Jan 28, 2024

The best shapewear for women in 2023: 37 pieces to invest in

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The magic of shapewear is undeniable. It tucks and smooths in all the right places and sucks you in just right.

But let’s face it — not all shapewear is created equal. That’s because different styles of shapewear work for various fashion choices. Let’s put it into perspective: If you’re about to go out on the town in a low-back cocktail dress, you’re not going to want to reach for a high-waisted bodysuit.

Thankfully, we at The Post understand your many style needs. We spoke with Micaela Erlanger a celebrity stylist who has dressed stars including Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta Jones and Gal Gadot — just to name a few — who gave us the scoop on everything shapewear related from the fits to the its purpose.

“Shapewear comes for just about every wardrobe need now —think sliming, shaping, plumping and sculpting,” Erlanger told The Post. “Just about every woman has tried shapewear in their time — even if you might not have bits to smooth out. [It] serves as a helpful wardrobe tool for layering under sheer pieces or in lieu of lining garments.”

In terms of what you should look for in this undergarment, she recommends chekcing “the spandex and or microfiber content and the feel of the fabric.” This will tell you if it’s of quality or not. Erlanger also advises to avoid bulky seams as “shapewear is meant to be undetected and seamless styles are best” at providing that smooth look.

Below, you’ll discover the best shapewear pieces to shop in 2023 ranging from underwear and tanks to backless bodysuits and more.

You’ll also recognize some of your favorite brands, such as Spanx, Skims, Maidenform, and Commando.

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Get fancy with this SPANX low-back bodysuit. It’s completely versatile with its removable back clasp, features a plunging U-neckline and includes an Easy Access Gusset for when you need to go.

It’s no secret that Victoria’s Secret makes some of the most popular undergarments around — and their shapewear isn’t excluded from that achievement.

This high-waist bodysuit enhances your natural figure by controlling your torso and thighs. SkinFuse seamless technology also makes it disappear under your clothes, meaning no VPL here!

This Skims bodysuit will become an everyday staple. It holds in your core, shapes you just right and gives your booty that extra bit of lift. Best of all, it enhances your natural body shape. Unsurprisingly, when Kim launched Skims Swim, it sold out almost immediately.

You’ve seen them on Instagram, read our Honeylove review, and now you’re seeing them here. Honeylove’s SuperPower Short features targeted compression and panels to give you the shaping where you want it and the comfort where you need it.

To be honest, we wouldn’t call shapewear “comfortable,” per se, though Spanx does a pretty good job. Their OnCore short creates a sleek shape with less bulk, meaning it’s more comfortable than your average choice. You can enjoy tummy and side panels, plus booty-enhancing pockets that fight the dreaded uni-butt.

Available in beige, pink, purple and brown, these Adore Me smoothing shorts are next level. These high-waisted shorts have your back — or, should we say, backside — thanks to a seamless design created to smooth and support.

We love the TC Fine Intimates Bodybriefer because it provides extra-firm control, detachable straps and a lined gusset. Your back, midriff, tummy, waist and hips will also be smoothed and enhanced.

Made in the United States, this Commando shapewear slip features a microfiber outside and comfortable cotton inside. The compression is light to moderate, and the slip provides a formfitting look.

The lightweight fabric is made from a mix of nylon and spandex for support and versatility thanks to the straps that come with it. Say goodbye to ever needing a strapless bra again.

We can not hype this Free Reign Everyday Tank up enough. First, it includes a built-in shelf, meaning you can say goodbye to annoying bra strap appearances. Best of all, it effortlessly smooths and fits just right.

Target your tummy and back with this Maidenform shaping tank. It will become your go-to base with its soft fabric, wide straps and scoop neckline.

As Soma Intimates says, “Getting in shape was never easier.” With a high-rise design, you can say sayonara to muffin tops. The brand’s Vanishing Edge technology also provides stay-put silicone to keep your undies in place.

With light to moderate compression, Commando strives to make women feel “smoothed, not stuffed,” according to the brand. Best of all, real women tested out these briefs and fell in love. So go ahead and enjoy breathable, smoothing and seamless shapewear.

Sometimes a high-waisted option is just what you need. Thankfully, Maidenform knows that and created its Hi-Waist Brief. It gives a soft, flexible fit and targets the stomach.

