Hooray! The Spanx In Power Line Super Higher Power from MyTights.com has been chosen as one of the top ten pairs of Knickers by Daily Mail writer India Sturgis, who calls them “an absolute essential under evening dresses”. We wholeheartedly agree – in fact, forget the other nine entries. Who needs “date night” or “holiday” pants when you have a miracle worker instead? Kelly Osbourne is someone else who agrees – a few days ago she was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, when asked about her favourite underwear: “Spanx! I don’t do sexy underwear” – and she reckoned that anyone who said otherwise was talking rubbish.
An attractive slight sheen finish makes India’s control pants of choice nicer to wear than standard shapewear, plus they stretch from mid thigh right up to braline to keep everything tucked in an give a really gorgeous streamlined silhouette. As India points out, they are perfect under your “occasion” outfits but we even love them under a tshirt and jeans! These really are an all singing, all dancing shapewear product – one of our favourites for sure.
If we’ve convinced you and you’re thinking of giving shapewear a try, here are our top tips for getting it right…
1) Choose the right size. The sizing of our products should be as per the product’s size guide – this is designed to fit properly so getting anything smaller (as lots of women discover) WON’T make you slimmer – it will just dig in, causing lumps and bumps as well as being incredibly uncomfortable! If you want to be held in more you need to go for a firm or strong control level instead. In your ACTUAL size.
2) Know how to wear it. Some women find that high waisted products can roll down, making shapewear uncomfortable and giving an unattractive bulge. This is usually caused by an ill-fitting product (in which case follow our advice above re: getting the perfect fit).
Also making sure that you have pulled the product up properly at the back can help (either get someone else to do it for you or check in a mirror!) However, ladies with shorter bodies may get this problem even with the best fitting product – the way to solve it is by putting your bra on over the shaper, effectively “pinning” it in place. Or to eliminate the issue all together, why not go for a bodysuit instead?
3) Pick the right shade. Most shapewear comes in two options: nude or black. Go for nude if you’re wearing anything short, revealing or sheer to minimise its visibility. Most nude tones have been made a little bit prettier with an attractive sheen finish – we especially love Spanx’s Slimmer and Shine Slip which comes in a gorgeous rose gold – so pretty we don’t want to cover it up! Alternatively, black is great for making shapewear just a little bit sexier and is perfect under a black dress.
For more advice and tips, including how to know which brand to go for and what type of product to choose check out our Ultimate Shapewear Guide.