Do you feel like no matter how hard you work out or how much you watch what you eat, you’ll always have more jiggle than you want? Well, don’t despair. Even celebrities who are known for their awesome bodies, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, and Tyra Banks, feel the same way—they’ve gone on record praising the magical results of body shapers. But how do you find the best body shaper for you?
The biggest secret to finding a good body shaper is correct fit. Make sure you know your measurements, or go to a reputable store that can help you find the right size. Forcing yourself into shapewear that’s too small is a recipe for strange lumps and bumps, as well as discomfort. Special events are meant to be enjoyed; you can’t enjoy anything if you feel like a sausage!
You should also have reasonable expectations for your body shaper. These garments can help make you look extra sleek in your clothing; if you’re looking to drop four inches from your waist or get into a dress two sizes smaller than you usually wear, you’re probably not going to have much luck.
Finally, you should test your body shaper out as much as possible. If you can, try it on under the outfit you’re planning to wear it with to be sure it looks perfect. Sit down, bend over and squat (yes really!) in it to be sure you can move around comfortably without it bulging or rolling down.
Got all that? Perfect. Now here are the five best body shapers that we love.
Yep, even celebs rely on shapewear. Click through for the very best body shapers!
These tights won't just smooth you out, they'll also make you skinnier. By incorporating resistance bands right into the fabric, muscles supposedly work a little harder and burn more calories. Skeptical? That's OK because the immediate results are really what makes these tights worth buying. The high waist streamlines the silhouette from tummy to thighs and does an amazing job of minimizing love handles. Available at shatobu.com, $38.
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If a muffin top tummy is your biggest gripe, then get a hold of one of these pouch-reducing body suits. It's one of Spanx's most powerful compression pieces and the open-bust style makes it versatile to wear with any bra. It also slims the appearance of your hips and hikes up your butt. Available at spanx.com, $82.
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Incorporating slimming technology directly into clothes is now all the rage and these shorts don't disappoint. Not only are they super affordable, but they have a stretch powernet lining that effectively minimizes love handles and flattens the tummy. The knit fabric is versatile enough to dress up or down. We just may pair these with black opaque tights and continue to wear them all winter long. Available at kmart.com, $5.99.
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If you have a muffin top tummy, these high tech jeans work miracles to flatten your stomach and prevent the dreaded love handle overflow that you get when you wear low-rise jeans. Their Lift Tuck Technology features a crisscross panel that flattens your stomach, lifts your curves and can reduce your appearance by a whole dress size. This fall, colored denim is a hot trend and their new Alisha Skinny Jean in Crimson Red and Electric Blue are super cute. Available at nydj.com, $104.
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Why wear an ordinary cami when you can sport one that'll actually flatten your tummy and slim your hips? The smartest thing about this design is that, unlike most shapewear tanks, the shaping starts just below the bra line so your breasts won't get squashed, which is neither flattering nor comfortable. Plus, the smooth fabric and thin straps make it really versatile to wear under practically anything. It's a no-brainer upgrade. Available at beauty.com, $28.
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