Corsets, bodysuits and other types of slimming underwear are available in more colors and patterns, and boast added decorative elements.
Shapewear makers in China are directing R&D efforts toward creating highly embellished releases.
|This corset from Hong Kong Shishimei features multiple embellishments, including rhinestuds and lace.|
Many of the latest corsets and bodysuits, in particular, no longer come in neutral hues. Companies aiming for a vibrant look go for red, orange and purple. Others choose dainty shades such as light pink, yellow and blue.
In addition, models are being adorned with a localized or allover printed motif. Florals and animal-skin themes are popular. Patterns may also be embroidered.
More products are now incorporating lace, which heightens the feminine appearance of designs. Further, ribbons are increasingly adopted as trimming. Some releases have ruffled shoulder straps.
Bodysuits are currently gaining ground as they are able to cover multiple areas, including the bust, waist, buttocks and thighs. They are typically made of nylon-spandex. Suitable for summer, modal-cotton-spandex variants are available as well.
A number of factories offer nylon-Lycra styles said to emit infrared rays, which help in burning fat.
Besides corsets and bodysuits, mainland China suppliers turn out slimming camisoles and shirts, waist cinchers, control briefs, girdles and thigh shapers. The last two are mostly seamless and come in nylon-spandex. Some companies adopt blends with Lycra or Tencel.
While men’s shapewear are becoming popular overseas, very few local plants offer such models. The line consists of compression T-shirts, tank tops and trunks, and is mostly shipped to the US, Europe and Japan.
Prices vary depending on the cost of materials and labor. The former accounts for 50 to 60 percent of quotes. Worker-related expenses represent 30 percent. Manufacturers source their requirement from domestic providers, although several also procure fabrics from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Women’s styles between $0.80 and $5 per piece or pair are considered low-end. They are made of polyester, nylon or cotton mixed with 5 to 24 percent spandex. A number of products contain modal. Piece-dyed textiles in solid colors are employed. Seamless and stitched releases are available. Some feature lace trimming.
Midrange shapewear models come in 80 to 90 percent nylon and 10 to 20 percent spandex. They may also adopt pure polyester, acrylic-spandex or nylon-Tactel-Lycra. The textiles are yarn-dyed or allover-printed.
Going for $6 to $15, designs are often double-lined and incorporate jacquard mesh and lace. Corsets have a button, zipper or entwined fabric closure. They can come with matching pairs of thongs and garter belts.
Apart from nylon and unbranded spandex, companies use Lycra, Tencel and bamboo charcoal for the most expensive products, which are quoted at $16 to $50. The spandex content ranges from 13 to 25 percent but Lycra can be up to 38 percent. Lace and embroidery are the common embellishments.
Several suppliers are also employing materials with aloe vera capsules bonded to the yarns. The shells open when the textile is touched or rubbed, releasing the extract every time the garment is worn.
As regards men’s shapewear, the more economical selection is made of nylon and 5 to 20 percent spandex or cotton. The thigh and crotch portions in bottoms may have germanium or titanium particles. Each goes for $3 to $5.
Upscale styles are between $6 and $10. Factories adopt nylon or cotton blended with 10 to 20 percent spandex. Some contain up to 40 percent bamboo charcoal. Releases in polyester-nylon-spandex are also offered. Tops often incorporate firming panels.
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