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NOW CLOSED M&S shapewear testers review thread

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Jun-12 15:06:26

This thread is for the members of the M&S Mumsnet panel who have been trying out M&S shapewear.

We've posted some feedback questions below to get you started but please feel free to add any other comments you have. Everyone who adds their feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 M&S giftcard.

Please remember to include details of which shapewear item(s) you bought with your £30 voucher in your response.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!
MNHQ

JustFab Wed 06-Jun-12 15:23:11

Just typed out a long post and it has gone so not happy. Tech sort it out!

I have spent my gift card on 2 items. these in pink and these in nude.

I haven't worn them yet as waiting for AF and don't want them ruined.

Other reviews wanted as follows -

The member of staff who I asked for help was so friendly, kind and knowledgable I wonder if she is aware of this test as generally the staff there are pretty dismissive and are great at making you feel stupid if you aren't sure what you need.

I was very impressed with the number of items in the range. I never expected there to be so many. The stock was messed up in places with different items on one hook but I know that is often down to the customers.

I thought he colour choces were okay if predictable but a navy and deep red would be nice.

I spent £37 buying both items but paid £32 as I had a £5 voucher from the paper. I spent the remainder in the food hall. I would say they are good value for money if they do what they say they will.

these in pink

the ones listed above as in pink were actually bought in nude.

JustFab Wed 06-Jun-12 15:23:53

Links on previous thread. Can not do them again!

MrsTrellisOfSouthWales Wed 06-Jun-12 15:28:23

Q1. Yes, and the website was reasonably good for finding out about what was available. In store, it was very difficult - I couldn't even find the control vests amongst the other vests.

Q2. Both. I prefer online because the store seems so disorganised.

Q3. There was no availability for anything online when I looked. So I had to go to the store, and even then there was only 1 pair of pants there in a 14.

Q4. I bought one pair of pants for £35. ONE PAIR FOR THIRTY FIVE OF YOUR BRITISH POUNDS <faints> I wanted the £15 shorts, there was none available.

Q5. I am reasonably satisfied once I forget the cost of one pair of pants but I am disappointed with the top of the control pants, it's similar sticky elastic to hold up stockings, except more uncomfortable and not as efficient.

Q6. If everything that's on the website was in stock, it'd be fine. Personally I prefer the mesh control vests (not secret support) - a mesh control vest with built in underwire/decent support bra top would be fantastic.

Q7. I can't even imagine it coming up in conversation wink

AmazingDisgrace Wed 06-Jun-12 15:47:03

1. I've bought some firm control knickers from the M+S shapewear range before, uncomfortable things they were too! It was very easy to search for Shapewear on the website and everything I thought would be there was.

2. I prefer online, I can't bear shopping instore anywhere unless I absolutely have to. The crowds put me off and having to look for things I find much harder instore than online.

3. Stock availability seemed fine for my sizes, I would like to see more in terms of styles for the secret support camisoles, the one they have may be perfect for smaller cup sizes but sizing it up hasn't worked( see Q5) I was able to get everything in my size.

The colour choices are very limited too, really not enough choice. I too would like to see a navy, red and well just more options really!

4. I think overall the range as a whole was OK value for money but not great, the camisole especially is almost identical to one in Primark in terms of quality but is £10 more expensive.

5. : I got the secret support camisole topwww.marksandspencer.com/Secret-Support-Cotton-Rich-DD-G/dp/B0041ENVRA?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_22&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-22&qid=1338993194 and the light control shorts type knickers www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Light-Control-Cotton-Shorts/dp/B0037GGRZQ?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1 The knickers are great, really comfy and do what they're meant to.

The camisole is a huge disappointment. The quality isn't great: the stitching across the front top bit is making that seam twist also its cut really low around the armpit which makes the whole thing lose its support. This probably wouldn't be a problem for smaller bra sizes but for the large of nork results in a bit of unsightly overhang.

6. They really need to look at the larger cup sizes and adjust the fit and styling of things, we need better support and better side support than the range currently seems to have. It seems if they've just sized up without considering this. The range seems quite broad in general in terms of all the different products. I'd maybe consider John Lewis as an alternative retailer, they are certainly better at bra fitting so I trust them already for lingerie.

7. I would if the friend is after knickers or tights etc, I could only recommend the top to someone with a C cup or less.

babster Wed 06-Jun-12 15:56:57

Q1. I haven't bought Shapewear before. I shopped online - it was easy enough to filter for Shapewear and I was impressed how many products there were.

Q2. I shopped online as I can't get to the shops in the week, and didn't want to drag my children round in half-term. The sizing in M&S underwear is pretty reliable so I wasn't too worried about trying stuff on.

Q3. Yes, I found everything I wanted. I wanted knickers and there was plenty of choice and in the colours I wanted.

Q4. Yes, I got a huge amount for my £35!

Q5. Very pleased. The shorts are comfy and are great with trousers, the bigger mummy pant things flatten everything nicely, and the lacy light control knicks are pretty and just great everyday pants!

Q6. Maybe some red garments? I wasn't sure about the camisoles as I wasn't sure if they would flatten everything, whereas I could do with some uplift in the norkage area! If I wanted good quality underwear I'd go to M&S or John Lewis.

Q7. Yes, I liked the colours, quality and choice of styles. Thanks for picking me for this trial!

Firawla Wed 06-Jun-12 15:59:19

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

no ive never bought it before. i looked on the website and it seemed to be fairly self explanatory and a fair range of things available. i got ultimate magic waist and thigh cincher, which is pretty much the kind of thing i was thinking of spending the voucher on

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

i got it online, was thinking of going in to store but normally i find theres always more online in terms of different items, sizes, and everything else so its just easier! so i thought why waste a trip to the store when ill most likely have to come back and order online anyway.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

yes there seemed plenty of choice of styles and sizes available on the website

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

what i got was 35 pounds, but there was a code LINGERIE for 5 quid off, so it came down to 30 quid and free delivery on the website for jubilee weekend, so i felt it was fair value as i did get those 2 offers on it. i think shapewear does not tend to be any cheaper than that in other shops ive seen in the past, so wouldnt say its too expensive

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

its not arrived yet, i just got a red card thru the door so must have missed it. i will come back and give feedback once its redelivered on friday and i tried the item

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

theres not much in the way of corset type stuff, i could only see one and it does not look nice - quite grannified. i would say all of it looks very functional and not that "nice" but i suppose that is the case with most shapewear really

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

will come back and answer this one once ive tried it. if it does work and gives a smoother and thinner looking shape then yeh i would

PrincessPinotPartyPants Wed 06-Jun-12 16:00:34

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? This was my first time. I popped my shapewear M&S cherry wink I knew what I wanted and I found it v easily - on the first page online!

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? Online. Shopping instore is 'orrible. V embarrassing rifling through knickers in public.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? I thought there was loads of choice available but some were sold out. Actuallu heard a few complaints of stock being sold out.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Fantastic VFM. It's super quality and it's washed nicely too. I guess the proof will be when it's been washed/worn a few times but I was v impressed.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I love my item. I bought this and it stayed firmly 'up' round my ribcage without rolling down, which was my main concern. The best bit was that the legs are sort of tapered in their 'strength' so you don't get a bulge when they end.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? I would like to see the nude version in shades of colour so it's not just white skinned people that can have blended underwear. Pretty poor show in that respect. It's 2012, M&S...

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I would. I'm very pleasantly surprised how well it smooths and how well it stayed up. I'd recommend for sure.

TimeForMeAndDD Wed 06-Jun-12 16:01:27

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I haven't bought Shapewear from M&S before. This was my first time. Before I received the voucher I initially investigated what was available online. When I looked in store I found very little available. I did eventually find what I had in mind but could only find the items online and also had to settle for what was available as everything I chose seemed to be out of stock.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped online as the only items available in my local store were control briefs. I do prefer to buy items such as Shapewear in store as I like to look at quality and sizing.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I felt limited in my choices. I wanted a Shapewear body but my cup size (F) was not available. I found a body without cups but when I tried to order this was out of stock. In the end I had to order a more lightweight body which I could wear with a bra. The colours available were limited to black or nude. I tried to order a number of different items but stock availability of my size was poor. I didn't have a lot of choice and was forced to go with what was available.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Although I was unable to get exactly what I wanted to do love the bodies I purchased and yes, I do think they are excellent value for money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would like to see more colours/a more attractive range. I realise the nude colour is practical but it isn't very attractive. I know Shapewear isn't generally attractive but I think it could be made more so. The bodies I purchased are beautiful and look gorgeous on, they don't look like Shapewear at all, with very attractive lace panels. It would be nice to see more feminine styling so we don't feel the need to whip it off in the loo before getting undressed, iyswim wink

I love the skirt slip but sadly it was out of stock so I couldn't buy it. It appears only to be available in nude, I would like to see it available in black and white also. I would also like to see the cupped bodies available in larger cup sizes.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend the bodies I purchased, they are pretty while being supportive and very comfortable to wear. I would recommend M&S Shapewear but I was disappointed that much of what I wanted to order was out of stock.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to test the items, it has been a pleasure smile

I went into Glasgow Argyle Street branch. I found the shapewear section no problem. I was looking at control slips as I have lost a lot of weight (and still have a few stone to go) after surgery and suffer with excess skin/flab all over my abdominal area and any other item would result in overspill from one area or another. I asked a member of staff what size the strappy slip went up to. She didn't know but helped me look til we found out. In the end I didn't buy the strappy one, but the vest style straps one, in black for 27.50. I thought it was expensive, as I've bought similar from places like primark and matalan for less. It doesn't give the most firm support of all I've tried but it holds me a bit and is very comfortable. There was a good range of sizes in stock, I took various style slips in size 22 to the fitting room as a starting point but it didn't pull me in at all. I asked a fitting room assistant to see if she could get me an 18 or 20, she brought both and I bought the 18. I would recommend the shapewear but caution that its a wee bit pricey.

I bought the light control floral bandeau body and the 2 pack of firm control knickers

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

A - I have never bought shapewear before. It was easy to find what I was looking for on the M&S website.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

A - I prefer to shop online as my local M&S does not carry the full range of stock.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

A- As I was looking for a body in nude, I had no difficulty in finding my size and colour. Stock was available in my size.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

A - The body was expensive at £28, so not good value for money. The pants were 2 pairs for £10 and are excellent value.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

A -I was very satisfied with the firm control pants, they were comfortable and held in my tummy, they have also washed very well. I was less satisfied with the body. It looked great on, held in and uplifted as it should but the gusset poppers face inwards and it felt like a label had been left in. The body, at the section between it and the bra straps also dug into my back.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

A -The range could be improved by lowering the prices. I last bought shapewear from Debenhams and would do so again.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

A -I would recommend the pants but the range is too expensive.

EauRouge Wed 06-Jun-12 16:15:22

Crikey, I haven't had chance to go into M&S yet, when's the deadline?

Not answering questions yet as I haven't bought anything yet!

Went into my main store to have a look around and saw a couple of things that looked interesting, but were OOS in my size so decided to order online and get it delivered to the store (there's a good online deal atm too!) Unfortunately I can't spot what I was looking at in store on the website (might just be because photos just look different enough to throw me off) and most of what I can see on the website is OOS in my size... I'm not having much luck! I shall go back into the store on Monday after work and get something, I promise smile

ProfCoxWouldGetIt Wed 06-Jun-12 16:41:29

I bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher (£35)

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I have never bought shapewear from M&S before but I have worn various other “control” underwear from other brands. I thought the range was really good, and I was impressed that there was a selection of pretty items as well as the standard black and nude colours

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I looked online but then bought in store as I wanted to try items on to check that they fitted, actually held my belly in etc.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
The store (Reading High Street) had a decent selection of the range and a good selection of sizes, although there were a lot more sizes available in sizes 16+, but I suspect it’s just a case of the more popular sizes selling out faster.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
I must admit I was shocked at the £35 price tag for a pair of big pants, and if it hadn’t been for the voucher I would not have spent that much, that said…. I am actually going to see if they do them in a nude or white and order another pair as I really like them.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I really liked the pants I bought, and would be wearing them today if I hadn’t noticed that there was a hole in the stitching on one of the legs (I swapped the pair I tried on as it had no price tag attached to it), I will be attempting to exchange them tomorrow and hope that they will swap them out for a pair that has been finished correctly.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I had originally wanted one of the body’s as I thought they looked quite pretty – my problem was that having a very long back none of the bodies fitted me (even using the longer setting of fastners) so if I had chosen to go with one of those, I would have either ended up with it all bunched up in wedgie fashion, or with the cups sitting about my lower rib cage – any chance of doing a tall size???? I will definitely buy more of the pants – if they exchange my current defected pair

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Definitely! It sucks my tummy in without being uncomfortable; I have worn waist cinchers with “boning” in, that stick into your rib cage or hip bones, I just hope that the quality issue is a one off and not indicative of the entire range.

mumah Wed 06-Jun-12 16:45:00

Q1. No, this was the first time I had bought any Shapewear from M&S. I had only purchased once before and that was from House of Fraser. I first did my research online and found lots of tools to help me pick. I then purchased in store so I could get a better grips at what the sizes looked like.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Both. If not for the test purposes I probably would have just purchased online as it was much more convenient. There was also much more aids available online with videos, size charts etc that I may have been too embarrassed to ask about in store.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? I think the choice is fantastic although I was a little disappointed in some of the size limits. I was really looking for some shapewear that was pretty/elegant. There were two gorgeous bodies with details and patterns however these only went up to a D cup. As a 34E, I was sad that I couldn't go for these and only had what I deemed a little frumpy bodies in my choices.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? I ended up buying the Magic Ultimate Waist and Thigh Cincher after not finding what I wanted in the bodies. I think it was great value for money and would have been even more so had I purchased it online with the current promotion.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? I was really happy with my choice. It did exactly what it promised and infact I would not have worn the outfit I had chosen for a special occasion without it. It smoothed my hips and thighs perfectly. Also the material was lovely to the touch.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Larger cup sizes in some of the more feminine/younger designs. I would definitely buy from M&S shapewear again as the quality of my product was great.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? Absolutely, I would probably only recommend the one I have experience of but would do so without thinking twice.

FartBlossom Wed 06-Jun-12 16:49:33

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
No I have never bought any shapewear before. I enjoyed looking on-line and had a few ideas of what to get.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Instore. I never buy clothes online, I prefer to have them to hold straight away rather than rely on pictures Even though I did look online before I went to buy anything

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
The M&S near me is fairly small so there wasn't a huge selection, but there was a selection for different areas of the body to shape (ie thigh slimmer, waist clincher etc) I did have a choice of items that would fit me though.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Yes, they were well made and did the job.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
It smoothed me out and made me less wobbly, though I found it was a bit uncomfortable so wouldn't use it for everyday use, just those special occasions.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I would have a look round, but only because I do like to buy the cheapest option available at the time. I certainly wouldnt dismiss M&S, though I do think for me Id only ever have one or two items in my possession as they would only come out on very special occassions.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would as it does the job.

AnyoneForTennis Wed 06-Jun-12 17:37:46

1) very easy to find, And the explanations for each garment were clear

2)shopped online using ( I think) a mobile app as did it all on my iPod touch!

nothingtodotoday Wed 06-Jun-12 17:53:09

Q1.
Yes I have purchsed before, the online site had plenty of information and the customer reviews were helpful. Yes, I found what I had in mind very easily.

Q2. I purchased online as I don't live near a shop...but it is good to buy onlone as items can be tried on with the dress you want to wear.

Q3.
There was plenty of stock when I ordered and I found a good selection in my size nad requirements (colour etc).

Q4.
Yes they are good value. The firm control pants at 2 for £9.50 are good and the waist clincher was a bit expensive but very fit for purpose.

Q5.
I like them all, although waht si containes does "bulge out" at the edges of the shapewear so you have to be careful what you choose for each outfit.

Q6. Yes I would but again, natural is the best dolour

Q7.
Yes I would, and already have, recommended items as I feel they are good value and comnfortable.

DameHermione Wed 06-Jun-12 17:57:36

I went today to do my shapewear shopping and left my voucher st home so will have to go at the weekend.

lubeybooby Wed 06-Jun-12 18:02:59

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought shapewear from M&S years ago. The item I originally wanted wasn't in stock, but it was easy to find other things online

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I tried a store first then online. Online was easier

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was lots of choice in theory but stocks were very low. I did eventually find something suitable in a size smaller than I am (a 14 and I'm a 16)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I thought it was very good value. I bought the black waist nipper knickers

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I'm very satisfied, it gives me a great shape and great waist and really smooths everything out, fabulous.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Stock more of them, and maybe make those waist nipper knickers just slightly higher waisted so they reach right under boobs.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I absolutely would, I'm very impressed and going to buy the bodyshaper next (the all in one swimsuit style one except lingerie, if that makes sense....)

Piffpaffpoff Wed 06-Jun-12 18:20:35

1. Not bought before. Very easy to look through the range online and decide which item was the one I needed.

2. Instore. I would always buy items like this instore because I might want to try on two or three garment, possibly in different sizes, to get the best fit.

3. Yes, lots of sizes available and I got what I wanted no problem

4. I bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher and it was £35 which I wouldn't have bought if I had been spending my own money. It seems a lot.

5. It's amazing! I am an apple shape and always, always have a muffin top with jeans. Not any more! It's really comfy to wear and really does smooth out lumps and bumps. I can't recommend it highly enough.

6. I could do with a version of the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher without the thigh smoothing bit. My legs are fine it's just the waist bit I need help with. I would probably look at the Spanx range as well if looking for another item.

7. I already have! Mainly because of the excellent results.

hopeful3 Wed 06-Jun-12 18:26:32

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No, this was my first time. There was very little in my small local store so I had to go to a larger one some way away. There were lots of control ranges in the larger store I went to and it took a while to spot the Shapewear range.

The shop assistant I spoke to was very friendy and helpful, knew what the available products and colours were and showed me some of the other control ranges for a contrast.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

In store. Onlline might be better, more anonymous, but being able to see and check the items was helpful.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I was disappointed that most items were only available in nude/beige and would have preferred more black, white and other actual colours. The range in store was a moulded body, a slip and knickers, which was a bit limited. Not all sizes were available.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I'm not sure that £29.50 for a stomach and waist shaper was great value, even though it worked well and was good quality, so it should last well.nI also bought a £22.50 less firm stomach and waist shaper that was OK but didn't work as well. The body was £37 soo I didn't get that, and the slip was over £20.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I'm impressed by how well it worked, it reduced my waist and stomach by 1-2 inches and I looked better in clothes, which was good. However, the nude colour was visible through my finer black trousers and skirts.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Perhaps have more colours and also bigger cup sizes for the bodies.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would if they mentioned they were looking for a stomach and waist trimming garment.

