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The Truth About Shapewear - Several Frequently Asked Questions

Shapewear is a type of undergarment that is designed to enhance the body curves. Also known as foundation garment, it can help to smoothen the flabby fat to give the wearer a flawless silhouette. Very often when the word shapewear is mentioned, many people would have images of constrictive and uncomfortable body shapers that leave the wearer breathless. Thanks to modern innovative fabric and manufacturing technologies, shapewear today has been reinvented to become a tool for versatility and empowerment. Modern shapewear offers targeted power zones to give women a toned look. The bad rep it has received in the past is still making some women shudder when they think of shapewear.

Common Myths About Shapewear

Let's debunk the common misconceptions about shapewear here and reveal the truth.

Is shapewear only for women?

Although a majority of the shapewear customers are women, shapewear can also be worn by men. This compressive garment can help men to reduce the appearance of a flabby belly or beer belly as well as man boobs. It is also known as enlarged breast tissue or gynecomastia. This condition is often due to medical conditions or excess fat. Men who are uncomfortable with their appearance and want some support in those areas can seek the help of shapewear such as a compression top, vest or waist trainer. For men who have undergone any surgical procedures, shapewear can also help to promote blood flow and circulation.

Will wearing shapewear cause me discomfort?

Shapewear is designed to make our figures look sleek and curves feel smooth. A common mistake with shapewear is buying the wrong size. Women often go for a size smaller, hoping that it will make them look better. This is a mistake and if the shapewear does not fit correctly, it will be constricting and leads to discomfort and pain. It is important to note that shapewear is meant to be compressive but not uncomfortable and restrictive. Shapewear that is too big may roll down or shift when you wear it.

The key to finding the perfect shapewear size is to measure yourself. Take precise measurements of your bust, waist, and hips, and refer to the brand’s size chart. As such, it is important to measure yourself correctly to ensure maximum comfort and effectiveness. Always pick your true size. If you are in between sizes, it is recommended to size up than down. 

Do I need to be a certain size to wear shapewear?

There is a misconception that shapewear is only meant for plus size people because it is often marketed as a tool for slimming and shaping the body. This gives the idea that shapewear is for those who want to hide certain body areas and to appear slimmer. However, best shapewear can be used for people of all body types by offering support, smoothing the lines under the clothes or enhancing assets for better shape.

Some people choose to wear shapewear to enhance their body confidence and feel more comfortable in their appearance.

Can shapewear be worn all day?

The answer to this question is a Yes.  Of course you can wear shapewear every day but make sure you follow these tips. Shapewear is available in different compression levels - light, medium and firm. The best shapewear for daily wear is those that offer light control as it provides subtle body shaping. Light control shapewear like tummy shapewear is comfortable for every day wear.

As mentioned above, remember to choose the right size shapewear if you want to wear it daily. Shaping garments that are too small may cause discomfort and unsightly lumps. Choose shapewear that is made with breathable fabric and also give your body time to relax after 8 hours of wearing. 

Do I need to wear shapewear under every outfit?

Wearing shaping undergarments is purely a choice and you do not have to wear one under every outfit. That being said, if you want a sleeker look under that body-hugging dress, looking for a little lift on your tush or want to wear a white ribbed dress minus the panty line, then shapewear can help you to do just that. 

These amazing foundation garments are here to assist you in pulling off tricky outfits without hitches.

Shapewear is a type of compression garment that is designed to compress and enhance the body curves. It will smooth out the bulges for a more toned silhouette but it does not remove or break down fats. However, wearing shapewear would press against the tummy thus curb overeating.

Also, when wearing shapewear, you would get to see how your body can look with a smoother and slimmer silhouette. This can be a source of motivation in your weight loss goal. Shapewear alone will not help you to lose weight.

However, the positive effects from wearing shapewear can help to boost confidence, self-esteem and motivates you to make better life choices.

Now that these shapewear myths have been debunked, it is time to embrace shapewear and let them work their magic empower your confidence. 

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