Updated: October 12, 2015
Shapewear Reviews:Just what is shapewear? Long ago there was the corset, then came the girdle, and now we have body shapers or more simply put - shapewear. Shapers help keep your body looking slender and slimmer than it appears. Corsets were too uncomfortable and women were glad to get rid of those. Girdles became associated with grandma types and lost their appeal to younger women. Now shapewear for women has become a billion dollar a year industry (latest figures from 2010) and it seems to only be getting bigger. The shapewear as seen on TV often shows slips, camisoles, and tummy control products that are designed to slim down your body in certain areas. Some are thigh shapers whiles others go after the waist or the region below the breast line and the waist. Tummy control shapewear is perhaps the most popular variety - women say that it does a good job of concealing extra flab or fat in their midsection. The body shaper garments can work wonders, but some women say they are a hassle to get on and off.
We read a recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Rachel Dodes and she tells countless stories of women put into strange predicaments while wearing the shapewear clothing. The biggest problem is that eventually the shaper comes off and the concealment is done. Women note that they feel uncomfortable having to expose their "real bodies" to a man after hiding it while dating. Going to the bathroom with some of the shapewear on can be a bit of a struggle - ladies be prepared for some awkward moments. Women's shapewear has certainly evolved over the last decade as the company Spanx (founded by Sara Blakely) is the leading seller of these slimming products. The good news is that there is shapewear for plus size women and even for men. It seems that not only are women concerned with their images - men are starting to use shapewear products as well. Shapewear for men is still limited, but you can get it on websites like Amazon or stores. We found lots of plus size shapewear available on Amazon for women with full figures that need to control the extra flab. Even with these undergarments on, it's not totally possible to get rid of all your extra curves, and they are certainly not meant to be worn for long periods of time. The camisole shapewear is one of the most popular products - it helps keep your waist and midsection in check. Spanx also sells the Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Panty with thong back which also comes available in a sleek bodysuit style too. The full slip from Spanx get excellent reviews on Amazon and other sites that sell it. A "shapewear slip can really make or break an outfit" say some women as everyone is looking for that straight tummy look. The top brands include Spanx, Newport News, TC Fine Intimates, QT, Va Bien, Flexees, and Bali. Pricing is roughly $40 to $100 with items like the Rago waist cincher selling for under $30. We all know how image conscious women can be, so we can only assume that this type of undergarment will continue to flourish and become more popular. You can browse the top selling women's shapewear online here.