Let's just get it out there: I'm not a shrinking violet who is short and skinny. I'm not sure how people who have never met me get that idea. In fact, I'm 5'10", size 18, and proudly sport double Gs. I'm not exactly happy about any of this, but it's who I currently am. I also wear shapewear almost every day, for so many reasons:
1. I feel supported. Carrying double Gs isn't easy and I'll take all of the lift I can get. A properly fitted bra with the right shapewear can take pounds off of your appearance and help your clothes wear better.
2. I don't feel sloppy. I hate my back fat. In fact, if you poke said back fat unexpectedly, there is a 99% chance I might turn around and sock you in the kisser. It's been my gut reaction since I was 10 (which could explain why I was punished so often). When I wear shapewear, I feel pulled together and tight, not worried about my muffin top going rogue over the top of my jeans.
3. I feel confident. I stand up straighter. My clothes look better.
But bad shapewear is uncomfortable, rides up, pinches, makes it hard to breathe and makes me cranky. Sure, it needs to be constrictive, but you shouldn't feel like one of the upstairs residents at Downton Abbey. You should be comfortable. I'm not exaggerating when I say that when shapewear fits correctly, it makes even sleeping easier and more comfortable. But finding high-quality shapewear that won't break the bank can be much more difficult than you may think. If you're a plus size like me, it can be even harder.
When Jockey and super-stylist Rachel Zoe announced they were coming out with Rachel Zoe's "Major Must Haves" from Jockey, I couldn't have been more excited. When I was told they had plus sizes up to 2X I was even more excited.
I was given the opportunity to check out three pieces from the line: the Strappy Tank, the Tummy Short and the Slip Shaper. Now that I've had a chance to road test them, I will give you the lowdown on what works, what doesn't work and how to tell if it's right for you.
(The top shows the middle panel, made of thicker, waist-nipping material. The bottom shows a cotton panel.)
The Strappy Tank ($38) is a patented 3-panel design with wide straps. The top panel is mainly cotton, to accommodate the bust. The middle panel gives support and nips in your waist, all without pinching or binding. The third panel is another cotton panel that resembles a tank top. It not only gives you an hourglass shape but can also pop out of the bottom of your shirt and still look good. Because the tank is longer than most, it's not as likely to ride up. It's also made of really comfortable, non-binding material. I've worn shapewear tanks that were stronger and I've worn tanks that were not quite as strong. This one falls in the middle. It's strong enough to give some shape and support and not too strong to become annoying.
The Slip Shaper ($57) also features a cotton tank-style top that allows for comfortable bust coverage without smushing your shape. The rest of the slip is made of body-shaping magic. It hugs your curves and never rides up, giving you an attractive, smoother shape that looks wonderful in a dress. I am very self-conscious in dresses, especially those with belts. I always feel like my shape isn't hourglass enough to pull it off. However, all of my worries disappear when wearing this slip. The material feels slightly hardier than the tank material, and the wide plastic grip at the bottom means it will never ride up. And I mean never.
The Tummy Short ($32) gives nice tush lift while extending high enough on the waist to help contain that lower-belly jiggle. The entire short is made of the same slimming material as the Slip, so it holds you in and raises you up. This short works great under jeans, skirts, even loose yoga pants. Just make sure your pants are not too tight or you will be able to see a slight line where the shorts end. I find that the shorts come down only a few inches onto the thigh and only roll up over several hours of wear. Considering most shorts like this roll up within minutes, I was really pleased!
Overall, I'm really, really happy and comfortable wearing this shapewear; it helps me feel more comfortable and confident in my own skin. Rachel Zoe’s “Major Must Haves” from Jockey are available now in major retailers, Jockey outlet stores, and on Jockey.com.
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