The 17 Best Shapewear Pieces You'll Actually Want to Wear

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Best Shapewear Pieces You’ll Actually Want to Wear
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By now, your lingerie drawer is hopefully already stocked with a variety of comfortable bras and undetectable underwear, but it should also be filled with great shapewear pieces. Not only do these handy undergarments lift you in all the right places, but they also help make a seamless base which helps your clothes look and fit better.

Like most undergarments, the number of options in stores can feel overwhelming. So to help you cut through the clutter, we turned to Gabrielle Richards, Senior Brand Manager and Body Positivity Expert at Shapermint, for advice on how to choose the best shapewear for every occasion. From a smoothing bodysuit to shaping shorts to control-top leggings, we've rounded up the best shapewear essentials that are both flattering and comfortable.

Read on for a list of the best shapewear to buy.

Our Picks

Best Plunging Bodysuit: Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Bodysuit

Spanx Suit Your Fancy Plunge Bodysuit
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What We Love: With a plunging neckline and low back, this bodysuit is perfect for revealing occasionwear.
What We Don't Love: This suit may be too small for C cups and above.

This best-selling smoothing bodysuit from Spanx features a plunging neckline and a low back, making it the perfect choice to wear under low-cut tops and dresses. Along with seamless leg openings that are undetectable under clothes, it also features adjustable, convertible straps that can be worn five different ways. There's even a patented "Easy Access Gusset" that allows you to go to the bathroom without taking the bodysuit off. With details like that, it's no wonder why it is one of the brand's most popular items.

Size Range: XS-XL | Colors: 2 | Compression: Medium

Best Thong Bodysuit: Pinsy Scoop Tank Shapewear Bodysuit

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What We Love: The stretchy thong back accommodates many sizes and leaves no panty lines.
What We Don't Love: We wish it came with adjustable straps.

This design by Pinsy is the ultimate put-on-and-go bodysuit. Powermesh panels around your tummy and back sculpt and define your waist. Bonded straps along the neckline and legline mean no digging or riding up. And with a built in bra and thong back, it eliminates unwanted panty and bra lines. Throw some jeans over this bodysuit for a laidback look or leather pants for a night out.

Pair With: Tuck this bodysuit into these Good American faux leather pants at Nordstrom for an easy date night outfit.

Size Range: XS-3X | Colors: 3 | Compression: Medium

Best Shorts: Spanx OnCore Mid-Thigh Shorts

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What We Love: The "booty enhancing" pockets add extra lift to your backside.
What We Don't Love: The strong compression makes these shorts run small.

These Spanx shaping shorts are a best-seller for a reason. Not only do they sculpt your thighs and stomach, but they also boast special "booty enhancing" pockets that lift and firm your backside as well. The shorts come in four different neutral shades, as well as black. The leg openings are designed to stay invisible under clothing, so you can wear your tightest bottoms without worrying about revealing what's underneath.

Size Range: XS-XL | Colors: 5 | Compression: Strong

Best Asymmetrical Short: Skims Solution Short

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What We Love: You can wear this under outfits with high slits.
What We Don't Love: It's often sold out, so don't snooze when your size and shade becomes available.

How do you wear shapewear with a high slit skirt or dress? Skims Solution Short is how. It's so popular, in fact, that it might be hard to get your hands on one. If your size and shade is currently sold out, here's a little hack you can try: Take Skims Sculpting Short and cut off the left or right side. (You're welcome.) You still get all the smoothing, lifting, and shaping of your booty with no underwear peeking out. The high waistband holds in your core and the silicone waist grip band prevents rolling.

Like all of Skims, this short comes in an extensive range of shades, so it stays undetectable on most skin tones. Whether you are channeling Haley Bieber on your wedding day or adding some drama to your work uniform, you can show some extra leg while still covering all your bases.

Size Range: XXS/XS-4X/5X | Colors: 9 | Compression: Medium

Best Thong: Commando Control Top Thong

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What We Love: You get light tummy control in a no-fuss, no-panty-line undie.
What We Don't Love: If you want extreme tummy control, these won't work well.

If you hate visible panty lines, this control-top thong from Commando might be just the thing for you. Made from a laser-cut seamless material, this shaping underwear will smooth out your stomach and waist areas while being completely unnoticeable under your clothes. The brand's signature honeycomb design means the fabric is breathable and resistant to pilling. It's also machine washable because who really has time for handwashing underwear?

Size Range: XS-XL | Colors: 4 | Compression: Light

Best Brief: Commando Classic Control Brief

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What We Love: This everyday brief has just enough control for everyday smoothing.
What We Don't Love: Some may find the thin material not shaping enough.

