In a perfect world, no one would ever have to worry about shapewear, but we live in an imperfect world where dresses are sometimes sheer or bodycon, and the only way to look polished is to put something sleek on underneath. Luckily, there are endless options for contouring shapewear that can address your specific wardrobe crises, whether you’re a size 2 or 22. Scroll below for 11 of the best body shapers you can buy now.
Not everyone wants to spend a miniature fortune on shapewear. Uniqlo’s shorts are ideal for those who want moderate smoothing and minimal support for less.
Uniqlo shapewear high-rise half shorts, $10 at Uniqlo
It used to be that you had to go braless when sporting a plunging neckline or back, but this self-adhesive suit works with any dramatic plunge.
Fashion Forms U-plunge self-adhesive backless bodysuit, $30 at Net-a-Porter
This bodysuit is a solid and versatile option for shapewear beginners. It’s arguably the prettiest of them all, and the best part is it’s only $30.
H&M shaping bodysuit, $30 at H&M
With pretty lace detailing at the bust, this smoothing tank is specifically tailored for plus sizes to minimize areas you want to conceal up top.
Violeta by Mango Shape top, $60 at Mango
The wide band of lace on this underwear is reinforced with power mesh lining for subtle contouring that’s comfortable enough to wear every day.
Cosabella Never Say Never Shaper Thong, $65 at Cosabella
Sometimes you just want a little less jiggle in the back, which is where this slenderizing half slip comes in, seamlessly smoothing your mid section and thighs.
Dmondaine Stella half slip, $119 at Journelle
Shapewear can be notoriously tight and constricting, but these shorts are made out of stretchy tulle for increased breathability and comfort.
Wolford Stretch-Tulle Shorts, $150 at Net-a-Porter
If you hate shapewear that rides up, but still want a seamless look, this bodysuit is the way to go. Lightweight mesh paneling also keeps it from feeling like a corset.
Cosabella underwired stretch-satin-and-mesh bodysuit, $155 at Net-a-Porter
There’s a reason why the queen of shapewear, Kim Kardashian, is a stringent Spanx devotee. In addition to a variety of sizes, the brand offers an extensive range of nude shades to match deeper skin tones.
Spanx “Skinny Britches” mid-thigh short, $48 at Spanx
If you still want full-body contouring while wearing a halter dress, consider this Roland Mouret shaper. It also comes in extended fits from sizes 6 to 20.
Roland Mouret Powermesh halter dress, $470 at Orchard Mile
This La Perla option is on the pricier side, but worth every penny. The straps are detachable so you can wear it with your short-sleeved dresses as well as your spaghetti-strap ones, while underwire cups give the best support for larger busts.
La Perla Shape Allure Dress, $668 at La Perla