The best plus size shapewear for all sizes to tone and sculpt

Find the best plus size shapewear for you with our ultimate guide, from sculpting bodies to pinch-free waist cinchers

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best plus size shapewear round up of products from Maidenform, Heist and SPANX
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It's an unfortunate truth that the wrong underwear can destroy the line and look of an outfit. Enter the best plus size shapewear—flattering your natural shape, enhancing curves, and smoothing out any parts of your body that you’re insecure about.

It's why the best shapewear pieces have propelled companies like SPANX into such big businesses. The right shapewear creates the ultimate canvas for your clothing. Get this base layer wrong though and it can cause more issues than it solves—whether that be uncomfortable pinching, loose rolls, or unseemly bulging. Luckily, the days of limited shapewear choices are over. Thanks to the growing body positivity movement, seeing plus-size models wearing inclusive, comfortable, and confidence-boosting lingerie is the norm rather than the exception. 

SPANX, long a trailblazer in the size department, has now been joined by a roster of exciting new shapewear brands. There's Heist, a shapewear brand so stylish you can wear underwear as outerwear, and Shapermint, whose mission is to empower women and celebrate all body types. To help you shop smarter, we’ve put together a guide to the very best plus-size shapewear, no matter your body type, concerns, or lingerie tastes. And, once you've figured out which is the best plus size shapewear for you, take a look at our guide to the best plus size clothing brands for some outfit inspiration. 

The best plus size shapewear as chosen by our experts

Best plus-size briefs

Plus size briefs needn’t be uncomfortable and unsightly—they can actually be rather comfy, attractive, and sometimes even sexy, too. From high-waisted shaping briefs to cinching briefs—there is a brief out there for every woman. High-waisted briefs are great for wearing with your favorite outfits—they can be a lifesaver from day to day.


Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief

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1. Pour Moi Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief

Best lightweight plus size briefs

Specifications
Sizes: 10-20
Control: Medium
Material: 72% Polyamide, 28% Elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $29/£16
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight material for everyday wear+Bonded edges for a seamless look+Ultra-high waist+Offers only waist support
Reasons to avoid
-Limited size range

For every day wear, you can’t beat Pour Moi’s Definitions High Waist Shaping Brief. This ultra-high waist and seamless design skims the body effortlessly, cinches the waist, fits just under the bust (so there’s no need to worry about any rolling at the top), and is made from lightweight material, so it can easily be worn all day. While our tester had this piece on, no one was any the wiser and they were easily able to wear it for a full day at work (9am to 6pm). It is important to note that these briefs offer waist support only, and are rated as medium control. If you’re looking for a higher level of control—perhaps to wear under structured garments and evening wear—or for more overall body support (such as tummy, upper thigh, or back support), we suggest a bodysuit or thigh slimmer with a firm level of compression. 

Miraclesuit Comfort Leg Waistline Briefs, a w&h pick for best plus-size shapewear


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2. Miraclesuit Comfort Leg Waistline Briefs

Best tummy-control plus size briefs

Specifications
Sizes: 4-18
Control: Firm
Material: 84% Nylon, 16% Elastane (support layer)
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $39/£34
Reasons to buy
+Double-layer tummy panel+Flexible leg openings for extra comfort+Low-waist design for trousers, even slim-fitting jeans
Reasons to avoid
-Cost at the higher end of the market-Limited size range

Want to feel confident in your favorite skinny jeans? Miraclesuit’s Comfort Leg Waistline Briefs not only target the tummy with firm-control compression and a double-layered tummy panel, but are designed with a low waist and flexible leg openings that move with the body. The silky soft fabric glides under clothes, while Wonderful Edge™ silicone lining works to prevent VPL. This also means you don’t need to worry about the briefs rolling down around the waist or riding up at the legs or crotch - ideal for wearing under slim-fit trousers. Firm compression pieces like this will cost you a little more, with Miraclesuit’s Comfort Leg Waistline Briefs at the pricier end of the market. Likewise, for shapewear newbies, firm compression can feel tight and take a little while to get used to. 

