Spanx Shapewear Guide Contents
WHAT ARE SPANX | PRICES | SIZING | STYLES | COLLECTIONS | BEST FOR | MOST POPULAR | CHEAPEST | WHERE TO BUY
Spanx must be THE most well known shapewear on the planet. They are talked about so often, both in the media (celebrities love them) and in the bathrooms of every wedding I have been to since 2001!
They were invented in 2000 by the amazing Sara Blakely, who, finding she didn’t have a pair of footless tights to wear with her outfit, cut the feet off and made them herself. She went on to launch her iconic Footless Pantyhose and then the truly amazing Power Panties.
Since the early 2000s, Spanx has grown and grown. From only having a few items in the range, Spanx now has dozens, and they are always adding more.
How Much Do Spanx Cost?
I’m going to be honest here, Spanx are reasonably pricey. Some of the ranges are REALLY expensive, but they are offset with some decently priced best sellers. The problem we have in the world of shapewear is that the decent stuff costs decent money. Of course you can buy the cheapest of cheap knock offs from China. But you really do get what you pay for – or at least I think you do.
What Are The Cheapest Spanx?
The cheapest range of Spanx is the Undie-tectable and Everyday Shaping collections. These are little pairs of knickers, thongs and boy shorts that have good control around the tummy, but don’t really slim anywhere else. They are all low waisted too, so they don’t give the greatest amount of coverage. They are pretty nice looking though and if you were to substitute them for your own normal knickers, no one would know. They are perfect if you are wanting to hold in your wobbly bits over your tummy and remain really comfortable all day.
Mid Range Priced Spanx
The Really Expensive Stuff – Is It Worth It?
How Are Spanx Sized?
In the past, Spanx sizing was one of the most confusing things ever. Some collections were sized normally, using your waist, hip and bust measurement. But the Power Series range (with Power Panties and Higher Power) were sized using a very complicated looking graph using your weight and height. Some sellers tried to help by estimating the approximate UK dress size, but this wasn’t always that accurate. I’m glad to say that Spanx have stopped this now and only use height and weight for their hosiery (which does work well).
Should I Size Up Or Down?
Lots of people ask if they should buy a size smaller in Spanx, thinking the smaller size will make them look much thinner. The answer to this though it a resounding NO! If you buy any shapewear in a size too small you will be squeezed out of the ends and feel terribly uncomfortable. Yes, parts of you will look much slimmer, but the rest of you will look pretty lumpy and unnatural.
If you are borderline sizes, always try to choose the size that gets your waist to fit best. If you are borderline sizes with your waist measurement, but the other measurements fall into the smaller size, go for the smaller size. Conversely, if you are borderline sizes with your waist, but the other measurements fall into the bigger size, go for the bigger size.
If you are in any doubt to choosing the right size I do recommend that you ask for help from the Spanx seller you are using. And do take care, some Spanx sellers don’t let you return it even if it isn’t the right size. Just check all the terms and conditions first before you buy.
What Are The Best Spanx Styles?
SPANX STYLES CONTENTS
THONGS | BRIEFS | GIRL SHORTS | MID THIGH BODY SHAPERS | BODYSUITS | SLIPS | TOPS | WAIST CINCHERS | HOSIERY | LEGGINGS | DENIM | BRAS | MATERNITY | FOR MEN
Oh my goodness me, where to start, there are so many Spanx shapewear styles. Gone are the days when we were limited to a simple body shaper. Now there is a style to suit pretty much every figure and every outfit. If you are wanting to jump to a certain style, click on the style in the list of contents above and you will be bounced down to the right bit.
Spanx Control Thongs
Spanx makes several lovely control thongs that are low waisted and medium in control. These are perfect for easy everyday wear that you can just stick on in place of your own regular thong. They give a nice bit of tummy control without being uncomfortable.
Spanx Undie-tectable Control Thong (SP0115) £24.95
Spanx Undie-tectable Lace Control Thong (SP0615) £24.95
If you are looking for a thong with a bit more oomph, Spanx do a superb high waisted, firm control one. This is perfect for wearing under really tight trousers where you know you will get VPL showing through if you wear a pair of knickers.
Spanx Suit Your Fancy High Waist Thong (product code 10196R) £58.00
These work brilliantly under really tight trousers where you know you will get VPL showing through from a pair of knickers. The Spanx Suit Your Fancy High Waist Thong (product code 10196R) is priced at £58 and the Spanx
Spanx Control Briefs
If you are looking for something with nice full bottomed coverage, have a look at some Spanx Control Briefs.
Spanx Girl Shorts
I was so pleased when Spanx started making these girl shorts. These are brilliant for wearing under very short dresses and skirts when you want more coverage than a pair of briefs (for example you think briefs might give you VPL). The legs on the girl shorts are much shorter than the normal body shaper slimming shorts and so they won’t peep under the hem of your skirt.
Spanx Mid Thigh Body Shapers
Spanx Waist Cinchers
Spanx For Men
Spanx Shapewear Collections
SPANX COLLECTIONS CONTENTS
POWER SERIES | SUIT YOUR FANCY | THINSTINCTS | ON CORE | SPOTLIGHT ON LACE | SHAPE MY DAY | MAMA SPANX | UNDIE-TECTABLE | EVERYDAY
Phew, are you still with me? This Spanx post is turning rather epic. Now onto the collections. Spanx has nearly 30 different collections under it’s belt (at the moment). They do often add things, re-name things or even take them away completely. If you bought some Spanx an absolute age ago and you are wanting to replace it like for like but can’t find it anywhere, email me and I’ll tell you what they replaced it with.