Maybe the best any of us can do is not quit, play the hand we’ve been dealt and accessorize what we’ve got.


As a history buff, I love looking at how things have evolved. Daxon has put together a brief history of the last 60 years of shapewear. From the 1950’s – ‘the decade of the housewife’ – where shape was categorised as a highly feminine perception of women and curves came back into fashion. Shapewear was designed to enhance women’s curves, a large bust and shapely bum were desirable. Think Marilyn, Doris Day, Diana Dors. All the way through to today – where strong opinions still exist but women are encouraged, more than ever, to ‘embrace their figure’ and ‘love the skin they’re in’. Shapewear today is more about enhancing what you have rather than about trying to create an unrealistic body shape.

I understand that shapewear is a bit of a “marmite” topic. Some of you love it and others of you refuse to wear it. Me? I’m on the fence. I own some but I don’t tend to wear it.

What about you? Love or hate?

*this post was written in collaboration with Daxon. All opinions are my own. 

2 thoughts on “Maybe the best any of us can do is not quit, play the hand we’ve been dealt and accessorize what we’ve got.

  1. Love my shape wear and would wear anytime I am going out and quite often for work meetings. Not going to get rid of the fat but will give a better shape, more smooth under my clothes. I tend to go for medium control and I find most of it very comfortable to wear. However after quite a weight gain over the last few month I did have to pull out the big guns for a recent formal wedding and went with Playtex 18 hour girdle… cost me for 44 euro. Really did make a massive difference to my shape and really pulled me in without a our pour of fat. Not something I plan to wear often but did the job.

  2. Not so much Marmite for me, more like cynical, retrogressive, body-shaming tosh.
    Being in my 50s and of the first generation to spurn it, I loathe shape wear as a matter of principle. My mother bought me my first “all-in-one” girdle when I was 14, (imagine the ignominy of that in the 1970s), and I continued to wear some variation of this sweat and guts-ache-inducing torture device until my late teens – even under my tightest jeans and in the hottest weather – before finally deciding I’d had enough of feeling like an antediluvian freak. I’d rather just wear clothes that don’t require me to be a different shape in order for me to look good in them.

    I was appalled when I saw exactly the same kind of girdles that made my youth such a misery first making their way back into skinny-girl lingerie departments a few years ago because it sends a message to all women that our bodies just aren’t good enough in their natural state.

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