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Ive tried loads of these type of things after having my baby, i still havent got my figure back and find my stomach is very untoned, my hips too curvy and i have problems with hangover when i sit down in anything more than an elesticated waist band!
So, viewing Marks and Spencers as a quality brand, i thought i would give this one a go. The fabric feels firm and good quality which seemed positive, i chose my normal size even though the sales assistant suggested trying the size smaller than i normally would for futher 'holding in'. I took it home to try as i wanted to try it with different outfits. Once home i pulled it on - it was tight but not too hard to put on, and at first felt comfortable and seemed to hold everything in quite well. I liked the extra bits that go over your theighs and hoped that this would reduce the VPL that has occured in other sizes. So far so good. I tried a pair or trousers on which have been gettin abit tight and they fitted on nicely, so this was good. However when i bent down to pick my top up, all the problems began. The silkyness of the outside material meant my trousers slid down over my behind; no builders bum in sight admittedly but so not a good look! Second problem - the top but rolled down and didnt return to normal once i stood up. Third problem, it was so tight i felt like the middle bit round my waist was like a tight strap. Ok...so not good for bending down in. I reset it back to the right position and tried it with some leggings to check the VPL...hmm not bad, its there but probably not as bas as it is with knickers on. Next to try it to see if i could acceptably wear it for a night out... now i know its supposed to be tight but after about 40 minutes it was starting to get uncomfortable, and the rolling down was a problem. Im quite tall (5 ft 8) so often have this problem and think partly its because it doesnt sit quite as high as it would, but alot of girls and women i know are this tall and theres no option for a longer one without getting a bigger size, which then reduces its effect. Then theres the toilet thing... ok if youve got a dress on, but with a top and skirt or trousers, you virtually have to get completely undressed to go to the loo, but thats the same with all of these types of things.
The shape is nice, although if you do have a rounded tum, it can make the effect of making you look abit pregnant as it seems to compress everything into a bump shape..not great! Good on the hips and bum though, i suppose it depends just how much you have to hold in!
Conclusion: Not much different to most of the styles ive tried, and still couldnt wear it for a full night out! Mind you... im not much of a no pain no gain type of girl...
Being a middle aged mother of two does take it's toll on the midriff. So even though I'm not overweight sometimes I like a little help to smooth the lines a bit.
Top tip, make sure you buy the correct size. You can try them on at M&S over you own pants. Do that. Make sure the pants you have on are a reasonably good fit but don't hold your stomach in. If they fit well you will have less problem with roll down and VPL.
They work well at smoothing the lines and holding in the flabby bits. They are reasonably comfortable. They are advertised as high leg. It's not particularly high though, which is probably a good thing as they sit quite nicely around the hips. I like the detail around the leg. Other similar products I have bought have had a more lacy effect which I find can be irritating and can also show under very sheer material.
They go right to the bra line which helps maintain a smooth looking shape. Roll down can be a problem though, depending on what you are doing. The main disadvantage is that going to the toilet can be a time consuming affair. They don't have a hook and eye at the crotch so definitely aren't suitable for wearing under a bodice unless you want to get completely undress to go to the loo.
One dress I have tried them under I also had a problem with the fabric riding up which was a bit annoying. Maybe it was just the style or fabric of the dress. Another tip for general underwear purchase, if you are buying to go under a specific outfit, take it with you when you go to try them on. There's nothing more annoying that discovering when you get home that they won't do. At around £30 this is quite and investment in underwear and you don't want to get it wrong.
So I have hit my mid twenties, I have a sweet tooth, eat more take aways than I should , spend all day sat at a desk and do very little exercise. Naturally I have piled on a few extra pounds and gained a couple of dress sizes. As is the case for most women, my thighs, bum and stomach have bore the brunt of the extra pounds.
I recently bought a very unforgiving dress which accentuated every lump and bump. I really wanted to wear my new dress but at the same time did not want my night to be spoilt by my self consciousness. There was only one answer -control pants. After asking a few friends it was suggested I try Marks and Spencers.
I was surprised at the range available, but overall I still found the thought of them quite mortifying. I finally decided on the firm control sheer waist cincher at a cost of £19.50 for several reasons. I was initially drawn to these pants because they were high legged-I hoped this would lessen the feeling of wearing granny pants. Also, these particular pants end just below the bust line-excellent I thought for hiding the second pair of boobs I seem to be growing.
Getting these pants on was a slight struggle but also somewhat entertaining-well for my friend getting ready with me any way. I must admit once I had them on and wearing a nice bra, it didn't look so bad, almost like I was wearing a half sexy all in one. I did not feel sexy though, I felt like my ribs were being crushed. As they say though 'no pain, no gain'. Certainly everything felt as though it was tucked in so how did it look....?
I was initially pleased, don't get me wrong these pants are not miracle pants and there was still evidence of my pot belly, but it did not appear as bloated and my bum looked slightly smaller. As the night continued my patience grew thin with these pants. Not only did they make going to the toilet more difficult, they also kept rolling over at the top. Not only was this highly uncomfortable as they kept digging in my skin but they emphasised my second pair of boobs, rather than concealing them. The first time I wore these pants I hadn't eaten much throughout the day and wondered whether this had impacted my initial satisfaction so I decided to give them a go knowing that I would be dining out. Once again I found these pants kept rolling over, even more so as I spent most of the evening sat down.
On the plus side, these pants have had one positive-they have helped me reign in my sweet tooth. For me these pants were a waste of money, the results were poor and they were just too uncomfortable.
I was due to be attending a wedding and had bought a lovely shift dress to wear. My only problem was I hadn't managed to shift those few pounds I needed to if I wanted the dress to look perfect. Having dropped a bit of weight since having the kids none of my control underwear fitted so I decided to buy some new suck 'em in pants to help the cause. I didn't want to spend too much on them so plumped for Marks and Spencer Firm Control Sheer Waist Cincher despite them not getting the best reviews on M&S website. They looked the right sort of thing and came at the right price. They are advertised as high leg (although in my opinion they aren't really high leg - just normal leg) pants which come in either black or white and which extend right up to the bra line. Therefore supposedly they shape and flatten in all the right places without you ending up with bulges coming out the top! And at £19.50 they were certainly not the most expensive on the market.
Did they work? In a word - yes!!! They tucked everything in a bit, made the dress fit much better and didn't roll down at the top which some reviews seemed to suggest they would. They were comfortable to wear and didn't take ages to get on or off (which some of my control garments have done in the past!) So absolutely perfect for me although I did buy a size up which I think might have helped with comfort, non-rolling etc. My only negative point is that if you were wearing a tight dress or trousers I reckon you may well get some shocking VPL - never attractive. Overall for me a good buy but I don't think I'll ever wear them with trousers.