Only a week to go until Christmas Day and the party season is in full swing. Whilst my list of things to do seems endless, in the back of my mind I’m thinking of what I should wear to my Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Bearing in mind that it’s all too easy to overindulge at this time of year, looking a bit lumpy in my LBD is a concern. But I’m armed with my secret weapon: smoothing shapewear. Depending on what you’re wearing, there’s a great selection of smoothing underwear, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Plus, with rises in demand, smoothing underwear doesn’t need to look like ‘granny pants’, so you can avoid a Bridget Jones moment!
Here are my 3 favourite shapewear staples:
1. Control Tights
Perfect if you’re wearing a pencil skirt or bodycon dress and want to firm your tummy or lift your bum. Tights are a fashion staple, so they’ll help smooth your silhouette discreetly. Plus they don’t have to be pricey. M&S, Debenhams and Spanx all sell them.
2. Full bodies
These help sculpt your silhouette from bust to bottom, smoothing your tummy, lifting your bottom and defining your waist. M&S stock several bodies varying in how much control you want. Some even allow you to wear your own bra, which is perfect for bigger-busted ladies.
3. Shaping vests
These are perfect under tight-fitting tops or sweaters and can define your waist whilst flattening your tummy. They can be discreet and can come in several basic colours, as shown by Debenham’s range.
Still unsure which control underwear will be most suitable? M&S provides a great Shapewear Style Guide, whilst Woman and Home have a great article which runs through 9 of their favourite slimming underwear pieces.
I hope that you enjoy the party season and have a lovely Christmas week,