Light and comfy shapewear we love for the over-60 woman

Woman's shapely bottom dark gray dresss

Sometimes a girl just needs a little help. Fortunately shapewear has evolved tremendously since the girdles of old. While wearing shapewear will not make us look like we’ve lost 20 pounds it will smooth out our body profile so that our clothes have a more fluid fit on our bodies. (And give a boost of confidence at the dreaded high school reunion.)

We’ve chosen several pieces of shapewear that make sense for women over 60. The shapewear we have chosen assumes that at this stage in our lives we have achieved a positive body image (and don’t need to cut off our circulation to look good).

The right shapewear can make everything look better

That said, we all have that special dress, those sleek pants, that pencil skirt that looks—let’s face it—just a little better with shapewear underneath.  And remember, when it all comes off, your comfy jammies and fuzzy slippers await.

There is a lot of shapewear out there. 

Not all of them work for women of our age.  We chose this shapewear for the over-60 woman whose goal is to look a little smoother, a little sleeker but most of all, to still be comfortable while looking good.

1. Biker shorts

Smooths hips and thighs

Bikers can move and breathe when they cycle and so will you be able to in shapewear biker shorts.  Shapewear biker shorts are designed to smooth cellulite and bumps (and just about everyone has cellulite even if you are slim). Nothing makes a pair of slim pants or jeans look better. Get a size larger than you would buy in shorts.  Don’t make the novice’s mistake of thinking tighter is better—you’ll just create a muffin top at the waist and thigh borders.

Spanx Ahhh-llelujah™ ‘Fit to You’ Everyday Short

Biker shorts shapewear by Spanx

Spanx maintains that this “soft, smooth, and socomfy Ahhh-llelujah™ short was designed for everyday wear.” It has 400% stretch fabric and is designed to adjust perfectly to your body while retaining its shape. Buy these shorts at

Boody Smoothing Short 

We love that this woman looks like she could be one of us. We love that this item is “mindfully made and crafted in breathable bamboo viscose, is soft, simple and sustainable.” And we love that the company website details the environmental impact of making this item in terms of energy and drinking water saved and land farmed without pesticides. Buy these Boody shorts at

A caveat about high-rise shapers.

You may be wondering why we didn’t include the high waist biker short—the one that goes nearly up to your bra.  Our experience with those is that they roll down and flip over when you move.  They also tend to push back fat up and out, calling attention to it rather than smoothing it (see the shaper tank below if you need back fat smoothing).  The shapewear we have chosen has to work in practice, not just in theory.  The high-rise shaper may work for younger women but typically not for women our age, that is, women over 60.

2. Shaper panties

Flattens the tummy, rounds and supports your butt

If you don’t need to do the whole biker short thing, and you are going somewhere casual but still want to look good in your jeans, shaper panties can be just the ticket.

Vanity Fair SMOOTHING COMFORT™ Seamless Brief Panty

Vanity Fair smoothing comfort shapewear

This shaper panty smooths your stomach—just what you need for zipping up that final inch or so.  Notice the unique back seaming that is engineered to give you a subtle rear lift. Buy Seamless Brief Panty at

Spanx Everyday Shaping Panties Boyshort

Spanx boy shorts shapewear

These boy shorts are one of Spanx’s best sellers.  They flatten the tummy, round the butt but are comfortable enough to wear every day of the week. Buy the Boyshort at

3. The bodysuit

Smooths your middle and accentuates an hour-glass shape

Think of a bodysuit as a onesie for grownups.  After all, you wear a swimsuit, don’t you?  With any luck, you’ll forget it’s on.  And think of how smooth your midsection will look in that special clingy dress.  People will ask if you’ve lost weight.

