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Shapewear of the Week: The All-in-One Body Miracle Worker
An old-fashioned girdle cinches you in at the waist, but only slims so far. A smoothing tank eliminates back flab, but doesn't do much for your muffin top. This Soma bodysuit—made of compression fabric and strategically placed, ultra-thin panels—does wonders for both problem spots by extending up to your shoulder blades and holding all of you in like a corset. But unlike that ancient shapewear torture device, the addition of spandex and stay-put silicone edges around the leg openings (which prevent it from riding up and creating lines under a form-fitting dress) make this "torset" more comfortable—without sacrificing any tummy-taming power. Plus, a convenient hook-and-eye gusset at the crotch means you don't have to peel everything off when you need to use the restroom and the open bust design allows you to pair it with your favorite push-em-up bra.
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