Shapewear, of course ;)
I have admitted before and I don’t mind admitting again, I rely on shapewear most days.
It is not an alternative for regular exercise and good diet but as much as I work on those, I still want the help of my shapewear.
Shapewear is a wardrobe imperative.
A necessity I refuse to live without. These undergarments have come a long way and are no longer unattractive and uncomfortable; they earn their keep.
There is no one piece of shapewear. Lingerie like this is determined by the outer garment and as such, I have a “wardrobe” full of pieces. Most essential is a collection in nude and black, they are the colours I find most useful and especially the blush pink side of nude.
When I buy a new dress my first thought after committing is what do I need to wear underneath. Shapewear is about so much more than the illusion of lost pounds, it is also about the line a good undergarment makes. Underwear should be an enhancement, not an uncomfortable nuisance. The kind I am talking about; invisible magic.
Inside my wardrobe, I have a drawer dedicated to these pieces.
It is within easy reach and I think there is almost a style for every eventuality.
Weather also plays a part and obviously, summer is a harder one to play right. Shapewear has to work hard to appeal when it is 100 degrees outside. I have lighter and heavier pieces to sync with the relevant dresses or trousers. This one is my go-to in summer.
My best shapewear?
I can’t live without an “enhanced” brief, the bike short style and an all in one. Seriously, these make all the difference and particularly on days where I am not feeling as svelte as I would like. Those days happen and as ridiculous as they are, I think we all have them.
It is an effort sometimes and so much easier to wear the old bra and comfy knickers. A streamlined look is worth the effort and whether you are a tiny shape or on the larger side of life is irrelevant. Smooth is where it is at.
Shapewear needs regular updates and refreshes, especially around now. Like any stretch fabric, it loses puff after loads of wear. I change mine a couple of times a year if needs be and if a special occasion is coming up I’ll match the underneath like the shoes, bag and jewels.
They Deserve a Drawer Of Their Own
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