Product: Maidenform Flexees Women’s Shapewear Minimizing Hi-Waist Boyshort
Price: $13.79 on Amazon.com
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.
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?
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.
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!