What You Need to Know About Plus Size Shapewear

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Jen Anderson | 3 comments

I used to wear shapewear because I thought I had to. Mom suggested a tummy tucker and so I wore one. No wonder I hated the thing. Shapewear can serve a purpose besides keeping us from taking a deep breath. If you wear plus size shapewear strategically (and in the right size), it can actually make you more comfortable.

No really. Some women like the added support shapewear can provide their tummies or thighs.

Why Wear Plus Size Shapewear

plus size bronze brown jewel neckline maxi dressOur models don't wear shapewear, but they're built like models and Vikki Vi clothing has a relaxed fit. You may slip into something slinky like the Maxi Tank Dress and discover that there's a spot where the fit isn't as relaxed as you'd like. Shapewear can smooth you out (without squishing), giving your clothes a cleaner line. 

If you're like me, your first introduction to shapewear may have been shame-based. You were told to wear it in a futile attempt to conceal a recent weight gain or to create an hourglass silhouette. You wore it because you felt bad about yourself. You tolerated ill fitting, uncomfortable shapewear because you didn't know there was a better way.

You may have given up shapewear along with the accompanying self loathing. Going back to wearing shapewear doesn't mean you don't like your body. You wear a bra to fight gravity - shapewear is the same. And just like bras, when they fit properly, they're actually quite comfortable.

plus size green print maxi tank dressSizing

When you buy shapewear, go up a size. At least. I have no idea why a size 2X girdle is too small for someone who usually wears a 2X. It just does. If your shapewear is uncomfortable, or fat spills out at the top or bottom, you need a bigger size.

Of course, finding plus size shapewear at all can be frustrating. (Angry shout out to all the stores that sell plus size clothing but not plus size belts or tights.) I've got some resources.

Yummie makes shapewear up to size 3X, which is really a 2X. Sites that have shapewear up to 5X (really 4X) include Diva's Curves, Her Room, and Marena. If you have sensitive skin, some of those sites also carry post-surgical compression garments that are gentler on the skin. On the Plus Side has shapewear up to 8X.

What Shapewear Can't Do

It can't change the shape of your body. If you're pear shaped, putting on shapewear won't reduce the size of your lower half so much that you're magically an hourglass. 

What Type of Shapewear Should I Get?

That depends on what you're going to wear and what you body shape is. If you're apple shaped, that means something that will cover your tummy. This could be a long tank, high waisted shorts, or high waisted briefs. If you're pear shaped, you want coverage for your tummy, hips and thighs. High waisted shorts or a high waisted half slip will serve you nicely.

A long tank can also smooth out your back. Though, let's face it. If your back is lumpy, then you're not wearing the right size bra. Back fat is like the muffin top - it's created by too tight clothing.

Do I Have to Wear Shapewear?

Nope! Not ever if that's what you want. But if you want to wear styles you've been avoiding, or think you might enjoy more supportive undergarments, go for it. You're not betraying the sisterhood by wearing plus size shapewear. You do you.

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Elizabeth Barnett
Elizabeth Barnett

July 17, 2018

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Roberta Dugan
Roberta Dugan

June 22, 2018

Thanks so much for this informative post! As a tall plus sized woman with arthritic knees, I have been looking everywhere online for compression leggings, tights, and shape wear that will actually FIT ME. I had never heard of any but one of the links you included and I am so excited to go visit them and to get shopping!!! :D I also never would have thought to go up a size. My husband will be thrilled if/when I no longer have to hop up and down or lay down on the bed to put on my leggings and tights.

Gail Crockett
Gail Crockett

June 20, 2018

Awesome blog post. Needed those suggestions on places to get some. Many thanks. Best post yet!!

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Size Chart
Vikki Vi Clothing runs generously. The size chart below is an excellent guide for most of our products. If any styles run especially large or small, that information will be listed on the specific product page.
 

0X
Size 12-14

1X
Size 16-18

2X
Size 20-22

3X
Size 24-26

4X
Size 28-30

Bust

44"

48"

52"

56"

60"

Waist

32"

35"

40"

44"

48"

Hip

46"

48"

52"

55"

58"