A few weeks ago, I went holiday dress shopping with my mom. I finally found the perfect little black dress I had been dreaming of all my life. It looked perfect on me. At least, I thought it did until I heard my mom utter the sentence “You’re going to need to wear Spanx underneath that.” Was my mom calling me fat?
Now I know I’m not the tiniest girl in the world, but to me, shapewear was something that was reserved solely for moms and women over the age of 35 to keep things in place once they’ve started to lose their shape. I never imagined a world where I would need to own a pair of Spanx before I even owned my own place. I convinced myself that maybe it was just the dress that wasn’t falling right, and so I tried on every other dress the store had to offer before realizing that the original dress I had chosen still looked the best on me, even though (in my interpretation of my mom’s words) it still needed some work before it was perfect.
Self-conscious but not totally scarred, I went home and tried the dress on with some shapewear that my mom had in her room but never wore. Trying to put it on was like trying to fit into a wet bathing suit that’s one size too small, yet I somehow managed to wrangle it up and onto my body. I slipped the dress on over it and stepped in front of the mirror. “HOLY CRAP!” were the only words I was able to muster. The Spanx did in fact make my dress look even more awesome. My initial instinct was to assume that I was in fact “fat” if I needed shapewear to make my body look awesome, but then I realized: my Spanx were just doing their job.
If you’re young and stubborn like me, then you might need some more convincing:
- Shapewear is designed to make everyone look awesome. Wondering how Mariah Carey still looks so great after giving birth to twins? Well lots of dancing, I’m assuming, but also Spanx. Whether you’re curvy or petite (or in my case, both), if you have more than 2% body fat, Spanx will smooth out all of your lovely lady lumps and help you embrace your true shape.
- Shapewear do the work for you. If I’m wearing something clingy, I always find myself holding my stomach in or being conscious of how I stand/sit. With Spanx, I don’t have to. They keep everything exactly where it should be at all times.
- Shapewear just makes you feel classier. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel even more fancy when I’m all Spanx’d up under my dress. It’s clearly the secret of the stars. Adversely though, shapwear will not make you feel quite as classy when your boyfriend tries to rip you out of that dress and then has to take an extra 10 minutes to wiggle you out of your Spanx. This is just a problem that we, as women, must face with grace and poise.