Tag Archive: shapewear


Hello Swimwear and Lingerie fans.

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Vintage Lingerie, Crinolines, Shapewear and Couture Gowns

Vintage Lingerie, Crinolines, Shapewear and Couture Gowns

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Tuesday Swimwear and Lingerie fans.

We all know I’m a total sucker for retro illustrations of vintage lingerie and this ad is no different. I can’t even begin to taunt the “youthlines” tag either.

Happy Tuesday Swimwear and Lingerie friends!

It’s monochromatic and just lovely. Maybe if it were drawn worse I would be able to manifest an argument about selling products based on an obviously idealized illustration, but I can’t.

I would totally have been swayed by this. Would you?

Cheers,

Maggie

Freya's Edina Longline Padded Bra in Graphite

Freya's Edina Longline Padded Bra in Graphite

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie lovers.

Pardon my typing today, I’m going cold-turkey on the chocolate and candies over here and it’s going… well (?)

Must eat something with red dye # 12... NOW!

Must eat something with red dye # 12... NOW!

Nah, I’m just kidding. I’m fine.

Nothing to worry about over here. I just had a little epiphany yesterday evening and realized that I really don’t like what the candy does to me. I become a whole other person.

Me WANT CANDY! AHHHHHHHHHHHRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Me WANT CANDY! AHHHHHHHHHHHRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Nooooo, not that person, but it’s a pretty close approximation!

{sadly, our hair is even pretty similar…although I have a little less crazy around the eyes perhaps}

If we tiptoe quietly back to the point of this post, maybe we won't set off the chocoholic...

If we tiptoe quietly back to the point of this post, maybe we won't set off the chocoholic...

Anyway, today is Totally Retro Tuesday and I have a lovely little vintage lingerie ad for your reading pleasure.

It’s in French and if you’re not a fellow survivor of French Immersion, don’t worry, you aren’t missing anything. The words aren’t really the important thing here.

This type of ad always makes me want to go shopping. I have been coveting a longline bra as long as I can remember. It could be a by-product of having Madonna‘s Like a Virgin phase, indelibly burned on my innnocent young brain.

Sure... SHE can find a size that fits... C'mon lingerie companies, hook a sister up!

Sure... SHE can find a size that fits... C'mon lingerie companies, hook a sister up!

I love the way they look and I think I love the way they feel.

There’s just something so very beautiful about them and the way they shape women’s bodies. Not to mention the way they shape our body language… Vogue

{whispering it in a fake echo voice…vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue….}

{although, without ever actually having one in my real size, it’s obviously difficult to say that with absolute certainty}

This might just be a case of coveting something that I can’t have. I can’t have fish or seafood either and I’m told they’re wonderful, but I really wouldn’t know.

{frankly it all looks like wet cockroaches that eat the poop of things swimming above them to me… although I could get behind the whole garlic butter dip!}

Beware the lobster bra...ooooh creepy and a bit nippy by the looks of it.

Beware the lobster bra...ooooh creepy and a bit nippy by the looks of it.

What if I could eat them and they were just blah and fishy-ish? I really hope that isn’t the case with the illusive longline bra. I really, really want one.

{Not to eat, to wear… just thought I had better clear that up… seemed a little ambiguous on the second read through!}

You better believe it! The lingerie-force is strong with this one! Yay capitalism!

You better believe it! The lingerie-force is strong with this one! Yay capitalism!

Freya had one out last season the nieve and it was so very stunning and perfect and perfectly out of my reach due to their willingness to only make it up to a 36 not a 38.

Freya Nieve Longline Bra, WANT

Freya Nieve Longline Bra, WANT

sigh…

Of all the ones I have tried on, some, supposedly, even in my size, I have yet to find one that fits comfortably.

Yet another Freya longline bra I can't have... sniff, sniff...

Yet another Freya longline bra I can't have... sniff, sniff...

Either they are too small in the band, or the bottom portion is longer than my actual ribcage and ends up floating away from my tummy and waist in a medieval armour type of look.

Freya Longline Bra in Pink Floral Print

Freya Longline Bra in Pink Floral Print

Have you had this kind of an issue?

Have you had any success with longlines? Is there are a brand that has a nice design that works with short waisted people?

Tell me please and I'll love you more than chocolate, but not more than longline bras...'cause that's just crazy-talk!

