Ah, shapewear. Sure, it’s the equivalent of being strapped into a corset for 12 hours straight (that’s also constantly riding up). But it’s the price we pay to look two sizes smaller, right?
Wrong, if you’re slipping into a Ruby Ribbon piece.
This brand-new company holds claim to what they call Shaping Essentials--everyday clothing items with lightweight shapewear built right in. It’s your basic T-shirt, skirt, dress or pants, but with a secret slimming layer.
You may have seen this in dress form before, but what sets Ruby Ribbon apart is that the technology expands to your entire wardrobe. For example, the pencil skirt ($79) has a smoothing slip with a thin silicone grip that helps it stay in place. The V-neck tee ($59) uses subtle ruching and a built-in shelf bra (sizes 32A to 44H) to lift and enhance. And all the leggings ($59) feature a five-inch-wide tummy-control band for those days--er, weeks--you decide to skip Pilates.
But what really sold us was how the clothes look. We were shocked to discover that the little black shift dress ($119) is as chic as anything we’d grab at Bloomie’s. And when we threw a sheer top ($69) over one of the cute camis ($49), well, hello summer uniform.