Today Katie Rushton of Effortless Style joins us with some expert advice on the shapewear that smooths out the bumps and keeps you from feeling like you’re wrapped in Saran Wrap during the summer months! Options start as low as $20.


Southern ladies don’t sweat. We glisten. That’s no secret. But for those of us who adore our shapewear, all of that “glistening” can make these summer months pretty unbearable. 

Summer is the season of outdoor weddings and barbecues. We need shapewear that is specifically designed to be seamless and convertible. We need a foundation with enough control to conceal and accentuate. But we must also have material light enough to let our skin breathe in the climbing temperatures.

So, where are these wonderful, miraculous pieces? The team here at Effortless Style has gathered a list of perfect shape wear pieces to keep ourselves (and our readers!) from sweating the summer heat. Items featured are from Beloved Intimates in the Green Hills area of Nashville as well as online retailers and

Beloved Intimates is one of my go-to’s when it comes to foundations and great lingerie. Owner Emily Tulloh is a lingerie designer herself, so she is super knowledgable about fit, brands, etc. (Note: The first piece from Beloved is available in their online store; for the others, call the shop to order: (615) 724-1527).

First up is the “Rita” Low Back Mesh Slip by Result Wear. This full mesh shapewear slip features a plunging neckline, seamless lines, and versatile strap options. With a low front and back design, this slip hides perfectly under any dress. The lightweight mesh fabric molds to the shape of your body, yet allows your skin to breathe for maximum comfort and control. Available in nude at $159

Summer Shapewear
Rita Low Back Mesh Slip by Result Wear

If you don’t want full body shapewear, the “Stella” High Waisted Shaping Skirt by D/Mondaine is a great addition to your summer wardrobe. Its breathable performance fabric will keep you cool as it contours from mid-torso to thigh. This piece is ideal for pairing with pencil skirts and cocktail dresses. Available in nude at Beloved. $119

Summer Shapewear
Stella High Waisted Shaping Skirt by D/Mondaine

For control with even less coverage, try the LOU ParisKate” Shaper Panties. These feminine floral panties are high-waisted for control and made from microfiber mesh for comfort. Enhance an A-line with a slimming effect. This is subtle shapewear at its finest. Available in taupe at Beloved. $39

Summer Shapewear
LOU Paris “Kate” Shaper Panties

The Free Lace Control Slip by Berlei is both elegant and supportive. Side slings in the bust area will enhance your curves, while its soft mesh material smoothes the tummy and love handles underneath a beautiful lace design. Available in black at Beloved. $80

Summer Shapewear
Free Lace Control Slip by Berlei

Her Room is an online retailer with a large selection of beautiful lingerie and shapewear in a variety of sizes. Below are a few of my favorites from them. 

Summer Shapewear
SPANX Trust Your Thinstincts Camisole. Constructed to smooth the tummy and love handles, this bodysuit offers control and lightweight coverage. The adjustable stretch straps will fit all body shapes and sizes. Available in black and natural at $58
Summer Shapewear
Another great option is the Firm Control Shaping Romper by Self Expressions. This romper will visually slim your tummy and waistline. Its nylon and elastane construction provides control that is breathable. You’ll love the round neckline and adjustable elastic straps. Available in black and latte lift at $20
Summer Shapewear
The Slim Waisters with Your Own Bra Top by Maidenform features two layers of control for shaping underneath your own bra. The soft, seamless design makes this the perfect foundation under any summer top or dress. Available in black and latte lift at $25

Fig Leaves is also a great online destination if you want fabulous lingerie and shapewear. 

The Sheer Shaping Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer by Miraclesuit is just one of the many great pieces that Fig Leaves carries. This miracle suit shapes the area below your bra to your thighs. Sheer, double panels offer maximum control and cool comfort. It is a seamless, line-free piece that won’t ride up under your clothes. Available in black and nude at $35

Summer Shapewear
Sheer Shaping Hi-Waist Thigh Slimmer by Miraclesuit

Another great option from Fig Leaves is the Lites Wear Your Own Bra Body by BodyWrap. Trim your middle, waistline, and hips while wearing your own bra. Straps can be adjusted to fit your body. Its lightweight fabric — polyamide and elastane — is ideal for comfortable shaping. Available in black and nude at $83

Summer Shapewear
Lites Wear Your Own Bra Body by BodyWrap

Each of these pieces offers versatility and a smoothing fit that won’t make you feel smothered.

Not sold on shapewear? Unsure of how and when to wear it? Check out these before and after pictures, which show the difference between leaving the house with or without shapewear. Notice the smooth, clean lines shapewear creates. Trust us, with the right shapewear, your fitted dresses and skirts will be much more flattering! 




Thank you, Katie!


As a wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, Katie believes that when people look and feel their best, it changes their entire perspective. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a fashion model or a busy CEO, finding your true style and inner confidence is something that everyone can benefit from. Katie works with clients in a wide variety of facets to help them achieve their individual style goals. Through Effortless Style, Katie offers her clients a variety of services including wardrobe consultations, closet audits, styling sessions, personal shopping and more. 

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