Let’s face it: ‘tis the season to rock shapewear. Indulgent holiday parties have us wanting to look our best prior the hitting-the-gym resolutions that come with the New Year. Honestly, are we going to steer clear of the eggnog just to look great in that little black dress? Not if there’s an easier solution.
ShaToBu (above left) takes shapewear and ups the ante. Instead of merely offering temporary slimming, it promises to tone and increase your daily calorie burn. (Studies claim women wearing ShaToBu burn up to 12% more calories than those not wearing the shapewear. This isn’t a gym-replacement, but everything helps, right?)
The secret? Resistance training. When you don a pair of ShaToBu tights, you’re dressing your legs in invisible resistance bands. The nylon and Lycra shapers also guarantee comfort: no bulges, pinching or rolls here. The moisture-wicking properties and cotton gusset let you wear them all day without feeling like you’re wearing a furnace under your dress.
Canadian gals, take note: ShaToBu, “the workout you wear,” is a Canadian brand. Sometimes it’s fun to know your lingerie supports local industry.
ShaToBu doesn’t have this niche market cornered. Scala Bio-Fir (above right) shapers, panties and leggings promise to fight cellulite. Here, the “secret” lies in embedded bio-crystals that warm against your skin, improving circulation in the affected areas.
Of course, those who tested the claims wore the shapewear for six hours a day, every day for a month. So prepare for a commitment if you’re up for giving these UK faves a try. (Seriously, the shapers sold out in 30 days when they were first launched. Stores had to ration them to customers!)
Whether or not these products make a noticeable different in your thighs after you take them off, both will keep your silhouette sleek while you snack on roasted chestnuts by the open fire(place).