shapewear control: compression levels from light to firm shapewear

The Skinny on Slim: It’s all About Control

In a world of tummy tuckers and waist cinchers, shapewear has taken slim to a whole new level. Literally. Discover the breakdown on compression and which levels are right for you.

Low Compression (Light Control)

Low Compression (Light Control)

Low compression shapewear provides light flattening and shaping, without binding, for a more toned appearance and minimal flaws. Think of how your bathing suit feels—light, smooth, and flexible with minimal restriction. Made of microfiber, nylon blends, and other breathable fabrics, low compression garments can range from panties to leggings, and bustiers to full body girdles but are typically lightweight and seamless. Low compression shapewear is perfect when you want comfortable all day slimming action and is typically found in women’s control top pantyhose or briefs.

For light control, opt for the DKNY Underslimmers Tummy Managers Brief. Engineered with a double layer tummy control panel, it creates a slimmer waistline while providing a comfortable fit.

Medium Compression

Medium Compression

A comfortable choice with versatile options, medium compression takes slim up a notch.
Often made from nylon or cotton blends, medium compression shapewear offers the same benefits of firm compression garments, minus the latex. Instead it substitutes different amounts of spandex or microfiber and provides panels or layers for additional compression. Medium compression feels similar to cycling shorts and can be worn up to 8 hours.

A seamless solution for medium control, the Spanx Super Higher Power slims and trims tummy, hips, back and thighs, eliminating panty lines and bulges.

Firm Compression

Firm Compression

For a more dramatic (and most popular) result, firm compression is the heavy duty solution. Typically made with latex or rubber, it provides non-stretch or one-way paneling. Firm compression shapewear has minimal to no give and is designed to eliminate trouble spots, reducing inches for a slimmer silhouette. Though quick to slim, this type of compression is best worn for only a few hours—a go-to for special occasions when your workout regimen is out of sorts.

For the ultimate body transformation, try the Leonisa Contour Boyshort Shaper. Designed with Powernet mesh fabric and layered with stretch microfiber, it provides powerful control while remaining breathable.