“Be Wise, Get the Figure Men Admire!” (one of the tag lines on a vintage advertisement for shapewear)
Today, I’m going to talk a bit about shapewear. Shapewear is also known as foundation garments. Foundation garments have been around for centuries with one of the earliest items being the corset.
Shapewear is meant to form the body into a desired shape/silhouette, for fashion or for medical reasons. Shapewear ‘strengths’ vary from light to firm control. You decide the strength and modification depending on your desired figure outcome.
You can purchase a variety of shapewear items:
- Waist cinchers
- Control panties
- Control slips
- Body suits
- Garter/suspender belts
I love shapewear
Yes, I wear foundation garments, vintage and reproduction. In fact, I really love them! I like the way that shapewear items are designed and how they shape my figure. I don’t don my shapewear items very often, just when I need an extra cinch at the waist, a little tuck here or there, or if I’m wearing a corset as a top. I usually end up wearing some sort of shapewear under unforgiving 1940s dresses. You know the kind, where the material shows every lump and bump! *gasps*
Many women find shapewear uncomfortable, but I do not. If the item fits properly, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable or too constricting. If you feel like you can’t breathe, or your shapewear rolls up or down you need to buy a larger size! I tried a pair of Spanx once and thought I was going to pass out. Yes, they smoothed things out, but I felt like I was trapped in some cruel torture device! If that’s how you feel in your shapewear, do try something else. If you need some advice there are many websites with tips on purchasing shapewear.
You can purchase shapewear items at most department stores, lingerie stores and online shops. What Katie Did and Secrets in Lace both have shapewear lines. However, I’m partial to Rago shapewear myself. I find the quality and fit really good. I especially love their garter/suspender belts and their open garter girdles. Lovely looking and they feel great on!
Do you wear shapewear? What are your favourite items or companies? Do tell!