It's time to stop wearing those old spandex bike shorts as shapewear, and look into something a little more... sexy! In the past few years, we've seen a revolution in stylish shapewear. Check out the inventive new pieces that combine sleek fabrics with stylish design:
These midriff shapers take in your waist without flattening your curves or taking away your breath.
Adjustable Brief: An inside band of hook and eyes lets you choose from three levels of waist nipping… should you want to indulge in dessert.
Nylon-Lycra, Diva Defined by Annette, $47; annetteonline.com
Waist Nipper: Woven to offer firm control but still easy to step into, this option for your midsection comes in handy if you love fall's waist-emphasizing dresses.
Nylon-elastane, Maidenform, $30; maidenform.com
These "top toners" are perfect under a fitted sweater or T-shirt. They will help to smooth out any back bulges.
Underwire Cami: Contoured underwire cups provide the same support as a bra, giving you lift where you need it, while the rest of the cami downplays any back or tummy bulges.
Nylon-elastane, Flexees, $29; maidenform.com
Arm-Control Top: If you're self-conscious about your arms, this top from Sassybax has short sleeves to control any flab. Of course, keep in mind that you will definitely want to wear this under a dress or top with sleeves long enough to cover the shapewear.
Nylon-spandex, Sassybax, $69; sassybax.com
Hip and thigh masters
The update on bike shorts! Today's newest styles use lighter-weight materials but have a better hold.
Higher Waist: Sleek panels provide zoned control, and the extra-high waist stays in place without any visible band.
Nylon-spandex, Donna Karan, $45; barenecessities.com
Slip and Shorts: This is the best of both worlds. It's a slip so you have a seamless fit, but it has inner bike shorts which provide extra compression and keep the slip from riding up.
Nylon and Lycra-elastane, Spanx, $68; spanx.com
A bodysuit or shaping slip is the perfect undergarment when you need to get dressed up for an event — they give you 360-degree control and always stay put.
Special Occasion: This is your go-to option for any special occasion dress. It has a plunging neckline and very padded cups which allow you to wear just about any style. It even has convertible straps if you're wearing a halter dress.
Nylon-elastane, Dr. Rey Shapewear, $44; sears.com
Wear with Your Bra: Sometimes you want to wear a bra you know gets the job done — this shapewear allows for that. It's cut low to accommodate your bra in front, but angled high in the back to control jiggle there. And the straps are padded so they won't dig into your shoulders.
Nylon-spandex, Soma Intimates, $64; soma.com
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