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Our Fave Shapewear That’s Actually Comfy

Our fave shapewear
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Honeylove, Yummie, Skims
Sep 7, 2022

This post was originally published in May 2022 and has been updated.

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Shopping for shapewear can be…overwhelming. You probably want something to support ya, but you also need something that’s comfy enough to wear for long periods of time. So whether you’re searching for some pieces in honor of wedding season or you just need to replenish your stash, we rounded up some options you can’t go wrong with. We’ve got a smoothing bra, maternity shapewear, bodysuits to help with chafing, and more. 

PS: If you’re looking for some help in the bra department…we gotchu. We chatted with a lingerie expert to get the 411 on how to find a bra that fits, what to know about sizing, and of course, some recs. Plus, we rounded up the best strapless bras.

Best shapewear shorts

A booty-lifting power short…

Actual magic, coming right up. This pair from Honeylove has flexible boning on the sides (to prevent it from rolling down), varied levels of compression to keep things comfy but supported, and a band that shapes and lifts your thighs and booty. Other features we love? They’re sweat-wicking, bathroom-friendly, and come in brief or thong options if you prefer that style instead of a short. Once you try these, you won’t go back. ($89, Honeylove)

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High-waisted shorts with tummy control…

Spanx for the win. These are built with a stay-put waistband and a no-slip strip to keep ’em in place no matter what you’re doing. They come in a variety of neutral colors and run from small through 3X. And thanks to the soft yarn and seamless construction, they shouldn’t show through or be uncomfortable. Psst: Check out the fit chart — if you’re in between options, size up. ($38, Spanx)

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Maternity support shorts…

Have baby, need (maximum) comfort. These are made with a specific technology to provide support and breathability while your body changes. Plus, they’re designed to minimize chafing thanks to the extended cut. Reviewers love them for the smoothing effect they have under dresses — and some noted they liked wearing these on their own for workouts or just to lounge around the house in. ($39.95, Nordstrom)

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A seamless sculpting short to wear under dresses…

Skims has entered the chat. Skimm HQ’rs are obsessed with Kim Kardashian’s shapewear brand for good reason. This ultra-soft, high-waisted pair smoothes your thighs and lifts your butt. It comes in nine different shades, which you can select from depending on your skin tone or your garment’s needs. For a more comfortable fit, size up. ($34, Skims)

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Best full-body shapewear recs

A smoothing bodysuit that has a petite option…

Calling our short-torso fam. If you’ve ever struggled to fit into a bodysuit because of the proportions, this one’s a solid choice thanks to the petite sizing option. It comes in a few colors, is ultra-flattering, and you can choose your ideal strap width. (Pick between a cami or a wide option with 360-degree bonded compression.) And most importantly: It’s got a wedgie-free bottom and underwire-free bust lift so you can have peace of mind knowing this won’t be too confining. ($99, Honeylove)

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An open-bust bodysuit so you can wear your own bra…

On its own this one can look a little weird. But trust us when we say it’s a great option for under dresses or your everyday outfits because you can wear your own bra. Just like so many other items in this list, it’s breathable, lightweight, and has the ultimate smoothing effect (not to mention is a great solution for chafing). This one was specifically built to target stomach shaping. Plus, it has adjustable straps, an easy-access gusset (so you can use the restroom without a fuss) and is machine washable. ($88, Spanx)

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A medium-support slip dress…

Wear this as a base layer and you’ll be golden. This seamless one from Knix has wireless lift, removable cups, and moisture-wicking material that’ll provide coverage all day long. It’s snug (but not too snug) and will relax and adapt to your body as you continue to wear it. We love the mid-thigh length and scooped back too. ($64, Knix)

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An everyday bodysuit with snaps…

This lightweight one from Skims shapes, lifts, supports your butt and chest, and helps hold in your core. It has a double-layered construction, convertible straps, and a snap closure at the crotch so you can get in and out of it easily (hi, bathroom breaks). For the most comfortable option, Skims recs sizing up. And with five shades to choose from, you’ve got plenty of choices. ($62, Nordstrom)

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Best shapewear tanks and tops

