Show me a woman who has not “pinched an inch” or imagined a bulge where one might or might not even exist, and I’ll introduce you to Mother Theresa’s selfless role model! Forget about naked in the bathroom mirror, we have all, at one time or another, struggled with how we look in our clothes. Perhaps we have been brainwashed by designers wanting to see the lines of their fashions uninterrupted by various and oh so human forms, or the daily visual assault of images of very young, very lithe frames modeling those fashions, the sum result is that we have Stockholm syndrome and are desirous of those coat hanger frames. Some of us have made peace with shapely, some of us love our full derrieres and ample bustlines (yes, please) but almost everyone we know still wants to look taut and smooth and effortlessly fashion model chic. With the recent advancements of textile engineering –we can. Cue the brass section because shapewear deserves the fanfare!
We hate the idea of being constricted by the wall of mostly white latex that our mother’s wore, but shapewear does keep getting better, and more comfortable, and most of us have employed the service of some good lycra somewhere–it is nothing to be ashamed about. We love leggings with oomph and camisoles that hug our middles. Serious one-pieces shapewear that includes a bra is almost freeing as you aren’t left tugging on the bottom as it barely meets the top. High-waisted tummy-tucking panties are actually sexy and the camo-patterned leggings from Spanx are a double whammy of hiding a bump or two while also hiding us from predators in the jungle. How much fun are these?
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