There is no shortage of shapewear on the market today, all offering to keep things under wraps, uplifted, in place or give the illusion that it’s not there at all.  


We have searched high and low to bring you a collection of the best options out there. Whether you want something that fits securely over the shoulders, will take care of thigh chafing or allows you to wear your own bra, we are confident you will find the perfect solution right here. 


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1. M&S COLLECTION Firm Control Wear Your Own Bra Slip

Available in sizes 8 -22  


The ability to wear your own bra is the big selling point of this M&S favourite.  


The slip goes over your shoulders to avoid the dreaded roll down that can be a feature of shapewear shorts and skirts, while the scoop design means you can pair it with the best bra for you.   


Reviewers report that the slip does run small, so we recommend that you order one or two sizes above your normal go to size to get the best effect.  


Buy now for only £29.50 

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2. Maidenform Endlessly Smooth PlungeBodybriefer 

Available in sizes 34 B- D, 36 B- D, 38 B-C 


This plunging bodysuit will give you serious Wonder Woman vibes! With a neckline that is perfect for low cut tops and dresses this might just become your new go to item. 


The back is also lowcut making it a great multipurpose option for a whole host of styles.  

The cups are unwired for comfort, yet the adjustable straps provide you with the support you need.     


An extra selling point is the specially designed material that avoids the appearance of panty lines allowing you a smooth and clean look you will love.  


Buy now for £49.00  

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3. MagisculptElla Lace Black Firm Control Multiway Slip £40 

Available in sizes 34 C-D, 36 C-F, 38 B-F, 40 B-F, 42 B-F, 44 B-DD, 46 B-DD, 48 B-C 


Ideal for smoothing your waist, tummy and bum, this beautiful slip offers lots of different wearing options to suit any outfit. Wear it with straps, without, in a halter neck, asymmetrical or cross back style.  


The cups are underwired and feature a hook and eye fastening to make you feel confident and secure. A little bit of padding for extra oomph doesn’t hurt either.  


Be aware that the lacy trim on the bust and bottom of the slip may show through if you are wearing a skin tight outfit, we recommend wearing under dresses that use slightly weightier fabric. 


Buy now for £40 

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4. NEXT Firm Control Wear Your Own Bra Body

Available in sizes 8 -20  


Unlike some of the other styles on our list, the fit of this particular shapewear is quite roomy with reviewers revealing that they were perfectly comfortable with a size smaller than what they would usually order.  


The over the shoulder straps leave you plenty of room to wear the bra of your choice underneath. Unlike the M&S option, this shaper includes shorts rather than a skirt making it perfect for jumpsuits or simply as a way to avoid uncomfortable chafing under a dress.  


Buy now for £20 

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5. Debenhams The Collection Nude Firm Control High Waisted ThighSlimmers 

Available in sizes 8 – 24 


Keep your tummy and thighs streamlined with these high waisted shorts from Debenhams. Available in a great range of sizes, we love these for wearing under trousers that give you VPL concerns. The long length means you can look forward to smooth thighs while the high waist avoids any muffin top situations.   


The 3 way stretch material holds you in all the right places while the seams have been constructed to stay in place without creating lines.  


Buy now for £25 

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6. Wacoal Sexy Shaping Rouge Dress

Available in sizes small – XL 


This sexy little number from Wacoal is the most expensive on our list but, oh boy, is it gorgeous! So gorgeous in fact that we would be tempted to wear it out with nothing over the top if it wasn’t so sheer.  


You can wear this shaping dress with or without a bra for greater flexibility, if you choose to go without the straps are able to be adjusted.  


The front panel is lined to keep you tummy firmly where you want it while the sides are stretchy enough to allow easy movements.     


Buy now for £64 

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7. Spanx - Black 'Power Series' high-waisted shorts

Available in sizes small – XXL 


Our second high waisted shorts offering on the list takes high waisted to the extreme. With enough length that you can comfortably pull them up to just under your bust, this is a great option for people who have been burned in the past by shapewear shorts that simply wouldn’t stay up.     


Th special shaping zones target your tummy and back for all over coverage rather than just one spot. The thick waistband ensures a fit that is comfortable enough to wear all day.  


Buy now for £35.00 

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8. MIRACLESUIT SHAPEWEAR Wonderful Panel Extra Firming WaistCincher  

Available in sizes medium to XXL 


This cincher draws inspiration from the shapewear of old to give you a smooth and defined waist.  


Reaching from just under the bust to just below the hips the fifteen eye and hook fastenings in the front keep everything securely in place while the stretchy side panels keep you comfortable. The front fasteners provides extra structure to the garment to ensure that the cincher doesn’t roll up or down. 


A common feedback on this particular style was that it is the ultimate in comfort and shaping. Many reviewers swore they wouldn’t buy anything else to give them a smooth tummy and sculpted waist. Sometimes the old methods are the best! 


Buy now for £39.95 

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Prices correct as of 13/03/19