Designed following the second world war, bodies have become a staple essential in every woman’s wardrobe, and it’s easy to see why: in contrast to vests, bodies are form-fitting, and crafted with plenty of stretch to smooth and sculpt your figure. A nude shaping body is ideal for wearing under an elegant evening dress, as the seams are undetectable under clothing. We also offer more detailed designs with lace and embroidery for added feminine flair.
A women’s body is a one piece garment which looks similar to a swimsuit: it consists of a bra—with built-in or moulded cups—made from a fitted, stretchy fabric, which also stretches to the full briefs. It covers the entire torso, and usually features a fuss-free fastening at the gusset.
The classic design is just one of many options available. Other shapewear includes shaping dresses, which fall to the middle of the thighs. This design is ideal under form-fitting dresses as they are invisible under your clothing.
Long sleeve women’s bodies are the ideal choice when wearing a semi-sheer top or layering a jacket over your shapewear. These smooth designs are form-fitting, won’t ride up, and remain supremely comfortable all day.
The restricting, uncomfortable corset went out of fashion in the early 20th century in favour of more comfortable vests and bras. Stretchy fabrics were developed, making it possible to combine the comfort of vests with the flattering shaping effect of corsets and the women’s body was created.
Initially designed to be worn as lingerie, bodies became a part of women’s everyday repertoire in the 1980s, often seen worn under blazers and denim jackets. Today they are once again worn as underwear under form-fitting dresses and skirts to help slim and smooth the female figure, offering an accentuated waist and hips.
When shopping for your women’s body, keep in mind the reasons why you’re buying it: if you simply want to keep your torso warm, it doesn’t need to be too form-fitting. If you want it to sculpt and enhance your shape, it must fit very tightly and be crafted from a stretchy fabric with plenty of elastane. The higher the amount of elastane, the firmer the shaping effect will be. Firm shapewear can be worn under a form-fitting evening dress.
Bodies and corselettes often feature a built-in bra. The size of this shapewear corresponds to common bra sizes, consisting of the cup size (A-F) and underbust measurement in inches (32-48). If you choose to, you may go one size up from your usual underbust measurement when choosing your body size to ensure that it fits comfortably. If you haven’t taken your measurements for a while, we’d recommend taking them before buying new lingerie—your body will change over time, and you should always wear a bra which fits perfectly to avoid hurting your back.
There are many fabrics on offer when choosing your body. The most popular fabrics are:
To enjoy your new MONA body to its full potential, you must care for it properly. Shaping bodies made from cotton or man-made fibres with plenty of stretch can’t be washed too often and mustn’t be washed at a high temperature, in order to maintain their shape. Wash the garment on a delicate cycle at 40°C, without fabric softener . Once washed, lay it out flat to dry and don’t place it in the tumble drier.
If your lingerie is made from delicate lace, wash it in a laundry net on a delicate cycle at 30°C or wash it by hand. Silk lingerie can be placed in the washing machine on a silk cycle, or washed by hand using a special detergent.
Top tip: Avoid spraying perfume or deodorant onto your body and don’t wear it too regularly, so that you don't need to wash it often.
Now that you know all the things there are to love about MONA’s wide range of shaping bodies, you can shop our varied selection and create your own collection of women’s shapewear for every eventuality: from smooth bodies that will keep your torso warm, to more feminine designs with lace and floral detailing, and a firm shaping body with plenty of stretch to be worn under your favourite MONA dress. MONA offers a varied array of designs in many different colours, from classic white to rich red and timeless black. We have the perfect shaping body for all silhouettes and sizes available on our website. Shop our range today to find your favourite, and your new shaping body will be with you in no time.