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The Science of Shapewear

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Shapewear slims, smooths & firms, but how exactly does it make us so skinny? Where does all of the fat go? Are there any dangers to wearing shapewear over long periods of time?

Mother of one Marianne Gimble, Co-Founder & Fit Expert of heritage shapewear brand Va Bien, answered these questions for Momtrends as she shared with us the science behind those miracle garments. She also discussed also helped us understand shapewear that goes beyond simple slimming. Check out her responses as your learn more about the interesting science of your shapewear.

1) Shapewear gives us a smoother, slimmer appearance, but how?

Shapewear makes us skinny by sewing or knitting together elastic or rigid fabrics that are cut into such a pattern that when worn, the finished garment nips and tucks the body.

2) Is shapewear really effective in slimming us?

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Yes, especially when cut and sewn together - as opposed to knitted seamlessly, like hosiery. When cut and sewn, designers are able to use pinpoint accuracy to "catch" curves in the perfect places and enhance them; hosiery-style seamless knitting, by contrast, tends to flatten curves. Both techniques slim the body, just in different ways.

3) Are there any benefits to wearing shapewear beyond instantly slimming?

Shapewear can actually have health benefits. It can stimulate circulation and provide support to muscles.

4) Where does all of the fat go?

Fat can move into spaces where muscle is compressed, such as the abs. It can also be moved directionally, towards more desirable places.

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