Q. I’m bridesmaid for my sisters wedding in two weeks time. I’ve been trying to lose weight over the past couple of months and while I’ve lost over a stone I’m still a generous size 16/18 and I’m very conscious of my ‘love-handles’. The other bridesmaids haven’t got a pick on them. I’m worried I’m going to look huge standing next to them all. I’m wondering about support wear and what I should look for? Sophie, 28, Dundalk.

A. Shapewear has become big business and there’s a huge range of products available. Be clear on the areas you want to control and in your case it’s the hips, tummy area. Most lingerie departments stock shapewear and stores such as M&S, Arnotts and Brown Thomas all have experienced measuring staff, which is very important. Likewise Peaches & Cream in the Royal Hibernian Way in Dublin is well worth a visit if you are in area. I’d definitely recommend you get fitted and no doubt you already have the bridesmaid dress so make sure to bring it along.

There’s a real buzz about ‘Yummie Tummie’ and from what you say I think their ‘Slippie’ (€74) would be perfect for you. The high waisted slip slims and smoothes the stomach, hips and thighs while creating an hourglass silhouette. It allows you to wear your own bra too, which is great for different necklines and dress styles. The piece de resistance comes in the silicone tape borders inside the waistband which prevent rolling or pinching so you’ll be able to hit the dance floor in total confidence!

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