Shapewear or as it is also variously known shape wear, shaping underwear and foundation garment is underwear which is designed to alter the womans body shape temporarily. Women's shapewear is used to give a more feminine hourglass shape, one that is smooth and more controlled.
Many types of shapewear or foundation garments have been used to acheive different fashions and not exclusively by women. There is now a shapewear swimsuit designer swimwear line called Miraclesuit swimsuit which is meant to make a woman appear to lose 10 pounds in seconds.
There are various levels of shapewear depending on the shaping pressure it applies through the elasticity of the fabric. Body-liner or bodysuit styles of shape wear are used to gently smooth a womans shape and can be found in various styles such as camisole-leotard style and unitard styles with a shortened legs. Girdles tend to be more controlling and can be termed contour garments or body shapers. Girdles have much more Lycra spandex and they give much higher degrees of support and shaping.
More recently sales of shapewear has ?ncreased dramatically. Shapewear underwear comes in various styles such as corsets, bustier, control briefs, panty girdle, bodysuits, girdles, basques, control camisoles, waist cincher and control slips.
As most shapewear is underwear the foundation garment should be hidden under the womans outerwear unless, as is the case with corsets and underbusts, it is designed as shapewear and outerwear.
Some shapewear has a strapless bra built into it and is made in many colours.