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04-08-2010, 06:13 PM
Today I decided to buy my first support garment for my spare tire. It is the kind that just pulls on and goes around the waist from rib cage to just above the hips. It is pretty tight but I figured I will shrink into it. I decided now is a good time to get one because my stomach has became a lot softer and tends to jiggle much easier. That spare tire has always been my vice, forcing me to buy shirts that were too large just to cover it up. I realize that the over sized shirts made me look even bigger but the thought of that fat roll sticking out in plain view really bothers me. It is shrinking but just not quite fast enough :^:I tried the garment with a couple different shirts and even my children said I looked smaller. I think that was the first time they paid me any weight loss compliment ;) I do feel kind of like a sardine in a can and sitting down feels a little awkward but I think I can get used to it. I only plan to wear it with tighter shirts when I go out. I am an at home mom so most days don't give occasion to dress up.

I do feel a little embarrassed about wearing it though, almost like I am cheating. There is stigma around people wearing "girdles" and trying to pry themselves into clothes that are sizes too small. I don't think anyone can really tell I am wearing it anyway but I wonder what they would think if they did know. Are these types of garments socially acceptable :?: Do any of you wear them?


04-08-2010, 06:28 PM
Who cares if the are "socially acceptable"! If it makes you feel better about yourself, then go for it! It is your journey, your life and your feelings that matter, no one else's! :)

04-08-2010, 06:32 PM
I say do what seems good to you and not to worry what anyone else thinks. I don't usually wear anything special for support...but I have bicycling pants with a padded crotch because it can get uncomfortable otherwise after a while. They are spandex and I am sure I look a bit like Shamu when I wear them, but I'm all about comfort for exercise. I'vwe discovered that they help my middle stay in place and not be so bouncy when I am doing the walking video, so it's a lot more comfy. I wear them for that, too. Not sure if it counts.


04-08-2010, 07:23 PM
Who cares if the are "socially acceptable"! If it makes you feel better about yourself, then go for it! It is your journey, your life and your feelings that matter, no one else's! :)

That's very true ;) I am going to wear it no matter what but I was just curious how these kinds of things were viewed by society in general. I guess it is a hard question for anyone to answer anyway. I did some googling and found that spanx and other supports are quite popular so I don't feel so bad about it now lol. The one I bought is called a waist cincher.

I have issues as a result of being constantly teased about my weight as a child. I tend to over think what people think of me because I would hate to give anyone a reason to tease me now. It doesn't make sense but I know some people can relate to that :dizzy:

04-08-2010, 07:29 PM
Spanx are definitely acceptable - celebrities discuss all the time how they wear them on the red carpet and for other events. They're not something you have to "hide" anymore...even pretty thin people wear them to smooth them out under clothes.

04-08-2010, 07:35 PM
Who cares if the are "socially acceptable"! If it makes you feel better about yourself, then go for it! It is your journey, your life and your feelings that matter, no one else's! :)
Heck yes!

04-08-2010, 08:02 PM
Heck yeah I wear them, almost all the time. I've got a blob of fat above my belly button that refuses to go away, and I wear my "fat smoothers" anytime I'm wearing a shirt that would show that blob. They make me feel better in my clothes, and I don't find them uncomfortable. I mostly wear Assets, the Target version of Spanx. They're designed by the same person who designs Spanx, but they're much cheaper. I have several of the tank style camisoles in white that I wear w/ low cut shirts -- they look like regular tank tops, but minimize the blob. You might be more comfortable in something like that than your waist cincher, since they look like normal clothes. But I agree with the others--wear what makes you feel good, and don't worry about anything else.

04-08-2010, 08:11 PM
I often wear my "sucker-upper" camisoles. They just help smooth everything out and are warm too!

04-08-2010, 08:25 PM
I wear Flexees Fat Free Dressing tanks. They are AWESOME. Pulls everything all in where it needs to be without squishing the life out of me. I layer with camis to keep things from showing through my shirts anyway so they're great!

04-08-2010, 08:44 PM
I worry sometimes about what people would think if they knew I was wearing spanx under my clothes. I got hooked on them about a year ago and I seriously cannot wait for the day that I am firm enough to not need it.
It drives me crazy ... I wear them almost every day unless I'm home. But it makes me feel much better about myself in my clothes. (aside from always being a million degrees hotter than everyone else!) SO it's tough... I love and hate them!

04-08-2010, 08:52 PM
Heck yes wear it. I wear body shapers because I hate that muffin look when I wear my jeans. No one has to know and I feel better when I look good.

