Which Rago will work for me? A go to guide!

I’ve done a few posts now about Rago shapewear, it’s not secret I’m a big fan! I haven’t yet met a Rago I didn’t like, but there are A LOT of different styles and some work better than others for different body types, problem areas and depend on the outfit you are planning on wearing your shapewear under! Cinchers, girdles, level of shaping, garters, open bottom, lacette… so many options, which one do you choose?

Rather than a review, in this post I will look at some popular Rago shapewear types and styles, and summarise what their various strengths are, in my experience! In that spirit, the styles here are all ones I own and wear 🙂 From what I’ve seen, the majority  of women who wear or want to wear shapewear desire a good amount of control and shaping, I certainly do! So all of the styles I have tried and am going to mention are firm or extra firm level of shaping.

Here are 3 types of shapewear, compared to wearing none at all. The extent of overall smoothing and shaping is a bit hard to see in the photos, but all of these take 1-2 inches off various areas 🙂

shapewear

Waist Cincher (also known as a Waist Nipper)
I have Rago cinchers in 3 different styles (It’s my favourite!!) – the Rag0 21 (firm shaping with garters), Rago 821 (firm shaping) and Rago 2107 (extra firm shaping with garters).
cinchersAll 3 of these styles come in various colours and on me, there is no discernible difference between the firm and extra firm, I would just choose whichever colour you like and whether you want garters or not. The garters on these styles are removeable.
Best for:
-Defining the waist to create an enhanced hourglass figure (by a few inches, it won’t work like a corset!)
-Overall smoothing of the tummy area
-Shorter than an open bottom girdle, if you are sitting for long periods, there is nothing to dig into your bottom
-Wearing with trousers, shorts or shorter dresses
When I would wear this: Every day! My problem area is around my middle only, so I find this shapewear perfect for me, as it targets specifically my waist and really nips it in (30 inches to 28 inches) , while not having anything over my bottom and legs.

Open Bottom Girdle
The Rago 1294 is a very popular girdle! It is extra firm shaping, and has a side zip with hook and eye closures to make getting it on a little easier. It has 6  non detachable garters.
girdle
Best for:
-Overall shaping and smoothing of the waist, tummy , bottom and hips
-A great all rounder
-Greater coverage (you won’t see your knickers)
When I would wear this: I love the look of this girdle and it is one I wear for photoshoots or when it might be seen! It doesn’t bring my waist in quite as much as the waist cincher, but does take in a good inch over the waist and hips, I would recommend this or the long leg shaper if your lower half is the area you are wanting to minimise!

High waist long leg shaper (Shaping shorts)
The Rago 6207 is an extra firm high waist long leg shaper. It has 4 detachable garters, and the stocking tuck up into the leg (they look a little like a more attractive version of bike shorts!)
rago6207
Best for:
-Overall shaping and smoothing of the waist, tummy , bottom and hips
-A smoother line than the open bottom girdle
-Another great all rounder
-Wearing with trousers
-Targetting thighs
When I would wear this: Under tight trousers or a wiggle dress where I didn’t want to see a seam showing, or I wanted a bit of bottom and thigh shaping!

Stockists and more information
In my opinion, Rago shapewear is very reasonable priced, but like any good undergarment shapewear it is an investment and you get what you pay for! So a little time spent on research and maybe asking a few questions can save you the expense of return and exchange postage.

I hope you have found this guide helpful, and I am always happy to answer questions! Contact me through my contact page, or on Facebook 🙂

Lorelei Louise xx

 

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5 thoughts on “Which Rago will work for me? A go to guide!

  1. So so helpful!! Looking to buy a Rago and was totally confused. I need to cinch in my waist and would also like some front tummy control. If you have any specific suggestion for me tha would be awesome. (5’6″ 125 lbs 35-28-36)
    Thanks!!

    • Hi Barbara,, I’m glad you found this post helpful! My Rago cincher is still my fave undergarment and I wear it nearly every day 🙂 At a 30 inch waist I wear a size 28 comfortably… so I’d suggest the size 26 for your measurements! xx

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