Shapewear is never essential. Instead, you can find silhouettes that look great with your favourite ultra comfy undies and look fabulous. That said, shapewear has come a long way from the discomfort of the past. Thanks to product and fabric technology, some of my clients are wearing tummy control shapewear daily because they find it comforting and flattering. 

Twelve years ago, I remember one of my clients sitting on the floor of the Nordstrom dressing room, desperately trying to pull on a pair of Spanx. We laughed so much, which made the task even harder. The client eventually got them on but decided that the visual effect wasn’t worth the effort, discomfort, and inconvenience. She was put off any kind of shapewear for an extremely long time, and rightly so.

In 2018 I have a much better range of shapewear products to recommend to clients because it’s ten times more comfortable, much easier to pull on and off, and equally effective.

TC Fine Intimates

TC’s Everyday Waistline Shaping Brief is very gentle on the body. So much so that you can wear it daily. TC’s Adjust Firm Control Perfect Brief is more constricting, but still quite gentle. Neither style rides up, digs into your skin, or presses heavily into the waist. Your tummy doesn’t feel compressed after a meal. The panties smooth out the tummy area, and the fabric is soft.


Thinsticts Mid Thigh Shorts are equally gentle, and you can wear them daily. They smooth out the contour of tummy, hip and thighs. I find that they work best under dresses and skirts, as opposed to pants.


Jockey’s Slip Shorts don’t smooth out your silhouette quite as effectively as the other three styles, but they are very comfortable under skirts and dresses, offering insulating coverage and preventing thigh rub and chafing.

Some clients like to wear these styles of shapewear under the new on-trend high-rise jeans and pants with tucked tops. They also work well under skirts and dresses. Don’t buy your shapewear too small or it will ironically create more lumps and bumps instead of smoothing out the silhouette.