Maidenform Flexees Women’s Shapewear Minimizing Hi-Waist Boyshort Review: Good for Apple Shapes

Product:  Maidenform Flexees Women’s Shapewear Minimizing Hi-Waist Boyshort
Price: $13.79 on
Available Sizes: Small-XX Large
My Rating: 9/10


I needed nude-colored shapewear to go under my wedding dress. I opted not to wear a tight, corseted-style dress, and instead went with a loose-fitting empire waist a-line gown.  I wanted something underneath that was also comfortable since I was going to be in the darn thing all day.

Cat paws not included

I gave it a test run before my wedding. Wanted to make sure it wouldn’t cause anything to bulge out, or worse, roll down over my belly from where it was supposed to lie (under the bust) down to the actual underwear line (I’ve had issues with shapewear rolling down like this in the past). I was suspicious because some of the reviews I read mentioned that possibility, but luckily it didn’t happen to me. This shapewear has a rubber lining on the top band that did its job of staying attached to my body, so it could do its real job of sucking me in!

So, to spare you the down and dirty, I’ll just say that I was happy with its performance over the test run, and it didn’t disappoint me on the wedding day.

This particular style is functional and flattering for apple shapes because of the high waist. Shapewear and briefs that stop at waist level don’t work as well for us, because they don’t “include” the whole picture that is our midsections.

Our ideal shapewear stops just below the bra line and compresses our entire belly.

But what about the boyshorts?

(ps: this lady’s not an apple)

I wanted a boyshort rather than a normal bikini cut so the pantyline wouldn’t be so visible in my wedding dress.  I also wanted to minimize the chances of the lower half riding up into a lovely shapewear wedgie, which is something I’ve experienced with other shapewear in the past.  I was happy with where the boyshort fell and how it stayed put. No wedgie 🙂

I’ve worn it since with jeans and slacks, and was happy with how it felt and “performed” under the heavier material. In fact, this is kind of a rare thing for shapewear, so I should probably buy this model in a few other colors since it’s so versatile with different outfits.

Does it suck you in?

For the price point and the comfort level, I was shocked at how well this held in my tummy.  Sure, I’ve experienced more restriction and control in other shapewear, but at the cost of flub leaking out other places, or at the expense of being able to breathe.

So, this maindenform doohickey did an admirable job of smoothing my torso, which is the primary purpose of shapewear. If I’d been wearing a corset-type gown, I’d probably have gone in the direction of something more restrictive and suck-me-in.  But you can read more about my thoughts on wedding wear for apples here – corsets and corseted dresses aren’t the best idea for us.

Exceeded Expectations

Overall, I highly recommend this product for apples who want comfortable but effective casual shapewear that doesn’t roll down or bunch up into weird “wedgies”.  For all of those factors, I think it’s an excellent value for the price point.

Thoughts or questions about shapewear? Experiences with this or something like it, or something totally different? Feel free to comment and share, I look forward to hearing from you!


12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Now, you can probably tell by my name and pic that this clothing wouldn’t be directly relevant for me. But, I have many female friends and cousins who seemed to have embraced ‘waist trainers’. Corset like undergarments that leave them feeling miserable and uncomfortable and I don’t even think they have come across this as an option. I might be wrong but I’m going to bookmark this site and point them in your direction. Great post.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, and for sending the ladies in your life to Stylish Apples! I know what you mean about the waist-trainers, the steel-boned mini-corsets….they are getting more popular, but they’re also pretty unhealthy. They squish your organs, restrict circulation, and make it difficult to breathe. Spanx and shapewear are a much healthier and less restrictive alternative.

  2. Great website!
    I’m usually a pear shape, but I’m starting to add the apple on top. No fun!
    Your review definitely makes me want to go out and buy shapewear. I wish I had found that when I got married. It would have been nice to have.

    Thanks for the review


    1. Thanks for the feedback, Ellehcor! I’m glad this prompted you to look into shapewear, I always feel so much more comfortable in mine, it’s a real gift to the Apples (and apple-lites, and pear-apples!), and great that we can have that without the devastation of corsets!

  3. Hi there!

    I have always thought of shapewear as tight and restrictive. but you seemed to like the comfort level of this one. My question, though, is does it breathe? I have worn shapewear in the past that I basically had to peel off at the end of the day because I was sticky and gross from all my body heat being trapped inside. I would definitely consider it after reading your review.

    Thanks for the review and Best Wishes!

    1. Thanks for the great question. The answer is: sort of. It’s not as airtight as the kind of shapewear you’re talking about (I know what you mean), but it definitely has some sweat underneath at the end of the day. I have a hard time imagining any shapewear that completely breathes…maybe the egyptians solved that problem somehow with all their fancy linens. It would need to be some kind of completely natural fabric, or the SUPER fancy men’s underwear fabrics that wick away moisture. Sounds like someone needs to get on this issue and invent some breathable shapewear!

  4. Hi, Penelope! Nice article! Yes, anything that’s particular tight in one area can push out flesh unbecomingly in another. So, I think the best bet for beauty as well as healthy breathing, is something that gives firm – but not tight – pressure on a larger area, such as the stomach from the bra down.

    Congratulations on your wedding and glad all went well. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the feedback! It’s definitely a balance, finding just the right amount of support without the wrong amount of squeeze 🙂 And thanks, coming up on my 1 year anniversary which is hard to believe!!

  5. Great Article! To be honest I didn’t have good experiences with Hi-Waist Boy-shorts. Particularly with the roll up of the shorts when you are sitting or moving a lot. I have been looking for better alternatives but didn’t find one until now. I know the quality of this one is good but knowing your experience with it give me more confidence to buy it.

  6. Wow, great article with best product, body shapers are very god in minimizing the fat figure instantly and now a days this product is a hit. Great ideas to right about this very commonly used product , you must have a superb sense of fashion .

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