How To Choose The Best Shapewear For Your Body

Finding the perfect shapewear is not just about style; it's about embracing your unique curves and feeling empowered in every outfit. At Shapermint, we understand that not all bodies are created equal, and neither should shapewear be.

In this definitive guide, we unlock the art of choosing the best shapewear for your body. From understanding the level of compression to identifying the right shapewear style for your body shape, join us in discovering a wide range of confidence-boosting essentials that empower and uplift you. Your shapewear journey starts here, as we boost your choices for everyday smoothing essentials that celebrate your shape.

1) What Outcome Do You Want?

First things first… what is your goal in wearing shapewear? Understanding your desired outcome will guide you in selecting the right compression level for your needs. Compression helps enhance and smooth different areas of your body. Shapewear comes in varying levels of compression, ranging from low to high. Each level serves a distinct purpose, catering to different body types and outfit choices.

LOW COMPRESSION (SMOOTHING) - Do you have some areas you want to smooth out so you can wear clothes more comfortably? Light control, everyday shapewear pieces will gently smooth out your hips or tummy area, making you feel comfortable in all your favorite clothes.

MEDIUM COMPRESSION (SHAPE-ENHANCING) - Are you looking to enhance your curves? Medium control shapewear is made with breathable, stretchy fabrics that move with your body while adding subtle contours to your shape. You should get hours of comfort from medium control pieces.

HIGH COMPRESSION (SCULTPING) - Have a special occasion where you want to look breathtaking (while still being able to breathe)? High-compression pieces are perfect for formal, structured clothing like wedding dresses, prom gowns, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses. You should feel toned and supported without feeling constricted.

Your shapewear shouldn't feel uncomfortable or squeezing, no matter the compression level. If your breathing or movement is restricted, it is a sign that it’s not the best size for your body. Our Fit Studio can guide you to getting the best fit.

2) What Area Do You Want to Boost?

When it comes to choosing the best shapewear for your body, pinpointing the specific areas you want to boost is the key to achieving an enhanced figure. Which areas of your body would you like more support or help toning under your clothes?

FULL BODY - Some of us would like support in more than one spot. If you want an all-over sleeker physique, try a full-body piece like a bodysuit. Just make sure the piece has an easily accessible opening for bathroom breaks!

TORSO - Say goodbye to uncomfortable tops. A shaping cami might be what you need to smooth and shape your midsection.

BOTTOM - Want to give your bottom a boost? From smoothing panties to butt-lifting bike shorts, you have all kinds of options to help you lift and shape your thighs, legs, and buns.

Shapewear for Your Body Type

3) What is the Best Shapewear for My Body Shape?

The right shape for you will depend on your body shape. The key to selecting the best shapewear for your body lies in understanding your unique shape and choosing pieces that enhance your natural curves. Whether yours is apple, rectangle, hourglass, pear, or strawberry, we have the right type of shapewear recommendation for you.

Find out more about each type below:


If you have an ample bust and a full midsection with narrow shoulders and hips, you’ve got an apple body shape. That means you tend to carry extra weight in your belly. If your tummy makes it hard for you to find clothes that fit right, or if it’s just keeping you from feeling fabulous, here are some shapewear options to give your waistline definition.


Are you small-busted with a straight torso, slim hips, and long legs? Welcome to the rectangle zone. If you’re looking for a curvier look, try some of these products for an extra boost.


If your hips and shoulders are the same widths and your waist is naturally contoured, you’ve got an hourglass build. Try these products if you’re looking for some extra shaping power.


If you have a small bust, slim shoulders, a well-defined waist, full hips n’ thighs, and a round bottom, you have a pear body type. Here are some pieces that are perfectly paired with a body shaped like a pear.


You’re a strawberry girl if you have wide shoulders, a large bust, narrow hips, and a small backside. If you want to balance out your top, try these shape-enhancing essentials.

The Right Shapewear for YOU

The right shapewear can help you look and feel your best in all of your favorite outfits, so you can go about doing all of the things you love, and focus on what matters most. We hope that this guide on how to choose the best shapewear for your body will help you pick the right style. 

No matter what your body type, you can find the right styles and looks to enhance your shape. Wearing shapewear isn’t about transforming your body into something it can’t be––it’s about celebrating your already beautiful body and natural curves.

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