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5 facts and myths about shapewear

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A woman fastens a corset for figure correction. (Photo: Getty)
A woman fastens a corset for figure correction. (Photo: Getty)

Shapewear, or foundation garment, has been around for a long time. In the past, it may be better known as corsets. The foundation garment now has undergone tremendous modifications but its function largely remains the same: to emphasise body shape.

If you’re wondering if getting a suitable shapewear is worth your time and money, here are five facts and myths about this foundation garment to help you decide.

1. Fact: It makes you more confident.

Using compression to sculpt and smooth target areas, shapewear streamlines your body shape. It helps to create an even and seamless look under your clothes, making you feel more confident in your outfit.

Shapewear also provides posture support by pulling in your tummy or making you sit or stand straight. A better posture not only makes you look more confident, but it also lightens the load on your joints and spine.

Commando Classic Control Shorts (Nude / Caramel)

S$80.55 at Shopbop

Commando Classic Control Shorts (Nude / Caramel). (Photo: Shopbop)
Commando Classic Control Shorts (Nude / Caramel). (Photo: Shopbop)

Commando The Sexy Sheer Tights (Medium Nude / Black)

S$52.97 at Shopbop

Commando The Sexy Sheer Tights (Medium Nude / Black). (Photo: Shopbop)
Commando The Sexy Sheer Tights (Medium Nude / Black). (Photo: Shopbop)

2. Myth: It helps you lose weight.

While shapewear may make you appear slimmer or more toned, it does not actually help you slim down or permanently reshape your body. It does, however, motivate you to lose weight as you envision a slimmer figure. Feeling positive is a start to achieving your fitness goals!

Cosabella NSN Sexy Shaper Thong (Black)

S$83.63 at Shopbop

Cosabella NSN Sexy Shaper Thong (Black). (Photo: Shopbop)
Cosabella NSN Sexy Shaper Thong (Black). (Photo: Shopbop)

SPANX Higher Power Shorts (Cafe au Lait / Chestnut Brown / Very Black / Soft Nude)

S$52.97 at Shopbop

SPANX Higher Power Shorts (Cafe au Lait / Chestnut Brown / Very Black / Soft Nude). (Photo: Shopbop)
SPANX Higher Power Shorts (Cafe au Lait / Chestnut Brown / Very Black / Soft Nude). (Photo: Shopbop)

3. Myth: It is uncomfortable.

The corsets in the past are made of steel, which screams nothing but stiffness and discomfort. But the foundation garment now is designed for everyday wear. With the right size for your body type, just like any other piece of garment, shapewear should not confine your movements or even make it difficult to breathe.

COMMANDO Stretch-microfiber slip dress (Beige / Black)

S$234 at Net-A-Porter

COMMANDO Stretch-microfiber slip dress (Beige / Black). (Photo: Net-a-Porter)
COMMANDO Stretch-microfiber slip dress (Beige / Black). (Photo: Net-a-Porter)

SKIMS Seamless Sculpt Sculpting bodysuit (Mica / Sand / Clay / Ochre / Sienna / Umber / Oxide / Cocoa)

S$94 at Net-A-Porter

SKIMS Seamless Sculpt Sculpting bodysuit (Mica / Sand / Clay / Ochre / Sienna / Umber / Oxide / Cocoa). (Photo: Net-a-Porter)
SKIMS Seamless Sculpt Sculpting bodysuit (Mica / Sand / Clay / Ochre / Sienna / Umber / Oxide / Cocoa). (Photo: Net-a-Porter)

4. Fact: It promotes sweating.

As shapewear makes use of compression to work its magic, it inadvertently makes you feel warm. Wearing shapewear when you’re exercising thus stimulates perspiration and increases the workout intensity.

SPANX Thinstincts 2.0 bodysuit (Black / Beige / Neutral)

S$144 at Net-A-Porter

SPANX Thinstincts 2.0 bodysuit (Black / Beige / Neutral). (Photo: Net-a-porter)
SPANX Thinstincts 2.0 bodysuit (Black / Beige / Neutral). (Photo: Net-a-porter)

COMMANDO Lace-paneled stretch-jersey slip skirt (Blush)

S$49 US$66 at The Outnet

COMMANDO Lace-paneled stretch-jersey slip skirt (Blush). (Photo: The Outnet)
COMMANDO Lace-paneled stretch-jersey slip skirt (Blush). (Photo: The Outnet)

5. Myth: It is not body-positive.

Although everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin, shapewear exists to give you more support in your overall confidence. Just like how makeup enhances your look, shapewear improves your figure. It is an accessory that is not to be ashamed of.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Ivy Chatting stretch-cotton bodysuit (Black / White)

S$119 US$171 at The Outnet

STELLA MCCARTNEY Ivy Chatting stretch-cotton bodysuit (Black / White). (Photo: The Outnet)
STELLA MCCARTNEY Ivy Chatting stretch-cotton bodysuit (Black / White). (Photo: The Outnet)

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Florella embroidered stretch-mesh bodysuit (Light Blue)

S$1,006 US$1,600 at The Outnet

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Florella embroidered stretch-mesh bodysuit (Light Blue). (Photo: The Outnet)
AGENT PROVOCATEUR Florella embroidered stretch-mesh bodysuit (Light Blue). (Photo: The Outnet)
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