5inthebed Wed 06-Jun-12 18:38:08

I bought these and these. I also got £5 off at the till courtesy of the lady who served me so I bought some cake blush. probably why I need shapewear.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I bought some shapewear 7ish years ago for a wedding I was going to, and having had a baby not long before, they certainly did the trick still have them now
I did all my investigating online, looking at what I possibly wanted. Was very easy to see what was on offer.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I browsed online before I decided what I wanted then went instore to buy what I wanted. I prefer buying instore so I can feel the material and check size etc.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There is quite a wide selection both online and in store. Although I knew what I wanted I found the stock in store a bit all over the place, some items placed next to others on the rails so had to sort through a few things. But they did have my size in both items so was happy enough with that.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Definitely. The waist sculpt knickers are well worth the money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I wore the waist scult knickers under an outfit for a night out and felt much more slinkier. They were very comfortable, much more than what I was expecting. They were also easy to pull up/down after a few bottles glasses of wine.
The light control shorts are very comfortable and have worn them with jeans. Very snug and comfortable and the material is very soft. Almost felt like I wasn't wearing any underwear.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

The selection is fine as it is, perhaps larger size bust in the full body ones.
I have tried cheaper shapewear from another high street shop and it does not match the quality of M&S. Would use M&S again.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, definitely.

poorbuthappy Wed 06-Jun-12 18:45:04

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I bought 1 pair of control pants many years ago. They are so uncomfortable I only wear them to very very very special occasions, approx once a year so they are still going strong. Cut me at the waist and at the top of the legs.
Yep, quite easy, all the information was online!

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I didn't even look in my local store for items as I knew they wouldn't carry anywhere near the full range so I bought online instead.
Usually I buy stuff like this in the shops to make sure about quality fit etc, but felt I had no choice really.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
Stock availability was ok in that eventually I managed to buy 3 items. However there were a fair few items I would have bought first.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
To be honest I was quite surprised at the cost of these items. I used the promo code for £5 off and also got the underwear delivered to my local store so I didn't have to spend money on delivery.
I worked very hard to spend the £35 exactly and it took me ages. I suppose really i was a bit narked with how difficult it was. When you do a product test you don't expect to have to bump up the money to enable you to get a good range of products.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I bought 3 items:
Light control pants in nude (the ones with the liney bits on the side) and I wore them to Coldplay at the Emirates on Monday night. Fair play I am impressed with them. They made me feel a lot tidier round the middle (once I had pulled them up enough!) and they were comfy too.
Secret support cami in black: haven't wore this yet, I'm a big girl (34G) so wonder exactly how supportive it will be!
Waist clincher lacy cami in nude: bought it in a 14, can only just get it over my large norks, and keep getting stuck in it! Same old, same old, a woman with g cup boobs could never be a 14 could she??

To be honest though I am currently struggling to work out where I am going to wear the 2 camis. I will come up with something, but I am secretly wishing I had bought more pants. Although prob couldn't have bought all pants without either leaving money on the gift card, or paying something myself.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

For some reason when I think about underwear like this I automatically think of M&S. However that is no reason to get complacent. There is just something about this type of product which never quite works how you think it will! And also, the prices of the some of the items are ridiculous.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes to the pants, possibly not anything else.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

scubagoose Wed 06-Jun-12 18:55:35

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I havent had shapewear before but always fancied a pair of the spanx type shorts for under slinky dresses. I looked online and watched the online advice video which was informative. but then when I went to buy online EVERYTHING I chose was out of stock in my size.. I eventually found 1 Qty Body Solutions Cupless Panelled Slip when the item came it was exactly what I wanted... until I tried it on under my slinky dress.. then I could see all the seams from the slip which completely defeated the objet. it is going back.

my local store only stocks clothes for old ladies. I tried to return it instore today but the first time there was a long queue and when I went back later there was no one at the order/customer service till so I still have it. I think I will have to travel up to Bluewater or Hemstead vally to take it back and choose soemthing else so a bit disappointed at the moment.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I chose to shop online because our local store stocks so little.. also they look a bit frumpy so prefere to buy online.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
as I have said the availability for me size 12 was shocking with nearly everything out of stock. if it had been in stock there is pleanty of choice

mum2supercharlie Wed 06-Jun-12 22:54:30

Ordered mine online this evening as I haven't been able to get into town and I didn't want to let the mn side down! I opted for store collection which is free (dh works in town, I hope the packaging is discreet!) and I used the code for £5 off when ordering over £30 of lingerie. Thank you M&S. I have ordered three items. I have used their shapewear 60 denier tights £6 before and I love them, they are a really nice black and thickness for the office in Autumn/Winter and I can recommend they do flatter the tummy area if you have minor toning issues. Trying to remember what that was like being post baby by 5 months and still not as trim as I should be! (But comfortable!)

DeeZaster Thu 07-Jun-12 08:36:15

Q1. I have never purchased any of the range before the product test, I looked at the range online and got a good understanding of what was available, and what each piece was for, I did see something online that I felt was for me.

Q2. Both, after looking online, I went to the local store, the item I was looking for was not available in store.

Q3. The stock in store was quite poor, only a few items were available, but I did question a member of staff and she told me they could order in what I wanted, after looking at what was available, I decided to go for something different anyway. What was available had a good range of sizes.

Q4. The items I bought are very good quality, and good value for money, they wash and wear well and do what it says on the tin.

Q5. I am very satisfied with my purchases, they fit nicely and feel like great quality, would have been nice to have more choice in store.

Q6. I think as I have said before, more stock in store would be great, I asked a member of staff about the fit, she said most people buy a size bigger!! I decided to go with my own size and its perfect, maybe that needs looking into. If I am looking for shapewear in the future, I would buy again from M&S but probably online.

Q7. Yes, I already have, my daughter is getting married and has been looking, so I recommended the brand, the fit and the quality and she is very impressed.

PuzzleRocks Thu 07-Jun-12 09:11:30

I wanted the “waist sculpt firm control bonded knickers” but couldn’t find in-store or online so went for “light control secret slimming bonded thigh slimmer” and “light control floral lace bandeau knickers”.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Never, I am a size 8 so not the typical demographic but despite being relatively slim my stomach and bottom are not what they were pre children. I don’t want to look slimmer but I definitely want a smoother silhouette. It was very easy to find out about the different items available. I have always thought the M&S website better than most retailer websites. It is easy to navigate and search by a number of criteria. More often than not the products I want have user reviews. I did find what I was looking for and was pleasantly surprised to see how much was available in a size 8. I find that most retailers assume a smaller person wouldn’t need this sort of underwear but slim does not always mean toned. There are even a few items in size 6.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I had a good look online as this is how I prefer to show. I was hoping to take advantage of the “lingerie” £5 off plus free store delivery. They didn’t have what I wanted though and I am terribly impatient so I went instore the same day. I deally I would have used online shopping. I don’t find the M&S store layout very inspiring and there were two other women there labouring over their choices (mumsnetters?) No staff were visible but then I probably would feel a little embarrassed anyway.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

As I said I could not find what I originally wanted but then I only gave it a day. If I can’t find it immediately I will usually go elsewhere. Online stock levels look poor for the items I was viewing. Other retailers will give you an idea of when items will be back in stock, why not M&S?

Colours were pretty dull, either black, white or nude. Granted some of them items were not exactly underwear you want to parade around in but other pieces were quite pretty. A bit of colour might make them feel less functional.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I was happy with the results but they didn’t transform me into Heidi Klum and for that price I want a little more. I may buy some of the £9.50 2 pack pants in the future but I doubt I would spend upwards of £30 on just one item.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I thought the thigh control were soft and light, no problems with breathability. They contoured me as I was expecting but the bottom of the legs did not quite cling.
The knickers were perfect.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Better range of colours and some sexier pieces so I don’t feel quite so much like I am wearing my functional pants. Extend the swimwear range.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I absolutely would. There is room for improvement in the range but on the whole the items do what they purport to and there is a large range to choose from.

AvocadoAndFitch Thu 07-Jun-12 09:21:56

Thanks FOr letting me test for this, I brought Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher in black (wanted nude colour but not instock) size 12 £35

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? No not M&S
When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available?
Not the easiest, struggled to find it using the mobile website and when on the PC version I still struggled to find it in the drop down menus and work our what was shapewear and what wasn't
Did you find what you had in mind? Not really I wanted to be transformed into a size 8, that didn't happen. I was wanting something more supportive.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I looked for shapewear instore, It wasn't easy to distinguish what was shapewear and what wasn't. It was only through seeing it online that I could pick it out. I brought online in the end. Long queue at the checkouts and no offer of help from assistants meant I left it to do at home when DC are in bed.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not?
Personally I would have prefered a White option. nude was out of stock or I would have gone for that. I would have also liked it to have been jjust above the knee length rather than mid thigh, just feels a bit odd.
How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Not great considering I'm average sized I would normally expect more of the range to be available in my size. I wouldn't have normally brought it because white or nude colour wasn't available.
Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? yes ish, it was on my list of things I wanted but would have prefered others had they been in my size. Also would have been keener if it wasn't black.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Not really £35 plus postage would have sent it out of my price range. It's not an everyday item so I just couldn't of justified the price. If it was £25ish to go under a dress for a special occasion then I may have brought it.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
Item not as supportive as I expected, disappointed by lack of care/attention of staff at the branch I visited, I would of appreciated some assistance but its not something you can just go up and ask advice for. I would need them to make themselves known and then I would have asked. I was pleased with the speed of delivery.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I didn't really feel much different from wearing it, nothing like the woman pictured on the web. I would have liked a swimsuit range, thats something I would really go for.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Possibily for a special occasion.

HRHexGirl Thu 07-Jun-12 09:35:37

This is what I bought so a bit over the voucher value:

www.marksandspencer.com/Gorgeous-Waist-Sculpt-Control-Underwired/dp/B0035RS4X0?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_4&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-4&qid=1339056928&pf_rd_r=0JMVVYW7H3WVVS3J4J0K&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43270030&pf_rd_p=215570647&pf_rd_s=related-items-3

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

This is the first time I've bought from the range. If I'm honest, the range looked more glamourous online than it did in reality in the shops so I was a little disappointed. Ideally, I wanted knickers and a bra but, as far as I could see, there weren't any bras to match knickers. Usually I'm a bit of a stickler for matching knickers and bras and couldn't find any nude bras that were a colour match for the knickers. It would have been nice to include some of the shapewear into wider ranges so you had a choice of co-ordinating bras. This is why I went for the body which I don't normally go for.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I had an initial look online to see what would interest but then bought in-store. Whilst I buy a lot online, I think it's really difficult to see the cut and potential fit of underwear so prefer to buy in-store.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? It was a little muddled up when I went in. There were a lot of knickers and it was kind of difficult to see what the actual difference was between them all. I probably should have asked for help but was trying to keep DS under control as well and stop him from manhandling and talking to the mannequins at the same time!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I did feel it was quite expensive but having only worn it today for the first time, I will wait and see how it wears and washes. At the moment it is comfortable on but a full day at work and a job interview will see if it meets the standard!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

At the moment it is comfortable but I'm honestly not sure if it is really doing much to "shape" me. It is certainly giving me a smooth line under my dress. I guess I expected, for firm control, for it to be a bit more structured. I am certainly sitting more straight but that could be psychogical. I also seem to need to go to the loo more but again that could be down to nerves about the job interview or psychological! I think I will have to wear it a few more times under different items of clothing (I live in dresses for work) to see if it visibly makes a difference to how I look and the fit of my clothes.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

It would have been lovely to have more co-ordinated/ colour matching items so you could mix and match. I tried to get the vintage style knickers and the bra but these weren't available. A bit of old school glamour, especially in the bigger bra sizes would be lovely.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I think I'll have to wear the body a few more times and see how it wears/ washes before I'd recommend this particular product. I think I would suggest some of the cheaper items to friends (not that we talk about knickers all that much!) but would be more hesitant about recommending something as expensive as the body.

PS. A good tip is not to try and put the body on just after you've put body lotion on and when you have a 4 year old dashing around getting underneath your feet. It makes getting into it like a Houdini stunt.

Wiifitmama Thu 07-Jun-12 10:55:14

Firstly I have searched the website high and low and cannot find the item I purchased in store so can't link to it!

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought shape wear before from M&S. I lost 112 pounds and have lots of saggy skin around my middle and thighs and have used some of the shapewear products on an almost daily basis for the last 8 months or so. When I went to spend my voucher, I was looking for a solution to a specific clothes problem and wasn't sure what there would be in the range to solve it. I wanted something that would hold my stomach in when wearing summer dresses and skirts. During winter, I have worn one of the shape wear camisole tops daily, but I find that they ride up if I am not wearing trousers or leggings. I had tried the shape wear knickers previously for this, but found they create a bulge above the waistline. I had also tried spanx style high-rise knickers but they are not comfortable enough to wear and can roll down. The lady that helped me in store (Marble Arch, Oxford St branch) was very knowledgable about the range, listened to what I needed, and showed me a selection of products that might work. I tried these on, but none were right for various reasons. I went back to her and she suggested the item that I bought which is like a body, but stops below the bra so you wear your own bra with it.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped in store, but I have done both before. Because my local branch is one of their flagship stores, the selection is good. I like the online site as the reviews are usually helpful in sizing.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I think the range is very good, and has expanded over the time I have used it. Some items are very old lady ish but there are many more sexy items like the one I bought. Stock was fine in the store I used but it is one of their largest.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I think it was fairly expensive at £28 but if it lasts through daily wear and tear, then I will be happy.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I am very happy with it. It is an innovative solution. I had previously not looked at body style underwear as they remind me of what my mum wears! Also, I have comfortable bras and didn't want to wear an all in one with bra. This body makes me feel really confident about my body shape, makes me feel sexy wearing it and it is really comfortable.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

The one thing I would like to see is more of the cotton feel shape wear. I spent all winter in the cotton feel camisoles which gave me a lovely shape and were really comfortable to wear. I think a range of bodies, high rise pants etc would be good in that feel. I would not buy my shape wear anywhere else (though I do admit to owning spanx!)

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I do recommend it all the time. Some of my friends have bought the camisoles. I have mostly skinny flat stomached friends who don't need it though!

TimeForMeAndDD Thu 07-Jun-12 11:03:43

Could I just add to my feedback, that I would really appreciate an 'email me when back in stock' feature on the website. I do purchase quite a lot through the M&S website and it is common for many things of popular sizes not to be in stock, this means you have to keep checking the website for restocking. It would be nice to receive an email when an item was actually restocked.

Thank you.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

A. Not bought any before, but looked online and it was easy to filter to the shapewear. I was impressed by how many different products there were. I fancied something to control my thighs.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

A. I did intend to shop online, but the product i wanted was out of stock in my size so i went to the store. I would have preferred online as there is usually a bigger range, but on this occasion it was actually better to try it on.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

A. I got two pairs of the Secret Slimming Thigh Slimmers, one cotton and one lycra light control. The cotton ones were only available in white, and I was looking for black, or nude at a push.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

A. At £15 each it will depend on how well they wash and last.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

A. The lycra material ones are comfortable and silky and do not "cling", the cotton ones I had some concerns that the lace around the bottom of the legs would be visible but it isnt. I am very impressed with both of them but I dont think they make me look any slimmer in the thigh, maybe more smooth under dresses. I do like them though.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

A. Make the cotton ones in a colour other than white! If we actually had a summer, I think I would prefer the cotton material in the heat rather than the lycra. Maybe some training for staff too, as the lady in the store tried to tell me that the word "Light" on the hanger label referred to the material not the level of control. As I had your voucher I bought one of each anyway.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

A. Yes I probably would.

NeddyNibbles Thu 07-Jun-12 11:32:34

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I did a lot of research online before I went into the biggest store near here. I've bought Shapewear vests before so knew if I could find nothing else I liked I could fall back on more of those. After having read the comments here, I wish I'd known about the swimsuits but they weren't near the lingerie. I ended up with another vest and two sets of shapewear knickers/shorts

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I researched online & would have ordered but couldn't find what I wanted so bought in store. I think for checking the shapewear fits properly and doesn't leave you with unexpected bulges and squeezes you in where you want (and as much as you need) I'd almost always want to try it on first - especially if it was to go under a particular dress.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
I wanted to get a Firm Control Multiway Panelled Dress Slip but they didnt come in size 32. I really liked the champagne and smokey grey colours of the bodies/camisoles.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Yes, I bought the kind of items I'll wear almost every day so will prove to be good value.
Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I didnt realise the knickers came in cotton. Love them!
Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
Start the range at 32. I'm 5' and have a belly I'd rather keep squished in under my posh frocks!
Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would recommend them, especially the cotton vests. They were a real find when I'd had my baby & hadnt lost the tyre around my waist.

choccyp1g Thu 07-Jun-12 11:48:27

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? Many years ago I had one of the "bras with skirt attached" thingy's, which I wore a few times under a tight dress, but I found it rode up, so off it went to the charity shop.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I looked online, and found it totally confusing, so went to the shop. Would prefer to shop in person as you need to try it on, but I'd have liked to be able to browse on-line to choose, then just try it on in the shop.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Yes, got my size OK (size 16)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Since I got it almost for free, then yes, but I would resent paying that much for something which I will only wear perhaps once or twice...just for a special night out.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? Yes, it squeezed my belly in, but it was not very comfortable in the hot weather and hard to get off when using the toilet. I felt a bit silly and as if I was trying to be younger than my years, however, it has encouraged me to try and improve my diet a bit, and do some exercise to improve my figure.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? Wouldn't buy shapewear again, and think on the whole it's all a bit sexist. Why should we try to be a particular shape? What's wrong with the way we are naturally?

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
If someone was desperate for a special occasion, maybe, but I don't like the concept really. I think I have got to the age of not caring anymore.

