If there’s one word that comes to mind when it comes to winter clothing, it’s ‘bulky.’ For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, the thought of stuffing ourselves into thermal underwear, layers of thick socks, turtlenecks, ugly sweaters and puffy coats and going out into the world looking like a matronly version of the Stay-Puft marshmallow man can fill us with dread. But when you’re forced to choose between hypothermia and an unflattering outfit, the outfit will win every. single. time.

So how do some women get away with looking so put-together WHILE staying warm in the winter months?

A little somethin’ somethin’ called shapewear. (Bet you didn’t see THAT one coming 😉)

Forget the sweaty, rubbery girdles from your grandmother’s day. Today’s shapewear is made with stretchy, breathable material that smoothes your pudge, accentuates your curves and adds a layer of warmth to winter outfits without melting you like a marshmallow in a cup of hot cocoa.