Shapewear Mistakes To Avoid

Key Takeaways:

  • Don't purchase the wrong size
  • Get the right style for your body shape
  • Owe multiple pieces of shapewear to avoid overwearing

The excitement can take over when you first discover shapewear. But before you make a rash purchase, ensure to do your homework. Not all shapewear is the same and there any many things to look for when just starting out. If you want to make the most out of waist training and shapewear avoid these mistakes.

Shapewear Mistakes To Avoid

Purchasing The Wrong Size

Getting the right size is key to a great shapewear experience. You would know from wrong-sized bras how much the right fit can make a difference. Even a slight size change can alter the experience from bad to good.

High-quality shapewear is designed with high compression. Targeting the core, thighs, hips and back. Sculpting and shaping your body to enhance your natural curve. If you purchase the wrong size you will find compression occurring in the wrong areas.

Girls often make the mistake of ordering a size smaller thinking it will make them look slimmer. This often has the opposite effect and creates a spillover effect. It's similar to trying to fit into a tight pair of jeans. This cause a displeasing look in the form of love handles and muffin tops.

When picking the right size make sure you have measurements of these key areas.

  • Bust: Measure around the whole chest/bust area.
  • Waist: take measurements of the slim part of your waist. Found just above the belly button.
  • Hips: measure around the butt and the fullest part of your hips.

Once you have all the correct required measurements you can go over to our size chart. Here you can line up your measurements to find the correct size. Often each product page on Hourglass Waist will have different sizes. They are broken into the following

  • S
  • M
  • L
  • XL
  • XXL
  • XXXL

Take the time to ensure you get the right size shapewear. If it's too tight you won't get the desired look you are after.

Wrong Style For Your Body

Certain shapewear is designed for particular body shapes and sizes. While all women have unique bodies, there are set body types that all fall into. The right style may be completely wrong for someone else.

A great example is someone with a pear shape who would look great in a butt minimizer shapewear. But a rectangle shape would benefit from a booty enhancer.

Identifying the problematic areas of your body is the first step in purchasing the correct style. Once you know this you can make an educated purchase.

Trying different styles of shapewear is also a good idea. You won't really know until you try so don't be afraid to go through a period of trial and error.

Owning & Wearing One Piece Of Shapewear

It's common to overwear your shapewear piece once you have found the right style and fit. This is a rookie mistake and one to avoid. Having good shapewear & waist trainer care will stop damage and stretching.

The best option is to buy two or three of the same designs. This way you can rotate between your shapewear. Multiple designs to go with different outfits are also beneficial.

Here are a few shapewear options that we stock at Hourglass Waist


The Everyday Trainer

The Gym Compression Band

The Classic Corset


Black Strap Body Shaper 

Full Body Shaper 

Not Washing Your Shapewear 

As we mentioned it is vital to keep your shapewear clean and taken care of. We recommend washing waist trainers and shapewear in cold, soapy water. Risen and dry in sunlight for a few hours. Never store them in dark or cold areas.

To get the most out of your garments we would avoid harsh washing powders or liquids. Instead, go for eco-friendly options! Washing your shapewear separate from other clothing items is also favourable for longevity.



Author Bio

Hannah – Manager at Hourglass Waist

Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. The fitness community trusts her dietary and fitness expertise.