Are you curious to find out if the shapewear hype is real? Can it really help smooth out your curves and get you the sculpted figure you dream of? We’ve got all the answers you’ve been looking for in one place.
In this short guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about buying shapewear. Rest assured, by the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll feel confident about how shapewear works and know exactly what style is best for your body type, using our simple checklist below.
Finding the Right Size and Fit
A few common questions we often hear is, “what size shapewear should I buy?” And “which shapewear works best?”
Contrary to popular belief, it’s a myth that buying shapewear a size down will give you more shaping power. Shapewear is designed true to size, and we recommend using a tape measure to find out where you sit on our size chart before ordering (Visit our sizing guide here for more info!)
Your shapewear should feel comfy and smooth, but not too restricting. You may need to go up a size, or swap to a different style if you find it’s squeezing you out, rolling down or just doesn’t feel right. With many shapes and sizes to choose from, don’t be afraid to try a few on for size – we offer free unlimited exchanges to ensure you find your perfect fit.
If you’re new to the Shapewear world, we recommend trying the shaper panty. It’s one of our best-selling products and it comes in XS-4X. Make sure to use the sizing guide to find the perfect fit!
Next up, we have the shaper boyshort, which is a must-try item. As told in the reviews, the item fits true to size and is made for 24/7 comfort.
The fit is true to size, no guessing games! It really smoothes me out and makes me feel confident, something I haven't felt in a long time. The all day shaper is just that, comfortable enough to wear all day! - Mariya M.
Fabric and Comfort Make All the Difference
You might not realize it, but there’s shapewear for every season and any occasion! For warmer months, we recommend lighter, softer fabrics that won’t overheat. For colder seasons, either layer up or go for thicker materials, which also allow for more compression. The important thing here is for your shapewear fabric to be BREATHABLE. Our top-rated styles come with design features, such as mesh paneling to allow air to circulate and keep you cool as a cucumber.
Products We Recommend
Try this full-body shaper for the colder months. The lightweight fabric will still keep you cool underneath, while still providing the support and control you want.
Light and breathable, this smoothing short is great for layering in the warmer months. It pairs perfectly under your summer dresses or shorts, without making you hot or weighing you down.
Compression and Support Are Key
When choosing your level of compression and support, consider your shapewear goals. From everyday shapers, and throw-on pick-me-ups, to special occasion pieces, understanding when and how you’ll wear it is an essential first step.
For all-day comfort and a smooth foundation, you’ll want light (medium), or firm (medium-high) control. Choose supple, stretchy fabrics that move with your body while adding subtle contours to your shape — providing hours of comfort without you wanting to take your shaper off.
If you’re looking for a significant transformation for a special occasion, go for higher-compression shapewear garments. Extra-firm control is perfect for formal, structured clothing like wedding dresses, prom gowns, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses. You should feel toned and sturdy without feeling constricted.
One common question people ask when it comes to compression levels is this: Does shapewear help you lose weight? It does not, but it can help you achieve the desired shape and support for your body type.
For low compression try the smoothing panty:
For medium compression try the thigh slimmer:
For high compression try the shaping black leggings:
Shopping for Shapewear Has Never Been Easier
Shapermint makes shopping for shapewear easier because we hand-pick the best shapers loved by women worldwide. If you need help finding your perfect fit, talk to our fit experts on hand 24/7 to answer your questions, and seek out any shapewear struggles. You can also view our guide to find the best shapewear for your body.
We Have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We believe every woman deserves to feel comfortable and confident. You might’ve ordered the wrong size (it happens to the best of us), or maybe you’re not being held in quite as snuggly as you’d hoped. Whatever the reason, we offer fuss-free returns and unlimited swaps until we get it right.
What’s your favorite shapewear style? Let us know in the comments below, and share your favorite shapewear pics with us on social media @Shapermint.