Yours Clothing: High Waist Shaper Briefs

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3. Yours Clothing: High Waist Shaper Briefs

Best smoothing plus size briefs

Specifications
Sizes : 16–28
Control: Firm
Material : 80% Nylon, 20% Elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $21/£17.99
Reasons to buy
+Silky smooth+Flattering
Reasons to avoid
-Can roll down slightly, not available past a UK 28

Silky smooth, this high-waisted shaper is the best buy for day-to-day wear and all round support. Boasting of having firm control, these high-waisted briefs flatten tummies and smooth hips. The shiny panel at the front is a sexy accent that leaves you feeling confident. These briefs can roll down slightly, so they’re best worn with trousers, fitted skirts, or tights. A great every day shapewear buy that's perfect for beginners. 

Best plus-size shorts

If you’re not a fan of full briefs, then shorts are a brilliant alternative. Great for preventing chafing and friction, while keeping everything tucked in nicely—shaping shorts are a brilliant buy for anybody looking to define their silhouette. We’ve rounded up the best plus-size shaping shorts that tick all the right boxes.


SPANX Power Series Higher Power Short, a w&h pick for best plus-size shapewear

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1. SPANX Power Series Higher Power Short

Best plus size shorts for smoothing cellulite

Specifications
Sizes: S-XL
Control: Light
Material: 54% nylon, 46% elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $38/£35
Reasons to buy
+True to size+Lightweight control and feel for everyday wear
Reasons to avoid
-Thin material liable to ripping

For complete shapewear novices looking for the best overall, everyday support, we suggest SPANX’s Power Series Higher Power Short. Comfort is the order of the day here. With a lightweight compression, this design smoothes rather than slims the body, enhancing your very best silhouette—from waist to thighs—under your clothes. Design-wise, a no-slip strip at the waistband keeps the shorts from rolling down, while ruching at the rear subtly lifts and flatters your bum and the high waist eliminates muffin-top fears. The seamless, lightweight yarn moves with your body rather than working against it and offers a super comfortable fit. Although a word of warning—the material (similar weight to high-denier tights) can prove a ripping hazard if not treated delicately.

Miraclesuit Shapewear Flexible Fit Plus Hi-Waist Thigh Sli

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2. Miraclesuit Shapewear Flexible Fit Plus Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer

Best plus size shorts for boosting your bum

Specifications
Sizes: S-XL
Control: Extra-firm
Material: 75% nylon, 25% elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $64/£59
Reasons to buy
+Butt lifting+Flexible design, great for in-between and changing body sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Priced at the higher end of the market-No opening at the gusset

Made from inner panels of Tactel® fabric and Wonderful Edge™ silicone ribbing on the hemlines, the Flexible Fit Plus Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer promises to mold to your body and move with you, targeting the tummy, lower back, waist, bum, and thigh with its slimming technology. With an extra-firm compression, this is perfect for those looking for a tighter feel and a more contoured look. Its success is in its butt-lifting powers, back compression, all-day comfort, and high-waist to mid-thigh cover. One downside to this particular Thigh Slimmer is that it doesn’t have an opening at the gusset, which might make bathroom trips a little tricky. Miraclesuit Shapewear’s Flexible Fit Plus Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer is a pricy investment, but treat it well (hand-wash only, handle with care) and it will serve you well for years.

MAIDENFORM Sleek Smoothers Shorts

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3. Maidenform Sleek Smoothers Shorts

Best plus size shorts for tummy-smoothing

Specifications
Sizes : S-XXL
Control: Firm
Material: 68% polyamide, 32% other fibres
Care: Handwash
RRP: $54/£40
Reasons to buy
+Firm control+Invisible under your clothing+Sheathing
Reasons to avoid
-Not very size inclusive

Maidenform Sleek Smoothers shorts are in a high-waisted style and expertly smooth the tummy, in an effortless way. Made from soft and easy-to-wear microfibre, these super-soft sleeker shorts are great for providing support around the tummy, hips, and legs, while preventing chafing too. With laser-cut seaming for an invisible finish and a cotton-lined gusset, these shorts are supportive and breathable. If your legs have cellulite, these shorts are great at concealing it—perfect for wearing beneath dresses in the warmer months.

