Women’s Shapewear: Girdles, Corselets, Longline Bras

Shapewear can help you look great, whatever the occasion. Whether it’s for a New Years Eve party or you just want to look great in that new dress you are going to buy in the January sales, the right combination of girdle, longline bra or corselette will help you to look fabulous and feel your confident best Shapewear works by redefining specific areas of the body, giving you a more sculpted and toned shape. It can improve the way your clothes fit, making them hang better and look fabulous. It can improve your silhouette, trimming it down to look great in jeans, party dresses, trouser suits, maxi dresses and ball gowns. It can even enhance the way you look in a T shirt, so whatever you are wearing this season, improve your look and increase your confidence with some comfortable, figure enhancing shapewear.

The Corselette

The corselette provides the wearer with a slinky, smoothed out silhouette. It flattens the contours, slimming down the bust, waist, tummy and bottom to create a smoother, slimmer looking outline. Ideal for the winter season, it not only adds control but also warmth as it introduces another layer of clothing.

There are two main types of corselet: the panty corselet and the open corselet. The Panty corselet is an extremely versatile undergarment. It can be worn under trousers, skirts or dresses. Fastened with poppers in the gusset area, it comes in a full range of sizes from small through to medium and plus sizes. The open corselet is designed to be worn under dresses and skirts and usually comes with removable suspender hooks.

The type of corselet you choose will depend upon the items of clothing that you are looking to wear it with. For trousers or jeans, go for the panty corselet, but if you are going to wear dresses or skirts you should go for the open corselet.

Both versions of the corselet are available with or without zips. Zips make the corselet easier to put on and are particularly useful for women who have weakness in their fingers.


Originally meaning belt and worn mostly by men, the girdle is now synonymous with women’s under garments and worn to improve their silhouette. It’s primary function is to slim down and improve the look of the tummy, hips and buttocks, but it is also often used as supportive underwear.

Nowadays girdles are worn by women of all ages to flatter and enhance their figures, the hidden panels in the tummy, hip and leg areas helping to trim down, improve and refine their shape. This was once the preserve of the corset but corsetry was found to cinch the waist in too tightly making it uncomfortable to wear on a regular basis. The girdle delivers a similar slimming effect but is a much more comfortable option. There are three types of girdles, the open girdle, also called the suspender girdle, the hook side girdle and the panty girdle.

The open girdle can best be described as a very tight fitting, figure enhancing skirt. They are available with suspender hooks for attaching to stockings. These items are very useful since many women enjoy wearing stockings, rather than tights and the open girdle enables them to do this whilst trimming down their figures at the same time. They are a supportive garment that can be worn comfortably for long periods under skirts and dresses.

Hook side girdles are an alternative form of open girdle with hooks for stockings located to the sides. They help to control the tummy, bottom and upper thighs and can be secretly worn under skirts and party dresses as they cannot be seen.

Ideal for flattening the tummy, reducing the hips and narrowing the thighs, these underwear pieces can be worn invisibly, under trousers, long skirts or dresses. They create sheer, smooth lines and minimise any unsightly lumps and bumps.

The Longline Bra

The longline bra is ideal for wearing under tight fitting or clingy tops. Great for evening wear and special occasions, they iron out lumps and bumps and smooth down the torso creating the perfect, slinky shape. Longline bras are available in two designs – non wired and underwired.

For shaping and smoothing out upper body, the longline bra is ideal. They are generally available in the full range of sizes from small to medium and plus sizes and will slim down and firm up your torso creating a smooth base for your outer clothing.

Longline bras are very comfortable and give the wearer a real confidence boost. Having tried them for the first time, many women swear by them and rarely wear anything else. They find that wearing one gives them a renewed sense of self confidence and they feel much better about themselves. To really see a change in your figure try teaming the long line bra with a long line panty girdle. You’ll feel comfortable, self assured and shapely from top to bottom.

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