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Body Shapers Your Secret Weapon

Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette

Are you aware that there is a trend that is encouraging women to toss their panties? Spearheading this trend is shapewear... Also called body shapers, these pieces are quickly replacing traditional undergarments. Yes, and shapewear today is nothing like the squeeze devices that our grandmothers once wore, to make their bodies appear neat, nipped, and tucked. For every age category and body type; from slim to full-figured, for new moms, for ethnic beauties with love handles, booty dimples and dents, for those with muffin tops -- whatever your issue, shapewear is for you. Grandmas you too will no longer have to sweat and tousle to get into a contraption that adds bulk, impedes breathing, cuts off circulation, and unattractively etches grooves into your flesh.

Why not? Because shapewear is now fashioned of softer, more breathable, high performance fabrics. Mostly seamless, these under garments virtually 'disappear' beneath clothing, often with their no-roll, non-slip, waistbands and edges. Why not try a power slip in nude, or one that's body colored? It'll look great beneath any shade of outer garment. Also available in black, to be worn beneath darker clothing, shapewear can aid one to target troublesome areas. Helping to slenderize, flatten, lift, round, or mold body parts, these new foundation garments -- thongs even, can also be worn every day, with jeans, slacks, or skirts, and then on special occasions, especially beneath wedding wear.

Providing immediate and visible results, shapewear offers different levels of support -- light, moderate, and firm.

Light support is for regular control which slims and allows for a sexy unrestricted feel. Rather than wear shapeless panties, why not pull on a Flexees® Fat Free Dressing® boyshort which slims, and smoothes -- available in color and prints! Or try the 'Breathe' by Barely There shaping cami. All day comfortable, it too will slim and trim you.

Moderate support offers lift, and smoothes. Differing pieces can shape the waist, torso, derriere, thighs, and can decrease jiggling. Your pants will glide over the Barely There invisible look capri, in ultrathin fabric. Or try the Lipo In A Box body shaping camisole with its soft cup bra, or the bodysuit. All are available in stores and online.

Firm support slenderizes and provides spinal support. You'll appear like you, only neatly compressed. Go for shaping too, if needed, because even with nicely rounded goody bits, beneath certain outer garments you may yet want to up your sizzle factor -- boost your sexy quotient. Try a Sassybax torso trim camisole to dispel back fat and tummy bulge; or try the Miraclesuit thigh slimmer (high waist) or their waist cincher in extra firm control. At Macy’s and online, these secrets camouflage a multitude of flaws.

Beautiful, the more support offered, the tighter the shapewear will feel. However, should you feel like a damn, about to burst, you are wearing a size (or two) too small. Made with Lycra and or spandex, today's shapewear, often with cotton crotches, should not feel uncomfortable. I will tell you a secret though. Until you get used to wearing it, you may believe you're going to be hot, or your eyes may dart around as you think, 'Um…I can't feel my undies' but don't panic, you'll be fine – and with what? No more panty lines! Remember, shapewear is not just for those who are dieting. It's not only for the woman who feels she needs to shed a few pounds; nor is it simply for someone needing a bit of padding, more curvature. It's not for Hollywood sirens alone. Body shapers are for you, too...but shhh, this is our little secret.
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