If you prefer briefs over thongs, look no further than Commando's shaping brief. Light to medium compression in a high rise accentuates your curves without squeezing you too tight. The microfiber fabric is raw cut for thin edges that don't create panty lines or bulges. The gusset is 100% cotton for breathability.

Size Range: XS-3X | Colors: 4 | Compression: Light-Medium

Best Slip: Commando Two-Faced Tech Control Slip

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What We Love: This slip offers enough support when wearing a dress without making you feel like you squeezed into a corset.
What We Don't Love: It's too long to wear with mini dresses and skirts.

This Commando control slip helps create a smooth seamless base that makes all your favorite dresses look even better. Along with adjustable straps, the slip boasts a soft cotton lining and a stretchy fabric at the bust to fit a range of cup sizes. With light to medium compression, it will smooth you out without making you stiff.

Size Range: XS-XL | Colors: 2 | Compression: Light-Medium

Best Skirt Slip: Yummie Hidden Curves Firm Shaping High Waist Skirt Slip

Yummie Hidden Curves Firm Shaping High Waist Skirt Slip
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What We Love: It offers strong compression and a special silicone tape to keep it from moving.
What We Don't Love: The strong compression makes it difficult to put on.

If you are wearing a skirt and want to concentrate on shaping that specific region, you can't go wrong with this slip from Yummie. It has a 2-ply bonded shaping panel at the tummy for firm compression. The non-slip grip tape keeps the waistline and hemline in place, so you don't have to fidget with it during the day. Coming up to your bra, the slip ensures one smooth, undetectable line down the torso. You won't want to wear your pencil skirt without it.

Pair With: This silky midi skirt at Amazon is a modern take on your work pencil skirt.

Size Range: XS-XL | Colors: 2 | Compression: Strong

Best Plus-Size Shapewear: NonEcho Plus-Size Body Shaper

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What We Love: This shaper sculpts your entire body and can be worn under a variety of clothes.
What We Don't Love: Inconsistent sizing may take some trial and error.

In the market for a great plus-size body shaper? Check out this option from NonEcho. The soft bodysuit features a compression lining, adjustable straps, and moisture-wicking capabilities. An open bust lets you wear your own bra while offering extra support. It also features an open crotch to make bathroom trips easier. It ranges in size from medium to 6XL and comes in black and light beige.

Size Range: M-6X | Colors: 2 | Compression: Medium

RELATED: The Best Plus-Size Shapewear

Best Strapless Bodysuit: Maidenform Flexees Women's Shapewear Briefer

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What We Love: You don't need to invest in a separate strapless bodysuit with this convertible version.
What We Don't Love: You can only shop by cup size which is tricky if you are a different size on the bottom.

Looking for a bodysuit that can be worn under strapless dresses and jumpsuits? Consider this option from Maidenform. Not only does it smooth and lift your stomach, hips, and rear, but it also boasts molded cups to create a nice bust shape. What's more, the bodysuit has a hook and eye closure in the back making it possible to adjust it for a tighter or looser fit. It does come with convertible straps, so this can be your go-to shaper for both strap and strapless outfits. And because you're likely wearing strapless styles on warm days, the fabric wicks away moisture to keep you cool and dry.

Size Range: 34B-40DD | Colors: 2 | Compression: Strong

Best Convertible Bra: Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Full Busted Underwire Bra

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What We Love: It can be worn in six different ways and is made to support larger busts.
What We Don't Love: It's not available in smaller A cup sizes.

Strapless, halter, one shoulder — these days there are so many different types of tops, and this bra from Wacoal can handle them all. The bra comes with removable straps that can be worn six different ways, so you don't have to run out and get a new bra every time you buy a new top. The design really shines as a strapless bra with hidden anchors to support you all around and a silicone strip to stay in place. As one editor put it, this strapless bra is "life changing" for the bigger breasted.

Size Range: 20B-40I | Colors: 2 | Compression: Strong

RELATED: The Best Strapless Bras for Every Body Type

Best Bra: Bali Comfort Revolution Wirefree Bra

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What We Love: It offers comfortable support for both small and large cup sizes.
What We Don't Love: The wirefree design may not be shaping enough for more formal outfits.

While a wirefree bralette may not always be supportive enough for larger busts, Bali has mastered the balance between comfort and support with this design. This shaping bra is specially designed to smooth out your back while supporting your bust. The seamless four-way stretch fabric makes the bra comfortable enough to wear all day, and the thick straps should stay in place no matter how much you move around.

Size Range: XS-3X | Colors: 19 | Compression: Light

Best Tights: Commando Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights

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What We Love: They are the ultimate black tights — comfortable yet supportive.
What We Don't Love: It is only available in black.