Best plus-size body

Great for concealing and defining your figure, a plus-size shaping bodysuit is great for keeping your figure contoured and smoothed. Usually boasting of a built-in bra, bodysuits are perfect for wearing underneath dresses, t-shirts, blouses, or sweaters. Not only are they great for wearing beneath your clothes, but they can be worn to be seen too—simply style with jeans and a blazer for when you’re heading out for cocktails with your girlfriends.


Bravissimo Millie Body Tummy Control Black

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1. Bravissimo Millie Body Tummy Control Black

Best plus size bodysuit with an underwired bra

Specifications
Sizes: Up to a 38G
Control: Medium
Material: 88% Polyamide, 12% Elastane
Care: Handwash
RRP: $108/£54
Reasons to buy
+Can be worn to be seen+Sexy+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Not very stretchy

With the same underwired bra as Bravissimo fan-favorite Millie, this body is pretty, supportive, and very comfortable too. The cleverly positioned lace panels are super flattering and the power mesh body gives light tummy control (perfect when you wear the body to be seen with jeans). The bra cups boast of having super soft and slightly stretchy lace cups to mold to your unique shape, which is great if you have one boob bigger than the other. The lace detailing at the bottom means no VPL, and poppers at the bottom make it easy to get on and off. And for bigger busted plus-size ladies, the JJ and K cups have an extra lining for even more support.

Heist The Outer Body, a w&h pick for best plus-size shapewear

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2. Heist The Outer Body

Best comfortable plus size bodysuit

Specifications
Sizes: 6-22
Control: Medium-firm
Material: 74% polyamide, 26% elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $136/£95
Reasons to buy
+Targets the bust, waist, tummy and lower back+Can be worn with or without a bra
Reasons to avoid
-Priced at the higher end of the market

Heist’s The Outer Body is the shapewear bodysuit taking the fashion industry by storm. The Outer Body has everything you could possibly need from an everyday bodysuit. There's lightweight microfiber fabric that feels like a second skin, seam-free bonded edges, and clever, sculpted HeroPanels™ that target the breast, lower back, waist, and tummy with strong, even compression. If that wasn't enough, the perforated material lets the body breathe, while thermally molded cups shape and support, so you can wear the suit with or without a bra. While it’ll remain undetectable under your clothes, the sleek, minimalist design makes The Outer Body as stylish as it is practical. In fact, as its name hints, when styled right this is a piece that can work as outerwear as much as shapewear. We wore ours with high-waisted jeans and a blazer for a date night and didn’t feel overly exposed. 

Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra Black BodyBriefer, a w&h pick for best plus-size shapewear

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3. Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra Black BodyBriefer

Best flexible plus size bodysuit

Specifications
Sizes: 10-22
Control: Firm
Body Material: 79% polyamide, 21% elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $59/£42
Reasons to buy
+Wear with your own bra for fit flexibility+High back to smooth bra lines
Reasons to avoid
-Tricky bra-like fastening at the gusset

Shapewear bodysuits can sometimes provoke restrictive choices, especially if you need a different size bra or level of compression for your breast area. That’s why we love wear-your-own-bra (or WYOB) shapewear pieces, such as Maidenform’s Wear Your Own Bra Black BodyBriefer. While the firm-control compression body gets to work smoothing and supporting your waist, tummy, and back, the high-back design smoothes bra lines and comfort cuffs under the arms to ensure comfortable wear (and stops underarm bulges). Meanwhile, obviously, you’re free to wear whichever bra you wish alongside it. Our only issue with the WYOB BodyBriefer is that the gusset fastening is like a bra fastening rather than a popper, which takes some time to get accustomed to.

Best plus-size tank

Smoothing tanks and vests are perfect for everyday wear. The great thing about tanks and vests is that they can be worn alongside jeans, to create a chic and versatile look that can be worn in a multitude of ways. If you don't want your tank to be seen, simply wear beneath a blouse, under a sweater, or beneath a dress to create a gorgeous silhouette that is invisible to the naked eye.


