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Shapewear for Your Body Shape

Shape wear for women is big business, and with summer weddings on the horizon, lots of women will be purchasing a pair of magic knickers or two. It smoothes out lumps and bumps, slims, sucks and cinches you in at all of the right places, and most of all, gives you a confidence boost by making you look like you've dropped a dress size.
 



However, not everyone should go for the same style of shapewear as it is very dependent on your body type. Read below to find out which style is right for your body shape.
 
Pear Shape

A pear shape is characterised by someone who is a larger dress size on their bottom half than their top half. They are sometimes described as being bottom heavy because they carry most of their weight on their hips, bum and thighs. Pears usually have a defined waist with small to medium bust and narrow shoulders. 
 
In terms of shapewear, a pear shape should look for styles that slim the lower half of their body and thighs, like the ones picked out below:
 
 
Spanx Super Power Panties
 
 
£28.49
Available in Black and Fleshtone.
Free Delivery if you use the link attached to this image.
 
Super Power panties are perfect for everyday wear, or for special occasions.
 
Coming lower than the Super Higher Power the power panties can be worn with tight jeans and more.

The Super Power Panties feature a tummy taming panel, patented leg band which prevents bulges on thighs, compression zones which help target the right places and a sleek cling free finish.
 
 
 
 
Spanx Slim Cognito - Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
 
 
£72.00
Available in Black and Fleshtone
Free delivery if you use the link attached to this image.
 
The Slim Cognito from Spanx is a revolutionary product, made to slim your body and make you look fantastic!

Shape wear is here to stay, and this bodysuit from Spanx is one of the best on the market. Made to give you an overall smooth shape, this product also features no binding around the leg bands ensuring comfort and also provides removable straps so it can be worn with a range of outfits. Plus with an open double cotton gusset this bodysuit was made for practicality.
 
The strip of material that loops around your bra ensures that the body suit stays in place and does not roll down.
 
 
Athletic / Rectangle Body Shape

The rectangle body shape carries weight relatively evenly over the body, and the hips and shoulders are roughly the same width. There is little, if any, waist definition which is why shapewear is a vital tool for this body type.
 
A rectangle shape should look for styles that cinch in the waist to create more of an hourglass shape. Take a look at the styles chosen below:
 
M&S Body Solutions Firm Control Bonded Waist Sculpt™ Knickers
£19.50
Available in Black and Natural
 
As seen in 'Sunday Mirror' 14th August 2011.

Create a fashionable hourglass silhouette with this Body Solutions waist cincher, which gives total body definition, shaping your tummy, waist and bottom with the flexibility of wearing your own bra.
 
Click here to view innovation video on M&S TV
 
 
 
 
 
 
M&S Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist Cincher
£29.50
Available in Natural and Black
 
Incorporating Magic technology, this Secret Support™ waist cincher gives total body definition, shaping your tummy, waist and bottom with the flexibility of wearing your own bra. It's comfortable, breathable and easy to move around in too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apple Body Shape

The apple body carries most of their weight around the mid section so they have very little waist definition. They can also be quite large chested (not always) and tend to have slimmer legs in comparison to their upper half.
 
With relation to shapewear, the apple has to be very careful about creating any unwanted bulges such as a muffin top. The knicker styles chosen for the pear and rectangle shape above would not be suitable as the tummy may bulge over the top of them. The body suit styles, however, would work well.
 
Here are some other choices for an apple shape:
 
 
Trinny and Susannah The High Waister
£26.48
Free delivery when you use the link attached to this image.
Available in Black, Ivory and Skin Colour
 
For complete silhouette shaping and a slimming effect. The The High Waister will accentuate your waist without being restricting.

If you want to make your waist appear slimmer then the The High Waister will do just that.
1) Smooth edges around leg openings to avoid rolling or binding at the legs.
2) Flattens the tummy
3) Accentuates the waist without laced up or constricted feeling
4) Reduces fat rolls from thighs to rib cage
5) Gives extra support to the lower back
6) No visible seams
7) Cotton gusset
8) Stays in place
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ultimate Magic Secret Support™ Body Define Multiway Body
£39.50
Available in Natural or Black. Also comes in DD-G bra fitting.
 
This new and improved Ultimate magic Secret Support™ firm control body contains 34% LYCRA® fibre for outstanding shaping power and instant hourglass curves. Silky smooth and lightweight, it sculpts and smooths your tummy and bottom for that perfect look, dressed or undressed! With a smooth leg finish and no side seams, it's invisible under clothes so no-one needs to know. This brand new fabric has great stretch whilst still maintaining the high power zoned control expected from Ultimate Magic shapewear, so it's even more comfortable and easier to get on.

Hourglass Body Shape

The hourglass body shape is well proportioned as weight is distributed in the right places (i.e. on the hips, bottom and bust, but not around the waist). An hourglass body shape has a well defined waist with shoulders and hips roughly the same width. It is the silhouette that we all aim for so you are very lucky if you already have it. 

Although the hourglass already has the idea feminine proportions, they can still have lumps and bumps that they would rather smooth out so shapewear is still a great tool. Look for styles that will accentuate the waist even further, and will smooth the rest of your shape like the ones shown below:

Charnos Lingerie Hourglass Corselette
£45.00
Available in Black, Blush and Nude
Free delivery when you use the link attached to this image.

The stunning Hourglass Corselette from Charnos is your life saver for the party season.

Fashioned from smooth silky fabric it glides over your curves, clinching you in and giving you a stunning shape. With frill straps and optional suspenders it is perfect for a night on the town. Extending to the waist and with delicate lace cups it provides excellent support and is comfortable enough to party the night away!







Panache Porcelain Moulded Multi-Way Body
£40.48
Available in Black, Fleshtone and White
Free delivery when you use the link attached to this image.

From Panache's fantastic Porcelain range, this body will smooth and shape your figure without you having to make any effort. Practically invisible thanks to being seam free, you can wear under your tightest fitting dresses.

The moulded cups give a smooth shape at the bust and it can be worn with shorter dress styles as it does not extend down the thighs.

The reviews for this style are fantastic.





M&S Waist Sculpt™ Wear Your Own Bra Slip
£29.50
Available in fawn.

For a sculpted silhouette and smooth curves, this cupless body features a panel design, added stretch and adjustable straps for the perfect, comfortable fit.

You are able to wear your own bra with this slip which is an added bonus, and the lace detail ensures that it still looks attractive.

The fact that it is a slip means that you avoid any problems that can occur during trips to the toilet in other styles (i.e. there are no tricky poppers to fiddle with!).



Top Heavy

If you have a larger chest, it can be tricky finding styles that fit as a lot of shapewear includes a bra and many styles only go up to a D cup. Choose styles that are designed for women with larger chests, such as the styles chosen below from M&S, or look for shapewear that you can wear with your own bra (see the styles above).

Ultimate Magic Secret Support™ Body Define DD-G Body
£39.50
Available in Natural and Black

This new and improved Ultimate magic Secret Support™ firm control DD-G body contains 34% LYCRA® fibre for outstanding shaping power and instant hourglass curves. Silky smooth and lightweight, it sculpts and smooths you all over for that perfect look, dressed or undressed! With a smooth leg finish and no side seams, it's invisible under clothes so no-one needs to know. This brand new fabric has great stretch whilst still maintaining the high power zoned control expected from Ultimate Magic shapewear, so it's even more comfortable and easier to get on.












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