These pantyhose from Commando feature a control-top panel that lifts and smooths your stomach and hips. The supportive tights are fully opaque and have "invisible edges" that will lay flat against your body, creating a smooth, matte surface for layers. Still, these tights are comfortable and stay put throughout the day, so there's no annoying digging or rolling.

Size Range: S-XL | Colors: 1 | Compression: Light

Best Leggings: Commando Control-Top Leggings

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What We Love: They look like your everyday leggings with slightly more sculpting and breathability.
What We Don't Love: It is only available in black.

When Kendall Jenner dons a certain pair of leggings for a romantic getaway, you know they are special. The pair from Commando may look like your basic leggings, but the light compression lifts and tones your booty. The hidden control-top panel in the waistband works to smooth your stomach, waist, and hips. Made from a mix of nylon and elastane in a signature honeycomb construction, the fabric is breathable and stretchy. Best of all, the matte finish is pill resistant because leggings that look this good are meant to last a while.

Size Range: XS-3X | Colors: 1 | Compression: Light

Best Tank: Maidenform Flexees Shapewear Cami

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What We Love: It's like your favorite cami only better with light smoothing in a breathable fabric.
What We Don't Love: It doesn't offer much support in the chest area, so you may still need to wear a bra.

If you didn't think you needed a shapewear cami, you haven't tried this one by Maidenform. It smooths both your front and back without flattening your bust. The camisole boasts flattering wide straps that will hide your bra, and it's made from a soft material that lays flat underneath clothes. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, so you can wear this cami all day. Whether you wear it alone like a top or layer a blazer or jacket, this versatile piece will give you that extra boost of confidence.

Size Range: S-2XL | Colors: 3 | Compression: Light

Best Arm Sleeves: Spanx Arm Tights

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What We Love: It's the answer to wearing sleeveless tops in the winter.
What We Don't Love: It can snag easily.

For a piece of shapewear that's designed specifically for your arms, check out Spanx Arm Tights. Made entirely from hosiery, the lightweight cropped top makes your arms look smooth and toned. It's specially designed to wear as a layering piece under your favorite sleeveless clothing and features a soft compression band around your midsection, so it won't ride up or get bulky underneath your clothes.

Size Range: XS/S-1X/2X | Colors: 8 | Compression: Light

Best Waist Band: Sliot Belly Band Shaper

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What We Love: It's a no-frills waist trainer for those who only want to shape the torso.
What We Don't Love: It runs small.

This Sliot belly band shaper is great for people looking for midsection shapewear that's not attached to anything else. Made from a lightweight and breathable material, the popular piece features medical-grade compression that supports your back and smooths your stomach at the same time.

Size Range: XS-XL | Colors: 2 | Compression: Strong

What to Keep in Mind

When purchasing shapewear, here are some factors you should keep in mind:

Style

Fromfull body slips to arm tights, today you can find a piece of shapewear for nearly every part of your body. Choosing the right style ultimately comes down to where you want to sculpt and what you plan to wear on top. Slips and bodysuits are good when you want to smooth your entire body while shaping shorts and panties focus on your stomach and behind.

Richards recommends keeping the outfits' hemline in mind when selecting between a panty or short. "For dresses with a shorter hemline, the panty works best as you don't risk the chance of your shapewear showing. For longer skirts or dresses, the shorts are ideal as it also helps with thigh chafing," she says. "When wearing pants or denim, the shaper panty and cami work well because they can smooth your waist while adding comfortable support."

If you are just looking for some subtle shaping in pieces you already wear, you can stock up on leggings, tights, and camis that offer light compression.

Compression level

Shapewear ranges from low to high compression. Low compression helps create a smooth base while mid to high compression does more to sculpt and tone your curves. Richards recommends thinking about your comfort preferences and activity when selecting a compression level.

"If you are wearing a bodycon dress or something more fitted, mid to high compression can give you a more sculpted look. For flowy dresses or a loose-fitted ensemble, low compression is ideal," says Richards. "Ultimately your comfort is key when selecting your compression level."

Size

Some people think they should size down when shopping for shapewear, but Richards says this is a common undergarment myth. If anything, buying shapewear that is too small will leave you uncomfortable and likely cause the piece to ride up or roll down. It's best to use your measurements and the item's size guide as each brand varies in sizing.

Your Questions, Answered

How do I keep shapewear from rolling down or riding up?

To avoid constantly having to adjust your shapewear, look for pieces that have special waist bands or silicone strips that help to keep it in place. Richards also says that rolling is usually a sign that you are wearing the wrong size, so consider sizing up or down.

Should I wear undergarments under shapewear?

Whether you go commando or not is ultimately up to you. Some bodysuits and camis have built in bras while others need the extra support. Richards says you can always wear a seamless undie under a bodysuit or slip if you'd like or you can forgo it altogether. And of course, shaping underwear already has you covered in that department.

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