Best Shapewear for Women: Top 12 Must Haves

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Have you ever noticed a well-dressed woman who, miraculously, appears to have no lumps, bumps or rolls under her clothes? Well, we’ve figured out their secret. They’ve invested in shapewear that slims and tucks in all the right places, so fabric flows well, without sticking or bunching up. Shapewear for women comes in many styles, so you can choose what best suits your particularly pesky body issues. Want to tuck your tummy and lift your boobs? There are camisoles, slips and bodysuits that easily tackle the task and will have you looking fabulous in your favorite dresses. If you’re looking to firm up your tush and slim your thighs, there is shapewear designed to do exactly that. Plus there are all kinds of combination shapewear pieces that let you manage many problem areas at once. Believe me, shapewear has come a long way from your grandma’s corsets, girdles and long line bras.

When you’re looking to invest real money in shapewear, it should have some key attributes. Look for hems that feature a Wonderful Edge, or silicone elastic, that prevents your undergarments from slipping or riding up. Nothing looks worse than a bunched up shaper, sliding up your pant legs or waistline, not to mention the embarrassment, as you try to subtly tug them back into place. If you’re large busted woman, shop for a shaping cami or bodysuit with a built-in underwire bra that you can purchase specifically by bra and cup size. Thigh slimmers and tummy tuckers offer a wide range of “squeeze power”. Look for the length, squish and fit that’s most comfortable and effective.

For the purposes of this post, you’ll only find women’s shapewear that meets those criteria. It’s important to buy your pieces in your regular size. Trying to buy small, in hopes of additional sucking power, will only leave you seriously uncomfortable and likely cause bulges in the strangest of places. That would be a terrible waste of money, when you can purchase beautiful shapewear that is both comfortable, and high-quality. And I can’t stress the quality conversation too much. I’ve bought some cheapies, and regretted it, because they simply didn’t perform well. Surprisingly, SPANX wasn’t the only shapewear game in town. More fashion labels are getting into the category, from DKNY to Miraclesuit. And, as you’d expect, the biggest bra makers are expanding their body shaper offerings too.

As you know from many of my previous posts, I’m a bit of a bigger woman. I spent most of my adult life as plus size, although I’m average size right now. One of the concepts I’d like to see us stand together on, is pushing the fashion industry to uplift women of all shapes and sizes by portraying them in a healthy, normal way. Because of that, I have taken the liberty of boycotting those lingerie companies who have chosen not to show body diversity in their models. I’m not being snobby here, either. Even the slimmest woman can use some firming and tightening magic when it comes to their foundations. But when a company selling shapewear chooses to exclusively cater to incredibly thin women, it simply doesn’t respect the broad range and beauty of women’s bodies.

If you’re among the legions of women looking for some fabulous shapewear to set off your collection of clothes, we think you’ll find this list full of fun foundations that will add to your lingerie collection in a slimming, trimming, beautiful way. Here are our recommendations for the Best Shapewear for Women: Top 12 Must Haves.


Best Bodysuit Shapewear

1. SPANX OnCore Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

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Tired of those unsighly little bulges showing up in the most unflattering places under your favorite knit dresses? You can alleviate that frustration, because seamless construction and silken fabric team up to luxuriously shape your body with the Spanx OnCore Mid-Thigh Bodysuit. It gives you both serious comfort and a flawless silhouette. This one-piece wonder flattens your tummy and dominates your hips and thighs for sleek style. The lightweight scoop neckline and bonded edges and underarms won’t rub or irritate your skin. This body shaper has adjustable straps that lay flat on your shoulders and the removable underwires in the molded bust area give you perfect fit, form and separation. Fully bonded front-panels make for sweet tummy flattening, while the side panels are crafted for squeeze-free slimming and flexible movement. The leg openings are made for a paper thin, smooth transition to your skin. If you prefer to wear your own high-support bra that’s more custom fitted to your bust, the Shape My Day Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit is a great alternative. That same open bust styling can be found in a slip style body shaper by SPANX as well.

Price: $59.37 – $129.99

Buy the SPANX OnCore Mid-Thigh Bodysuit here.


2. Miraclesuit Extra Firm Control Comfort Leg Bodysuit

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You can feel confident wearing your most form fitting outfits with this firm control shaping bodysuit by Miraclesuit. This beautiful body shaper comfortably shapes your midriff, tummy, back and rear. Gone are your worries about back fat rolls, especially under knit garments. The supportive built-in underwire bra features double-layer molded mesh cups for great lift, shape and support. Because you order this baby by your bra size, you can be assured of a perfect fit. But be aware, these body shapers are built for average size torsos. If you’re long in the waist, you may discover that this body suit is tight fitting at the crotch. In the realm of total comfort, the “Wonderful Edge” silicone lining keeps this bodysuit’s legbands in place, and with their seamless design, they won’t dig in. Better yet, you can kiss that those darned visible panty lines goodbye. Because this is an extra firm bodysuit, keep in mind, you’ll need a bit of patience to squeeze into it. For more fanny definition, the Miracle Suit Body Briefer does the trick. The Flex Fit Wire Free Bodybriefer gives you all the control, with no underwire to bind up under your breasts.

