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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    PHOTO: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

    One Shoulder

    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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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Prada

    Body-Hugging Knit

    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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    PHOTO: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover

    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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    Halter Top

    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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    PHOTO: David Livingston/Getty Images

    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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    Open-Front Dress

    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). 

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Chantelle Sublime Invisible Plunge Strapless Bra

Chantelle Sublime Invisible Plunge Strapless Bra

Chantelle, $78
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CosaBella Never Say Never Sexy Control Shaper Thong

CosaBella Never Say Never Sexy Control Shaper Thong

CosaBella, $65
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D Mondaine Stella High Waisted Shaping Skirt

D Mondaine Stella High Waisted Shaping Skirt

D Mondaine, $119
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Fredericks of Hollywood Nine-Way Convertible Bra Kit

Fredericks of Hollywood Nine-Way Convertible Bra Kit

Fredericks of Hollywood, $39
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Spanx Haute Contour Dazzling Zippered Slip

Spanx Haute Contour Dazzling Zippered Slip

Spanx, $178
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Scandale No. 8 Garter Skirt

Scandale No. 8 Garter Skirt

Scandale No. 8, $60
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Victoria's Secret U-Plunge Backless Push-Up Bra

Victoria's Secret U-Plunge Backless Push-Up Bra

Victoria’s Secret, $50
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Victoria's Secret Gel Petals

Victoria's Secret Gel Petals

Victoria’s Secret, $20
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Wolford Velvet Lace Control Panty

Wolford Velvet Lace Control Panty

Wolford, $135
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Yummie Tummie Liz Slip

Yummie Tummie Liz Slip

Yummie Tummie, $98
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dMondaine Ava One Shoulder Reversible Bra

dMondaine Ava One Shoulder Reversible Bra

dMondaine, $79
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