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- When scrolling on Tiktok, I kept coming across this SKIMS Bodysuit ($62) on my For You page.
- Even though I’m not usually a shapewear fan, I felt the bodysuit’s quality before even trying it on.
- After seeing the sculpting results, I’m considering going back to buy more SKIMS in a few more shades and styles.
If you’ve been scrolling on TikTok, you’ve probably seen the now-viral Skims bodysuit instantly snatching waists and leaving the wearer in complete shock. While they continue to sell out with over 120,000 units sold since June 22 (when the garment initially went viral), I decided to put the piece to the test — beyond those seconds-long videos of jaw-dropping first impressions.
Immediately, you feel the quality
Though I’m not the biggest shapewear fan, I’ve definitely explored top-selling brands on the market for some added smoothing for big events. And upon feeling the soft material, I knew that the piece was quality and would hold up after more than just a few wears and washes. Thick to the touch and compressive (without seeming overly constrictive), I also noticed just how tiny the bodysuit looked — which is a sentiment many of the TikTokers shared. To my surprise, the itty bitty bodysuit stretched to comfortably fit my frame.
The sizing is more flexible than you’d think
Having received both a S/M and L/XL from the Skims team, I must say that both sizes fit me quite well (and to be honest, there didn’t seem to be much difference between the two). As someone who is a tried and true medium across my favorite brands, I was just on the borderline of both sizes and completely unsure which would fit better. In short? I can see myself opting for both sizes for different reasons — the S/M for ultimate sculpting, and the L/XL for slightly more comfortable wear while still achieving a similar result.
But is it comfortable for all-day wear?
After wearing the S/M bodysuit around the house, under my current fave black dress, paired with jeans, and more, I was surprised at just how comfy it was — especially since I was able to adjust the shoulder straps to my liking. Moreso, the snaps on the bottom of typical bodysuits become incredibly annoying throughout the day for me, but the placement of these snaps were hardly detectable and never made me feel like I couldn’t wait to rip it off.
This bodysuit would be perfect if it weren’t for this one thing …
The one issue I noted was that the sides of the bodysuit did tend to roll up to the smallest point of my waist, creating a bit of an unwanted bulge around my hips from built up fabric. And while I love to enhance my hourglass shape and don’t necessarily mind having fabric lay so high up, you may want to keep this in mind. Instead of allowing the fabric to roll, I simply lifted and placed it at my waist preemptively, though that did leave a bit of my lower belly uncovered.
Another thing to note is the shape of the neckline which doesn’t necessarily pair well with every top you own — but honestly, this is less of an issue for me as I prefer how the bodysuit looks solo, rather than adding another layer beneath my clothes (especially in the summer heat).
Is it a must-have, or a nice-to-have?
All in all, I must say … I feel really sleek and put together when I wear this bodysuit (even if it’s just paired with sweatpants) as Skims has truly perfected the balance of function, fashion, and comfort. And though this particular bodysuit is meant to be an undergarment instead of outerwear due to the ruching in the chest area, I didn’t feel as if I was dressed inappropriately when out and about — which may also be due to the darker colors I received, as opposed to a more skin-matching hue.
I can see myself purchasing staple bodysuits in a few basic colors from Skims, without the ruching and perhaps with wider straps for a more versatile, clean look. Luckily, this smoothing style of my dreams already exists — and though it has slightly less compression than the TikTok viral garment, it’s truly the ideal piece that can be worn as outerwear on nights out, or as a layering piece year round.
Another option worth considering