For someone who has tried various brands of shapewear (bought both online and from stores overseas), my first thought of shapewear is always that it has to be as tight as possible for it to be able to ‘squeeze’ and ‘slim’ as much as possible. Therefore when I was approached by D’Elegance to try out their personal consultation services and their shapewear products, I was rather skeptical. I mean how different could their services or products be to what I have already been buying online. However after reading more about the company and their products and learning that there could potentially be a difference between D’Elegance shapewear and the ones I was used to. I decided to just it a shot..and boy am I glad I did.
On her D'Elegance Personal Consultation
During my personal consultation session with D’Elegance, I was educated on the purpose and usage of shapewear which contrary to belief, is not to squeeze/ flatten your fats and flabs. Rather it is as its name suggest, to shape your body curvature and body silhouette. Everyone has an ideal body shape based on our height and weight and the idea is well, to be big at the areas that should be big and small at the areas that should be small (as we would say in chinese 该大的地方大，该小的地方小).
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The beauty of my personal consultation at D’Elegance was the fact that the entire process/ session was private and non-intrusive. A far cry from the departmental store nightmares of trying to catch the attention of the aunty sales lady who will take one look at you and assume your cup size and then proceed to announce it to the world.
My pre-shapewear measurements were then taken by Elida and she proceeded to explain to me what some of the more ‘unique’ measurements were about. For example, the ‘magic triangle’ measurement which involves the width measurement between the breasts as well as the length from each breast to your neck. This magic triangle pretty much tells you if your breasts are at their ideal position or if they might be sagging or too far apart. The measurements were taken ‘clinically’ so I didn’t feel self-conscious but at the same time it was personal enough because Elida took time to learn about my concerns.
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Based on my measurements, Elida identified my ‘problem areas’ and choose pieces of shapewear which she felt would address my issues and give me my ideal shape. I was about to say give me BACK my ideal shape since a lot of us developed most of our issues after pregnancy and childbirth. But I realized that the shape which Elida had shown me through the shapewear, was something that I had not even achieved pre-kids.
The reasons could range from not owning the right bras and panties or not knowing the right way to put them on (yes there is a right way to put them on for maximum results), to not knowing what to accentuate.
After putting on the shapewear which was selected for me, Elida taught me little tips on how to ensure that I achieved maximum effect and impact with the shapewear. She then proceeded to take my post shapewear measurements, these measurements were then use to replot a diagram to show your ‘changes’ and how much closer to your ideal shape you now are. Honestly I was amazed at the post shapewear measurements! I knew for a fact that my usual shapewear would ‘flatten’ certain parts of my body minimally though I never quite knew by how much.
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I was shocked to see that D’Elegance shapewear had not only shaved 7cm off my abodomen and waist line combined but it was able to add 1cm to my chest line. Add 1cm you might ask? Isn’t shapewear supposed to make you smaller? Well no..shapewear is supposed to shape you which is why certain areas may become bigger because fats/ flabs from the wrong areas may have been returned to the right areas (eg. fat at the back or underarm fats to the chest area or thigh fats to the butt). My legs even measured longer than before even though I am pretty sure that I didn’t grow 3cm during the course of the personal consultation.
And just when I thought I could not be amazed any more, Elida showed me that I could mix and match different shapewears to achieve different effects. I could wear pieces individually or altogether. Yes I had layered 3 pieces of shapewear at 1 point without feeling like I would pass out from heat or compression and it didn’t add bulk.
On her experience with wearing D'Elegance Shapewear
I love that the D’Elegance bras provide fantastic support with a cup that doesn’t neglect the sides of the chest. I have often seen too many bras that provide insufficient support and barely cover enough.
Of course, the personal consultation with D’Elegance also helped a great deal in getting me the right bra size and teaching me the right technique to wear a bra. Trust me, it’s not just about bending forward to fill the cup before hooking the clasp.
The panties are silky and super comfortable. Yes I know they look like ‘granny’ panties because of the high waist but they are the furthest things from unattractive granny panties. The lace on the panties are soft and non-scratchy and most importantly, it provides good coverage.
Why must you have good coverage for your underwear you ask? Well so that you don’t find yourself with waist band marks that have dug so deep into your skin that they have pretty much become permanent and have shifted your fats into the wrong positions and cause fat folds to form and stay at part of your lower body. Definitely 1 product that I am going to be stocking up on!
I loved that it helped me maintain an upright posture throughout the day. I have noticed recently that a slouch has become part and parcel of my posture and the body suit helped to keep me upright without being uncomfortable. The only downside for me is the fact that I can’t wear it with every top as its lace straps are a little thicker than some of the straps of my tops.The body suit is a really comfortable piece and I actually wore it on a week where I was outdoors a lot and I didn’t feel the heat even with a body suit and long girdle on.
My go to piece when I needed a flatter tummy and a perkier butt than what the body suit can give me. Unlike regular shapewear which flattens your butt and makes it looks like a flat wide piece, the D’Elegance long girdle allows your butt to fill up the 3D space in its material and the result? A butt that is not flattened but rather, is shaped into a regular, toned butt. The panels around the abdomen areas are also ‘thicker’ than the body suit which means it is better used for addressing issues around the abdomen.
For those who have given birth before and use a Velcro binder to bind your tummies, this is somewhat similar except that it uses mini clasps to secure itself. Almost like a corset but just for the waist. This piece I have to say, is extremely effective! I managed to fit into a dress that I had recently bought and had not been able to wear because it was a size too small. It not only slimmed my waist but also contained my hips so that I could fit into that dress nicely.
One thing to note about the D’Elegance pieces is the fact that different parts/ panels of each piece are made from slightly different materials or may be slightly thicker/ thinner than other parts. Which is the beauty of their product if you ask me. Unlike other brands which are made from 1 material only or come in 1 thickness throughout, the D’Elegance range ensures that there is flexibility and mouldability to its products, depending on the problem areas that each product is supposed to address.
Author of blog Jahbella and mother of two
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Disclaimer: This review is excerpted from a post done by Ms. Rachael, who owns the blog Jahbella. Ms. Rachael received D’Elegance products for the purpose of this review.