It’s hard to think of Shapewear without thinking of Daniel Cleaver crying out “Hello Mummy”, when discovering poor Bridget’s big old pants.

That was a few years ago now and luckily for us, Shapewear has come a long way.  Contrary to the thick, stiff pants of old, Shapewear comes in ultra-light fabrics, dare we say even sexy designs and worn for a million different reasons.  Mummy tummy? Yep.  Love-handles? Yep.  Flat butt? Yep.   There’s a style to smooth, mould, flatten, lift and separate everything.

Next time you see a woman looking flawless in her figure hugging dress, with miraculously no lumps or bumps anywhere, chances are it’s down to her Spanx.  Not her genetic make-up.

As personal stylists working with women of all ages, shapes and sizes, the issue of shapewear, what kind, when, where and how to wear it, often comes up (or down).   With all the different kinds on offer, it’s a bit of a skin-toned-minefield and many women find it all a bit confusing.

Smoothing out tummies seems to be the biggest concern for most of us.  Having spent lots of time in lingerie departments, pulling and squeezing our lovely clients into various styles of shapewear, not to mention all the advice we’ve received from the all-knowing shop assistants, we’ve come up with a list of the tried and tested favourites we’ve uncovered.


  • The best product we have found for this area is from Spanx.  Although a little bit more expensive than some brands, they do the trick.   We like either the On-Core High-Waisted Brief or the OnCore-High-Waisted-Mid-Thigh-Short.  They are both great at flattening the tummy and come right up to the bra-line and don’t roll down.  Beware though if you are wearing thinner pants that cling to thighs, we recommend the briefs.
  • If you don’t need as much tummy control, Simone Perele Top Model High Waist Shapewear is a great alternative.  Again it comes right up to the bra-line and doesn’t slip or roll.  It also has a really pretty lace finish.
  • Our third and final pair are High-Quality Sculpting Shorts from Aussie Company Bella Bodies which are made of a soft seamless fabric with extra support over the tummy area.  Plus they come in a large range of sizes from Small to Extra Volumptuous!

Our Tips

The biggest tip we can give you is to try on as many types as you can.  Try on your clothes over the top to make sure they do their job.  If it is for a specific occasion, take your evening gown/outfit into the changing room.  Ask the professionals for a fitting, they are always really knowledgeable so don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Don’t be tempted to go down a size either, these things are tight enough and you need to be as comfortable as possible.  Whilst sucking in as much as you can may seem like a good option, you could run the risk of blocking your circulation!  Not a good look!

Leaving you on a lighter note, whatever shapewear you decide upon, may you feel confident and amazing.  Get out there and slay!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this, and our advice has been helpful.  We’d love to hear all about the amazing shapewear and undies you’ve come across, so please let us know.

Until next time,

HowTwoStyle Personal Stylist Personal Shopper Gold Coast Brisbane Queensland

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