Tell me please and I'll love you more than chocolate, but not more than longline bras...'cause that's just crazy-talk!

Please leave me a comment and direct me to a longline bra that fits larger bands size {although I’m not really sure that 38 IS considered a larger band size} so I can stop whining and get shopping!

Cheers,

Maggie

Spanx Hide and Sleek Cami Review

Happy Monday Swimwear and Lingerie junkies.

I spent the entire weekend, freezing my keester off in one hockey arena or another during a pretty fabulous freeze here in Ontario. Hockey tournament season is pretty serious stuff and it certainly isn’t the first one I’ve gone to, however, it was definitely the one with the least working heaters for the people in the stands.

I made the ridiculous mistake of packing only my fancy/fashion boots and not my hardcore winter boots, but I thought I’d be okay because I’d also packed long johns and thermal wear!

I was most definitely wrong. I’m still trying to warm up…. surprised the shivering isn’t coming through in my typing.

I found out something rather interesting when donning all of my layers over the course of the tournament; my “thermal” undershirt didn’t keep me nearly as warm as my shapewear tank top. Interesting isn’t? Not really sure why that is either, but I’m open to ideas.

With this new revelation in mind, I decided that today’s Must Have Monday post would be dedicated to a review of my saving grace, the Spanx Hide and Sleek Tank Top.

Long time readers may recall that I haven’t been terribly impressed with Spanx shapewear products in the past: Spanx Must Have Review. Well, being the open minded person that I am, I knew I couldn’t judge an entire product line based on one item, so I decided to give the Hide and Sleek Cami a whirl and man am I glad I did.

I originally bought it for torso smoothing and shaping under my summer dresses and work clothes and it worked a treat! The compression and level of control is listed as “Medium” according to the packaging and website synopsis, but as we all know, I hate super restrictive things, so I sized up a few and have been incredibly comfortable.

Spanx Sizing Chart for Hide and Sleek Cami

Spanx Sizing Chart for Hide and Sleek Cami

The shoulder straps are wide, so they don’t work with my thinner strapped dresses and shirts but they make the cami super comfy and I know that the crazy colours of my bra’s shoulder straps won’t be screaming out for attention and distracting people from my more egregious fashion blunders. I wasn’t too hot in the summer, yet I found it insulating in the winter… I guess it acts rather like a thermos in that regard.

How to melt a snowman AKA why all visitors to Canadian Winters should be given a survival/common sense test prior to entry.

How to melt a snowman AKA why all visitors to Canadian Winters should be given a survival/common sense test prior to entry.

The compression on the cami is just right. Not too firm and not too wussy. There is a reinforced area around the bust that has a minimizing effect and certainly prevents any side fat issues. I imagine that if I hadn’t gone up two sizes, I would find the ‘Medium’ strength of compression overly tight as well. No reflection on Spanx, but I really detest anything that’s going to try to re-arrange my innards. I would highly recommend that you try on the product before you buy to be sure that you’re comfortable with the compression before you buy, because these aren’t cheap.

The length is perfect and doesn’t tend to roll up allowing for it to be tucked in or left over top of my pants. In my case, I wore it under my red “Bazinga” T-shirt and a cardigan and never felt as though I had too many layers on or that I was beginning to resemble the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

So, there you have it my dears, unlike the last time, this review is most definitely a favourable one! I love my Cami and quite frankly, I plan to buy a few more in the v neck, spaghetti strap and wrap variations too.

That’s about it from the chilly barrens of Ontario. Make this Monday a good one and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

Cheers,

Maggie

Lytess Shapewear Review

Lytess Corrective Low Waist Push Up Panty

Lytess Corrective Low Waist Push Up Panty

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Buddies! Didja miss me?

I’ve had the most wonderful holiday! Thank you so much for all your kind well wishes, follow Friday shout outs and above all your friendship.

Please note... I was NOT anywhere near here, except in my imagination...My couch was pretty darn relaxing though!

Please note... I was NOT anywhere near here, except in my imagination...My couch was pretty darn relaxing though!

I adore my readers and fellow bloggers and found myself missing you all over my little break, so I have to admit, I snuck back on Twitter and Facebook every so often, like the little social media addict I am. I couldn’t stay away even when I tried.

I wuv my computer and my computer friends soooo much!

I wuv my computer and my computer friends soooo much!

