While most of us pull out the shapewear for special occasions, jeans and bulky sweaters cover a multitude of sins during the winter months. But with summer comes lighter fabrics and more skirts and dresses - along with heightened body consciousness. Yummie by Heather Thompson has a whole line of summer shapewear pieces designed to help you look best in your sundresses and white skinnies. What caught my eye was the design of these pieces that have a vintage appeal to them. The practicality of the beige color calls to mind that Mad Men era when smoothing garments weren't considered novelty lingerie but a daily necessity. Other colors like red amp up the sex appeal and bring the same garment into a more modern aesthetic.

With tummy control briefs starting around £46.00 and lace slips in the £88.00 range these pieces are more of an investment, but they also do more work than your typical undies. There also a lot of option in terms of control. There's the paper thin Paperdolls Collection and a smooth and shaping Skins Collection.

You can pick up Yummie online at Net-a-Porter, ASOS, the-dressingroom.com or Matches, or in Matches stores, DVF Stores, Mrs Jones in Norfolk, Caroline Randell in Wimbledon, Mimi Noor in Bath, Stick & Ribbon in Nottingham or Weekend in Dorset.