Slimming garments can cut years off your age by smoothing out lumps and bumps. Heather Thomson, founder of the shapewear brand Yummie by Heather Thomson
, says she was horrified by the shapewear she could find after she had kids. "There's no way my husband is seeing me in these," she thought to herself. Now she and other designers are making more feminine and flirty pieces
. While your shapewear should fit snugly, it's important that it's not too tight, to avoid certain health concerns
. "Sizing down will not make you look thinner; it will only make you more miserable—I can't stress this enough," says Thomson. "You know you have the right fit when you can breathe and you're not standing in the corner unable to move at a party."