You should start with a dress and then choose the shapewear, not the other way around. Try on the dress to see how it fits and to identify any areas where you’d like a little more compression or support. Pay attention to the cut of the dress and what fabric it is made of, as these both affect how the dress fits and how much your underwear will show through. Some dresses are very forgiving and require little or no compression to look great, while others are very tight and show every little bulge, including shapewear seams. In the next section, I’ll offer more tips for what shapewear pairs best with different types of dresses.
2. Choose where you want support
Where you want compression is completely up to you. For instance, if you just want a little boost for your booty, a butt enhancer shapewear panty might fit the bill exactly. If you want compression for your stomach, then a waist trainer will cover that area. When deciding what areas you’d like compression in, also think about whether you want a single piece of shapewear or a set. If you want shapewear from your chest to your mid-thigh, you could get a single-piece shapewear bodysuit, or you could get a top and bottom matching set. It’s all about what is most comfortable for you and what kind of shapewear you will look forward to wearing.
3. Select your level of compression
At Leonisa, we offer four levels of compression: super comfy, moderate, firm and extra firm. How much compression you want depends on both the style of dress and your personal preferences. You might want extra firm compression shapewear for a body-hugging sheath dress, while you prefer moderate compression shapewear for a looser A-line style dress—or you might always choose firm compression body shapers regardless of the type of dress. The level of compression will help you narrow down your choices and make it easier to select the perfect shapewear for you. If you’re not sure which level of compression you want, feel free to schedule a consultation with me or one of the other Personal Shoppers and we can walk you through your options.
4. Consider material and color
Not all types of shapewear work well underneath different types of dresses. The fastening of a waist trainer might show underneath a bodycon dress, while black shaper shorts might be visible through a lighter colored dress. When selecting colors and materials for your shapewear, keep these concerns in mind so you don’t accidentally select a type of shapewear that will show through. If you need to do a test run, you can put on underwear in the color of the shapewear to see if it will show through the dress before you click the “purchase” button.
5. Measure yourself before choosing a size
This tip holds true whether you are wearing your shapewear beneath a dress or another kind of outfit entirely. Measuring yourself and selecting the correct shapewear size is key to getting the results you want. Too tight and the shapewear will create the very bulges and creases you’re trying to smooth out. Not only that, but shapewear that is too small will be uncomfortable to wear, and you’ll most likely just end up taking it off. Too loose and the shapewear won’t have compression effects at all. Be sure to consult the size chart for each piece of shapewear before you purchase it. Sizing varies from brand to brand and sometimes even product to product—plus your size can fluctuate over time, so you need to confirm your size before ordering a piece of shapewear every time.
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