Shapewear that doesn't just feel functional - this creates a feminine shape with an impressive boost to the bust.
Camouflages well beneath clothing
Bra sizing won’t work for all body shapes
Limited shade range
By Jess Beech
Whether you’re battling with a wardrobe dilemma or long-standing body hang-up, never underestimate the confidence-boosting powers of the best shapewear.
Triumph’s True Shape Sensation bodysuit ticks all the boxes for an all-in-one solution, skimming over your stomach and hips, while the underwired cups boost your bust. We’ve put it through its paces with real-life testing to check it's not only comfortable to wear, but gets the job done.
I have trialled a wide range of shapewear, from bum-sculpting shorts through to high-waisted briefs, 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.
Soft, silky and just a little bit sexy, the Triumph True Shape Sensation Bodysuit is far prettier than a pair of Bridget Jones-style shapewear shorts.
In fact, the all-in-one style is giving us serious pin-up vibes, thanks to the built-in bra cups and peek-a-boo mesh panelling across the bottom.
A treat to wear, this is shapewear you could genuinely forget you’ve got on.
Fabric is key to a comfortable fit and this elastane blend offers plenty of flexibility, without diminishing its stomach-smoothing abilities.
The underwiring sat nice and flat across my chest, for dig-free support.
My only small gripe is that I found the bodysuit rolled around my stomach when I sat down, which was slightly uncomfortable. At 5ft 4in, I’m on the cusp of petite clothing, so this shouldn’t be a problem for taller folk.
Shape and appearance
Triumph True Shape Sensation Bodysuit specifications
- RRP: £62
- Sizes: 34B-42DD
- Composition: 56% polyamide, 32% elastane, 12% polyester
- Machine washable? No
- Made in Morrocco
Appearance-wise, this Triumph bodysuit is hard to fault. The sleek fabric is more flattering than functional, with the delicate sheer panels adding a luxe touch.
As for what it did for my figure, the moulded, underwired cups provided a welcome boost to my bust, creating a rounded, feminine shape and a generous amount of cleavage.
Although Triumph describes this body as high-level shaping, I didn’t feel it was quite that intense. I’d liken the fit of my bodysuit to a firm hug, as opposed to a vice-like grip. That’s not to say it wasn’t effective – the moderate compression worked hard to streamline my wobbly bits without restricting my movement.
It’s easily camouflaged under clothes, too, thanks to the minimal seams and smooth shape.
A handy touch, this bodysuit fastens at the crotch with a series of hook and eye clips along the gusset. Not only does this negate the need to completely undress when you need to use the loo, the choice of two positions means you can shorten or lengthen the body depending on your needs.
Keep your Triumph True Shape Sensation body looking and feeling as good as new by sticking to the instructions on the care label. It advises hand wash only – ideally carried out manually. If you’re pushed for time, you could pop it on the hand-wash cycle of your machine, but be aware this could damage the wires or cause the elastic to stretch. Be sure to pop it in a delicates bag first to stop the metalware from catching on your other items.
Once clean, re-mould the cups and leave to dry flat.
Value for money
At £62, it’s far from a drop in the ocean, but compared with the high-end price tags of rival shapewear brands, Triumph’s True Shape Sensation quickly looks like a bargain.
A versatile piece, it can be worn under everything, from dresses to skinny jeans, giving you plenty of opportunity to max out your cost per wear.
It’s hard to say whether this body is true to size, as the sizing is done by bra, not dress, size. While mine fitted me perfectly on both the cups and body, this sizing structure doesn’t account for anyone who is a dramatically different dress size on the top or bottom.
If this sounds like you, try a bodysuit you can wear your own bra with.
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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