Price: $59.99 – $117.44

Buy the Miraclesuit Extra Firm Control Comfort Leg Bodysuit here.


3. Two Timing Firm Control Reversible Plus Size Bodysuit

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Now here’s a nifty little idea – two tones to wear under different clothes. This plus size body shaper gets bonus points for it’s reversible design, which makes this a must have piece in every woman’s lingerie drawer. You’ll get comfortable control with this open bust, mid-thigh shaper that shapes and smooths your tummy, hips, thighs and rear. The laser-cut leg openings make for a seamless transition to your skin, so this will look dandy under slacks as well as dresses. Just pair it with your favorite bra and you’re ready to rock. If you’re looking for plus size shapewear without the longer legs, the Glamorise Women’s Plus-Size Soft Shoulder Body Smoother could be your go-to solution. And if you just really want tummy tucking power, a high-waisted boy short might be just what you’re looking for.

Price: $64.80 – $76.00

Buy the Two Timing Firm Control Reversible Plus Size Bodysuit here.


Best Tummy & Thigh Slimmers


4. Bali Women’s Shapewear Lace ‘N Smooth High-Waist Thigh Slimmer

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If you’re just looking to shape your lower half, you might not want to choose a full bodysuit shaper. You just need to choose the right piece of shapewear that will fit your needs. This Bali® Lace N’ Smooth® Thigh Slimmer gives you the shaping power you want in a lightweight, breathable, lace fabric. So many woman report that this thigh slimmer is so comfortable, they actually forget they have it on. With just enough spandex for comfort that moves with you, this thigh slimmer also shapes your booty and smooths out your trouble areas. The waistband doesn’t roll down or slip, so you can keep everything comfortably in place with no unsightly lines or embarrassing adjustments necessary. For those days when you do want more shape up top, Bali also makes a Lace N’ Smooth Cami to match. Their Lace N’ Smooth brief gives just the right amount of tummy tucking power under shorts or miniskirts.

Price: $44

Buy the Bali Women’s Shapewear Lace ‘N Smooth High-Waist Thigh Slimmer here.


5. Miraclesuit Extra Firm Control High-Waist Thigh Slimmer

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One of the biggest shapewear nightmares is having legs that roll up, or a tummy cincher that rolls down as you move throughout the day. Not only does this require embarrassing adjustments while you’re fully clothed, those issues add extra unwanted bulges and bumps. That’s what’s awesome about this extra-firm control high-waist thigh slimmer. It effectively shapes your tummy, torso, hips and thighs, but the Wonderful Edge legs, with stay-put silicone, prevent ride-ups. The smooth, stretch, double-layer tactel fabric, triple-layer front panel delivers extra tummy control with no roll down. This thigh slimmer comes in sizes from small to XXXL, so there’s likely to be a pair that fits your needs. Maidenform Flexees Women’s Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmers offer mesh panels for a more alluring look. They also offer a regular waist thigh slimmer that is highly rated by wearers for its “dead stop” tummy panel.

Price: $32.00 – $49.95

Buy the Miraclesuit Extra Firm Control High-Waist Thigh Slimmer here.


6. Naomi & Nicole Women’s Back Magic Firm Control Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer

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Just say no to muffin top. This awesomely effective hi-waist thigh slimmer incorporates back magic – a unique feature that comfortably contours the waist using flexible stays and a silicone finish. That feature prevents this thigh slimmer’s back from slipping or sliding. It effectively shapes and slims your midriff, hips, and thighs, while it supports your back, improving your posture. The Wonderful Edge on its legs prevents midday creep and unnecessary adjustments. If you’re just stepping into the shapewear game and you’d like to try a thigh slimmer that’s a bit less expensive, MD Women’s Power Shorts are well rated and come in at under $20. Their ankle length thigh and leg shapers would work great under slacks or for your next hot yoga class.

Price: $29.04 – $48.00

Buy the Naomi & Nicole Women’s Back Magic Firm Control Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer here.


Best Body Shaping Slips


7. Yummie by Heather Thomson Women’s Sheer & Smooth Noel Plunge Slip

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I love shapewear slips, especially because the fabrics I love to wear tend to be more stretchty, aka. clingier than average. While those fabrics are forgiving from a comfort standpoint, they are the worst for showing any little rolls and bulges, and yes, I have my share of them. The Noel plunge slip is a figure-sculpting foundation piece that will keep you confident and comfortable. Wear it underneath form fitting dresses, especially those with a lower cut neckline. The stretch nylon fabric and design helps shape and smooth your figure for a flawless look, with stay put silicone it keep it perfectly in place. Adjustable back straps allow for a customizable fit. This pretty printed shapewear slip is fabulous as a layer under sheer fabrics for its invisible quality. A tank style, thong back bodysuit comes in this same pretty fabric. The Lux Lace Randall Slip features a more supportive underwire bra.

