What is your first thought when I say shapewear? Well for someone who has tried various brands of shapewear (bought both online and from stores overseas), my first thought of shapewear is always that it has to be as tight as possible for it to be able to ‘squeeze’ and ‘slim’ as much as possible. Therefore when I was approached by D’Elegance to try out their personal consultation services and their shapewear products, I was rather skeptical. I mean how different could their services or products be to what I have already been buying online. However after reading more about the company and their products and learning that there could potentially be a difference between D’Elegance shapewear and the ones I was used to. I decided to just it a shot..and boy am I glad I did. I hadn’t realize how wrong I was about the purpose and usage of shapewear until my personal consultation session with D’Elegance.
During my personal consultation session with D’Elegance, I was educated on the purpose and usage of shapewear which contrary to belief, is not to squeeze/ flatten your fats and flabs. Rather it is as its name suggest, to shape your body curvature and body silhouette. Everyone has an ideal body shape based on our height and weight and the idea is well ,to be big at the areas that should be big and small at the areas that should be small (as we would say in chinese 该大的地方大，该小的地方小) :p Yes easier said than done right? Not exactly with shapewear..
The beauty of my personal consultation at D’Elegance was the fact that the entire process/ session was private and non-intrusive. A far cry from the departmental store nightmares of trying to catch the attention of the aunty sales lady who will take one look at you and assume your cup size and then proceed to announce it to the world.
At D’Elegance, I was asked to fill up a simple pre-consultation form and I was then ushered into a private consultation room. There, I was served a nice hot pot of tea while we began a very relaxing consultation and fitting in low ambient lighting. So no harsh lights to further magnify my flaws or to make me feel even more self-conscious of myself. Do take note that in order for D’elegance to provide such an exclusive and personal service, it is important that you make an appointment in advance so that they can ensure that you will be the only person they are serving during that time.
My pre-shapewear measurements were then taken by Elida Teh, the founder of D’elegance and she proceeded to explain to me what some of the more ‘unique’ measurements were about. For example, the ‘magic triangle’ measurement which involves the width measurement between the breasts as well as the length from each breast to your neck. This magic triangle pretty much tells you if your breasts are at their ideal position or if they might be sagging or too far apart. The measurements were taken ‘clinically’ so I didn’t feel self-conscious but at the same time it was personal enough because Elida took time to learn about my concerns.
Based on my measurements, Elida identified my ‘problem areas’ and choose pieces of shapewear which she felt would address my issues and give me my ideal shape. I was about to say give me BACK my ideal shape since a lot of us developed most of our issues after pregnancy and childbirth. But I realized that the shape which Elida had shown me through the shapewear, was something that I had not even achieved pre-kids.
The reasons could range from not owning the right bras and panties or not knowing the right way to put them on (yes there is a right way to put them on for maximum results), to not knowing what to accentuate.
After putting on the shapewear which was selected for me, Elida taught me little tips on how to ensure that I achieved maximum effect and impact with the shapewear. She then proceeded to take my post shapewear measurements, these measurements were then use to replot a diagram to show your ‘changes’ and how much closer to your ideal shape you now are.
Honestly I was amazed at the post shapewear measurements! I knew for a fact that my usual shapewear would ‘flatten’ certain parts of my body minimally though I never quite knew by how much. I was shocked to see that D’Elegance shapewear had not only shaved 7cm off my abodomen and waist line combined but it was able to add 1cm to my chest line. Add 1cm you might ask? Isn’t shapewear supposed to make you smaller? Well no..shapewear is supposed to shape you which is why certain areas may become bigger because fats/ flabs from the wrong areas may have been returned to the right areas (eg. fat at the back or underarm fats to the chest area or thigh fats to the butt). My legs even measured longer than before even though I am pretty sure that I didn’t grow 3cm during the course of the personal consultation.
And just when I thought I could not be amazed any more, Elida showed me that I could mix and match different shapewears to achieve different effects. I could wear pieces individually or altogether. Yes I had layered 3 pieces of shapewear at 1 point without feeling like I would pass out from heat or compression and it didn’t add bulk.
If you want to find out which pieces of shapewear I had selected for my own collection based on my needs and lifestyle, stay tuned for our upcoming D’Elegance Product review in a week’s time.
In the meantime, if you would like to make an appointment with D’Elegance for your own exclusive, personal consultation session, do quote JahBella for a waiver of the $100 personal consultation fee and a discount of 5% off your first purchase. There is no better time than now especially if the thought of dressing up for CNY is proving to be abit of a hassle.
D’Elegance is also having a 1 for 1 promotion (until 29 Feb 2016) for all brassieres and panties and I can vouch for the fact that their bras and panties are absolutely divine!
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Disclaimer: I was invited for a free personalized consultation with D’Elegance and products for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.