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Could Shapewear Be The Secret Behind Pippa’s Perfect Behind?

booster-shortMillions of people were watching the Royal Wedding three years ago when Katherine Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, so naturally the eyes of the world were also on Pippa Middleton and of course her behind as she aided her sister up the aisle.

It’s understandable that Pippa would want to look her best and might opt for some shaping shorts to make sure she looked fit for the occasion, or at least that’s what the French TV presenter Stephane Bern has been saying. During his chat show Mr Bern stated that it was his theory that Mademoiselle Middleton had worn some shapewear to achieve curvier assets.

The sheer absence of VPL (visible panty line) as well as a toned appearance certainly does suggest that she was wearing control wear, but which product?

Pippa could have been wearing the Spanx Slimpicity Booty Booster Shorts with their removable pads designed to give you a peachy behind. The strong control flattens tummies, hips and thighs – just the thing for a figure-hugging white silk dress. Their smooth fabric is laser-cut making them feel like a second skin. Being removable, the so-called “butt-lets” can be taken out whenever they’re not needed- leaving you with a normal pair of shaping shorts.

Want a lifted behind at a purse-friendly price? Then take a look at the Ambra Killer Figure Bum Lifting Shorts featuring clever ‘pockets’ of fabric that shape and lift bottoms for that perfect rear. Their medium strength control also smooths hips, thighs and tummies, giving you a gym bunny look in an instant.

Of course, unless Pippa confirms or denies the rumours we will never know the truth… but at least we can be safe in the knowledge that a gorgeous behind can be achieved in next to no time without a squat or cross trainer in sight!

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Team MyTights’ Capsule Collections

HannahCalvinKlein80DHighWaistOpaquesSuzannePrettyPollyVelvet120DI’ve always been a firm believer in the “capsule wardrobe”.  Whilst it can be tempting to impulse buy on the high street in a mad panic to find something new for a dinner date or party, investing in quality basics has always stood me in good stead, and over the years I have amassed a wonderful collection of investment buys that are utterly timeless.  As with most things, I have of course applied this to my hosiery drawer, and this week bring you my capsule hosiery collection, as well as the hosiery drawer essentials of the rest of the MyTights Team…

Opaque Tights

Classic opaque tights are a core staple of any woman’s wardrobe, and an absolute essential for me, given our temperamental British weather and fondness for bicycling in all weathers! My marketing expert Suzanne and I both love the Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights, which are gloriously soft and shiny and come in a range of shades (I have them all, of course).  Hannah from the marketing team loves Calvin Klein, and the Calvin Klein 80D High Waist Tights are her absolute favourites, as they contain a little secret streamlining. Meanwhile, customer service queen Nikki and warehouse wonder woman Krys both opted for the Jonathan Aston 40D tights, which come in, as Krys says,”every colour you could want” – and so are ideal for matching to everything you own.

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Sheer tights have always been a fundamental part of my collection, and thanks to the advancements made in hosiery technology (not to mention a certain Duchess), sales of sheers have soared in recent years. I truly believe that with quality products like the Oroblu Sensuel 13 Tights you really do get what you pay for. But that’s not to say you can’t get a great bargain- Hannah loves the Pretty Polly Naturals 8D Sandal Toe Tights, which are a steal at just £5! You can even get sheers with in-built extra powers, like PR girl Emma’s favourite Charnos Energising Support which also help to keep the skin moisturised and prevent cellulite.  And the Falke Shelina Tights are a market leader when it comes to practically invisible bare leg look tights (they come in a range of shades designed with the help of dermatologists), so it’s no wonder these were Nikki’s AND Suzanne’s top pick.

Fashion Tights

Fashion tights are set to be THE accessory of the season come autumn (just ask Vogue), so I recommend adding a pair to your essentials collection. A classic pattern, like the Mary Portas Spotty Shaper Tights that made Suzanne’s must have list, or my beloved favourite lace Wolford Nahla Tights, are classic fashion styles will work season after season. For something a little more daring, make like Emma and try the Pamela Mann Paris Skyline Suspender Tights, which have an intriguing mock suspender design featuring the iconic Paris skyline – perfect got adding a little je ne sais quoi to your look.

