Shape Shifting Skivvies

The Day That Got Away

Star Power by SPANX Tout & About High-Waisted Shaping Leggings - Macy's Image found on Polyvore
Star Power by SPANX Tout & About High-Waisted Shaping Leggings | Macy’s Image found on Polyvore

Before I launch into my shape shifting story I need to share with you a situation that happened the other day. On Monday I was so pumped to record a video showing you my 3 step daytime skincare process, and record I did however, it was after the recording when things went horribly awry.

I took such great care in planning the lighting, where I was going to set up, what I was going to say yada, yada, yada. But to my chagrin, after what seemed like hours of takes, retakes, uploads and downloads I had an awful time using the video editing software on this spiffy new computer of mine.

Don’t get me wrong I’m loving the computer (it’s a 2-in-1 laptop, tablet type device) however until I can get the newest accessibility software that enables me to see my monitor I have to use Microsoft’s built-in accessibility features grrrr. Add to it the fact that I have this annoying grey box that moves around on my external monitor because the computer and the monitor aren’t playing nice. I do have a computer guru son (this is what he does for a living) but he’s yet to put in an appearance to help his poor, old mom {this is where I get a cumulative aweeeee from my readers}. But back to the point I was making.

I do have the videos but it’s going to take some considerable editing time so that I can eventually upload to the blog. So stay tuned, if it’s the last thing I do I WILL make this happen.

Mentioning the Unmentionables

Star Power by SPANX Firm Control Power Play Open Bust Long Leg Body Shaper 2416 - Macy's Image found on Polyvore
Star Power by SPANX Firm Control Power Play Open Bust Long Leg Body Shaper 2416 | Macy’s Image found on Polyvore

Okay onto the shape shifting stuff. Back in December, right around Christmas I decided to treat myself to a bra fitting. Though some might not consider a bra fitting a treat, for me it really is the little things and when I say little I mean literally and figuratively.

So, it was off to Macy’s for my bra fitting (I had my youngest son take me because he HATES going into any women’s underwear department and I feel it is my job as a loving mom to do my utmost best to torture him whenever possible). At any rate I go to the counter and request a bra fitting and to my delight the customer service representative ask me if I want her to do the fitting or have their certified bra fitter (let’s call her Shelly) do it for me. “Why I never had a certified fitter to do my bra fitting,” I say. “Yes thank you, I’d like to go that route.”

The last time I was fitted was at a Hanes in one of our outlet malls, so I was eager to see if the fitter at Hanes was in error. You see, I disagreed with the results of my measurements and therefore came to the conclusion that the Hanes rep was wrong and I was more endowed than the results I received.

Like a puppy excitedly nipping at the heels of it’s owner, so it was with white cane in hand, I hurriedly followed Shelly, a Godsend, who would change my destiny.

I was escorted into a changing room, exchanging pleasant banter to keep my mind off baring my breasts (it’s almost like going for a mammogram and I always feel uncomfortable in these situations). Shelly explained how the fitting works and then proceeded with the measurements.

I’d love to be able to share the results with you but it’s so embarrassing I just can’t. But I can tell you that they (they being my measurements) were no different from those from the Hanes fitting and worse still, the numbers were the same that I had back in high school. I mean we’re talking training bra status here and I’m just disgusted.

“Why oh why couldn’t I have kept the bosom I had during my pregnancies?” I mean really it seems so unfair but I pull myself together, accept it for what it is, then request assistance in buying Spanx (might as well take full advantage of this fitting).

Star Power by SPANX High Waist Mid-Thigh Shaper Shapewear - Macy's Image found on Polyvore
Star Power by SPANX High Waist Mid-Thigh Shaper Shapewear | Macy’s Image found on Polyvore

After being shown several different types of shapewear I opt for a leotard type piece thinking it will definitely suck in all the stray jiggles. By the way, I know why their called Spanx because when wearing them it feels like I’m  being spanked. They work well but there’s been times when I’ve felt like I’d explode and I can’t tell you the relief it is to get out of them.

While I know of women who were shapewear all the time, I do not, and quite honestly I couldn’t even if I’d want to because I find them uncomfortable. But for those special occasions, depending on what I’m wearing, I will don them.

From panties and bras to pantyhose, and more, there are many styles of shapewear from which to choose all according to the need based upon what is being worn. For this particular jaunt I chose to go with a body shaper for slimming and smoothing the thighs and rear, accentuating the waist and to lifting the bust.

So What Are the Different Types of Shapewear?

  • Body Shapers – body suit or slip that can extend to mid/lower-thigh to flatten, squeeze and support the body by redistributing the jiggle.
  • Bust Shapers – bodysuits or camisoles that shape, smooth, lift, and support.
  • Camisoles/Tanks – slim, smooth, and accentuate the waistline; some lift and support breasts.
  • Control Panties – slim, smooth and support the tummy and rear.
  • Leggings – as the name implies, smooths, shapes, and slims from the tummy on down.
  • Slips – focus is on the tummy/waistline, hips and thighs.
  • Thigh Slimmers – flatten tummy, waistline, hips and thighs; some are high-waist
  • Waist Cinchers – slims waist and tummy.

As I was writing this post I remembered that I had a body shaper years ago that had the hook & eye closures and boning that I found really comfortable. Now that I think about it, that one was more comfortable than the ones I have today but oh well.

“We are very luck to be women, so even if we’re wearing trousers, I always wear them with some lace underwear or a very feminine bra – I like that.” ~Carine Roitfeld

 

 

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

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