1. What is the outcome you’re looking for?

The first thing you should think about is exactly what type of effect or outcome you want from shape wear. Ideally this should complement your ideal body shape. This refers to the level of compression you desire which will determine the outcome.

Light Control – Medium: If you only have a couple of light bulges that you want to smooth, then you should consider wearing a light control or medium shape wear. These are every day shape wear that will help you to look your best in your daily outfits.

Firm Control – Medium to High: If you want to make your curves stand out, then you may want to consider firm control or medium to high shape wear. This type of shape wear will give your body more shape and add subtle contours. You should be comfortable to wear this shape wear for many hours.

Extra Firm Control – High: This particular shape wear is best used on a particular occasion where you want to look your absolute best. This type of shape wear is best used when wearing pieces such as wedding dresses, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, evening gowns and more. They should help you to feel quite sturdy and toned but you won’t feel overly compressed or constricted. If you do feel like you are too constricted or you can’t move properly, then you should try a larger size.

2. Exactly where do you want to improve or boost?

The type of shape wear you choose would depend on exactly which part of your body you want to boost. For example, some people want to have a tiny waist while others want to have a better booty. So, you need to figure out what you want first.

In the event that you have issues with more than one place on your body, then you should consider a full body shape wear or a body suit. However, if you go with this option, you should make sure that it has openings so you can easily go to the bathroom when needed.

There is nothing more unappealing than having to deal with muffin tops, bulges in your bra, stomach bulges etc. So, if you are self conscious about these issues, then a shaping cami is definitely your solution.

When it comes to the lower half of your body and you have a little extra junk in the trunk or even a flat bum, you would definitely benefit from a boost in this area. You can choose from bike shorts that actually lift your butt or you can use smoothing underwear that would help to reduce the area. There are many different options available that will help you to gain confidence when it comes to your butt, legs and thighs.

3. What is best for my body?

The best type of shape wear for you will depend heavily on the type of body you have. For example, some people have apple shaped bodies whereas others have an hourglass, pear or even strawberry shape.

If you have a large bust area as well as a large tummy with narrow hips and shoulders, then you have an apple shaped body. Basically, you tend to carry some extra fluff in your stomach area and because of this, it is challenging to find clothes to fit properly. Thankfully, there are lots of shape wear that you can use to reduce your waist and give it some more definition.

On the other hand, if you have a contoured body with hips and shoulders at the same width, then you have an hourglass shape. This is the most coveted body type and you’re quite lucky!

If you have a straight stomach area with a small bust and long legs, then you have a rectangular shape. A pear body on the other hand is defined by slim built shoulders, small bust, full hips and a large butt.

Strawberry shaped women are defined by having a large bust, narrow hips, small butt and wide shoulders.

It is important to remember that bodies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. By wearing shape wear, you are not changing your body into something you’re not but rather allowing you to experience and feel the true potential of your body and shape. This can help you to look and feel your best and give you all the confidence you need to own your body and face the world.