Shapewear has come a long way in the past decade & these pieces have been tried, tested & given the thumbs up by us for being as comfortable as they are effective at editing body shape in the most impactful ways. From the little-known bargain buy you’ll wonder how you lived without to the premium investment pieces, these little gems perform.
BEST FOR TRIMMING A WAIST: Shymay Women’s Firm Control Shapewear Waist Shaper Tummy Slimmer Bodysuit
Coming in at less than £20, and with 62 5-star reviews under its belt across the internet, this is the best waist-training investment you can make. Customers rave that the garment banishes ‘mummy tummy’, eradicates VPL and is also, crucially, ‘very soft and comfortable’.
BEST FOR SLIMMING THIGHS: Maidenform Firm Foundation Thigh Slimmer
If the thighs are your main concern, this piece is specially made to provide firm control without bulking or pinching. It has back-smoothing mid-thigh shapers, the shorts are long enough not to ride up, and its cling and static-free material means your clothes don’t get caught up around your mid thighs. What’s more, it’s lined with power mesh for subtle contouring that’s comfortable enough to forget you’re wearing it. There’s a high waisted version too, which gives extra support around the tummy.
BEST FOR SHAPING TUMMY & THIGHS: Spanx Higher Power Short
Recommended by Kim Kardashian (which could either be the kiss of death or advice worth having), these Higher Power shorts are a true game changer, which (annoyingly) means they’re regularly out of stock. They offer a flattening-support around the tummy, waist and thighs to streamline your figure. Created with graduated release for comfort, they allow you to move around with ease, which is ideal if you are wearing them for a night out. A no-slip strip waistband means you can also count on them to stay up too.
BEST FOR CONTROLLING TUMMY, WAIST & LEGS: Maidenform Fat-Free Dressing Legging
Leggings under skirts and dresses can look a bit more directional than tights, especially with sneakers and ankle boots. These are not your regular lycra leggings either – they are the royalty of the daywear legging world. The fabric is soft and stretchy but offers firm control across legs, waist and tummy.