We all have little things we do to feel more confident in what we're wearing—not because they're necessary but because they make us feel our best. For me, that's self-tanning, heels, and, depending on what outfit I'm wearing, sometimes shapewear. Whether it's a bridesmaid's dress for a friend's wedding or a fitted look for an important meeting, sometimes, a bit more structure underneath helps me feel more polished and confident in my outfit.
But I, for one, think shapewear is one of the most confusing items to shop for. Between all the different materials, cheeky marketing names, and various silhouettes it's hard to know which brand and style are right for the particular garment you're wearing shapewear under. Thankfully, there are a handful of brands that kill it in the shapewear department—the reviews say it all. Below, I'm outlining the best thigh-shapewear brands around, but you can also turn to them for your other shapewear needs if you're looking for another type, as they pretty much hit on the entire category.
Spanx is the reigning champion of shapewear—and for good reason. The brand offers high-quality options at reasonable prices that only help smooth things out, but they also last without losing shape and support. Reviewers rave about its thigh shapewear, noting the comfort, seamless options, and beautiful results under dresses and skirts. The brand's products are also available at major retailers such as Nordstrom and Shopbop, making shopping for Spanx a breeze.
"I've never worn or purchased Spanx before and was pleasantly surprised by these. They're super tight to get up but comfortable once on. I love the length of the leg because I have curvier thighs. I was worried about them rolling and bunching, but so far, they have not."
"I have tried a number of different shapers in this brand, and all seem to have different strong points. This one is my favorite. It has great hold and shaping yet very comfortable."
The seamless hem at the thighs makes these virtually invisible.
"When I saw this, I wanted it immediately but was having a hard time swallowing the cost. I ended up getting it in the nude in Small to wear underneath dresses, and I don't regret it for one minute! It's very comfy to wear and washes well (hand-wash). Love that there's a bra built in, and it has a plunging neckline, so you can practically wear it underneath everything."
Again, seamless is the move for no show-through.
Leave it to Kim Kardashian to disrupt the shapewear game like no other and even make it cool. With sizes ranging from XS to 5X and nine shades of nude, Skims is the new go-to for all things undergarment. Reviewers love the fits and range of shapewear options as well as the comfort and wearability of each piece.
"I absolutely love this shapewear. It is so comfortable, and it shapes the body so smoothly and nicely. It is amazing! 10/10 would recommend! Buy this!"
"It fits so perfect! I got a Small. I'm 5'3" and weigh 136lbs. It's was a little bit tight but still comfortable. It doesn't flatten my butt and even lifts up the breast a bit! Definitely recommend it!"
"Love These! I wore them under my wedding dress and would buy them time and time again!"
"I can't believe how comfortable this is. I love that you can pull it up to fit your length needed. It's so flattering, and you nearly forget you have it on!"
"These were so comfortable!! They were smooth, didn't roll, and incredibly flattering. Don't be alarmed by how small they appear in the package! They will fit! Follow the size chart—I promise! I will be purchasing more of these in my future, no doubt."
Yummie is another shapewear brand found at most retailers, making shopping for it beyond easy. Reviewers also love the variety in silhouette options and the lack of seams that make it versatile enough to wear under almost anything.
"Perfect fit; slimming, very comfortable, does not cause bulges or bumps."
"I like this slip. All I need for a smoother look under my dress or skirt!"
"Finally found a shapewear that keeps me sucked in, lifted up, and smoothed in all the right places. It's comfortable and wearable all day and night."
It also comes in nude.
"The way these are designed is so modern and well-thought-out! The shaping material is very nice, holds, and shapes without restricting! The longer leg gives that extra security, and the material is that much more elastic that it stays at your leg and doesn't roll up to give an unwanted little bulge at mid-thigh."
Speaking of a wide variety of silhouettes, Miraclesuit offers shorts, skirts, and bodysuit thigh shapers that reviewers can't get enough of. According to reviewers, the brand's shapewear holds you in without causing discomfort, bulging, or falling down. They also love the varying degrees of control offered throughout the different options in the line.
"I am pleased with the fit of the new shaper I purchased. I have worn it once, and it stayed in place, which is often the problem with high-waist shapers."
"Totally awesome!!! Held everything in like it was supposed to without rolling down."
"It worked like a charm. Enough said!"
"Very comfortable, smoothing, and cooling on the skin!"
Note the seamless hems at the thighs.
The extra-firm option provides the most security out of all of the brand's styles.
These high-tech shorts come in three different colorways.
Maidenform is a tried-and-true shapewear brand—there's a reason it's been around for decades. Reviewers always note the comfort level in its garments and that they always stay in place, which is one of the most important aspects when it comes to thigh shapewear.
"Excellent product, doesn't roll up, quality construction."
"Does not slip down, and the shorts don't ride up on my large thighs, which makes me feel so confident!"
"I bought this and love it! The thigh slimmer is so soft and comfortable. Holds everything together without feeling stuffed."
"Amazing product!!! The comfort is beyond! The shapewear holds, grips, and stays on through all stretch and movement. The product reveals nothing but a smooth layer with no lines showing in dress or jeans."
For both tummy and thigh control.