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Other Key Pieces

These three are the starting point for any capsule hosiery collection – what you add after that depends on your personal style. Krys and Nikki both opted for socks (the former for the bold, fun Happy Socks Women’s Gift Box, and the latter for the “ideal for netball” Charnos Trainer Socks). Hannah confessed a certain weakness for the Spanx Power Panties (“an absolute essential for under clingy dresses”), and I have to say I love the SPANX Active Leggings for making me feel stylish at the gym.

I hope the team’s top picks have provided you with a little inspiration for your own capsule collection – after all, it only takes one great buy to get you started!

Until next week…

 

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Laura’s Choice: Shape It Up!

With more and more women confessing to owning and wearing shapewear in some form or another, it was about time that someone came up with something new and exciting.  Thank goodness, then, for Pretty Polly’s Shape It Up collection, which has gone some way to making shapewear seem young, cool and fun.  The five new medium control additions to their existing capsule collection are perfect for those demanding ladies who want it all – shapewear that controls effectively, feels amazing to wear and looks great too.  You’d think that any products combining all this would pretty much bankrupt you for the next season – but no, Pretty Polly have made their whole range fabulously affordable as well, so no one gets left out.

For those that like a classic shapewear shorts style that will target the traditional “legs, tums and bums” areas, the Pretty Polly Shape it Up Long Line Shaper Shorts are perfect.  With a longer leg than average shapers, these shorts are perfect for under pencil skirts or form fitting midi dresses, as the leg extends down to just a few inches above the knee.  With a wide control waistband that refuses to roll down and a seamless design to make them as discreet as possible, these are a great all round shaping solution.

For a similar silhouette with added pretty points, the high waisted Pretty Polly Lace Shaper Short gives the same medium control around the hips, tummy, bum and thighs, but has the added bonus of a high waist than extends right up to the bra line, not to mention the elegant lace design and adorable scalloped edges.  This is the prettiest shapewear I’ve ever seen – I predict this is one you might actually admit to wearing!

If you want to make an even bolder statement, the Pretty Polly Boy Shaper Short comes in a vivid hot pink as well as classic black and nude, and has a boy short design, meaning they’re ideal for teaming with minidresses, high hemmed skirts and even micro shorts.  Perfect if you just need a little help around the middle, these will flatten tums and give derrières a subtle boost.

Pretty they might be, but these styles were still designed to be worn under clothes – unlike the Pretty Polly Shaper Leggings, which will shape from ankle to braline with ease.  You can of course layer these if you want to – they’ll work well under slim fitting trousers or clingy evening dresses, as there’ll be no visible lines thanks to the seamless design and the fact that there is no edge where the shaper stops on your thigh like you get with a shorts design. But personally I think they would be fab worn on their own for the gym – their slight sheen finish makes them look just like regular exercise leggings, so fellow gym bunnies will simply think your fabulous figure means you’ve been putting in extra hours on the treadmill.

And whether you team with your leggings at the gym or under a tailored blazer on a night out, the Pretty Polly Shaper Cami is a shapewear classic.  It looks just like any basic vest top, albeit with a luxurious slight sheen to the fabric, but tucked away inside is yet more of Pretty Polly’s pretty fab secret shaping.  With adjustable straps and a non-control structured bit about the bust to lift rather than flatten, the camisole boasts shaping control all around the mid section, so it’s well equipped to flatten tummies, trim waists and smooth backs.  This is perfect for layering under dresses or sheer blouses, as everyone will think you’re just wearing a regular top and so your shapewear can remain your little secret.

The entire range is virtually seamless (any seams that do feature are super flat and usually on the inside of the leg), so there’ll be no risk of anyone guessing the reason behind your amazing new figure.  Plus, all the styles except the Lace shaper shorts have been treated with a cooling finish, so they’ll keep you feeling fresh even in warmer weather. If you love these, be sure to check out the rest of the Pretty Polly Shape it Up collection, including classic control tights and even shaping suspender styles!

