After 12 hours of research evaluating 110 products, we picked Bali Women's Shapewear Lace 'N Smooth Body Briefer as our top choice.
Shapewear is a bit of a guilty secret—for guys as well as for women. Whether you want to look fantastic in that LBD, slim down to fit into a wedding dress, or just take a few pounds off your appearance, shapewear is a great way to go.
Look your best, no matter what your weight!
Shapewear isn't a fitness gadget, and it's not going to actually help you lose the weight. Instead, it will "cover a multitude of sins" to help you look good even if your body isn't quite where you want it to be.
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There are many brands to choose from: Body shaper, MiracleSuit, Spanx, and the list goes on! Below, we've done the work of searching for the best shapewear products for each body part. From full bodysuits to shapewear bras to girdles to underwear, we've created a list of the best shapeware for you.
Perfect for wearing with beautiful dresses, comfortable, good slimming shape, solid material, no visible lines, no pressure or tightening on your legs or arms, secure hold, slim shoulder straps, and built-in bra.
Sizes run a bit small and it may be uncomfortable after all-day wear.
This shapewear slip is designed for use beneath most dresses. Not only does it hug your form and provide that hourglass figure you want, but the slim shoulder straps can be removed to make the slip compatible with a strapless dress.
For those who want to add a bit more definition to their bust, the built-in bra will lift and push everything together to enhance cleavage. The thick material slims down bulges and holds everything in place with no visible lines.
Ideal for wearing with a wedding gown, cocktail dress, or party dresses. Whether you go with a strapped or strapless design, the slip can adapt.
Made from 81% nylon and 19% lycra elastane, this slip has just enough elasticity to be comfortable without reducing compression. However, a number of users have complained that the snug fit can be too tight after long hours of wear.
Starting at $24, this is a bit on the pricier side, but definitely worth it if you need a versatile, form-fitting, full-length slip.
Molds to your form, durable, comfortable, great fit, smooths out bumps and lumps, 3D-designed bra cups, no visible lines, and convenient closure.
The straps aren't adjustable, and the bra rides up in the back.
If you want a bra that offers excellent shaping, you'll love this Spanx masterpiece. The straps (sadly not adjustable) are slim enough to be invisible under any shirt, and they'll mold to your form for maximum comfort.
The bra adds just the right amount of lift to perk up your breasts without being a full push-up bra or constricting blood flow. Thanks to the 3D-designed cups, you get a personalized fit that will be uber-comfortable.
Perfect for wearing with casual clothing, formal wear, or business outfits. The bra will shape your breasts and make them look amazing!
The bra is made of 72% nylon and 28% spandex, with a 100% cotton inner cup and wings made of 91% nylon and 9% spandex and elastane. The synthetic material has a tendency to stretch over time, but while it lasts, it's a comfortable, breathable bra!
Starting at $55, this is a pricy bra! You can find better-quality push-up bras for less, but the comfort and excellent shaping makes this a decent choice for special occasions.
Made of seamless soft fabric that won’t show through clothes, high-waisted design that offers both comfort and support, and fits true to size
The seamless design makes the fabric prone to running
The style of these shorts are plain as can be. Prioritizing function over form, it features a high waist band with seamless shorts for invisible lines under your favorite bodycon dresses.
The waistband no-slip strip helps to keep your shapewear in place. The high-waisted panel features targeted shaping zones to hide problem areas and provide you with a smooth hourglass figure.
Made with 54% Nylon and 46% Spandex/Elastane, you’ll be able to slip this on and wear it comfortably but still get a nice tummy control effect.
These shorts are almost completely seamless except for the inner thigh area so they will be undetectable under a dress. There is a hole in the crotch as well that will make bathroom breaks easy breezy for formal events.
Starting at almost $40, they are more expensive than other brands in this list.
Smooths out your midsection, enhances shape of butt, no visible panty lines, doesn't roll down, good for all occasions, smooth, comfortable, and not too tight.
Only suitable for short periods of use and ineffective for people with long torsos.
For women who want to control their tummy and tighten up their buttocks, this girdle is an excellent choice. It's too short for those with long torsos or large upper backs (you'll need a full bodysuit for this), but it's focused primarily on the sides and stomach. It's tight enough to keep everything in place, but not so tight you'll feel constricted. As long as you don't wear it all day long, it will be very comfortable.
Perfect for wearing beneath wedding gowns, bodycon dresses, and cocktail dresses. The minimalist girdle tightens up the appearance of your butt and tummy, keeping everything slim and sleek as you enjoy your night.
