The Perfect Shapewear

I found my holiday party dress and realized it needed shapewear under it. Not a super-long tank worn as a “slip” because that wouldn’t cut it; I needed some honest-to-god shapewear. Now, it’s not like I’ve never owned any shapewear before. I have a Spanx body sucker, but I absolutely never wear it because it’s so tight I can barely breathe in it.

I knew there had to be something in the middle, between useless and so tight it’s painful. (Get it, middle? Ha ha.) I knew there was a wide world of shapewear out there that I hadn’t explored, and I was determined. I had no choice, because without it my new dress was going to show a few more things than I wanted it to.

It was easier than I thought. Why didn’t I do this years ago? All it took was one trip to Macy’s and I found the perfect shapewear garment: the Jockey “Yummie Tummie” Slip

One of the "Yummie Tummie" undergarments from Jockey

One of the “Yummie Tummie” undergarments from Jockey

It has a stretch cotton bodice that isn’t tight, which is great because I want to be able to wear my own bra under it and I don’t want anything mushing things down around there, if you know what I mean. The panel that starts at the waist is silicone and very smoothing, but it isn’t so tight that it makes me uncomfortable.

My only problem was that it wasn’t quite shaping enough, so that I could still see a few too many bumps through it. I tried on a ton of other things but unless you want to go up a level to the thickness (and pain) of Spanx, everything has the same amount of silicone.

My solution was to layer two on top of each other, and then it was perfect. Still much more comfortable than Spanx but smooths all the lumps and bumps.

Other brands make similar things but I love that the top is just cotton so it holds the piece up but doesn’t get in the way of my bra.

Maybe you all have known about the perfect shapewear for decades but I’ve come a bit late to the party. I admit I’ve always given more thought to the clothes I wear that will be seen in public and dismissed the lingerie aspect of it all. While I was on my search I read this post on Already Pretty about Sal’s thoughts on undergarments and realized I’m not the only one on the planet who tends to ignore the parts of our wardrobes that can’t be seen.

What about you? Do you have the perfect shapewear?

Jenny

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