Until next week…

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5 Styles For Spring

wolford-eyla-stay-upsIt?s never too early to embrace the SS14 trends, so here are our tips for which tights will go best with the upcoming styles.

Dark Florals
Blooms are booming next season, and this time think sophisticated big floral prints on a dark background. Team a floral dress with black opaques for a classic and flattering look. These stunning Ultra Fit 80D High Waisted Shaper Tights by Calvin Klein render that expensive January gym membership unnecessary. Providing the best of both world, these gorgeous opaques give you an enviable silhouette and still feel comfortable thanks to the soft microfiber yarn.

Sport Luxe
Wolford can do no wrong in our eyes, consistently giving classic staples a fresh and elegant update. This time they’ve worked their magic on their Eyla stay ups, adding a sexy scarlet trim to the tops. The high quality yarn and reinforced toes ensures that these sheers will outlast this glam trend. Match these hold ups in Sahara/Red with a bomber jacket or a slogan sweatshirt and a white mini skirt or shorts.

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Many designers have been looking to the art world for inspiration this season. If you want to attain this cultured look why not pair a LBD with these Pamela Mann Deco Net Tights. Featuring a range of intricate patterns including diagonal lines, semi circles and diamonds, this hosiery could hush even the harshest art critic.

Pleats
Pleats are popular again. Style your on-trend kilt with classic white wool for a look that screams highland chic, and cream woolen tights just don?t come classier than Trasparenze Gennifer Merino Wool Tights. These thick opaque tights aren?t just fashionable but functional thanks to the insulating wool content. Even if the weather doesn?t warm up until September 2014, your pins will stay snug and pampered.

Pink Blush
Pastel pink is one of the hot shades for next season. Embracing this look couldn’t be easier with Jonathan Aston?s 40D Opaque Tights, available in the perfect shade of Candy Pink. If this cotton candy colour is too sickly sweet for you then don?t worry because red and electric blue are also tipped to be big. Yes, you guessed it, Jonathan Aston has terrific tights in these shades too.

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Review: Spanx Higher Power Brief

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Product

Spanx Higher Power Brief

Range

Spanx Higher Power

Colour

Nude

Size

B (I’m a dress size 10)

Price

?32.95

Colour Comments (if applicable)

A pretty classic nude shade that didn’t show up underneath my sheer blouse!

Appearance comments

At first sight, this looks pretty scary – tiny when you first take it out of the pack, I wondered how I was even going to fit one leg in, leg along a bum and pair of hips too!? But the different sections ressured me that this was a product tailored to fit a real person’s body,? The fabric is functional rather than beautiful – if you’re after shapewear that’s a little sexier I’d try the Spanx Slimplicity range which is a bit more glamorous to the eye, or opt for a black shade instead.

Appearance Score

5/10

Feel comments

As outlined above, the name of the game here is function, so when it comes to the fabric don’t expect anything too fancy.? Perfectly comfortable, though, and with a cotton gusset and cotton brief it’s soft enough to keep me happy.

Feel out of ten

9/10

Fit comments

Be warned – this shaper looks tiny when you take it out of the pack and it does take some wriggling to get into (particularly over the hips and derriere).? Once on, though, I found it to be comfortable and I soon stopped noticing it.? Yes, it does feel constricting at first, but that’s just the strong shaping support working its magic.? If you really feel it’s too tight, chances are you may need to go up a size, but I found that size B was perfect and correct as per the product’s size guide.

Fit out of ten

8/10

Value for Money Comments

At just over ?30, this is relatively cheap shapewear.? Yes, you will find slightly cheaper on the market, but I find this to be the best quality and most effective product in this price range.? When you consider how many times you’ll wear it (and what you’d spend on a dress you only wear a handful of times) it’s actually a complete bargain!

Value for Money out of ten

9/10

So, Does it Work?