Well, let’s get right back to it shall we? Today’s Must Have Monday post is all about containing the post holiday pudge we {I} may have acquired from too many hits on the shortbread platter.

…sigh…. not that I’m complaining, heck no! I enjoyed every sweet, tasty morsel. The only problem comes when I need to fit back into my “Corporate Kelly” wardrobe.

Hey! I might look like this... you never know! Although to be fair, I can never find a white button down dress shirt that fits my chest size and the rest of me too!

Hey! I might look like this... you never know! Although to be fair, I can never find a white button down dress shirt that fits my chest size and the rest of me too!

So, rather than practice common sense, portion control or moderation {crazy talk if I ever heard it!} I decided to try out some fancy dancy new shapewear from Lytess. The lazy “so and so” inside of me was rather titillated by the promise of shapewear helping me to lose weight, while the cynic in me was giggling away at the ‘preposterous’ {but is it? IS IT? What if it actually works? Hell, I’ll have all my bedsheets and furniture constructed from it too, to maximize the potential points of contact!} idea that a textile could make me lose weight without any effort.

Who me? Cynical? Whaaat? Nah, that's just crazy talk...

Who me? Cynical? Whaaat? Nah, that's just crazy talk...

But, I figured that I would test it out and see what it was all about and if I happened to lose some weight, well then, that’s just a risk I have to take for you, my devoted readers! I know, I know… I give, it’s what I do.

Wait... if I have to say I'm modest, then I'm not really...right? Damnit! Fine, I'll just be humble then. Sheesh.

Wait... if I have to say I'm modest, then I'm not really...right? Damnit! Fine, I'll just be humble then. Sheesh.

After reading through the website and checking around on the internetz, I’m sufficiently convinced that there could be something to the claims. See for yourself, from the Lytess website:

“Clothing is now looking ahead to new doors of discovery. It is no longer simply a way to protect, appear or seduce; it can now have an effect on our well-being. By the friction of motion on our skin, it is best placed to release treatments, whether preventive or remedial. With a large range of cosmeto-textiles that meets the consumers’ expectations, Lytess stands as the pioneer in a major revolution in the textile industry.

By the year 2020, 80% of fabrics will be “smart”. Cosmeto-textiles will for sure be an alternative and an addition to the traditional cosmetic care.

Lytess Slimming and Smoothing Claims

Lytess Slimming and Smoothing Claims

By becoming functional, fabrics will meet the consumers’ expectations about their well-being, while also looking for simple, practical and effortless solutions.

Our daily challenges:

To develop the performances of our exclusive micro-encapsulation, weaving and fixing processes, with a continuous stress on quality, along with strict controls and a rigorous compliance with cosmetic and fabrics regulations.
To carry on researches, and test the suitability of the best active agents to elaborate original, efficient and approved cosmetic formulas.
To implement an assertive communication strategy with consumers and retailers.
To strengthen our cooperation with the industrial, legal and institutional actors of the textile and cosmetic fields.”

Well, it’s winter here and my skin has dried out and shrivelled up like a sad little raisin in the desert. I desperately need the moisturizing benefits more than anything and if slimming and smoothing occurs too… well then, I guess we’ll just have to see.

According to the packaging and the company’s claims I could lose an inch from my hips and more than a half inch from my thighs: {check out the following infographic and cross your fingers for my “somewhat dimply little behind”}

Lytess Corrective Low Waist Push Up Panty

Obviously I’ll have to wait for at least the designated 20 days of wearing Lytess shapewear to pass before I can comment on the weightloss and smoothing effects, but I can tell you that these pants had some serious firming action and the low waist was actually much comfier on my figure than most shapewear brands.

I have to be honest, I may have completely ruined this little experiment by ordering shapewear several sizes too big, but I simply cannot stand to wear super tight things… I crave a snug fit that doesn’t leave marks or make me unconsciously hold my breath for over 8 hours of wear.

She looks so pretty until she passes out!

She looks so pretty until she passes out!

Now, if hyper compression is essential for the slimming and what have you, then I apologize and admit that I pooched the whole thing. But, I really do hate the feeling of tight anything on my waist.

I have to say, I’m glad I sized up, the compression on these puppies is pretty serious, but my heiney really does look good. A push up bra for my caboose!

