The Shape of Fashion: Body Shapers

What makes a perfect dress – colour, fabric, design or the fit – easy answer is a combination of all this. But you have to go for one most important element, it has to be the fit. Not for nothing, we have phrases like ‘tailor-made’ and ‘cut out for you’ as part of our daily vocabulary. Now, we can all go and get something that is designed per our body type, but what if we can make our body fit into that perfect dress. Or maybe for that one particular evening when you want to just look the best. Well, trouble no, as body shapers do just that. They can be worn underneath your attire and ensure that each dress you wear seems like it has been cut out for you. But the magic is in selecting the right body shaper (Click here).

Before I share some tips with you on how to go about selecting the best shapewear for you, remember, your body has natural curves no matter your size or figure. The right shapewear can go a long way in accentuating that.

Go with your size

Do not try to size yourself down for extra firmness or appear slimmer. It not only causes bulges and discomfort but can go against the very idea of shapewear and make you look bigger. The best is to visit a store or order online, see what fits you, sit down walk around and make sure you feel comfortable.

Know the areas                

We all know parts of our body that need special attention and care. These areas generally are the abdomen, hips, thighs, rear and there is something for everyone available at stores as well as online. I personally like Zivame as it provides me with multiple options but also a great shopping experience.

  • High-Waist it

    A lot of experts will tell you that high-waist skirts and shorts styles guarantee a smooth line all the way up your torso. Look for versions that go up to the bra line. There are also options that hook onto your bra so they won’t slip down. I recently wanted something similar and just went to Zivame and found their High-waist thigh shaper for full abdomen, thighs & rear shaping. It has been a great experience.

  • Toning your legs

    The biggest problem here is the emergence of another layer, which could cause seams to show through your clothes. Spanx In-Power Line Super Shaping Sheers have compression zones that shape the tummy, thighs, and rear while offering the seamless and sleek sheer you get from a regular pair of tights.

  • All over shape in

    The full body option is popular because it creates a head-to-toe streamlined shape, saving you the trouble of finding a separate top and bottom pieces that work.

The occasion and the duration


This would largely dictate your choice of shapewear. How long you are going to wear it, what attire are you wearing and for what occasion? The climate also plays a major role in this choice, the thumb rule is put comfort first. Shapewear is conventionally made of nylon and spandex, both synthetic fabrics. They are great in colder climates, but given the weather in India, it makes you more prone to sweat. Fortunately, several brands sell summer shapewear, lighter versions of their original products designed with breathability in mind.

So the best shapewear is what suits your needs, and fit the purpose you desire. Depending on what area of the body you are looking to target, there are different pieces of shapewear that work best for each area of the body. Below you can find what shapewear type would be the best for you depending on your target area.

Read more about the types of shapewear here.