04-08-2010, 11:43 PM
All this stuff is underwear to me. Bra, panties, slips, camisoles, spanx, pantyhose, etc. Since when is underwear not socially acceptable?

The more dressy the outfit, the more foundation garments I'll have. It really depends more on the outfit what goes with it.


04-09-2010, 05:58 AM
I LOVE support garments! I have absolutely no shame about them, either. I don't feel like I'm cheating. They have been instrumental in making me hate my body less, because while I'm now just barely overweight, and look pretty normal, I have a couple of waist bulges and my belly still needing work (I am hoping the last chunk of weight I'm working on right now will make a difference there) and being able to smooth them out makes me feel a lot more self-confident.

I also find that support garments are no longer uncomfortable at all to me. Back when I was seriously obese, they were a misery to wear, but now, they actually feel pretty good, if only because I'm not constantly worrying about one of my little remaining fat rolls showing and spoiling the line of my clothing.

04-12-2010, 11:56 AM
Thanks again ;) I am going to wear that sucker and be proud, squished like a sardine :eek: , but proud LOL.

04-12-2010, 12:27 PM
I wear them as clothing! Not as underwear. They make some real pretty ones with lace on the bottom. Makes a really nice topper for jeans and short skirts. An added bonus........don't have to wear a bra with them!!!

04-12-2010, 12:41 PM
I have the Assets brand from Target but I have only worn them in a skirt or dress because WOW do I look lumpy in anything hanging from my waist!! I think they are just fine to wear. Dont' worry what other people think... they are probably wearing them too LOL.

04-12-2010, 02:44 PM
Add me to the list - I too wear them more often now that I am closer to goal weight. My lower abs have always been my problem area, (slight scoliosis, and a tendency to carry fat there). They are less uncomfortable now than they were when I was 164lbs. It was much harder work to squeeze into them at my heaviest.

I mean, hey, it would be nice to be someone w/no need to "smooth things out", but it would also be nice to be a billionaire - not too many of either of those, lol

04-12-2010, 04:20 PM
I have several outfits that I wouldn't even consider not wearing Spaxs with. They aren't some amazing thing that will allow me to suddenly fit into a size four...but for smoothing out those lumps and just making me feel more confident, its totally worth it and not cheating at all! Being smart about your undergarments is just a wise thing to do.

04-12-2010, 04:57 PM
Huh. I wore a corset for my wedding. That is it.

Personally, it makes me a little sad that you all need to wear support garments to feel comfortable in society. I don't say that to be mean at all, I just think it's another sad reflection of how much emphasis our society puts on looks.

Who cares if the are "socially acceptable"! If it makes you feel better about yourself, then go for it! It is your journey, your life and your feelings that matter, no one else's!

I was also surprised at the number of people who saw this as spot on and awesome. If it were true, you wouldn't feel the need to wear support garments. Obviously, you do care about what is socially acceptable (can't have muffin tops or fat rolls!) and what others think.

Hey, don't get me wrong. That is completely normal, and I think if you are more comfortable and happy with yourself in support garments, then that's what you should wear. I just wish it weren't that way. :(

EDIT: I should clarify that I was working from the assumption that you are wearing them with every day clothes for every day occasions...

04-12-2010, 06:45 PM
Well, let's see. I've lost 184 pounds. I have some loose skin issues I am trying to deal with. And while improving my health was certainly foremost in my mind when I started this project, I would be lying if I said the thought of looking better wasn't a pretty solid motivation as well. And I am totally OK with my reasons for losing weight, and equally OK with my use of support garments.

04-12-2010, 10:02 PM
I don't wear shaper garments every day because I find them very uncomfortable. But when I am wearing skirts and dresses I often wear them. I definitely get "control tops" in my panty hose and wear additional shaping garments depending on the outfit I'm wearing.

04-12-2010, 11:05 PM
If it were true, you wouldn't feel the need to wear support garments. Obviously, you do care about what is socially acceptable (can't have muffin tops or fat rolls!) and what others think.

See, I disagree with this. *I* feel better wearing Spanxs with certain outfits. Its not about how people are seeing me, but under jersey knit dresses, the jiggly bits just aren't comfortable. Jeans, dress pants, etc. don't give me that same flappy tummy apron feeling. While I know other people cannot see the issue, I feel it whenever I wear a certain outfit. I don't see it as any different from wear a bra that fits or panties that don't ride up. Clothes should make you feel confident about yourself because you like how you're looking and if a foundation garment helps, I don't see it as caving to social ideals

04-13-2010, 06:05 AM
Thanks again ;) I am going to wear that sucker and be proud, squished like a sardine :eek: , but proud LOL.