Shapewear is not a miracle worker – if you’re a size 14 it’s not going to make you a size 8.? But this strong control shaper will give you a smooth silhouette under tight clothing, eliminating lumps, bumps and unsightly bulges, and it definitely flattened my tummy. Plus I found when I was wearing it I became more aware of my posture, sitting up straighter and walking a little taller.

General comments

A classic shapewear style for all who need a little waist and hip shaping – great value for money and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to a friend.

Any Tips or Care Instructions?

To stop the top from rolling down, firstly make sure you have chosen the correct size, and put it in in front of a mirror, ensuring that the back is pulled up as high as the front (this is a common cause of rolling waistbands).? Finally, put on your bra over the top of the waistband – this will effectively “pin” it into place and also help to create a silhouette uninterrupted by bulges.
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Spanx, I salute you!

Unwanted lumps & bumps. We all have them. But as ever, shapewear guru Spanx has come to the rescue once more, creating even more treats for our shaping collection and leaving us body confident in the process. From the ultra-lightweight to the gym bunny friendly, there?s even a pair of sheers to deliver a J-Lo inspired derri?re! Simply choose the shapewear that ticks most of your boxes and voila ? that enviable outline is a mere click away…

Proving that shapewear needn?t be clunky or overbearing, the ultra-thin Trust Your Thinstincts range combines all-round smoothing with a lightweight feel. What?s more, the clever designers at Spanx HQ have listened to our suggestions, adding in a non-compression bust to their tops & slips. Squash & squeeze free, the range is also equipped with nifty stay-put details for the best possible fit.

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For those wanting to tackle tricky tummies, the Thong Body is a?must. Using a medium slimming level, the bodysuit will trim & slim in seconds, smoothing stomachs and skimming love handles. With adjustable straps and a non-compression bust that adapts to all cup sizes, the bodysuit is perfect for wearing underneath your work shirt or a slightly sheerer blouse for the evening (as the top can be disguised as an everyday camisole, shh!). If the idea of VPL (visible panty line) gives you chills, worry not as the silky microfibre thong sits incognito once on. If the ultra-thin quality appeals but you?re after more coverage, the Tank Full Slip from the collection is perfect. Ideal for both work & play, the full length slip also uses a medium control, but this time round the lightweight shapewear will lift bottoms and trim thighs alongside tums & muffin tops. To keep your slip in place, a bodysuit has been used underneath whilst a silicone hem grips against skin for a secure feel. Comfortable enough for everyday wear, the seam free slip will go under shift dresses and LBDs with ease, leaving those around you none the wiser. To avoid a Monday morning kerfuffle, Spanx recommend that you step into the slip instead of trying to put it over your head & neck.

As the first ever cotton shapewear range from Spanx, the Spoil Me Cotton collection is quite something. Possibly the softest way to slim yet, the breathable shapewear on offer will keep you refreshed in your hour (or day!) of need. Hectic schedules have met their shapewear match as the High Waisted Panty not only feels gorgeous but leaves behind a silhouette to be desired. Designed to streamline your figure from just below the bust to the bottom, the panty uses a medium control and a high cotton content to keep you body confident at all times. Offering full coverage for your derri?re thanks to a flattering cut, the panty also features visually slimming seams on the centre section which hug you in all the right places. What?s more, to up the ante when it comes to the tummy control, a double layer of fabric has been used. Phew!

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Forever on the go but can?t bear to part with your Spanx? Making sure you don?t have to, shaping gurus Spanx have added the Shaping Compression Knee Pant to their active wear Active Bottoms collection. This is one product that I regularly wear, meaning no longer do I worry about bumping into a friend en route to the gym! Reaching to just below the knee, the sleek trousers offer a medium control to tame thighs & bottoms instantly ? leaving you to tackle that cross trainer in style. Unlike most trousers, these actually come without a middle seam as a clever curved one has been used instead. Narrowing hips & bums with the illusion, the flat lying seam provides that extra boost of confidence when you need it most (read: that dreaded spin class). When it comes to styling your knee pants, you can choose to wear them as a secret layer or by themselves ? or failing that, you can always pop them underneath your favourite shorts.

