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To Spanx Or Not To Spanx?

16641jewz8m7hr31 21 150x150 To Spanx Or Not To Spanx?
That is the question that I have been contemplating for a while now.  I mean, let’s face it, we can all use a little help every now and then.  Although, admittedly my now and thens are getting closer and closer together. That’s what a winter of indulgence will do for a gal.  However, now that spring is finally here the time has come to shed the winter attire and reach for less bulky clothing.  Of course, we all know less is more, right?  As in, I would love to wear that form fitting t-shirt dress from last summer, but would you look at that!  There is now more of me and less dress.  Sigh…
Therefore I am left with a few options:

  1. Don’t wear it, obviously.
  2. Get on the elliptical trainer every day for the next two months. (Not gonna happen.)
  3. Head to the nearest store where I can find me some Spanx and cheat my way into that dress.

I am seriously considering option 3.  I have yet to have a single Spanx experience, but I am encouraged by the rave reviews.  If celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones, Jessica Alba, Faith Hill, Beyonce and Oprah are swearing by these undergarments, then one would have to deduce that there’s something to this, no?

It’s not as if the idea of support undergarments is a new thing after all.  My 88 year old Aunt once said to me, while visiting my bedside after the birth of my daughter, “You still look pregnant, you need a girdle”.  I was mortified then, though now I see the wisdom in her words.  I wish I had taken her advice even though my daughter was born the year Spanx was created.  I was unaware that such a thing existed and was thinking no way in hell I was going to make my way to Sears and browse through the selection of girdles with all the local geriatrics.  That’s a horrible mental picture for a young woman who has just given birth.   Girdles are suppose to be uncomfortable and unsexy, at least back in Auntie’s days.  Not so, said young Sara Blakely who came up with an idea to market sleek, seamless and comfortably sexy underwear for the new millennium.  It didn’t take long for this idea to catch on and it was no time at all before Miss Oprah was touting the virtues of Sara’s wares, thus launching the Spanx empire.    Thank you Sara for making girdles sexy once again!  Guess it’s time for this girl to get her Spanx on.  I will let you know how that adventure turns out.  Maybe this can be a two-parter where I report back after the great girdle chase with a review complete with before and after pictures.  Yes? No? I’ll let you think about that one for a while.

So, one last thing that bears mentioning, whilst doing some minor research for this article, I stumbled upon the most adorable site that sells pin-up girl/burlesque style vintage lingerie.  I love, love, loved it!  Check it: http://www.dollhousebettie.com/
Ok, I think I hear my credit card calling my name.  Bye!
Image credit:  Graeme Weatherston

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  1. Honestly, I have never worn spanx before. I would be open to wearing them, but I just haven’t found a need to wear/buy them yet. I look at Spanx the same way I look at false eyelashes. If there is a need, I would be open to it.
  2. SmashingBeauty - Reply
    not really into vintage but I must admit I checked out the site and I really liked some things.
    I think that using a spanx for the right occasion is a smart thing to do :D I am all for it especially when I wear tight dresses :D don’t want no lumps
  3. Honestly, I think if I look at myself and it’s really necessary then spanx! Depends on what is being worn, first of all. I didn’t know they have a full leg one like leggings. Think that’ll be my next purchase. and THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE POST OF VINTAGE LINGERIE! Love it! <3
  4. I was not able to get a hold of Spanx here in Vancouver because it costs way more here than in the US. I have to go to Seattle one of these days. I have tried similar and every little bit helps. I’ve actually found some knock-off at a dollar store and it worked wonderfully at my husband’s company Christmas party.
  5. Yes, I too have tried knock offs from Walmart that just didn’t cut it. Winners here has a small selection of Spanx but I would have to order online for anything that I could not find there.

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