Roseformeplease Thu 07-Jun-12 12:05:17

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought the tights before and really like the sleeker shape they give me. I had not bought anything else although I have vague memories of something similar years ago but it was much more uncomfortable. I found the knickers I wanted as I wasn't prepared, in the heat, to buy anything too restrictive and needed knickers anyway. The Brazilian ones are not much use really but the big knickers really conquer the muffin top and I will be buying mroe.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I thought we had been asked to try both so I did. Online was easy and quick and it arrived within 3 days (even though I live in a really remote part of Scotland). I was not too happy about the delivery charge and felt that it was excessive and, perhaps, should be free over a certain amount. I ordered on the day the voucher card arrived.
I also went to the Argyll Street branch which I found more intimidating. There was no one to ask and, having got off the lift at the wrong floor, I had been through schoolwear which was jam packed with assistants. The tills were busy and I was not comfortable queuing to ask so I did my own thing. I had been so taken with the stuff I had bought online, however, that I was tempted to spend far more than my vouchers and didn't because I rather thought, "Bugger this" as there was no one to ask. I think online in future but it was nice to see and feel the material and to find the quality out first. The branch I was in was huge and so there was plenty of choice. However, more colours would be great as would shapewear that matched bras etc.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Yes, got everything I wanted although in store I had to look around (luckily not in a rush) to see everything before deciding.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Not the Brazilian knickers as they don't do much but the other ones were and I bought some more expensive ones and some that came in pairs and were little more than ordinary knickers.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
Very happy indeed. Really loved the stuff except Brazilian.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

M&S always for me for a huge number of reasons. Would like matching bras. also you need to be able to see the colour of tights (flesh coloured ones seem to vary so much).

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Definitely. They make a really big difference and, due to needing to put a wash on, I am not wearing any today and feel muffin-toppy and middle aged.

southlundon Thu 07-Jun-12 12:08:34

Hi - thanks for the voucher smile I bought the Secret Slimming Thigh Slimmer (light) for £15 and the Low Leg pants (Ultimate)

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes I have bought shapewear from M&S before but not for ages. I researched online and found it easy to do. I liked the idea of targetting certain areas that I wasn't happy with (e.g. I want to slim my tummy and thighs) and I found items that did that.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I researched online but bought in store. However, I think I did that the wrong way round. I went in store because I wanted to double check the fabric and thickness/tightmess of the garments before making my final choice but there wasn't nearly enough range. I did make sure I asked a member of staff about the shapewear (although there was noone on the shop floor which was really disappointing so I had to ask the lady in the fitting rooms who could only asnwer my questions off the top of her head, not being actually in the shapewear section). She told me I could order items in but I didn't have time to do that so I selected two items instead.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Stock availability in my size was fine. However, there really wasn't enough choice in the store I visited (Preston). I wanted the Ultimate Magic Body Define Thigh Slimmer that I had seen online (and would have spent the whole voucher on that item alone) but had to settle for the 'light' thigh slimmer.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

They are good quality items but no, I do not think they are especially good value. The low leg pants at £19.50 really do seem expensive when there are other items in the range with more material and not much more money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Unfortunately I am rather disappointed with both of the items I bought for different reasons.

I bought the pants in my current size but I should have bought a size below. I can feel no control in them at all, apart from they do make a slight difference from the side - but nothing I couldn't get from holding my stomach muscles in which I do normally anyway! Sorry.

I wouldn't have bought the thigh slimmer item if it had not been for having the voucher but I wanted to try it out for the review process - I would have gone back online and bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Thing Slimmer.

Ic an't personally see the point of shapewear if it's light because I don't want something for every day purposes but for a smart work function or celebratory event such as a night out/wedding etc. The material is silky and I do like the fact that there are no seams but I cannot tell if there is much of a difference on my thighs. I tried the item on under my jeans and apart from the jeans sliding on smoothly, the only other difference is a visible garment line through my jeans half-way up my thighs. Not very subtle!

Such a shame because I really did want something that would make a difference and I chose the best I could out of a poor selection in store.

If I can take them back and get a credit note I shall go back online and buy one of those other thigh slimmer garments as it appears to have excellent reviews.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

More stock in store. Also I didn't know that swimwear was included, possibly because I didn't see it in the same place online nor in store, where all the swimming costumes are on another floor (until I read a post above). When someone is shopping for shapewear it would be a great idea to remind ladies that swimwear also comes with control features.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I probably would but I would certainly recommend buying a size smaller and shopping in store first, then online.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 07-Jun-12 13:21:03

JustFab - thanks for copying over - I've added the links into your first post for your - I hope I got the right ones!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 07-Jun-12 13:29:51

EauRouge - don't worry - the thread will be open next week too!

smokinaces Thu 07-Jun-12 14:27:14

Ok, will do this and then copy and paste any relevant feedback from previous thread too

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
- No never bought from M&S before. I bought some cheepo stuff from Primark and hated it, was intrigued as to how M&S fared, and to me it was expensive. The range online was vast, and easy to look through and find things in categories - e.g. pants, girdles, tights etc. I went to a major M&S too and their products were all displayed in one place and with a huge range IMO.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
-I browsed in store but felt a bit like I was being watched by other shoppers! No one wants to admit they need shapewear ;-) I bought online, was skeptical because I couldnt try anything on - but all the size 12s I ordered fitted well, so am happy with true to size fit.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
- Stock for me was all fine. I would prefer packs of two having two black pairs tbh, as opposed to 1 fawn and 1 black - but saying that, the fawn are fine under jeans etc. I didnt have any problem finding my size, which as a 12 is normally quite unusual. Shapewear for me is a neccesity now after two kids, despite having lost a lot of weight.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
- The two packs of pants, excellent value. I would prefer nearer the £7 mark than £9.50, but tbh they are cotton and they are comfy, they work and they seem to wash up well. The other stuff (like lace shorts £7.50 for one pair) are a littler pricer, and I wouldnt be able to justify purchasing them tbh. And as for shapewear like shorts for £35 - ha ha, I could buy a whole outfit for that!! But I am on a tight budget - and I do think I have been persuaded to switch my normal M&S high legs to shapewear instead, so it is good value for me

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
- Impressed. maybe different body lengths could be good - I struggled a little with the length and where they sat. I was also sent a pack of 2 size 12s - and one was a 12, the other a 14!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
-Bras. Comfy, crop top style thick strapped bras for sleeping, to keep your shape. They would be top of my list. I would stick to M&S for shapewear now, simply as I know it fits and feels comfy whilst working and not being restrictive.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
-Definitely. The double packs of pants have sold me!!

smokinaces Thu 07-Jun-12 14:29:21

Copying from other thread:

The light control cotton pants are good. Not much bigger in size than my normal.m&s pants but definite tummy tone. Wore them under jeans and so far so good

They seem to do a good job though. Ive worn mine constantly since I got them Saturday and have felt slimmer and tidier in everything Ive worn. I honestly think I will be a convert.

what you lose by having a tight fit on the waist you definitely gain by no vpl.

smokinaces Thu 07-Jun-12 14:34:57

I ordered 4 different types of pants to try. My main issue is my belly overhang from 2 sections and losing weight, so thought I would try as many out as I can.

I have For Going out, incase I ever get a date

as well as Light control cotton pants

and firm control cotton pants

and lastly Light control shorts

southlundon Thu 07-Jun-12 14:46:47

I've just thought of something else in relation to Q6, if there's anything M&S could improve.

How about, show us some photos of real sized women wearing the garments! I mean, it would really help to know just how sucky-in an item will be if a size 14 woman was wearing a pair of thing slimming shorts or a wobbly size 12. I can understand if you think that the sight of such real-size women wearing shapewear would put most shoppers off, but seeing the slimmest of ladies wearing tummy control pants is rather incongruous.

Just saying!

southlundon Thu 07-Jun-12 14:47:24

*Thigh slimming, not thing slimming obviously!

karen3w Thu 07-Jun-12 15:16:50

Hi,

I spent my voucher on 3 packs of shapewear: a pack of two light control shorts in nude and black (http://www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Light-Control-Seam-free-Shorts/dp/B003BA8PWQ?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_31&nodeId=309701031&sr=1-31&qid=1339064227), a pack of two light control shorts in white and grey (http://www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Light-Control-Cotton-Shorts/dp/B0016PCNN0?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_17&nodeId=309701031&sr=1-17&qid=1339064167) and a pair of shapewear shorts in black (http://www.marksandspencer.com/Flatter-Me-High-Light-Shaping-Shorts/dp/B002X0YD6M?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_2&nodeId=1837423031&sr=1-2&qid=1339064081&pf_rd_r=1RG49RJGQKPYF4DR03XY&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43270030&pf_rd_p=215570647&pf_rd_s=related-items-3).

This came to £31.00 and I put the remaining £4.00 towards a nightie on the same floor of M&S.

Q1. I have bought M&S Shapewear before, I bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher before christmas to wear with my party dress. When I first started looking into the Shapewear range for this test I looked at all the items on the website, read lots of the reviews there, looked at the different products available. I had no problems finding the products and reading through everything. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to find and found it straight away.

Q2. I looked at lots of the products online but then had a good look at them in store and bought there (York main store). I prefer to buy instore if possible as I like to look at the fabric and feel it before buying. However, I'm not keen on trying Shapewear products on in store, as generally I'm tired and stressed and also find the changing cubicles quite restrictive when trying on tight items! The member of staff I spoke to instore was very helpful and informed me that if anything didn't fit I could bring it back.

Q3. Yes! I was amazed at how much choice there was. Everything I wanted was available in my size and there was plenty of stock in store.

Q4. Yes, I did think the items I bought were good value for money, although I thought some of the firm control items were quite expensive at £35 per item.

Q5. I'm quite happy with them. They are LIGHT control. I didn't know what to expect but wanted something that would give me a bit of control but still be comfy to wear every day. All the shorts I bought are quite comfy to wear and offer light control. For what I paid I think they are fine. Not particularly impressed or disappointed. I hoped to find something that I could wear every day without feeling uncomfortable.

Q6. To be honest, I thought there was so much choice, I can't think of anything that is missing from the range. Maybe some different colours in the light control shorts, so pink, blue, lilac etc.? In general I don't tend to buy nude so any colours other than nude would suit me! If I were to shop for Shapewear again, M&S would be my first stop and always would have been. I might look in Debenhams and John Lewis as well. The only thing I miss at M&S is bras to fit DD+ that are attractive and also DD+ bras with high cotton content for the summer. We need more choice and certainly more colours! And matching knickers/shorts!

Q7. Yes, I would definitely recommend M&S if shapewear came up in a conversation with a friend, because of the wide range there is to choose from and the fact that certainly the firm control does a very good job.

scubagoose Thu 07-Jun-12 15:20:54

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I havent had shapewear before but always fancied a pair of the spanx type shorts for under slinky dresses. I looked online and watched the online advice video which was informative. but then when I went to buy online EVERYTHING I chose was out of stock in my size.. I eventually found 1 Qty Body Solutions Cupless Panelled Slip when the item came it was exactly what I wanted... until I tried it on under my slinky dress.. then I could see all the seams from the slip which completely defeated the objet. it is going back.

my local store only stocks clothes for old ladies. I tried to return it instore today but the first time there was a long queue and when I went back later there was no one at the order/customer service till so I still have it. I think I will have to travel up to Bluewater or Hemstead vally to take it back and choose soemthing else so a bit disappointed at the moment.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I chose to shop online because our local store stocks so little.. also they look a bit frumpy so prefere to buy online.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
as I have said the availability for me size 12 was shocking with nearly everything out of stock. if it had been in stock there is pleanty of choice

PART 2

I then when to a larger store to return the slip.
Q1 the selection was fantastic with all sizes in all items
Q2 I would now say that shopping in store was much better than online I found what I wanted easily. I got the black waist cincher for £19.50
Q3 I was impressed with the choice when layed out in the shop. I think most people would choose black or nude so not sure it is necessary to have loads of options.
Q4 think they were a little expensive but as you would only wear them for a night out then they are worth the investment
Q5 I wasnt impressed with the seams showing in the slip which is why I returned it but am impressed with the waist sincher pants.. they hold in my muffin top beautifully!
Think I might need to get a pair of the normal knicker ones too.
Q6 I would recommend the item I have bought to friends. anything which holds in the muffin top when I go out in skinny jeans is worth recommending!

thanks for letting me be a tester

My friend at work has asked me to order her the pack of two firm control pants (she is scared of t'internet).

I have clearly already been recommending them to friends! wink

Raahh Thu 07-Jun-12 16:04:59

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought shapewear before, some high waist pants about 6 years ago.
I found it very easy to fiind out what was available. i looked on-line and purchased instore. I bought different thing to what i originally had in mind, du to fitting issues (I have a short body). So, I wanted separate pants and waist cincher, to test if the cincher would 'roll' or if it would stay flat.
So, I bought
knickers 2 pairs, one white, one lilac
knickers similar to above, slighly different style, in black
waist cincherin black
Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I researched online, but purchased instore, as it is very local, and i need to try certain things. I have ordered from m and s online before, however. It was easy, and delivery was prompt, though pricier than similar companies.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

In store had a good selection of styles and I was able to buy what i decided on in the colours and sizes i needed. i wanted a body, but having a short 'body' i found none fit right, and wrinkled, which defeats the object of being shapewear.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The items i got are probably somewhere in the mid price range- some of the bodies i tried were quite expensive. The waist cincher probably won't get as much wear as the knockers, so would not be something I would have bought normally. The knickers are really comfortble and wash well. i could have bought cheaper knickers, but liked the colours and fit of the ones i chose.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I like the knickers. I went for separate cincher/pants as i have had hight waist knickersin the past and they 'roll' at the top. The separates when I wore then didn't do that.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would have like a long line bra- but the only option was an un-wired one, so it wouldn't have been supportive enough for me.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would, as reasonably priced, compared to spanx, for example. Also, the staff in store were very helpful, and helped find sizes i needed (and were patient whilst i tried on half the shop- and didn't buy itblush

Raahh Thu 07-Jun-12 16:06:20

apologies for the rogue reference to 'knockers' in previous review blush

HelloShitty Thu 07-Jun-12 16:48:30

I tried the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist Cincher in nude, and the Flatter-Me™ High Rise Brazilian Light Shaping Knickers in black.

Q1.
Yes, I bought a vest a while ago, but haven't worn it much. I researched the range online and was impressed with the website and the extent of the range. I wanted something to hold my flabby tummy in place, and found it.

Q2.
I shopped online as I knew I wouldn't have the chance to go 'proper' shopping without my 2 year-old (and he hates M&S!) Because of my young son, I don't really get the chance to browse in-store, so I tend to buy online. I know M&S sizing and quality, so am prepared to take a punt.

Q3.
I'd like more colours - navy and red maybe - although I would probably stick to neutrals and black anyway. There were a few things I looked at that weren't in stock in my size (16), but there were also plenty of alternatives.

Q4.
I don't think I would have spent nearly £30 on a glorified pair of knickers, if it hadn't been for the trial. Yes, the items are good quality, but there are other stores that do similar items for far less. Having said that, I'm prepared to shell out if it's something that I'll get loads of wear out of and will actually do what it says. I've only had 2 days wear so far, so I'll let you know in 10 years time...

Q5.
The waist cincher is far more comfortable than I expected. The reviews on the website suggested it would be agony, but I wore it all day yesterday with no problems. The top stayed in place much to my surprise, although I think I may be a little bit allergic to the sticky stuff that makes it stay in place so well. Every other thing I've had like this in the past has rolled down, so a big result there. Only slight disappointment was that it didn't perform the miracle of giving me a completely flat stomach, but I can forgive M&S for that.

Q6.
More colours. Some of them do look rather 'orthopedic' (if that's the right word), so a bit more styling. Having read other's opinions, I'll probably go and have a look in Matalan and Primark for shapewear in the future.

Q7.
Yes, although the cost would prohibit many of my friends from purchasing it.

AnnaK Thu 07-Jun-12 19:43:05

I already own a piece of shapewear – the thigh and stomach cincher ‘knickers’ in black. I looked at the range online but found it overwhelming and it seemed to duplicate itself a lot.

I looked online but purchased in store as I wanted to try the item on. I also like to feel the fabric before I buy underwear.

There was plenty of choice. I really like the nude colour! And there was no problem finding my size.

Can’t decide if they were good value or not. £35 on a pair of knickers…?

I loved the item I bought. It held my stomach in but not the saddlebags so much. The bottom of the legs has been improved since I bought the original ones as ther is no VPL on the thighs now. I also tried knickers with a tummy control thing but they did nothing for me as the tummy control thing didn't come high enough.

I think M&S have it covered. Wouldn’t go elsewhere – can’t be bothered when they have everything I need!

Yes I would!! I was showing it off at the big party I went to!

TiddlerCat Thu 07-Jun-12 22:22:11

I haven't bought Shapewear from M&S before. I searched on the website and it was very easy to find, I debated a swimsuit for a while but as I have just bought one and they were rather pricey opted for some knickers! Like others I chose the website as shopping with 2 small boys is hard at the best of times let-alone for underwear!

Great choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc - stock availability good and managed to get what I wanted in my size. The 'flatter-me' knickers were 7.50ea and I braved a waist cincher (Gok Wan stylie) at 19.50. All I thought were reasonably priced.

I was particularly impressed with the Flatter-Me™ High Rise Brazilian Light Shaping Knickers, whilst the Brazilian style takes a bit of getting used to (I used to be a thong wearer but now opt for low rise short things) they are surprisingly comfortable and have a reassuring amount of support without stopping you breathe.

The Flatter-Me™ High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts are very nice, pretty and comfy but don't offer much in the way of support.

Now.. the Heritage Floral Lace Waist Cincher - I am a bit scared of shock. To start with I was convinced it wouldn't pass over my thighs but in the name of research kept pulling and it did without coming apart at the seams. It has good support, is very pretty and feels comfortable, although I haven't worn it for a long period. If M&S were really clever they would offer a matching maternity bra for us breastfeeding mums who have managed to get out of the house and into a nice outfit.

I do like M&S for knickers but have struggled with their bras for a while.. when not breastfeeding I am a 32D which I can never find in store. I would recommend the light control knickers though, they provide just enough without squashing everything up and over the top. blush

BerryLellow Thu 07-Jun-12 22:47:16

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought one, maybe two pairs of control knickers before. Before going to the shop I had a browse online and could find things fairly easily although I do find the M&S website quite slow and clunky

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Browsed online, bought in store. I need to try on to be honest, as I don't trust sizes - I have small hips but fairly sizeable bust for my frame.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I think the variety of choice is reasonably good, in store there was a fair bit to look at, but when it came to the thing bought there was literally only the one in black. Wasn't properly labelled (missing the little card bit from the hanger)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I bought the one item, a black control slip with built in bra. It was £29.50, I'm on the fence about it's value as yet - I'm not sure I would have parted with that much of my own cash to try it out, but if it turns out to be really useful it may well be worth every penny. The things I've tried it on with in the comfort of my house have looked good, but the test will be a day or evening out I think.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

So far, so good. I bought the only size that was available in store in this particular item, as I wanted the black not nude. Luckily it fits! It feels very comfortable (so far) and seems to be good quality, quite sturdy!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

The problem I have with a lot of the bodies, is that to get my cup size right, I end up with acres of material flapping around my bottom. I don't know how you could address this - perhaps different body sizes, e.g. 36DMedium etc. The wear your own bra slips are a good idea, but the one I tried on just looked...odd, possibly again as I needed a smaller body than the gap allowed for to put a bra in!

