Visual Slimming Tricks: Red Carpet Secrets

 By: Cyla Weiner
Shapewear today is not your grandmother's girdle or long line bra. Instead, this intimate apparel essential product has been amazingly updated with contemporary new fabrics that control and smooth out any lines you want to make invisible. Shapewear hides those little bulges and rolls and that makes your clothes look great, regardless of size. It doesn't matter if you are 110 pounds or 210 pounds, shapewear products smooth out problem areas from back and bra bulge to the hips and thighs. The appearance of looking firm and toned is realized by these red carpet secret undergarments.

Key words for shapewear today are comfortable, breathable, and enhancement. Depending on your problem area, different types of shapewear exist that help different body areas. Below are benefits of a variety of product types and brand recommendations for all body types and shapes.

The Cami Shaper: Body shaping camis come in many styles. A strapless cami shaper is offered by Spanx which minimizes your midriff while simultaneously smoothing out your back. Or you can get a V-Neck shaper from Cass and Co. that has wide straps and a flattering neckline. You can get an underwire cami shaper from Sassybax for a little more lift for your bust and has been designed with fuller figured women in mind and provides support for those sporting a DD bust size. The Sassybax cami is available in sizes up to extra large, designed for women wearing a size 16-18. Eliminating bra bulge and bra lines and back and torso smoothing are a few of the slimming results.

The Body Suit: This style is great because it is comfortable, you can go to the bathroom easily, and the product makes you looked pulled together. My favorite body suits are from Body Wrap as they make one with and without a leg. Their full-figure seamless underwire body suit has a tummy control that flattens and slenderizes, while the rear lifts and shapes. The seamless underwire cups provide lots of support and lift. Wacaol offers a full-figure body briefer as well.

The Bottom Shaper: Many styles of panty shaper products exist. You can go from a thong, to a brief, to a biker short, to mid-thigh, and to long leg. Grenier offers some sexy shaper products and I really like the Cass and Co. and Body Wrap selections. Again, Body Wrap has the best selection for plus sized women. These shapers do not cut into the waist and smooth out bottom bulge. While firming the tummy, slenderizing hips, firm control is provided and the products are invisible under clothing.

The Dress Shaper: One of my favorites is from Cass and Co. This shaper lifts and supports the bust. The benefit to a dress shaper is that it is one piece with overall slimming control, hence smoothing out any bulges back or otherwise, and stays put about 3 inches above the knee. Depending on your size, Body Wrap offers a strapless slip that accommodates a D cup and is available in sizes small to extra large. Spanx offers a full slip available in sizes up to extra large (size 14-16).

A Final Tip-Color: Many of these shapers come in fashionable colors such as brown, cream and pink. Also black, nude and white are staples and basic colors. Nude is always your best color choice because it is skin toned and works with white and black. If your natural skin tone is dark try a brown or suntan for color.
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