Found: The Best Shapewear for Every Body Type

Eva Thomas
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How's your shapewear collection looking? Typically, our Spanx get a lot of wear and tear, so it's important to give that drawer a little refresh every now and then. If you've been wearing the same body-slimming shorts for years now, there's no better time to invest in a new pair now that holiday party season is in full swing. Why, you ask? Old shapewear tends to lose its shape and doesn't offer the same level of support, especially after multiple washes.

And when you're wearing formfitting holiday dresses and skirts (and indulging in amazing food), it's likely you'll be reaching for said body-shapers to smooth and support. Of course, the market of shapewear is vast, so we turned to one of our go-to retailers—Nordstrom—to find the best shapewear, honing in on the three most popular styles: shorts, underwear, and bodysuits. Ready to freshen up your worn-out pieces? Read on to see and shop our roundup of must-have body-shapers.


Spanx Mid Thigh Shorts ($58)

"These are by far my favorite Spanx. I've tried others but I always go back to these. They hold everything in without being uncomfortable, and I think they give your booty a nice little lift too."

Yummie High Waist Firm Control Thigh Shaper ($34)

"The only shapewear I could find with no seams! I had a silk dress and it was super hard to find shapewear to wear underneath that didn’t show. My seamstress kept telling me to go commando but I didn’t want to do that. After trying all of the top brands this came right before my wedding and was perfect! No lines at all!"

Spanx Higher Power Mid-Thigh Shaping Shorts ($38)

"I've never worn or purchased Spanx before and was pleasantly surprised by these. They're super tight to get up but comfortable once on. I love the length of the leg because I have curvier thighs. I was worried about them rolling and bunching, but so far they have not."

Spanx Power Conceal-Her High Waist Shaping Shorts ($88)

"It does the job! Smooths my problem areas and comes up high on the abdomen, so no muffin top. I'd buy it again."

TC Shape Away High Waist Shaping Thigh Slimmer ($74)

"After trying lots of different body-shapers over many years, I was skeptical of the Shape Away. I'm happy to say that not only does this shaper help contour my body, but it's comfortable to wear! I love it!"

Maidenform Firm Foundations Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer ($24)

"Does not slip down and the shorts don't ride up on my large thighs, which makes me feel so confident!"

Wacoal Beyond Naked Shaping Shorts ($48)

"I've tried all types of shapers in the past and this piece is by far one of my faves! it’s super lightweight and breathable without making you feel suffocated. I also love that it did not roll at the waist which is a major bonus compared to most competitor brands that do roll. This piece washed well and retained its shape. Highly recommend it for anyone that is looking for compression without the discomfort!"

Skims Sheer Sculpt Shorts ($38)

"It has less hold than traditional shapewear, but that is what I was looking for. I wanted something more comfortable!"

Spanx Onccore High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper ($78)

"Love this! Perfect for under my holiday dresses!"


Spanx The Base Bodysuit ($62)

"This bodysuit is not available anywhere else, curvy girls, so get it here for this price while you can. The 1X fits a size 18W perfectly. Good combination of stretch and support."

Item M6 Shaping Thong Bodysuit ($84)

"Lovely material with just enough firmness. As a 40B, I can wear this without a bra or with an unlined underwire for more lift."

Wacoal Visual Effects Underwire Shaping Bodysuit ($85)

"I've lost count of the bodyshapers I have tried on, purchased, rejected, and returned over the years. This one is the best I have found. I need to smooth out lines and look firmer under clothes that are a little clingy or body-hugging and the Wacoal Visual Effects does all that very well. The best part is the options for bra cup size; the 36DDD actually fit without squeezing anything out the sides or top! The body is smooth with just enough stretch to be comfortable, but firm enough to make a difference in one's shape. The sides and back go up far enough to eliminate bulges and look smooth. I immediately ordered 3 more!"

Skims Power Mesh Bodysuit ($68)

"I've never been one for any kind of smoothing/sculpting clothing, but I decided to dip my toe in with this bodysuit and immediately fell in love. The material is so comfortable and has that little bit of cinch around the waist. I wear it under my shirts to work a lot. It's also great under jeans or sweatpants."

Commando Classic Thong Bodysuit ($66)

"Exactly what I was looking for! I purchased this seamless bodysuit to wear under a black gown I had bought. This was honestly worth the price."

Spanx Oncore Open Bust Panty Bodysuit ($88)

"Soft, light, and comfortable. Not as much hold as I would like, but it does smooth my body, and I can wear with whatever bra works for me. I like where the straps are located."

Skims Sculpting Bodysuit ($62)

"I am a size 14 and needed something that sculpted my tummy area while still being able to breathe. This one does just that. Very soft and I love that there are no panty lines."

Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Shaping Bodysuit ($125)

"This is perfect under jumpsuits and dresses for a smooth clean line. I love it and fit perfectly."


TC High Waist Shaping Thong ($39)

"Love this shaper. It really smoothed my stomach. It was comfortable too. Easy to get up and down."

Maidenform Tame Your Tummy Shaping Boyshort Shapewear ($11)

"Every aspect of this undergarment fits. The waistband is snug but not binding. It's a little lighter than shapewear, but gives a comfortable sense of stability for everyday wear. The leg openings are also comfortable and I am not having any problem with them inching up or down."

Yummie Ultralight Seamless Shaping Thong ($18)

"These are my favorite for under a skirt/dress. It gives just the right about of flattening I need. True to size."

Spanx Spotlight on Lace Briefs ($28)

"These Spanx briefs are classy and comfortable. So we may ask 'What's the big deal wearing beautiful panties?' I've discovered you feel a bit more confident, walk a little taller, they are worth it. Try these. You won't be disappointed."

Commando Control Top Thong ($38)

"This is my favorite shapewear piece. I'm a size 8, 5'10", and sized down to a small for extra tummy control. Highly recommend."

Spanx Higher Power Shaper Panties ($38)

"I love this panty! It's flexible enough to slip on easily, yet it does a great job slimming my waist to prevent a muffin-top look under clothes. It's really comfortable and make me feel good wearing it. I'll be going back for more, even though I have two already—one beige and one black."

Maidenform Firm Control High Waist Shapewear Brief ($10)

"OMG! Where has this been all my life? It smooths everything out so there's no muffin top and looks amazing in dresses. If you get your correct size it will not roll. I will be purchasing a similar one with the longer shorts to wear with those dresses that are somewhat see-through so there won't be any panty lines. I'll also be purchasing several more of these! Now that I have seen what it can do, I'll never go without one when wearing something fitted. I highly recommend this product!"

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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