National Shapewear Day | August 10
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Shapewear Day on August 10th celebrates the history, current trends, and continued use and evolution of body shaping garments. The day recognizes what has been a long-standing important, and at times, essential, article of clothing building confidence and poise for centuries. 


History of Shapewear

The history of shapewear parallels the development of clothed civilization. As far back as Greek and Roman times, evidence exists from archaeological drawings depicting women in corset-like garments. However, during the 16th-century, corsets and shaping undergarments ascended to the status of required fashion. Then, royalty typically led the trends and the current style of the era. Many changes and shifts in clothing fashion accompanied the popular corset – perhaps the most recognizable item in a woman’s ensemble.

Modern Shapewear

Fast forward to the 21st century, and shapewear becomes barely recognizable. Once the constricting, cumbersome, and impractical garments worn by our predecessors, today’s shapewear has transformed. It meets the varied and sophisticated needs of modern society. And it is also created from some of the most advanced materials available. Today, makers construct shapewear out of breathable, flexible, and durable fabrics. Additionally, shapewear comes in almost any style and shapes imaginable. To that point, you can easily custom-fit shapewear to any wardrobe

Today’s versatile and practical shapewear smooths and supports. It also targets the most stubborn spots on the body. When men and women don business wear, formal attire, or even casual clothes with shapewear beneath, they share a more polished look to the world. The resulting confidence they exude does not go unnoticed. And you can thank their modern supporting shapers! Whatever the occasion, shapewear will have you covered.


Celebrate National Shapewear Day by wearing your favorite shaper. If you think shapewear is the uncomfortable and restrictive garment of the past, check out the latest styles. Times have most certainly changed. And shapewear is now one of the most versatile articles of clothing, making them suitable for use during all seasons and occasions.

Throughout the observance, share your shapewear experiences with others. And don’t forget to put your confident self forward!

Use #NationalShapewearDay to share on social media.


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The Pink Room founded National Shapewear Day in 2017 to celebrate and generate interest in the ongoing advancements, improvements, and benefits of foundation garments. Shapewear empowers people by making them feel confident and beautiful in their own skin with a little help from shapewear!

In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed annually on August 10th.

National Shapewear Day FAQ

Q. What is most shapewear made of?
A. Usually, shapewear is made of nylon or spandex.

Q. Who invented nylon?
A. In 1935, Du Pont patented nylon and it was a big hit. Wallace Carothers, director of Dupont’s research center, developed the synthetic fiber that became an integral part of many products.

Q. Who invented Lycra, aka spandex?
A. Another Du Pont development, chemist Joseph Shivers invented the strong, stretchy synthetic fiber in the 1950s.

Q. Can shapewear flatten my stomach?
A. Shapewear has a slimming effect by compressing the fatty areas. It also smooths the back, sides, and legs.

Q. Can shapewear permanently reshape my body?
A. No. Shapewear works like a corset, only much more comfortable. However, once it is removed, the fatty areas return to their relaxed positions.


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