Not only will it more than earn its keep in your wardrobe by giving you the confidence to wear more form-fitting clothes, but it’s so comfortable you’re likely to find yourself reaching for it for everyday wear, too.
Comfortable to wear
Easy to conceal beneath clothes
Limited shade range
Tricky to get on and off
By Jess Beech
Banish any Bridget Jones-based negativity, the confidence-boosting powers of the best shapewear are not to be underestimated.
The Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief targets your tum for a smoother, sleeker silhouette. We’ve put it to the test to check it’s not only comfortable to wear, but also gets the job done.
I have trialled a wide range of shapewear, from all-in-one bodies through to high-waisted shorts, to find the very best shapewear on the market. In each review, I’ll be filling you in on how they look, how they feel and, most importantly, whether they’re worth spending your hard-earned money on.
If you’re not sure how to wear shapewear, the Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief is an excellent place to start. Firm, but certainly not restrictive, the lightweight fabric offers a glimpse into what shapewear can do for your figure, without feeling overwhelming or intimidating.
I was really impressed with the quality of the fabric and the sturdiness of the shaping panel, at such a reasonable price.
Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief specifications
- RRP: £20
- Sizes: 10-20
- Composition: 72% polyamide, 28% elastane
- Machine washable? No
Of all the shapewear I’ve tested, these were the most touch-and-go as to whether I’d manage to get them on in the first place. Designed to hold and hone your stomach, they’re tricky to get on if you have larger thighs or a generous bum.
I was glad I persisted, though, because as soon as I’d willed and wiggled them into place, they were immediately comfortable. As the focus of the control is on the smoothing front panel, with the back crafted from stretchy Lycra-like material, it feels more like a firm hug than the usual intensity you’d expect from shapewear.
One of their unique selling points is the super-high-waisted fit, finishing right under the bust. I’m 5ft 4in with a relatively short torso, so I did find the briefs were sitting a little higher than I’d have wanted.
Having said that, I liked the way I could mimic the effects of a bodysuit by tucking the briefs into my bra and it was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were to sit down in for something so high-coverage.
Shape and appearance
I always think of shapewear as the sartorial equivalent to a make-up primer – working to create a smooth canvas beneath clothes. These briefs do just that, sculpting your silhouette while remaining undetectable under your outfit.
Even better, the smooth, matte fabric grips on to your top-layer clothes to keep everything in place with no sliding around – especially handy under silky slip skirts.
As for the shape they created for me, my stomach looked far flatter when I was wearing the Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief, but unfortunately so did my bum. This may or may not be a problem for you, depending on where you need support and the areas you like to emphasise.
On close inspection, the edges of the briefs have been bonded at the top and bottom to help keep them in place. While it does result in a slightly harsher line than a raw-edge seam, it’s worth it for the budge-free fit and no rolling.
To avoid your Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief becoming misshapen in the wash, clean it by hand or pop on a gentle hand-wash cycle in your machine. It’s not suitable for tumble-drying or ironing, and best left to dry on a flat surface.
Value for money
Shapewear is an investment that tends to be reflected in slightly daunting price tags, but at £20, the Pour Moi Definition High Waist Shaping Brief is brilliant value for money.
Not only will it more than earn its keep in your wardrobe by giving you the confidence to wear more form-fitting clothes, but it’s so comfortable you’re likely to find yourself reaching for it for everyday wear, too. Shapewear that’s not just for special occasions? Sold.
Aside from the slight struggle to get them on and off, I’d recommend opting for your usual size in the Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief for a medium hold. If you want a more intense effect, you could always try the size up.
What else is in the Pour Moi Definitions range?
According to the Pour Moi website, their Definitions range is ‘designed to provide a flawless finish and great base for your clothes’. And we all know brilliant-fitting lingerie is the way to turn a mediocre outfit into something that feels really special.
Not just home to shapewear (although there’s plenty of that, too, from control slips to waist cinchers), the Definitions collection is your one-stop shop for all things smoothing and shaping. Their T-shirt bras create smooth, clean lines beneath your clothes, while the moulded cups are a brilliant way to even out different-sized breasts. Strapless bras will work with a wide range of different necklines, while a balcony style is the perfect way to boost your bust.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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