With intricate necklines, cut-outs, and cropped styles abound, shapewear choices have come leaps and bounds since the days of corsets and control-top pantyhose. Click through for some of the niftiest pieces in the market.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked stunning in her S/S 14 Isabel Marant one-shoulder dress at the Baby2Baby Gala last month. To follow her lead, invest in a one-shoulder bra like this dMondaine Ava One Shoulder Reversible Bra ($79), which can be flipped for the opposite shoulder or adjusted to one of three varying strap angles.
Elizabeth Banks looked like the epitome of red carpet glam in her Versace gown at the Los Angeles premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. To achieve a similar hourglass silhouette under a form-fitting gown, reach for a piece like Scandale’s No. 8 High Waist Skirt ($60), which starts below the bust to cinch the waist and slim through the thighs.
For the Governor’s Awards, Lea Seydoux wore a delicately embroidered white Prada gown. Curve-hugging dresses in light colours and unforgiving fabrics mean you can’t afford to have panty-lines. Choose this Yummie Tummie Liz Slip ($98) with a lace trim to smooth your silhouette without tell-tale lines on the thighs.
For a skin-tight pencil skirt similar to this David Koma S/S 14 look that Miranda Kerr wore recently, reach for Cosabella’s Never Say Never Sexy Control Shaper Thong ($65) to smooth your stomach without flattening your behind. (Despite Kerr's complicated straps, a basic strapless bra would work here).
Wearing a halter neckline, like Lauren Santo Domingo’s gorgeous Proenza Schouler S/S 14 dress, requires a skimpier bra with multiple strap combinations. Try Fredericks of Hollywood’s Nine Way Convertible Bra ($39).
Hillary Rhoda’s stunning cleavage-baring Rachel Roy S/S 14 gown also boasts cut-outs at the waist, making this quite a conundrum. When presented with a similar situation or searching for some extra help under a deep v-neckline, turn to the professionals at Victoria’s Secret for the U-Plunge Backless Push Up Bra ($50).
A fitted crop top and high-waisted lace pencil skirt may seem like an intimidating combination, but you can pull it off like Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor did with her ALC S/S 14 look at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. Simply pull on a high-waisted pencil skirt like this D Mondaine Stella High-Waisted Shaping Skirt ($119) with patent-pending Resultwear technology, and you will be covered and contoured in one easy step!
Bella Thorne looked ethereal in her S/S 14 Blumarine gown at the Los Angeles Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere. To not detract from the dress, opt for a smooth, strapless slip like Spanx’s Haute Contour Dazzling Zippered Slip ($178) with removable straps.