“I feel like my [fat] is sticking out so bad right now, I almost always wear [Spanx], but not tonight, and I feel it pushing out, making me look fat.”
– Katy Perry tells Us Magazine
Just so we are all clear – this is what Katy was wearing that night:
Image via Us Weekly
I went out last weekend and bought a pair of Spanx; I had to research where in the city I could find them, which wasn’t particularly difficult. I stood in the hosiery department for a good twenty minutes wide-eyed and incredibly confused. I should add that at this point I was also sweating and anxious because of all the holiday shoppers around me. In any case, I settled on what seemed like a legitimate pair – the packaging read: “whittles the middle, tames the tummy” – I think that was what I was after.
The package beckoned me from the shopping bag but at this point I was a little scared to open it; would they do anything for me? Would I see crazy different results – most of all, would my body look like Katy Perry’s without Spanx? Later in the week I found the opportunity to wear them; under a pencil skirt to an early morning meeting. At first I felt like I was trying to fit my legs and torso into a pair of jeans that were just too small – then I recognized that the purpose is to suck it all in. Sure, my little pouch was tucked in slightly but the discomfort of wearing them really taked some time to get used to. By midday I felt a little more comfortable but certainly was not keen on spending the entire day in them alas, they were off by 2PM.
So what is it about shapewear that has women crazed?
Here’s where I stop complaining and actually start defending:
You want to look amazing at special events. Isn’t that why almost every celeb you see is wearing shapewear? Naturally, there is a fine line between wanting to achieve perfection and wanting to make your outfit look the best it can! My pencil skirt looked just fine without my Spanx but as soon as I put them on, I did notice a difference and I didn’t think too much about how I looked in the skirt. I’m certainly going to wear my shapewear to all the holiday parties that I plan on attending because I won’t be self-conscious (about my outfit) when eating those extra few bites of cake.
Coco Chanel was against all the corset nonsense and ended up being the most iconic woman in fashion. So listen, if you’re not into shapewear – don’t subject yourself to the discomfort! Personally, I’m happy to have to the option but likely won’t be wearing my Spanx all the time.
Are you a fan of shapewear?
P.S. I know I should start getting some decent photos taken (the selfie-in-the-bathroom photo is just not doing it).