I'd like to see something a bit less basic looking, perhaps some pattern or print, I don't want Ann Summers style tack <shudder>, but something prettier, that doesn't scream 'Nana's undergarments!' Like some of the nude pieces.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I think I probably would. It's certainly the most comprehensive selection you could find on the high street, and on the whole the staff are attentive and could help you find the right thing.

mrsskefton Thu 07-Jun-12 23:30:22

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

First bought some way before kids when barely a spare tyre vs now! Started looking before applying for the test, easy to research online and see reviews from others which helped me decided to go instore. Was sad to see I couldn't find something that would shape bum and thighs without cutting into belly!

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked online initially but reviews were off putting so I decided that I would go instore. Glad I did - it was a nightmare! I am top heavy, I wear D, DD or E cup depending on the cut of the underwear, with the shapewear I wanted (full body contour) I found this to be a problem as to fit by chest it was loose (well fitted to skin but tight and could take hold and pull it) on the body - despite carrying 3stone more than I should. Not sure that that was good! Also, despite not "holding me in" I had a back roll which I was hoping to lose!

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I could not find what I wanted, although I want to improve my waist, flatten my belly and I wanted to also cover upper thighs as where I carry extra weight my legs rub when I walk. I often wear my husbands sport "long boxers" from M&S to overcome this and hoped to find a shapewear version. I would have liked items (other than the new lacy knickers) in a colour other than white, black or nude, it might have made it feel a bit sexier. I tried on the waist clincher in 2 sizes (neither were suitable), I tried on the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher (again in 2 sizes) and Ultimate Magic Secret Suport, Gorgeous Waist Sculpt Firm Control Underwired Body, Waist Sculpt Bonded Full Slip, Solutions-Control-Multiway-Panelled-Dress, Ultimate Magic Thigh Slimmer. NONE of these fitted me as I'd expected or hoped - however having thin models who have no excess body fat doesn't really help when you're feeling a little depressed, hot and bothered in a changing room and having no joy!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Not really, I am finding my Light control no VPL High Rise Briefs uncomfortable, they roll down under jeans and skirts (but not leggings). Also, I would not usually pay that much for underwear.
I do, however, like my Flatter-Me-Brazilian-Light-Shaping-Knickers although I do not feel they do anything but I feel good in them so don't care!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
As mentioned in Q5 - they are not very comfortable, the no VPL High Rise Briefs do get hot and the seam on the gusset is too thick and has caused skin irritation. The Brazilian Light Shaping are good though, they are very soft and comfortable.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

As mentioned, a female equivalent of the mens sports long line lycra shorts but that do not dig in on the waist (as I found with the Ultimate Magic Thigh Slimmer). A better range of strapless/multi position all in ones incorporating bra, waist, bum and thigh but with better fit and easier way to put on allowing for hot weather. Incorporate a little more cotton if possible.... I saw something I wanted in Debenhams and may be tempted to try them next time I go.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
I'm not convinced I would, my experience in the changing room made me feel more depressed than I was before I started looking for "shape wear".
However the Brazilian knickers are nice but not sure how much they'd do even for an almost flat belly!

smokinaces Thu 07-Jun-12 23:42:22

I have to add, the reason I didn't go for a body is similar to a pp. I have a short body, with large breasts and to get a good fit round the boobs the body just is too long and big. Maybe something similar to bravissimo, with their curvy/really curvy - like a 34e petite or short or tall or something. Body style all in one underwear just doesn't work for me however much I would like it to :-(

Blackduck Fri 08-Jun-12 09:59:43

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes I bought some pants previously which I found cut into me and I was less than keen on. I used the website to see what was available and was specifically looking for shorts to hold in my less than firm stomach.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked on line to see what was available, but bought in-store. I prefer buying underwear in-store because I want to be able to feel the fabric.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Stock was a bit limited in-store, but I got the sizes I wanted.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Yes, I thought they were good value – I bought these and this The double pack of shorts was particularly good value.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

*I love the shorts – so much so I went back and bought another pack. Whilst I know the only way to really deal with my gut is some serious time with Jilian and some weight loss, they hold it in and give a smooth line without being uncomfortable. The pants I bout previously dug into the tops of my legs and waist and were very uncomfortable, these are fab. The body I haven’t really road tested yet, but think it will be great under dresses.
My only gripe was the lack of colour ways. I personally hate ‘nude’ and could only buy black/nude pack. These shorts do look somewhat surgical anyway, but in the nude colour way they are positively ‘surgical support garment’!*

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I think the range is pretty good and covers the bases. Would buy again.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I think it gives a nice clean line to your clothes and as long as your are realistic about what it can/can’t achieve it is a good range with something for everyone.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Fri 08-Jun-12 10:54:47

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Never bought M&S shapewear before but have bought from other places. I shopped on-line and it was very easy to navigate around the items on offer, I found what I was looking for.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Shopped on line. Much prefer on line shopping as I hate all the marlarky around popping into town as our nearest shopping centre is 30 minutes drive away and the parking is expensive and difficult to get to.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Plenty of choice and stock availability was good.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Great value for money. I've only bought budget shape-wear until now which is thick and uncomfortable to wear. The M&S items are light, soft and easy to wear.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Very satisfied. The items are comfortable and non-restrictive. I wasn't disappointed by anything.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I thought the range was great, I don't know what could be added to be honest. I think any future shapewear will come from M&S now.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would. The prices were higher than I would usually pay but well worth the extra if you ask me.

AnyoneForTennis Fri 08-Jun-12 10:57:39

Q4. I'm finding the light control shirts roll up on the kegs too much still. Was a problem under jeans, so tried them wearing other clothing and it's still a problem for me. Not noticeable to look at, but uncomfortable all the same.

AnyoneForTennis Fri 08-Jun-12 10:58:59

Q5.... Not disappointed with the waist cincher! Slightly with the shorts, but everything else has been fabulous. What's the point in dieting now!?

NeverFearWonderWomanIsHere Fri 08-Jun-12 11:11:13

Q1. I've never bought M&S shapewear before. I first looked in store (even though I was intending to buy online anyway) but was a bit disappointed that they didn't really have much choice in my local M&S. When I looked on the website I found the range was quite vast! I liked that there were customer reviews on each item that I could read before buying. And yes I did buy what I had in mind, I bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher in black for £35.

Q2. I looked in store but bought online. I prefer to buy online because I'm a big girl and I get paranoid that people see me buying shapewear and think I'm fooling myself to think it will work. blush I feel safer buying online. blush

Q3. I do think there is lots of choice yes, I think there could be more colours available though. For example the Body Definer that I bought was only available in black or nude, I think a few more colours would be nice. There was lots in stock and I could get my size.

Q4. Yes I think it was very good quality for money, (although it was a little on the expensive side TBH). It lived up to what I would expect from a brand like M&S.

Q5.I was very satisfied with it, it sucked me right in so much I thought my jeans were going to fall down. grin I was a bit disappointed that if slouched at all it seemed to give me a big bulge over the top of it. I to sort of walk tall IYSWIM.

Q6. There's nothing that springs to mind that I think they could improve on, no. If I was buying shapewear again I would most definitely buy from M&S.

Q7. And yes I would recommend M&S shapewear to a friend. I think it's good value for money, lives up to the M&S brand and does was it says on the tin.

stressheaderic Fri 08-Jun-12 11:12:15

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have never bought shapewear before. My SIL buys a lot of Spanx stuff and showed me some which got my interest. I literally spent HOURS on the website, browsing each item, reading the reviews, as I felt clueless, really didn't know what I needed or wanted. I watched the online video guides which were handy but all a bit middle-class and tbh, pretty pointless using a slim and gorgeous model who prob didn't need the product at all. I was also confused because the video clips said to buy your usual size but a great number of the reviews said to size up for comfort. I think I found what I wanted. I also wanted a cami but I'm only small of bust and worried about the flattening effect.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I shopped online, like I do with most things. Our M&S is only tiny and the range was very limited. I like to browse at home after DD has gone to bed. I collected instore for free and received excellent customer service.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

The choice was huge, almost too much for me! I am a size 10 and everything I looked at was available. With regard to colours, I understand why white nude and black are used, but I'd like to see maybe a soft grey, a pearl, cream, pale pink maybe.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Some items seemed very expensive, and I wasn't sure why. I bought 3 things: Secret Support Waist Cincher £19.50, Secret Support Tummy Control knickers 2 pack £12.50 and Secret Support tummy control knickers 2 pack fromt he Outstanding Value range £9.50 and I got the £5 off code so I think I got superb value for money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I've worn each item for a day. They are comfy, well-fitted and seem to do the job. I'm impressed. They did what I thought they'd do.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would probably have a nose in Matalan aswell. I like the M&S range. What would sway me to choose it over others is a slightly more feminine look, and not so functional/ugly. Maybe a tiny discreet bow somewhere, or pattern in the fabric. I can't wear lace, I get a rash, so any pretty alternative is something I'd jump on. When I told DP I was testing underwear, his eyes lit up....but his face soon dropped when he saw what I'd bought haha.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I already have recommended it to a few friends. It is cheaper than the specialist ranges like Spanx but works better than the Primark etc alternative.

Thanks for letting me be involved, it was much appreciated.

CoffeeGoneColdAgain Fri 08-Jun-12 11:16:07

With the voucher I bought Waist Sculp Firm Control Bonded Knickers x 2 so put a little cash towards them smile

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
A.. Never purchased from M&S before, very easy to navigate online and find what i wanted.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
A.. I did both, looked online for what choice and styles they had and bought instore. I prefer to buy instore for things like this.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
A.. Personally there was plenty of choice in my store, perhaps more colours but no major gripes.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
A.. Very much so, I bought 2 of the same item and put a little cash to the voucher, very pleased with the result.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
A.. Very satisfied. does exactly what it says on the tin.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
A..Nothing springs to mind, overall impressed with service, very helpful member of staff who showed my around the range. Doubt I would buy elsewhere, M&S seem to have it in the bag!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
A.. already have, my Mum has already been and bought the cami vest, and some knickers!

Thanks for letting me do the product test M&S and Mumsnet smile

OddBoots Fri 08-Jun-12 11:19:02

I bought Firm Control Selvedge Panelled Body and some 15 Denier Medium Support Shine Tights to wear together.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes, but years ago when I was slimmer. I found it easy to browse the website and there was a great range available. I also looked in store and saw quite a bit of the range and was able to get a feel for the different styles.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked in store but ordered online to collect in store as I knew I only had one chance to get to the shop so wanted to be sure I could get something to test. I prefer buying online, mainly because I am a bit shy.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was plenty of choice but many things were out of stock in my size, both online and in store. I would have liked a greater range of things with straps or loops to go over or link to a separate bra though. Things roll down easily on me (must be my silky smooth skin, eh! wink)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I think the items were very good value, they weren't the most expensive item but they did work well together. They did the job of supporting me in the right places and making me feel more confident in a dress so that has to be worth it!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I was very satisfied with the item, I would have preferred something with which I could wear my own bra but I did feel that the bra in this supported me well. I found it helpful that the poppered body could go over the tights (in a thong-tights-body order) and stopped them creeping down without impeding me when nature called (sorry to be a bit TMI but these things are important to me)

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

It would be nice if you had more long line/high waist things where support knickers could loop onto a bra because we don't all come in the same shape when it comes to breast size and hip/waist size.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I think I would, it would be more a recommendation to look at the range rather than for a specific thing because I think we all have different needs and problem areas but the fact there is a good selection of types and that which I have trid seems to work would be enough for me to suggest it.

victorias66 Fri 08-Jun-12 12:19:41

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

yes and it was easy to find out about the range but many were out of stock in my size (38E)

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

online due to distance to local store mostly and then it is small with poor choice.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

stock availability poor in many items. colour range could be larger too. I could not get online or in store the items I actually wanted.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

yes.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

expensive but worth it. The bra top I bought in the flatter me range ( I was not sure if this was part of shapewear but was told in store it was) is very comfortable and flattering.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would shop for these at M and S again. I shop there a lot and know the quality is good. More availbility though please!!!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes for the reasons given above.

inzidoodle Fri 08-Jun-12 12:59:04

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I can't remember buying M&S shapewear before, although I do have an amazing item that I have worn on and off for years that was bought for me and may have been a M&S item. I shopped online and found shapewear very easy to find. I was really hoping for an all in one item but I have a long body (5'11") and there were a lot of reviews online saying they weren't long enough. A choice of a couple of tall body items would have been good.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Shopped online. I like to take my time and read previous reviews before I make my choice. I get confused when shopping in store as you can't always work out what your buying due to packaging etc.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Apart from not having a tall range I found my size no problem.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Yes I thought the items were good value, the vouchers and a £5 off lingerie offer meant I could purchase 3 items and paid £3.00 of my own money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I purchased this and these I found them both to do a good job and were comfortable to wear.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Long body please! I would research online and buy from another retailer if an item was highly recommended...wouldn't bother me what retailer as long as the item was highly rated.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would. I found the items good quality and fairly priced. Thank you for the opportunity to try.

Jamdoughnutfiend Fri 08-Jun-12 13:20:23

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Never bought shapewear before - never even thought about it before this test. Was expecting big knickers and not much else.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I went into the store to buy the shapewear as there is no one home to take a delivery at the moment. I usually prefer to buy underwear in-store, I like to be able to see and touch the textures and materials

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I ended up going to 2 stores, as the availablility in my size was so bad. They had nothing apart from knickers in the first shop and I was keen to get a control slip for wearing under dresses. 2nd store had 1 slip in a 14, so I bought that. None of the bodies were suitable for me as I am 6'1 and very long in the body - can't wear M&S swimsuits either

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The control slip was £27. I would not have paid this much for a slip if I had not been doing this test.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

It is the same old story - it just didn't fit properly. The slip was very short, probably would be fine on an "average" woman but being so tall it ended mid thigh and left a bump which you can see with a tight fitting dress. Would be better if it came in different lengths. I thought the quality was ok, but for the price nothing special.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

It would be good if they could do the one-piece bodies in a long length, to fit taller women. I would look in John Lewis next time as I imagine (now having thought a bit on the topic) they would have a good range.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recomend it, mainly as my friends are much shorter than me!

EROD Fri 08-Jun-12 13:35:15

I purchased the Waist Sculpt Firm Control Bonded Body which was £35.

I have brought control pants from m&s shape wear range before.
It was easy to find what I was looking for on their website and I found the images of the items very clear so you could easily see what you were buying.

I shopped online as I have a newborn baby. The item arrived very quickly.

The item I picked was only in black but ideally I would have preferred it in nude so I could wear it under pale coloured clothes.

Compared to other brands of shape wear that I have purchased before I felt M&S to be good value for money and it washes really well.

I wore the body under a tight fitting dress and my stomach looked smoother and firmer and most importantly to me, I felt more confident wearing it than without it.

The range of items is very comprehensive but my shopping is quite price sensitive so I would always look at websites such as figsleaves to see if I could buy a similar quality item at a cheaper price.

I would definately recommend M&S shape wear range as you can always rely on the quality.

Thanks for the opportunity smile

A1 - Have bought shapewear before: actually from Spanx - the tights and a body control thing - and do like the shape/feel shapewear gives under clothes so was excited about trying M&S as a brand of shapewear -
Looking on line there are lots of different titles/phrases - possibly too many - such as light control, ultimate magic, 2pp shaping? waist sculpt, body solutions, shaping and flatter-Me knickers - it would be helpful to make this less confusing....
Online - you could choose by colour but there was no nude colour listed - but you do have nude shapewear -

I wanted the waist sculpt firm control bonded body - but it only comes in black - surely nude should be the lead colour in underwear as nude is what we should wear under white, not white under white.....after a long time looking I went for....
Firm Control Selvedge Panelled Body
£25.00, 2 pairs of shapewear tights £5.00 - underwear - £5.00
£3.50 delievery - quite a lot for a long wait for them to arrive, - should be free for standard then a fee for nomintated day...

A2: I browsed both online and instore, however bought online as the cost of items did'n't make it easy to 'split' the order for this challenge - however as I said above online was confusing.......see first answer and instore not enough selection

A3. I wanted the waist sculpt firm control bonded body - but it only comes in black - surely nude should be the lead colour in underwear as nude is what we should wear under white, not white under white.....after a long time looking I went for Firm Control Selvedge Panelled Body IN NUDE -

A4. - I think the cost was right, although I would have like to test the Waist Sculpt body as this was £35 and I wondered if it was worth it, but not worth it for just being 'black' as too strong a colour under dresses particularly during wedding season....however for what I got the cost was right - however delivery at £3.50 was steep compared to other companies for standard delivery -

A5. The knickers are excellent, I would order in different colours -
The body is comfortable however the cup size doesn't seem to match with the body size and I think ordering by dress sze and then selecting cupsize would make a better fit - I like the way it feels under clothes and would buy a similar item, BUT PROBABLY THE MORE EXPENSIVE one if it came in more colours than black would be a better fit - however the sizeing is difficult -

A6. I would buy again - I think the whole brand could be streamlined as I said above the range is huge and quite confusing where as a brand like spanx is streamlined but with a range of products - Too many 'clever' titles I presume meaning all the same thing at the moment - Most people buy this type of thing to feel good and/or to go under good clothes for a better finish so focusing on this and a range of colours would be better, black is harsh and very much limits what you can where it with as someone above posted a navy or red can be disguised as a camy under a shirt, where as the nude you still need a top over as under a shirt or 'everyday' clothes it is quite obvious what you are wearing....

A7. I probably would n't recommend the body I bought as the cupsize and dress size does n't feel they match and I am a standard size so would presume they should - however I would be interested in purchasing more, but not sure for £35 I would want the accountability of recommending anything in this age of austerity....

