You might think shapewear AKA Bridget Jones pants are something to be ashamed of, but we insist you wear your suck-it-all-in pants with pride.
There are loads of great options with heaps of benefits, from smoothing out VPL to improving your posture, seriously, there will be shapewear to cater to your needs (yes, even some extreme tummy control shapewear).
We've pulled together some pieces that can be worn under anything and everything, from the school run to glam evening looks.
You can buy butt-lifting shapewear and tummy flattening shapewear, and you can use them to create a Kardashian-like silhouette or simply to feel your best in a slinky LBD. And, we've even put in some strapless shapewear, for those fiddly dresses with teeny straps. You're welcome.
Plus, there's no need for your smoothing pants to break the bank as we've found super affordable options from just £9.99.
Where to shop the best tummy control pants for a super smooth look
Best tummy control shapewear 2022
Editors pickSPANX is the leader in the field when it comes to shapewear, so it's no surprise we're starting with its best-selling thong bodysuit.Pros: the plunge neckline, thong fit and multiway straps make this the ultimate bodysuit for pretty much any outfit.Cons: it IS pricey, we can't deny that.One reviewer wrote: "I am soo happy this fits like skin LOL, it's soft and very comfortable - I normally wear a medium but kept fingers crossed and got a small. Wow."
Best petite tummy control shapewearThis bargain bodysuit from Amazon looks and feels like pretty lingerie while also providing great support and smoothing power.Pros: a great price point and stellar reviews with some even saying it makes them look like they've lost a stone.Cons: some reviews say it's not suitable for larger frames and sizing comes up a little small.One reviewer wrote: "Totally love this body, the best fitting I have ever had. My first boned bra, too. Sooo comfy - takes pounds off."
Best tummy control shapewear for backless dressesIf you're going for a slinky backless dress but still want the power of some tummy tucking shapewear, this bodysuit is the one for you.Pros: a totally seam-free silhouette and super sticking power at a bargain price.Cons: probably not one for bigger busts as the sticking might not provide enough support for E cups plus.One reviewer wrote:"This fit perfectly for a low plunge backless dress. I was worried that the thong would be uncomfortable but it's not at all. "The straps help give "the girls" extra lift and the cups fit perfectly. I normally wear a 36 B And I ordered a Small. The only thing I think would make it better is if it included a set of clear straps also. But If I could, I would give it 10 stars."
Best seamfree tummy control shapewearAnother classic pair of shaping pants, these ones come highly reviewed and at a brilliant price.Pros: affordable price and super sucking in power.Cons: possible VPL when wearing very tight clothing.One reviewer wrote: "'I'm delighted with my purchase! The size Large fitted snuggly (I'm size 14-16). Very comfortable - they extend past the waist to under the chest and are great quality."
Best tummy control shapewear for creating a silhouetteThis no-fuss shapewear slip is a great option that'll see you through both summer weddings and Christmas parties.Pros: comfortable tulle fabric with room for your bra and super smoothing effect.Cons: it's a little on the expensive side.One reviewer wrote:"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."
Best shapewear for colour optionsWe could hardly create a list of the best shapewear without including Kim Kardashian's SKIMS, which has absolutely taken the shapewear industry by storm. The sculpting high-rise shorts are unbelievably comfy, seamless and with full coverage at the back.Pros: very inclusive sizing and colour options.Cons: a few reviewers complained about rolling down at the top with movement.Review: "This was so comfortable I did not realize I was wearing it! I wore this for my daughter's wedding for over 10 hours straight and it was great!"
Best tummy control shapewear for a push-up effect on the bumH&M offers a great range of really affordable shapewear, and these shorts are no exception.Pros: over 100 great reviews praising super support and a great price too.Cons: some reviews say the legs roll up over time, so perhaps not great for all-day wear.One reviewer wrote: "Amazing amazing. I've never worn control garments but I would say this is a stronghold. Smoothed me out and made me look amazing in my tea dress. "Could not see that I was wearing these shorts under my dress. I'm so glad I brought these."
