1. Smooth "bra bulge" with Sassybax
From Lisa in Sassybax shapewear and in I found my perfect girdle
"Oh what a great shaper can do for your figure, your wardrobe - and your self-esteem! I have no tolerance for bra bulge across my back. Once you put 'bra bulge' into your consciousness, you can't bear to spotted with it! And, you can put an end to it - at least for your own body. I'm a Sassybax gal myself. I love this brand of shapewear for how well-constructed it is and how it works with the curves and bulges of my body. My everyday bra is the short Bralette. Under snug tops I wear the Sassybax Torso Trim. The Torso Trim lives up to its name - really. Under dresses it's the new Slimming Slip, Long Leg Panty shaper with cups across the back to shape a gal's buttocks. (The bottom-shaping panty is comfortable and does the trick.) Lots of other brands out there, but this well-made line is a keeper for my wardrobe, and apparently for lots of celebrity stylists, too."
2. Show off your middle with Lipo in a Box
From 2ShapeU in Women 50+ Know: What to Wear Underneath
"For my middle, New Tank Bodysuit by Lipo in a Box, style 46100. In black, I can even wear it as a layering piece and show it just like any tank top. It comes in either a full bottom or a thong bottom."
3. Fake an hourglass figure with Flexees
From Regina in I found my perfect girdle
"The Flexees Comfort Controlwear Instant Slimmer Long Torso Waist Nipper literally takes inches off your waist. It holds you in where you might normally hang out. The result is a very convincing hour-glass figure. I like how it reaches just under the bra and over the hips, so that it eliminates that spare tire created by other shapewear. The boning also reminds you to stand and sit up straight, so you look better since your posture is better. I wore it at a formal cocktail party recently and felt tall and trim! Also, with the eye-and- hook system of Flexees, I was able to dress myself with no help from my husband - and the thought of having to go to the bathroom was not a nightmare!"
4. Who needs lipo? Just wear Spanx
From E in Menopudge killed my wardrobe: 3 magic solutions
"Spanx are sold everywhere. You wear them under your clothes to smooth out your figure. Think of them as a reverse balloon. Instead of blowing out and filling up, you're sucking in and smoothing down. They're incredible! At first, I thought that the smaller the Spanx, the better I would look. No! Do not buy Spanx so small that you break out in a sweat just struggling to pull them up. If you do, you will have a huge spillover at the waist. Plus, you will not be fun to be with if you can't breathe. In fact, you will be a bitch on wheels. Remember, you got rid of the clothes that cut off your circulation for a reason."
From Jackielee in Spanx or what works best?
"I use Spanx occasionally and find them as comfortable as that type of product can be. They can make all the difference in the world worn under a dress. I like them because they hold my tummy in."
5. Simplify dressing year-round with Wolford
From Lois Joy Johnson in Underwear after 50: 9 essential pieces
"I live for snap-crotch bodysuits by Wolford Pricey, yes, but they last a lifetime with hand washing and simplify getting dressed. You never have to think about this layering piece bunching or riding up unexpectedly. I wear sleeveless tank bodysuits year-round - under matte jersey wrap dresses that are cut a bit too low at the neck, under cardigans, under very fitted V-neck winter sweaters and skinny jeans. The long sleeve versions work solo as tops with skirts or pants and easily slide under jackets and suits. My staple. Hellooo if anyone wants to give me a Christmas gift!"
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Updated. Originally published December 8, 2011.