A garment that alters the body shape of the wearer temporarily on wearing it, is called a Shape wear, also popularly known as foundation garment or shaping underwear. The main purpose of wearing a shape wear is to attain a fashionable figure. It has nothing to do with enhancement of bodily feature and simply deals with the presentation of the body of the one wearing it.
These garments are categorized as light, medium and firm depending upon the shape provided by it. With passage of time, the use of shape wear has increased extensively. These garments serve a special purpose for various fashion activities, and social circumstances well. Though used by women mostly, shape wear are manufactured for men as well. Bodysuits are the simplest forms of shape wear, that are also known as body-liner or even body and characteristically a body-shape taking garment that mainly covers the upper body and crotch area. This particular clothing often comes with sleeves and collars.
They are available in variety of styles such as unitard style, camisole-leotard style. Apart from providing a beautiful shape to the body, these garments also provide light support. Lycra spandex along with cotton blends are generally used in manufacturing shape wear.