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Not bought shapewear before, bought onlibe so it was easy to find what i was looking for

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Bought online as less hassle that taking 2 kids shopping during half term, especially with a 6 year old DS who currently finds bums and underpants hysterical :-)

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Loads of choice online and no problems with stock levels. Im not keen on the cosret type ones so got 4 pairs of knickers

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Reasonably good value, spent £33.00 on 4 items with delivery

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

They have not arrived yet so I will return to the thread when they are here

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Some funkier colours would be good, the peach skin couloured ones look a bit graayish. Also maybe having matching bras for the knickers? I'd get some bras as well if they were available to match

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Will fill this in once had a chance to try them out

Have just spent another £33 on shapewear blush

nancerama Fri 08-Jun-12 16:38:10

I bought this in fawn. Bizarrely it is stocked in store as shapewear, but not listed with the shapewear online.

and these in black

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I've never bought shapewear from M&S before. I researched the kinds of things that were available online and was amazed at the range of cuts, fits and levels of control available.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I researched online, but bought in store. I prefer to sop inshore for underwear as I like to handle the fabric. Also embellishments never seem to photograph well and underwear rarely resembles the photograph (true of many retailers, not just M&S). I dislike paying additional money for postage with M&S.

Disappointingly there were no staff available on the shop floor to ask for advice, only staff on the tills, which were rather busy. It's rare to find helpful staff members on the shop floor in Reading.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was loads of choice in styles - perhaps too much it was a little overwhelming. There was a good selection of sizes and I was able to find my size easily. I was disappointed in the choice of colours, and disappointed to see that the neutral/fawn garments weren't all the same shade - I hate my knickers not to match sad

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The slip is lovely - a great cut and very comfortable. The knickers are poor value for money - they are cut VERY small, so flab hangs out all around them. I am a size 8 and M&S clothing and underwear is often too big for me - these are an exceptionally tiny cut.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I am very satisfied with the slip, but dissatisfied with the sizing of the knickers.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

More consistency in the sizing. A bigger variety of colours might be nice.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I probably would. I would recommend m&s for the choice of styles and types of garment, but would advise friends to try on before buying as the sizing is unpredictable.

As an aside, DH has commented that control underwear allows him to control himself around me as it's not sexy enough...

Init1972 Fri 08-Jun-12 16:52:25

I bought
"2 Pack - Light Control Cotton Rich Light Control Lace Knickers" £9.50
"2 Pack - Light Control High Rise Seam-free Shorts" £9.50

I also got the following promotions by adding a 5 pack of pants in some lovely patterns which aren't offered in the Shapewear range:
£5 off Lingerie
20% Off T-Shirt Bra

As there wasn't any other Bra's (which is what I really wanted) I bought a DD+ Range one as due to my disability I find it very difficult to use the Body's when I need the loo! [Blush]

I will update once I have collected on Monday!

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before?
*YES

When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available?

*Instore was awful but online really easy with clear explanations

Did you find what you had in mind?
*Instore NO
*Online YES

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both?
*Both

Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
*Online when I know my sizes but normally have to take back to a branch to exchange and never in stock

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not?
*Could do with a splash of colour!!!

How was the stock availability when you did your shopping?
*Instore - hardly anything on show and all in small sizes
*Online - a few things were instock in my size - I'm currently unsure of exact size and found when buying previously I needed to buy size below otherwise they lost shape and became baggy!!

Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
*Yes but I had to filter and choose fro what was available in that size and it wasn't a lot

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
*They look value for money online but still awaiting delivery on Monday 11th June!!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why?
*Still awaiting delivery on Monday 11th June!!

Is there anything you were particularly impressed with?
*Still awaiting delivery on Monday 11th June!!

Or anything you were disappointed by?
*Still awaiting delivery on Monday 11th June!!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range?
*More colour and definately more BRA's (Only ONE!!)!!!!!

Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment?
*Yes - Bra's as there was only one online (none instore) and it was a bit old fashioned looking.

If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
*I have seen Spanx and Trinny and Susanna in TKMaxx at a lower price than elsewhere

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend?
*YES

If so, why?
*For what I bought previously (Waist cincher pants!!) as they were fabulous although can be a bit warm on a hot sunny day!

If not, why not?
*N/A

I bought High Rise Brazilian light shaping knickers, high rise light shaping shorts, and secret support vest.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? I've never bought Shapewear before. Using the website made it very easy to find out about the product range, and to weigh up (ahem) which product to buy against another. The range was as I expected in terms of what was offered.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I shopped for the product online, but when I went to pick up my purchase in store I had a look around the store too. I found online much more useful in terms of deciding what to wear because of the list of features of each product. I did not, however, like the delivery charges (hence picking up in-store!) - compared to so many other online shopping experiences which now offer free first class deliveries this was a real negative.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Online stock was dire! It took me forever to spend the £35 and I had to really TRY which didn't make it pleasant! To be honest, the lack of availability really soured the fact that I liked the look of a lot of the styles because they just weren't available. Granted, I don't usually shop with money burning a hole in my pocket, but the fact that there was very little available for my size in stock would make me look elsewhere.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? I thought the knickers were very good value, and I will be buying them again because they're such a good fit and so comfortable. The cami top was less good value as I could get a better effect wearing a cheap vest top and a bra.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I loved the knickers! They didn't creep anywhere unfortunate, they fitted well and they looked nice. I can't say that they made much of a difference in shaping me though. I was disappointed with the vest - with it being in the shapewear section I had thought it might be slimming too rather than just a bra insert. I should have read the product details more carefully, but I think them being in shapewear was a bit of a misnomer.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? Improve the stock, definitely. If I was to buy something similar I would probably also look in house of fraser as that's where I tend to buy bras

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? The knickers have already been recommended to a friend and to my Mum for their fantastic fit

plusonemore Fri 08-Jun-12 17:03:12

I am really struggling to find anything but knickers in my size- I already have these so it would be a waste!! Really wanted the slip without a bra (either one) and have tried in store and online several times with no luck. Tried ordering from store but they said to keep trying online. How long shall I wait?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 08-Jun-12 17:23:08

plusonemore - the thread will be open next week too so please do carry on trying if you can!

Follyfoot Fri 08-Jun-12 17:55:55

I bought:

Light Control No VPL High Rise Assorted Full Briefs
Flatter-Me™ High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts
Light Control Cotton Rich High Rise Shorts
Secret Support™ Cotton Rich Longline Bra Vest

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
Yes, Ive bought items before, I found the website was very confusing as if you searched Shapewear', certain items came up, if you searched 'control' or something similar, other items came up eg the secret support bra vest and the longline controlling vest.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I chose online as I dont like shopping! Also I have found M & S to be variable in terms of having a full range of sizes in store. I like to take my time and also know exactly what is in stock, so online is best for me

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
There was plenty of choice (almost to the point of too much) and my size was in stock for most things I looked at (apart from sale items).

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Hmmm not sure. £7.50 for a pair of M & S lace pants probably isnt value for money, but a vest top for £12 definitely is. The other pants were two pair packs so werent bad value. I thought some items were expensive and hence didnt chose them (firmer control items especially)

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I was very satisfied with the items. They were perhaps more 'smoothing' than 'controlling' but were comfy to wear all day long at work. I would definitely wear them as everyday pants as opposed to just going out ones, especially the no vpl pants, they were great.

The hangers irritated me though! Pants dont need to be on hangers surely, thats a dreadful waste of packaging.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I think there's enough choice already and I'd probably only look in M & S to be honest

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would. Mostly reasonably priced, huge range. I'd say that if they were looking to squish the fat, go for firmer control....

Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of the panel.

Folly

Ali1011 Fri 08-Jun-12 20:00:55

Bought 2 pack firm control cotton briefs and Body solutions firm control full slip

Q1. Yes have bought bra vest and knickers. There is a bit of a dazzling array to choose from now!

Q2. Ended up shopping online as couldn't get to shops in order to browse with children in tow! Would prefer to go to a shop and look at things properly.

Q3. There is a lot of choice, less so in larger sizes. It can be confusing trying to work out the best solution for you. Probably why I picked an all in one thing as part of the selection. I did see an item I would have liked to have tried put it only went up to 18 and I felt I needed next size.

Q4. They are OK value for money. Although the full slip nearly cost as much as the dress I wanted to wear it under. They feel like more one off items then everyday.

Q5. Pretty satisfied, would have liked the pants in a nude colour (ended up with black). The full slip is good, if not very pretty.

Q6. From past experience I think a bra vest more like the kind of thing Bravissimo have would be good. The M&S ones feel less structured (but are obviously cheaper).

Q7. Yes I think so, there is a good range and readily available. Although I think for larger chested people like me the bra stuff could come in a better range of sizes. We are more likely to need the control!

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I think I bought some control knickers from M&S for my uni summer ball in around 2000, but they were hideous and very restrictive. Also, they held my tummy in, but created a lovely 'muffin-top' effect with my top squidge. Mmmm, attractive.
I went into my local store (Poole) and there wasn't much at all, they advised me to go to Castlepoint (Bournemouth).

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I bought the product in store, as I wasn't 100% sure which size I needed and I thought the best thing would be to try them on. If you aren't in a hurry, it's good to order a range of sizes and try them at home, but these obviously have to be paid for up front then the unwanted items returned, and we have just bought a car so I don't think DH would be impressed if I spent £150 on shapewear!

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

At the smaller store (Poole) there wasn't really a very good range in terms of style and sizes for shapewear, but I was impressed by the range at the larger store (Castlepoint). I was able to get the size I needed, but there does seem to be a lot of size 10 products which seemed a bit crazy to me as if I were a size 10 I wouldn't be wearing restrictive underwear!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I think it's nice and pretty, but probably would not have bought it if I had to spend my own (hard earned) £35 on it. Other stores (eg Primark) sell shapewear for much cheaper but Primark won't actually let you try it on or return it, and have hideously erratic sizing, so what's the point? FFS

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I am pleased with it, but had to get white as there wasn't my size in black. This might limit it's usefulness, but DH likes it smile

m.marksandspencer.com/mt/www.marksandspencer.com/Perfect-Lace-Panelled-Light-Control/dp/B0035RIB1U?un_jtt_redirect

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

It's generally nice but a bit pricey, the changing room assistants were very helpful, and I think it would be good to offer a few more colour choices. Especially as it's quite fashionable to show a little hint of underwear sometimes!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
If they were specifically after shapewear then I'd say to go and have a look at the range, but it was one of the most tedious and painful hours of my life scraping and squeezing myself in and out of tight underwear!

wonkyduck Fri 08-Jun-12 21:15:36

Right, I've just spent my voucher for M & S shape wear.

I struggled to buy any products that I really wanted to try as they were out of stock but in the end chose the following based on the theory that I will wear them for upcoming weddings: Body Solutions Firm Control Multiway panelled dress slip in nude and a pair of Ultimate Magic 15 denier secret support tights in natural tan.

I have ordered online to pick up in store. I was disappointed that the earliest date available to pick up the items is next Thursday. I was expecting it to be processed on Monday to pick up on Tuesday afternoon.. hmm.

So, I will do my full report at the end of next week once they arrive 'in-store'.

lemontop Fri 08-Jun-12 22:08:32

Only just received my vouchers due to being sent to random post office. I have bought:

1 Qty Ultimate Magic Secret Support™ Body Define Low Leg Knickers
1 Qty Ultimate Magic 15 Denier Secret Support™ Tights
1 Qty 2 Pack - Light Control No VPL High Rise Assorted Full Briefs

Q1. No have never bought Shapewear from M&S before. I found it easy to find out about the different types of garments available. I'm not really sure what I had in mind but ended up going for knickers and tights that looked nicer than the traditional thigh shaper type garments.

Q2. I shopped online as it's easier than taking a toddler shopping plus no very local M&S stores to me. I would have preferred to try garments on to see if they fit but wasn't possible.

Q3. The colour range seems to be mainly nude / white/ black with the exception of one bright pair of pink knickers! Stock availability was fine for the knickers i wanted but I couldn't find the body I wanted in my size.

Q4. Yes I think they seem very good value for money.

Q5. I am waiting to receive the items so can't comment on quality at the moment. Will update if the items arrive before the thread closes.

Q6. There is a very small range of DD+ items. My bust size is GG so there's actually nothing to fit from that range. It would be great if the sizing went up to a H cup or higher. i would normally buy this kind of garment from Bravissimo.

Q7. Yes, sure.

2munchkins Fri 08-Jun-12 22:22:26

Q1. I bought two sets of cotton control pants and one secret support vest.

Not bought Shapewear before. Online the garments were easy to find and well described. In store, it was difficult to ascertain whether there was one section or garments spread out. Also there was no assistant in the lingerie section (I was told this) to assist me find the vests/camisole I wanted. I eventually got hold of someone from bra fittings who said that if “I can’t see it they don’t stock it”. Not what I expected to hear. I did not find exactly what I wanted in store and online sizes were not available.

Q2. I shopped in store because of non availability online but this would be my preferred method as I like to see and feel the items for quality and size.

Q3. I was particularly interested in vests/camisoles and opted for a cotton support vest which had availability in black and white plenty of sizes. I had been looking at two other camisoles and vests online where the sizes were not available and I could not find them at all in the store store. I bought two sets control pants and bought the last size 14 in one of them.

Q4. The shapewear pants at two for £9.50 were good value, the vest was acceptable and the other pants at £14 bit too expensive.

Q5. The cheaper light control pants fitted well and were comfortable, however I wouldn’t say there was any 'control' or support as such and I woudn’t particularly describe them as high leg. The other cotton rich lace pants in the same size came up too small and dug in. The cotton support camisole fitted surprisingly well and I felt supported and thought the style was flattering. I would have bought the white as well but the nude bra underneath showed through so obviously that it looked ugly and not so useable.

Q6. I would be more interestd in the shapewear range if there were more cotton rich garments in the range – I like more hygienic underwear that breaths. The bodies looked lovely, but rather pricey and too much man-made fibre. More camisoles and vests with choice of colours would be good. I would possibly consider John Lewis for such a range if price and fabric ok.

Q7. I would probably recommend the range to a friend if viewed online as garments look and sound appealing - instore is too haphazard to find the range. There didn’t seem to be clear labelling on the items themselves to indicate they were part of the range. If M & S want this to be a dinstinctive range it should be grouped together in the lingerie section.

RachelHRD Fri 08-Jun-12 22:43:57

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I haven't bought any shapewear for a number of years from M&S - About 10 years ago I used to wear one piece body's but they were very different from what is on offer nowadays! I found it very easy to group all of the Shapewear online to look through and was pleasantly surprised at the number and variety of products available.
I decided to look for something to wear under a dress as post 2 c-sections and carrying extra weight I need a lot of help in smoothing out the lumps and bumps! I found a good selection of slips available.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I looked online initially to see what was available and read the reviews which I always find helpful when buying anything from M&S. I would happily have bought online but they didn't have my size available in the chosen item so I decided to look in store as well. I shopped in store late evening with a friend and again was pleasantly surprised at the range and pleased to find the item I wanted in my size and had help from a very nice, knowledgeable member of staff.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
Yes the range is extensive - a bit disappointing that my size wasn't available online and there was only one in store and as the reviews had recommended going a size up and that also wasn't available either online or in store. It seemed to me that there was plenty of stock in the smaller sizes but less in size 18 or above. I took a chance and got the item in my size and thankfully it fitted fine. More colours would be nice though - it was overwhelmingly white, nude and black in store!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
I bought the 'Waist sculpt wear your own bra slip' @ £29.50 which to me seems expensive as something to wear under a dress and probably isn't something I would normally buy unless it was on offer with a good sized discount.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I am impressed with the design especially that you can wear your own bra with it and was surprised that I could get it on without needing a shoe horn! It fitted well and is reasonably comfortable although because it is tight over the thighs I'm not sure if it might impede my walking slightly and make me a bit pigeon toed! I think also, as with any shapewear, it would be quite uncomfortable to wear in very hot weather but that is unavoidable if you want to gain the benefit from it. I think it might benefit from being a bit longer and straightening out or having a back slit low down to help walking - it stops mid thigh with me which I think might show under a very clingy dress.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
Longer slips as I mentioned previously and I do think some of the items are quite pricey - £30 for a slip and £15 for one pair of pants is quite expensive for a Mum on a budget - perhaps more value items.
The lady I asked for advice in store was very helpful and friendly which was a pleasant surprise.
I would probably look in M&S first in the future and then other big stores like John Lewis, Debenhams etc.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would. I do think the range is good quality and extensive enough to cater for most women's requirements although a little pricey in some areas. The assistance I got ins tore was good and I like the online layout and inclusion of reviews and ease with which you can place an order.

NellVarnish Fri 08-Jun-12 23:49:47

Right here goes, spent my voucher today, thank you very much but nearly lost the will to live and nearly drowned in the pouring rain-.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I’ve always bought M&S Opaque Suck You In tights – they last quite a long while and don’t seem to shrink in the wash – give you a nice smooth outline. Well smoothish. Especially if you buy the next size up and stretch them up to just under your bra. I wanted to try a ‘sausage skin’ type thingy to wear under a dress, so had a look online before I went to the shop.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Looked online first at what was available and nearly ordered from there (but it was out of stock) but I’m really pleased now that I went into the shop as I tried on a variety of things and some of the items looked hideous on me.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
Grrr. No I had to get a size smaller as there were not enough in stock. It was also a pain finding all the Shapewear as it’s not all in the same place, and it's not all called Shapewear either. The assistants in the Lingerie Changing Rooms were less than helpful and said rather snippily when I asked for another size, ‘All the stock is out’. They would only let me take six items in (fair enough), and said I’d have to get changed and rejoin the queue to try on the other items shock which surprised me rather. There seemed to be much more available in black than in white or nude.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
If I had been going to a wedding or something then maybe I would have spent £35 on it, but as everyday underwear goes, I thought it was a bit pricey for what it was.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
Obviously I’m really pleased to have the chance to try it for free, and I like the one I chose. I just wish there had been more available in store in my size. I did check with the Ordering Department who were lovely, but the ones I liked were out of stock online too. And the one I really liked didn’t come in a DD, or indeed a double anything so I have had to squash my generous norks into a smaller cup which floweth over rather. And it used up all of my your precious £35 English pounds! I've just realised as well that mine is a light support rather than firm, so I might ring round a few stores and try to exchange the one I bought as I need all the help I can get.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I think M&S have a wide variety of styles of Shapewear, just not enough sizes. I’d probably try M&S again as a first port of call, but might have a look at John Lewis too, and even Primark as they do some sucky-in stuff too now.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I probably would, as some of it is quite pretty, if a tad expensive.

