The 4 Best Body Shapers That’ll Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

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The 4 Best Body Shapers That’ll Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck
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Let’s be honest: Even celebrities who are known for their awesome bodies, like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, and Tyra Banks, swear by body shapers and have gone on record praising the magical results. But how do you find the best body shaper for you?

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It’s all about fit

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!

Manage expectations

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.

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Test it out

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—and you’ll be surprised to find that not all of them will cost you an arm and a leg.

Originally published February 2015. Updated July 2017.

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Yep, even celebs rely on shapewear. Click through for the very best body shapers!

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Spanx Oncore Open-Bust Panty Bodysuit

If a muffin top 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.

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Maidenform Sweet Nothings High Waist Shaping Tights

These Maidenform Sweet Nothings High-Waist Shaping Tights seriously slim down your middle and feature a ComfortFlex waistband so you won't be tugging at them every five seconds.

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Not Your Daughter's Jeans

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. 

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Assets by Spanx Women's In-or-Out Shaping Camisole

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, it features a single layer at the bust 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—or even wear on its own. It's a no-brainer upgrade. 

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