The best shapewear dresses for that extra touch of confidence

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best shapewear dresses

by Marina Avraam |

It's safe to say that in 2022, the stigma around shapewear is finally out the window. Thanks to the likes of Kim K (and SKIMS), we can now scarf down that bacon cheeseburger before slipping on that body-con dress, without worrying about the dreaded bloat. What a time to be alive.

Shapewear dresses are fab for this time of the year when our go-to outfit is a floral maxi dress and some sneakers. They can help smoothen out your physique, and help you feel more confident - especially when it's time to bust out that form-fitting mini you've been dying to wear for MONTHS.

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Shapewear dresses are also a lot comfier than traditional shapewear shorts and are also more breathable - which, in this heat, is a dream come true.

So, to help you feel your best and most confident self, we've rounded up the best shapewear dresses on the market for every budget and body type. Shop our top picks below.

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SHOP: The best shapewear dresses

Cool Comfort™ Full Slip
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M&S offers an impressive range of shapewear, and this shapewear slip is smoothing, cling-resistant and helps you stay fresh all day thanks to the sweat-wicking Cool Comfort technology. It has a reversible design as well as adjustable straps and is a great base layer for any outfit. Plus, it's available in seven tones.

Pros: Breathable, available in many tones, great material.

Cons: Some reviewers complained of riding up.

Review: "Perfect under a dress, made the dress hang smoothly without any lumps & bumps"

Franato Women Control Slip Body Shaper
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A seamless shapewear dress with adjustable straps, designed to smooth your body in all the right places. It won't roll, or ride-up, and is available in nude or black.

Pros: Inclusive sizing, super comfy.

Cons: Some reviewers complain that it is too tight.

Review: "Having put too much weight on, I purchased this women's control dress. I am a 12/14 and the transformation from wearing this is absolutely amazing. I have one in each colour. It just smooths my spare tyres out. No lumps or obvious tell-tale signs that I am wearing this control dress. Thoroughly recommend this. 5* rated product 👍😊"

After Hours Slip Dress
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We couldn't possibly make a list of the best shapewear without including a brand we all know and love - SKIMS. The After Hours Slip Dress features the cool SKIM monogram logo, and can be worn under your clothes for a light smoothing effect. It has an underwire bra for extra support and fits to true to size.

Pros: Fits like a glove, built-in bra, soft and supportive material.
Cons: A pricier option.

Review: "I don’t usually wear underwire because I find it uncomfortable. I have large breasts and a small rib cage. However, this fits me fine and I wear the matching bra over it so I won’t fall out. Lovely strong and “delicate” fabric. Gorgeous fabric. I just ordered the matching leggings to complete the look. I do this for myself. Makes you feel very pretty."

Wolford Tulle Forming Dress
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Luxury shapewear and lingerie brand Wolford has mastered the art of intimate clothing, and this shapewear dress is living proof. It's designed for soft control and sculpting, with a focus on the waist stomach hips and rear. The sheer material will feel like a second skin, and the silicone ribbon tape ensures perfect hold.

Pros: High-quality craftsmanship, comfortable tulle fabric, super-smoothing effect.
Cons: An expensive option.

Review: "This shaping piece feels wonderful and I love what it does for me under form-fitting holiday dresses! I've had other brands of shapewear before, and I have to say that I really feel that Wolford is the best in terms of comfort and quality."

Joyshaper Women's Shaping Full Slips Shapewear Dress
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With a 3D-bust design, removable straps and breathable fabric, this control slip dress will be your summer saviour. It's available in a variety of tones and styles and shapes the body beautifully.

Pros: Very comfortable, high-quality material, doesn't ride up.
Cons: A few reviewers complained about a tight fit in the breast area.

Review: "Love this. I bought it as wanted a plain flesh-coloured (my skin is fairly dark) dress to wear under an embroidered net dress and it worked really well. Great that I didn't need a bra because it has a specially shaped area. I was in it all day from 10.30am till 11pm at a wedding and was worried it would be really hot and make me sweat but it didn't. So comfortable and secure. Had adjustable removable straps too."

ASOS DESIGN Smoothing Underwire Slip Dress in White
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This ASOS DESIGN slip dress is perfect if you're looking for a little extra smoothing, or simply to wear under a see-through dress. It provides underwire support, has adjustable straps and we love that the cups are non-padded for a more natural effect.

Pros: Fits nicely, comfy material, smoothing effect.
Cons: Due to colour, the slip may be a little see-through.

Review: "Fit the bill perfectly. I needed a slip to go under a mini shirt dress but one that also allowed me to show a little cleavage & this was absolutely perfect."

FM London Women's Under Bust Control Shapewear Dress Slip
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Smooth those lumps and bumps with this lightweight and super-sculpting slip dress. It'll help enhance your natural curves, and the added stretch allows for comfort and complete freedom of movement.

Pros: Great value, easy to wear, great fit.
Cons: Material is a little thin.

Review: "Fits wonderfully and is exactly what I expected (ordered to wear a slightly translucent dress). Easy shaping and comfortable to wear. I ordered size L and I'm wearing size 42."

Brown Shapewear Power Mesh Light Control Slip Dress
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Available in brown, nude and black, PLT's slip dress features an underwired detail and a controlled slip design to help keep everything in place. The mesh material means you can use this as shapewear by day, and lingerie by night...

Pros: 2-in-1 shapewear and lingerie, great value.
Cons: Colour may transfer due to fabric.

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