Butt Bra

Butt Bra

The legs stay put and don’t roll up and I was even able to forget that I was wearing them after a short while. After one day of wearing, my skin actually feels less rough and scaly {mmmmh, scaly skin… so very sexy right!} I don’t know if it was just the power of suggestion, the fact that I put them on right after my shower or if they really did moisturize and massage my epidermis, but here’s hoping.

As a basic shapewear for everyday wear, they may be one of my favourites so far. I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole slimming and lasting moisturizing thing shakes out, because that would be pretty awesome too!

Cheers,

Maggie

Now, if I really felt this way, I would indeed be cynical, but I don't think EVERYTHING sucks... just some stuff, you know... like... pooey things that irritate me.

Now, if I really felt this way, I would indeed be cynical, but I don't think EVERYTHING sucks... just some stuff, you know... like... pooey things that irritate me.

Clearly SHE isn't using chub rub protection

Clearly SHE isn't using chub rub protection

Happy Monday Swimwear and Lingerie Fans!

{Told ya I was going to keep saying Happy Monday until you got used to it. After all, there isn’t anything to dread about Mondays… just means you’re one day closer to the next weekend right?}

How was your weekend? We’re nearing the end of our summer here in Ontario and I’m still test-driving shapewear and trying to find something that Goldilocks would like. Not too tight, not too loose, not too sweat-inducing and not too expensive.

goldilocks-mugshot

goldilocks-mugshot

Picky. I know.

If it sounds like an impossible list… well, it kinda is. You see, I’m not overly concerned about smoothing out my bumps and bits. My idea of comfort doesn’t include extreme compression. For more on that you can check out my Hanky Panky review. Nope, I have knock-knees and muscular thighs and this leads to what I have delicately come to call “chub rub”. Chub rub sucks and really takes all the fun out of wearing a skirt or dress.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not about to appear on “People of Walmart” or anything but it’s really uncomfortable and my wardrobe options would be seriously limited if I couldn’t wear skirts and dresses. They are essential clothing when you’re a professional and need to look polished and put together, yet don’t want to be a big old, ball of sweat by the time you commute to work in trousers, in your fuel efficient but non air conditioned car.

Thigh Society- anti chub rub

Thigh Society- anti chub rub

{Oh and fyi this isn’t a picture of me, although I am totally digging her dress!}

I first heard about the company Thigh Society on twitter and was super excited to find a lingerie company based out of Canada! Their homepage included the terms “chub rub” and “Thigh Society is NOT shapewear”. It’s like they were answering my wish list!!!

Thigh Society

So I quickly ordered a pair of the white bamboo in my size. Then the whole Postal Strike thing happened and I knew I would be in for a bit of a wait. However, it gave me a chance to see how amazing their customer service is. I was immediately emailed and informed of the strike and the delay. They were so proactive and offered me options and potential ways to deal with the problem and in the end, it all came out fine. I would recommend them based on their attention to detail and customer satisfaction alone!

Smiley-Face-

Smiley-Face-

By the time I received them, we were well and truly stuck in the middle of a brutal heatwave. I felt like the guy in Indiana Jones with his face melting off.

Ya, this dude... What? It was really that hot out! Seriously!

Ya, this dude... What? It was really that hot out! Seriously!

Anyhoo… I wore them to work under a skirt and spent my lunch hour running errands so that I could really put them through the paces.

thigh-society- White/ Bamboo

thigh-society- White/ Bamboo

First things first, they aren’t lying when they talk about how soft and breathable the bamboo fabric is. It wicked the sweat away from my skin very quickly and didn’t compress my flesh like a sausage stuffer. The undies/shorts just skimmed my body and kept me comfortable. Definitely a big A+ there.

The bottom portion of the leg did start to ride up near the end of the day and that was a bit irritating because I apparently lack the feminine impulse control that says; “Don’t adjust your shorties in public!” and yanked them down into place a few times. Oops. No, I wasn’t raised in a barn and I do know better… I just haven’t been able to comfortably wear a skirt in so long, I guess I’m just out of practice.

Raised in a barn

Raised in a barn

{sorry Mom}

The waist band rolled a bit too and I wonder if I were to adapt them to have a bit of stretch lace at the top and the bottoms, if I could stop that from happening. Of course, I may want to also think about getting a different size to avoid that issue as well.

All in all, I really enjoy wearing them and have actually been able to wear some of my lovely summer dresses and skirts and be quite comfortable both at work and in my stuffy car. I would certainly recommend them to anyone not looking for the smoothing and compression of shapewear, but the comfort and function of a longer legged panty.