Made with a combination of polyester and spandex, this girdle is durable, surprisingly soft, and breathable. The antibacterial lining of the girdle will keep bacteria away, no matter how much you sweat. The material even wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable.
Starting at $25, this is a well-priced girdle to own if you dress up often. It's slim enough to be invisible beneath even form-fitting dresses, and it will do wonders to improve your curves.
High compression waist cincher that you can wear under anything and can even be used as a postpartum belly wrap, effectively shapes the waist and tummy while still being comfortable
Corset-style braless waist cincher means that you’ll have to wear separate top and bottom undies
This strapless, braless waist cincher offers great waist shaping and tummy control to shed off a few inches from your torso instantly. If you’re looking for discreet shapewear that will give you the hourglass figure while still feeling comfortable, add this waist cincher to your list. The hooked midline closure is guaranteed to securely tuck in all flabs and rolls throughout the day.
Featuring a unique blend of 75% natural rubber and 25% cotton, this shapewear is able to adapt to your curves while still providing ample tummy control. The use of internal flexible steel bones also help improve posture while providing moderate lift to the breasts.
Starting at over $40, this is pricier than others but is great value for superior waist cinching, especially for postpartum moms.
Gives you an hourglass figure with a nice butt lift, fabric is soft and comfortable against the skin with unique lace embroidery, and looks almost invisible under your clothes
Some customers don’t find this compressing enough for the tummy area
This shapewear looks like high-waisted briefs that are elevated with a nice touch of lace embroidery on the sides. It works great under form-fitting tops, dresses, and gowns as the thin edges look almost invisible under any clothing. The body contouring design minimizes the tummy area and enhances hip curves for a beautiful lifted butt.
Made from a mix of cotton spandex with some lace design details, this shapewear has a soft and silky fabric that’s great for everyday wear. It’s breathable, moisture wicking, and has an antibacterial crotch. It’s a great option for active workout days and can be worn comfortably even in the summer.
At just $14, this is one of the cheapest shapewears you can buy which makes it a great everyday option.
Instantly gives you an hourglass figure, flattens tummy, lifts butt, and supports your lower back, breathable seamless fabric with a cotton crotch, and great to wear for all occasions
Extra tight and hard to slip into
If you’re looking for shapewear that can also work as a waist trainer, these shorts do the job well. The extra high-waist design provides an all around slimming function to your midsection, hiding all flabs and rolls. It also supports your lower back and lifts the glutes to give you a sexy figure while providing back pain relief.
Made from a polyamide and spandex material with a cotton crotch, the fabric is lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking, and comfortable. However, the tight fit of this shapewear does make it a struggle to get into. Once it’s on, it fits snugly to give you the coveted hourglass shape.
At just $20, this shapewear is excellent value for money.
Versatile, can be worn under any dress, designed for all-day wear, wide straps keep everything securely in place, wear with your own bra, durable material, and good elasticity.
Not suitable for larger butts, and the sizes are a bit off.
This bodysuit is designed to keep your tummy, love handles, hips, and thighs securely in place, but the low front cut makes it perfect for using with your own bra—strapless, push-up, or wire-free.
Though the sizes can be a bit erratic (some too large, some too small), it offers good support and compression for your midsection. Thanks to the hook and eye closure, it's easy to put on and take off.
Be warned: the straps over the shoulder are fairly wide and more visible than your average sports bra strap. Wear beneath a pant suit or professional outfit. The fact that you can wear your own bra with this romper makes it perfect for keeping everything up-lifted and perky.
This bodysuit is made from 80% nylon and 20% elastane, so it offers good elasticity for easy wearing. Additionally, it's not so tight that it will restrict blood flow or be uncomfortable after hours of use. Thanks to the non-binding fabric used around the legs, you can move around without worrying about wedgies or bunching.
Note: Hand wash this bodysuit to extend its lifespan. The material is durable, but machine-washing can lead to pilling in the fabric.
Starting at $25 for the bodysuit, you're getting slightly into the pricier range. However, for women who want midsection slimming while still being able to wear their own bra, this is definitely a good option to consider.
Perfect bodysuit style for backless gowns, undetectable under clothes, great crotch design for easy bathroom breaks, and comfortable wear
Expensive piece of shapewear
If you need to create an hourglass shape under a backless dress with a plunging neckline, then this is the right fit. This shapewear gives your boobs invisible yet ample support and tucks away flabs and fats in the tummy area.
This bodysuit is free of underwire and comes with an extra set of straps so you can adjust the shoulder length accordingly. For easier bathroom breaks, there are two layers of fabric at the crotch area that you can pull apart when needed.
