Shapewear: Are You Doing It Right For The Holidays?

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. 

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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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