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Fitting Shapewear for a Perfect Fit Every Time

Shapewear Styles

Shapewear comes in many different styles. Shapewear allows you the option of choosing where you want that extra support. Shapewear also come in different control levels, from light to extra firm control.

Body - Offers full coverage of the body and may include a built in underwire bra or soft cup. Most body shapers are bra sized.

If you wear a 36C bra, you would buy a 36C body shapewear.

Bust Style - Offers shaping that enhances the bust. This style is bra sized.

Hips - Offers support of the hips and tummy. Your size is based on the same size as your panty.

Thigh - Offers thigh shaping and tummy control. Usually is a long leg design with a special band to grip the leg and prevent it from rolling up. Size is determined by panty measurements.

Tummy - Offers tummy control with extra panel in the front that smoothes the tummy areas.

Waist - Offers shaping to create a smooth contour of the waist. Usually comes up to the bottom of your bra.

Choosing Your Shapewear Support Level

Light Control - Lightly smoothes and shapes without binding.

Moderate Control - Moderate control and can be worn comfortably for long periods of time.

Firm Control - Offers firm control. Helps minimize problem areas. It can be comfortable but not ideal for all day wear.

Extra Firm Control - Highest level of support. Offers reinforced panels and sometimes boning. Not ideal for all day wear. This is the highest level of support available in shapewear.

Fitting Your Shapewear

Grab a tape measure.

Shapewear comes in many different styles. They allow you the option of choosing where you want that extra support. They also come in different control levels. They go from light to extra firm control.

Measure your waist - Use a measuring tape. Wrap the measuring tape snuggly around the natural break in your waist without cinching. This is your waist measurement. Write the number down.

Measure your hips - Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your hips. You can use a mirror to make sure that the tape is all the way around the hips. Make sure it's snug and parallel to the floor. Write down the number.

The charts below can help you determine your correct size.

Perfect Fit Panties, Girdles and Shapers

How to fit panties, girdles and shapers is typically the work of a few minutes. In most cases, all you need to do is measure the hips with a tape measure around the fullest part of your hips, and then measure the waist. Hip size is the leading factor in selecting the right size of panties, girdles and shapers, but the waist measurement does play a role and may require you to go up or down a size for comfort.

Size May Vary
While these charts (see below) can provide you with a general guideline for how to fit panties, girdles and shapers, keep in mind that size may vary by manufacturer. Some manufacturers may run larger than these charts, while others may be smaller. You may need to try a specific manufacturer to determine fit relative to your body size and shape.

Shapewear Size
Shapewear is typically measured on a Small-Medium-Large scale. The chart shows the average sizing for shapewear manufacturers based on hip and waist measurements.

Daywear Size
Daywear sizing is an arbitrary numerical sizing based on your hip measurement.

The Bottom Line
Panties, girdles and shapers tend to follow a few basic rules for fit, but finding the perfect fit for you may vary just as your body varies from other women. Waist, hip and stride proportions play a role in sizing. In many cases, following your slack or pant size is the best way to find the right fit for panties, girdles and shapers. This chart can serve as a rough guideline, but sizes do vary by manufacturer.

Stride in Shapewear Sizing
Shapewear stretches. If you have trouble with pants being too long or too short in the waist, go up a shapewear size if your pants are too short, and go down a size if your pants are too long. Because shapewear stretches, it can accommodate one size difference and the alternate sizing can help with length-related issues.

Fitting a Body Briefer
A body briefer provides you with a great look under your clothes, with a flattering shape and smooth lines. To find the right fit in a one-piece body briefer, consider your bra size, bottom size and torso length.

To measure your torso, start from the high point of the shoulder, go over the bust and measure vertically to the end of your torso. This torso length chart can help you determine what size you need in one-piece briefers and other shapewear.

Helpful Charts

Shapewear Size

Size S M L XL 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X 8X
Hips 35-36 37-38 39-40 41-42 43-44 45-46 47-48 49-50 51-52 53-54 55-56
Waist 25-26 27-28 29-30 31-32 33-34 35-36 37-38 39-40 41-42 43-44 45-46

Daywear Size

Size 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Hips 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45 46-47 48-49 50-51 52-53 54-55

The Bottom Line

Size Slacks Waist Hip International
Small 4-6 25-26 35-36 65
Medium 8-10 27-28 37-38 70
Large 12-14 29-30 39-40 75
X-Large 16 31-32 41-42 80
2X-Large 18 33-34 43-44 85
3X-Large 20 35-36 45-46 90
4X-Large 22-24 37-38 47-48 95

Body Briefer

Bra Bottom
USA International USA International
32 70 S 65
34 75 M 70
36 80 L 75
38 85 XL 80
40 90 2XL 85
42 95 3XL 90
44 100 4XL 95

Torso length is measured from the high point of the shoulder, over the bust, and vertically around your body.

Torso Length

Bra 32B 34B 36B 32C 34C 36C 38C 32D 34D 36D 38D
Bottom S M L S M L XL S M L XL
Torso Average 58.5 60 61.5 60 61.5 63 64.5 61.5 63 64.5 66
Torso Long 60.5 62 63.5 62 63.5 65 66.5 63.5 65 66.5 68
Torso Petite 55.5 57 58.5 57 58.5 60 61.5 58.5 60 61.5 63

Rago Body Shapers Slimmers and Trimmers

WAIST 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
HIPS 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64