Sounds great but beware. For, like most things over-hyped, not all shapewear
has the ability to lend shape where it’s most needed. Famously epitomised by
Scarlet O’ Hara with that 17”
waist, thanks to her piercing corset in Gone with
the Wind, shapewear today comes in a wide variety.
On the face of it – and especially in online images – they all look the same. It’s
difficult for an untrained eye to see the difference even when touching and
feeling shapewear. Further, a trial – generally not allowed by most brands –
will also not easily reveal the tricky point: that of the shapewear item rolling
down the abdomen after some use!
Once it rolls down on the abdomen, the shapewear is as good as useless.
Because all the fat that it’s expected to compress and hide, reappears in all
its layered glory. So, what exactly is the cause of this problem? It lies primarily,
in a poor, flimsy quality of fabric and sometimes in the choice of a wrong,
Shapewear works by compressing the fat towards the body. It’s a bit like
zipping up the fat. So, there are designs that start just below the bust line and
those that start at the upper waist and carry all the way down.
There are those that end at the crotch area and some end at the thighs. Then
of course there is a basic variety that is like a band around your waist – this
one has no discomfort at the crotch area.
Whichever you choose please remember:
- Shapewear, like bras,
has to be chosen keeping in mind the requirement
of your body. If you feel your thighs need compression but you never wear
thigh exposing clothes like say, jeans, then what’s the need for that
Be careful while
choosing shapewear without a trial because compression
equals discomfort. So while its perhaps possible for most women to tolerate
compression on the waist, it may not be as easy to put the thighs through the