But first, how does shapewear work?
Shapewear for women is engineered using different techniques to temporarily smoothen out areas of the body by compressing the fat. Depending on the shapewear used, the flab can also move directionally.
So, how do you choose the right one for your needs? We tell you!
#1 By Body Area
Identify the parts of your body where you need most help. The most common problem areas are:
|Body Area||Recommended Shapewear|
|Abdomen/Love Handles||High-waist briefs, Shaping Panties, Waist Cinchers , Shaping Slips, Shaping Camisoles|
|Hips||Shaping Briefs, Bodysuits , Thigh Shapers|
|Thighs||Thigh Shapers, Shaping Pantyhose|
|Full Legs||Shaping Leggings, Full Length Pantyhose|
|Back or Posture Correction||Back Support Shapers|
|All Over Body||Bodysuits|
#2 By Control Levels
There are 4 levels of control:
Level 1: Smooth Control
Makes you look toned
Level 2: Medium Control.
Makes you look 1 size slimmer.
Comfort: Medium to High
Level 3: High Control.
Makes you look 2 sizes slimmer.
Level 4: Extreme Control.
Makes you look 3 sizes slimmer and gives a sculpted look.
Comfort: Low, if worn for more than the recommended number of hours
That’s not all.
There’s also the Thermoslim range of Zivame shapewear that could help you lose weight while you’re wearing it.
It has a thermal, latex panel inside that increases body temperature, stimulating detoxification, preventing water retention and promoting weight loss. This latex is fused with a soft cotton fabric that feels very soft against your skin.
A seamless, non-chafe type of shapewear, it can be worn under fitted outfits.
#3 By Duration Of Wear
12 hours: Level 1 Shapewear
6-12 hours: Level 2 Shapewear
3-6 hours: Level 3 Shapewear
1-3 hours: Level 4 Shapewear
#4 By Purpose & Occasion
Full Day/Office Wear – Level 1 or Level 2
Party – Level 3 or 4, depending on duration
Dressy Evenings – A cincher should do the trick. Waist cinchers go under your bra and over your brief
Weddings – Saree Shapewear (Yes, that’s a thing! First time in the World) for lehengas, gowns, long skirts and sarees
#5 By Outfits
Shirts/T-shirts/Kurtas – Level 1 or 2 Shapewear
Fitted Dresses – Level 2, 3, or 4
Sarees – Saree Shapewear
Pants/Trousers – Level 1 or 2
Skinny Jeans/Pants – Level 3 or 4, depending on duration
What’s more? You could also go for Outerwear Shapewear. These are Level 1 or 2 tops that shape you. You don’t need to wear a t-shirt or shirt over these and they go great with skirts and pants!