Shopping for Shapewear Is Hard, But Target Is Here For The Rescue

Anyone who defines themselves as “curvy” knows that the fashion industry’s narrow sizing standards make finding everything from the perfect swimsuit to an everyday dress a challenge. But luckily for us, there’s a simple solution: shapewear. This undergarment is a staple piece for any woman looking to feel her best. 

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Thanks to its rise in popularity, there are a plethora of real women who have shared their opinions about shapewear. In light of this fact, I did a little digging through the review section to see which of the best shapewear pieces on Target are actually worth the hype and, in some cases, the investment. Whether you’re new to the idea of using shapewear, want to feel your best in your favorite pants, or are looking for the perfect piece post-pregnancy, the shapewear you’ve been looking for can be in your hands with just a few clicks.

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ASSETS by SPANX Women’s Remarkable Results All-in-One Body Slimmer

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$38.00

Average rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Standout review: “I love this shapewear! I’ve tried them all, all different price points and styles, and I usually hate them. This is my favorite one so far. It smooths without squishing anything down. Other shapewear that holds my belly in squishes down what little bit of butt that I do have and flattens the slight curve I have in my hips. This one skims the curves, slightly lifts the butt and does a decent job of flattening my belly pooch. It doesn’t cut off anywhere, and everything looks smooth.”

Maidenform Self Expressions Women’s Wear Your Own Bra Bodysuit 874

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$26.99

Average rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Standout review: “I have never worn such comfortable shapewear ever. This was worth every dollar! I wear it all day, and it gives me the figure I have been wanting, as it sucked in my tummy fat and slimmed me down. Can’t wait to order more.”

Maidenform® Self Expressions® Women’s Firm Foundations Bodysuit SE5004

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$26.99

Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Standout review: “Fits perfect. It’s definitely tight enough to shape the body but comfortable enough to wear all day. It’s high enough quality to wear out on the town and tough enough for a hard workout. I was surprisingly impressed and will buy again for sure.”

Whoever says this does not hold you in must be wearing the wrong size. I am 210 lbs and got an XL and this thing holds me all the way in and I can breathe its super comfortable. The price is amazing. Will be buying another one for standby.

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Assets by Spanx Women’s Remarkable Results Open-Bust Brief Bodysuit

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$38.00

Average rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Standout review: “Spanx is a bit more expensive, and that is the reason I had never purchased their bodysuit before. I’ve had other less-expensive body shapers that have never fit quite right. This one has every single feature I needed. The fit is impeccable, and the fabric shapes my body in all the right areas without constricting. This garment is now my secret weapon for certain dresses and the best investment I have made, even though I paid a pretty penny for it. But in this case, quality is worth the money. I am more than pleased!”

Assets by Spanx Women’s Remarkable Results Open-Bust Brief Bodysuit is the absolute best! I’ve recently purchased this product because I was in search of something to get rid of a noticeable bulge when wearing a dress. This product gave me the look I wanted. It is very true to size and took me down a few inches around my waistline. My curves are stunning and this product made me feel fantastic. I am able to wear this product with pants and a dress. It is very comfortable and I highly recommend it.

Jockey Generation™ Women’s Slimming High-Waist Shorts

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$18.00

Average rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars 

Standout review: “My midsection isn’t what I’d like it to be, as I’ve had two kids and surgery to remove a large tumor. So I wanted to try shapewear, as it’s not as expensive or painful as surgery. I’ve worn these Spanx panties for two days now, and I’m hooked. It hasn’t rolled down and fits well. The material is thin like pantyhose, so I roll it on like nylons, and it stays where it should. I’m addicted to the ‘squeeze’ feeling it gives. I’m happy with the purchase.”

ASSETS by SPANX Women’s Remarkable Results High-Waist Mid-Thigh Shaper

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$34.00

Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Standout review: “Great Shaper to give you the curves you want and get rid of the bulges! Super comfortable to wear all day long. My clothes look so much better when I wear this and I’ve been asked if I lost weight :)!

This shapewear is great. The fit is perfect. My trouble area is my midsection, and this evens and smooths my midsection without any show-through clothing. I have recommended it to my friends.”

SlimShaper by Miracle Brands Women’s Tummy Tuck WYOB Bodysuit

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$39.00

Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Standout review: “Truly one of the most comfortable pieces of shapewear I’ve come across in a while. There’s no real struggle to get into it and it still hugs everything in making clean smooth lines. No shapewear shadows under your clothes either. excellent product. Can’t wait to try the miracle back smoother.

This piece is comfortable and easy to get into and smoothes all lines. I also like it better than the cami shapers that flatten the chest. My only reason for not giving this 5 stars is it started stretching out after a few washes and isn’t a firm hold any longer.

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5 Cheap Spring Basics That Will Make You Look Chicer

It’s somewhat of an urban legend nowadays that you need to spend a lot of money to be considered chic. In the past decade, the high-low trend has emerged, vintage shopping has reached peak popularity, and gushing to your friends about the cheap thrill you just scored is no longer considered low-brow. It’s said cheap thrills that can make your entire outfit feel more on-trend and expensive.

