Suck it up and suck it in with shapewear?
October 6, 2010 10:18 AM Subscribe
Women's underwear-filter: Is shapewear now a must-wear under work clothes? I want my clothes to look great but I hate the thought of feeling like a stuffed sausage all day!
posted by Rosie M. Banks to clothing, beauty, & fashion (26 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
A comment I remember in an earlier MeFi thread talked about the importance of good, well-fitting underwear in giving one a general aura of class. I know how important it is to actually get fitted for a bra (for women) and one of my closest friends was raving about how much better she looked after getting properly fitted (and, as seems usual with fitting, she wound up wearing a completely different bra size from what she was wearing).
But I'm getting the feeling that beyond a well-fitting bra, shapewear has become a requirement for looking good in clothes. I don't work in a glamour industry, but I do need to present a polished, professional appearance. Plus, yes, a youthful appearance and slimness do count. Besides, I love clothes and fashion and have a wonderful collection of vintage costume jewelry and want good quality outfits as a backdrop.
FTR: I'm of average weight, maybe could lose a few pounds and definitely could work out more, which I've started doing. I'm also petite and short-waisted (if I wear my shirts tucked in it's really noticeable, so I usually don't).
Shapewear brings back horrible memories of control-top pantyhose - invented by Satan himself, as far as I am concerned. So, assuming that I might want to suck it up and in and get some shapewear, do I spend or save? Can I go to discount stores (like Ross and Marshall's) or shop discount sites online and still get good stuff?