Top 7 Must-have Shapewear Items for Women

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Shapewear is a category of clothing made up mostly of undergarments that cause the body to look slimmer.   Shapewear items for women allow the buyer to fit more sleekly into close-fitting dresses, tops, and pants and smooth the overall appearance in all clothing by tucking in extra pounds. Sales of shapewear for women have grown substantially since 2000 when media personality Oprah Winfrey named a shapewear brand called Spanx as one of her "favorite things." By the end of 2008, the shapewear market size tripled to $750 million in annual sales as reported by the market research firm NPD Group. Consumers seeking shapewear items for women are concerned with comfort as well as appearance. Getting some information about must-have shapewear items for women before shopping helps consumers find the items that best meet their individual needs.
1 SPANX Slimplicity Open-Bust Mid-Thigh Bodysuit - Plus Size

This SPANX must-have shapewear item is designed to be worn with a woman's favorite bra. It is created with a single layer of compression that firms the tummy, hips, thighs, and rear. The SPANX Slimplicity Open-Bust Mid-Thigh Bodysuit - Plus Size is specially designed for the plus-size woman with a soft fabric and hidden adjustable straps. The fabric is breathable with a laser-cut hem to prevent bulges. It has a double gusset made of comfortable cotton and reaches to the middle of the thigh. This must-have shapewear item is made of 76 percent nylon and 24 percent spandex.


2 Squeem Magical Lingerie Shapewear, Firm Compression Waist Cincher

The Squeem Magical Lingerie Shapewear, Firm Compression Waist Cincher is designed to give a woman a shapely hourglass look, reducing the waistline by 1 to 4 inches with recommended use. The garment increases weight loss by the combination of firm compression, perspiration, and micromassage. It can be worn with sleeveless dresses or tops, and it is made of triple-filtered cotton and a natural rubber with a flexible boning. It has a double hook-and-eye closure in the front of the shapewear. The manufacturer has been making shapewear for 30 years. Squeem encourages women to consult their physician first and use this garment to promote a speedy postpartum recovery, correct posture, and relieve most lower back pain. The recommended maximum length of time to wear the item is eight to ten hours per day. This must-have shapewear item for women is available in nude and black as well as a range of sizes.


3 Vedette 136 Shapewear Bodysuit Sexy Boyshorts Fajas

The Vedette 136 Shapewear Bodysuit Sexy Boyshorts Fajas is a strong control shaper with a hook-and-eye closure on the front with a fajas design. Fajas became popular in Columbia to use after liposuction and means "wrap" in Spanish. The wrap design is used in many shapewear brands. It is a shortcut to an hourglass figure. It is open in the bust area so that the buyer wears her favorite bra and has a closure in the panty area and adjustable straps for comfort. The built-in panty of this must-have shapewear item for women is undetectable under clothing.

 
 
4 SPANX Higher Power High-Waisted Power Panties Shapewear

The design of SPANX Higher Power line of panties extends the waist of the original Power Panties design to just under the bustline. It creates a smooth line from the thighs, rear, hips, waistline, and to the midriff just under the breast. The SPANX Higher Power High-Waisted Power Panties Shapewear smooths out any lumps from cellulite and flattens the tummy while tucking in the inner thighs and rear. The comfortable fabric is 87 percent nylon and 13 percent lycra spandex. The fabric is breathable, and the waistband stays in place. This must-have shapewear item for women comes in the colors bare and black and a range of sizes.

 

5 Flexees Women's Fat Free Collection High Waist Boyshort

This Flexees must-have shapewear item is designed with both a high waist and a boyshort leg to eliminate the possibility of panty-leg pinch. Flexees have a unique gusset created to keep the wearer feeling fresh and comfortable all day long. The fabric in this area eliminates odor on and through the material. This garment provides shaping under jeans or dresses. The body of the high-waist boyshort is made of 70 percent nylon and 30 percent elastane with a cotton crotch. It comes in black, white, and latte lift.

