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These editor-approved Skims shorts are 50% off right now — 'best shapewear out there!'

They're "perfect" for wearing under wedding gowns, backless dresses and more.

someone wearing skims shapewear shorts
I tried these Skims shapewear shorts — and they're 50% off right now. (Photos via Kate Mendonca and Skims)

Read on for our shopping editor's honest review of Skims Simply Bare Low Back Shorts.

  • 💵 Price: $40 (originally $80)

  • Tested for: Two weeks

  • My rating: 4.5/5

  • 🛍️ Reasons to buy: Like many Skims products, these shaping shorts fill a very specific need: Shapewear for dresses or bodysuits with an open back.

  • Reasons to avoid: None. Although they are pricey, I haven't found a pair of shaping shorts with a comparable low-back silhouette.

Quick Overview

While I'm not usually a fan of Kim Kardashian (or the larger Kardashian family in general), I'll give credit where credit is due. From recent experience, I have to admit that Skims indeed lives up to the hype.

I recently purchased the brand's Simply Bare Low Back Short, which is currently on sale for $40 — originally retailing for $80.

Despite being hesitant to place my first Skims order, I'd definitely recommend them to anyone looking for low-compression undergarments to pair with backless clothing this summer.

The Skims Simply Bare Low Back Short is 50% off right now.

$40 at Skims

As a 2024 bride, I began considering the brand's shapewear when I first started shopping for my wedding dress. Given that I decided on a gown with a low, open back, I wanted something that would provide light smoothing and shaping without peeking out at the back.

While Spanx offers a shaping bodysuit with a plunging back as well, the silhouette still isn't quite right to pair underneath my wedding gown. Enter the Skims Simply Bare Low Back Short, which ticked all of my shapewear boxes.

The shorts feature a plunging back, boning at the side seam and raw cuts for a seamless look beneath clothing. This backless staple targets and smooths the hips and thighs, with light compression throughout.

They're available in eight neutral shades to match different tones and in an inclusive range of sizes from XXS to 4X.

The Skims Low Back Shorts on a carpet
The Skims Simply Bare Low Back Shorts. (Photo via Kate Mendonca)

So far, these Skims shorts have earned a 4.3-star average rating from more than 140 customer reviews.

Generally, shoppers say they fit true to size, though you may want to size down for a more compressive fit.

One person said the shorts are "great for wedding dresses." They went on to add that "the support could be better, but then they wouldn't be so comfortable."

Another found that the shorts are "not just perfect for any low-back dress, but for sleeveless super low-back dresses, too."

Reviewers caution that "the legs do roll slightly if you are sitting and standing a lot."

someone wearing the skims shapewear shorts
Simply Bare Low Back Short. (Photo via Skims)

🛍️ Reasons to buy

If you're also on the hunt for a pair of shapewear that won't be visible beneath a low-back dress or bodysuit, these Skims shorts could be just the thing. Not only do they offer a smoothing fit, but the fabric is also super soft — this coming from someone who is extremely picky about fabric.

While I've yet to wear them for a full day, I found that the shorts stayed in place and lived up to their claims of providing a seamless fit under clothing. For that reason, I can see myself reaching for them again and again this summer, as well as for my wedding next spring.

Reasons to avoid

At their $40 sale price, the Skims Simply Bare Low Back Short are a worthwhile investment, and since they're such a unique product, there aren't really many affordable alternatives. As much as I was ready to hate on these shorts, they're totally worth it in my opinion.

I will say that these shorts feel more like nylon tights than other shaping undergarments I've worn in the past. I'm a fan of the light compression, but if you prefer a more compressive fit, these shorts may not live up to your expectations.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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