Does any one know of any similar products I could try? It really does seem to be a niche that doesn’t have a lot of options. I would love to try out a silk or a wool blend and see how those work out, just need some suggestions.

Cheers,

Maggie

Thigh Society- Black

Thigh Society- Black

Spanx Must Have Review

Shapewear

Shapewear

Hola Swimwear and Lingerie fans.

Happy Monday!

So, Summer is well and truly here and with it the hot weather. My office has a dress code in effect that prevents me from looking like a complete slob.

Sad, I know.

Which basically means I can’t wear shorts or capris or other hot weather wear. This wouldn’t be such an issue, if I had a car with air conditioning. Yup, I commute without air conditioning… crazy right?

I get to work and my hair has achieved the kind of volume that we curly-haired folk like to describe as Chia-Pet-Chic, or simply “Bride of Frankenstein” for you regular folks. It also means that I need to dress as lightly as possible, so I have been rocking the summer dresses in a big way.

Chia Pet Chic

Chia Pet Chic

Say, have I ever mentioned that while I have fabulous legs, they are sadly, ever-so-slightly, knock-kneed? Yup, which necessitates some kind of long underwear/biker shorts kind of intervention for my thighs or else I have the almightey chub-rub that leads to rashey thighs and then life really sucks.

{Yes even when I am uber-muscley, the problem is still there, darn anatomy!}

Knock Knees

Knock Knees

Since I need to look all professional (I said look professional… not act professional….) I have been test driving all kinds of shapewear options to find my perfect fit. Lucky for you I plan to review every single one.

The first set I bought, thanks to unanimous recommendation, was from Spanx. I chose the Skinny Britches High-Waisted Short in nude and put it through the paces of an average day at work.

Skinny Britches High-Waisted Short

Skinny Britches High-Waisted Short

Before I tell you how it held up to my usual day (of saving the world one marketing problem at a time), I’ll give a brief run down of what these shorts are supposed to offer and why I choose to start with them.

I have experienced a bit of a muffin top issue in the past when the shapewear shorts I was wearing were of a “super” control level and literally squeezed every ounce of padding I had up and over the waistline… not a pleasing look I can assure you. I decided that a “High-Waisted” short might prevent that sort of effect and avoid a visible “waist-line”.

Skinny BritchesHigh-WaistedShort-

Skinny BritchesHigh-WaistedShort-

From the Website: “SPANX Skinny Britches offer sheer shaping power in stunning shades and classic silhouettes! Layer for customized color and compression.”
1. Ultra-light sheer fabric firms from just below the bra through the tummy, hips, thighs and rear
2. Cool, lightweight fabric
3. Non-binding waistband and fabric lay flat
4. Laser-cut leg and edges eliminate pinching, binding and bulging
5. Cotton gusset for comfort
6. LOVE that: wear with Skinny Britches Hipster for extra compression

Content: 60% Polyamide/ 40% Lycra

I totally forgot about my poor little stunted torso… I can actually pull these puppies up and over my boobs into a quasi-mock-turtleneck. Complaint number one… perhaps we could all agree that not everyone’s upper half is pleasingly long and make different lengths for the vertical rise or at least make it so that the top doesn’t roll down like a banana peel over the course of the day.

{and no they aren’t the maternity style… I checked properly this time!}

The thigh length was okay since I can’t wear mini skirts anyway. The bottoms didn’t roll up as much as the top rolled down so I have to say that was a nice plus.

The cotton gusset to help you avoid having to roll down the shapewear for every…ahem… visit to the ladies room was a wash out (and most likely the reason the top kept rolling down). I’m sorry I just can get behind the whole open the gusset thing to take a leak… it’s like daring some one to pee into the wind… the possibility for disaster is just too great. A nice idea and I would love to hear if any of you can do it… but sadly I do not have confidence in my aim or luck.

The fabric is nice and definitely very stretchy and comfy (if a little too snug, according to the size chart I had on the correct size) and I didn’t feel as though I had on too many layers. So that would be a positive there.

spanx-size-chart

spanx-size-chart

Although the box stated that the control level (Slimming Level)was “Medium” there was still quite a compression sensation. Particularly when I finally took the shorts off at the end of the day. Since I wasn’t interested in the reducing aspect as much, this was actually a negative in my book. I just wanted a pair of pants that would give minimal smoothing and be comfortable and enable me to walk and run without looking like I had my knees glued together. For those of you looking for control… I can see the appeal!

