(This post is about underwear, so these photos may be NSFW. You’ve been warned.)
Shapewear is a beautiful thing. Not because it’s beautiful to look at, obviously. But it works miracles.
As a plus sized person who wears clothes (as opposed to a plus sized nudist, I guess), I’m intimately acquainted with what foundation garments and shapewear can and cannot do. I don’t NEED to wear them; nobody does. But I choose to wear them because I like what they do for my figure. I’m never going to fool anyone into thinking my size 16 ass is a size 2, but I can create a nice, clean line under my clothes. I can give myself better posture. I can define my waist, lift my bust, and/or smooth my hips and thighs. And all of that? Is pretty good for my confidence.
So naturally, after I found the perfect dress, the next step was to consider what I’d be wearing underneath it. My thought process was as follows:
- What is appropriate for my dress? I’m wearing an A-line dress, which is fitted in the bodice but flows over my hips. So I really only need to worry about my waist and bust. If you’re wearing a sheath or mermaid style, you may want to consider your hips and butt. Think about where your dress is fitted, and go from there.
- What is my dress made of? Crepe and silk charmeuse, for instance, will show every bump, curve, and panty line. Fabrics such as organza, satin, and lace are much more forgiving. In addition, you’ll want to consider how structured your dress is—if you’ve already got a lot of boning (especially common in a corset backed dress), you may get your desired effect without additional shapewear.
- What areas need help? I’m pretty busty, so I need a lot of support in that area. Sewed-in cups won’t do the trick for me. In addition, I’m pretty straight up and down, so I’d like to create as much of an hourglass shape as possible.