--Guest Post By Susannah Perez
You’re bound to have part of your body that you just wish was smaller, tighter, higher or firmer. We all do! The sad fact of the matter is that getting up for a run in the morning before work is possibly one of the most difficult things in the world, and, well, cupcakes are delicious.
We’ll get around to joining the gym one of these days, but until then here’s the cheat’s nip and tuck method to a sexy silhouette without having to step foot on a treadmill...
Dare to bare, my pear-shaped friend, for your bottom-hating days are done! If like me, you’re more bottom than top no matter how hard you try, you can minimise those thighs with a pair of magical high-waisted slimming knickers.
One of many benefits of being a pear shape is that you’ll be the proud owner of an enviously slim waist. This insanely sexy pedal-pusher underwear will hug those problem areas and suck you in in all the right places, giving you the svelte silhouette you’ve always dreamt of.
Celebrity pears: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson
Must-have Shapewear: Spanx Trust Your Thinstincts Mid-Thigh Shaper
→ Buy the Spanx Trust Your Thinstincts Mid-Thigh Shaper, $58.00 - $62.00, at spanx.com.
As an apple shape, you’ll have been gifted with a gorgeous voluptuous bust that wouldn’t look out of place as a character of its very own in a Victorian period drama. To make the most of that spectacular bosom, consider wearing a high-waisted brief-pant to nip in your waist.
If you’re a fan of a slim-waist shape then you can complement those fantastic skinny legs of yours by experimenting with corseted underwear, which will contour and shape, give you a cheeky breast lift and transform your torso into a miracle of modern design.
Celebrity Apples: Liz Hurley, Drew Barrymore, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Must-have Shapewear: Commando Control Thong
→ Buy the Commando Control Thong, $36.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.
Being lucky enough to be blessed with a Jessica Rabbit-worthy hour-glass figure means that your natural shape will take little to no maintenance to look absolutely banging. Congratulations. However, to maximise the potential of your sleek silhouette you can still rock shapewear now and again when you’re looking to give your look that extra boost.
A waist cincher will pull that slim tum in tighter and show off the best of your balanced shoulder-to-derriere ratio. If you’re willing to move past how ridiculous they look on their own, you can also buy open-back bottom lifting knickers designed to lift and shape your rear into the perfect peach.
Celebrity Hourglasses: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson
Must-have Shapewear: Flexees by Maidenform Ultimate Slimmer Waist Nipper
→ Buy the Flexees by Maidenform Ultimate Slimmer Waist Nipper, $43.00, at jcpenney.com.
Banana body types are typically long and slim with long lithe limbs. You are more or less rectangular from top to toe, and can wear pretty much anything and look absolutely fabulous.
However, if you ever want to give the illusion of voluptuous curves, you can try bringing in that waist with corseted shapewear, and enhancing those buttocks with – no, this isn’t a joke – padded knickers. Your sleek natural figure is perfect for haute couture styling, but if you ever need to bulk out your eveningwear maybe consider creating artificial curves on a one night only basis, which is far better than the surgical option.
Celebrity Bananas: Chloe Sevigny, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley
Must-have Shapewear: Spanx Slimplicity Butt Boosting Girl Shorts
→ Buy the Spanx Slimplicity Butt Boosting Girl Shorts, $68.00, at spanx.com.
Tell me all about your favourite shape-wear cheats!
Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on May 3, 2013; it has since been updated to ensure all product information is current.
Susannah Perez is a dedicated follower of fashion and spends her days writing about everything from breast augmentation cream to celebrity make-up tricks. She is a big believer in dressing to suit your body shape and never being afraid to try a new trend.