Shapewear 101 for Curvy Girls: A Guide to Choosing the Best Shapewear for Plus Size Babes


The days of disguising your curves behind baggy or ill-fitting clothing are passed, in case you hadn’t heard. It’s time to give your curves the respect they deserve by flaunting them and proudly embracing your body.

All bodies are beautiful, and all women, especially curvy girls, ought to step out with confidence every day, according to the fashion industry.

Thanks to a rise in plus-size apparel alternatives, there are more opportunities to express oneself than ever before. You can rock any look with confidence if you wear the correct shapewear underneath to complement your silhouette.

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Why should your shapewear be? Your curves aren’t cookie-cutter, so why should your shapewear be?

Curvy bodies come in various shapes and sizes, just like there are numerous ways to be attractive. Some ladies are curvy and have narrow hips, while others have sassy thighs and tiny waists. We represent people of different shapes, colours, and backgrounds, and our shapewear should, too.

Several shapewear alternatives will help make your curves pop, depending on your body type.

If you’ve ever used shapewear, you’re aware that it’s intended to improve and smooth your figure. However, with so many designs to choose from, it can be not easy to know which will make you feel the most confidence.

Are you stumped as to where to begin? Don’t be concerned! We created this guide just for curvy women to help you find confidence-boosting shapewear designs for plus-sized bodies.

The 6 Body-Favorable Rules for Plus-Size Shapewear 

1. Know your measurements

How do you know what size shapewear to get? The first thing you should know is that you should buy shapewear in your normal size or one size larger if you are unsure.

Some ladies believe that sizing down in shapewear will provide more compression and be more effective. Nope! Wearing shapewear that is one size too small can cause bulges and rolls where you don’t want them and be incredibly uncomfortable.

Also, the size of your shapewear does not always correspond to the size of your underwear. Don’t assume that just because you wear a certain size of plus size undergarments, you’ll fit into the same size of shapewear.

If you’re unclear about your size, consult our sizing charts and FAQs for more information on selecting the correct size of shapewear based on your measurements.

2. Recognize your body type and concentrate on the features you wish to show off.

What is the shape of your natural figure? What do you think your sweet spots are on your body? Great shapewear enhances what you already have.

Knowing your body type will help you see the beauty you were born with, regardless of your size (rather than trying to be someone else).

It will also assist you in selecting the ideal body shaper options for your specific build: body shapers will draw attention away from less appealing areas of your body by highlighting different sections of your body.

For example, if you’re looking to hide a back bulge, our Empetua High-Waisted Shaper Shorts are a great option.

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3. Select your level of support

No, we’re not talking about moral support––though we can provide that as well!

It’s time to pick how much compression you want once you’ve found out the right size and the sections you want to highlight.

Compression garments for curvy women are available in three different styles:

Light compression: Do you wish to smooth out some bulges so you can wear your garments more comfortably? Everyday shapewear pieces with light control can smooth problem places so that you can rock your look all day.

Are you looking to enhance your curves with medium compression? Firm control shapewear is constructed of soft, stretchy fabrics that flow with your body while adding subtle curves. It should provide hours of comfort.

Firm compression: This type of compression is frequently utilized to give your shape more shaping. Control elements that are firm and extra-firm are ideal for formal, structured apparel such as wedding gowns, prom gowns, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses. You should feel toned and strong but not restricted.

4. Select plus-size shapewear that is appropriate for the event.

The degree of compression and support you require will be determined by the occasion, the clothing, and personal preferences.

Everyday wear: To be honest, some events (like Netflix marathons) don’t necessitate the use of shapewear. However, if you enjoy wearing a certain pair of jeans but despise the muffin top that appears when you do, light or medium support shapewear is your best bet.

If you work in a workplace with a dress code, choose medium-support pieces to help your business clothes look clean and cut. You’ll be more comfortable and toned while still appearing sharp.

Evening clothing: You CAN wear a bodycon dress for a night out on the town, full-figured woman! A bodysuit with medium to firm support will help you show off your shape while also smoothing out any dimples or rolls.

Formal attire: Attending a wedding or another event that necessitates glitz and glam? Heavy-duty shapewear pieces provide more firming strength, which you’ll appreciate. Are you getting married? Congrats! Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Shapewear is Right Here.

5. Keep these four pieces of crucial shapewear in your closet.

The Bodysuit

The torso, back, buttocks, and thighs are supported and contoured by bodysuit (or leotard) style shapewear. Although some styles feature a brief cut, most curvy ladies we know prefer a boy short/biker shortcut to avoid “chub-rub.”

Shorts for Biking

Bike (or shaper) shorts trim your thighs and smooth your butts while protecting your thighs from chafing and inflammation (called “chub rub”). They stay in place without cutting into your skin if you choose the proper size.

This stunning model is worn by our best-selling Empetua High-Waisted Shaper Shorts, which provide comfortable, lightweight support down to your knees.

Shaping Panties

Shape Away by TC The Hi-Waist Brief features a double layer of tummy tucking for maximum control of your entire torso, leaving you appearing and feeling smooth. They also contain a silicone anti-slip strip around the waist to prevent them from rolling down. The Empetua Shaper Panty, which Jeanily is wearing in the photo, is another option.

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Leggings A pair of wear-anywhere leggings will give your curves a 360-degree hug.

The Empetua High Waisted Shaping Leggings, one of our most popular pieces, has won over hundreds of plus-size ladies with its comfy fabric that smooths dimples, muffin tops, and knee-rolls without being see-through.

Your curves should be flaunted.

Move through the world with XXL confidence, no matter your size. You may wear any outfit, formal or informal, with the soothing, soft, seamless coverage of your plus size shapewear.

When it comes to style, your wardrobe has no bounds. So, go ahead and show off your best self! Be self-assured and proud!