These customer shapewear reviews will help you find the perfect underwear solution

We've scoured hundreds of shapewear reviews and it's full marks for these reliable and stylish pieces.

Shapewear reviews: best shapewear according to online reviews

Every woman should have a selection of shapewear in her underwear drawer. But what makes a good shapewear piece for one person might not work so well for someone else. However, those with hundreds of 5* reviews are more likely to fit the bill.

We sifted through hundreds of online shapewear reviews to find you the top-rated pieces from a range shapewear brands - some of which have even made our tried and tested best shapewear roundup. Our aim? To help you find the and right underwear pieces for you quickly, with a little help from women who’ve already invested in the pieces themselves.

Long gone are the misconceptions that shapewear is some thinly veiled torture device, dramatically changing your shape while forsaking all notions of comfort. In fact, that couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to these flattering shapewear buys. Shapewear should slip on easily and fit like a dream, leaving you feeling both confident and comfortable.

How to choose the right shapewear piece for you

We asked Katie Weir, underwear expert and “bra whisperer” for Curvy Kate, what to consider before shopping based on customer shapewear reviews:

  • Always start your foundations with a great-fitting bra, as this will lift and sculpt your bust. You may even find this adds an extra few inches to your torso, which will elongate your silhouette.
  • Don’t size up; stick to your base brief size, as this will allow the right amount of hold.
  • Opt for a fine-knit sculpting brief or short – the finer the knit, the firmer the hold and the less bulk it adds to your frame.
  • To ensure a streamlined look, find shapewear briefs that are long in the torso and can be tucked into the band of your bra.
  • Ensure your shapewear is breathable!

The top reviewed shapewear you can buy right now, according to customers

This is the most popular shapewear out there, tried and tested by women like you, who want the best results, for the best price. We’ve scoured through plenty of products and selected only those with glowing write-ups to ensure our guide showcases the top shapewear options on the high street.

Miraclesuit high waisted slip - best shapewear according to reviews

1. Miraclesuit High Waisted Slip

The best shapewear for most people

RRP: £52
Sizes: S-XXL
Control level: Firm
Machine washable: No
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable and elegant+Stays put+Whole-body control
Reasons to avoid
-Limited range of colours

This has to be one of the sexiest pieces on shapewear we’ve seen, with an elegant design and glowing customer reviews.

What the reviews say:

“The thought of having to wear a control-lingerie item has long been a dread, but I was pleasantly surprised and it worked, which is fabulous.”

“Excellent fit and perfect under my floaty (wedding guest) outfit. It doesn’t ride up or sag once in place. I suspect it might be warm on a hot day, but I’ll risk it.”

“This item is amazing quality and so comfortable once on. I wore it underneath a very fitted dress and it really slimmed my tummy area and stayed in position all night – I couldn't feel that I was wearing it. Absolutely fantastic, and looks and feels very expensive – worth every penny!”

Leonisa Slimming Braless Body Shaper in Boyshort

(Image credit: Leonisa)

2. Leonisa Slimming Braless Body Shaper in Boyshort

Best luxury shapewear piece

RRP: £72
Sizes: XS-4XL
Control level: Firm
Machine washable: No
Reasons to buy
+Excellent control+Versatile strap options+Bum-lifting
Reasons to avoid
-No bust support-High price point

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 critics and was said to be the best shapewear for wedding dresses by one reviewer.

What the reviews say:

“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!”

“I never write product reviews, but I couldn’t help myself after wearing this garment! I had a tummy tuck about six weeks ago and I started wearing this two weeks out. It's the perfect amount of compression and is comfortable enough to wear 24/7. Don't try to size down on it or you'll never be able to zip it up.”

“The compression body shaper was exactly what I was looking for after having a tummy tuck. The size chart was right on. The garment is comfortable and is very sturdy. I love it and will be back to order another one as my body continues to recover from surgery and gets smaller.”

John Lewis and Partner Body Shaper Leggings

3. John Lewis & Partners 100 Denier Body Shaper Opaque Leggings

The best budget shapewear

RRP: £10
Sizes: S-XL
Control level: Medium
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Comfortable and soft+Aids circulation
Reasons to avoid
-Long fit

Support tights that will tone the hips and thighs, but don't resemble surgical stockings? We're in.

What the reviews say:

“I’ve been buying these for years and they’re fabulous footless tights. The best out there and well worth the money!”

“Bought instead of leggings, as I hate the baggy knees you get with leggings, and these tights are good quality, and nice and thick. Buy your size, as I sized up, which I usually do to make sure they’re opaque, but I didn’t need to.”

“I’ve now purchased several pairs of these footless tights and they are comfortable, durable and wash really well.”

Maidenform Comfort Endlessly Smooth Firm Control Slip

4. Maidenform Comfort Endlessly Smooth Firm Control Slip

The best shapewear for all-over control

RRP: £52
Sizes: 34C-38D
Control level: Firm
Machine washable: No
Reasons to buy
+Full-body streamlining+Flawless foundation
Reasons to avoid
-High price point-Limited size range

If you’re after a minimal-effort, budget shapewear option, this may not be the product for you. But if you want an all-singing, all-dancing, multi-tasking piece of underwear kit, you’re exactly where you need to be. Shoppers loved how this multiway slip took care of every undergarment concern, from lifting the bust to smoothing the tummy area. This piece was particularly popular with mature brides, who commented that it gave them an extra confidence boost on their big day.

What the reviews say:

“Perfect! Shapewear that smooths and is comfortable! The hook and eye gusset is also perfect – saves the danger of popper fastening popping open! I was nervous about sizing, but my usual size was perfect fit.”

“Brought to wear under wedding dress as an older bride – love the fact it is one-piece and holds all the wobbly bits to a smooth contour.”

“Very comfortable to wear and gives a great result beneath a close-fitting dress. Would definitely recommend. Bought it when it was reduced. The original price would have put me off buying it.”

Marks & Spencer Cool Comfort™ Anti-chafing Shorts,

5. Marks & Spencer Cool Comfort™ Anti-chafing Shorts

The best shapewear for thighs and bum

RRP: £12
Sizes: 8-22
Control level: Light
Machine washable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Anti-chafing and smoothing+Lightweight+Wide size range
Reasons to avoid
-Limited support

A smoothing pair of shorts that’s the ideal choice for hot weather. They come in a good range of sizes making them one of the best plus size shapewear pieces.

What the reviews say:

“Lovely thick waistline that sits nice and low on me. Thin stretchy fabric, really smooth and flattering under clothes.”

“These are brilliant when in a hot country/weather. I got them to wear with dresses – perfect! Plenty of give in them, no bulge marks or anything.”

“They’re so stretchy and comfortable, they don’t roll up or down and, best of all, they don’t make you sweat. I purchased three pairs already, but think I’m going to get more!”

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Lauren Hughes
Lauren Hughes

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