Frequently Asked Questions

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Shapewear is no longer a Woman's secret as people like to say. The secret is out and it works. The concept of body sculpting is ancient, but now it is out in the open and everyone from movie stars to housewives are wearing Women's shapewear and they are posting about it. There are even effective body shaping products made for Men.

Shapewear FAQs

What Is Shapewear or Colombian Fajas (Fajas Colombianas)?

A foundation garment (also known as shapewear, faja in Spanish or shaping underwear) is an undergarment designed to temporarily alter the wearer's body shape, to achieve a more fashionable figure. We want our clients to be confident about their body, that is why we have many shapewear choices. From body shapers that help your clothes fit well, to full body Colombian fajas  (also know as Fajas Colombianas in Spanish) style girdles that offer more compression and add more curves. The main differences between the different types of shapewear garments are the areas they target, and the strength of compression they provide.

What are the most popular shapewear styles?

The simplest foundation is a shaping panty which is an ultra-light-weight panty that offers a mild touch of smoothing. There are available in unitard style (shortened legs) or a camisole style. The camisole offers greater control from a body-liner, and is available in boy-leg and capri-leg lengths, with spaghetti straps, low cut necklines, and even scoop backs, to cater for the outerwear under which the garments will be worn.

However one of our most popular styles are known as body shapers which is a great seamless garment designed to provide a smoothing effect that can be worn with your favorite bra. Traditionally these body shapers come in panty boyshort, or with shoulder straps. Some may dub a camisole or a long line bridal bra, a body shaper, but we separated those into different styles. While body shapers may smooth out the trouble area, girdles provide full body coverage. 

Which brings us to the next big shapewear garment type called a full body suit also known as shapewear girdles or fajas. Full body suits are typically worn as post-surgical recovery garment but are also perfectly fine for everyday wear. Our Spanish speaking customers refer to these garments simply as fajas colombianas which translate to Colombian fajas. These full body shapewear girdles are a step up in coverage (such as Delie Fajas ) but also in price because they offer total body control. Girdles are usually thicker and come in a more durable material such as Lycra spandex blend that offers additional features and body compression benefits in many support levels. Full body suit shapewear girdles are usually mid-thigh, offer some type of butt lifting benefits or enhancement, have hook and eye or zippered closure and with and without a built in bra.

Because there is no true definition of a body suit, we make the distinction based on coverage area however, many companies throw these words around. Body suit, body shaper or fajas can all mean the same thing, but that difference is not always clearly defined. Thankfully we built a full body suits collection to make your buying experience as smooth as possible.

What other types of shapewear can I buy?

There are many shapewear types including waist trainers or waist cinchers are more suited for contouring the mid-section than body suits and combine body shaping benefits with a modern corset design. Mid-thigh shapers, and high waist shapers are very popular and each targets specific trouble areas. Butt lifter shorts or brazilian butt lift shapers (abbrev. bbl)  target the rear and help you achieve a well rounded backside as well as supporting a comfortable recovery. Abdominal binders which come in single, double or tri-flap design and help Women and Men support the waist by providing compression in the mid-section. Speaking about the the waist area, we feature many effective belly bands and slips which specifically target the waist. Maternity bands and belts are also available for post partum recovery. Ultimately shapewear garments are designed to provide body sculpting benefits, such as achieving that hourglass figure you may desire, or just boosting your self confidence to wear a new outfit. 

There are many more shapewear you can choose from from tops to bottoms. Whatever your reason for wearing shapewear, we are a trusted dealer for shapewear, bras and post-surgical garments. At Shapewearusa.com, we carry over 40+ top shapewear brands to choose from.

Does shapewear really work?

We wholeheartedly believe so. Properly fitted shapewear garments nip and tick the body, while at the same time enhance curves in all the right ways, depending on which garment you wear. On top of that, body shaping garments also improve your posture, self-confidence, and give you an overall sleeker physique.

What are the different support levels offered?

Garments may be categorized according to level or shape control offered - for instance, light, medium firm or extra firm. Light control shapewear will smooth issued sections so you can feel confident about your look all day long. Medium control shapewear will conceal some bulges that you want to smooth out so you can feel comfortable while wearing your clothes. Firm control shapewear is designed with stretchy material that sculpts your body while adding a nice shaping finish to your figure. Extra-firm control pieces are an ideal solution for post-surgical recovery wear, and occasional garments such as wedding dresses, elegant gowns, and cocktail dresses. 

How to size shapewear?

If you want to really get to the shapewear size that best fits you, we recommend you follow a sizing chart. Here is a general description of the steps that need to be taken to get the correct measurements. You should take measurements of your hi-waist, low-waist, and hips holding the tape tight around the body. To get to your hi-waist measurements, hold the tape 3 points above the waist, to calculate your low-waist, go 4 inches below the waist for your upper hips, go 8 inches below the waist or at the widest area of your hips.

According to your measurements, pick the shapewear from the size chart that treats your issue section. If you have a small waist and wide hips, you should choose a thigh shaper and opt for the size that fits your hips width. If your belly is bigger than your hips, you should select waist cincher or high-waist shaper that fits your waist dimensions.

How to wash and care your shapewear garment?

You can put your shapewear in a washing machine, but just as long as it's a gentle cycle, which is commonly used for silk fabric. However, hand washing is the most recommended because it makes your shaper last longer.

What colors do you recommend for shapewear?

Our shapewear is available in many attractive colors, but the ones that are especially recommended are skin tone colors such as nude or beige because they are invisible under your garment to create a perfectly sleek look. If you are dark skinned, mocha, taupe, or suntan are a nice alternative to beige.  Although black will work if you wear dark clothes, but it even better if you want to show off your silhouette. White will be see-through even under white garment, however it makes a great option for as bridal foundation for a wedding dress.

Should I wear shapewear garment while sleeping?

During the sleep, our mind and body are in the process of repairing, so that's the time when the muscles are the most relaxed. In order to prevent your body from stressing during the most important period of recovery, you shouldn't wear any tight garment or underwear while sleep. 

Should I wear a shapewear garment while I am at work?

You should definitely! Our range of shapewear is made to support you wherever you go, especially at work. Shapewear garments will mold your figure in a subtle way while keeping a certain level of pressure on your muscles in a way that doesn't restrict you in your daily activities.

Can shapewear help with weight loss?

Women often tend to confuse weight loss and body shaping which are completely different approaches. Weight loss is always best achieved by dieting and exercise while the role of shapewear is to sculpt your figure and provide control to your silhouette. Shapewear fajas offer different levels of body compression, which is different from weight loss, but does offer comfort and support where you need it.

If you don't find your answer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

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