Some of the most common areas to find extra fat on your body are your tummy and around your waist and hips. Much to the dismay of women everywhere, females naturally carry more fat around the lower part of their midsection for evolutionary and reproductive reasons. That’s why almost every adult woman has an extra layer of fat around her midsection. It’s extremely easy to accumulate fat that forms a tummy and “muffin top” or “love handles”. While fat in these areas is easy to develop, it can be very difficult to get rid of once you have it. Many women trying to lose weight or get in shape find burning excess fat from their stomach, waist, and hips to be much more challenging than losing fat in other areas.
The fact that developing an extra layer of fat around your midsection is biologically natural and even expected doesn’t make carrying that layer around or trying to get rid of it any less frustrating or discouraging. While you’re working to burn fat from your midsection, you can get temporary control for your tummy and muffin top with Body Shaper or shapewear designed specifically to target visible bulges in these areas.
There is more than one type of shapewear and body shapers that specifically target common problem areas around your midsection. In fact, many different shapewear styles sculpt and slim in just the right places to effectively minimize the appearance of visible jiggling and bulges around your tummy, waist, and hips. That means you have a wide range of style options when it comes to choosing shapewear for tummy control and love handles.
You can find a selection of the most popular shapewear styles for tummy control and muffin tops in this collection. Shaper shorts slim your inner thighs, lift your rear and smooth your tummy and love handles. High waist shapers offer extended coverage that smoothes your entire midsection and accentuates your curves. Tummy control cinchers encircle your midsection to take inches off your waist while smoothing your love handles and flattening your tummy. If you’re looking for something more discrete, this tummy control shapewear collection also includes a selection of innovative panties designed with special high waistbands for inconspicuous tummy control with a sexy, stylish finish.
This collection includes some of the most effective shapewear pieces for smoothing and compressing your tummy and love handles to slim and flatter your figure. The range of shapewear styles you find here is diverse. Each style offers slightly different shaping benefits and various levels of control and compression. The best tummy control shapewear for you depends on how much coverage and compression you want and what visible results you aim to get from wearing shapewear.
The pieces in this collection range from light to high control with many moderate control shapewear pieces in between. All of the shapewear in this collection focuses on control and compression around the lower part of your midsection. Some of the lighter control styles offer gentle, barely-there tummy control with a breathable, comfortable high waist for a subtle, flatter finish. Moderate compression pieces enlist firming fabrics to effortlessly smooth tummy bulges and love handles. The most intense tummy control pieces offer the highest level of compression to give you major smoothing and slimming results without constricting.
The history of shapewear is long and full of twists and turns. These interesting and surprising historical facts about shapewear of centuries and millennia past will give you a new perspective on shapewear and will likely make you feel more grateful for your modern options the next time you’re shopping for shapewear.
When most people think of the origins of shapewear, they picture ultra-tight corsets from the Victorian era. It’s common knowledge that shapewear is nothing new, but many women don’t know that shapewear has actually been around for thousands—not hundreds—of years.
The first evidence of shapewear has been uncovered in ancient Greece. The earliest shapewear styles date back almost to 3000 B.C., which means Greek women were wearing shapewear more than 2,000 years before the ancient Greek philosopher Plato was ever born.
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are two of the most iconic epic poems from ancient Greece. Even if you’ve never read them, their titles are probably familiar to you.
Although these poems focus on the battles of the Trojan War, if you look closely, you’ll find some of the earliest mentions of shapewear—specifically girdles—within the pages of these two renowned epic works.
Can you imagine wearing a corset made of metal? Probably not. In modern society where leggings are worn as pants and no-bra movements are on the rise, most women value comfort over all else in their shapewear.
If you were a woman living in the Elizabethan era of the late 16th century, however, you wouldn’t have much of a choice but to wear petticoats and corsets crafted from unyielding steel. Shapewear in the Victorian era wasn’t much better, either—Victorian women often wore corsets lined with whale bone.
The modern shapewear women wear today is nothing like the shapewear of centuries past. Shapewear in the 21st century is designed to discreetly smooth women’s curves without feeling suffocating or restrictive. For hundreds—or even thousands—of years, though, shapewear was incredibly uncomfortable and was designed to bind women’s curves and completely hide the shape of their figures.
Flappers in the 1920s were the first women to wear shapewear that resembles modern
shapewear styles you can find on the market today. These women revolutionized shapewear by wearing more comfortable styles like shaping bodysuits that were designed to smooth their curves instead of concealing them.
This is perhaps one of the most interesting historical facts about shapewear. During World War II, tensions and secretive behavior were high in America. Citizens were wary of possible spies and traitors from enemy nations and were still recovering their trust in the government after the devastating stock market crash of 1929.
Because so many of their husbands, brothers, and fathers had been drafted to fight in the war, women took on a more hands-on role in American society during the 1940s. WWII was a total war, which means that virtually everyone in the country—on and off the battlefield—played a part in contributing to the war efforts. Hundreds of thousands or even millions of women joined the workforce between 1940 and 1945 to help support their families during this stressful time.
During World War II, women had more access to their family’s finances than they would have if their husbands were not off fighting a war. Many women protected the money, important documents, and other private information they wanted to keep to themselves by stuffing it into their shapewear. In the 1940s, many women wore shapewear that featured special sewn-in secret pockets that helped them discreetly hide personal documents, keys, and other important private items under their clothes without anyone looking twice at them.
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