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Shapewear For Newbies

Shapewear For Newbies

We’re ecstatic to see more and more people begin to embrace their curves and celebrate their bodies. As part of this movement, shapewear can help accentuate and smooth your body in all the places you want. Know that no matter what shape or size you are, the right shapewear garment is out there for you, and we’re here to help you find it. Fear not! Shapewear is nothing to be intimidated by. It’s something to be celebrated and embraced… the sooner you let shapewear into your life, the sooner you’ll find it embraces you just as much.

We’ve put together a few of the most commonly  asked questions to help you find the best shapewear for your unique needs:

  • Do I need shapewear
  • What does shapewear do for my body?
  • How do I find the right size shapewear? 
  • How do I care for my new shapewear?
  • Why should you choose ContourMD shapewear?

Do You Need Shapewear?

Shapewear provides many benefits to many different groups of people and, as we’ve mentioned, the right piece of shapewear is out there for you. We just need to help narrow down what would be best for your specific goals and your body type. 

Many people don’t realize this but shapewear isn’t just for “tummy control” or “butt lifts,” although, those are great reasons to pick some up. Shapewear has varying levels of compression and also benefits people recovering from cosmetic surgery, weight loss surgery, those who are pre or post-op gender confirmation surgery, new moms, men and women who have had breast surgery, and even people working from home and wanting to look nice on that zoom call.  And while we may be completely “over” Zoom calls and virtual happy hours, the confident and controlled feeling you will enjoy from finding the right piece of shapewear will last longer than the year 2020 felt like. 

What Does Shapewear Do For My Body?

As we’ve mentioned, there are many different reasons a person will seek out and use shapewear. From tummy control to a comforting compression after weight loss surgery, the uses for shapewear are vast.  Shapewear can be used aesthetically to improve your shape and contour or even just to smooth underwear lines, or it can be used medically to help people recovering from various types of surgery.  And while shapewear doesn’t have the same level of compression as the medical-grade garments we also manufacture, it can be a long-term solution for those who have received some sort of cosmetic surgery and are looking to maintain and emphasize their results long after the healing process is complete.

How Do I Find The Right Size Shapewear?

When considering buying shapewear products it is important that you know your measurements to ensure the right size. Typically your weight and height should be enough to find the right level of compression, but we will also require measurements of your waist, thighs, hips, stomach, neck, bust, shoulders, and arms (depending on the garment you’re considering). 

Make sure these measurements are precise and DON’T size down for extra compression. Buying shapewear garments that are too tight can cause the garments to roll down and become uncomfortable (or you may not even be able to get them on in the first place). 

If you buy the wrong size of shapewear, it’s easy to feel like shapewear is not right for you or is extremely uncomfortable… though this may not be true. And keep in mind that every brand is different, so if you used to have a shapewear piece from another brand, make sure to use our size chart and select the corresponding size even if it’s different from your other brand. 

And remember, if you’re unsure, having trouble with measurements, or feel like you’re between sizes, you can always chat, call, or email, and one of our expert staff will be pleased to assist you in finding the right size. 

How Do I Care For My Shapewear

You invest in something and you want it to last, shapewear is no different.

Don’t worry. Caring for shapewear is nothing like that. But there are some handy rules you can follow: 

  • Always wash on the gentle cycle (with cold water). 
  • Use a wash bag when you can. 
  • Wash separately. 
  • Hang to dry (really, NO dryers)
  • Don’t twist the garment. 
  • Use a delicate detergent. 

It seems like a lot of steps, but trust us, it’s worth it.  We will admit that hand washing is ultimately the absolute best way to preserve the integrity of your garments, but this is the same for all your clothing. 

If you choose to machine wash them on gentle, be sure to put your garments in a separate bag and avoid spinning them with bras or other things with hooks as they can get caught on the materials. Luckily, you can hang your shapewear to dry (it doesn’t have to be flat) but seriously, don’t wring out the water. This will destroy the shape of it. 

Use a light or delicate detergent. The last thing you want is your shapewear absorbing the oil that’s used in cheap detergents and retaining an icky, sweaty smell. There are detergents you can use to wash the inside of your washing machine if it seems to have an odor, too. 

Check out our gentle detergent here

ContourMD is a family-owned business and has been around since 1982. We take pride in designing and manufacturing all our garments here in the USA, so you can be sure you’re receiving the very best quality possible. 

ContourMD products have been surgeon-recommended for almost 40 years because of our medical-grade compression, a wide variety of products available, and high-quality construction of all our garments (not just our surgical lines). 

We’re excited to have you onboard the shapewear train and hope to see you more on the ContourMD site. If you have any questions on what type of shapewear could be right for you or any of our other products, you can contact us here and it would be our pleasure to help you with your shapewear decisions. 

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