As the seasons switch from winter to spring and summer, many women might think their shapewear has to get packed away along with their structured dresses and clingy sweaters. What they may not realize is that foundation garments can make just as much of a difference in their summer wardrobe.
Sure, a breezy rayon sundress can hide many body flaws — until the wind blows it against your abdomen and you suddenly appear six months pregnant. Maybe you look great in that body-conscious cut-out dress but your panty lines ruin your rear view.
Spanx Shapewear can disguise challenging figure flaws and help everyone — both men and women — appear slimmer and more toned. Summer can be intimidating, and many don’t realize that shapewear can even be incorporated into swimwear looks. The right swim garment will grant confidence as well as support.
Put Some Structure in Your Swim Look
Women’s shapewear engineering has been adapted to one piece swimsuits to help whittle waistlines, lift derrieres and tone hips.
Many one piece swimsuits now feature flattering ruching, flirty ruffle details and such high-fashion touches as corset piping and metallic or vibrant printed fabrics. New fabrics have allowed for more tummy control.
Those who like the freedom to mix solids, prints and silhouettes may also want to invest in some swim separates from the same companies that offer shapewear. There are athletic swim skirts, as well as this season’s uber trendy high-waisted bikini bottoms to choose from. They pair nicely with bust-enhancing swim tanks or bikini tops.
There are also a variety of cheeky retro swim skirts built to give any woman a beautiful hourglass figure.
Build a Sexy Summer Foundation
When it comes to women’s shapewear staples, everyone should consider stocking their wardrobe with some quality strapless bras to provide adequate support beneath summer’s wispy dresses and tops.
Many companies have taken the time to craft supportive strapless bras in larger DD and DDD sizes to keep ample busts from drooping.
Nude bras will work best for summer’s lighter color palette and sheer fabrics, such as this season’s colored lace trend.
It is also wise in invest in a good nude, high-waisted panty to help smooth out bumps and ridges under rompers, sheath dresses and slim tops.
Women also should not forget the beauty of a built-in bra tank for support. This wardrobe staple will keep its shape much longer than cheap cotton imitators.
With a little planning, no one has to know you didn’t make all the progress at the gym you wanted to last winter. You’ll be able to wear the hottest trends with the best of them.
This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to a day that makes your heart happy…literally. Whether you are celebrating the holiday with a loved one or by yourself, do something that will keep your blood flowing and your heart racing. I’ve come up with some potential ideas for the big day/date tomorrow listed below.
1) Do something active!
If you’re in a relationship: Instead of doing the traditional dinner and a movie routine, why don’t you go for a run together? There are all kinds of Valentine’s Day 5k’s that you two can run for a good cause. Not only would this be helping other people in need, but also keeping both of your hearts in great condition by burning loads of calories. Other ideas include ice skating, going out dancing, or playing a friendly tennis match.
If you’re single: Whatever you want! You’re not tied to a relationship so instead of going out with friends and having a pity party, go do something active and fun. Keep your mind off of the stress of Valentine’s Day and go for a long jog with nothing but your music. Then come home and cook up a nice, healthy meal and have a glass of wine.
2) Cook your own healthy meal instead of going to a fancy restaurant.
Relationship: Don’t go out to some fancy restaurant and spend a fortune on something just to impress your date. It puts a dent in your wallet, plus you are going to have a harder time finding something healthy at a restaurant than in your own kitchen. Go shopping the day before and pick out some fresh vegetables and make an affordable meal for Valentine’s Day. The extra effort will make the gesture even more romantic, as well as adding the convenience of never leaving your own home. Your bank account and your heart thanks you on this one.
Single: After you’ve had a solid day of exercise, cook yourself a hearty, healthy dinner that YOU want. No worrying about impressing anyone. Just blast some tunes and cook up whatever you want to eat on this night. It’s just you and your heart, baby.
3) Make a health goal.
Relationship: There’s no better enforcer for an important goal you have than your significant other. If you want to take a weekly fitness class, sign up for one together. Pledge that the two of you go to the gym two or three times a week. Just commit to something, put it on paper (or your iPhones), and keep each other committed to the goal. You’ll be surprised how easy something like this can be when done as a team.
Single: Some health goals need to be your own decision. If you’re a smoker, set out a plan to quit. Even if it requires dwindling down the frequency instead of cold turkey, it is a huge step in the right direction. Also, just because you’re single doesn’t mean that signing up for a fitness class isn’t for you. Who knows? Maybe there you’ll meet another health-minded girl or guy that you could be spending NEXT Valentine’s Day with together!