Shapewear As Outerwear: Revamping Your Wardrobe In 2022
Let’s be honest: when you think of shapewear, you probably think of the long slips or awkward shorts that your mom struggled into when you were a little girl. And while this shapewear may have gotten the job done underneath their clothes, they never would have been able to wear those pieces on their own. In the past, shapewear was often bulky, constricting, and uncomfortable, not to mention unattractive. They were added on to outfits, rather than being incorporated into them.
There are a couple of issues with this take. For one thing, it creates the idea that we need to hide or feel ashamed of our shapewear. For another, it prevents you from getting the full “bang for your buck” out of your pieces. Not all shapewear pieces are meant to be worn out and above. But isn’t it great when they can be?
We want to take a different approach. Rather than hiding our shapewear away or treating it with shame, we’re encouraging women to love themselves—and love their shapewear! Let’s look into some of the ways that you can wear shapewear out and about, as part of your outfits rather than a hidden secret.
1. Bodysuit + Jeans
We all love jeans. They can be worn throughout the year, regardless of the season, and come in many different styles. But regardless of what kind of jeans you’re wearing, it’s all too easy for certain issues to occur when you wear them. Jeans can easily cause the dreaded “muffin top” because of their relatively tight waistbands. Additionally, if you have a fuller backside or thicker thighs it can be difficult to have your weight distributed properly in jeans.
This is why we would suggest wearing a bodysuit with your jeans. A bodysuit is a single piece, and Popilush bodysuits are available in multiple styles and lengths. When wearing a bodysuit, you can easily pull your jeans up and over the suit. The suit will act as a kind of barrier, shaping your body and smoothing out any bumps you might not want. As a bonus, you won’t need to worry about panty lines anymore!
This approach to looping shapewear into your everyday outfits actually simplifies getting dressed in the morning. When you’re wearing soft, buttery shapewear, your jeans glide right on. It’s the ultimate “grab and go” outfit!
2. Leggings As Casual Wear
Chances are, there will be a point in your life when you want to wear leggings and walk out the door. Try five or six points in a single week! Leggings are perfect for running errands, jogging around the block, or going to yoga… in theory.
The problem with most leggings is that they aren’t necessarily flattering to wear. Many leggings are made to be thin, sometimes borderline transparent. Not only can this cause wardrobe malfunctions; it can also be difficult to feel your best in low quality leggings. They often rip easily and develop pilling when washed. The solution? To wear shapewear leggings?
Shapewear leggings are meant to mold and form the body, creating a sleek silhouette even when you’re wearing them on their own. While they can potentially be worn under pants and long skirts, they’re also much more suitable to be worn on their own than typical leggings. Popilush’s moisture-wicking fabrics ensure that you can jog or practice hot yoga in your leggings without feeling sweaty and overwhelmed. Additionally, you can rely on these leggings to last you for the long term, not succumbing to the rips and snags of standard leggings.
3. Bras As Outerwear
There’s no denying that choosing bras as outerwear is daring. But it’s also not a new trend; in fact, it was cited as one of the top fashion trends of 2020. Depending on how bold you’re feeling, you could throw on a cute pair of pants, a blazer, and a good bra and go for a walk around the block; or you could reserve that particular look for a night out with friends.
Many have struggled with the trend not because they don’t like it, but because there aren’t enough cute bras that fit every body type. If you happen to have a larger chest, you can’t rely on a flimsy bralette as outerwear. That’s why we suggest trying a one of our shapewear bras when you’re ready to be daring.
There are a few great things about this approach. Shapewear bras are clean and simple, distributing your bust perfectly while at the same time ensuring that you aren’t going to have any wardrobe malfunctions. Additionally, they naturally act as a perfect hybrid between underwear and outerwear. You can indulge in this expressive trend, while at the same time ensuring that you look and feel your best.
You can find a lot to love about incorporating shapewear into your street style. It gives you the best of both worlds: you can execute your perfect look without giving up the safety that shapewear provides. Furthermore, if you invest in high quality shapewear, you can wear these pieces over and over again without losing them to wear and tear.
These are just a few of the ways that you can wear shapewear out and about in your everyday life. The more you wear these pieces, the more you’ll realize that they’re ideal for experimentation. Let yourself walk on the wild side for once—if only by pairing your jeans with a bodysuit!