You’ve chosen a showstopping stress that’s guaranteed to dazzle, and whether it’s strapless, backless or figure-hugging, we’ve got discreet and chic shapewear that will ensure you can wear it with confidence and ease.
Best For Backless Dresses
A backless dress offers both sophistication and subtle sexiness. To keep elegant, avoid exposed bra straps with one of Californian-based label Fashion Forms’ self-adhesive backless bodysuits – they tick every box with their detachable straps, underwired cups and open back. Made from a soft, seam-free fabric they inconspicuously lift and shape, leaving you feeling secure, demure and ready to don that plunge-backed gown with confidence.
Best For Strapless Dresses
Party season is the time to get playful and embrace the kind of plunging necklines, bandeau shapes and cool cut-outs that may not feature in your everyday closet. If these darning designs fall outside of the remit of your go-to lingerie designs that will allow you to experiment with ease. The strapless Petunia balconette bra by Else offers support without scrimping on style – we love the romantic touch of the pretty lace detailing. Handcrafted by female artisans who understand that lingerie must be highly functional as well as visually appealing, it comes with boned, stretch-mesh sides for structure and an elasticated underband for support. If you’re debuting a dramatic neckline, a strapless bra with a deep V neckline by cult bra Skin offers a discreet solution to strapless support.
Best For Gowns
Black-tie invitations call for elegant gowns cast in silks, velvets and brocades that feel just as decadent as they look. For shapewear that works with your body’s natural curves, not against them, Wolford’s waist-defining high-rise thong is virtually undetectable, making it ideal for enhancing hourglass silhouettes beneath sinous, silky materials. It has a velvet waist for added comfort, while the thong design means no VPL beneath fitted dresses.
Best For LBDs
Whatever the dress code, the perennially chic little black dress will always rise to the occasion. If you’ve opted for a fitted style, Spanx’s Luxe Legs tights will help ensure an ultra-smooth silhouette with their in-built shaping technology and invisible seams. They come in myriad shades and have a comfortable waistband that means you can wear with other colors and for all-day events too.