Today, there's much appreciated better tuck-in technology and that word nude is truer to it's real meaning, which means wider shades to suit all skin colours.

So beyond firming, comfortable and good quality fabric, the style of shapewear may be something to consider as well.

Maybe, shaping is not the only function you want from shapewear – it could also be a sexy and luxurious feel, or a perfect skin tone match or maybe it could be a vibrant surprise under you garments.

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The biggest shift is that shapewear is no longer a secret to be whispered among close friends. Many celebrities have been open about their body shaper garments, from Kim Kardashian and Viola Davis’ double spanx layers to Ocativia Spencer’s triple layers to Chrissy Teigen who said she started wearing spanx after her first born Luna was born. So body shapers being no secret have created the opportunity for colourful shapewear.

Way ahead of these fashionable options is South African manufactured Amazonezz. This shapewear line that brings all kinds of printed and colourful choices.

Other non-conventional ways to wear shapewear is to go for sultry designs that could double up as lingerie. If you prefer a sultry design, look no further than Thando Thabethe’s very own Thabooty’s shapewear line, which includes lace detail, structure and well-placed mesh designs.

And slowly but surely, more brands are making more skin tones available for a diverse market, ideal for anyone going for the nude illusion style.