Thanks for letting me try it out M&S and MN!

CarpeJugulum Sat 09-Jun-12 11:00:02

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought the shaper tights before as they seem to stay up longer than normal tights, but not any underwear. I first looked in store, and it was really difficult to find - and (after looking online later) only a small selection was in the "Shapewear" section; but there seemed to be other pieces scattered throughout the lingerie section.
I found one item that I had in mind the Secret Slimming Thigh Slimmer which was reasonable priced - but only came in black in store. The rest of the shapewear section was muddled, and most sizes appeared to be out of stock. I was very unimpressed with the store in this regard. The assistants were also fairly clueless regarding the range, and the changing rooms were dirty and horrible - and the staff unwilling to fetch different sizes.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I used both methods - primarily because the store had such a bad selection available. In an ideal world, I prefer looking at shapewear in store, as it is hard to gauge elasticity/fabric type online from a picture.
However, the charge for delivery did put me off buying online - luckily I have an M&S card and was therefore entitled to free delivery.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Online, there was a good range of options, but definitely not in store; the store seemed to be out of the 10-16 range in most items - there were only 8's or 18's and over. I found one item I liked in store, and then looked online.
I would like to see a better range of colour - definitely a red colour and maybe a navy too.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

As stated above, I bought the Secret Slimming Thigh Slimmer in store, and the Ultimate Magic Secret Support Body Define Low Leg Knickers.
In general, I found the range quite expensive compared with other shops, and probably wouldn't have bought from M&S had I not had the voucher.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The Thigh Slimmers are great, and I am considering another pair, but the Ultimate Magic Secret Support Body Define Low Leg Knickers don't do much for me - I'd prefer them to come lower down my leg as they do rather create a bulge.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I'd like to see a better range of full slips to go under dresses - the ones online are quite low in the bust, and low in the leg if you are petite, so a shorter/petite option would be great.
If I'm buying shapewear, I do tend to go for John Lewis as the staff are much more helpful, the fitting rooms are clean and tidy, and they will fetch different sizes - something M&S staff are seemingly incapable of doing.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

It's unlikely to come up, but if I was to recommend it, it would be to buy online and not in-store, due to the reasons above. However, I'd be more likely to recommend other stores first.

gingercat12 Sat 09-Jun-12 11:09:47

I have not bought my shapewear. Doing my research. Due to sales store was too busy, so it seemed a little unfair to ask for help on Thursday.

Firawla Sat 09-Jun-12 11:42:11

mine came yesterday so I tried it out, it was the magic thigh and tummy cincher. unfortunately I have to say it wasn't as good as I hoped, compared to spanx it has a much less noticeable effect, and considering its 35 quid I would have wanted it to be nearly as effective as the spanx whereas I would say its about as effective as other similar thing I had from primark which was about 8 - but the m&s quality is much nicer than the primark I would have to admit. The material of it is quite nice and silky which i've not normally seen on these kind of thigh, tummy items.
based on reviews people were saying on the website to "get a realistic size not the size you wish you are" etc I actually probably was too generous and should have got a size smaller and it may have been more effective if I did that, so partly my own fault for buying too big of a size but even a size down I dont think it would be as firm control as spanx at all
Not bad though, i will try it again under different things

answered the other qs already

MotherGeek Sat 09-Jun-12 11:49:28

I bought the Ultimate Magic Secret Support™ Body Define Multiway Body in 40B, nude.

Q1. I have never bought shapewear from M&S before. I found lots of info easily enough online, and found lots of products I'd be interested in buying.

Q2. I had a look in store but there was nothing in my size that I was interested in purchasing. The £5 off discount code online also made it better value to shop online, so this is where I made my purchase.

Q3. There was plenty of choice online, but the stock in my local store (Trafford Centre) had next to nothing in a 40B. (I wanted an all in one type thing to hold in post baby lumps and bumps). There was more choice and availability online, and for me, nude is always my colour choice as I can wear it under anything, so I was happy with the colour choices too.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Yes. In all honesty, I have always avoided M&S underwear as it has a bit of a "granny" association for me. And the prices always seemed higher than most places. But on receiving the garment, I can see my judgement was off. The quality is great, and I can see why it costs more than the cheaper alternatives available.

Q5. I was very impressed with it. I loved the fact it is seemless at the bottom so there's no visible panty line. A HUGE plus for me! It feels luxurious to touch and the discount I got online made it even better value.

Q6. The only thing which is missing is something for mums to be. I am pregnant but unhappy with my shape. Maybe something to hold in thighs while allowing my bump to breathe? The extra support around my bump would probably help to reduce aches and pains too. I usually buy shapewear from Very, and tend to stick to high waisted panties. None of yours seemed to go all the way up to bra height. I would definitely check M&S before making purchases in the future.

Q7. Yes. Especially if you have online promotions similar to those over the Jubilee weekend. I got £40 worth of product delivered to my door for £35. I would also recommend M&S based on the quality of the garment I received. I haven't worn it yet as I am pregnant but it feels great, looks better than expected and the quality is better than other retailers.

rosiero Sat 09-Jun-12 12:31:54

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes, I had an all in one to wear under my wedding dress. It was the only place I could find one that fitted and was plain so it didn't show under my fitted dress.
This time I wanted to find some pants, I have recently lost almost 2stone, and after having 2 kids am rather flabby! So wanted to hold it in!
I spent a long time searching through on line and reading all the reviews to try and make the right decision.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I bought online, but I think it would be easier in store, but that's not an easy option with a 3 year old and 1 year old in tow!

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
there seem to be a lot of nude colour and not enough black and white for my liking. Sizes I wanted were available. A few more sexier items would be good, my husband laughed when I showed him! I was a tad worried when most of the reviews I read we're by 50plus year olds. Either I am old before my time or they just have more time on their hands to review!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
only worn one style so far, the Light control control cotton rich pants, which are good value. The panelled waist cincher seems very pricey at 19.50 and wouldn't usually purchase something so expensive. Yet to wear it.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
Satisfied, and at the moment glad that I bought the size 12 and not the 10 even though I am 10 in m and s clothes. I was concerned I might not be able to breath in a size 10!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? Higher legs, or different styles of pants than g string or full pants. The high legs weren't exactly high. Control underwear is good but still want to look sexy and be flattering if you know what I mean?!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Currently would recommend what I have tried, 2 more styles to wear yet. The ones I have tried washed and tumble dried well.

Thanks for picking me for this trial will post again when tried the other 2 purchases!!

KJ123 Sat 09-Jun-12 12:55:43

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? No
When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? It was quite easy as I looked online first & was really surprised there were about 80 products, which seemed a lot and I was impressed.

Did you find what you had in mind? Yes

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Both, but I choose to buy instore so Icould try them on as I prefer to try on rather than buy online & then have to change, but it was good to whittle down the search online first & I was pleased to find the product in store. At first I couldn't find the colour I wanted (beige) as it wasn't hanging next to the black version which was odd, but an assistant helped me find it. Like someone else mentioned, the staff were pretty helpful & it did cross my mind they knew they knew there were 'mystery shoppers' out there, although usually M&S staff are pretty good.
Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? see above

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? Yes, pretty much. Although thought it may be good to have more 'bodies' with less lace trim on them , so they are smoother under clothes.
How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? I did get what I wanted, but there wasn't loads so at first I was worried they wouldn't have my size & colour, & I needed help to find it.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? I need to post again when I have tried it. I think it is probably better value than some other brands, but I wouldn't usually spend this much on such a product - I'd just go without.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? Will add when I have tried it.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? Maybe smoother 'bodies', as above.
If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? Spanx and I would google for other brands as I'm not sure of everyone who does them.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Probably - will advise when tried.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? No
When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? I looked online and it was very easy, probably too much choice and I did find what i was looking for.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Both
Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? This time around I preferred shopping online because the store didn't have what I wanted in the right size or colour and the whole range was poorly arranged and sorted. I'd happily buy something like Shapewear or underwear online without visiting a store.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc. or not? Not enough choice of colour - they are all very drab and boring, and as it's pretty un-glamourous as it is I think prettier and brighter colours would be excellent - pinks, reds etc. I think the choice of items is more than enough - there are loads! I still don't like the M&S sizing of 8/10 or 12/14 because one is slightly too small and the other slightly too big for me in underwear which is why I don't buy underwear from there any more.
How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Stock in the shop was poor and they didn't have very much in the sizes I wanted 8/10 or 12/14 so I shopped online and they has evrything I wanted in all the colours and all the sizes.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? My initial impression was they they were overpriced and having worn them and not been particularly impressed I still think they are expensive especially when considering they are very plain and drab looking.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I bought a 2 Pack of Firm Control Cotton Rich Briefs and I'm really disappointed as I had high hopes, they roll down from the top so that I have an unattractive bulge of fabric below my navel. I bought 2 sizes and despite the smaller ones being snug they still did it, as did the briefs in the next size up - I read similar comments on the M&S site afterwards that others had found the same. I also bought the Light Control Gathered Front Santoni Body which I didn't feel did anything at all and despite the briefs in the same size being snug the body in that size was far less so and a little baggy, certainly no improvement on my usual full body underwear.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? Biggest improvement would be to either reduce the price in the simple range of colours or provide a wider range of colours/patterns, something a little more flattering and dare I say, sexier. I have shopped for shapewear at Debenhams and John Lewis and prefer the items I have from those retailers.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? No I wouldn't because I was disappointed with the lack of effect and the constant readjusting I had to do with the briefs!

emdelafield Sat 09-Jun-12 19:05:31

Here we go Lots to say. Firstly I bought on line a two pair pack of control pants (one white,one nude)and then in store a black firm control full length slip.

q1 I have bought Mand S shapewear before but only (boring)pants. My online search revealed a plethora of pants and in store I branched out and bought a slip.

q2 I enjoyed both methods. Online was great because there was no time pressure. I was irritated about having to create an account etc and then annoyed that the postgage took my order from £14 to £17.50 but the items arrived in two days by courier so a good service.

I went to a big M and S in Glasgow. Although I have been in both Glasgow and Edinburgh recently I have not had time to shop so the online experience has the advantage for convenience. I also spent more than the postage on my train fare and then another £17 on unnecessary trip to food hall and cafe.

The lingerie section was well stocked and quiet but devoid of staff. I chose a slip (adventurous) and paid another £10 towards it. Being a mystery shopper is soooo expensive.

When I joined the queue to pay I resolved to ask a question about shapewear to test staffs' product knowledge and was put off when two of the five staff were young men. Anyway I was served by a lovely lady and she and her colleague answered my queries.

The store is in the middle of a refit and there were lots of helpful and proactive staff and I came away feeling very cheery (and poorer)

Q3 I can't be doing with too much choice (but that is just me). I preferred the website which was logical and clear. Wandering round the shop was a bit confusing for me especially with no one in the dept to ask.

q4 I am very pleased with the pants and think they are good value because they do the job and will last. They are well made and comfy. The jury is still out on the slip. It looks and feels lovely but I tried to get it on after a shower (when in a hurry) and had to admit defeat. I expect there is a knack to it.

q5 I am very pleased with my purchases and would go online again for a browse around the world of pants. I would buy this way in future.

q6 I think the range is comprehensive and suits my (middle aged ) needs but not sure if it would appeal to a younger buyer. If I was buying elsewhere I would go to my local lingerie store for Spanx or similar.

q7 I would definitely recommend to a friend or a complete stranger for that matter. I like to talk!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part. If you need anyone to test out luxury holidays just get in touch!

BobbieSox Sat 09-Jun-12 19:13:20

I havent actually worn what I've bought yet but I wanted to post some of my feedback before I do the wearing!

What I bought:1 "Flatter-Me™ High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts"

1 "Light Control Floral Lace Body"

1 "Flatter-Me™ High Rise Brazilian Light Shaping Knickers"

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? Yes I bought pants a few years ago, wasn't happy with them as I had to cut a slit in the leg holes as they were so tight I had a huge sausage effect going on with my thighs (am size 8-10)

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I shopped online - I usually do as have two small DC so can't concentrate in a shop, plus the times I have been advised on underwear fitting in M and S I have been unimpressed.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? So this is my main gripe - I wanted to buy a body that I can wear under a dress - there are none at all in a 32! Fair enough in theory that makes me skinny...but I'm really not ( did I mention I have 2 small DC? and a mum tum to go with them). In fact as an E cup even if I were a 34 there was an extremely limited choice. So I got a size 10 one...happy with availability on the products I actually bought.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? will get back to you

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? Havent worn the body yet but the pants were....pants! They didn't hold me in at all so I took them straight back when I arrived. Fair enough they were light control but I didn't feel any effect at all. So they have been returned.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? See above - bigger cup sizes, smaller back sizes please!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not TBC

So the actual product test is still to come,,looking forward to going back over this thread and reading others comments!

southlundon Sat 09-Jun-12 20:05:54

In addition to my earlier post, I took back the two items I was disappointed with (the low rise pants and light control thigh slimmer), got a refund and have ordered the ultimate magic body define thigh slimmer online. I'm getting it delivered to a store near me for Friday so I hope the thread won't have closed by then as I'll redo some of my answers.

OvO Sat 09-Jun-12 20:46:48

I bought Firm Control Everyday Minimiser, Flatter-Me High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts and 2 Pack Firm Control Cotton Rich Briefs.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? No I haven't.

When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Very easy to find the range online.

Did you find what you had in mind? Yes.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I shopped instore as I wanted a body suit thingy and needed to try them on before buying. I didn't want to buy online and end up with something unsuitable.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? I could go on a huge rant about this. The choices for the large of nork was pathetic. The DD+ range is a joke. There were 7 items and 3 of these went no bigger than an E. Wooo, with this huge choice you are really spoiling us. Out of the other 4 choices 1 was a slip and not at all useful for me. So I was left with 3 but online AND instore 2 of the 3 were out of stock in my size. So I had a massive choice of ONE BLOODY ITEM IN MY SIZE. I'm not an all that unusual size but M&S certainly made me feel like I was. So there was NO choice. I looked at a lot of other stuff online and there was so so much that was not in stock, it was a joke. In store there was an equally pathetic choice. The item I really wanted didn't go up to my size and the item I really wanted out of the DD+ range was out of stock so no I did not get what I wanted. I ended up with the one thing in my size and then buying pants with the rest as at least there were plenty of my size.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Yes they seemed reasonalbly priced.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I was really pleased with the 2 pack of cotton briefs. They were so comfy. I really didn't think they would do much in the way of tummy control as they just looked like big cotton knickers but when I put them on they definitely did keep things 'in'. But they didn't feel tight or uncomfortable like other similar knickers I've bought. I'd be quite happy to wear them as everyday underwear. The shorts I bought looked very nice on and felt even more of a firm control. But after a while the laceyness annoyed me and felt uncomfy and I couldn't wait to get them off. I'd wear them under a dress on a night out as they definitely did the job and they did look nice so made me feel good and for a few hours they'd be fine. The body fit really well which was a nice surprise. It looked quite nice on too - I have it in the black and it's not something I would be embarassed to be caught in by my DH unlike some of the other shapewear. It felt great for about 2 hours then I just wanted out of it. After those 2 hours the firm control felt too firm. The poppers underneath were great - could go pee without a worry! When I've worn control underwear before it had no poppers so the whole thing had to come off which is just the biggest pain ever. Poppers were well positioned so I didn't have to get into a yoga position to close them again. The cup size was spot on which is unusal I've found. I'll definitely wear it again for under an outfit for a night out sort of thing.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
Please please make a LOT LOT LOT more of the range in F and G cup sizes! I saw so much I really liked, I'd buy it like a shot but it doesn't go up past a D.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes. It was all decently priced and comfier than other shapewear I've worn.

I feel like a moaning minnie for part of that review, sorry M&S. I am glad to have been part of the product test, thank you.

babsmam Sat 09-Jun-12 21:23:14

Waiting for my order to come tomorrow to the store and then will have a look at the in-store range and report back properly. Initial feedback is the sizing seems unhelpful in a number of items - i'm a size 10-12 and they only have 8-10 or 12-14.

We shall see i suppose

sleeplessinselondon Sat 09-Jun-12 21:34:54

Items bought - just the one! Here

Q1. Have you bought shape wear from M&S before?

Yes - I've bought pull you in pants in the dim and distant past but not for a while, they never seemed to work as well as I imagined!

Q2. Did you shop for shape wear in store, online or both?

I investigated online first.  There was tons of the stuff, but I found that a lot of it was out of stock in most sizes, lots of 8 & 10 but no sizes in the middle. I am a 34FF so although I liked the look of a lot of the bodies there weren't many options for me, and again nothing in stock.  I looked at the online style guide which was pretty basic - and the models were incredibly slim & toned, not great for someone still carrying too much baby weight! I also watched the M&S tv bits on shape wear, presenters were a bit stilted - there was a good video on the 'secret slimming' products but then none of the products were in stock. 

I think for the online guides etc it would be better to have larger models and maybe before and after shots in a floaty dress. 

Q3. Did you think there was enough choice in terms of style shapes colours etc.

After not managing to get anything online I went to the store in Croydon. My first thoughts were just how much of it there was! There must have been 10 racks of shapewear at least. I'd bought a new maxi dress beforehand which definitely needed some shapewear underneath so tried on lots of bottoms in different ranges, waist cinchers, thigh slimmers and tummy things. I also tried on some slips and vests.

The changing rooms were really hot and I found a few things, especially the slips, really hard to get into but could definitely see the difference with most items.  The magic braless slip, which I'd really liked the look of online, didn't work with my dress as the back was too low and I also think it wouldn't be that comfortable with floaty summer dresses as it felt quite hot.

There were no staff at all on the sales floor to ask for advice, and also no info anywhere on the different ranges - maybe a leaflet explaining the different levels of support/ ranges etc would be handy. Everything looked pretty identical which I found a bit confusing.

I ended up buying the 'magic' waist cincher thigh slimmer that a lot of people seem to have chosen for £35 which is very pricy - although I admit it works really well!  My problem with this range was that nothing really differentiated it as premium - I asked an assistant in the changing room why it was much more expensive than another very similar looking product which also said firm control, and she just said - oh it's the best range with the best control.  I think if this is the case (which it obviously is) then the packaging should make it look much more different - maybe all the magic items should be displayed together etc?

Q4. Do you think the shapewear items you bought were good value for money?

I'm not sure. Yes it works really well, but would I have spent £35 on a pair of pants without the voucher, probably not? Although as I said earlier if I really felt I was getting a premium product then yes.

