Holiday party season provides plenty of opportunities to dress up and enjoy festive food. Unfortunately these two things don’t fit together seamlessly (pun intended), and we sometimes need a little help to look our best. We’ve compiled some of the best groundbreaking and gravity-defying shapewear options out there to help you navigate the season in style.
Shapewear: Are You Doing It Right For The Holidays?
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With intricate necklines, cut-outs, and cropped styles abound, shapewear choices have come leaps and bounds since the days of corsets and control-top pantyhose. Click through for some of the niftiest pieces in the market.
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked stunning in her S/S 14 Isabel Marant one-shoulder dress at the Baby2Baby Gala last month. To follow her lead, invest in a one-shoulder bra like this dMondaine Ava One Shoulder Reversible Bra ($79), which can be flipped for the opposite shoulder or adjusted to one of three varying strap angles.
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Strapless Fitted Gown
Elizabeth Banks looked like the epitome of red carpet glam in her Versace gown at the Los Angeles premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. To achieve a similar hourglass silhouette under a form-fitting gown, reach for a piece like Scandale’s No. 8 High Waist Skirt ($60), which starts below the bust to cinch the waist and slim through the thighs.
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For the Governor’s Awards, Lea Seydoux wore a delicately embroidered white Prada gown. Curve-hugging dresses in light colors and unforgiving fabrics mean you can’t afford to have panty-lines. Choose this Yummie Tummie Liz Slip ($98) with a lace trim to smooth your silhouette without tell-tale lines on the thighs.
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Skin-Tight Pencil Skirt
For a skin-tight pencil skirt similar to this David Koma S/S 14 look that Miranda Kerr wore recently, reach for Cosabella’s Never Say Never Sexy Control Shaper Thong ($65) to smooth your stomach without flattening your behind. (Despite Kerr's complicated straps, a basic strapless bra would work here).
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Wearing a halter neckline, like Lauren Santo Domingo’s gorgeous Proenza Schouler S/S 14 dress, requires a skimpier bra with multiple strap combinations. Try Fredericks of Hollywood’s Nine Way Convertible Bra ($39).
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V-Neck and Cut Outs
Hillary Rhoda’s stunning cleavage-baring Rachel Roy S/S 14 gown also boasts cut-outs at the waist, making this quite a conundrum. When presented with a similar situation or searching for some extra help under a deep v-neckline, turn to the professionals at Victoria’s Secret for the U-Plunge Backless Push Up Bra ($50).
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High-Waisted Lace Skirt and Crop Top
A fitted crop top and high-waisted lace pencil skirt may seem like an intimidating combination, but you can pull it off like Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor did with her ALC S/S 14 look at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. Simply pull on a high-waisted pencil skirt like this D Mondaine Stella High-Waisted Shaping Skirt ($119) with patent-pending Resultwear technology, and you will be covered and contoured in one easy step!
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Sheer Embroidered Gown
Bella Thorne looked ethereal in her S/S 14 Blumarine gown at the Los Angeles Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere. To not detract from the dress, opt for a smooth, strapless slip like Spanx’s Haute Contour Dazzling Zippered Slip ($178) with removable straps.
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Anja Rubik’s Saint Laurent sheer dress polka-dot from Saint Laurent’s F/W 13 collection is gorgeous, but leaves little room for underpinnings. In similar situations, opt for Victoria's Secret Petals ($20) and a control-top brief, like these lace Wolford Velvet Lace Control Panties ($135).