The Thongs, Tights, and Shapewear Celebs Actually Wear

From building some of Rihanna’s and Kim Kardashian West’s most iconic outfits to cementing London’s best dressed It-girl scene, superstylist and creative director Avigail Collins is known in fashion circles for being the go-to when you’re a celebrity looking to craft an exciting new look. She’s the mastermind behind ingenious ensembles for Lorde and is the force behind some of British It girls Daisy Lowe’s coolest looks, but Collins’s wardrobing skills extend even further. See her own streetwear-inspired line, Silver Spoon Attire, for starters, founded in 2013 alongside her husband (and fellow sought-after stylist) Damian Collins. Her high-profile music clients—and a global street style following—make up a pretty impressive fan club. If anyone can spot the next big thing, it’s Collins, which is why our UK site is thrilled to have her on board to bring you a monthly column about what's hot now.

This month, I'm bringing my years of experience in making clothes and outfits look camera-ready to tell you about the best shapewear pieces. Before you think shapewear is all about just looking slimmer, think again. These clever lingerie underpinnings can do all sorts of things, including make see-through fabrics look modest, stop jersey dresses from pulling or sagging in the wrong places, help you navigate that dress that can't be worn with a normal, VPL-inducing pair of underwear, and so on. I've discovered a few winning pieces from different underwear specialists that cover all the bases—and they are worth investing in. Not only do they make you feel more pulled-together, but you'll also be able to find extra uses for them when any big event comes around. Keep reading to see the best shapewear pieces I'd recommend.

1. Dance Tights

"A massive trick I learned from working with dancers is to wear Capezio tights, as they are like Spanx for your legs—it's amazing. They also are very long-lasting, as they are made for dancers, so they're extremely ladder-resistant, they are thicker than normal tights, but they don't look it, and they hold you in. They're a staple piece when Beyoncé's performing on stage."

2. Shaping Shorts

"Personally, I prefer Wacoal to Spanx—they have a much smoother feel and, for me, they seem more comfortable. These long leg shapers are perfect for hiding underwear lines; plus, they don't dig into your backside all night."

3. Waist-Nipper

"Whether you're worried about a bloated stomach or simply want to make sure that satin or sequin dress sits right (those fabrics can be unforgiving) this waist-nipper is the best of the best."

4. The No-Underwear Underwear

"The invisible stick-on thong is an essential in my styling kit: It's perfect to wear under silky slip dresses or skintight numbers."

5. A Bra Alternative

"For your bust when you want seam-free support."

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.