Shaping History: The Evolution of Shapewear on National Shapewear Day

Have you ever wondered how those special undergarments called "shapewear" came to be? As we celebrate National Shapewear Day, we'll take you on a journey through time to explore the evolution of shapewear. Get ready to discover how these pieces of clothing have shaped not just bodies, but also fashion and society over the years.

What is National Shapewear Day?

On August 10th, we celebrate National Shapewear Day. It is a celebration of shapewear’s power to boost our confidence, empower our self-love journeys, and enhance our curves. 

We celebrate you on National Shapewear Day by giving you access to high-quality shaping and smoothing everyday essentials on sale, so you can stock up on your favorite styles with deep discounts.

The Evolution of Shapewear

Back in the older days, people were already thinking about how to make their clothes fit better and enhance their bodies. The desire for “an ideal body shape” can be seen in ancient civilizations like Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Women used various types of uncomfortable and restricting garments and corsets to enhance their figures as early as 1,600 BC.

Early corsets were stiffened with materials like wood, whalebone, or metal to create an hourglass figure by cinching the waist. Later, when they became increasingly popular, their construction evolved with the use of new materials such as steel boning and lacing techniques. Corsets were tightly laced to achieve a tiny waist, often resulting in health issues for women.

Later on, girdles and waist cinchers were designed to shape and support the waist, hips, and buttocks. These undergarments were often made of elastic materials and provided a smoother silhouette under fitted clothing. In the 1980s and 1990s, advancements in textile technology led to the development of more comfortable and flexible shapewear.

The New Generation of Shapewear

Shapermint Essentials bring you the best of both worlds: The smoothing and shaping effect and the comfort and breathability to make you feel and look good every day. With a wide range of shapewear styles, you can choose from shaping panties, shaping shorts, bodysuits, waist trainers, and more without sacrificing comfort. 

Designed for every body shape and size, the new generation of shapewear seamlessly blends fashion with functionality. Made from lightweight and breathable fabric, these everyday essentials effortlessly enhance your natural curves while providing unmatched comfort throughout the day.

Refresh your top drawer with our top confidence-boosting styles:

Shaping Panty

Elevate your everyday comfort and style while effortlessly achieving a smoothed look. Our shaping panties are designed to provide seamless support and enhance your natural curves, giving you a boost of confidence no matter the occasion. Whether you're looking for tummy control, waist sculpting, or an overall smoother appearance, we offer a range of options to suit your unique needs.

Shaping Shorts

Discover the perfect blend of comfort, confidence, and style with our shaping shorts. Designed to enhance your natural curves and provide a seamless foundation for any outfit, our shaping shorts offer comfortable support while remaining virtually invisible under your clothes. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or seeking everyday confidence, explore our range of styles, sizes, and colors to find the ideal shaping shorts that empower you to look and feel your best.


Whether you're looking for a seamless foundation to layer under any outfit or a statement piece to showcase your unique style, our bodysuit has you covered. Each bodysuit is crafted from lightweight and breathable fabric to empower you to celebrate your shape, making you feel effortlessly enhanced and comfortable all day long.

Waist Trainer

Designed to enhance your natural curves and provide a smooth silhouette, our waist trainers are your go-to solution for achieving your desired shape. Whether you're looking to define your silhouette, boost your confidence, or simply elevate your everyday style, our waist trainers have the right balance of form and function.

Shaping Cami

Boost your confidence with our versatile shaping that doubles as a base layer and a top. Made from lightweight and breathable fabric, our shaping camis are designed to support every body shape and size, so you can wear confidence all day long.

On this National Shapewear Day, let's celebrate not just the garments themselves, but the journey they've taken to become the confidence-boosting, shape-enhancing essentials we know and love today. Whether you're embracing your curves or smoothing things out, shapewear is here to stay, shaping both history and the way we feel about ourselves.