Shapewear has come a long way since the days of corsets that cut off circulation and make it difficult to breathe. Today these foundation garments are not only helpful, they’re comfortable and stylish. It can be confusing trying to figure out what option will give you the look you want, so we’ve made a guide to help plus-size ladies figure out what’s the best shapewear for them.

If you’re looking to minimize your thighs and butt…
Try slimming control briefs or shorts to cover your bottom half. If you have extra weight around your middle, be sure to look for a high-waisted pair. It will smooth and shape your thighs and bottom as well as add definition to your waist. It will also be more comfortable than a low-rise pair. Some versions come with extra lifting power to your bottom. These garments should fit snugly and smooth out any dimpled skin. They’re great for wearing under a pencil skirt or tight trousers.

Check out our guide to plus-size shapewear.

If you want to tuck your tummy…
Have you ever tried a corset? They are no longer made of whale bone and incredibly uncomfortable; instead corsets are a helpful option for women looking to slim their waist. Corsets come in strapless versions that support your bust and cinch your waist, as well as those that have straps but don’t cover the bust area, allowing you to wear your own bra. You could also try a longline bra, which is a bra that has a partial corset attached to the bottom. The corset part should start at your belly button, slimming your waist while lifting and firming your bust. These are all great choices if you are looking to create an hourglass figure.

Have you ever tried a corset? They are no longer made of whale bone and incredibly uncomfortable, instead corsets are a helpful option for women looking to slim their waist.

For full-body control…
If you’re planning on wearing a dress and want to cover everything for a slimmer waist, bottom and thighs and a better bust, look for a shaper slip. Just like a regular slip, these garments are silky dress that can be worn underneath a top layer, but they are fitted instead of loose. When you are wearing one you should feel supported, but not restricted. Be sure that you can comfortably move about while wearing a full-body shaper. If you want to wear your own bra, there are plenty of full-body control slips and body suits that have cutouts. This allows them to work with your bra to lift your bust while adding shape to the rest of your body. Some options look like a one-piece swimming suit with a brief-like bottom and others are longer, also shaping the butt and thighs with a shorts-like bottom.

If you're planning on wearing a dress and want to cover everything for a slimmer waist, bottom and thighs and a better bust, look for a shaper slip.

Which style of shapewear is your favorite? Tell us below in the comments!