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The Best Shapewear Slip Tips You Need To Know

Best Shapewear Slip – With party and wedding season on the horizon, the number of cocktail socials, dinners and informal get-togethers with friends, family and colleagues can be dizzying.

So can deciding on the always-important question of what you’re going to wear. A classic curve hugging little black dress? A beautiful halter dress? A stunning strapless gown? 


The best shapewear slip for dresses and skirts is smooth and seamless.

No matter what you choose, the key to pulling it off begins behind the scenes with great shape wear.  Here, we share some of the best shapewear slip options, plus a few tips and tricks for acing a sensational look.

An Inside Look At The Best Shapewear Slip

So, you’ve chosen the perfect dress, but you’re not sure where to start? No worries.

If you've never worn slips before, you may wonder - what's the difference between a regular slip and a shape wear slip?

Are they the same? No, they're actually quite different. How?

Regular slips provide a lightweight barrier between your skin and clothing. They're not meant to be tight, and  have a loose and relaxed fit, with lots of room for a bra and panties underneath.

They can be plain and practical, elegant and dressy, or even super sexy in nylon, cotton, satin or silk with a touch of lace detailing.


When to wear everyday slips?

Pretty and versatile, everyday slips are excellent at reducing static cling, smoothing over visible panty and bra lines, and extending the life of your clothing. They can also be worn as nightwear.



Shape Wear Slips

Shapewear slips, on the other hand, are quite different.

While smooth and silky like everyday slips, they're in fact control undergarments, made of specialty fabrics like nylon and spandex that are blended to have a smooth, stretchy and curve-hugging fit.

Designed to work behind the scenes, the best shapewear slips invisibly slim and contour your silhouette for a sleek and polished look.

Some of the best shapewear slips have compression control zones that are designed to tame stubborn areas - from the bust and core to the tummy, bottom, hips and thighs. 

Popular Shape Wear Slips -

  • Low Back Shapewear Slip - often called an open back shapewear slip. A great style for backless dresses and gowns
  • Strapless Slip Shapewear - one of the best choices for summer dresses. Adjustable straps offer greater flexibility

Available in a variety of options that offer built-in bra and panty combinations, all-in-one strapless and low back slip styles make it easy to keep your shape wear to a minimum for a sleeker look and tailored fit.

The best part? With underwire and wirefree bras, features like ruching, elastic and padding ensure a great fit that helps keep your girls in place.

Prefer your own bra? No problem – many womens shapewear slip styles have an open bust that gives you the flexibility of wearing your own bra.


Many womens shapewear slip styles allow you to wear your favorite bra!

Half Slip Shapewear

Love the idea of a shaper, but don’t want a full length style? Consider half slips – an easy-fit basic that every wardrobe should have.

One of the best options for pencil style and straight skirts, suits and clingy fabrics, they start at the waist and end mid-thigh or lower (depending on the length you want).

Half slips are great for slimming the midriff and troublesome tummies – and preventing a muffin top - while shaping and firming the bottom and thighs.



Did You Know?

The secret to a beautifully smooth fit and slinky shape? All-in-one styles with built-in panties that are designed with a lower profile. They help eliminate a VPL - visible panty lines, and lumps and bumps of regular panties.

  • For slips with built-in panties, consider styles with a cotton gusset for a comfier experience
Slip styles with built-in panties eliminate the need for bulky undies.

It's All About Control

The best part of control undergarments? You get to choose the level of control that you want and feel comfortable with, no matter what you're wearing. There are three simple options that cover every occasion -

  • light control - great for everyday wear, this option smooths and streamlines your overall shape and is the most comfortable option
  • medium control - an excellent everyday wear choice that's also nice for special occasions. It offers more compression and contouring with control panels in targeted areas
  • firm / extra firm control - when you need serious shape wear control and minimizing for special occasions and formal events. The higher you go with firm or extra firm control, the tighter and more compressed the fit

What to remember when shopping for the best shapewear slip for you?

  • Seamless styles with a curve-hugging silhouette offer a sleeker look
  • Razor cut hems with a thin silicone band help to keep a shaper slip in place
  • Styles with a built-in underwire bra and padding are a great way to get the support and lift that you want
  • Thin spaghetti shoulder straps have a virtually invisible look that’s ideal for sheer dresses
  • Shaper fabrics with four-way stretch provide a better body-contouring fit

What can you wear with shape wear slips?

There is a lot that you can wear. The best shapewear slip is very versatile and can be worn with:

  • casual, everyday and formal dresses – long, short and midi length
  • halter tops, shirts, blouses and / or sweater and skirt combinations
  • bridal and special occasion gowns, cocktail dresses and strapless favorites
  • knitwear and sheer fabrics
Slips that are smooth and seamless arevery versatile.

Keep It Simple With Slips

In our experience, one of the best ways to enjoy a smooth and seamless look under everything from low back dresses to strapless wedding gowns is to keep your lingerie undergarments to an absolute minimum.

Why? With bulky layers of panties, bras, slips and shapers, etc., under your clothing the more likely you'll be able to see the lumps, bumps and ripples of your intimate apparel.

Also, if you’re sensitive to heat, multiple layers of lingerie and a shaper slip can chafe and become uncomfortably warm.


The Best Shapewear Slip Is All About The Fabric

Last but not least, one of the most important elements that brings it all together and makes your slip work - fabric. 

When it comes to shape wear, though it’s rarely mentioned, fabric matters. Why is it so important?  Fit, comfort and a sleek, polished look.

Choose the right control wear fabric and life is great – you look and feel amazing no matter what you’re wearing.


Opt for the wrong fabric and you’ll never forget how uncomfortable you were. And, chances are great that you’ll never wear that shaper again – and it will end up at the back of drawer.

So, what is the best fabric for a womens shapewear slip? Nylon, or a blend of nylon and spandex fabric better known as microfiber.

Super smooth and stretchy, these specialty fabrics are designed with a smooth surface to hug your curves and prevent your clothing from sticking - the perfect shaper solution!