Body shapers and spanks are a godsend to anyone trying to slip into a favorite dress or outfit but finding it just a bit too snug. With the seemingly magical ability to slim, trim, tighten and lift—all without creating awkward or obvious lines, it’s no wonder these undergarments are a must for nearly any celebrity walking the red carpet. Thankfully, these Hollywood miracles are reasonably priced so you don’t need to be a starlet to afford one.
Finding the right body shaper or spanks
When considering what size to purchase, it’s wise to try on your normal size, along with one a size larger. Since body shapers and spanks are so constricting, it is sometimes preferable and more comfortable to go with a slightly larger option.
Another consideration when buying body shapers and spanks is color. A neutral skin tone is a good idea if this is your first set and you’d like to be able to wear it with a range of outfits. If you’d like to keep your outfit as seamless as possible, buy one the same color as the top you’ll be wearing over them—they typically are available in a wide range of options, so you shouldn’t feel limited in choice.
Caring and wearing body shapers and spanks
Like other undergarments, body shapers and spanks are considered delicates, and as such, should be treated gently. Put them on slowly to help ensure you won’t accidentally rip them. Just like with pantyhose, they can easily snag on a piece of jewelry or a long fingernail.
Give yourself time to put them on—clothing made to trim your body isn’t something you should count on throwing on quickly and running out the door. Since they are almost like a second skin, they fit as such—taut and tight. It can sometimes be helpful to lie down to pull them on, or gently shimmy them up one leg at a time. Some models include a small hole in the crotch so that you do not have to remove them once you are out, which will be much appreciated once you figure out how much sport goes into getting them on in the first place.
Baby powder can help ease your body into them if you are having trouble. If you’ve recently showered, wait until your skin is completely dry before attempting to put them on—damp skin can make the process a nightmare.
Similarly, you’ll need to take extra care when removing them. When it comes time to clean them, it is best to either hand wash them or put them in your washing machine on a gentle or delicates cycle. Ideally, you should take the time to wash them by hand, but we all know how that can go sometimes, even when you have the best intentions of doing it.
In either case, it’s advised to use gentle detergent, and if you must use the washing machine keep it on a gentle cycle After cleaning body shapers and spanks, it’s best to either lay them flat to dry on a laundry drying rack or hang them on a line. Avoid the dryer, which can cause the fabric to become misshapen and loose.
A properly fit shaper will breathe life into old clothing, or let you wear that special dress that would be just a bit too snug otherwise. While they might seem like a lot of work, once you see the slimming effects they can produce, you’ll be sold. And thankfully, they are way more comfortable than the corset and girdles of yore!