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How to Choose and Use Shapewear

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...

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7 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Shapewear

Gaye Gerard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images If you have yet to unlock the magic that is shapewear, prepare to have your world rocked. It's like someone took an iron to you and smoothed out every lump you have. It's like Photoshop for your living, breathing, three-dimensional body. It works so well that most celebrities wear shapewear on the red carpet. I'm trying not to oversell it, but we are talking about the product that made Spanx founder Sara Blakely the world's youngest self-made female billionaire. There's just one problem with this genre of wonder-garments: shapewear has gotten so popular that it now comes in a seemingly endless array of styles and fabrics. How do you decide which will work best for your body and your wardrobe? Here's...

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The Best Double Mastectomy Bras to Wear After Surgery

Bras are like friends…the good ones never leave you hanging. Truer words have never been spoken. After my double mastectomy, bra shopping became really hard for the first time in my life. Sure, this was only complicated by the fact that I kept going up a size every week due to the saline fills and expanders gradually growing larger in my chest, but I soon realized that bra options post-surgery were slim pickens. Due to the amount of support and ease-of-use that patients require, post-mastectomy bras need to have some specific requirements. It doesn’t help that the market caters to older women who aren’t exactly shopping for the sexiest things money can buy…not that I am either, but give me something other...

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