Matching Shapes: Your Guide to Wearing Shapewear Under Dresses

Want to find the right shapewear for each type of dress and occasion? Use this guide to wearing shapewear under dresses.

The world of shapewear has come a long way since the first control top pantyhose hit the scene. But with so many options, choosing the right undergarments for your outfit can be a bit overwhelming.

If you’re wondering what to wear under dresses for every occasion, check out our handy guide below!

1. Strapless Dresses or Shirts

Strapless dresses have that instant wow factor, but many women avoid them because trying to find the right bra is such a headache.

Many strapless bras don’t stay put or create odd shapes where things go a little sideways. But you shouldn’t avoid strapless styles because of bra issues.

Find one of the newer styles of strapless bra that have the wider compression bottom. The extra bit of hold at the bottom will ensure everything stays where it should, without worrying about slippage.

As an added bonus, many of these styles are available as convertible bras with straps that can be removed and rearranged for a variety of top styles!

2. Body Con Dresses

Those curve-hugging dresses can be absolutely stunning – and absolutely nervewracking to wear. Instead of eating nothing but celery for a week leading up to your big event, find full-body compression shapewear that will help you relax into your favorite body con dress.

Full-body shapewear comes in quite a few styles, but all have the same main idea – a one-piece, seamless garment that hugs your frame and smooths the unflattering parts you don’t like about your silhouette.

3. Tight Mini Skirts

A tight skirt, whether an a-line or pencil style for work or a shorter, mini version for after hours, sometimes needs a little extra something under it to make it really pop.

Since you don’t need the full coverage of a body con piece of shapewear, look into a high-waisted short. Designed to keep muffin tops in a pan instead of outfits, these help give you that hourglass figure in your tight skirt. A few even offer rump boosting abilities to perk up your backside!

4. Work Dresses

For work dresses in an office setting, where keeping your legs covered is necessary, look for something that offers dual benefits like a shapewear/hosiery hybrid. These are the newest version of those old control-tops. You’ll get the leg covering benefits of your favorite pair of hose, coupled with the shaping benefits of a high-waisted short.

5. Evening Dresses

Like a body con dress, choosing a one-piece style instead of multiple pieces when you can is less hassle and holds everything in place better. You can find brands that offer models in just about every silhouette you can think of, from strapless swimsuit looking pieces to full-coverage versions with straps and shorts.

Choosing Shapewear Under Dresses Doesn’t Have to be Hard

You just have to know what you’re looking for. If you have a few key pieces of shapewear to wear under dresses, you’ll be covered for just about any situation. Look for a good strapless bra, a pair of high-waisted shorts, and a full-body compression piece and you’ll be good to go for most dresses.

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