The ultimate lifting tank…

Enter: this perfect top. This beauty has all the things we love in shapewear: no underwires, targeted smoothing around the stomach area, adjustable straps, and built-in bust support. It comes in a ton of colors — neutrals and fun pops of brightness. Plus, if you opt for the cami version, the straps are pretty tiny so it’s easy to conceal under other clothes. Psst: Make sure to check out the fit recos on this, they’ll help ya find the perfect size. ($84, Honeylove)

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A sheer long-sleeve arm smoother…

For those freezing office days or an evening wedding in the mountains. It has an open-bust option so you can wear your own bra. Simply layer it under any top or outerwear and presto, you’ve got a smoother-looking arm. Reviewers note it runs a little small, so you may wanna size up. And it comes in plus size options too. ($34.50, HSN)

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A tank to target back and stomach areas…

This Maidenform firm-control tank is the magical layering piece your wardrobe’s been missing. Wear it under basically anything (think: blazers, tees, sweaters). It’ll stay in place and lie flat under your clothes really nicely. It’s sheer, formfitting, and has some bust support too, so you can wear a bra or go bra-free — whatever floats your boat. Oh, and it’s lightweight and has breathable wicking fabric, of course. ($18.99+, Amazon)

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Best shapewear underwear

A high-waisted brief to provide firm control…

This neutral option from Maidenform will shape your stomach and waist thanks to the extra-wide band. It comes in tan, white, and black, and shouldn’t roll down throughout the day thanks to the silicone waistband. If you’re someone who gets hot quickly, don’t stress about shvitzing through this. It’s lightweight and has breathable fabrics that’ll help remove moisture and keep you dry and cool. To make sure it fits, Maidenform recs the “sit test”: Take a seat and make sure it doesn’t dig or poke ya in an uncomfortable way. If it does, think about swapping sizes. ($12.46+, Amazon)

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A nylon shaping thong that comes in so many fun colors…

If neutrals aren’t your thing, say ‘hi’ to these. The thong silhouette is great because it eliminates VPL (visible panty line, of course). This one has seam-free construction on the sides and has a light compression — so you won’t be too uncomfortable if you’re heading out to a big event or casual dinner. ($12+, Yummie)

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Everyday shaping boy shorts…

These breathable ones from Spanx are light enough for everyday wear. The targeted waistband helps keep them in place and the minimal stitching makes them virtually invisible under your clothes. Spanx considers these cuties a level two (out of three) in terms of support. Think of ’em like a firm hug. ($22, Spanx)

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A thong with four way-stretch and light-to-medium compression…

If you don’t love the ‘I’m so sucked in I can’t breathe’ feeling, then this Commando thong is for you. These smoothing undies have no elastic, trim or taping so you don’t have to worry about itching or irritation. Plus, the fabric is pill-resistant so it should hold up over time. ($38, Commando)

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Best smoothing bras and accessories

An unlined bralette that’ll provide the ultimate smoothing effect…

No metal hardware or elastic here. This one from Spanx slips on over your head (so note: it’s not adjustable) and has a patented smoothing effect. And when we say HQ’rs are obsessed…we mean truly obsessed. They love to wear this one as more of an everyday bra under tees. So if you’re looking for something comfortable enough for casualwear, this is it. ($48, Nordstrom)

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Compression dress socks…

These knee-high ones have technology that’s designed to improve your circulation and give you all-day support. The yarn has a fancier look, so these can be easily worn under dresses for formal occasions or weddings. Plus, the wide ban means they won’t ride down and the knit’s gradual compression makes them suitable for all-day wear. ($15.50+/3 pack, Amazon)

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A bandeau so comfortable you’ll forget you have it on…

Talk about a superstar essential to have in your closet. This bra from Lizzo’s line is ultra-supportive, compressive, and even has anti-uni-boob stitching. It’ll support and define your natural curves and even has adjustable, detachable straps. That’s a win. ($39.95, Yitty)

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Full control, semi-sheer tights…

With a built-in control top and mid-thigh support, these tights from Skims will help smooth your waist and thighs. The best part? They’re machine washable (on a cold, gentle cycle). So after a night of dancing, just pop them in a cold wash for a quick and easy cleanup. ($48, Skims)

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