Life, they say, begins at 40. However, for some, the personal struggles, especially with style, catch up with them at 40. We’ve all been there, standing in front of our closets, eyeing that stunning outfit we’ve been dying to wear. But there’s one small catch; it doesn’t fit as nicely as it used to. Love handles, folds, and bumps have made the style almost unrecognizable. So, what do you do? The answer is simple: shapewear. At this point, it’s not just about looking good; it’s about feeling great in your clothes. Damidols is here to share some insider secrets and hacks, especially for women over 40 on a journey to embrace their curves.
The Shapewear Basics – Because You Deserve to Shine
If I had a penny for every time a customer asked me about feeling tight or uncomfortably constricted in their shapewear, I would be sharing a bank account balance with Kim Kardashian. Perhaps you’ve felt that wearing shapewear is akin to squeezing into something too tight – well, you’re not alone. But here’s the secret: there is an appropriate shapewear size and body shape style for everyone.
Shaping Camisole – Your Everyday Comfort
Many ladies prefer going braless over experiencing the seemingly constricting nature of bras. While bras don’t have to be uncomfortable, we understand that you want extra comfort. That’s why we sometimes advise swapping bras for slimming camisoles. They not only provide comfort but also offer an extra layer of warmth while smoothing your tummy just right. Brands like Maidenform Shape Tank and Body Beautiful Women’s Shapewear Seamless Camis with built-in bras have become go-to choices for women seeking comfort and freedom while embracing their curves, especially those over 40.
Slimming/Shaping Boy Short – For Every Occasion
Sometimes, you need just a bit of support, like under a sundress. Boy shorts come in handy, even for women over 40. Whether you’re heading to a casual brunch or a night out with friends, SPANX Shaping Boy Shorts and Victoria’s Secret Oh So Cheeky Slimming Boy shorts have got you covered. Customer reviews rave about their perfect fit for a fun day out without any worries.
Shaping Slip – Your Formal Dress Companion
Every woman, regardless of her age, needs that one go-to shapewear piece for formal dresses. Shaping slips offer full support and ensure you feel confident in any dress. Need something nearly invisible to smooth out the curves? Want to look seamless with no bulges anywhere? These slips offer you a smooth canvas underneath. The Flexees by Maidenform Slimming Chemise is a trusted secret weapon for those special events for women over 40.
Pull Up Waist Cinchers – A Cinch to Wear
Waist cinchers are a staple in any fashionista’s wardrobe, and they should not be missing from your shapewear collection, regardless of your age. These bad boys can take your ensemble from a rating of five to a perfect 10 in seconds without undue discomfort. They stay in place, offering a sleek silhouette for your form-fitting dresses. These have become a go-to for many women over 40 as they provide support without sacrificing comfort.
So far, we have looked at some shapewear pieces that can help women over 40 rock their best look. However, if this is your first time in the shapewear world, there are a few mistakes you must avoid. Even experienced individuals get caught in these mistakes once in a while, so don’t feel terrible if you have ever experienced one or two. You are not alone.
Four Newbie Mistakes to Avoid for a Smooth, Sexy You
My personal experience: The first time I wore shapewear was, well, let’s say, a memorable experience. It was embarrassing! I thought I had to buy shapewear two sizes down to squeeze into a dress that was nearly two sizes too small for my frame. For some reason, I thought I just had to press down on all that fat just to fit into the dress. A stylist’s solution? A pair of full bodysuit shapewear, paired with a cincher that was also two sizes too small. It seemed like a small bodysuit would work magic, but I quickly learned the hard way that shapewear is a whole new world.
Getting into that tiny bodysuit felt like a Herculean task, and even simple tasks like using the restroom or eating at the table became challenging endeavors. Oxygen seemed to be missing from the air I was inhaling. The too-small shapewear was constricting me in all the wrong ways. After almost ten hours (without eating) in this suffocating piece, I went home with a pounding headache, feeling downright woozy.
That’s when I realized with the right Google search that sizing is paramount when it comes to wearing shapewear. At first, I couldn’t fathom how celebrities like Mindy Kaling, Kim Kardashian, and Anne Hathaway could sport body-shaping undergarments during long award show evenings without passing out. But now I know their secret: it’s all about choosing the right size. “I look at it like clothing is the art and Spanx shapers and smoothers are the canvas,” says Spanx inventor Sara Blakely. “You have to have the right canvas for the painting to turn out!” Perfectly fitting shapewear has helped countless women smooth out their canvas, especially those over 40.
The Sizing Secret – Because Size Matters
Now, let’s talk about the sizing secret. I’ve learned the hard way that buying the right size is essential. Shapewear is like the canvas for your masterpiece – your outfit. Wearing something too tight might lead to discomfort and unsightly bulges. Remember, your clothing size is your shapewear size. Don’t go smaller; embrace your real size, especially for women over 40.
Customization is Key – Tailoring for You
Everybody is different, and our outfits vary too. That’s where customization comes into play. You can select different levels of compression to achieve the look you desire. Quality shapewear offers Level 1 Smooth, Level 2 Shape, and Level 3 Sculpt. Choose based on your outfit, and you’ll feel fabulous and confident. For instance, go for the open bust bodysuit silhouette when wearing dresses with sleeves, high-waist or regular waist mid-thigh shapers for sleeveless dresses and skirts. The goal is smooth, snatched, and comfortable, especially for women over 40. It’s the little things that make all the difference in your journey.
Choose Your Color Wisely – Harmonize with Your Style
Selecting the right color is a game-changer. Darker skin tones shine with black or cocoa-colored shapewear under lighter fabrics, while lighter skin tones blend seamlessly with a bare-hued or lighter nude bodysuit. The key is to choose the color that complements both your outfit and your complexion. Keep it seamlessly invincible. Fashion is about expressing yourself, and your shapewear can be a part of that expression, especially for women over 40.
Keep Your Shapewear Happy – A Little TLC
Take care of your shapewear, and it will love you for it. Your shapewear is like a best friend – always there to support you. So, treat it right. These pieces are designed to be worn as underwear, so hand wash them gently and lay them flat to dry. They’re like delicate treasures; don’t throw them in the washer or dryer, as it can be harsh on the fabric. Plus, if you are allergic to washer detergents, you might be up for a very uncomfortable time with your shapewear hugging your skin, especially for women over 40.
Conclusion: Embrace the Confidence Within
Shapewear isn’t just about appearances; it’s about embracing your totality, including your age, with confidence. When you wear the right size, fashionable quality pieces, customized to your level of support, and choose the right color, you’ll be ready to rock your look no matter your age. So, go ahead, try these tips, and strut your stuff with confidence, because you deserve to shine in every outfit, especially for women over 40.
With these few tips, you’ll never have to choose between comfort and style again. Nor worry about your age the next time you go shopping. Life just began for you at forty, so go ahead and embrace it. You can embrace your curves, feel fabulous, and confidently conquer the world, one outfit at a time. At forty, the spotlight is all yours. We celebrate women over 40!