Panties with shapewear? Is it a no-go or are there exceptions to the rule? Most of the time, we find that our shaping briefs, shorts, and bodysuits are underwear in their own right. No need for extra layers that can cause lumps and bumps!

With slips, skirts, leggings and tank tops, however, feel free to slip on some lightweight panties if it makes you feel more comfortable. Read on to discover when and how to best wear shapewear.

Do You Wear Underwear Under Shapewear Shorts, Briefs, and Thongs?

In short, the answer to this question is: no. That’s because you can get complete support and full shaping power without compromise from shaping briefs and thongs.

Let your shapewear breathe by wearing it directly next to your skin rather than above underwear. Our Cameo InShapes High Waist Shaping Brief and Danielle InShapes High Waist Shaping Thong are perfect for dresses and high-waisted skirts in the fall. What other underwear can keep your core snuggled and cozy like these? 



Even shorts, like our Cleo InShapes High Waist Shaping Short are designed to be as slim-fitting and comfortable as underwear. Too many layers result in heat getting trapped and no one wants that! Instead, this shapewear is ultra-flattering and provides a subtle bum-lift for that just-finished-a-workout feel.

Do You Wear Panties With Shapewear Bodysuits?

Bodysuits are in and here to stay. We think the best thing about them is that they’re an all-in-one, no underwear needed garment. So, should you wear underwear underneath shapewear bodysuits? The choice is up to you! But we love these pieces because there is a choice in the first place. There’s no right or wrong here!

For fall and winter, our Longsleeve Shaping Thong Back Bodysuit is a dream, keeping you warm in the coldest months with Outlast® temperature control fabric. Like all of our bodysuits, it comes with two rows of built-in snap closures at the gusset so that you have ease of access when nature calls. 


Looking for some inspiration on how to wear shapewear bodysuits for fall, click here. We love these all-in-one pieces year-round, and it never hurts to have a little style inspo for the coming season!

How to Wear Underwear With Shapewear Slips and Skirts

Of course, with every rule there are also exceptions! When do you wear underwear under shapewear? That’s where our slips and skirts come in. Our Hidden Curves Firm Shaping Slip has Level 4 built-in shaping compression, yet is breathable and easy to move in. Most women prefer to wear a simple thong or G-string underneath for comfort. 

The important thing to remember when wondering “do you wear panties under a shapewear skirt or slip?” is that the underwear should be lightweight and have the seamless quality of the shapewear. Well, we’re here to help. Check out our slip skirts that come with built-in underwear, like our Control Nouveau Shaping Skirt Slip with Built-in Thong.

Pairing Underwear With Shapewear Tank Tops and Camis

Of course, you’ll want to wear underwear with your shaping tank tops and camis, but we’ve put this here just to say that shapewear comes in many more forms than just shaping bottoms! In terms of wearing a bra with your shapewear, it’s up to you – unless one is already built-in. Tanks like our Pearl Yummie Tummie® 3-Panel Shaping Tank are designed with wide straps to conceal your bra straps underneath, so no worries there.


You shouldn’t ever feel exposed in your shapewear; it’s there to provide you peace of mind and a bit more coverage than your average panties, not less. For this reason and to ensure there aren’t any unwanted bulges, you should generally consider the answer to “do you wear underwear under shapewear?” is no. However, there are a few exceptions and of course, we ultimately write our own rules for how to wear shapewear, don’t we ;)?