And last but by no means least, the Booty-full Sheer Tights. ?Working to give your derri?re the pert makeover that you dream of, the clever 20 denier sheers use a zoned control to lift & define. Concealing a medium shaping control in the boxer brief, the control will transform thighs and tums too whilst the specially designed contours (you?ll recognise these as heavily reinforced strips of fabric) will grant your booty an uplifted and youthful look. Ladies, these ought to be at the top of your lust have list for the season ahead!

If you?re after even more shaping magic (and let?s face it, who isn?t?), have a browse through the rest of the Spanx family ? and remember to always follow the size guide provided to get the ultimate fit for your frame.

Until next time ladies…

Laura

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Our Top Picks: October

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Each month we pick our top three products, and tell you why.? This month, we?re embracing our hosiery drawer as the alternative to hours at the gym and misery inducing diets, with some seriously flattering figure fixes?

1) Calvin Klein Ultra Fit 30D High Waisted Tights

Why?? The new range of Calvin Klein Control only hit our shelves last month, but already it?s become a firm favourite.? With winter on its way we?ll be opting for the cosy opaque styles before long, but for now we?re besotted with these semi-opaque Calvin Klein 30D high waisted tights.? With a silky smooth feel on the leg, uber-flattering matte finish and medium control high waisted design, tummies are flattened, waists sculpted and thighs smoothed ? these are the hardest working tights in our hosiery drawer.

Style With: High heeled ankle boots and a bodycon midi dress (with such a sleek silhouette you?ll be more than able to pull it off).? Finish with an oversized tote for an optical illusion effect that will make you look even tinier in comparison.

Wear to: work on dress down Friday ? you?ll shock the office with your hot new body!

How much? ?16.00 / ?19,50 / $26.00
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Stars And Their Spanx

Recently at the 2013 Emmy’s, Kate Mara of the American political drama House of Cards was spotted on the red carpet showing her Spanx bodysuit through her J Mendel dress. Now, celebrities are certainly no strangers to Spanx! Plenty of our favourite stars have admitted to their love for the shapewear line. From Gwyneth Paltrow to Kim Kardashian, celebrities swear by the power of Spanx.

On the set of Fantastic Four, Jessica Alba wore Spanx under her jumpsuit to create the flawless lump-free look. On the more extreme side, Adele admitted to wearing four pairs of Spanx underneath her dress at the 2012 Grammy’s! The point is, even celebs need some help looking perfect – and there’s nothing wrong with that! Some of the most popular shapewear types among celebrities are bum-lifters and thigh trimmers to help them look great in those fantastic red carpet looks. We can’t forget about the men though! Jesse Tyler Ferguson of?Modern Family?tweeted a picture of himself before last year’s Emmy’s wearing a Spanx for Men compression shirt.

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So there you have it! If you want to look fierce like Katy Perry (another huge fan of shapewear) on your next big night out, forget about “sucking it in” – just hop into some Spanx?shapewear and let it do the?slimming for you!

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Men in Manx ? Sandra Bullock wants to meet you!

What does she want? Men! And what does she want them wearing? Spanx! That?s right, you haven?t read the headline wrong ladies, Hollywood super starlet Sandra Bullock has let the cat out of the figurative bag, confessing that she?s rather keen to meet any members of the opposite sex who dote on Spanx as much as her!

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Speaking to weekly gossip glossy Heat, the former Miss Congeniality star reveals the extent to which her shapewear enthusiasm travels, letting the British public into the secret behind her stunning red carpet looks. Rarely putting a manicured foot out of line when it comes to her polished style, Bullock claims that she relies on Spanx to see her through public appearances. What?s more, she doesn?t just like them ? she loves them! After spilling the beans on her favourite pair (for the record, she adores shapewear with a high waist, just like the Spanx Undie-tectable High Waisted Panty), the raven haired beauty went on to talk about Spanx for men ? or ?Manx? as she affectionately coined them.

