I find myself in the midst of a vicious cycle that happens every year: my holiday and winter weight has added up, and now I’m stuck with a little extra padding. It all starts at Thanksgiving when we eat more than usual for days in a row. Then, it seems silly to try to stay too healthy in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so a bit more damage is done. Finally, we’re faced with holiday parties, meals, cookies, and sweets by the truckload. New years? Time for cocktail calories and appetizers galore because we tell ourselves the diet starts tomorrow.
Unfortunately, once the temperature starts dropping, it’s harder and harder to get outside and exercise, and not always safe to travel to the gym. Pair that with cravings for savory and filling winter foods, and you’ve got the recipe for weight gain. As we see spring on the horizon, including Easter gatherings and spring weddings, it’s time to get it in gear and get back to a healthier lifestyle.
However, if you’re like I and the pounds go on way easier than they come off, it might be time for a little shapewear. Even if you’ve stayed true to your new year’s resolutions and have worked out and eaten right, having some body contouring and smoothing might still interest you. That’s where shapewear comes in. We’ve compiled a list of 12 top options in a variety of uses that will help you look more shapely come time for spring events. Because we can all use a little help every once in a while.
Top 12 Best Shapewear for Women
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1. Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts, $39
The Cooling: The Cooling are our lightest shorts yet, made with silky, ultra-stretchy, hi-tech performance fabric that wicks moisture and regulates body temperature. Sleep, lounge, and layer with them, or wear them alone as the perfect base layer, no undies required. Gone are the days of thigh chafing and sweaty butt.
2. Honeylove SuperPower Short, $89.00
Meet the holy grail of shapewear. It’s guaranteed not to roll up or down, no matter how you move. Plus, the targeted X compression sculpts without squeezing.
Suit Your Fancy Plunge Low-Back Mid-Thigh Bodysuit is the ultimate low-back, low-front solution for when you’re getting glam! Adjustable and convertible straps offer versatility, while sleek shaping fabric works invisibly “backstage” to ensure your style gets all the applause.
This brief features light, graduated control to smooth your waist and tummy, perfect for everyday wear.
5. ShaperX Bodysuit with Tummy Control, $37.99
This seamless shapewear holds in your core, lifts your chest, and smooths your abdomen. Its whisper-soft and seamless construction makes this sculpting piece a necessity for enhancing your body’s natural shape.
The best-selling Ruby Bodysuit has a full range of colors and sizes. It’s sleek and slim, and the bodysuit style will keep it from bunching around your waist.
7. SKIMS Sculpting Bodysuit Mid Thigh, $68.00
With a mid-thigh length, this essential shapewear bodysuit holds in your core, shapes and lifts your butt and chest, and smooths your upper thighs. Its whisper-soft and seamless construction makes this sculpting piece a necessity for enhancing your body’s natural shape.
8. Yummie Seamless Convertible Shaping Cami, $24.00
Wear this convertible cami 3 ways – place the adjustable inner panels at the front, back, or all around. Enjoy a varying amount of shaping from level 4 firm or level 5 extra firm, depending on where you place the panels. The floating inner mesh panels provide 360° of shaping.
9. Honeylove Cami Bodysuit, $99.00
The Cami Bodysuit’s one-piece construction is the secret to getting that sleek, “tucked-in” look. The garment is designed to gently smooth your body from booty to bust and is guaranteed never to come untucked. This versatile piece can be worn as a smoothing undergarment or tucked into your favorite jeans. Built-in bust support lets you ditch your bra, and adjustable straps give you extra control over the fit. Plus, the brief bottom is designed never to dig in.
10. SKIMS Sculpting Mid Waist Brief, $32
Invisible under everything, this mid-rise shapewear brief provides core support while shaping and lifting your butt. The whisper-soft and seamless construction makes this butt-sculpting piece an everyday staple for enhancing your body’s natural shape.
11. Thigh Society The Original, $39
The shorts that started it all! These super-versatile, velvety wonders give off supportive bike short vibes and are opaque so that they can be layered under clothes or worn alone. Because pants are just a state of mind, you know?
12. Spanx Undie-tectable® Brief, $24
Looking for a nice rear view? Get your butt in Undie-tectable®. The Undie-tectable Brief was designed to give you a completely smooth look under clothes. The bonded waistband smoothes your tummy while the elastic-free edges offer no VPL, making these undies truly Undie-tectable®.
Go ahead and treat yourself to some shapewear so you can look and feel your best!