I do realize that Spanx is all about the slimming control top, but it would be nice to have the option to go lower than a “medium” amount of control.

On the whole I just wasn’t that blown away by the Spanx. Which isn’t really fair considering I was asking it to do something it wasn’t developed to do.

My Bad.

I’ll definitely give it a shot again but in the waist high style. Nevertheless, I can’t say that it does anything better than any of the other bodyshapers out there on the market. I feel a little strange saying this, after all, I have yet to encounter anyone with anything less that worshipful praise for the brand.

and thats my two cents on Spanx Skinny Britches High-Waisted Shorts.

See ya tomorrow!

Cheers,

Maggie

Skinny Britches Short- Spanx

Skinny Britches Short- Spanx

But Evidently Doesn’t Make Me Any Smarter!

Well, Hi there Swimwear and Lingerie fans. Welcome to Must Have Monday.

How was your weekend? Inspiring? Restful? Elegant? Yah, me neither. I spent the majority of my weekend in one arena or another and I have to tell you, the very pungent aroma of sweaty young men… not so inspiring, elegant or restful.

Frankly, it’s a real relief to be able to escape to my happy place {here, the land of lace, frills, lingerie and happy smiley, non smelly folk!} and immerse myself in some things that will NEVER EVER have that kind of all encompassing stank.

The weather has finally caught up to the calendar month and we actually have some heat coming our way. So, I spent Sunday breaking out all my Spring and Summerish clothes and forgetting about the drabby gray weather while twirling about in my lighter more body conscious styles.

However, while wearing my more body conscious styles, I became more… well… body conscious.

You see, a funny thing happened on the way to the gym. I didn’t really go all that much. At all. For the past few months.

After a very loooooooong winter of heavy sweaters and long draping layers {And too many trips to Tim Hortons for honey crueller Tim Bits}

my wee body is a wee bit, ummm, shall we say less muscular and toned rather than flabby and definitely out of shape. Definitely not so “wee” anymore.
Sigh.

{Damn you Tim Hortons and your damned super tasty, overly addictive, sugary, little calorie bombs!!!} [Shakes a flabby fist in their general direction]

With this in mind, I went shopping for some comfy yet supportive shapewear. I didn’t want to add extra layers with a waist cincher or a girdle. That would defeat the whole purpose of the light and seasonal wardrobe.

I have a little secret about my Must Have Monday that I will share with you, if you if you promise not laugh.

Back to our regularly scheduled post.

I found everything I was looking for all in one package from Intimidea.”The seamless lingerie trade-mark Intimidea has firmly established itself on the Bulgarian market” and apparently right here in Canada too. They are known for their seamless designs and comfortable shapewear.

A panty with tummy control. It’s styled with a full back and with a reinforced control panel that isn’t overly restrictive . The top is extended and seems to reach all the way up to my sternum.

They are a seamless design, so there shouldn’t be any rubbing or chafing to annoy me, which is essential for keeping the too sweaty/hot/restricted/crabby Maggie at bay. Trust me, it’s in everyone’s best interest to appease THAT beeyotch.

The material is light, stretchy and so comfy that I would have forgotten I was wearing them… if it weren’t for one small issue.

My apparently stunted and short torso.

Yup, my dwarfish top half is so small that I could probably extend the control top right over my head like some creepy lingerie-clad robber, or I could wear them like a stretchy control top mock turtleneck with no arm holes.

Sadly, the top of the undies kept rolling over and bunching and being a general nuisance, exactly the opposite of the smoothing and controlling that the label promised. GAH curse you genetics that gave me big boobs and a puny torso.

So, I’m faced with the issue of needing to go down a size (and potentially earn some super-grippy, visible panty lines) or doing some DIY home repair and modifying them for a proper fit. The fabric is a microfiber, so it’s unlikely to unravel, however, it can be a real pain-in-the-hoooha to sew…. so….not to mention, taking a seamless garment and adding in a seam, would be the height of bizarre.

Hmm, not really sure what I should do. I could always just tuck it into my bra and pretend it is an all-in-one shapewear item. I really do love the feel of it and is smoothes everywhere I need it too (and then adds bumps where I previously had none).

