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Shapewear Series: Buying Shapewear Online (AKA the Grand Finale)

Over the course of my shapewear series, we’ve looked at the fit of your bra, corselettes and open-bottom girdles, waist cinchers and merry widows (and panty girdles), and focused on the ‘Gwendoline‘ merry widow from What Katie Did (WKD).

There are a small number of people in this world, who are lucky enough to live near one of the WKD Boutiques, or a stockist, and can go and try on all their various pretties; of course, still more people visit the area, and plan to go shopping, but not everyone is as lucky, or perhaps they want or need to get shapewear from another brand, such as Rago (I have no idea if Rago is available in any brick-and-mortar stores, but I’m sure it is); so today’s post is some hints & tips on how to buy shapewear online.

First things first: consider what you want your shapewear for: perhaps your looking for something to wear every day, or under a specific garment; possibly you just want to shape one area of your body, and aren’t that bothered about the rest.

Think about what you want this item of shapewear to do – make a list if it helps – and then pick the most relevant item(s), for instance: it’s no good picking a waist cincher if you want your hips and bum shaped but are quite happy with how your waist is!

Once you’ve decided which item(s) of shapewear you’d like to buy, next you’ll need to know your size; but not in a “small, medium, large” kind of way, nor in an 8/10/12/14 sort of way either – all of the shapewear I’ve ever seen or looked at has been sized by body measurement size, usually in inches.

All that means, really, is that you need to consider which are the relevant body measurements, and take your measurements with a fabric (AKA dressmakers) tape measure, remembering to wear only your bra and panties when you measure yourself.

Remember, too, to keep the tape measure snug, but not too tight when you’re measuring yourself.

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The website you buy your shapewear from should have a measurement guide to help ensure you take the correct measurements, and the garment size selection box should show you which measurements you need to consider.

As a guide though, anything that covers your breasts should work off your bra size, although an open-fronted corselette (one with which you can wear a bra of your choice) may go off your band size or your waist size; girdles and waist cinchers are both likely to be sized by your waist measurement, with advice to size up or down if you have a larger or smaller waist-to-hip ratio than “normal”.

Which brings me to the last tip: if you’re unsure about any part of the process – ask someone!  Whether you ask a friend; your online girl gang; a relevant forum you belong to; a blogger, or someone on Instagram, or Twitter; the web shop that’s selling the item your interested in; or the manufacturer of the item – whatever your question is, however silly you think you might be for asking it, please ask it!

As far as I’m concerned, shapewear is supposed to feel nice, look great, and make you feel fantastic – although it’s something that generally isn’t talked about; perhaps we pin up gals with our stylish, sexy shapewear could start a mini revolution for our friends who are stuck in boring, plain, unsexy “shaping cycling shorts” and the like 😉


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