Q5. How satisfied are you with the shapewear item you bought?

Pretty satisfied , it is surprisingly comfortable to wear all day, eat in etc! My only complaint is that as I'm 5'8 there is a bit of a gap between the top of the product and my bra that can lead to a bit of back fat so I've had to pull it up a few times.

Q6. How could we improve the range?

Better differentiation of the different ranges within shapewear, maybe trained staff 'experts' on the floor to help with questions.  I have bought Spanx before (whispers the controversial maternity ones) which were brilliant - not to hold in the bump obviously but to smooth out all the lumps and bumps under a dress I was wearing to a wedding at 8 months which definitely made me feel more confident.  I think you have a pretty good range all in all though and was surprised by the amount of shapewear available in Croydon.

Q7. Would you recommend to a friend?

Yes - the item I bought definitely worked despite the high price.

goingmadinthecountry Sat 09-Jun-12 21:37:03

Went to my local M and S today clutching my card - hardly anything in there, all beige and nothing my size. This is Ashford Kent if anyone's interested. Also the underwear is right my the main walkthrough from High Street to shopping centre - I don't particularly like bumping into kids I teach while buying knickers! For information they also don't have ANY sports bras, the other item on my list.

Went to our outlet store where they had a few bodies - very pretty black lace but very linited sizes. Also I'm too tall for them.

I'm in a much bigger town on Monday so will try there - if no luck will order on line then report back. Apart from Ashford, our nearest M and S is 20 miles away.

shaztwins1 Sat 09-Jun-12 22:12:49

i havent forgotten to post my review i just havent worn everything i bought as im going to have to change an item as its too small (even though i bought a size bigger than i am due to the type of garment !!!! ) will be returning on tuesday so will post my review then grin

Piffpaffpoff Sat 09-Jun-12 22:23:00

A quick update, wore mine again today and it is super comfortable and I was asked by a friend if I'd lost weight! But, I've noticed the quality of finishing on the garment is not great. I thought the seam on the leg had split at the bottom of it, but on closer inspection it's not fully sewn up or has been sewn up squint or something. It doesn't affect the performance but it's not what I expect from something that costs £35.

smokinaces Sat 09-Jun-12 22:24:44

I've sent some photos.

They don't show all that much difference. However its my jelly belly - after two sections and a ten pound baby its all loose. The pants just make it feel firmer and not wobble and therefore boost confidence and clothing options!

emdelafield Sun 10-Jun-12 00:13:43

Back again- got the slip thing on ( by stepping in rather than pulling over my head duh) .it is amazing. I look sleek! It seems v comfy only concern it is a bit long. I am 5 ft 2 and it is not far above my knees so that would rule out short skirts ( have no intention of wearing short skirt of course but others might).
Anyway I am delighted with the slip and will buy the nude version next time.

FrankWippery Sun 10-Jun-12 00:48:58

I got the Secret Support Body Define High Rise Knickers and the Waist Sculpt Control Bonded ones

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I think I may have bought something a hundred years ago, but nothing in recent years, no. I did all my looking online, website clear, pulled up what I wanted to see with ease and found exactly what sort of things I was looking for.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped online and had it delivered to my local store. My nearest decent store, while not all that far, is a pain the arse to go to and either involves bus/train or congestion charge and sky high parking. Unless I want to go over the bridge it's way easier to do it online.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

For me, yep plenty. No issue with stock and the items I was looking at.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Yes, I think so. Perhaps a few bits are a little expensive, but all in all I'd say it was reasonable.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Very satisfied in the main. I'm not sure that there is a hugely noticeable difference, but felt quite streamlined I suppose, and the new dress I've bought for my DD's and Dsis's 18th/30th next weekend looks much better with the waist sculpt knickers on for sure. Very very comfortable though. In the past I have found holdy in stuff rather torturous to wear for more than 2 minutes and was very pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn't the case.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Not as far as I am concerned, no. Seems like a pretty decent range to me. As with anything I would probably look around, but I am very impressed with the two items I have got, so it's highly likely that it will be a first port of call in the future.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Absolutely. It's very comfortable, does what it says on the tin and it's mostly reasonably priced.

Thank you for the chance to test.

kissmyheathenass Sun 10-Jun-12 10:53:07

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I researched online. I had no specific requirements and was interested in anything that might improve my silhouette. The website was easy to navigate around and I found the Shapewear section straight away. The reviews on the website are brilliant. I chose several items based on their many favourable reviews. Unfortunately non of the items I wanted were in stock in my size (16 or 38C).

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I chose the item I wanted online but it was out of stock in my size. I saw it in a local store so bought it there instead. I usually prefer to buy things instore as it is easy to try several sizes and styles at once. On this occasion, I tried on several similar items and could compare them. The slip I chose was definitely the most effective This is what I bought (the link doesnt work for some reason) Body Solutions Firm control multiway panelled dress £29.50

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Several of the items I was interested in were out of stock in my size online. In store, the size I wanted was available though lots of sizes were not.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Good value because it works so well! It seems to be well-made so I would expect to get lots of wear out of it.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

This slip gives such a good shape. I wore it under a tunic with leggings and I felt slimmer all day. It is very comfortable to wear and definately improves my shape. The skirt bit did ride up though when I sat down. I dont know how this could be avoided but it is the only criticism I have. I followed advice in the reviews and pulled the slip on over my head. It was impossible to step into it and pull it up.

I have several 'bodies' in my wardrobe and although they work well improving my shape, they are difficult to remove in a hurry when on a dash to the toilet. The slip is brilliant because there is no fiddling needed. After having 3 babies, my pelvic floor is not what it used to be and those precious moments saved by wearing a slip rather than a body could be crucial!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would consider Gok Wan's range because I think the designs are quite sexy. I would definitely buy more of this kind from M&S, in fact I might buy myself the nude version.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend it. I think it works really well and is a decent price.

Housemum Sun 10-Jun-12 15:15:47

Will post the "proper" answers when my order arrives on Thursday, but just wanted to say that while I liked the idea of the video on the website (I've bought 2 items from the WaistSculpt range) it would be nice to see the shapewear on a "real" woman of size 14/16 proportions! The model had a pretty 1950s style figure already ie a small waist with larger hips to make the hourglass figure (as large as hips get on a model anyway!).

Before & after pics of a woman in a dress would be good - although I'm sure it is reasonably easy to make it look even more effective if she slumps in shot one and sucks in tummy in shot 2, but I'd be more suckered in if I saw the perceived effectiveness on a larger woman smile

supamummy Sun 10-Jun-12 16:00:44

I bought the Cherry Print Skirted Swimsuit.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I have never bought shapewear before.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I look on line and found it quite difficult to find in one place. I did manage to find quite a few things. I di buy in store as i managed to find more range, the only problem was lack of sizes.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
I got the suit I wanted but had to comprimise on size, I got the size smaller than I was totally comfortable with, but hope to shrink the final bit into it. Sizes and styles instore differnt from online and not a great deal of it.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I loved spending the voucher as I would not have spent £40 on a swimsuit. I feel the range is not good value for money, as although the costume is holding me in it does not feel like it will last as long as a normal costume.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I love the style of the skirted costume, but feel the top is slightly low cut.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

more stock in stores, more choice of colours and styles, range of sizes kept in store, make it easier to fin together online.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes would definately talk about it, not sure about recommending as so expensive

FEEdec Sun 10-Jun-12 16:41:23

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
No I haven't brought it before. I started looking online first and found it really easy to see the range by just typing 'shapewear' into the search box or by going into lingerie and selecting shapewear there. I wanted something that would hold in my wobbly post-baby belly, ideally something that didn't incorporate a bra section as I'm still breastfeeding so need 'easy access' (I've also tried a control body before and hated the feeling on my bust as the cups didn't sit right).

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I did both. I looked online first to get an idea of prices and what I fancied then went in store to try them on. I'm glad I did as I found the items I tried in my size were just too uncomfortable so I ended up having to go up a size for comfort. I brought some firm control knickers www.marksandspencer.com/Control-Panelled-Selvedge-Waist-Cincher/dp/B0055WEIEM?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_36&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-36&qid=1339341231 in store and then when i got home had another look online and ordered a tummy control swimming costume www.marksandspencer.com/Tummy-Control-Halterneck-Spotted-Swimsuit/dp/B0056K1RLK?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_4&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-4&qid=1339341408 which I collected from my local M&S food store to save postage. I preferred buying in store as I could try the items on and rule out anything too uncomfortable or which didn't suit my body shape.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
There were a few items I'd seen online that weren't available in store which I was a little disappointed about (I'd wanted to try this but they didn't stock it www.marksandspencer.com/Gorgeous-Waist-Sculpt-Wear-Your/dp/B0014T8WXS?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_13&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-13&qid=1339341569 Size wise I didn't struggle to find my size. Online availability was fine, no problems.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Yes, both items I brought were very reasonably priced. I also thought the price of the bodies were very reasonable at £35-40

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
The control knickers I bought were very good - although they couldn't magically make my big belly disappear, they did smooth its shape so that when i sucked my tummy in it looked almost flat (I wore them for a family photo shoot and think they hid my belly pretty well). Initially I found them really comfortable but after 6-7 hours of wear I was desperate to get them off as the band at the top was feeling quite constricting! i think any control underwear would be the same though. As for the swimsuit - I was a little disappointed that it didn't seem to have any tummy control, it just seemed like a normal swimsuit. However the style is gorgeous and very flattering so I'm actually really happy with it. It was a great price too!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
Possibly ensure that the same items that are available online are also available in store? I'd consider buying shapewear from John Lewis and Debenhams, although M&S is likely to be my first port of call as I trust the brand & buy most of my underwear from them.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would - in fact I already have as I was telling my mother-in-law about my control pants yesterday and she was interested in getting some for herself!

gingercat12 Sun 10-Jun-12 17:12:51

Please, do not get upset, but I will respond twice, as I have done the shopping today, but I changed my mind. It is all supamummy's fault. I had a look at the cherry print skirted swimsuit and now I have to have one of those, or something similar. If we have summer this year (unlikely I know) I will also get Cool Comfort? Waist Sculpt? Panelled Full Slip

I bought the Perfect Fit Lace Panelled Body Light Control

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I always buy M&S's tummy control swimsuits, but never bought lingerie which was part of the shapewear range.
I had a look at the website guide, and that was quite useful. It helped a lot. I was not sure what I wanted, but when I went into the store the nicest shapewear items were exhibited very tastefully, so that made my mind up what to try on.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I tried both. I am in need of shapewear, so I need to try it on. But interms of advice the website far superior. Our M&S lingerie deaprtment is always super helpful. They helped me through my pregnancy lingerie issues. But today I must have found the one uninterested shop assistant. I kept pressing the button for help, as it is not easy to do the back clasps on your own on these shaping bodies. No answer. When I asked her advice she just suggested very politely not to buy any of the items, if I am unsure.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I like my lingerie in black and white mostly, so it was fine. Amazingly every single item I wanted to try on was available in my size. I am 38B,and somehow my size is never on the racks, but shapewear was different.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I thought £35 was a little bit steep, but I did not shop around, so I could be worng.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

It fitted me nicely. This was the only one that did not push the fat up onto my underarm. It looked quite nice even on me.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Not sure how to improve it. I always shop around, so would definitely check Next, John lewis, Fenwicks and Debenhams.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. They seemed quite feminine.

georgieandjess Sun 10-Jun-12 18:55:57

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought shapewear from them before. Online it was easy to find the different types of shapewear and decide what to buy.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked online first to decide what to get and then bought it in store. I prefer to actually look and feel the items first so that is why I bought in store. I bought some Control Cotton Rich High Rise Shorts and a secret support vest.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was a limited choice of shapewear in the store I went to. I did get what I wanted but they had very little compared to what I had seen online.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I think they are slightly overpriced. I just hope they are quality items that last a long while.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I liked the shapewear I bought, as it is not too obvious as being shapewear. I have previously bought shapewear from M&S and the top seams of the pants have unravelled after a period of time, I hope this is not the case with the new items I have bought.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Have a better range of colours and have more stock available in their stores.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend it to a friend if it came up in conversation as they are good at what they do, the pants are comfortable to wear and I feel more confident wearing them.

I bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher in black, size 20 and the Body Solutions Firm Control Smoothing Full Slip in nude, size 22.

Q1a. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before?
No, I haven't bought any M&S Shapewear before. It's been years since I bought a "control garment" - Trinny & Susannah’s magic knickers for an upcoming wedding – which I didn't actually wear for said wedding.

Q1b. When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available?
It was easy to find out about the range, I did it all on the website. Watched the video, looked at the style guide, browsed the whole range. Incidentally M&S, depending how you navigate the site, you see more or less of the range. Look for bodies via the Shapewear Style Guide and you get 12 results. Navigate from Shapewear, then under 'Narrow by Categories' select 'bodies' and you get 18 choices.

Q1c. Did you find what you had in mind?
What I had in mind changed once I'd been on the M&S site. I'd had a vague notion I'd like a body – I wore them a lot in the 80s smile but I'm a lot fatter bigger now sad and the only one that would accommodate my ample bosom looked like something my mother would have worn in the 50s. Or possibly my gran. (Note well, M&S – a woman staring 50 in the face considered your Traditional Floral Embroidered Corselette too old-fashioned.) So I changed my mind, and looked for something to smooth out my midriff instead. Pity, I really like bodies and the lack of a VBL (visible bra-strap line) on your back.

Q2a. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both?
Both. I browsed online to see what was available and to decide what to buy. I had planned to go to a larger store to buy (either Birmingham or Fosse Park), since my own local store is quite small and I thought I'd have more choice in the bigger stores, and more chance of them having my size in stock. But I popped into my local store anyway, and found that they did have what I was looking for, so I bought them locally after all.

Q2b. Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
This is how I prefer to do it; I can take my time online to find out everything I want to know about what I'm planning to buy, and do it at a time to suit me (usually whilst also watching TV, with a cup of tea in my hand). But for an article like this, where fit is so important, I definitely prefer to try before I buy. It might look perfect online but be horrible in real life, and if I have to send it back and order a different size/item instead, it slows the whole thing down.

Q3a. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc. or not?
There is enough choice in styles and shapes, less so in sizes (the bigger you are, the less choice you have) and colours – which are essentially just black, white and nude. Traditionally I suppose corsets etc. were not to be seen, hence the standard discreet colours – but really, a lot of this range deserves nicer colours, because you might be perfectly happy for it to be seen after all.

Q3b. How was the stock availability when you did your shopping?
Quite poor, but adequate for me. A lot of the range just didn't exist in my local store – e.g. there were only a couple of bodies there (as opposed to the 18 online) and only in smaller sizes. There were lots of shaping knickers, although not so many in the larger sizes, and a few slips.

Q3c. Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
I really would have liked to have tried the Ultimate Magic Secret Support? Body Define DD-G Body, but it just didn't exist at my store. Even online, that body is out of stock on most of the G cups and many of the F cups. There's a clue there M&S – you could sell more to the bigger women if you would just have them in stock! So, I bought my second choice, the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher in black, size 20 and the Body Solutions Firm Control Smoothing Full Slip in nude, size 22. I would probably have gone for the size 22 in the cincher had it been in stock, but it wasn't. I tried on the 20 just in case, and it was fine.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Yes, I do. The cincher, at £35, costs the same as the Trinny & Susannah equivalent, and that was a total waste of money because it was such a pain to get on and off I decided not to wear it. The M&S cincher was, by contrast, totally wearable. The cincher and the slip both did their job of smoothing my midriff, for a reasonable price (I have been browsing e.g. spanx prices for comparison).

Q5a. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why?
I was pretty satisfied with the Waist & Thigh Cincher. The silicone chest-band stayed in place perfectly – I had half-expected it to creep down at the back when I was sitting. It didn't restrict movement at all - even when my hip was at maximum flexion putting on socks, it stretched to accommodate. It was comfortable to wear, even slightly comforting. It was easy to put on and take down/off. It did create a smoother midriff for me, and it did hold my stomach in a little; but as a size 20/22 apple shape, it really couldn't be described as cinching my near-nonexistent waist. But then, I didn't expect it to.

I was less satisfied with the slip, but mainly because it's largely superfluous, doing essentially the same (for me) as the waist cincher. It smoothed out my midriff under a t-shirt and skirt to give a better look overall. It did slightly flatten my chest; but, meh, I'm a G-cup, who's going to notice bar me? It didn't ride up when walking, which I was half-expecting given that it falls to mid-thigh.

Q5b. Is there anything you were particularly impressed with?
The overall comfort, and the silicone band on the cincher keeping it in place. The ease of getting it on and off.

Q5c. Or anything you were disappointed by?
It didn't actually manage to cinch my waist, not in the slightest.

Q6a. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range?
Better availability of larger cup sizes. More colours, not just the usual black, white or nude – some of the range are far too nice to behave as if they're just something functional, to be embarrassed about and want to hide. OK, the waist cincher is probably OK in just those three, but the bodies and the knickers I would like to be able to buy in 'this year's colours'. Certainly I'd want to match the knickers to my bra. For example, Bravissimo stock a particular bra that is always available in black, white and nude, but also in a 'fashion' colour which changes every year. What about something similar to that? Because if you only stock those three colours, I'll probably only buy one. But if you bring out other colours, I might be tempted to buy additional ones to go with particular outfits.

Q6b. Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment?
Not really, no.

Q6c. If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I honestly can't think of another high-street retailer, but I might be tempted to go online and look at Spanx. Although they are pricey compared to M&S, so they'd have to perform miracles to be worth it to me.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would. Mainly for the general M&S advantages – being able to take back/exchange an item that you've changed your mind about, and they're reasonably priced. Plus I found the items I bought to be comfortable and effective.

goingmadinthecountry Sun 10-Jun-12 23:03:10

Have just ordered online - 2pk light control seam free knickers and body solutions firm control smoothing full slip. Would have preferred the multiway one but 38 bust only has them up to d cup. Delivery may not be till next Sat, Not great.

