Run out of time to lose those last lumps and bumps? Smooth legs, cinch in the waist and get a flat stomach with our pick of the best shapewear
Shapewear is not just for larger ladies, it is bang-on miraculous for those of us who just want to streamline our shape, lose the little lumps and bumps, and make our clothes skim rather than cling. Or cling to the right bits, even.
The best way to make sure you get the right underwear for your over-wear is to head down to your local specialist lingerie store for a personal fitting. Take your party dress with you to make sure you get exactly the right items for your outfit.
We hot-footed it to the creme de la creme of lingerie retailers, Rigby & Peller for expert advice on choosing the right shapewear.
Rule number one: don't go for shapewear that is too small. Squeezing your curves into something that is over-tight will leave you uncomfortable, gasping for breath, and with bunched up flesh popping out in places you definitely don't want to see fall-out.
Rule number two: depending on your body type, you may want to steer clear of shapewear that ends on your waistline. Items that tuck under your bustline mean you won't get 'folds' around your midriff. The PrimaDonna Twist Poupoupidou Slimfit Dress (pictured, £73.95 from Rigby & Peller) is a winner for super-sheer dresses as it sits below your bust with straps over your shoulders to keep it in place. Alternatively, a waist-nipper corset will gve you a gloriously flattering hourglass shape and 'Joan from Mad Men' style curves.
Rule number three: choose silky fabrics so that your over-clothes glide over the top rather than snagging. This is especially important for satin or jersey fabrics.
Rule number four: don't be afraid to put yourself in the hands of an experienced fitter, and keep an open mind about the shapewear she suggests. It might look like something you'd never dream of wearing, but slip it on under your party clothes and you may well be pleasantly surprised.
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