SPANX Thinstincts Tank

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1. SPANX Thinstincts Tank

Best lightweight plus size vest

Specifications
Sizes: XS-3X
Control: Light
Material: 53% elastane, 47% nylon
Care: Machine wash cold
RRP: $58/£52
Reasons to buy
+Super-light compression for everyday wear+Non-compression bust
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t offer much ‘hold’

Tank tops are already a wardrobe essential, so why not choose one with extra support? If you’re looking for more ‘hold’ then SPANX Thinstincts™ Tank isn’t the right option for you. Rather, this is simply a step up from the typical stretch jersey cami top. It's super lightweight (SPANX rates its compression level as ‘smooth’, like ‘a light hug’), is made of breathable microfibre fabric, has bonded armholes and hem for extra comfort and seamless wear, and is elastic-free, which means no annoying pinching. We also love that it is designed with a non-compression bust, so you won’t feel uncomfortably smooshed. At $58 (£52), it is a costly alternative to your usual vests. But if you’re looking for a simple and easy everyday shapewear piece, then we love its versatility. 

Yours Clothing Black Firm Control Seamless Vest

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2. Yours Clothing Black Firm Control Seamless Vest

Best plus size vest for all-day comfort

Specifications
Sizes: 16-28
Control: Firm
Material: 85% polyamide, 15% elastane
Wash: Machine washable
RRP: $26/£14.99
Reasons to buy
+Jersey fabric is comfortable and breathable+Can be worn with almost everything+Flattring shape
Reasons to avoid
-Not very firming-Could have more hold

This control vest is made from comfortable jersey fabric in a flattering sleeveless design. With a scoop neckline, this vest is perfect for wearing with a variety of different garments. The seamless fabric means this tank is perfect for every day wear—alone or beneath clothes. Perfect to wear under dresses and t-shirts, this breathable tank defines your figure while letting you breathe with ease.

Heist Studios The Invisible Vest

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3. Heist Studios The Invisible Vest

Best plus size slip for everyday wear

Specifications
Sizes : XS-XL
Control: Firm
Material : 78% Polyamide, 22% Elastane
Wash: Hand wash or machine wash (cold 30C)
RRP: $69/£44
Reasons to buy
+Flattering+Versatile+Luxe
Reasons to avoid
-Considered purchase-Not size inclusive

The Invisible Vest from Heist is described as an ‘essential foundation piece—which has been designed with subtle built-in bust support and an ultra-soft lightweight feel. Heist describes the vest as having a ‘smooth second-skin feel’, which we confirm feels silky smooth, yet incredibly secure. It is completely wire-free, unlined, and unpadded, so can be worn with your own bra. Wear this beneath t-shirts or blouses, or wear alone tucked into jeans or trousers. 

Best plus-size slips

Perfect for wearing beneath tightly fitted dresses, plus-size shaping slips aim to please. Smoothing every dip and curve, slips contour and define your figure. Slips can come in a variety of different styles—whether it be with a built-in bra or room to wear your own, there will be a slip to suit whatever you’re after. The key to finding a great slip is to look for one that won’t ride up, ruche up, or leave you with bulging areas, and that’s why we’ve rounded up the very best plus-size slips.


Yours Clothing Curve Control Firm Smoothing Dress

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1. Yours Clothing Curve Control Firm Smoothing Dress

Best slip for all-over smoothing

Specifications
Sizes : 14-28
Control: Firm
Material: 82% Polyamide, 18% Elastane
Care: Machine washable
RRP: $50/£28.99
Reasons to buy
+Doesn’t have a built-in bra.+Thigh-length+Doesn’t ride up
Reasons to avoid
-Need to wear your own bra-Length could be a problem

In a flattering beige nude hue, this curve control slip from Yours Clothing features adjustable straps, a power mesh tummy panel, comfortable jersey fabric, and no built-in bra so you can wear your own—for ultimate versatility and comfort. Smoothing and sculpting, this slip dress has a super firm hold which is perfect for wearing with body contouring dresses, skirts, and fitted tops.


