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Ever since the beloved Japanese retailer, Uniqlo, opened its U.S. flagship store in SoHo, back in 2006, it's been our go-to for reasonably priced trendy clothes and comfortable, non-bulky undergarments. (How did we ever survive a winter without their genius Heattech undershirts?)

So it's no surprise that their new, slimming shapewear line--consisting of a camisole ($20) and shorts ($13)--is so wearable and inexpensive.

Made from breathable, spandex "powernet," the top features a serious belly-toning panel designed to suck you in without creating lines or tummy rolls. Likewise, the shorts' front and thigh toners keep you flat and slim, while subtle molding on the rear helps to, er, lift and separate.

We love the way the combo fits snugly (and invisibly) under clothes and, of course, the way it gently counters the cruelties of age and gravity. Think everything you love about Spanx, but at a buy-in-bulk price.

Our only complaint? The SoHo store's strange decision to stock the top and bottom on different floors. Luckily, a helpful saleswoman was happy to point us in the right direction.

Uniqlo, 546 Broadway (between Prince and Spring sts.); 917-237-8800 or

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