Body shapers can be worn for a variety of reasons by a variety of body shapes. In general, they should fit comfortably but firmly under clothes in order to give the wearer a slimmer, curvier, and smoother look. Not all shapewear is the same, however. Each kind of shapewear can be used for a particular problem area. From slimming a body to giving more curves, shapewear can work like magic.

Waist Trainers

Waist trainers are designed to wear under form-fitting outfits, with confidence. They can be adjusted to firmly fit your body to give you an hourglass shape. Waist trainers are worn by many models and celebrities to enhance their curves and maintain their weight.

Trainers create compression in your mid-section when you wrap the band around your waist, making your core feel secure and tight. It is great for daily use and can also give you support while you exercise and help maintain a straight back while lifting weights or doing squats. Waist trainers can be sized to any compression with three levels of hooks. It's important to be aware, however, that if worn too tightly, trainers can create bulges across your back, thereby defeating the purpose of a smooth, slim figure.

Shorts Shapewear

This all-in-one garment is invisible under clothing and perfect for wearing under dresses to give your figure that extra “oomph”. Very comfortable, this sports shapewear delicately enhances your waist, hips, thighs, and backside all at the same time. It will give you that perfect hourglass figure you've always longed for and, with its high back and strapless form, you'll have a slim waist without having to deal with unsightly bulges on your back.

Long Body Shapers to the Knee

The Long Body Shaper covers the majority of your body from bust to knee. This garment is comfortable, can be worn every day, and is invisible under clothing. Unlike the shorts shapewear, this shaper has longer legs to cover the thighs and has either straps or a full bra attached. Being smooth yet curvy will give you confidence, and as a bonus, the compression will help your posture and may relieve backaches.

Plus Size Shapewear

Made out of special fabrics which apply pressure from different angles, this garment is designed to temporarily shave off a few inches from your waist, hips, and stomach. It can also be worn regularly to help shape your body while you lose weight. Plus size shapewear can be used to provide back support, reduce the tell-tale signs of cellulite, and reduce unsightly stomach and back bulges, giving you a slimmer, smoother look all day.

When choosing your shapewear, be sure that it fits snuggly but not too tightly. It should not cause pain or dig into your skin. Be sure that the fabric is breathable to avoid moisture becoming trapped against your skin.