Best plus size tummy control shapewearAvailable in sizes 16 to 28, these high-waisted control briefs are designed to smooth hips and provide all-around support.Pros: creates a gorgeous silhouette and is available in black or nude.Cons: it's handwash only, so try not to spill any red wine on these.
Best tummy control shapewear for a figure-hugging dress Another SPANX entry on the list, these shorts are a much more affordable alternative to the full bodysuit at just £35.Pros: a super smooth finish.Cons: reviews say to be careful when purchasing if you're petite, as the top can roll down when sitting down.One reviewer wrote: "A bit tricky to get into, but makes me feel great. Smooths out all bumps and lumps and gives me a smoother silhouette."
Best tummy control shapewear that supports your back This all-in-one shaper smooths away lumps and bumps on your hips and tummy, making it a great everyday option.Pros: great price, powerful shaping and you can even wear your favourite bra as it doesn't have one built-in.Cons: very few, but some reviews say the stitching can get a little uncomfortable after a while.One reviewer wrote: "This is a useful item to have, it smooths your lines and makes sure things look better. It is not as controlled as the waist clincher which I also have but it's still very good and more comfortable. "All in all it's a very good product and worth the buy."
Best budget tummy control shapewear These support shorts are the cheapest option on our shapewear roundup but don't be deceived by their price.Pros: great price and all-day-wear comfort.Cons: some reviews say the legs come down a bit too far to wear with short dress styles.One reviewer wrote:"Well I wasn't expecting miracles because of the price. Merely a pair of pants that might smooth lumps and bumps under tighter clothes. But oh my gosh wow these are incredible."
Best tummy control shapewear for the colder weatherPerfect for winter wearing, these tights are the ultimate suck-it-in pair to wear all winter long.Pros: the thicker panel at the top banishes hitching up tights for good.Cons: no less ladderable and rippable than other tights, so quite pricey for a potentially laddered pair.One reviewer wrote: "Wolford are the best and last the longest - great product."
Best unitard tummy control shapewearAnother great option from Maidenform, this unitard smooths down from your bust to mid-thigh and professes to take inches off your waist.Pros: there's room for your own bra and is great under dresses with no lines where traditional control pants might end.Cons: some reviews say although the tummy support is great, the thigh support isn't as brilliant.One reviewer wrote: "Size 14 and bought the Large. Tight to get into but that is the point, and once you've got it on all lumps & bumps are smoothed. Wearing your own bra is a bonus and it holds boobs in from the side so you look slimmer there too rather than minimiser bras which squash them all outwards. "Washes perfectly. Such a well constructed garment & incredibly reasonably priced. Quality."
Best tummy control shapewear for comfortHeist already produces a great range of tights, so we're thrilled to recommend the shapewear too.Pros: ultimate comfort and wearers even boast improved posture.Cons: a little pricey for a pair of pants.One reviewer wrote: "More than happy to recommend! My Heist products are amazing to wear."
Best tummy control shapewear for skirtsThese affordable boyshorts are a great option if you want a little more bum shaping as well as tummy control.Pros: you can wear these under even the skimpiest of skirts because of the boyshort style.Cons: they don't provide much in the way of shaping for the thighs, so you might want to try a different style if that's what you're after.One reviewer wrote: "Lovely to wear, well made and great tummy control. Can be worn under other shorts or as a short itself. Great!"
Best tummy control shapewear for maternityOver the bump shapewear is fantastic for accommodating your new curves. You'll love the elasticated waistband and bodycon fit combo.Pros: comfortable and stretchy enough for bump and mumma. Cons: looser than regular shapewear.One reviewer wrote:"Bought my pre-pregnancy size and they fitted perfectly. They are so comfy and fit me so well everywhere despite being 6ft tall, I can tell they will grow with me throughout the rest of my pregnancy."
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How do I choose tummy control pants?
What tummy control pants you choose totally depends on the look you want to achieve.
If you want to smooth out hips and thighs as well as your tummy, it's best to go for a cycling-shorts style, but if you just want to suck in a muffin top then go for a more classic knicker style.
Should I go a size down?
The short answer is no. You should buy shapewear in your regular size, but always check the reviews and consider ordering multiple sizes if you're ordering online.