Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Shape-Over

I wear a cami almost everyday of the week.  It's become a habit to put one one before wearing pretty much anything.  Finding the perfect cami is almost as important as finding your perfect mate.  You know you agree.

However, for as much as I wear a cami I probably watch Real Housewives even more.  Real Housewives of whatever, I'm most likely watching it.  Ugh.  It really takes up WAY too much of my life...but I love it and I can't stop.  Judge away.

What do they have in common you may ask? A lot actually!  At this point, 3 different "housewives" have their own shapewear line...and I'm sure Ramona isn't that far behind. Oye.

My favorite seasons were/are RHNYC because I love Bethenny Frankel.  A few years back, right after she had her baby, she wore this awesome pink shapewear tank on the show that I knew that I had to have.  Flash forward 3 years and welcome Heather Thomson to the RHNYC series...the designer of that exact tank.

Her brand is called Yummie Tummie and if you're unfamiliar, it's a shapewear line that includes everything from tanks, to leggings, to jeans.  I decided to order the "Girlfriend tank" thinking THIS could be the answer to all my prayers!

Yummie Tummie Girlfriend Tank 

The claim is that you'll look 5 pounds slimmer in this tank that has a 3 section shaping design.  It slims, smooths, and shapes comfortably, but has thicker straps and a lower neckline and back. No pinching, rolling, or riding up – and it won’t compress your chest. Wear alone or as a layer.

My review...it's great!  And it definitely does "suck you in."  My only complaint is that you can only wear it underneath things as the difference in fabrics between the panels are pretty noticeable.

If I had the funds to purchase another, 
I would go for the Joelle tank instead as this one is one full layer (no panels) just without as much compression as the Girlfriend.

She also makes what looks like to be a great pair of shapewear leggings.  While these are fairly expensive, they look like they could be the perfect staple to get you through the fall and winter seasons.

Bethenny Frankel has also developed her own line of "shapers and smoothers" for your inner Skinnygirl.  Her line is a little more flashy/lingerie inspired but she has a few basics that I think would be good options to a more expensive Yummie Tummie tank.

Skinnygirl: The Skinny Everyday Comfort Shaping Camisole

Instantly slims entire torso
Seamless allover smoothing & control
Functional, everyday layering piece
Hem does not ride up

Comes in black, white and nude. 

Get the Scoop! Wear Your Own Bra Cami

Bra NOT included
Open cami front lets you wear your own bra
Extra tummy & back control with special shaping bands
Smooth back for no visible lines
Hip length for a great fit

Former housewife, Jill Zarin, also has a shapewear line however I didn't see any tanks/cami's worth mentioning...  

I did see a pair of ponte leggings that have been getting good reviews. And I love anything ponte.  

Great for everyday wear, this luxurious ponte legging smoothes your figure to provide sexy silhouette that is unmatched. They're the perfect staple piece to complement tunics or your favorite over sized sweaters.

But if you're looking for the shaper tank of all shapers...You have to go with the Queen Mother of Shapewear...Spanx.  The Simplicity Scoop Neck Tank is a cult favorite because the shaping level is noted as super!  So don't expect to breathe while wearing this.  But you'll look slim so that's all that matters, right?

Other Great Cami's: 

{perfect for anyone because of their extra long length} 
{these are awesome, my favorite is the bra friendly tank} 
{long, comfy and comes in every color imaginable} 


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