Corsets have been around since the 16th century. In the 50s and early 60s, women wore rubbery, uncomfortable girdles with thick seams. Then there were, and still are, control-top pantyhose. Today there are undergarments referred to as shapewear, which comfortably smooth bulging lines and give the appearance of being pounds thinner. Thanks to Spandex and the wonders of modern manufacturing, women can comfortably flatten their tummies, lift and shape their bottoms, and firm and slenderize their middles just by putting their clothes on.
Bodysuits shape your body in the bust, waist, tummy and buttocks. Some have a built-in bra, while others fit comfortably over your bra. Some bodysuits continue downward to include shaping for the upper to mid thigh. They can reshape your body to give it the look you want by taking inches off your waist, tightening your bottom so it has more definition and even improving your posture. Bodysuits can reduce the amount of visible back fat, improve your bust line and give you extra support to hold in your tummy.
These undergarments have different names, depending on the brand, but they all do the same thing. These garments may go as low as the mid to lower calf, but in most cases the lowest part sits at the mid to lower thigh. They may only reach as high as the lower waist, but many styles go as high as the bra line. This type of slimming undergarment is helpful for women trying to shape their thighs and give definition to the buttock area.
These body-hugging tops seamlessly slim your midsection and are easily available in many stores. In most cases, these are sleeveless, tight-fitting undergarments that often reach down far enough to slenderize your entire middle down through your hips. Because the range of shapewear available goes from light to firm control, many women wear slimming camisoles on a daily basis to prevent bulges in the back, waist and hip area.
Shapewear for Men
Women aren't the only ones who are self-conscious about their appearance. Shapewear is also available for men who would like to trim their midsections. Men's briefs, tank tops and t-shirts are available to trim, tighten and shape. Some manufacturers of men's shapewear promise not only to reduce visible fat, but also to help improve posture and control pressure for better organ and spine function.
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