Talking about shapewear within the curvy community is not unlike talking about weaves and hair extensions in the African-American community- while many of us wear shapewear under tighter garments and many African-American women wear some kind of hair extension, we all choose to pretend as though we were made this way naturally.

I’m not down with that- it’s time to claim every element of your wardrobe and I would be a damn liar to not give ample credit to the underwear that truly holds everything together. One of my lovely tumblr followers asked for some shapewear recommendations for thick women, and while I will never stop praising Spanx and Assets(in my opinion, the best choice for anyone who has to deal with thigh chafing in a work environment), I also like to keep several less-utilitarian options in my closet. Here are two designs by Hips and Curves that I’m obsessed with- they both offer a decent amount of coverage and lift without being matronly. I’m a big fan of Hips and Curves- they have some of the sexiest lingerie designs for size 12+ women that I’ve ever seen.

My shoes and top are both by Forever 21, and my stockings are by Hips and Curves. In addition:

Photo 1: Vintage Seduction High Waisted V-Back Panty

Photo 2: Rhumba Panty