Shapewear Buying Guide:

How to Choose the Best Shaping Underwear for You!

Whether you choose to wear shapewear (or not!) is a really personal choice. Some women reach for shapewear to wear under a special outfit or for a big event and others don their shapewear every day. Whether you wear yours with jeans or partywear - or not at all! – is entirely up to you. If you feel confident and amazing, we say go for it!

There are different types of shapewear, depending on the type of control you’re looking for and the outfit you’re planning to wear it with. Read on to find out how to choose the best shaping underwear for you.


What type of shapewear do I need?

If you’re looking for comfortable everyday shaping, the Maidenform Control briefs will lightly shape your tummy and bum for a sleek look, and they’re super smooth - so no VPL!

The Maidenform High Waist Control brief comes up a little higher on your body and offers firmer tummy control to discreetly shape your tummy and cinch your waist.

If you love the look of a matching set and want a little extra waist definition, why not try the Maidenform Waist Nipper? It has soft boning at the sides as well as tummy control - hello hourglass!

If you’re looking for shapewear to wear under a dress, a slip dress or body will offer all-over shaping. The Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra body has strong smoothing fabric which helps to flatten your tummy and nip in your waist (it fastens at the bottom with a hook and eye, so there’s no need to take it off completely when you go to the bathroom – phew!) and the Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra slip (as seen in our video!) offers a smooth look over your bum and hips too. Both are designed so you can wear them with whichever bra you choose – Bravissimo girls rejoice! If you are struggling to find a bra for a certain neckline, check out our bras for partywear and take a look at our party bra guide for styling tips!


How do I choose a shapewear size?

Sometimes we’re asked if you should wear a size bigger or smaller in shapewear. Our honest answer is whatever you feel most comfortable in, but we’d suggest going for your regular size to avoid your shapewear rolling down or digging in. One-size-fits-all Fantasie Smoothease briefs are a great option if you’re not sure which size to go for, or if you’re between sizes. They’re totally stitch-free, so they give a super smooth line under clothes and they mix and match with lots of our black, white & skin tone Bras – yay!

Is it ok to wear shapewear every day?

For some Bravissimo girls, smoothing underwear is part of our everyday wardrobe and for others it’s something that we choose to wear under figure-hugging outfits for a little extra confidence boost. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable – whether you’re wearing shapewear or not!


What colour shapewear should I buy?

When it comes to choosing your shade of shapewear, there are two things to bear in mind - the colour of your outfit and your skin tone. Black shapewear is the perfect partner for your LBD and it works well under thinner clothing for those of us with darker complexions. If you’re lighter-skinned, try beige, latte or blush pink.

You can browse our range of shapewear here and if you have any questions about which one might work best for you (or anything else!) we’d really love to hear from you. You can get in touch via live chat, email or call us on 01926 459 859.