The party season is now firmly upon us but with the usual excitement can come a feeling of apprehension. Beautiful dresses are everywhere and the Christmas season gives us all a chance to get dressed up, but we may feel a bit insecure about unwelcome lumps and bumps in our much-loved clothes.
Help is at hand ladies, in the form of your most loyal friends: shapewear and lingerie . Start with a great foundation and lay any insecurities to rest. In fact, according to a recent report, we're clearly so enamoured with shapewear that we buy it three times a year. (Kantar Worldpanel Fashion).
It's also not just us that are devotees of control underwear; celebrities the world over are bringing elastane and spandex to the red carpet. 'Big knickers' are still a firm favourite more than a decade after Bridget Jones's Diary, but we're now offered a huge array of different styles and control levels.
Great lingerie that fits us well can have a huge impact on our shape, posture and the way we feel. Partywear is designed to show off your curves, so if you want sculpting, smoothing, shaping or a combination of all three, we have plenty of choices available for you.
For a smooth silhouette with sweeping lines and a feminine shape with no gaps or joins, the best option has to be a control slip . If you want a little more freedom on your lower half, try a bodysuit or camisole, a favourite that many women wear everyday.
With the enduring success of Mad Men and The Hour on our screens, the 1950s silhouette is very in vogue and it is easier to create than you might think. We're all blessed with a shape to enhance and waist cinchers and high waist briefs are perfect for nipping in your core.
Lift and shape
One of the many delights we take in the Christmas season is the huge array of stunning formalwear in our stores and online. But if you've any anxiety about your derrière, for lift and shape with a smoothing effect the best control pieces are briefs .
If you want a little more coverage than shapewear briefs and a smooth, uninterrupted shape from the waist to the lower thigh, give shorts or half slips a try. The shorts are available in a range of lengths to suit your outfit, and the half slips give shape and minimise static.
Style and substance
Bras are the starting point of our lingerie collections and their importance cannot be overlooked during the party season. Multiway, strapless, stick on and plunge bras all provide support and shape, and are an investment for years to come.
Tights have been a wardrobe staple since they were first invented, and these ones from Wolford do the job brilliantly. Now available with tummy and bottom control panels and leg support, they're more sophisticated than ever, and ideal for everyday lightweight control.