Spanx is one of the greatest fashion inventions of all time. It gives women a leaner silhouette AND it eliminates VPLs, which I totally abhor.
Here's the Spanx story for those of you who haven't heard about it yet. The idea of making her own underwear came to Sara Blakely twelve years ago when she couldn't find the right underpants for her white slacks. So she cut the toes off her pantyhose and unknowingly created the first prototype of Spanx. She then invested $5,000 of her own money to further develop this prototype, and made the phenomenal move that would change her life - she sent her invention to Oprah, got featured in Oprah's Favorite Things, and the rest is history. Now celebrities from Jesicca Alba, Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian to Queen Latifah and Oprah wear Spanx. Do you get the picture?
I LOVE clothes, and I would definitely try something that can give me a better fit. I got my first set of Spanx shapewear from Rustan's early this year. I like wearing dresses, so I chose the Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise Body Smoother in black and nude. To say they are AMAZING is an understatement. These are perfect for formal wear and dresses. They banish VPLs and give my body a smoother and sleeker silhouette. Of course the butt lift is a welcome bonus. I also got the Hide and Sleek Hi-Rise Panty in nude for my dresses with shorter hemlines. I was worried I would have to sacrifice comfort for the perfect fit if I wore Spanx, but I'm happy to say I didn't have to. They're made from cool and breathable fabric that doesn't make you sweat. I don't have a problem putting them on because the silky smooth fabric just glides on your skin. Another great feature? They don't cling to my clothes.
I also got the Simplicity Girl Short for my low-rise slacks and jeans. Yup, I totally got rid of those tasteless VPLs. And need I say comfort plus butt lift again?
Now what about Visible Bra Lines or VBLs? Spanx addresses this with their Bra-llelujah, which I got in nude. I swear it eliminates VBLs and gives your upper body the smoothest silhouette ever. I wear it under fitted shirts and sheer white tops. The bonus is it's SOOO comfortable because there are no annoying clasps and wires that dig into your skin, because it's made from hosiery type fabric that just molds into the skin. I can't wear mine under sleeveless tops though, because the straps are quite thick. That's why I WANT the Sexy Sheer Back Bra under the Spanx Haute Contour line.
The only drawback I can think of for this product is the steep price tag. But to deliver high quality and comfortable shapewear I guess they'd have to invest in good materials right? In this case you get what you pay for.
Spanx is for all women AND men who love clothes, and who are smart enough to know that being well-dressed means you've got to have the bases covered.
Trust me, SPANX should be one of your closet staples.