BUYER’S GUIDE • - Stick to your size: Don’t be tempted to size down for extra firmness. Body shapers are designed to enhance your silhouette according to your actual size. Anything too snug will cause bulges and rolls – and discomfort. Always try the garment on before buying to check for fit and comfort. • - Determine which area of the body to focus on: The level of compression and control (light, medium or firm) you want in a particular area depends on the intensity required for the body or targeted areas to highlight the curves. Remember: more control, less comfort. • - Shapers are generally made of nylon and spandex (both synthetic fabrics), which is great in colder climates when you want to retain body heat, but you’ll probably sweat in summer. Cotton blend is a preferred choice for breathability and will keep you cool and comfortable for long periods. Nylon or 100% spandex can prevent the skin from breathing. Feel the fabric to get a sense of how the garment will shape: lightweight shapers are more likely to smooth out targeted areas, while heavier pieces usually have compression zones that will suck and tuck your body into shape. • - Check that the fabric stays in place and won’t roll down when you sweat. Silicon edges ensure that the shaper stays in place – though silicon can cause an allergic reaction so be sure to check if it will affect you. • - Ensure that the shaper has a cotton gusset for hygiene reasons, and hook-and-eye closures for convenience. • - Bonded seams or seam-free options offer a smoother look under clothing. TIP: Hand-wash your shaper, as a machine wash can be harsh on the delicate fabric. Lay the garment flat to dry – twisting or wringing may cause it to lose its shape. Do not to tumble dry to prevent shrinkage.