How Men's Shapewear Can Change Your Life
Over the last couple of decades, shapewear for women has taken off in a huge way. It’s fashionable and stylish, it serves multiple purposes, it helps to boost confidence and self-esteem, and it improves many women’s quality of life.
We’re living in the 21st century, and times are changing. Fashions and styles are progressing and nowadays, more and more men are embracing shapewear as a way of boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
But precisely what is it about shapewear for men that customers are finding so appealing? Why are men’s shapewear sales spiking now, rather than years ago? Well, that’s what we’re going to be looking at in today’s article.
Below you’ll find a number of benefits associated with body shapers, and a look at why men’s shapewear is now so popular.
What is shapewear for men?
Shapewear in general, whether for men or women, is a form of clothing that is designed to compress the body and give the individual wearing it a slender and shapely physique. It’s ideal for people carrying extra weight that is making them self-conscious, or that is simply restricting their quality of life in general.
Shapewear for men comes in a variety of different styles and designs, though most commonly you’ll find it comes in sleeveless vest or short sleeve shirt designs that can be worn discreetly underneath your everyday clothing. An example of a body shaper can be found in our compression wear selection, here.
Why has it taken so long for men’s body shapers to become socially acceptable?
Many years ago, women's shapewear emerged as an innovative and ground-breaking creation. It enabled women who felt self-conscious about their weight and/or their outfits, to give their bodies a leaner, more slender-looking shape and the results were amazing. Women could go out and feel a million dollars. Which was great.
What people often fail to remember, however, is that men also have feelings and there are a lot of men out there who happen to be self-conscious about their physiques.
Recently, and long overdue, men’s mental health has been taken seriously. We are now realising that because society has placed men under such extreme pressure in order to “be men” those that have suffered with mental health issues or who are self-conscious about their body image have found themselves suffering in silence.
As more and more men are opening up, and thanks in part to mental health advocates including influential celebrities, men are realising that it is in fact okay to speak out and do things that make you happy.
If that means wearing shapewear so that you feel more confident in your outfit when you hit the pub with the lads at the weekend, so be it.
Now, as it becomes more socially acceptable for men to speak for themselves, think for themselves, and do what they truly want to do, items of clothing such as men’s compression vests are becoming more popular in everyday life, which is fantastic.
What are the benefits of men's shapewear?
So, we now know that body shapers for men are socially acceptable, and we now know that more and more men are purchasing them, but now we need to look at why that is. Here’s a look at several key benefits of shapewear for men.
Great for the posture: did you know that poor posture can lead to numerous health issues and ailments?
With so many people now working desk jobs, and spending hours looking down at their phones, the number of men suffering with bad backs and neck issues through poor posture is rising dramatically.
One of the best things about compression wear for men is the fact that it can help to promote good posture and ease back and neck issues.
Because it is so constrictive, it helps to eliminate slouching and promotes good posture and spinal realignment. If you suffer with back issues, give it a go.
Comfort: there is a very common misconception associated with body shapers in which many people believe that it has to be uncomfortable to work.
Because it is designed to compress, people imagine it is like squeezing into a super tight corset when in reality you simply throw the vest on, get dressed as usual, and enjoy complete range of motion and plenty of comfort.
Increased self-confidence: everybody deserves to feel happy and confident in their own skin, regardless of their gender. The primary benefit associated with shapewear is the fact that it can help men to feel happy and confident in their own skin.
Shapewear helps to flatten unsightly lumps, bumps, and curves and gives men a much more slender and leaner-looking physique. Rather than worrying about a t-shirt being too tight and perhaps accentuating their man boobs or love handles, men can instead use body shapers to flatten curves they consider unsightly so they can feel happy and self-confident.
Great for man boobs – Technically we could have included this in the section talking about self-confidence, but as it is so important, we’ve instead given it its own sub-section. For more information on how to hide your man boobs, read our popular blog post here
For men dealing with gynecomastia, or man boobs, the only viable way of clearing the condition up for good is through surgery. Not everybody has that option, which is where shapewear for men comes into the fold.
Because the shapewear is designed to compress, it can flatten excess body fat which has accumulated around the chest of a man, and reduce the size and appearance of his man boobs.
Not only that, but it can also help to give the impression of muscle mass and shape in the process, which again, will boost a man’s self-confidence no end.