During 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):
Featuring high-quality clothing made right in NYC, Project Gravitas’ pieces are meant to flatter every shape and figure. Their office-appropriate dresses and skirts all have discreet shapewear sewn right in, offering medium control and made of a moisture-wicking material.
Prices: $175 to $395
Sizing: 0 to 16, with option for shorter hem-length
Availability: Online only
Pictured: Indira Dress ($295 at Project Gravitas)
NYDJ’s patented Lift Tuck® technology is designed to make you look one size smaller. While slimming denim is what the brand is widely known for, they also offer trousers, dresses, tops, and athletic wear with the same figure-flattering construction.
Prices: $60 to $198
Sizing: plus, petite, and regular (00P to 28W)
Availability: Online (Nordstrom, etc.), NYDJ stores, most major department stores, select boutiques
Pictured: Teresa Modern Trouser in Future Fit Denim ($62-$95 on sale at Zappos)
NUE, by designer Shani Grosz, is a collection of dresses that blends modern technology with figure-flattering techniques like ruching and darts. From chic sheaths to cocktail frocks, all NUE dresses utilize built-in compression fabric to make you appear a full size slimmer.
Prices: $135 to $420
Sizing: 2 to 16
Pictured: Ponte Knit Dress ($273 at Bluefly)
You may be familiar with Miraclesuit swimwear, but the company also has a clothing line full of cute and comfortable casualwear. Denim is made with a “tummy control panel” and contoured waistband, while tops come with a slimming inner liner and built-in shelf bra.
Prices: $72 to $135
Sizing: 2 to 16 and S to XL; 16W to 24W and 1X to 3X
Pictured: Tobi Solid Twisted Wrap Top ($22-$86 at Amazon)
Though it looks like this line has been discontinued, you can still find Shape FX items at several online retailers. (And, bonus, at heavily discounted prices!) Look toward this brand for body-shaping tops and pants, as well as workplace-ready dresses, skirts, and blazers.
Prices: Starting at $19
Sizing: 2 to 28
Pictured: Ponte Knit Pencil Skirt ($34.82 at QVC)
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