My Shapewear

SimplyBe Gok Wan shape wear

The number one question that I get asked is, "what shapewear do you use?"  I took a lot for me to do these quick shots, but I really wanted you to see what I'm using and that I definitely don't have some magical flat stomach.  I thought about doing a full shoot, but I really don't do the sexy lingerie thing well.  I'm very awkward when it comes to that.   This is close enough to putting all my business in the streets.  Anyways, recently, I did a clean out of my shapewear and bought all new pieces.  It's important to do this ever so often.  Shapewear can stop doing it's job from continual wash and wear.  I chose to buy everything from the SimplyBe Gokwan collection, just because I thought it was both adorable and effective.  I'll do a quick review of each piece that I'm using.  

SimplyBe Gokwan Pull on Pant (Top Left)  - This is my favorite and one that I wear all the time.  It prevents my thighs from rubbing and smooths cellulite. This one also has boning in the waist, which is awesome for smoothing.  Also,  the legs on this shaper are made to prevent that bubble effect on the thigh.  This one is great under body con dresses and flare skirts.    

SimplyBe Gokwan Slip (Top Right) - I never thought that I could wear the shapewear slips, but this one proved me wrong.  It stays in place and works like a charm.  This is excellent if you are worried about what your shapewear looks like when you are with your boo thang.  It's sexy, but still works as good as all the others.  If you are worried about your thighs rubbing, wear this one with hosiery.  

SimplyBe Gokwan Slicker Knicker - When I first started wearing shapewear this was the first type that I wore.  I stopped wearing them because they would ride up causing the most unbearable wedgie (TMI).  The Gokwan design prevents this from happening.  This is almost built like a boyshort, which helps to prevent the riding up effect.  These are awesome to wear during the summer if you are worried about keeping cool.

Some might ask, why do you wear shapewear?  For me, I just like a smooth appearance and I like for my clothing to lay well.  I do have a large hip to waist ratio (There is a 23 inch difference), which allows me to a well defined waist, but it's not a smooth transition from the waist to the hip.  Shapewear helps me to smooth out that transition and create more of a curve instead of the cliff that I would have.  I would also like to say that you should have realistic expectations for your foundation.  I have chosen foundation that is comfortable enough for me to wear everyday, but is strong enough to give me that smooth appearance that I'm looking for.  It will be smooth, but I know that shapewear is not going to make me look smaller or even give me a different body shape.  

Style Note:  I bought a size 24 in each piece.  I thought these ran big and I would probably size down one.  I would like to throw out a few recommendations for the apple, rectangle, and upside triangle shapes.  Anything with boning in the waist is going to help you shape and define your waist.  The high waist panty or a over all body shaper are both excellent choices.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  I'm always happy to help.  



48 comments

  1. There is nothing like good shapewear!!! I have had my eye on their pieces for quite some time but hadn't taken the plunge. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Thank you for the review!!! I have many failed attempts at good shapewear and have been stalking this brand for some time now! I have the same body shape as you..my hips are 57 inches...what size did you get?

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    1. I got a size 24. I thought this did run little big..maybe a 22 for you?

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    2. Looking online and the "banger booster" is coming up as a bra???

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    3. As a Brit I find this so funny because the Gok Wan range is a UK range and Bangers is a cheeky term for boobs so yes a bager booster is a bra!

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    4. Thanks for pointing that out. I changed the link and the name. They had the same photo for both. I've never heard the word bangerz used for boobs LOL

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  3. Thank You for sharing, I commend you for being so upfront, I only wish to possess this kind of confidence in my life. I am so insecure about my stomach. I have an apple shape and my hips are a 56 and my waist a 38. My biggest insecurity is the love handles I have, especially since having my son. Do you do personally consultations?

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    1. Sure! just email me at chastity@garnestyle.com. I will say this is def not my comfort zone...LOL, but I would love to help you :)

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  4. This great! Thanks for putting all your business on the streets! :-) Wish more ladies would wear shapewear. your personal toss were great. I'm tired of shape wear that keeps riding up or fallng down. Again many thanks!

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  5. I'm so glad you posted this. I recently had a bad experience with some Assets by Spanx I ordered online. Now I will check out the options you have shared. Thanks, again!

