If you're packing a few unwanted pounds but just can't bring yourself to turn down another mince pie or glass of mulled wine, we've got the answer. These shapewear pieces have been tried, tested and given the thumbs up by online shoppers all over the UK, who guarantee you'll be fending off compliments left, right and centre come party season. From the little-known bargain buy you'll wonder how you lived without to the premium pieces worth investing in, these little gems will have you looking and feeling fabulous - in an instant.
1. Shymay Women's Firm Control Shapewear Waist Shaper Tummy Slimmer Bodysuit
Coming in at less than £20, and with 62 5-star reviews under its belt, this is the internet's favourite bargain buy. Customers rave that the garment banishes "mummy tummy", eradicates VPL and is also, crucially, "very soft and comfortable".
"I was able to wear a long fitted top over leggings and no longer looked like the letter 'B'," one happy shopper writes.
Buy now at amazon.co.uk for £17.99
2. Maidenform Fat-Free Dressing Legging
Wish there was a way you could dress comfortably without letting it all hang out? Invest in a pair of these firm control leggings, which boast targeted shaping through the tummy, waist and legs.
"The fabric feels really nice and it gives just the right amount of control," says one 5-star reviewer.
Buy now at very.co.uk for £32
3. John Lewis 15 Denier Gloss Body Shaper Tights
Support tights that make you look a dress size smaller but don't resemble surgical stockings? With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 21 reviews, John Lewis has achieved the seemingly impossible with this party dress-perfect pair, available in black, nearly black, natural tan and nude.
"The body smoothes out lumps and bumps without being too tight, so they are comfortable to wear all day," one reviewer explains.
Buy now at johnlewis.com for £5.50
4. Marks & Spencer Firm Control Traditional Floral Lace Knickers
These firm control knickers promise to flatten tummies and slim hips for a sleeker, slimmer silhouette. With an average rating of 4.5 stars from 76 reviews, it looks like they deliver.
"Did not show any 'ridges' around outer clothing. Real comfort all day," one shopper confirms.
5. Maidenform Easy Up Waistnipper
Garnering universal 5-star reviews, this waist cincher boasts 360° shaping and smoothing, and a low friction finish which allows it to be pulled on and off easily, and prevents "static cling".
One reviewer describes it as the "best shapewear I've ever bought! Held in place and created a lovely shape - made my waist look tiny!"
6. Leonisa Slimming Braless Body Shaper in Boyshort
Is it possible to slim your waist and hips without flattening your bum? It might be slightly pricier, but this zip-up bodysuit has received rave reviews from almost all of its 84 critics.
"A marvellous shaper that controls where I need it to, in the abdomen, and lifts my rear, plus I don't feel like I'm drowning in it. I love it!" says one.
7. Simply Be High Waist Firm Control Brief
Slimming and sexy? These vintage-style knickers have made the dream a reality, winning universal acclaim from Simply Be's fans.
"At last! Glamour for the well endowed," exclaims one. "My trousers slide over them so easily. Good control without squeezing the life out of me."
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