Best shapewear for women 2022 UK: top bodysuit, bra, shorts and more to help you look and feel more confident

Shapewear helps us to look our best and feel supported and self-assured, and here are some of the best available to buy right now including Spanx, M&S and SKIMS

Best ladies’ shapewear for feeling confidentBest ladies’ shapewear for feeling confident
Best ladies’ shapewear for feeling confident

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If you are looking for a way to feel more confident about your curves then a piece of shapewear could help you to accentuate your natural shape.

Wearing shapewaer isn’t about looking slimmer, necessarily, or trying to conform to a certain silhouette, but it can help to make the best out of what you have.

All bodies are beautiful, just as they are, but there are times when we would all like a bit of extra help to look and feel like the best possible version of ourselves.

This is where shapewear can help.

What pieces of shapewear are available?

There are a lot of options out there – from full bodysuits to waist cinchers, bum lifting tights and everything in between.

Each piece has a variety of features such as plunge backs or no seams so you don’t have to worry about visible panty line or the pieces being seen through clothing.

There are also options specifically for the plus-size lady and also pregnant women, as well as plenty of pieces to cater for every body size and shape. We’ve included them all below.

There’s a huge range of options out there, and to begin with it can feel a little overwhelming to begin to look for the right piece of shapewear for you, but that’s why we’ve created this product gallery - to guide you through your many options.

How do I choose the right shapewear for me?

The main thing to consider when you are choosing your shapewear piece is what area of your body you’d like to support most.

If you would like to lift your bum then look for a pair of knickers or even tights. If you want to pull in your waist then look a corset style bodice known as a waist cincer, and for all-over smoothing of lumps and bumps then look for a bodysuit or slip.

Most shapewear is available in classic lingerie colours, so black, white, neutral or pink, so that it will feel feminine and stylish and won’t show through clothing.

In fact, putting on shapewear can be considered an every day part of your daily underwear dressing.

Have a look through our product gallery below to find the best shapewear piece for you.

For even more beautiful underwear check out our guide to sexy Valentine’s lingerie to empower you and entice your partner.

Who says shapewear can’t be beautiful?

These control briefs prove that they can provide support and still look stylish. Lace is such a delicate and pretty material which will make you feel confident and sexy.

The high waisted design has been created to shape and pull in the tummy, for those times when you need a bit of extra support.

Available in sizes 8 to 16.

This ladies’ full slip is the ultimate in lightweight shapewear which supports the whole body.

It’s a regular fit slip that finishes just above the knee and offers non-wired support to create a streamlined look for your favourite outfits.

It sculpts and shapes your tummy, waist and hips, all while remaining completely invisible with no visible panty line (VPL).

There’s also added stretch for the most flattering fit and is made of ultra-light microfiber fabric to ensure you stay comfortable for longer.

Available in black and a neutral Opaline colour, and sizes 8 to 24.

This Miraclesuit shapewear item promises to help the wearer use pounds in seconds - and it’s really easy to put on.

This piece is focused on pulling in your waist, as the name suggests, and will help you to get a more defined shape.

It has a hook and eye fastening on the front so it’s really simple to put it on and take it off yourself, and the soft material makes it comfortable to wear from morning till night.

The stretch side panels allow you to move more freely, but the boning detail is what aids the slimming and smoothing power on your waist and tummy. So, you’re not restricted while still accentuating your shape.

Available in black or nude, and sizes S to 2XL.

This lovely bodysuit is supportive where you need it, but it looks good doing it.

The bra fastens as you would usually expect, with a hook and eye fastening at the back, while you simply step in to the knickers, so it can be on and working for you in seconds - there’s no fiddly and complicated back fastening which could slow down your getting ready process.

It offers side support to prevent over spill and smooth your curves to give you a beautiful silhouette.

The soft mesh and geometric patterns create a contemporary look while the elasticated lace leg openings look feminine.

Available in caramel and black, and sizes 32C to 40FF.

If you want an all-in-one shapewear solution that can be put on in seconds and still looks stunning then this is it.

This pretty pink bodysuit features gorgeous tulle with lace-effect jacquard tulle double layer at the front.

The slightly padded triangle cups allow this piece to be worn with or without a favourite bra to create the desired look.

It has flat seams that help to sculpt curves and a pure cotton inner gusset and press-stud fastening so all you have to do is pull this on and your ready to go.

This is shapewear you’ll be proud to show off.

Available in soft pink or black, and sizes S to XL.

These shorts, made of soft breathable fabric, are ideal for every day use.

They feature a compression waist for pulling in your middle and 4-way stretch for the best possible fit.

There are no seams so you don’t have to worry about VPL, and the short style will also ensure a comfortable fit on the leg too.

Available in numerous colours including grey oasis (pictured), beige, merlot night, pure black and burnt amber, and also sizes XXS to XL.

An area that isn’t often targetted with shapewear, but can cause women to lack in confidence, is the upper arm.

If that sounds familar, don’t worry, plus-size clothing brand Yours has the answer with this armwear top.

It has been designed to offer control around the top of your arms for a smooth silhouette underneath dresses and tops.

Made from a beautiful and feminine all-over lace fabric, it features 3/4 length lace sleeves and two front hook and eye fastenings with elasticated scalloped trims.

If you have a short-sleeved dress or top this could still be worn as the stunning lace fabric means you’ll also be confident to wear it as a bolero - and nobody will suspect it’s actually shapewear.

Available in numerous colours including white and black, and also sizes 16 to 40.

Shape and contour your curves to perfection with these black tights.

To the eye they look no different than any other hair of tights, but these have been designed especially to smooth, lift and contour your shape.

They feature firming bum, hip and tummy control that will lift and contour you in all the right places, lifting your bum while giving definition to your legs.

They are also made of a soft fabric with a luxe 40 denier for a sleek opaque look.

Available in sizes S to XL.

During pregnancy a woman’s body changes in many different ways, and as the months progress the bump gets bigger and bigger and can begin to feel quite uncomfortable.

For an expectant mum, these shorts provide plenty of much needed support for their bump and will make it (at least a bit) easier to carry around the baby as they grow.

Designed to fit throughout pregnancy, these shorts are soft and comfortable and will help to relieve pressure on lower back.

Available in almond and black, and sizes XS to L.

If you say ‘shapewear’ than ‘Spanx’ will come to mind as this label has pioneered the shapewear scene.

This is perfect to slip on underneath an intricate evening dress and will remain hidden under clothing thanks to its plunging neckline and high leg.

Engineered with targeted tummy control and a semi-opaque fabric that conceals any lumps and bumps, it feels like your best gym leggings, but all over your body.

There’s also a thong back so you’ll feel super sexy too.

If a thong isn’t your thing, then a Suit Your Fancy plunge stretch-jersey body is available for the same price which has shorts instead.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

This is the perfect comfort bra for stay at home lounging.

It’s a moulded, non-wired lounge bra which gives you all the support you need, but without any of the underwires that can become uncomfortable after many hours of wear.

It can be worn during the evenings for when you just want to relax but still need extra support.

Available in blush, white or black.

In a revolutionary range of inclusive shades and sizes, Kim Kardashian West’s SKIMS shapewear and lingerie provides figure-enhancing support and solutions.

Exclusive to Selfridges, this the sculpting body suit smoothes and shapes your chest and core while enhancing your bum and defining your thighs too.

It’s spun from whisper-weight fabric that’s soft on skin, and will be invisible under clothing.

Available in numerous colours including neutral tones such as sienna, clay and ochre and also cocoa and onyx for darker skin tones.

Available in sizes XXS to XXXXL.

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