood star. There are different levels of hold and compression available, whether you just need a little bit of smoothing, or you want to be totally transformed. Either way, the goals of shaping bodies are simple: They smooth, tuck and lift, banishing any tummy problems and giving you a sleeker silhouette, getting you photo-ready in no time!
How to keep your shaping suit hidden
Most bodies are designed to disappear under your clothes; after all, they're a form of underwear, so you don't want to have them on display! With this in mind, you should always pick shaping bodies with care. There are many styles out there, which offer varying levels of coverage. Some are cut like a leotard or swimsuit, while others reach down to smooth out your thighs, too. Check that the straps don't rise above the neckline of your outfit and watch out for the colour. If you're wearing dark shaping pants, then go for a dark body underneath. If, on the other hand, your shaping tops and dresses are light, look for a nude body; find the closest match you can to your skin tone. Bright white can often flash through your clothing, especially under strobe lighting, so it should be avoided – particularly if hitting the dance floor is on your agenda!
Women's shaping bodies that do double duty
Although shapewear is normally worn under your clothes, it's possible to find shaping bodies for women that you won't be afraid to show off. Some shapewear can work as a top as well as a foundation garment. Look for details, such as lace around the neckline or sleeves, and you'll be able to wear yours as a top in its own right, adding just a skirt or pair of jeans to finish the look. If you've got a big date planned, then you might want to seek out lingerie-style options. These are available in a wider range of colours; look for black, deep burgundy, or red for a sexy touch. Lace panels at strategic points can make these shaping bodies look less practical and more sensual.