Here at MyTights HQ, we can?t get enough of shapewear for men. Helping to bridge that gap between the sexes, the nifty shapewear works to help men look sharper, stand taller and feel better in their clothes. And why shouldn?t they? Given that our hosiery drawers have been blessed with shapewear for as long as we can remember, it?s high time that the men in our life can join in on the fun too.

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For the man who?s always on go, we recommend the Spanx For Men Cotton Compression Crew. Designed to fit and look just like a regular tee, the discreet but effective shaping top offers a clever compression system that will firm chests, narrow waistlines and flatten stomachs. All without having to break into a sweat! Made from a breathable cotton fabric, he?ll feel cool & comfortable despite that lengthy commute, and as the seams lie completely flat ? no-one will be able to guess the secret to that enviable figure.

If he?s beginning to warm to idea of shapewear (and who wouldn?t?! A fabulous new figure in seconds!), then might we suggest the Zoned Performance Tank from Spanx. With no sleeves, this tank is set to become a wardrobe favourite. Move aside Rex as it appears man has a new best friend, with a clever zoned compression system that creates a sporty, more toned look instantly. Targeting abs and concentrating around the torso and chest, the support will also work its magic on that posture too, helping him to stand tall after years of slumping. For even more bonus points, a comfortable spandex nylon fabric boasts ?breatheasy? zones to cool underarms and back. Phew! Who says shapewear doesn?t work hard?

So men with ?Manx?, please come forward! A certain Hollywood starlet is waiting to meet you…

 

 

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Kim Kardashian Hearts Spanx!

It?s no secret that Kim has no problems in sharing her life with anybody that wants to listen, and this fact is cemented by her ongoing reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. In its eighth series now, Kim recently took the opportunity to show off her blossoming pregnancy curves…along with her Spanx. Showing us all that when it comes to shapewear she knows best, the tabloid regular is spotted lounging around in her shaping shorts minus any airs or graces.

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Kim hearts Spanx!

Worlds away from her polished & preened red carpet style, the yummy mummy revealed her (then) bump, demonstrating that whilst comfort is key when it comes to getting dressed, it?s more than okay to crave a little control for your lower half when you?re expecting. And quite frankly, we adore her for this.

When it comes to Spanx for mums to be, celebrities can?t praise the shapewear enough. Made with both you and your bump in mind, the Mama Spanx collection is not only gloriously comfortable but it helps to add a little definition to derrieres, supporting your body and lower tummy all the while. Created using expandable fabric, your shapewear grows with you, quickly adapting to changes to deliver the best fit possible. Phew!

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Aside from being the hardest working shapewear in town, the collection offers two very different products, maximising all wardrobe possibilities instantly. For those who can?t bear to part with the Kate Middleton bare leg look (and with a flawless skin tone, why ever would you?!), the Mama Spanx Maternity Tights are just the ticket. Made from a lightweight 20 denier, the tops of your tights are unlike anything else in your hosiery drawer. Harnessing the same shaping magic as the rest of your Spanx hoard, the sheer tights offer medium strength control, located in the boxer brief. With a special support panel under the tummy and an extra wide waistband for even more comfort, we understand just why mums have been raving about them!

If you?re after Kim?s exact look (we can only hope that you?ll wear a few more layers than the starlet did) then treat your wardrobe to a pair of Spanx Mama Power. Available in both the nude skin tone shade that Kim shows off, along with a classic black colour, the shaping shorts work to provide a touch of support for both you and your bump. With shorts for even more versatility, you?re able to wear yours under just about everything. Barely there seams and laser cut edges mean that your secret is never let out of the bag as your shapewear lies incognito underneath all outfits. We won?t tell if you don?t…

Lament the loss of your shapewear no longer ladies as it seems that Kim has firmly put Mama Spanx back on the radar! Hooray!

P.S When it comes to sizing, go with your pre-pregnancy weight as all Mama Spanx products have been designed with your changing shape in mind!

 

 

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