Lots of you got in touch last week through Facebook sharing your shapewear secrets as well as your queries. We have worked closely with our expert lingerie team to bring you the answers to your questions, so please read on for our shapewear solutions, tips and tricks….
How much difference does shapewear make?
Strong control shapewear holds in your bottom, tummy and/or thighs and in some cases can make you appear inches smaller. Light control shapewear evens out the line of skin under clothing and gives you a smooth silhouette. The difference it makes is both in the way your clothes fit and sit and in the confidence it gives you so that you’re not worrying about visible panty lines or ‘lumps and bumps’ showing.
What size should I buy?
Do I go for a size up for comfort, or a size down, to ‘suck me in’?
As a rule of thumb, buy the same size in shapewear that you’d buy in regular knickers or your dress size. It’s not a case of ‘I want to go from a size 16 to a size 14 so I’ll buy size 14 knickers!’ If you’re in between sizes, try on both and see which feels the most comfortable. After all, there’s no point in looking fabulous if you feel self-conscious and irritated.
What if I’m a mixed size, eg a size 14 waist and a B cup?
Why doesn’t shapewear come in smaller sizes?
We stock a range of shapewear in our full womenswear size range: 8 – 22. Our seam free and light control pieces work for all shapes and sizes to provide a smooth line.
What do you recommend for women with bigger busts?
If you have a larger bust, go for shapewear pieces where you can wear your own bra. This ensures you receive the right amount of support and feel comfortable too. The wear your own bra body from the Couture Collection by Maidenform is ideal for ladies with bigger busts and features front and rear shaping panels to smooth the tummy for a flattering fit.
How do you make sure your shapewear can’t be seen?
If you’re worried about VPL’s under tight-fitting and bodycon styles, choose shapewear pieces with flat seam technology or a seam
free design. F&F Seam free shapewear shorts cover the whole bottom and prevent visible panty lines. It’s also important to match your shapewear colour to the colour of the style you’re wearing for maximum results. You don’t want your glam look to be ruined by noticeable lines!
What if I want to wear leggings?
All our shapewear is designed to wear under close fitting clothes, so wearing control top knickers underneath leggings is fine. But if you’re looking for flattering leggings, check out Proskins lots of F&F customers have been having great results with them – not only do they look fab on, but they contain caffeine and retinol ingredients to actively slim your legs while you’re wearing them. Even Lisa Riley, from Strictly Come Dancing, has been raving about Proskins recently!
How do I get a flatter tummy?
Our F&F Magic shapewear waist cincher briefs offer strong tummy control and great support. Not only will they give you a flatter tummy but they help give you the 50’s shape that’s so on trend this season.
Is there a way to keep both my stomach and thighs under control in one go?
Our F&F 3 in 1 shapewear features a tummy control panel that slims across the bum and down the thighs. Available in nude this versatile shapewear piece is great for stomach and thigh confidence when wear wearing figure skimming dresses.
Or why not check out the latest slimming innovation by Playtex; 1 size down shapewear. Designed to be worn every day, it has an instant shaping effect and has been clinically proven to slim down hips and thighs in 28 days.
How do I make the most of my post baby body?
You definitely don’t want to wear anything too tight which could make you uncomfortable. The F&F Light control bonded waist cincher briefs are ideal as they are comfortable with bonded edges that sits smoothly against the skin. The stretch fabric features light tummy control that’s not too restricting.
I have had 4 children and I’m a size 14, what can I wear every day to make my shape look better?
The F&F Magic tummy shaping camisole is a pretty vest top in a light microfibre fabric, which can be worn as a separate layer on its own, and so it’s perfect for popping on under tops, cardigans and jumpers for a comfy boost of confidence. The F&F Light control bonded trouser briefs are also great for day-to-day wear: giving you a smooth line underneath leggings and skinny jeans.
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