What lies beneath matters. We take three figure-hugging looks and reveal how to feel 10 times more confident in them
The shapewear: big knickers
Hang up any hang-ups you might have about wearing a pencil skirt and invest in a pair of magic knickers. These hip-whittling, tummy-smoothing wonder pants have come a long way since Bridget Jones’ unbecoming beige pair circa 2001, and the latest styles now elegantly fuse glamour and comfort. Opt for a pair with feminine lace panelling for a bombshell-worthy look.
The shapewear: firm-control slip
Create the illusion of hourglass curves under your bodycon dress with a waist-cinching slip, giving clean lines under fitted clothes without restricting movement (hello, dancefloor). Forget any notions of old-fashioned corsetry or fiddly hook-eye fastenings with a pull-on style.
The outfit: tailored trousers
Not everyone is a dress or skirt person - some of us prefer the ‘nice top and trousers’ combo every time. Contrast the textures on top and bottom to keep things interesting, and always team with fabulous shoes.
The shapewear: waist cincher
High-waisted trousers may look effortlessly chic, but they can also feel a tad restrictive. Conjure up a nipped-in effect in seconds with a waist cincher, which sculpts an hourglass silhouette while being so comfortable you’ll almost forget you’re wearing it.
Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Photographer: David Gubert / Stylist: Chloe Forde / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke
Make-up artist: Emma Kotch / Manicurist: Charley Avenell / Model: Iza at Milk