Have you ever sucked and tucked yourself into a pair of tummy- and thigh-squeezing underwear
only to find yourself miserably uncomfortable a few hours later? Maybe at first you were
satisfied with the effect. But then you go out for what was supposed to be a beautiful evening
and you feel it digging into your waist and creeping up your thighs. You spend most of the night
in the bathroom, fussing, readjusting and wishing you were home in your pjs!
Let’s face it, no matter what Kim Kardashian wants you to think, there’s a lot that’s wrong with
shapewear. Here are 5 of the worst lies we’re taught about shapewear, and the one truth that
1. Shapewear is modern!
Nope! Shapewear is basically a corset. You can dress it up in new fabrics, or give it a fancy
name, but it’s more old-fashioned than a rotary phone (and by a few centuries!). Telling people
shapewear is an exciting new invention is just a marketing trick. Don’t be fooled!
2. Shapewear is a “solution” for your “problem” areas!
I really hate when people talk about our bodies this way, don’t you? Your body is not a problem
to be solved. Have you ever noticed that there’s no shapewear for men? Why not? Because
men are allowed to have tummies and beer guts. Their bodies do not have to match some
unrealistic ideal. The truth is your body is just as allowable as a man’s. And when you clothe it,
you shouldn’t have to feel like you’re “fixing” it.
3. It’s slimming! And the slimmer you look, the better!
Most shapewear promises you a slimmer silhouette. But, in reality, when you put on shapewear
you tend to create unnatural, stiff lines. Your body can’t move as fluidly so you tend to look a bit
like a mannequin, or, worse yet, it digs into you and creates random bulges unless you
remember to hold your breath while you wear it.
4.You don’t have to wear it everyday, BUT you definitely need shapewear on special occasions!
So often we are taught that when we dress up we really have to go the extra mile. Get a
manicure! Get a blowout! Hire someone to do your makeup! While some of these routines can
make us look and feel polished, shapewear is really one extra thing we can do without. You can
look positively stunning and elegant and you do not need shapewear to do it!
5. It’s empowering! You’ll feel more confident once you put it on!
Putting on a piece of shapewear is like pinning a note to your body that lists all the ways you
wish it were different—one you get to read every time you go to the bathroom! Fun, right?
Shapewear does not improve your confidence because it reminds you of the idea that your body is somehow wrong or unsightly.
And that simply isn’t true!
Your body is your body, and when you wear a piece of clothing that flatters your shape you find yourself admiring your natural lines, not