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Here’s a quick-fix guide to your shapewear essentials for all outfit eventualities

Heist, €118: a good bodysuit offers light support for everyday wear and creates a subtle and seamless layer

Heist, €118: a good bodysuit offers light support for everyday wear and creates a subtle and seamless layer

 

When it comes to summer season, occasion-wear dresses automatically lean towards one-shoulder numbers, backless styles and strapless, which poses the question: what do you wear underneath? 

Opting for the wrong foundation can render a gorgeous dress unflattering and frumpy. While the perfect underpinnings will work wonders for your silhouette, smooth out lumps and bumps and in turn, boosting your confidence.

Often coming with a restrictive reputation, shapewear has evolved to be functional while offering control without sacrificing comfort. Moving past standard Spanx to bodysuits, waist cinchers, slips and underwear, offering solutions for any tricky silhouettes.

Here’s a quick fix guide to your shapewear essentials for all outfit eventualities.

If you’re going… strapless or off-the-shoulder 

If you want support and control skip the strapless bra and opt for a strapless slip or bodysuit (below). There are many options that will mimic the neckline of your dress, so it’s easily concealed.

Slip €120, Commando
Slip €120, Commando

If you’re going... backless

If you’re smaller chested you might be able to go without a bra, but a lot of us need back-up. Stick-on styles will just have you wondering if you’re bra has gone south, so opt for a multiway bra (below) that works for any type of plunging back.

Bra €30, Marks & Spencer
Bra €30, Marks & Spencer

If you’re going...structured

When your silhouette is form-fitting, proper undergarments are essential. A full-slip or bodysuit with built-in bra (below) will ensure no lines or creases, for an extra smooth effect.

Bodysuit €76, Spanx 
Bodysuit €76, Spanx 

If you’re going...with lighter fabrics

Feather-light fabrics that are breezy and cool to wear come to the fore in the summer. It’s clever to have some form of shapewear to ensure no obvious VPL. A bodysuit from Heist (below) is one of the pricer items, but for good reason. Offering light support for everyday wear, it creates a subtle and seamless layer.

Outer body €118, Heist
Outer body €118, Heist

If you’re wearing...a thin-strap dress

Slip dresses with superthin spaghetti straps are one of the season’s biggest trends, but instead of opting for a strapless bra, choose a bra that has straps pretty enough (below) to be on show.

Bra €28, & Other Stories
Bra €28, & Other Stories

If you’re going... for plunging

Don’t be scared of lower-cut necklines – a plunging bodysuit or convertible bra (below) will allow you to take the plunge without foregoing support.

Bra €30, Fashion Forms
Bra €30, Fashion Forms
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