It’s copped a bad rap for years, but most women who have donned contour underwear will quietly sing its praises.
Body control wear is the modern woman’s (comfortable) corset — shaping the body and smoothing out lumps and bumps.
And the good news is, today’s designs are no longer dowdy either.
Couture designer Collette Dinnigan has released a debut shapewear lingerie range for those looking to shape up in style.
Fabrics have moved with the times, too. The Yummie Tummie range, founded by The Real Housewives of New York City reality star Heather Thomson, now has a paper-thin shapewear sub-collection, called Paperdolls, designed for hot climates.
“For me, it’s about taking shapewear to a new level for women who only want the most lavish, comfortable fabrics touching their skin,” Thomson said.
The Gazal Group, which makes shapewear brands Nancy Ganz and Spanx, said women in the US had long been wearing control wear, but Australian women had just caught on. There was even shapewear available for men now.
If you’ve ever worn shapewear and noticed bulges where the garment stops, often around the top of the torso or the top of the legs, Nancy Ganz designer Janine Anggara said this was usually a sign that you were wearing the wrong size. Shapewear should feel snug but you should also be able to breathe.
Shapewear had moved into swimsuits too.
“Look, none of us is Miranda Kerr, and we all want to look the best we can,” Berzelli Australia swimwear founder Irene Berzelli said. “The swimsuits I design camouflage certain aspects, and include a lot of tummy control.”