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Shapewear is a woman’s secret weapon, especially during party season. No matter the outfit here’s how to look your best, starting from the inside out


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The body

Underpinnings have come a long way from their girdle heritage – finally, the frump factor has gone in place of solution-based lingerie. This beautiful lace body suit, with targeted firm control to shape your tummy, bottom and lightly sculpt the arms, flatters in all the right places. And with extra stretch, it won’t restrict your dance moves either.

The party pairing: wear it with a black bra underneath if you’re feeling bold, or try layering a sleeveless blouse on top for extra coverage. For a subtle take on sexy, choose a sleek pencil skirt to skim your curves or, for a boyish twist, opt for high-waisted trousers (loose or tailored will both look great).

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The waist-cincher

The late designer Oscar de la Renta famously advised his catwalk models to “walk like you have three men walking behind you” and this waist-nipping hero will help you find the confidence to show off and do the same. Designed to smooth your silhouette and accentuate killer curves, it provides the perfect underpinning to that body-skimming little black dress you’ve been dying to get back into. Kim Kardashian eat your heart out.

The party pairing: start with full-brief lace knickers for a pretty hemline and your favourite bra – choose black for a chic foundation. Then it has to be a figure-skimming dress to highlight your silhouette, knowing that the corset-like effect will smooth your curves.

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The multiway bra

What makes this the ultimate bra choice? Firstly, let’s talk about the straps. You can remove them completely, tie them as a halterneck or criss-cross them at the back for extra support – basically, it’s three bras in one. Designed to work with every neckline, it will disappear under any top, dress or jumpsuit, leaving you confident that it’ll stay in place.

The party pairing: team it with the season’s off-the-shoulder silhouettes or go completely strapless in a tuxedo-style jumpsuit – both will guarantee a standout entrance. For a super-smooth finish, complete with firm-control knickers in a matching shade.

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Photographer: Tony Kim / Stylist: Kara Kyne / Hair stylist: Maarit Niemela / Make-up artist: Adam de Cruz / Model: Laura Goodwin at Milk Management

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