For many women, menopause can be a considerable change to grapple with. And amid all the physical issues that can arise during this period in a woman’s life, there is also the stress of having to readapt to typical day to day things, such as going to work or getting dressed in the morning.
Because these once so simple parts of your day can get a little bit more challenging when the menopause arrives. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 63% of women felt that their menopause symptoms negatively affected their work lives. Whilst they attributed feeling scatter-brained or fatigued as affecting their ability to perform well, the main reason provided was that their hot flashes left them uncomfortable and unconfident at the office. But it shouldn’t be this way.
Women going through the menopause should still feel confident in themselves and their bodies, even while adapting to its changes. And whilst many fashion sources suggest women going through menopause disguise their bloating or sweating with baggy clothing or bland colour palettes, we don’t think women should ever have to hide themselves. Especially not when their body is just going through a natural transition.
Instead, women should embrace all parts of themselves, even the not-so-fab, mood-swinging, night-sweating parts. In the same way you’d accept the person you love for all their little drawbacks, you should love your body no matter what. And what better way to tell your body that you love it than proudly showing it off in some gorgeous, figure-flattering shapewear fits!
What is menopause?
Before we get into how shapewear is brilliant for helping you stay confident during the menopause, let’s discuss what the menopause is and what women experiencing the menopause can expect.
Of course, just as every woman’s body is different, so is their experience with the menopause. But there are still some common symptoms that every woman can keep an eye out for, such as hot flushes, night sweats, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and intimacy issues.
Luckily, women nowadays have lots of resources to help them throughout this journey. There are hundreds of articles filled with nutritional tips and night sweat-combatting tricks to help naturally tackle some of these symptoms, and you can always speak to your GP for more advice if you need it.
We know the menopause can cause a fair amount of stress, whether it’s from hormonal changes or the general lifestyle changes that can happen as a result. But there are always small steps you can take to make your life a little bit easier. This could include buying yourself some relaxing herbal bath oils or even just treating yourself to some wardrobe staples that’ll keep you feeling fabulous - and comfy! - as your body goes through changes!
How can shapewear help you feel confident during the menopause
We’ve compiled our top three reasons why shapewear can help menopausal women stay confident in their clothes and bodies. Not only is shapewear super adaptable, coming in dozens of different styles, colours, and designs, but it also has tons of beneficial properties that make it uniquely perfect for managing bouts of hot flashes, bloating, night sweats, and more!
Never worn shapewear before? Don’t worry; we’ve created a super handy Beginner’s Guide to Shapewear to answer all your niggling questions!
Shapewear is made from breathable materials!
One of the most common symptoms of the menopause is the hot flush (also known as a night sweat when it occurs during sleep time) which is often described as a creeping feeling of intense warmth followed by excess sweating. Whilst women can opt to take hormonal treatments to help soothe these hot flashes, most women just learn to live with them by finding more natural means, such as changing up their wardrobe.
To help manage these sweaty spells, women should opt for breathable materials to allow the body to cool down, such as a lightweight shaping cami. The fabric is super breezy to help quell away those sweltering moments when your internal thermostat is all over the place. From here, stick to other suitable, cooling clothes for hot flashes, such as light linen shirts or athletic wear, that you can easily and conveniently remove as and when you need to.
Wearing shapewear as your first layer means you’ll have a breathable but still stylish base to help you wait out your hot flash. Plus, shapewear camisoles are also excellent options for women looking for comfy and practical clothes for night sweats!
Shapewear is stretchy and flexible!
Bloating is quite a common symptom of the menopause caused by fluctuating hormones in the body. Not only does the feeling of extreme fullness make many women feel uncomfortable, but it also makes picking out the right outfit a challenge. As your waistline fluctuates throughout the day, you want clothing that will adapt to your body and not cause any further discomfort.
Trousers with a loose waistline and clothing made of premium stretch material, such as these figure-flattering shaping leggings, can help you stay comfortable and confident as you go about your daily routine. Plus, they’re the perfect foundation for any casual or workplace outfit. Simply pair them with a t-shirt or jumper for highly comfortable and stylish lounging, or throw on a dress and a blazer for the ideal menopause-friendly office attire.
Shapewear is super comfy!
We’ll be honest. Here at Conturve, we are firm believers in the non-wired bra. We even wrote a blog about our top reasons why we are ditching the wired bra for good! Undoubtedly, at the top of the list was the fact that they are just so damn comfortable. You know that feeling of relief when you peel off your painful bra at the end of a long day? Yeah, you don’t get that with wireless bras. Sometimes you’ll forget that you’re even wearing one!
When it comes to clothes for the menopause, comfort should be your number one priority. If you’re dealing with physical changes that make you feel less than your best, there is no point in making it worse with scratchy materials and unforgiving fits.
Also, staying comfortable is one of the easiest ways to make sure you stay confident. Because it’s not just about looking incredible, it’s about feeling incredible too. A surefire way you can be as comfy as possible as you go about your day is by investing in a quality non-wired bra! They are smoothing, supportive, and ultra-breathable. But above anything else, they are super soft and gentle on your body, so you don’t have to race home desperate to take it off!
Finding what to wear during the menopause can be difficult, but once you’ve found those dependable staple pieces that help you feel and look more confident, everything else will start to feel a bit easier. That said, the most important thing you can do is find ways to get to know your body again. Many women struggle with the idea that their bodies are changing so much, and they may be losing touch with them. Invest time in yourself to do the things you’ve always loved to do, and try finding new fun activities to help manage your symptoms, such as yoga or meditation.
If you’re interested in finding some comfy and cute clothing to help you through your menopause symptoms, head on over to Conturve today!
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