Maidenform Open Bust Shaping Slip

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2. Maidenform Open Bust Shaping Slip

Best plus size slip with an open bust

Specifications
Sizes : S-2XL
Control: Firm
Material: 81% Nylon, 19% Elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $75/£44.50
Reasons to buy
+Expert shapewear brand+Flattering and comfortable+Doesn’t roll down
Reasons to avoid
-Not very size inclusive

This firm control slip gives all-over shaping for a defined and refined look. Perfect worn beneath dresses and skirts, this slip is super smoothing and incredibly comfortable. With this slip, you can wear your own bra for complete flexibility, so you can choose which bra depending on the neckline of your dress. There is a hook and eye insert and the smooth leg edge ensures no visible lines. We found that this slip is flattering and doesn’t roll up or down, but unfortunately, it’s not incredibly size-inclusive.

M&S COLLECTION Medium Control Wear Your Own Bra Slip

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3. M&S COLLECTION Medium Control Wear Your Own Bra Slip

Best plus size slip for a comfortable fit

Specifications
Sizes : 8-24
Control : Medium
Material: 77% polyamide, 23% elastane lycra®
Care: Machine washable (40°C recommended)
RRP: $35/£20
Reasons to buy
+Extremely comfortable+Luxurious material+Neckline versatility 
Reasons to avoid
-Only available up to a UK 24

Perfect for when you’re wearing a fitted, body contouring dress, this M&S Collection full slip is figure-framing, shaping, and designed so you can wear your own bra—for maximum comfort and versatility. With medium control, this sleek slip is comfortable and breathable and boasts ultra-thin shoulder straps so you can style with a vast variety of necklines. Made with added stretch for a comfortable fit, this slip is easy to wear and doesn’t ride up either. With sexy lace paneling at the chest and hem, this slip is both delicate and versatile.

Best plus-size cinchers

If you’re looking for a timeless silhouette, reminiscent of a retro figure—then a cincher is what you’re in need of. Much like a corset, a cincher usually comprises a hook and eye fastenings, a boned structure, and a little bit of stretch. Cinchers usually fasten at the front and can be adjusted to whichever size fits your shape best. Great for wearing under most ensembles, we’ve found that wearing a cincher with a pair of jeans or a dress is best.


Pour Moi? Definitions Hook & Eye Waist Cincher, a w&h pick for best plus-size shapewear

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1. Pour Moi Definitions Hook & Eye Waist Cincher

Best plus size cincher for gentle control

Specifications
Sizes: 10-20
Control: Medium
Material: 72% polyamide, 28% elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $37/£20
Reasons to buy
+Super-soft control fabric+Gentle fit; good for cincher beginners
Reasons to avoid
-May be too loose for those wanting more structure

Don’t let the name ‘waist cincher’ scare you—Pour Moi Definitions Hook & Eye Waist Cincher offers comfort and support in equal parts. This piece is an important tool in any shapewear arsenal, particularly for wearing under-shaped eveningwear or pieces with structured bodices—think wedding dresses or ball gowns. We love Pour Moi?’s cincher in particular because it offers both front and back-fastening to suit your outfit. Plus, the hook-and-eye close has three adjustable fittings to suit fluctuating body shapes—a lifesaver for brides-to-be with months of fittings ahead. The fit of this cincher is gentle, making it an attractive buy for newbies. For seasoned shapewear buyers who want a more sculpted fit, consider a firm or extra firm compression design.

Maidenform Ultra Firm Waistnipper

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2. Maidenform Ultra Firm Waistnipper

Best plus size cincher for creating an hourglass shape

Specifications
Sizes : S–2XL
Control: Firm
Material: 80% Nylon, 20% Elastane
Care: Hand wash only
RRP: $55/£32
Reasons to buy
+Expert shapewear brand+Flattering +Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Can cause bulging-Not very size inclusive

Made from a silky fabric that boasts of a low-friction finish, this cincher is incredibly easy to put on or take off. It has super firm control, yet is very comfortable. With hook and eye fastening, this cincher is easily adjusted to your desired size, while sucking in your waist to show off a stunning hourglass figure that we all aspire to. With soft boning at the sides for shaping, although comfy and flattering, it can sometimes roll down or up—but the positives far outweigh the negatives. This cincher is best for contouring your curves.