 

6 Flexees Women's Fat Free Dressing Holiday Sparkle Shapewear Tank

This Flexees shapewear tank is designed to be seen but also look great under clothing. The tank offers firm control in the midsection while "secretly" slimming, shaping, and smoothing the body. Two color choices have a soft sparkle sheen to the fabric. This must-have shapewear item for women is available in black, white, heather grey, latte lift, hot chili sparkle, and sparkle black. The fabric is 87 percent nylon and 13 percent nylon.

 

7 Bali Women's Concealers Back Smoothing Underwire

This shapewear item from Bali is a bra with a back designed to smooth any lumps or bumps that may show under clothing in the sides and back areas. It offers full bust coverage without any gapping at the sides of the cups. The shapewear is comfortable yet provides strong support, even for fuller-figured consumers. Bali's unique "Comfort -U Back" design aids the straps in staying put on the wearer's shoulders. The straps are front adjustable for convenience. This well-designed bra is designed with concealing petals inside for modesty. The consumer is able to choose this must-have shapewear item for women in a wide range of sizes to fit many women and in the color choices of bare, black, nude, and white.


Shapewear Comparison

This table provides consumers with a bird's-eye view comparison of the top 7 must-have shapewear item for women with regard to relative price and features.

Must-have Shapewear Item for Women

Relative Price

Features

SPANX Slimplicity Open-Bust Mid-Thigh Bodysuit - Plus Size

$$$$

Wear with any bra

Specially for the plus-size woman

Mid-thigh length with hidden straps

Squeem Magical Lingerie Shapewear, Firm Compression Waist Cincher

$$$

Reduces the waist by 1 to 4 inches

Made of natural cotton and rubber

Helps to eliminate back pain.

Vedette 136 Shapewear Bodysuit Sexy Boyshorts Fajas

$$$

Strong shapewear gives hourglass shape

Designed to wear with any bra

Fajas wrap-style bodysuit

Comfort crotch and adjustable straps

SPANX Higher Power High-Waisted Power Panties Shapewear

$$$

High-waisted shapewear with comfortable fabric

Slims and smooths, creates a sleek line from under the bust to the thigh

Flexees Women's Fat Free Collection High Waist Boyshort

$$

High-waisted shapewear with boyshort leg

Smooth comfortable fabric with unique fresh-for-hours gusset

Flexees Women's Fat Free Dressing Holiday Sparkle Shapewear Tank

$$

Visible while it "secretly" slims

Available in a variety of colors

Can be worn under clothing

Bali Women's Concealers Back Smoothing Underwire

$

Comfortable, supportive bra with special side- and back-smoothing features

It is important that consumers do due diligence in comparing prices and features of shapewear items in order to make sure the item meets their needs and their budget.

How to Buy Shapewear Items for Women on eBay

It is easy to shop on eBay for shapewear items for women. Just go to any page or to the homepage and enter " women's shapewear" in the search box at the top of the page and hit enter. For a more specific search, such as to search for shapewear items by a specific brand such as SPANX, enter " SPANX shapewear" in the search bar. This results in a list of that specific type of women's shapewear for sale on eBay. For search results about a type of shapewear, such as a cami or bodysuit, enter search terms such as " cami shapewear" or " bodysuit shapewear" for example. If you have a question about a shapewear item for sale, email the seller by using the "Ask a Question" link found on the product's page.

Conclusion

Body-shaping garments have long been important fashion items for women. The stiff, uncomfortable corset helped the women of history fit into the garments of their day, and then in the early 20th Century, the girdle was a gentler descendant of the corset. Women have long looked for their must-have shapewear items. These garments are high on the list of must-haves for many women, and there are many brands and styles for a woman's body from bustline to ankle. Reviewing the top must-have shapewear items on the market before making a purchase decision helps the buyer to make an informed choice. Shopping online at eBay presents the women's shapewear shopper with a wide selection of choices in a convenient and economical shopping environment.
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