Made with 51% elastane and 49% nylon, this bodysuit is elastic enough to slip on easily but the snug fit can still provide enough compression.
At over $150 bucks, this is the priciest shapewear on this list. However, if your gown style fits the unique cut, then this could be a worthy investment.
Very high-waisted brief, easy to put on/take off, durable, affordable, great for shaping/slimming, not too tight, and moves with your body.
Will roll down if you move around a lot.
These underwear are like high-waist briefs with a VERY high waist—it ends at the top of your tummy, helping to control the shape of your stomach and sides as well as your hips, thighs, and butt. They're comfortable and offer good slimming without being too tight. Plus, you'll love how flexible they are.
These are for use beneath casual or formal clothing. If worn beneath activewear, you may find that the top rolls down when you move around a lot.
The briefs themselves are made with 70% nylon and 30% elastane, giving them enough elasticity to be easy to slip on. Thanks to the 100% cotton lining of the crotch, you can keep your private parts healthy no matter how much you sweat.
Starting at just $12, these are a very well-priced pair of briefs. They're the perfect option for shaping your hips, thighs, and midsection while still being comfortable in any outfit.
Comfortable, practical, great for layering, seamless, no panty lines, invisible beneath dresses, and can be worn all day long.
Prone to rolling up and not the best in terms of slimming or support.
For those who want a pair of shorts to wear beneath any outfit, these are an excellent item of shapewear. Their mid-thigh length means they can be worn under any knee-length dress, and they're beautifully soft and comfortable.
The fact that they don't offer tight compression and slimming means you can wear them all day long without discomfort. These lightweight shorts keep things securely in place without squeezing.
This shapewear is perfect for wearing under a cocktail dress, athleisure outfit, or formal wear. The shorts are comfortable all day long, and they'll help your hips, thighs, tummy, and butt look amazing.
These shorts are made from 93% nylon and 7% spandex, the perfect mix of light weight and elasticity. Additionally, they are fairly breathable, though they're not suited for active sports use. Thanks to their seamless design, they'll be invisible beneath your dresses and suits.
Starting at just $7 per pair, these are one of the best-priced items of shapewear on our list. They're durable, comfortable, and built for maximum shaping without being too tight.
Holds up well through and after washing, zero underwires for smooth fit and comfort, and doesn't squeeze flesh out the sides
Material is thicker than some people like, and the back makes it difficult to wear with some tank tops.
This shapewear tank is perfect for holding in your tummy and giving your boobs the right amount of support without the need for a bra. That's right, you can burn yours immediately (no don't) because this can totally replace it.
And... it does it without underwires. You'll get a totally clean line and zero pinching. You've gotta love that.
It's longer than many tanks, so you can tuck it into your pants comfortably. And seriously, you'll love the slimming effect it creates.
The one potential drawback is the shape of the back which doesn't allow for easy layering with other tank tops. Then again, it's sleek enough to wear on its own.
The material is a mix of 69% nylon and 31% elastane. You get softness and comfort without sacrificing anywhere else.
It's super strong, without rolling at the bottom - and more importantly - it doesn't push your flesh out at the openings.
That said, it's a little thicker than some people expect, making it, perhaps, not ideal for layering in summer.
The price is right on these tanks and because they hold up well day-after-day and wash-after-wash, you're getting a better deal than even the price tag would suggest.
Comfortable, slimming, lacy and sexy, durable material, moves with you, full body shaping, soft-lined underwire cups add breast support, and smooths your body and creates gorgeous curves.
Very full coverage bra, and the lace is visible beneath even modest necklines.
This shaping bodysuit is the perfect blend between form and function, thanks to its sleek, lacy appearance. It's not too challenging to squeeze into, and it will do wonders to hide little bulges around your chest, tummy, sides, hips, and butt.
Thanks to the hook and eye crotch, you can use the bathroom without having to remove the bodysuit completely. Plus, the seamless bra cups offer excellent support for your breasts, adding a bit of perk and lift while keeping everything firmly in place.
This is perfect for wearing under a cocktail dress, work outfit, or first-date dress. Be warned: the high neckline of the bodysuit will be visible beneath modest necklines.
The bodysuit is made of 72% nylon and 28% spandex, offering a good mix of durability, comfort, and elasticity.
The tight fit keeps everything compressed and securely in place so you can look your best all day long. However, the lace is breathable and provides good ventilation.
The surprisingly soft fabric moves with your body, keeping you comfortable even after hours of wear.
Starting at $17, this is a well-priced item of shapewear. You can look your best in any outfit thanks to this lacy, comfortable bodysuit.