Celebrity Style Secret: Heavy-Duty Shapewear

A few weeks ago, a svelte and fashionable Eva Longoria Parker disembarked from her car wearing a striking strappy one-shouldered dress, but horrors… her Spanx shapers were showing! And though it certainly was far from being a Britney Spears moment, it was shocking to see the starlet unaware of her underwear. Yet, celebrities are only human and have to battle the bulge too.

Thankfully, shapewear can help. Unlike the girdles of generation's past, shapewear now comes in stretchy high tech fabrics that can wick away moisture and lift or minimize depending on what you need. So it might be just the thing to wear under a dress for that special occasion or to assist with the inevitable after-Thanksgiving bloating and lumpiness. We've rounded up a few shapewear options that can greatly enhance your dressing and enable you to wear things that you normally wouldn't. In putting together the slideshow, we discovered two very exciting things: the 50% off sale on shapewear at Figleaves.com and the discovery of the strapless torso trim by Sassybax. Breathe a sigh of relief (but not too deeply!) because you can finally approach the party season with newfound confidence in your sleeker self.

Serena Kim

1. Shapewear - Spanx Bodysuit

Lingerie site Barenecessities was extra thrilled about its top rated Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit because it attaches to your own bra in four places ($72 at barenecessities.com)

2. Shapewear - Body Wrap Control Suit

Though we found this waist whittling Body Wrap Control Suit for $74 at most sites, it's now on sale for $38 at figleaves.com.

3. Shapewear - Body Wrap Camisole

This Body Wrap seamless camisole can smooth out dreaded back fat and support the bust (was $38 now $19 at figleaves.com).

4. Shapewear - Sassybax Leggings

Instead of wearing just any leggings, try Sassybax ribbed shaping leggings that both lifts and separates the rear and fights muffin top ($68 at blissworld.com)

5. Shapewear - Sassybax Torso

Open up a whole new world of strapless, one-shouldered or off the shoulder cocktail dresses this holiday season with Sassybax Torso Trim, essentially a strapless bra and waist minimizing corset in one ($75 at barenecessities.com).

6. Shapewear - Spanx Hi Rise Brief

A quick fix to a pouchy belly: Spanx Hide and Sleek High Rise Brief (was $42 now $21 at figleaves.com).

7. Shapewear - Spanx Panty

Don't want to go overboard with the shapewear, but could still use a little pantyline minimizing action? Try Spanx Hide and Sleek Panty (was $26 now $13 at figleaves.com).