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The best shapewear in Australia that'll help you lose a dress size in minutes

Beat the bloat and look phenomenal - no matter how much you've indulged.

By Jess Pullar
With the festive season now in full swing, there's no denying we'll be indulging a little, or a lot.
And why shouldn't we? Any time is a good time to treat yourself, but Christmas in particular is the best justification for it - we're reunited with our friends and family and the causes to celebrate are plentiful.
Even better, you can still look great - and more importantly feel great - no matter how hard you've gone on the party pies and champers.
In fact, there's a very simple something you can do that'll help you lose a dress size in minutes - no diets required!
The stunning Beyonce is just like the rest of us when it comes to finding flatting clothing. (Image: Getty)
So what's the secret, you ask?
The answer is shapewear - simple, practical and oh-so-glorious.
Indeed a decent shapewear garment (commonly referred to as Spanx) can completely change the way you look and feel when you step out for a Christmassy bash, smoothing out your curves and giving you a confidence boost to boot.
And the best part? It's totally acceptable to wear at any age.
Some of our favourite celebrities themselves are proving it - how else can they look so impeccably toned and flawless on the red carpet?
Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, 33, certainly hasn't shied from being vocal about her love for the form-flattering garments.
Speaking at the 2016 Golden Globes, Cuoco told InStyle: "I love Spanx. I'm all about it."
33-year-old Kaley Cuoco swears by shapewear! (Image: Getty)
Meanwhile model mum-of-two Chrissy Teigen, 33, has also been candid about her love for shapewear, and how it was inspired by none other than Kim Kardashian.
"[Kim] made me feel so much better because we went to the bathroom and [Kim] had me zip you up," she previously said in an interview.
"And I was like 'Oh my god, she has Spanx on! She's cool. She's normal."
Actress Robin Wright is also a keen fan, stating in an interview: "Always! I have to wear them all the time."
Chrissy Teigen is frank about her love of Spanx - and we can't blame her, she looks incredible! (Image: Getty)
Even 28-year-old Sarah Hyland and 21-year-old Kylie Jenner are fans.
"I'm one of the only people that'll be like, 'I'm wearing them.. But I guarantee you 90 per cent of these women are wearing them, and they're lying about it if they tell you otherwise," Hyland told InStyle.
New mum Kylie also shared a candid snap of her wearing Spanx from Target to her Snapchat, telling her followers: "These new Spanx are bomb."
And who could forget the time New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted to wearing Spanx and a pregnancy belly band on social media?
On her official Instagram account, the Kiwi PM shared an online newspaper article with the headline 'Jacinda Ardern wore two pairs of Spanx on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and wrote "To be fair, one layer was spanx and one layer was a pregnancy belly band. #Glamour."
Watch her discuss it all in the video below, story continues...
So now that we've established that shapewear is, in fact, absolutely acceptable to wear at any age, as well as transforming the way you look and feel in that tight Christmas-party dress, we've rounded up the best types and places to buy shapewear in Australia. Keep scrolling for all the best buys!

Waist control underwear

Good old Bridget Jones was onto something here. Waist control underwear will give you shape, and cut a few inches off the belly region (depending on how tight you go).
Where to buy it
Bendon's variation of the style is simple and classic. Their Seamfree Waist Control Boyleg underwear promises a smoother silhouette and a seam free construction that avoids any muffin-top mishaps.
The company, which was founded in New Zealand, also offers a range of styles that shape, control and feel comfortable.
Made from quality nylon and elastane, their range is also on the affordable side, with prices ranging from $25.00 - $70.00.
Bendon offers a wide range of styles for all shapes and sizes. (Image: Bendon)

The 'all over' slip dress

This style is a two-in-one winner - investing in a decent shapewear slip dress, which sculpts your entire silhouette, is a smart choice if you want to save some dosh and look incredible to boot.
Where to buy it
Australian company Nancy Ganz is dedicated solely to shapewear, and their commitment isn't for nothing. The brand's creation of the 'Hip Slip' back in the 1990s was revolutionary in modernising traditional shaping garments like girdles.
Now, their body architect slip dress has evolved with the demands of our times, and we think they've nailed it.
Although slightly pricier than other shapewear brands, Nancy Ganz uses the latest fabric technology to achieve comfort and shape, so it can be worth the indulgence.
Nancy Ganz has been revolutionary in Australian shapewear. (Image: Nancy Ganz)

The bodysuit

Much like the slip dress, the shapewear bodysuit is a revelation when it comes to doing (or more accurately sucking in) everything at once. Toning your body from the chest to your thighs, these puppies are your go-to wardrobe staple for when you're gearing up to squeeze into that slip dress.
Where to buy it
Australian online shopping website The Iconic houses a number of shapewear brands that'll do the trick, including OG brand Spanx, which has well and truly nailed the body suit.
And the best part? You don't even need to leave your couch to buy it! Now bring on the pavlova!
This Spanx bodysuit is available on The Iconic. (Image: The Iconic)

The under bra slip

For those with a slightly more voluminous bust, this variation of shapewear is perfect. With a neckline reaching below your chest and sculpting the body from the waist down, you'll still be able to wear your favourite bra. Comfort and fashion are sometimes a tough pairing, but this style is the perfect compromise!
Where to buy it
Hush Hush is another Australian brand that knows how to make a quality piece of shapewear that'll last you for yonks. Their seamless Essensual Firm Control Under Bra Slip is the perfect investment for the indulgent weeks ahead.
And although on the pricier side, their pieces, which are made with quality nylon and elastane, are subtle, non-restrictive and super smoothing. Winner!
This under bra slip is comfy and holds you in all the right places. (Image: Myer)

The thigh shaper

We can't all have a derrière like Kim Kardashian, but this shapewear style can certainly give it a nudge. Smoothing out your thighs, hips, tummy and midriff, you'll be slipping into that two-sizes-too-small frock you bought last summer in no time.
Where to buy it
Australian company Ambra has not only nailed this style in the form of their Powerlite Thigh Shaper Short, but they also have a key philosophy we're happy to live by - being undefined by age or demographic.
And it's glaringly obvious by their designs, which are simple, comfortable and super affordable. In fact, most of their styles are below $50.00. Sign us up!
Ambra's styles offer affordability and comfort - perfect! (Image: Ambra)
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