Anyhoo, my Must Have Monday kinda fell through, but I really do need a proper shapewear thingy.

Cheers,

Maggie

What? The secret I was going to tell you?

Oh… ummm, well you may think less of me… I’m not sure I want that to happen.

You PROMISE not to laugh at me?

Okay, fine.

I couldn’t ever hold out on you….

I totally bought the wrong pair. I got these:

Yup, totally bought maternity undies!!!

In my defense… they are really comfy and cozy and my torso, probably isn’t as stunted as I thought… the undies are just VERY generous to accommodate an enlarging belly. Yup, I’m apparently that dense AND… I’m not taking them back I’m keeping them!

Good talk.

Maggie

Poorly Fit Lingerie EEEEK

Happy Thursday Swimwear and Lingerie Friends!

Is every one ready for our Fitting Tip Thursday?

Today’s Fitting Tip is a visual feast of DON”T DO THIS!

You see, I can talk and blog ’till I’m blue in the face, but a picture tells a thousand words and has a waaaay better impact!

Let’s begin shall we?

This is your rear shoulder/back view when you wear a bra that is too tight.

Here is your rear view with and without properly fitted lingerie or shapewear… need I say more?

When you try to squeeze into that bra that is too small…it isn’t pretty or healthy!

A properly fit bra is a thing of beauty!

Sometimes bad things happen when you opt for the no support look! Learn from Drew!

If you don’t the uber-creepy lingerie fairy might show up!

Enough said?

I thought so, take these images to the bank (or your local lingerie boutique) and remember that you wear these things for over 16 hours a day… shouldn’t you be comfortable and shouldn’t they increase your visual appeal rather than detract from it?

Cheers,

Maggie!

The lingerie industry has come a long way since the 1950s when support wear was considered a painful necessity and right-of-passage for women. Most form wear was overly restrictive and tried to mold women’s bodies into unnatural shapes such as the “bullet boob” or the teeny tiny “wasp waist” look.

A frightening example of an unnatural silhouette

A frightening example of an unnatural silhouette, Queen Maude of Norway

A dress requiring serious shapewear

Marilyn Monroe rocking the bullet-boob look

With the advent of lycra, memory foam and moisture wicking materials ,shapewear has become a comfortable and sexy option without the previous aches and pains.
A shapewear slip is usually a thigh length body shaper that is meant to be worn under very light flimsy fabrics. There are numerous examples of red carpet looks that are just screaming for the appropriate shapewear.

Shannon Doherty needing a serious shapewear intervention

When good dresses go wrong

Tummy bulge distracts us from the Gorgeous lines of the dress

A strapless shapewear slip could have really helped!


It will sometimes include a shelf or underwire bra and support panels to smooth the back and sides of the body and have stocking snaps at the bottom. Various types of shapewear slips offer differing degrees of jiggle support and smoothing ability but may have a bit more of a restrictive feel. Slips can be strapless, have spaghetti straps or with wider straps for a smoother shoulder top. Spaghetti straps are generally less supportive than the wider straps but will disappear inside a dress much more easily.

When shopping for body shaping garments, it is essential to bring the outfit you intend to wear over top along with you. When a shapewear slip fits well, it will visually disappear under the dress while streamlining your figure and preventing any visible lines from detracting from your appearance. An improperly sized control garment will either ride up and bunch under your clothes if it is too large, or it will create even more lines and bulges than you had before.

This dress would have benefited from some controling shapewear

Mariah Carey showing the battle of the bulge we all deal with.

You will also want to ensure that you can move and breathe freely while wearing the slip. Reject anything that appears to hamper your range of motion, after all, if it does that in 5 minutes, imagine what an entire evening would feel like. You should feel comfortably supported, just like your favourite t-shirt bra. Considering how gorgeous these ladies look, you may even look for excuses to put it on. Contemporary shaping garments are just as pretty as the clothing they are accentuating. Check out these beautiful slips and think how fancy you could feel too.

Shapewear to show off

Slinkies minidress-Figleaves USA, Shapewear to show off


No bulges in sight!

Miracle clothing


Do you have to wear something over top?

White Shapewear slip with stocking clips

All in all, shapewear should become your new best friend. It will always tell you the truth and would never let out of the house with more lines and bulges than poor Mrs Carey is showcasing above.

Cheers,

Maggie