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Spanx Undietectable Pretty Lace Hipster Panty - The Details
Brand: Spanx Undietectable
Retail Price: £24.00
Slimming Strength: Medium Control
Spanx Style #: SP0515
Spanx Undietectable Pretty Lace Hipster Panty - My Review
The Spanx Undietectable Pretty Lace Hipster Panty is a really gorgeous piece of shapewear. They look like a pair of really pretty hipster knickers - you really wouldn't know they are shapewear!
They are low waisted in style, so they come up to somewhere around your belly button.
There is a wide slimming band (the smooth fabric) that is very strong and seamless. It covers your tummy and lower back and does a really good job of flattening out your belly bulges.
The rest of thehipster panties is made from a lovely lace. This is very soft and stretchy - not at all bumpy or scratchy! The sides come down covering the top of your legs, like a pair of short shorts.
The bottom section is made from the lovely lace. It gives full bottom coverage including the sides of your legs (top). The edges of the lace are scalloped and are not edged or binded. This means that the lace will lie flat against your bottom creating a very smooth look.
The gusset is a closed cotton one - so you do need to pull them down to use the loo!
The low rise waistband is laser cut. This gives it the finest edge possible, with no binding or stitching. This helps it to lie flat against your stomach, giving a smooth silhouette.
The lace fabric is really gorgeous. It is very soft, fine and stretchy. It is not at all bumpy or scratchy, like cheaper quality lace can be!
The LARGE size should fit a UK dress size 16 - 18
The waistband front measures 32cm unstretched.
The slimming band is 10cm deep at the sides.
The waistband to top of the gusset is 17cms
The full side measurement is 22cms
Trinny and Susannah The Magic Bum, Tum & Thigh Reducer - The Details
Brand: Trinny and Susannah
Retail Price: £38.00
Slimming Strength: Extra Firm Control
Trinny & Susannah Style #: 52518
Trinny and Susannah The Magic Bum, Tum & Thigh Reducer - My Review
The reducer comes in a neat white packet with the lovely ladies on the front. Apparently the model is actually Trinny!
Just to warn you, once you take it out it does look quite small in its little plastic packet! Please do be reassured though it does stretch – LOTS!
The reducer is made from a very strong, seam-free compression fabric. It feels quite sturdy to the touch and you won’t have to worry about easily laddering the fabric (unlike some other brands). It is quite long both in the body and in the legs, so really good for taller figures.
The fabric is seamless (apart from inner thigh seams) but does have ruching, shaping and gathering. This looks quite prominent when the reducer is not stretched out. However, it does disappear once it is on your body. All of this gathering and ruching helps to give a lot more shape and slimming control – don’t be worried by it, it does work and it does disappear!
The legs are made from very strong, smooth compression fabric. They REALLY suck in your thighs, making them so much slimmer and firmer.
There is a seam down the inside leg (but this shouldn’t show) and the legs are binded. However, the binding is soft and stretchy and so shouldn’t dig in or create bulging.
Unusually for high waisted magic knickers, the gusset is a closed one. This means you need to pull them down to use the loo – something to bear in mind. It is lined with cotton inside so you can wear them in place of your own knickers.
The waistband sits high up just under your bra line. It is 3cms wide and quite stretchy, so it should grip and stay in place. It is constructed by folding over the fabric and all the stitching is inside. It does looks a bit ridgy but smoothes out once it is on your body. This helps it to grip and stay in place without straps.
The back comes up to the same height as the front, so it should sit just under your bra line. Again, it has loads of zoning and ruching on it, but this will disappear once it is all stretched out on your body.
One of the things I like the best about the reducer is the bum shaping. It looks a bit saggy and baggy out of the packet, but once on it smooths out and helps to slim, lift and shape your bottom.
The LARGE size should fit a UK 16-18 or waist measurements 30 - 33 inches.
The reducer measures 50cms top to toes
The center waistband to top of the gusset measures 32cms
The inner thighs measure 14cms
The waistband is 3cms wide
Pros: What I Like About The Trinny and Susannah Thigh Reducer
- They are a pair of really strong, stretchy magic knickers with a high waist.
- They are quite long, both in the body and in the leg.
- The material they are made from is really nice and substantial and very good quality.
- The high waist is brilliant if you have too tight waistbands and tend to spill over the top of them.
- They give your bum a really nice shape – my looked much firmer and rounder.
- They don’t have an opening gusset – some people do prefer this even with the high waisted ones.