Find more great shapewear pieces from Yummie by Heather Thomson right here.

Price: $37.98 – $118

Buy the Yummie by Heather Thomson Women’s Sheer & Smooth Noel Plunge Slip here.


8. SPANX Women’s Colorblock Slip

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For soft slimming under dresses and skirts, this bodyshaper slip from SPANX is an awesome choice. Composed of soft, yet substantial mesh, it tucks and trims like their other great shapewear, but with a little softer approach. The unlined bra cups and bra back give your bustline a natural shape. The double-layer compression panel at tummy gives you just the right amount of tummy tucking support. Adjustable straps make the fit totally customizable, as does the hook-and-eye back closure. This pretty slip also comes in a lovely blush color. If you prefer to wear your best fitting bra, don’t worry. SPANX also makes the Shape My Day Firm Control Open-Bust Full Slip to let you do just that.

Price: $39.99 (41 percent off MSRP)

Buy the SPANX Women’s Colorblock Slip here.


9. BODYSLIMMERS Nancy Ganz Women’s Bust Shaping BodySlip

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Don’t have anything to wear under that amazing strapless summer or evening dress? This bodyslip reduces inches around your body and beautifully smooths unwanted bumps and bulges. It features padded underwire cups to add a nice boost to your breasts, and it can be worn with or without straps. The super tight micro fabric is designed to squeeze you in, while still being comfortable. The hook and eye back closure means your cleavage will stay secure, while the low sweetheart neckline in front, and low back let you wear the most revealing styles. For better bust control, consider the Women’s Firm Control Shaping Slip with a built-in underwire bra. Maidenform also offers a highly rated body shaper slip that converts from strapless to straps in a snap.

Price: $45 – $58

Buy the BODYSLIMMERS Nancy Ganz Women’s Bust Shaping BodySlip here.


Best Shapewear Camisoles


10. Wacoal Women’s Visual Effects Shaping Camisole

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If you’re one of those lucky ladies who just needs a bit of tummy smoothing support along with a well designed bra, this shaping camisole is the perfect answer. Stretch jacquard minimizer cups with stretch mesh lining come in cup sizes up to DDD, so you can count on finding just the right fit. The body features two way stretch shaping fabric to avoid back and tummy rolls. Stretch straps are adjustable in the back so you can make sure your bust is well supported. And the bottom hem of this cami comes with silicone elastic so you can cast aside those worries about it riding up under your clothes during the day. The Wacoal Women’s Beyond Naked Shaping Camisole can be worn with or without removable molded foam cups, which add opacity and dimension and tuck neatly into a hidden pocket.

Wacoal makes some of the best bras in the world for women of all shapes and sizes. Find more of them here.

Price: $82

Buy the Wacoal Women’s Visual Effects Shaping Camisole here.


11. Miraclesuit Women’s Stretch Slimming Shaping Camisole

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Honestly, this camisole will make your boobs look like rockstars. I have one, so I know from experience that this is a wardrobe essential, and occasionally I just wear mine around the house as a tank because it’s so darned comfortable and a little sexy. It has slimming panels for a smooth, targeted control look. Extra support in the tummy area is another plus. It gives you a little curve at the waist, while supporting your bust with a beautiful scooped neck line. You can wear this camisole with or without a bra. It has cushioned and adjustable straps for added comfort and support. The built-in shelf bra has panels in the center gore and under the bust, to lift and separate. No “loaf boob” look here. It also features a side sling to help keep your breasts centered, not flattened out. The Wonderful Edge waist means this cami won’t ride up. For smooth support with an underwire to define, the N-Fini Women’s Lycra Cami Top is super soft and comfy, and I like its longer length. With tank top styling and just enough tummy tucking power, the Maidenform Flexees Women’s Shapewear Long-Length Tank looks great under a jacket or sweater, or on its own as outerwear.

Price: $59.70 – $70.00

Buy the Miraclesuit Women’s Stretch Slimming Shaping Camisole here.


12. DKNY Modern Lights Medium Control Smoothing Camisole

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If you want to create a sexy silhouette, this medium control cami from DKNY is a pretty way to do it. The underwire bra delivers great support, while the wide straps adjustable stretch strap ensure an excellent fit. The whisper-light stretch microfiber has a mesh overlay to expand the tummy sucking power of this body shaping camisole. Laser-cut edges an hem lets this cami lay flat underneath your clothes without bunching up. Pair it with some DKNY super smoothing bike shorts under your cute summer dresses and capris.

Price: $48

Buy the DKNY Modern Lights Medium Control Smoothing Camisole here.


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Great article on shapewear…I don’t care what size you are it just makes for a much more finished look and definately a must for so many wardrobe pieces!

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