Shapewear can help you look and feel your best, but it needs to be able to smooth while still feeling comfortable. With so many styles to choose from, it's hard to know which ones actually offer tummy control or can help slim love handles, muffin tops, and more. These must-haves, picked by the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab, offer something for everyone regardless of your target areas or style preferences. While you're shopping, don't miss our best bras for large busts to keep the ladies in check and best slimming swimsuits.
This do-it-all style shapes your thighs, butt, and hips with extra emphasis on the tummy. The higher rise is designed to get rid of muffin tops and there's a no-slip waistband to help it stay in place. The best part is you can wear it all day: The lightweight, seamless fabric offers medium firmness, so it'll smooth without feeing like you can't breathe.
If you're looking for tummy control but don't need thigh coverage, this high-rise brief has firm control around the tummy and a silicon waistband to help keep it in place. It's designed to smooth bulges and create the look of hourglass curves.
This style has the stay-in-place benefits of a bodysuit, but gives you even more compression than the previous style and you can wear your own bra if you prefer. It has all-over smoothing benefits, but panels in the midsection give extra support. This one also has the bottom closure that's a lifesaver in the bathroom.
Some bras create unwanted lines and bulges, but this style has smoothing fabric to get rid of bra-induced back-fat. Though super pricey, our bra testers said it was comfortable, supportive, and looked great under clothing. One D-cup tester even said it was the best fitting bra she's ever owned!
These shorts are also lightweight and seamless so they'll smooth without feeling too constricting, plus they don't come up as high as the previous pair. Think of them as a layering bottom that you can wear under anything, whether skirts, dresses, or pants. Not to mention, they're super affordable so you can even buy multiple pairs if you want to wear them every day.
If you typically wear an everyday layering tank, this one's for you. You can throw on this style under tops to slim and smooth, but it won't feel as constricting as regular shapewear. It's also designed with increased compression at the midsection and is made to fit up to a G cup bra without compressing your bust.
This one-piece holds everything in comfortably and stays in place better than sectional shapewear. There's also light lining around the cups since you won't need your own bra. The lace pattern looks nice, but the brand also claims it makes the style more breathable. Plus, with the bottom closure, you can pee without changing into your birthday suit.
The structured boning and smoothing fabric work together to give you an hour-glass shape. It may look like an old-school corset, but the hook-closure up the middle lets you adjusts the fit to your liking. It's designed for everyone, but is loved by postpartum women who want abdominal support. The company also says that the support can help improve your posture.
The belly sleeve has wide coverage to smooth without being uncomfortable for new moms who recently had a C-section or are waiting for the tummy to shrink post-delivery. It's seamless so it won't feel irritating against your skin. Even if you didn't just have a baby, this panel can give you shaping benefits without needing a full-on contraption.
Shapewear isn't just for your mid-section and bottom! Try this compression garment for smoothing under long-sleeve tops and dresses. It's thin enough that it'll fit under layers and is designed to help with sagging skin and reduce that annoying jiggling. The style is one piece and goes on just like a bolero so you don't have to worry about the sleeves rolling down.
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