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    1. I used to wear spanx a lot, but the double layer just made me so hot! Personally, for me, these are a better fit.

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  6. U are awesome:-) thanks for sharing

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  9. Thank you so much for posting this :) I have a question ..with all other shape wear I've used, it always rolls downs in the back. I'm 5'1 and a size 20/22. Have you experienced this with this line ? Do you have any suggestions for me ? :) thanks!

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    1. Gravity is going to take all shapewear...I haven't worn any that don't roll down. The boning in these helps with the rolling and fit as well, but if you want a sure fire way not to avoid rolling down...get a 1 piece -- the kind with the built in bra. That way you can ensure that your there is no roll down

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  10. Thank you so much for posting this! I've been wanting to make my silhouette more smooth for when I wear certain outfits which is hard since I have a double tummy and really wide hips. I'm going to have to put these on my wishlist!

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  11. Thank you so much. This information was so enlightening. It's hard to find good shape wear. I look forward to trying these pieces.

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  12. Thanks for this post! It's absolutely what I need at the moment. I wore the City Chic thigh shaper in my last post, and while they're good when you only want a little hold in under pants it's still not fulfilling all my shaping requirements! I wish Simply Be shipped to Australia; I've been eyeing the above pieces for a while and it's great to see how they fit!
    Elle
    www.theellecurve.com

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  13. Have you found any one pieces that are good?

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    1. I really can't wear one pieces . One pieces are usually sized by cup size...I'm only a 38D and they are never big enough on the lower end. I will say that I really like the shapewear from this collection so try out their one piece :)

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    2. Thank you for sharing this and your last one on shapewear. My measurements are 48-44-64 and having a 20 inch waist to hip ratio difference which makes buying most clothes difficult.

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  14. Good post! Shapewear has come a long way and it's necessary these days for curvy women to look their best underneath and on top.

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  15. This is one of the subjects I have the most pains with! I spent 2hrs searching thru sites and was thinking on Rago.. but can't find the right size in the colors I want. =/
    I will need to try these out! Can you tell me what the fit is like?

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  16. When I first clicked on this post, I thought I was going to read that you'd designed your own shapewear...I was like, "HELLO!" Hmm...maybe I'm prophesying big things for you? I recently went to a spanx event where they unveiled some new products and, of course, the new stuff only went up to XL. Grrr. Even though I live in my spanx, I think having shapewear designed by and for the plus-size woman is long overdue. Anyway I'm just babbling at this point. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Mmmmmmmm mmmmm! Are you predicting the future over there LOL! You never know ;)

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  17. I've often pondered Gok Wan's lingerie from SimplyBe, so I'm glad to see your review of some of the pieces here. Plus, you look adorable in those photos!

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  18. I can not wait to try some of these...
    You look pretty Chas...I am feelin' that lace crop top.

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  19. I will have to check this shapewear out. I've always wanted to try the skirt/slip type. I never wear the shorts because they cause horrible puffy lines on my thighs that show through my dresses :( I normally wear only cut off pantyhose when I have on maxi dresses to minimize the "jiggle effect", or for smoothing with body-con styles.

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  20. Thanks for sharing. I also recently took a trip to Catherine's and they have a large range of sizes that most stores do not normally carry.

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    1. Yes they do...I'll be posting on them later in the week. :)

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  21. What size do u wear in clothes I am not sure what size I should get in the shaper

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  22. Um, can we talk about your polka dot bathroom?!? Love it.

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  24. I'm a big Spanx fan...does this really change your shape or just smooth it out. I'm not sure I could tolerate something that is really cinching things in too much.
    But I noticed they had measurements for bras but not for the bottoms. My rib cage to hip ratio is definitely pretty significant so finding something like this is quite a coup. B/c like my spanx smooth me out on the bottom and I love them but they are a bit roomy on top.

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  25. I normally buy shapers with straps to them to keep them from riding down off my belly... Does this prevent that

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  26. Thank you so much for posting this! I was just looking at their shapewear (the slip in particular) in their catalog last night.

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  27. I've also had trouble with shape-wear rolling down, or becoming uncomfortable after bathroom visit(s).

    How do they feel & fit after bathroom visit(s)???

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