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While shapewear isn’t a new invention (hello, girdles), sucker-inners have definitely undergone a makeover in recent years. The new-school shapers hide all the lumps and bumps and can shave off inches without cutting off your circulation (because breathing is WAAAY more important that having a smoother waistline).
All that technology isn’t cheap, but it is way less expensive and painful than liposuction. So, we searched the web for our picks for the five best shapewear brands on a budget.
Best Shapewear on a Budget
Everyday Shapewear: Assets by Sara Blakely
Do you dream of Spanx, but can’t afford the high price tag? Then you’ll love Assets (we really love assets), the less-expensive version of Spanx sold at Target and now JCPenney. They don’t have quite the engineering of the originals, but it’s a little easier to get in and out of them–and easier to breathe.
Fantastic Firmers control panties are $14-$16 (the Spanx verison is $40), and a full slip is $42 (approximately half of the higher-priced option). We’re also huge fans of the Assets tights–we go up a size for maximum opaqueness.
Special Occasion/Formal Shapewear: Flexees from Kohl’s
Sometimes getting zipped up requires a little extra hold. Flexees bodysuits and torso-focused items seem to really suck you in where it counts and add firm structure where you might want a little support. A full firm control slip is $57 (pricey) and is basically a really tight dress that you wear under your actual dress. While the price is a bit much, they are ALWAYS on sale and you can often find the brand at your local T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, or Ross.
Sexy Shapewear: Skinnygirl
Happily ever after or not, Bethenny Frankel knows her margaritas and her shapewear. Though it’s hard to imagine that she needs any help, her line of Skinnygirl shapewear is impressively not Bridget Jones-like. A mesh cami ($34) and slip ($42) in red, champagne or black are as sexy-sweet as any lingerie out there, with the added bonus of microfiber shaping and underwire bra support. The lace-covered body suit ($40) shown above is HOT.
Plus-size Shapewear: Ulla Popken
Ulla Popken has three levels of plus-size shapewear: light, medium and strong. That means you get the perfect blend of body control and comfort to suit your lifestyle. Choose from high-waisted slimming panties to full body tanks.
Everyday Shapewear: Barely There
Unless you’re always in bandage dresses, you’ll want a daily shaper that will be comfortable enough to wear for hours. The Barely There line offers camis for holding in your “tummy and torso” and boxers for your “tummy and tush.” They’re seamless and designed to lay flat so they won’t create any unwanted lines.