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Whether it’s the addition of a fun jewelry style or a cool third piece, sometimes cheap basics are what end up standing out most in your outfit (and nobody would ever guess was affordable). There are a few cheap basics that almost always fall into this category—from the sweater style that makes your jeans-and–a-T-shirt outfit stands out to the one It piece of jewelry to own this spring. Below are the five cheap Fashion Nova spring basics that look anything but and will make your whole outfit chicer.

FLAT SLIP-ON SANDALS

Flat sandals are one of those items that don’t require a large price tag to be of good quality. You can usually find quality leather slip-on sandals for well under $100. I’ve found from my personal sleuthing that neutral-colored flat sandals also tend to look more expensive as well—think camel, nude, and beige.

SHRUNKEN CARDIGANS

The cardigan trend has been huge for a few seasons now, and this spring is going to be all about shrunken styles. Whether they’re tied around your shoulders or worn the traditional way, shrunken cardigans are one of those magical third pieces that you can throw on over basic jeans and a tee, and all of a sudden your outfit looks thoughtful. 

ASYMMETRICAL BODYSUITS

By now, everyone has probably jumped on the bodysuit bandwagon (if you haven’t, they take all the legwork out of tucking your top in), but this spring it’s the asymmetrical style specifically fashion girls will be clamoring for. Luckily for us, Fashion Nova has our back, and the single shoulder detail just makes the bodysuit feel like a step up from your average. 

SLIP SKIRTS

Behold the magical power of a slip skirt. Regardless of its price tag, a solid or printed midi slip skirt just feels expensive. Its sleek silhouette pairs well with virtually anything and has an air of effortlessness about it. 

CHAIN NECKLACES

If there’s one jewelry style that’s going to be everywhere for spring 2021, it’s the chunky chain necklace. It seems retailers everywhere have gotten the same memo because affordable favorites Fashion Nova have beautiful versions that ring in right around $15 right now. Throw it on with even a plain T-shirt and suddenly your outfit feels elevated.

Discover and shop the Spring wardrobe that was listed in this post below.

Arms Around Me Short Sleeve Bodysuit – Mocha, Black, Lime

$17.99 USD

Cut The Antics Sweater Bodysuit – Black, Olive

$34.99 USD

Demoree Cardigan Sweater – Teal, Sand

$24.99 USD

Always Cozy Cardigan Sweater – Black, Taupe

$24.99 USD

Wild For You Satin Midi Skirt – Black/White

$19.99 USD

In Your Dreams Chain Necklace – Gold

$12.99 USD

Sweet Moments Flat Sandals – Nude, Black, Ivory

$19.99 USD

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Photo: @JulissaBermudez

The Cult Affordable Basic Every Fashion Person Owns

If there’s one piece that has defined fashion in 2020, it’s the padded shoulder tee. Yep, the wardrobe basic officially rose to cult status this year and it’s easy to see why. By adding statement-making shoulder pads to a standard tee, the ‘80s detail instantly updates a regular basic, making it the perfect Zoom-ready piece to slip into. While it started out as a trend we first saw with sleeveless muscle tops, shoulder pad details have since made their way to sleeved T-shirts as well as dresses.

Fashion people are definitely on board and have been debuting plenty of must-repeat looks wearing the upgraded basic. From outfits with sweatpants and sneakers to tailored trousers and boots, there’s lots of inspiration for how to style the cool staple ahead. And yes, you can count me as a big personal fan of the trend. I always have my eye on the best new fashion finds and this one has stuck with me all year. Trust me, you’ll want to get shopping.

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Remember how I said I was a big fan of the trend? Here’s the proof.

Does it get any more simple or chic?

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Here are some style tips to wear your padded tops:

♡ Bold color.

♡ Paired with Bermuda shorts and heels, you will have the perfect outfit.

♡ Just add slouchy trousers. This will elevate your look and it’ll look more expensive, specially if you wear heels and gold jewelry.

♡ Looking for a fresh way to wear your sweatpants and sneakers? This is it.

♡ Add sleeve padded tee and padded sweaters to your wardrobe.

♡ Mini skirt + Padded Tee = Yep, the perfect piece to wear

♡ And yes, there are stunning padded dresses as well.

♡ Pair with fall boots and top off with a trench coat.

♡ A way to style a padded shoulders muscle t-shirt and make your look more chic, is to pair it with leather pants, shorts, a skirt, anything leather really. Definitely an outfit I would wear 24/7 if I was in New York.

♡ Keep it basic. Padded shoulders make me feel more put together and they add more structure to an outfit. Keep your look simple & cute by pairing your padded shoulders muscle t-shirt with jeans. Throw on gold jewelry, sandals, a cute baguette bag and you’re good to go! You can wear the t-shirt with loose mom jeans or skinny jeans – you’ll look cute AF no matter what.

