While I'm a huge proponent of online shopping, the reality is that certain items aren't easy to buy online. Items like denim and bras where fit is the most important aspect (and varies drastically across different brands and styles) are especially hard to order online when you're just guessing a size and hoping for the best.
It's items like these that I look to the reviews for guidance. Not only do reviewers often give lengthy descriptions of the product, but they provide personal context about themselves and how that particular item worked for them given their body type, height, etc. I find this infinitely more helpful than the basic product description because I can search for people who describe themselves as having a similar build to my own and use that to guide my purchasing decisions. Plus reviewers are brutally honest about whether the product is worth your time and money so you know upfront if you're getting a quality item.
Since shapewear is another category that's particularly tricky to shop for online, I went ahead and scanned the reviews at sites like Nordstrom, Shopbop, Amazon and Spanx to see which styles stood out. With a combined total of over 3,400 reviews (!), below are the 20 best shapewear bodysuits I found.
"I ended up getting it in the nude in small to wear underneath dresses and I don't regret it for one minute" says one reviewer. The plunging neckline makes it versatile enough to wear under almost anything.
It also comes in nude.
This review really says it all: "Love this bodysuit! I'm 6 ft tall, and I ALWAYS have problems finding a bodysuit that's long enough in the torso! But this on is just perfect!"
One Amazon reviewer points out "the support and fit of the bust part" as being her favorite aspect of this bodysuit.
From what I can see, reviewers like this one for comfort.
"I’m literally obsessed with this bodysuit!"
"I absolutely love the fit of this garment. It was the quality that I expected and more."
The nude color makes this safe for under any color.
The lace detailing is so pretty.
"The feel of the material is excellent and this body shaper is as comfortable as a piece like this could be" writes one reviewer. The nude color is also a smart investment as it can be worn under so many things.
It also comes in black.
The built-in padded bra makes a great foundation to any outfit.
You can just tell the stomach panel is super supportive on this one.
Almost too pretty not to show off.
Amazon reviewers are loving this one.
Is it just me or does this one look oddly comfortable?
A bodysuit you'll actually want to wear.
For your strapless dresses.
"If you're on the fence about this item, don't be. It's well worth it to grab" one Amazon reviewer writes.
Clean and effective.