Cons: What I Don’t Like About The Trinny and Susannah Thigh Reducer
- The legs on these are really long so you couldn’t wear them with above the knee skirts and dresses.
- The body is also really long. I think these were designed for fairly tall people! If you have a short body these will be far too long for you and will wrinkle up.
- You have to pull them down to use the loo. Like pretty much all shapewear it is a wrestle to get them on and off so be prepared to put your back in to it!
How To Put On The Trinny and Susannah Thigh Reducer
These look quite small when you get them out of the packaging. Don’t worry, they are robust and should stretch lots. Sit down and gather one of the legs into an o shape. Put one leg in and slide it up to just above your thigh. Repeat with the other leg. Now stand up and roll them up and “seat” your bottom. Roll the rest of the body up to just under your bra line.
A bit of jiggling and jiving is always good to get them sitting right. Dance around the room a bit until you feel they are comfortable.
Now get dressed x
Spanx Higher Power New & Slimproved - The Details
Retail Price: £33.00
Slimming Strength: Firm Control
Product #: 409
Spanx Higher Power New & Slimproved - My Review
The Spanx New & Slimproved Higher Power comes in a lovely, smart blue and red box with the totally gorgeous Spanx ladies on the front.
Out of the box the Higher Power look quite small and a bit wrinkly (the ones we photographed were brand new straight from Spanx!). Please do not worry, they stretch an unbelievable amount, and the wrinkles completely vanish once on your body.
Laid flat, okay they look EVEN SMALLER. Yikes! Honestly they do stretch. The fabric is a lovely, soft hosiery type fabric which is incredibly comfy to wear. Across the front there is extra strength with a strong tummy control panel.
Down the centre is a seam. This looks quite prominent when they are off the body, but it does stretch and smooth out once it is on your body. Once on it should be almost invisible and should not interfere with your outfit. There is an almost identical one down the centre at the back too. These are the only seams on the entire garment.
The legs look REALLY narrow (the size B measures only 4 inches side to side). Again (sorry to keep on repeating myself), they stretch LOADS. They are made from a super soft double layered hosiery type fabric. The legs end in a “fold” of fabric, rather than a hem or binding. This makes them sort of taper away against your thighs and they won’t cause bulging or lines where they finish. There are no seams on the legs.
The gusset is an opening one, lined with cotton. It is a sort of flap (a bit like a mans y-front) which you open when you need the loo. It doesn’t have hooks and eyes or press studs.
The waistband looks wobbly and a bit uneven. This is intentional. It helps to fit the shape of your ribcage and stay there without any straps or silicone lining (like lots of other brands have).
The back of the Higher Power looks similar to the front, with a centre seam (very flat). It has shaping around the bottom, which helps to slim and define your bum nicely!
Pros: What I Like About The Spanx Higher Power
- They are made from the original soft hosiery type fabric.
- They are really comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
- They have a wobbly waistband that stays in place around your ribs without straps (no silicone).
- The seams give strength and they are very very flat, so once they stretch out on your body they should pretty much disappear.
- The legs are not banded or binded. They taper away and should lie completely flat against your thighs.
- They have an opening cotton gusset so you don’t need to pull them down to use the loo!
Cons: What I Don’t Like About The Spanx Higher Power
- They do look scarily small – PLEASE believe us when we say they do stretch to fit!
- The hosiery fabric can snag on nails and jewellery – a bit like thick tights do.
- Not everyone likes the Spanx double flap opening gusset (a bit like a mans y-front).
How To Put On A Pair Of Spanx Higher Power
Go to the loo first (we hate getting our Spanx on and then needing a wee!).
Make sure your body is dry. We recommend not using moisturiser as this doesn’t help getting them on.
Sit down and roll one leg up into an o-shape, like you are putting on a pair of tights. Put one foot in and work it up to your mid thighs. Repeat with the second leg. Now stand up and “seat” the bottom, so it feels comfortable and the gusset is in the right place (not sagging down!). Roll up the rest of the Spanx up your body until the wobbly waistband is sitting somewhere around your ribs. Where it sits depends on the length of your body but for most people it should be an inch or 2 below your bra. Roll down the thighs so they are sitting smoothly.
Now do a big shimmy and shake around the room. This isn’t to make you look daft, it is to get the Spanx sitting naturally and comfortably so you can wear them all night long!
Now get dressed (glass of wine optional!) x