Shapewear is typically a very specific type of lingerie—itt smooths out lines and can make you feel more confident about wearing a figure-hugging dress, but it’s not usually the sort of thing you’d want to wear by itself. Yes, the Kardashians have made it much more commonplace, but it’s still considered to be on the more inelegant side of lingerie.
So when Heist, those clever people behind the comfiest tights ever (they’re seriously good—you really should get a pair), launched black, beige and brown Outer Body bodysuits, the brand found its customers started to wear it not just as shapewear, but also as part of their usual wardrobe.
Much like the brand’s approach to tights, these bodysuits were originally created to change our perception of shapewear. It wasn’t just about being functional; it was about it being beautiful—something we can more than get on board with. The feedback from customers was that the suits do everything they’re supposed to while also being comfortable and it gave them the confidence to wear it as part of their outfits and not just hidden away. Today, Heist has launched the bodysuits in new colours such as green, coral and blue, making them even more likely to work as tops.
Our editors see it as part of our jobs to try on items so our readers can truly see how pieces look, the Who What Wear UK team tested the bodysuits in the new colours and paired them with different outfits. Below, we’ve shown you how you can wear them with everyday looks as well as our conclusions on the shapewear.
I’ve been a fan of Heist’s tights since its launched, so I was excited to try the shapewear. I’ve worn bodysuits before, but as I’ve always worn beige colours (usually under a dress), I’ve been wary about the thought of accidentally flashing it through my clothes.
Well, with these new bodysuits, that’s not an issue. I wore the blue colour (Ink) with some faux leather trousers and a blazer, which is an outfit I would definitely repeat again—especially for a night out. As for support, this was surprisingly good considering I would usually never go braless, but this made me think otherwise.
“This certainly feels like shapewear, as it is very snug from below the bra cups, but it doesn’t feel restrictive or like there is too much ‘sucking in’ going on. It gives you a subtle smoothing and is something I would even consider wearing for a long day at work or to an event where I’m going to eat more than canapés. It would be useful under blouses and tops that are a little too see-through, however, I personally wouldn’t want to wear this alone as a top or expose the bra area as the lack of cups give the body a very Rachel Green in Friends ‘Hey, I’ve got no bra on’ effect.” —Emma Spedding
“When I first put this bodysuit on, I wasn’t fully convinced. It felt tight and I felt fully on show. That being said, the more I wore it, the better I felt in it. It looks great paired with white tailored trousers and trainers and is definitely the type of thing I’d wear on a night out as a top—emphasis on the ‘out.’ For daytime, I’d pair it with a sheer top tied at the waist for a more relaxed vibe.” —Alyss Bowen