This time of year is what I think of as the start of the holidays. Officially, some people say it starts with Thanksgiving, but considering all of the Halloween candy taking over stores, and with pumpkin spice everything coming to coffee shops, October is essentially the start of the holiday season. And by holiday season I mean outpouring of candies, sweets, and comfort foods. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of freshly baked apple pie, and adorable pumpkin shaped chocolates. But at the end of the day I have to admit that from October to about January, that inspiring spring/summer diet will sometimes take a back seat. Rather than turn into a blog about healthy eating (there’s enough of those out there), I’ll just work with what the season gives you and use it as an excuse to look into new shapewear! Today we’re featuring a couple great shapewear options both for looks and function.
Maidenform really stepped up their game for this one. Usually know as one of the longest standing brands for bra support, they have cute styles, but generally function seems to come first. While I can appreciate that, I was thrilled to see this shaping slip from them. I know I can trust the shapewear to do its job, but the sleek stripes and mesh insets make its sexy too. I guess the wind machine in the photo doesn’t hurt the look either.
You can’t really address shapewear without going to the original Spanx. Rather than show you one of their slips or body briefs, check out their shaping leggings. Many women love wearing leggings because they’re stylish but still offer the comfort of your favorite sweatpants. Now, they can make your legs look slimmer too, what’s not to love?
Maybe you’ve tried her breakfast bars, read her books, drank her vodkas, but have you tried Bethenny Frankel’s shapewear? The former “Real” Housewife has made an empire out of the SkinnyGirl brand, and the shapewear is no exception. I love these glam high waisted panties, not only do they allow for indulging in some comfort food, but since they are a thong style, anyone who gets to see you in them won’t even have the term “shapewear” cross their mind.
Although many people think of this clothing category for special occasions and squeezing into a dress, there’s no reason why you can’t utilize these garments every day as well. Just like Spanx’s leggings, there are other brands incorporating the shaping technology into comfortable and casual everyday garments. This simple tank can be worn just like any of your other basics–under a blazer, layered, dressed up with jewelry…however you want to wear it! Bonus: if you’re feeling motivated and stop by the gym, it can double as a work out shirt with moisture absorbing fabric along with the shaping. And isn’t working out a lot easier when you already feel a little slimmer?
So, the moral of the story (or blog) is to not let something like the comfort of your clothes or underwear get in the way of indulging every now and then. I’m not saying to have a pumpkin pie with every meal, but with so many shapewear options out there, there’s nothing wrong with letting the holiday season start in October. Enjoy!