Yours Clothing Black Hook & Eye Belly Band

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3. Yours Clothing Black Hook & Eye Belly Band

Best cincher for firm hold

Specifications
Sizes: 16-32
Control: Firm
Material: 94% Polyamide, 6% Elastane
Care: Machine washable
RRP: $26/£14.99
Reasons to buy
+Easy to fasten+Stretchy +Boned
Reasons to avoid
-Can feel restrictive

Perfect for defining your silhouette, this firm control cincher is great at sucking you in and providing you with an enviable figure. Boasting of having adjustable hook and eye fastenings and built-in boning for support, this super versatile corset-style cincher is perfect for nipping in your waist to create a stunning hourglass figure. Supporting you from the get-go with adjustable fastenings this waist-cinching belly band aims to shape and smooth your silhouette. Layer underneath your clothes to give your figure definition and shape.

Choosing the right plus-size shapewear

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We understand your trepidation—shopping for the best plus-size shapewear can be a minefield. Not all plus-size women are built the same way—some who have gorgeous big bums and thighs may also have slim waists, others with bigger busts may have narrow hips. Likewise, there’s also no one hero product that will tick all your shapewear boxes. 

A simple way to work out which shapewear is right for you is to first determine your body type and which body parts you want to highlight. Our guide on how to dress for your body type will help you determine your shape—whether that's strawberry, rectangle, apple, hourglass, or pear—and which parts you want to accentuate. Before we delve into the specifics of shapewear brands and their hero pieces, it's worth thinking about which areas you want to highlight, sculpt or tone with plus size shapewear. 


  • Do you need support around your middle?—a waist cincher or shaping waist trainer will help you create an hourglass silhouette.
  • Want to smooth cellulite or lift your bum?—there are plenty of shapewear options for your lower half, whether you fancy a streamlining brief, seamless leggings, or shorts
  • Are you looking to streamline your shape?—an all-in-one bodysuit will create a smoother silhouette while still maintaining a gorgeous, natural shape. 

Key types of compression

After deciding which type of shapewear piece you need, consider what type of support you want. All shapewear is made from stretchy, supple fabrics such as nylon and Spandex, but there are three, key types of compression to choose between:


  • Light compression (light control)—this is the right option for you if you’re shopping for shapewear to wear under your work clothes or have specific body parts that you want to smooth out regularly. 
  • Medium compression (medium control)—this is the right option for you if your priority is accentuating your curves, as shapewear with medium compression is designed to hug your body and move with you. These pieces will offer you hours of comfort. 
  • Firm and extra-firm compression (high control)—this type of shapewear is more about contouring your body than just smoothing it. If you choose the right size, these pieces should help you feel toned without feeling constricting or uncomfortable. These pieces are best worn under formal, structured outfits, such as wedding and prom dresses, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses. 

Should I size up in plus size shapewear?

It's vital to make sure you know your size and to buy accordingly. Many women tend to buy shapewear in a smaller size, thinking that this will make them appear slimmer. In fact, it does just the opposite, creating those unattractive bulges and rolls. For the most seamless look, you need to buy shapewear in your size or the one above. 

Likewise, don’t assume that you’ll be buying shapewear in the same size as you do your regular lingerie. Shapewear sizes don’t strictly correlate to underwear or dress sizes, rather your measurements: bust, waist, and hips. To find your correct fit, it’s important that you measure yourself carefully and check each brand’s sizing charts and FAQ pages (many have detailed advice on their websites). 

Determining your body type

Once you've invested in the best plus size shapewear to ensure you feel your best, you might be thinking about other outfits to wear with your new garments. Working out which body type you are is a good start when it comes to dressing well for your shape and investing in the right shapewear. 

While we'd say throw out the rule books when it comes to what you shouldn't wear according to your body type, knowing your shape will help you choose the most flattering cuts for you. According to stylist Susie Hasler, there are “five key body types.” 

They are:

  • Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Rectangle
  • Hourglass
  • Pear 

To work out what type of body type you have, Susie advises, ”Look in the mirror while wearing a fitted outfit, so you can clearly see your body shape as a silhouette. You’ll be able to see where you might be broader, where you might be narrower, where you may need balancing out.” 

This will not only help you choose outfits, but will also help determine which shapewear pieces will help you accentuate and flatter your shape. For further reading, you may want to check out our guides on the best bathing suits by body type, how to dress for an hourglass body shape, how to dress for an apple body shape, and how to dress for a pear-shaped body