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The best shapewear styles to shop to avoid a major wardrobe malfunction

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Putting together the perfect ‘fit for a night out can be instantly ruined with the simple issue of an obvious panty line or out of place bra strap – which is why we can thank the underwear gods for shapewear. 

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Shapewear has existed since 1600 BC, and the tech and thinking behind it is constantly being developed to help women feel our very best and most confident selves. 

From the girdles worn by the ancient Greek to the corsets of the Victorian Era, the padded bras of post-war times to the silky smooth Spanx we know and love today, women have long been on the hunt for that perfect piece that smooths, snatches and supports us. 

Shapewear has since become so mainstream that it no longer is reserved for under our clothes, and industry mavens like the one and only Kim Kardashian has helped popularise wearing shapewear as outerwear with her own brand Skims

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Go bold and style underwear as pants à la Kendall Jenner. (Instagram /@kendalljenner)

As such, navigating the world of shapewear is no easy feat, especially for beginners. Which is why below we are taking a look at some of our favourite pieces to avoid wardrobe malfunctions and feel our very best in our favourite looks. 

The best shapewear to add to your collection in 2023 

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Smoothing short, $22.95, Boody

These super soft and supportive shorts offers coverage and smoothing abilities. The soft-hem prevents rolling (the worst) and they are seamless which means you they’ll go undetected under clothing. Not to mention they’re made sustainably from organic bamboo. 

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Sculpting bodysuit with snaps, $116, Skims

The cult item from Kim Kardashian’s Skims brand, this bodysuit has a strong level of support and will cinch in your waist and belly to create a seamless look under whatever you’re wearing. Or choose one of their limited edition colours and pair with jeans for a casual look. 

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Spanx Suit Your Fancy plunge low-back thong bodysuit, $229.95, THE ICONIC

If you’re looking for a suit for an event in which you’ve got a low back or plunging neckline then this is the one. It will shape and smooth and has targeted tummy control around the midsection and you can convert the straps to work for your look. 

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Spanx Oncore high waisted mid thigh short, $149.95, Myer

These mid length shorts are perfect under longer skirts or pants to smooth your lines and create a seamless look. They shape your waste and are super comfortable so no more squeezing and pinching. 

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Sculpting bralette, $58, Skims

People often forget about bras when it comes to shapewear, this lightweight bralette creates a smooth silhouette while supporting you where you need it. 

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Spanx Ecocare everyday shaping boyshorts, $44.95, THE ICONIC

If you want to try out shaping shorts but don’t want too much coverage, these boyshorts suck in around the waist and are comfortable to wear thanks to the shaping technology. 

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Nancy Ganz Body. ID waist cincher corset, $79.95, Myer

Focus on the tummy area with this comfortable corset from Nancy Ganz that will help create that hourglass shape and can be worn under most garments. 

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Barely There cropped legging, $116, Skims

Light and comfortable these mid length leggings are perfect under longer skirts and dresses to smooth the waist and support the silhouette. They also add a subtle layer of warmth in cooler weather. 

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Simone Pérèle Subtile bodysuit, $159.95, THE ICONIC

This comfortable bodysuit will contour and support your curves using control mesh and French lace to emphasis your favourite areas and smooth others.

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Nancy Ganz Revive smooth low back slip, $89.95, Myer

Wear this under minis or maxis to get a smooth silhouette without having to compromise and wear an unflattering bra that doesn’t work with a low back. You can adjust the straps to a halter or cross back. 

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