A thong that provides mid-support and smoothness? Yes, please!

These sculpting panties from Frederich’s Of Hollywood include a breathable cotton gusset, bonded edging for a seamless look and a future-inspired design to level up your undergarments.

Another internet favorite (and one of ours, too) is the Sheertex smoothing tights. The tights feature a Tummy Smoothing panel that’s undetectable under clothes. Plus, they’re resilient and won’t rip and tear.

They’re semi sheer. They’re supportive. They’re perfect. Get to know why these Skims Mid Support Tights have fans raving. After all, these tights feature a built-in control around the waist for some extra support.

We recommend stocking up on these babies because we guarantee you’ll reach for them each time you wear a skirt. They’re oh-so-soft, smoothing and never run.

For under $20, these Shapermint tights are like no other. Not only are they made of snag and tear-resistant fabric, but they also come in both chocolate, latte and black colors.

Picture your favorite thong. Now add in a hidden shaping waistband that offers the perfect amount of control. That’s what these Spanx Shaping Thong panties are all about, and we can’t get enough.

Get ready for ultimate compression. This Skims Core Control thong intentionally runs small to suck you in, so the brand recommends sizing up if you would rather have everyday comfort. Nonetheless, they are silky, invisible and beyond supportive.

Never compromise your fashion inspiration. Instead, opt for a plunging bodysuit. This Va Bien option features firm tummy control, ultra-life underwire cups, and fully adjustable straps, allowing you to step into it like a bathing suit.

If you’re searching for a plunging neckline but don’t want anything too dramatic, check out this gown from Montelle Intimates. It features a soft dip in the neck, a flattering A-line chemise and floral lace detailing. Not to mention, this find comes in skylight, floral tea, champagne and black colors.

Did someone say a plunging neckline and a plunging low-back? Yes, and that someone was us. This Spanx Suit Your Fancy Bodysuit is ideal for low necks, drop-backs, short hems and high slits.

Made with the brand’s iconic knit material, this Fleur de Mal plunge shapewear gives you a cinched waist and weightless support. But what we love most is that you can wear this bodysuit under your favorite fashion choice or all alone.

Let’s get lifted! The Cami Bodysuit gently smoothes and can even be tucked into a pair of jeans when you really want to serve a look. Oh, and did we mention that you can leave your bra at home thanks to the built-in bust support? Because we count that as a win.

This tank is bra-friendly due to its wide straps, gives you that desired hourglass shape and is made with breathable cotton. You can expect medium compression.

Lift that booty with this backside enhancer. One happy reviewer claims to “love it” and says it’s comfortable, not tight around the leg and doesn’t roll down. She’ll even be ordering more (and so will we).

A hidden booty booster? You booty believe it. This mid-thigh Spanx option even includes double-layer fabric that shapes and conceals cellulite. So go ahead and ditch the squats. It’ll be our little secret.

Made from 90 percent nylon and 10 percent spandex, you’ll fall in love. The brand’s non-slip technology will also help them stay put while you conquer all of your fashion moments.

Smooth, sculpt and support with this body suit Heist option. We love that they’re breathable and target the stomach and waist while helping your posture and bust.

If you’re a bride or someone who just enjoys the pretty things in life, this one is for you. This sexy lace number’s features include removable straps, padded cups, underwire support and, of course, an open back.

Wearing a fancy gown for prom or to your best friend’s wedding? If that’s the case, you may have some gorgeous cutouts that call for a unique backless bodysuit. Thankfully, this style from Amazon should do the trick.

Sometimes less is more, and that’s the case with this Fashion Forms bodysuit. It’s virtually completely backless aside from a thin strap. Best of all, you can use the silicone adhesive cups again.

We didn’t forget about you, mommas! This Belly Bandit maternity bodysuit features adjustable straps, a ribbed back panel, covers the entire belly to mid thighs and even includes easy access when you have to go to the restroom.

This pair of maternity shorts is just another reason to love Skims. They’re high-rise, non-compressive and allow for your growing baby bump.

Don’t just shape and support, but also protect your thighs from uncomfortable chafing. Best of all, this Kindred Bravely pick is made of bamboo fabric and is ultra-soft, lightweight and breathable.

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