shapewear for women

Originally, shapewear for women consisted of only the corset. Corsets were similar to shapewear in that they were designed to mold and shape the torso to make it more appealing to look at or to give added support for medical purposes. This type of original shapewear was common in the 1800’s and generally featured some kind of boning to support the shape. This original shapewear was held together at the back with lacing or hooks.

Modern shapewear for women has a far more sophisticated construction while remaining lightweight and easy to wear. Most modern shapewear is made from some type of hosiery, woven with support panels that control the bumpy effect of a woman’s body. Shapewear uses compression to create the desired shape. It is also concerned with more than just the shaping of the waist. In this day and age, it is common to find shapewear that compresses nearly the entire body, from the thighs to the waist to the bottom to the tummy. Women love shapewear in current times because it allows them to wear their favorite lightweight and clingy fabrics knowing that they look great from the outside. At Freshpair, we carry shapewear in several different categories, including:

Each type of shapewear targets a different region of a woman’s body in order to make her look and feel as beautiful as possible. Some of the most popular shapewear brands are Spanx (one of Oprah’s favorites and a brand that she keeps on her O-List for all time), Barely There, Body Wrap, and Sassybax. Each of these brands creates unique shapewear styles and different women find they want different things when seeking out their shapewear brand of choice.

Some popular areas women target when they look for shapewear is the tummy region and the thighs and bottom. Spanx makes great shapewear products for all of these areas. The most popular shapewear product we have at Freshpair is the Spanx Power Panties with Tummy Control. These target the tummy lightly and give the thighs and bottom a good amount of slimming. Another very popular shapewear product from Spanx is the Spanx Higher Power with Tummy Control, which extends further up the midriff to offer even more support in the midsection. Women seeking just tummy control with the least amount of fabric look for shapewear pieces like the ASSETS Red Hot Label Core Controller Panty or the Spanx Slimmer and Shine Hip Nipper Brief. Both offer tummy control in a look that is only as big as a high-waisted panty.

Women looking for a more full slimming solution in their shapewear are fond of the Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit, which goes all the from the mid-thigh to the bra area and hooks around a woman’s bra of choice to stay up. The Spanx Super High Footless Shaper Pantyhose is another shapewear product that’s extremely popular because it acts as a legging but with the support of pantyhose and leaves the feet free to flaunt open-toed shoes.

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