The Best Workwear with Secret Shaping Powers

The Best Workwear with Secret Shaping PowersDuring the holidays, do you reach for workwear with secret shaping powers? I asked freelancer Ashley Wermick to look into it for us — thank you again, Ashley! – Kat

Between the eggnog, freshly baked cookies, and other seasonal treats, it’s easy to gain a little something extra during the holidays. And when you want to create a smooth, streamlined figure, body shapers are a fast fix. However, Kat tasked me with finding something even better: clothing lines that have shapewear already built into each garment.

There’s no need to shimmy and struggle into Spanx when you have this fashion-forward attire hanging in your closet. Check out these five brands that will instantly suck you in, so you can enjoy another sugar cookie (…or five):

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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Criss Cross Drape Top – Plumbago Blue

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Friday!  Today we’re liking this top from Merona® Women’s Fit Solutions, which has a built-in Spandex “slimming layer.”  It looks like a great basic for the summer.  Shown here in “Plumbago Blue,” we also like the purple (“Martha’s Vineyard”) and the gray (“Flat Grey).  It’s $16.99-$24.99 at Target.com, in sizes XS – XXL. Criss Cross Drape Top – Plumbago Blue

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Unmentionables: What are you wearing beneath your suit?

best everyday lingerieToday, reader J has an interesting question that kind of reminds us of David Lat’s first blog, Underneath Their Robes

I’d love to hear what the gals are wearing under all these fabulous dresses and suits. I love my Spanx hide & sleek full slip for wearing under dresses to keep them from clinging, and have noticed my clothes fit better after I recently went in for a bra fitting and bought some new ones. I’d love to hear about new brands or other tips for pulling the outfit together from underneath it all.

Spanx came up on our Twitter chat this morning, and it strikes us as a great question, and one we’ll throw to the readers.  So, readers:  What bra do you have in multiples, it’s so comfortable? What brands of shapewear do you like?  Thong, boyshort, or other?  Let’s talk brands, type, and more! (Tip:  if you’re talking bra, please post your bra size — there can be a big difference in comfort to someone who’s 30G and someone who’s 36A.)

* As I’m no longer anonymous, I think we have come to the border of TMI — but I’ll chime in in comments.  Also, <cough>, here are some links for you, for no particular reasonSmoothing Molded T-Shirt Bra, pictured above, available at Freshpair for $60; Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise Smoother, $68 at Freshpair, On Gossamer’s Mesh Hip-G, available for $16 (2 for $30) at Freshpair, and Hip Fit™ Cotton Boyshort, available at Maidenform for $8.