Shapewear can make you look slimmer and sleeker in a cocktail dress, work clothes, or jeans and a T-shirt.
If you've tried it before, you might be in for a surprise.
"In the beginning, shapewear used to be too tight and it would push the fat in the wrong way, which was just not flattering," says Los Angeles celebrity stylist Sophia Banks-Coloma. "I remember going on a date and thinking I had food poisoning because I was wearing bad shapewear. I had to remove it in the bathroom."
As long as you wear it properly, shapewear should be relatively comfortable. "There are different levels. It can be ultra or light slimming," says Milena Joy, an image consultant in Denver. "You don't have to wear something that will totally change your shape. You can choose what spots, to target just your thighs, butt, stomach, or multiple areas."
That is, if you know how to choose and use your shapewear, and know why it should never be too tight.