The Truth About Shapewear

Some body control underwear can become a tad uncomfortable after a time - you might find the tummy rolling down and the thighs rolling up for example. But the best body control underwear retailers now offer products that look ridiculous while in the packaging, but fit you so well that you hardly need to spare a thought for the garment for the while time you are wearing it.

What's the problem?

Control underwear comes in a variety of guises and there are dozens of products from which to choose with many names and claims. In a nutshell, we’ve listed some common problems and the garments you should consider to squeeze these areas into submission:

Visible Panty Line (VPL): Most body shaping undergarments disguise panty lines, especially the knickers, thigh slimmers and tights.

Thunder Thighs: Choose thigh slimmers or high waist thigh slimmers which will give you a firm outline and reduce thigh size by inches.

Muffin Tops: Any shapewear which extends above the waist, and most control underwear does, will control that exasperating spare tyre and reduce the size of your waistline.

Tummies – Squeeze your tummy with a magical pair of control tights or any of the midriff minimisers or high rise knickers with tummy control panels.

Smoothing & Improving

Most control underwear garments may make you look slimmer by giving you better definition and a firmer foundation but you are unlikely to drop a dress size. You may find that you are a few centimetres smaller, for example, when wearing a pair of big knickers but it is the smoothing effect that makes you look better rather than the inch-loss results of control underwear.

So expect to find control underwear a little constricting but smoothing, holding you in and supporting you whilst giving you a good silhouette. You will end up with a flattering outline (once you have struggled into your control underwear) but might find that the tightness increases if you eat a big meal!


Good Housekeeping recently produced some interesting research on control underwear and the latest bestsellers from some of the UK’s leading control underwear retailers are shown here:

John Lewis: Spanx High Power, Spanx Power Panty, JL Seamless High Waist Brief & Short and Flexees Waistshaper Brief – view John Lewis shapewear here.

Marks & Spencer: still selling 50 million pairs of knickers a year the M&S shapewear bestsellers are the trouser knicker, the waist cincher, the thigh slimmer, the hip slip and the string – see M&S magicwear here.

Bra Measuring Tape

Many women are wearing the wrong size bra. If you would like to measure your bra size at home then try our bra measuring tape which may be an easier way of working out your bra size. A well fitting, supportive bra will make all the difference to the way you look and feel. Find out more about the Bra Measuring Tape