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Fashion Nova + Pretty Little Thing

Hannah Shoulder Pad Tee – Marsala

$24.99 SHOP NOW.

Lana Padded Shoulder Crop Top – Heather Grey

$19.99 USD $9.98 Final Sale SHOP NOW.

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Reckless Padded Top – Charcoal

$19.99 USD SHOP NOW.

Baby Girl Padded Crop Top – Charcoal

$19.99 USD SHOP NOW.

Glowed Up Padded Bodysuit – Olive

$19.99 USD SHOP NOW.

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HEALTHIER WAYS to Use Fragrance

THIS BLOG POST WAS SPONSORED BY DOSSIER! HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE! I SAID WHAT I SAID!

By now it’s been made woefully clear that some of our old tried and true favorite beauty products might not be the very best for our bodies. Potentially harmful chemicals and synthetics can build up in our systems, cause imbalances, and are generally toxic. So what’s a girl to do when her signature scent isn’t squeaky clean?

We won’t make you throw out a fragrance that makes you feel special. You know what we mean—that nostalgic, warm and fuzzy smell that makes tears spring to your ex’s eyes because you’ve always smelled like that—it’s your special smell. Or, maybe you’ve fallen head over heels for a new fragrance and you just can’t get it out of your mind. Chances are, you’re not finding an exact replica that does the same magical mingling with your body chemistry in a non-toxic brand.

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Discover quality fragrances inspired by the iconic rich scents you love.

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What you can do is try using your favorite (not-so-clean-beauty) scents in smarter, healthier ways. Instead of dousing your delicate endocrine system, aka spraying directly onto your lymph nodes at your throat, wrist, or other sensitive places, try somewhere else.

Give your hair a spritz after it’s styled. The scent will cling to your fibrous strands in a heavenly cloud around your face, and create a little breeze of your favorite aroma when you whip around town. It doesn’t need to land directly on your scalp or seep into your skin, and you don’t need a lot.

Or, try misting your clothes. You can spritz it on a scarf, a sweater, or your top, all before putting the piece on so your scent lingers without clinging to your sensitive areas all day, or requiring reapplication. You can spritz a cotton kerchief and tuck it into a drawer to have a subtle tinge of your scent last all day on all your foldables as well!

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Most people assume that applying fragrance is easy. One spritz on your neck and another on your wrist, and that’s pretty much it, right? Trust us, there’s so much more to it! And considering the average price point of designer perfume, we don’t want to waste a drop. The good news is, once you’ve read this post, you’ll be ready to make the most of every last gorgeous drop of your fragrance. Here are four common fragrance mistakes and what you should be doing instead.

Storing Fragrances Incorrectly

Storing fragrances incorrectly degrades the fragrance. Hot temperatures affect the chemical bonds in fragrance while if the temperature is too low, that can also alter the fragrance more quickly. Ideally, your perfumes need to be stored in a cool, dark place with a room temperature between 16 to 22 degrees. This means storing perfume in your bathroom or anywhere the temperature fluctuates is a big no-no. Similarly, direct sunlight will also break down fragrance so do not store them on a window or even shelves near a window. Look for bottles with dark or opaque glass packaging, which will help protect the perfume from sunlight.

Applying Fragrance to Dry Skin

Perfume doesn’t wear well on dry skin, which is just another reason to moisturizer daily. Ideally, you should use the accompanying body lotion that comes with your fragrance or an unscented moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. This will also ensure that there’s no olfactory interference.

Our fave perfume hack: Perfume lasts longer when applied to oily, damp skin, so to lock in the scent, rub vaseline onto your pulse points before application.

Carrying Fragrance in Your Purse

If you carry your fragrance in your purse, you’re not only exposing it to different temperatures, but you’ll also cause the bottle to move around constantly. By shaking the bottle, you’ll expose the perfume to excess air, which will breakdown and disrupt the fragrance over time.

If you do want to carry a scent with you while you’re on the go, we’d recommend the travel scent Dossier gives you when you purchase a 50mL fragrance, $29. You can also buy these Portable Mini Refillable Perfume Spray Bottles, $10, that you can fill with your fave fragrances, which are perfect for when you travel or to keep in your handbag while your perfume is safely stored at home.

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Savoring your Fragrance

As much as we love to savor our beauty products, holding onto your favorite fragrance means that more often than not, by the time you reach the end of the bottle, the fragrance will have altered slightly. The more oxygen into the bottle (like when you’ve used 70% of your perfume), the more the fragrance molecules will break down and modify the fragrance.

This means investing in a large bottle is not always a good idea, in fact, it often better to purchase a smaller bottle to keep the fragrance fresh. If your go-to fragrance is only available in a large bottle, decant the liquid into small vials and store your half-empty bottles in the fridge.

For more fragrance inspo, check out FRAGRANCES TO GIFT YOUR LOVED ONES WITH, PURELY BASED ON PERSONALITY.

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