How to Fake a Bodysuit with 2 Pieces
Bodysuits have surged back into popularity over the last couple of years. I’ve tried my share of them, but I can never get the fit right. For one, I have a fairly long torso, but I’m also short-waisted, which means the contours of leotard-style pieces don’t always match up with my shape. I am also quite hippy, which makes certain cuts – including bikini bottoms – ride up, creating visible panty line and increasing discomfort throughout the day.
If bodysuits work for you, then props. If they don’t, there’s an exceedingly simple way to eliminate awkward clothing bulges and get a streamlined look, and all it takes are two pieces:
- A close-fitting knit top (I like rib knit)
- A pair of mid to high-rise “boyshort” style underwear (bike shorts will also work as long as there aren’t too many seams or decorative elements near the waist)
Then, just tuck your shirt fully into the bottoms, making sure that there aren’t any folds or wrinkles in the shirt that show under the bottoms. Your shirt won’t ride up and your thinner slip skirts and other tricky items will lay flat over top.
It’s normal for people to have a little bit of a contour at their stomach, but I think we’ve been trained to feel that it’s embarrassing. This trick doesn’t “suck you in,” it just creates a flat line rather than revealing panty lines and shirt folds.
I’ve included some before and afters! On the left, I’m not using this trick. On the right, I am. I think you can clearly see a difference: smooth lines and a more streamlined top.
For tops, I recommend thinner rib knit. I haven’t found any better than Everlane: Long Sleeve Crew, Short Sleeve Crew, Scoop Neck, Turtleneck, V-neck
For bottoms, I recommend Girlfriend Collective and Boodywear for bike shorts, or TomboyX for boxer/short-style underwear (mine are an older style from TomboyX).
Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.