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Shapewear for Women: Can Your Undies Pass the Travel Test?

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

I love writing about underwear almost as much as I love shopping for swimsuits. But, sometimes we have to waste our hard-earned money on stuff that nobody will see… except for a few close pals, like our daughters, our husbands, and the mailman… but shapewear is a fact of life for most women over 50 or 60.

All women, of course, love to wear outfits that look sleek.  And, obvious bumps and bulges suck asphalt… to use technical underwear terminology. However, most women also love to breathe. Funny that.

tummy control underwearSo… here’s the big question of the day: Can body shapers be comfortable enough to wear on a plane for several hours? Well, it depends.

Body Shapers and Travel

If you’re over 50 and you have the body of my 60-year-old, Pilates-instructor friend, get out of here. Why are you reading this? If you’re over 50 and you are a normal Baby Boomer chick… hang on. Help is on the way.

Any woman can wear 5” stilettos for an hour. Any woman can suck in her stomach for an hour. Any woman can do anything for an hour. Hell, most of us have been through labor. But, the real question is whether any of us can wear shapewear for the duration of an in-flight movie.

If your undies make you want to drink mass quantities of margaritas when you're going coast to coast, you're doing something wrong. You either need a larger size or you need to spend more money to get the right garments. Yes, it might cost a bit more to look good without pain, but it's totally worth it, Baby!

Studies in Britain show that it's scientifically impossible to get out of a “girdle” in an airplane bathroom. (Just kidding.) However, intercontinental flights ARE the ultimate test of your shapewear.

Travel Wear and Body Armor

The great thing about travel clothes is that the clothing stretches when you move. Unfortunately, this means that your clothes also stretch around bulges of fat, highlighting the wrong areas. And, it’s hard for anyone to feel sexy and fun while looking lumpy and flabby. Fortunately, this is one problem that's fairly easy to fix.

shapewear for women over 40 50 60The truth is that most Baby Boomers need shapewear. There’s no shame in admitting it. Even skinny celebrities in LA wear body shapers. We may not wear body armor as often as we should, but… if there are no paparazzi around, we probably don’t need to wear our body armor to the supermarket.

Camisole Shapewear

I am no expert on underwear. Most of my undies come from Costco. (Did I just tell the whole world?) Anyway, I did a little research for you, complete with links at the bottom of the page…. And, notice that I am… ahem… going into my “authoritative” writing voice:

Good underwear will shape a woman’s body but still allow her to breath and move. The right smoothing effect depends upon the correct percentage of Lycra.

Body shaper camisoles should have:

  • 90-95% knit
  • 5-10% Lycra

Control underwear should have:

  • Nylon /Lycra
  • 90% Nylon
  • 10% Lycra

These combinations are comfortable enough to wear all day, yet still give enough lift. Note that the upper torso does not need as much constriction. (article continues)

Keep reading about shapewear and control briefs on page two.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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