Body Shaper with Built-In Bra & Anti-Static 

Woman's full bodysuit shapewear

This body shaper lets your clothes glide over it thanks to anti-static, cling-free fabric.  It smooths and sculpts the tummy, hips, and rear and the built-in bra boosts your bust. Buy this body shaper at

SKIMS Seamless Sculpt Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Body suit shapewear

SKIMS’ mid-thigh bodysuit has strong compression and targeted control along the waist, tummy, and legs.  There is pique stitching along the front and sides to define and support the bust along with adjustable straps.  Fits true to size.  Buy it at

Shapermint Empetua® Open Bust Bodysuit Shaper Panty

If you like the idea of the bodysuit but love the fit of your own bra—and we all know how hard it is to get a bra to fit perfectly—then you’ll love this body shaper.  The company maintains that the fabric is breathable and soft on the skin, and pairs with any bra.  It tames you from hips to ribs and is effortless to pull on and take off.  Buy the open bust bodysuit at

4. Shaper tank

Minimizes bra bulge

If you’ve never considered going braless, the shaper tank might well change your mind.  After all, it’s typically the bra straps and the band around your rib cage that accentuate flesh in that area.  What if you had lift and support without those tight straps?  That’s what the shaper tank is designed to do.

Don’t mistake them for a camisole.  These have full cup support without the straps and smooth you from waist to shoulders.   Look for a flattering wide scoop or V-neck front and back and that crucial 6 to 16 percent spandex blend for smoothing power.

Evelyn & Bobbie DEFY V-Neck Bra Tank 

Bra tank

Evelyn & Bobbie’s soft smooth bra tank lies flat under clothing without drawing attention to any back or bra fat.  The company describes this tank as having “built-in wireless shelf bra with unrivaled support and uplift along with a smoothing microfiber fabric that provides light shaping without showing under your clothing. The bonded seams and microfiber elastane are made to last, reinforced with bonded layers.  The ergonomic design mimics your anatomy, reducing pain and discomfort compared to underwire bras.” Buy it at

SKIMS Naked Scoop Longline Bralette 

Shapewear reducer

We’ve all tried under wires, thin straps and hooks (that can dig into our backs) but at this stage in our lives, we are all about comfort (while still looking firm and uplifted).  These smooth as butter bralettes from SKIMS pull gently over your head yet still give lift. You’ll feel as though you are wearing nothing. Buy it at 

Knix LuxeLift Tank

Shapewear tank

Knix suggests that “going braless has never felt better than in our super-versatile, one-of-a-kind tank.” Thank its wire-free, built-in support and luxurious feel of its LuxeLift Technology, in a seamless, figure-flattering fit. Find your new favorite wardrobe essential with support for cup sizes A to G. Buy the LuxeLift tank at

5. Super control body suit

Bringing out the big guns, so to speak

This is the big gun for the big-deal event—the high school or university class reunion. Pull it on slowly to prevent snags from long nails or jewelry and remember, extra-compression shapers are not for those with circulation issues or sensitive skin.

Will it be your most comfortable evening ever?  Will it feel as if you are home wearing your jammies and fuzzy slippers?  No, it won’t.  But you’ll look like a million bucks and people will talk about how great you looked.  And the guy who dumped you way back in the day will sneak glances at you all evening when his frumpy wife isn’t looking.  There is some satisfaction in that.

SPANX Strapless Cupped Mid-Thigh Bodysuit

Super shaper shapewear

SPANX calls this the ultimate bodysuit for when you’re getting glam!  It has removable straps that convert five ways: traditional, racerback, criss-cross, halter, and strapless.  It has clean-cut leg openings stay invisible under clothes and the cling-free, single layer shaping (good for when it’s hot) offers a “lightweight yet firm hug.” Buy it at

Vedette Celeste Front Zipper Compression Garment 

Supeer control body suit with butt lift

This front zipper, full throttle body suit smooths the entire figure that with a little help in the back to shape and lift your rear.  It downsizes the tummy and thighs with no bulging or riding up.  It has underwire lifts to support the bust. Find it at

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This article was originally published on April 6, 2022. It was reviewed and updated on April 16, 2024.

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