When I received a pair of SPANX to test out for my readers, I contemplated posting photos of me wearing them.
For about three seconds.
I’m usually not shy about putting up photos of myself on my blog; I’ve never blurred out my face or used photoshop to make my self look better, but I think I need to draw the line somewhere.
I will, however, let you know what I thought of them.
Up until last week, I’d never tried a pair of SPANX. I’ve bought underwear and hosiery that’s mentioned its pull-in-and-shapen qualities, but it’s not something that’s ever really been a selling point for me.
Since SPANX was started by Sara Blakely twelve years ago, there have been many imitations and cheaper versions on the market promising to perform the same slimming and shaping function – but the original, and the best, still reign supreme.
SPANX are loved by Oprah, the girls on The View and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Nicole Kidman who – even in their toned and slimmed down glory – still rely on sucking-in undergarments to get the perfect silhouette for their red carpet events.
There’s no doubt that a few pairs of SPANX were utilised by the celebs walking the red carpet today for the Oscars.
Whether you’re wearing a clingy, floor length number like the divine Cate Blanchett, need to dress for a baby bump like Natalie Portman or you’re a guy trying to create some shape under a fitted shirt – there’s a SPANX product for everyone.
Yes, you did read that correctly. SPANX for everyone - including men. A range were launched for the metrosexual guy who feels self-conscious, as us women do, about lumps and bumps that may be showing under our clothes.
The difference between the men’s and women’s range is that the SPANX For Men are a fair bit thicker. The tshirt feels like a regular stretchy under shirt and the fabric of the women’s line is soft and fine; like a stocking but more silky.
The only problem with the softness and fineness is that you have to treat it like you would a pair of stockings. I accidentally nicked my pair with the edge of my toenail and it got a ladder. That’ll teach me to indulge in pedicures more often.
Aside from the delicate nature of the garment, they’re perfectly comfortable and practical. See:
I didn’t cook any meals or run any races, but I did put out several fires while wearing my SPANX and didn’t feel uncomfortable once.
Although they start up above the belly button and end mid-thigh, the legs don’t have thick bands - so there’s no restricting and bulging, nor are there muffin tops. Huzzah! Just smooth lines up and down your body.
The pair I tested out aren’t the only ones, though. Visit www.spanx.com to see a full range including bras, swimsuits, a huge range of underwear and SPANX for men.
A pair of high-waisted, mid-thigh SPANX like the ones I tried start at $59.95.
Would you try or have you tried SPANX? I’m particularly interested to hear what men think!
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