Thats funny :) :)

04-13-2010, 07:36 AM
I wear support stuff all the time. Even at 116 lbs. and being at the gym every day, I had a lower tummy pooch, so with certain clothes I would wear control-top hose or underwear with lycra.

Question for everyone, though - what garments work for you and don't make your fat stick out in other areas? I have some brief-style underwear with lycra, but they're tight at the waist and make my upper-tomach fat stick out! Maybe I should just stick to one-piece undergarments until I get closer to goal, since right now the area from under my bra through my hips is a problem...

04-13-2010, 11:05 AM
While I agree the society sometimes overemphasizes looks, I wear my underwear because I'm wearing clothes that need that kind of underwear. Casual undies for casual clothes, formal undies for formal clothes.

I don't like bra to show, so different bras for different kinds of tops that have different neck lines and sleeves/straps.

And I'm not going to bother with formal underwear if it's some summer dress thing to take my kid to the playground. Casual bra and panties is good enough there.

Question for everyone, though - what garments work for you and don't make your fat stick out in other areas?

It all depends on what the outfit is. Shaping garments aren't for "squeezing you in." They are for "smoothing the line," so if you are having excessive pooching out, I'd start at ground zero and look to checking that the shaper itself is the right size to start with.

For a sleek dress, I'd probably choose a one piece body suit so the dress line is smooth all the way through. If it's a tailored top with pants, probably could just do a tank shaper instead.

That sort of thing.


04-13-2010, 11:49 AM
I've had to re-think my shapwear. When I was younger, I was just trying to smooth out the lower tummy bulge. At 40, support needs to address the fact that gravity has pulled things down a bit, and also that skin is just not as tight as it used to be, all around. I usually just wear a shaper panty during the week, (the same ones someone else mentioned upthread, Assets, the Target Spanx line).

The author of "How To Never Look Fat" came by my city for a book signing and appearance recently, and she showed us a bunch of new Spanx items. Once I am working again, one of the first things on my list is to get some of the bike shorts Spanx. I never liked them before, as I felt they were a bit too confining, but I think for close fitting dresses I may need the additional support. Also, they provide some coverage on the upper part of the stomach too.

04-13-2010, 12:29 PM
Hate to be a party pooper but UGH, no way. I can barely stand to wear a bra (but always do). My weight is pretty firm and I haven't noticed Spanx really does much except make it harder to pee LOL. No judgments for those who like shapers, good for you if you can stand them. I wore tight clothes for years and years when I was slim, and I have vowed that when I'm thin again I will never do it. At my age it's all about comfort now (Stacey London be damned). Add very high heels to the no way, never again list too. I wear fitness pants, the low waisted ones, and t shirts most days. Fortunately I don't have a muffin top, I'm so pear shaped.

04-21-2010, 02:10 PM
I am going to buy some spanx today. I have an event to go to this weekend and I just spent a few hundred on the outfit and my rationale is, why spend that kind of money and not spend a few extra bucks to wear the right under garments? I can fit a 14, but it's a bit snug and there's some ugly dimples I want hide - I heard spanx will look after that - here's hoping :lucky:

04-21-2010, 02:54 PM
Lots of women swear by them. I wear spanx whenever I'm wearing a tight dress.

04-21-2010, 03:33 PM
Thanks again, I am feeling better about wearing it, except, after a couple day's wear I realized it is not so comfortable. This is mainly due to the fact that it is a cheaper shaper from wal-mart and the fit is probably not quite right. I am going to save it for special occasions like a get together coming up in March. That way I can buy an outfit slightly smaller with a chance that I will get to wear it more than once before it becomes too big ;)

Arctic Mama
04-21-2010, 05:56 PM
I used to wear bodysuits exclusively, but stopped after my first pregnancy. You can bet I still have one for the occasional dress that shows every lumpy bump. I imagine I will still wear at least control-top panties down the road another 50 pounds with particular garments.

There's no shame, it's YOUR body! Women have been using garments to control their shape for centuries, and it means nothing negative! If you feel more secure that way, go for it! I always did :)

04-24-2010, 07:21 PM
I haven't read through all the posts here (keeping one eye on my toddler) but I recently read the book, "How to Never Look Fat Again" and she says everyone, no matter their size, MUST have a body shaper in their wardrobe. She prefers something that comes right up under the breasts and down over the thighs to mid thigh.

04-24-2010, 07:31 PM
I have a Body Magic by Ardyss ... I think that's the name.