AuntySib Mon 11-Jun-12 09:59:58

I bought Body Solutions Firm Control Smoothing Full Slip.
I have bought Shapewear previously, but approx 15 years ago. Found it uncomfortable then, but thought I'd give it another go. Was hoping to find something more comfortable that didn't look like my granny's underwear. This slip was the only i found ( and tried on loads) that I could bear to wear. I could see the online range, but need to be able to see and feel fabric of clothes before buying, so usually buy instore. I didn't really fins what I was looking for - colours drab, and thought the range was pretty unsexy, not to speak of uncomfortable.
2. Shopped instore for reasons mentioned above.
3. I was in a large store ( Brent Cross) but felt that the range wasn't as big as it could have been, and size availability was a bit hit and miss.
4. I don't feel it was particulalrly good value for money - I would not have bought it had I needed to pay for it myself, and only bought it because the voucher needed to be spent on Shapewear. I didn't much like it, just felt it was the only item which was wearable for me.
5. I tried the all in one bodies, but found the crotch press studs uncomfortable and slightly too wide, and bust sizes not big enough (38E) . Don't like control pants because they just push the flab into a muffin top, so a slip was the only other choice. I haven't worn it yet, despite 2 big nights out since buying it - it doesn't work with low cut tops.
6.The range could be improved by using nicer fabrics and colours( bought a red all in one years ago from M&S which was lovely) . I felt the colours of this range were dull and the cut and fabric utilitarian - it didn't feel nice to touch.
& Not really, except to mention that M&S do a range of control underwear if I was specifically asked.

nickiminja Mon 11-Jun-12 10:46:35

Jacquard lace knickers; Santoni high leg; New no vpl.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
*had some long leg shorts when they first came out about 20 years ago. Comedy memories of wearing them on the pull...
I typed 'shapewear' into the search box and more products came up than there were in the shapewear section. This was a bit odd*

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
online. Our M&S is so small there isn't much choice, plus cost of parking and stress of changing rooms/small child is worse than coughing up for a delivery charge.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
I wanted a vest to sort out my midriff, only size 14s were in stock ( I need 18). I only ever wear casual trousers (jeans, combats) so bought 6 pairs of knickers. Very disappointed in colours. Had to get mainly white and 'skintone' both vile imo. Prefer black, navy, red, pinks anything but white and flesh urg!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
So expensive. I couldn't justify £6 for a pair of knickers unless it was a big ocassion.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
*Jacquard lace - looked a bit grannyish but were actually the best fitting. However they were a bit too high at the back and rolled down, no good for close fitting clothes. They didn't shape anything but offered a bit of firmness and good coverage to my amply wobbly tum
New No VPL - best looking of my bunch, lovely and soft, however the back was far, far too high and the waistband rolled down adding almost an inch to my waist all the way round!!! It would have looked dreadful in a dress. Also the edges were just cut and not sewn, I suspect for the no vpl effect, however some of the cutting was not very neat and looked like my 3 year old had done it at preschool with some plastic scissors.
Santoni high leg - again too high at the back but fine at the front, so they rolled down quite considerably defeating the object. The major problem with these was the gusset, it's not cotton and is grown on rather than sewn on meaning that a panty liner won't stick on. Sorry if it's TMI but that's a bit of a deal breaker for me and my weak bladder so I can't wear the pants again!*

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
Nicer range of colours, cotton gussets. Need to look at cut - While people need fullness at front, not so much material at the back? Or perhaps I just have an odd shape wear it all fits at the front but is too high at the back...

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
I have been hoiking up my pants so everyone can have a look!

chrisrobin Mon 11-Jun-12 11:47:02

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? I have some control pants from many years ago, which were a very firm control and quite uncomfortable. I was pleasantly surprised by the choice available now both in design and in the areas of the body which can be shaped. It was very easy to find online so had a good look online and chose what I thought I would buy in store but when I went in store I found the range was all in the same area so it was very easy to see it all and changed my mind

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I liked the ability to look online so I knew what I was looking for in store but I prefer to buy the items in store so I can get an idea of the fabric and whether the sizing is right for me

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Yes, there were plently of styles and colours to choose from in all the sizes in store. I had no trouble picking what I wanted in my size, there seemed to be at least 2 of every item in each size. I got what I wanted, although this had changed since choosing online.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? I bought a 2 pack of tummy control knickers (light control) which were £12.50 which I thought was good value as they are comfortable and for everyday use. I also bought the Secret Support Body (firm control) which was £25, this seems a little steep for a very plain body.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? They both did the job well. The knickers were very comfortable but still held the tummy in, they also showed no vpl as promised. The body was also confortable and did provide enough support to give me a bit of my hourglass shape back- which surprised me. The quality control however was lacking on the body- there was some stitching which I had to fix before I could wear the body. In the store the first one I picked up had a pull along the length of the cup so I put that back and picked up the second- I didn't think to check the stitching. When I got it home I realised the stiching was coming away on approx 1.5cm on the seam holding the front panel to the side (have photo if you want it). I couldn't take it back as I live too far away from M&S so had to try and fix it myself as it could not be used with a gap in the side support. It was very disappointing and I just hope I have fixed it well enough to use long term (I am not known for my skills with a needle and thread!)

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? No, its a great line, the range is vast. I haven't really looked at other retailers for shapewear, I generally do all my underwear shopping at M&S.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes, I would. It's confortable and does the job well. Thanks for letting me try the shapewear, I am now a convert!

SuePBlovesaDiamondJubilee Mon 11-Jun-12 12:20:20

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes, ages ago when I was much slimmer but for a very clingy dress. It was the cycling short style knickers and they nearly killed me.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Online because I live 20 miles away from an M&S and it's a small store. I would probably buy online in any case - better selection and I wouldn't try them on if I bought in store so there'd be no advantage to going in. I used a code for £5 off and bought on a free delivery weekend which helped. The parcel arrived quickly.

I found the comments and rating very helpful.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Stock available for everything I chose, arrived quickly. Not much choice in colour and the black/nude options are a bit boring.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
The two-packs were, not so much with the individual items. I looked at the slips, cinchers and roll-ons but was put off by the price (yes, even though I wasn't paying). I'd be very unlikely to spend £35 on one item.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The shorts were very comfortable and didn't roll down from the waist. They do tend to get eaten by your bottom when you bend or squat - I selflessly tested this by loading the washing machine. The quality of all the items was good and they seem to be washing well. With shapewear it seems to be a choice whether it rolls down from the waist, or rolls up from the leg. I am yet to find the Holy Grail of Pants that doesn't do either.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I have bought from Tu at Sainsbos before but M&S would be my first stop for big pants. If there were other department stores locally I suppose I would try there.
The sizes do seem a bit random - I bought a size up because of the (useful) comments online but that worked less well with the lighter control (Flatter Me) pants.
More colours and styles and shorts that don't get eaten by bottoms would be good.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, no reason not to. I'd tell them to wait for free delivery or order into store. Quick delivery and good value for the items I bought - the shorts in particular.
I did order something online to collect in store (not part of this trial) and the assistant was very pleasant and helpful.

Bought:

02211244 Lace 'pantee'
09939301 2 pack shorts
04533146 Lace trim brazilian knickers
03531471 shorts

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No, I have never bought shape wear in the past. It was easy to investigate. I liked the range but the choice of colours was somewhat limited. I found the knickers I was looking for.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked online but went into store to buy. I HATE shopping with the DCs I have to get I and get out! I did not try the items on but I regularly buy M&S underwear so was pretty confident of sizing.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Not enough colour choice for my liking. I would have liked something other than nude, white, black. I liked the range just not colour options.

I am still BF my DS and I would have liked something to suit this in the shapewear range. I couldn't see any item that held you in enough but allowed easy boob access.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The items were the prices I expected.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I like the way the items have washed up. Sometimes with 'hold you in' underwear the elastic doesn't hold up on washing.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

It's to an item I look for regularly. I would probably look in M&S and Debenhams.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. If it came up. I would recommend because I liked the fit and how the items have washed.

megabored Mon 11-Jun-12 12:59:08

I suppose I cant use these vouchers for 'flatter me' wear at M&S? Is that considered 'shapewear'?

SuePBlovesaDiamondJubilee Mon 11-Jun-12 13:10:36

I bought one item from that range Megabored as it came up under the shapewear section online.

brawhen Mon 11-Jun-12 14:15:41

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Have bought tights before, but nothing else. Had a quick look in store, but difficult to know what is 'shapewear' and what is not, and find choice and layout of lingerie section overwhelming. Much easier to search & filter online. Yes, range was similar to what I had in mind - more choice than I expected. Sometimes hard to tell the difference between different products.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Online. Prefer this for tights / pants etc as much easier to make sense of the choice, find your size etc. Picked up from local store (which I walk past most days)

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Plenty of choice, my sizes available online. Horrendous to search out sizes in store.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Pants were very expensive! (I usually buy the cotton 5 packs, so £12.50 for 2 pairs - a cheap shapewear option - was a lot). Will see how long they last before declaring value - but my basic cotton M&S ones can keep going for several years...

Tights were OK - I find you have to spend more to get decent non-baggy tights.

I also got a 'soft santini body' - at £19.50 I thought that was OK.

(I spent total of £41.50 - was difficult to get a range of stuff for just the £35. there was also a £5 off offer)

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Tights - good fit. They should have a label inside them as no way to tell them from any other tights in my drawer otherwise - this is a pet hate I have with M&S tights.

Pants - are OK. A bit synthetic and thrush-inducing. Size 12 'light control' are quite comfy. Size 14 'firm control' dig in round the waistband but are baggy on the bum. Can't feel much difference between 'firm' and 'light', except for the digging in waistband.

Body - pleasantly surprised by this in some ways. The shaping effect was good on waist and made a nice difference under a dress and was v comfy. But - gusset too wide thus digging in to me on one side - reminded me of poorly fitting sanitary towel experiences from teenage years grin. The bra bit was along lines of genie bra - which are great (M&S should do these) - but didn't have any moulding inserts thus just squashed breasts in v unattractive manner. Stuck my own genie pads in it and was good to go. So I will keep, but am using in a bit of a fudged-together manner.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Sort out bra bit of the body, as above.

Cut the number of repetitive choices, or explain the differences better.

Would probably buy again - in M&S or online (Amazon?).

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, if it came up in conversation.

brawhen Mon 11-Jun-12 14:22:44

To add - I bought:
- 07047428 Soft Santini Body Size 12-14
- 08522269 New 2PP Low Leg Size 14
- 04872992 2PP New No VPL Size 12
- 20118303 10D Slimming M

brawhen Mon 11-Jun-12 14:23:43

And I like underwear in black, white & nude. HATE stupid patterned bright coloured malarkey wink

cassiepetal Mon 11-Jun-12 14:24:23

I have bought things from M&S shapewear before – mostly to suit a specific dress. I checked the options online before going to the largest local store. I didn’t have anything specific in mind, but it was reasonably easy to find ‘Shapewear’ within the lingerie department.

I went into the store, only because I would rather try on something like shapewear before I buy it. As it turns out, I’m really pleased I did. I tried on a tummy control vest and it was such hard work getting it on, I ended up all sweaty and dishevelled. I didn’t buy it.

I did end up buying the Secret Support Cotton Rich Bra Vest in 36DD (£12) because it was really comfortable. Oddly, when I looked online the only colour choices were black and pink, however, in store there is a white option available too. I would have bought it, but there were no more left in my size and there wasn't a staff member nearby to check stock for me.

The bra vest is very good value for money, however I also bought the Light Control All-Over Lace High Rise Shorts (£12.50) which are not. The waist rolls over and the day I wore them I was forever unravelling them, exposing my not so flattering white belly to the world as I did so. Also, they have this annoying seam right down the middle, which does absolutely nothing for comfort in my nether regions while I am trying to roll them back up!

I was particularly impressed with the selection of shapewear available and, white bra vests aside, most things were available in my size. I think certain aspects of design could be worked on, such as (ahem) crotch seams, roll down waists, and maneuverablity into and out of garments. I love that the bra vest has the clasps, but everything remains relatively seamless.

I can’t think of anything in particular that is missing, and I would probably come back to M&S for any future shapewear needs, or consider an online retailer such as Figleaves, so long as I knew what I was buying (as I said before, I prefer to try things on).

I would definitely recommend M&S shapewear, at the very least as a first point of call because it has all the basics covered and a good selection of sizes.

Flisspaps Mon 11-Jun-12 14:25:51

I am testing:
Waist Sculpt™ Firm Control Bonded Knickers (£19.50)
Secret Support™ Cotton Rich DD-G Bra Vest (£12)

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Never bought any M&S Shapewear before. It was pretty easy to find online, and to find out what the items did. The sort of thing I wanted was there.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Online - I have a baby and a toddler, and the nearest M&S is a bus ride away so it's far more convenient for me to shop from home.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There seemed to be a good range. The item I wanted (Crossover V-Neck Slimming Camisole) wasn't in stock in my size. My second choice (Waist Sculpt™ Bonded Full Slip) also wasn't in stock in my size.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The vest is reasonable value for money. It has washed well and gives good support.

The knickers are reasonable value for money, they give good support and don't give VPL at the bottom. However, I could do with an extra inch and a half at the top of the knickers - they seem to come up short of my bra on me which gives a rather ugly band of squashed flesh between the knickers and my bra. I've not got a particularly long body and I'm not tall (5ft 6ins) so I can imagine taller women might find the problem even worse.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I'm reasonably satisfied, but because the knickers don't really come up high enough I have to be careful what I wear them with as I don't want to be showing a sausage of fat under my boobs - if I'd bought a bigger size I wouldn't get the support I wanted and they'd still not come up any higher!

I do like the vest, at the moment I am breastfeeding so a wired bra is a real novelty but I managed to (just about!) feed in it.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Have more size 14 items in stock - these seemed to be in short supply on the website and it's a common size.

Add some more to the length of the knickers so they come right up and the top can be hidden under the bra line rather than coming up an inch below the bra.

Perhaps the support vest would be good with detachable straps - that would then allow it to be used more easily for breastfeeding and would make it more versatile. Make the vest in more colours too!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

If they mentioned they were going to get some magic pants I'd mention that M&S have some that might be worth looking at.

brawhen Mon 11-Jun-12 14:26:10

And lastly - the tights. Had something about eco credentials all over the cardboard packet. And then had totally ridiculous second plastic bag packaging inside the cardboard. I actually thought there was some kind of EU directive banning that?!

Flisspaps Mon 11-Jun-12 14:28:38

Ooh, I'd forgotten about the top of the knickers folding over on itself - and adding insult to injury I seemed to have a reaction on the silicone, but the label says this is possible and just to stop wearing them.

Mushkin Mon 11-Jun-12 14:29:27

I went online and have spend perhaps about 30 minutes to look for a product that would hide my post pregnancy belly. I had never bought shapewear before from M&S and found customer feedback for different products very useful; in fact I was guided by them for my final purchase. The size guide worked well for me as the product is exactly my size.
One thing that I found a bit annoying was that I did not have the option of seeing all products on one page; it’s a personal preference I like to be able to see them all in one page with the star reviews and prices it’s a good visual guide. Also the system would not work when I was selecting the ‘top rated’ option.
In terms of product choice I found there were enough options (perhaps not enough colours), unfortunately some sizes were out of stock. I purchased the Ultimate Magic Body Define Thigh Slimmer in black. The prices where a bit too expensive, not sure if I would have spent my own money. I had already bought two similar products from different shops recently (each of them no more than £10). However when I got the product and tried it for couple of days I was very satisfied with it. It’s so comfortable that now I do think it’s was worth it. The previous two products I had bought in other shops where waste of money.
To be honest I was very sceptical about buying shapewere online from a shop I had never bought before, but I would not hesitate to go back to the store and purchase another product if the prices are a bit more compatible, and yes I would recommend it to others.

coribells Mon 11-Jun-12 14:33:16

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I have not bought M&S shapewear before, but have tried some other brands. I looked up the M&S online store to see what was available and was intially impressed by the range

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I bought from in store, there wasnt a huge range so I may purchase something else on line
Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Online the range was quite good, but not so much instore..

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
I havent been able to compare like for like, but they seem a bit expensive.
Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I have to say i find M&S sizings very confusing. As I am often a different size in trousers, skirts and underwear. I decided to go for the larger size in underwear. Even though I was wearing M&S cutoffs that day and they were practically falling off me. (in the same size as the wiast clinchers.
When I tried the waist clinchers on at home I found them uncomfortable and too tight.- I wouldnt be able to wear them all day, so yes i was disapointed
That said I usually love M&S clothing and am often dressed head to toe in M&S clothing from all the ranges.
Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
Difficult for me to say as i wasnt really with my purchase
Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Probably not

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!
MNHQ

emmasonny Mon 11-Jun-12 14:34:46

I bought (online) Flatter-Me™ High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts, which i got in a size 16 (although i am more like a 14 but always find M&S knickers are better a size up) but they were HUGE! so i took them back to a store(annoying as i d paid the p&p), unable to get the same item as it was a small store and not a huge amount of shapewear available so i exchanged for them for Secret Support Tummy Control shorts (2 pack) which seemed a smaller size 16 so i got those. They are nice, i would nt say particularly supportive or changed my shape, just comfortable, big pants.
Still have some money left to spend so off to try something else tomorrow and will report back.
Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I HAVE BOUGHT Secret Support™ Tummy Control Floral Lace Camisole BEFORE(due to a mumsnet swears by)IT DID NOT GIVE ME TUMMY CONTROL AND RODE UP BADLY, REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE AND SO WAS RETURNED.
EASY TO FIND ITEMS ON THE WEBSITE.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

BOTH. ITS EASIER TO BUY ONLINE FOR ME(WITH THE BABY) BUT FELT IT WAS A SHAME TO SPEND SOME OF THE VOUCHER ON P&P (EVEN MORE ANNOYING WHEN I HAD TO RETURN THE ITEM) BUT I WOULD, IF I COULD SHOP IN STORE, TO TRY ON AND LOOK AT THE ITEMS PROPERLY.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

PLENTY OF CHOICE ONLINE, NOT SO MUCH IN THE SMALL STORE I WENT TO.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

SOME ITEMS SEEM EXPENSIVE, WHICH IS FINE IF THEY DO WHAT THEY RE SUPPOSED TO.
THE ITEMS I HAVE BOUGHT SO FAR HAVE BEEN OK VALUE, AS 2 PAIRS OF KNICKERS ALTHOUGH THEY DO NOT REALLY DO WHAT THEY RE SUPPOSED TO.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I M FAIRLY SATISFIED BUT WILL TRY SOMETHING ELSE WITH THE REST OF THE VOUCHER THAT MAY IMPRESS ME MORE.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

SEEMS TO BE A GOOD RANGE AND CHOICE ONLINE. I WILL VISIT A BIGGER M&S TO SEE HOW IT IS INSTORE.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

MAYBE. IF THEY WANTED COMFY BIG KNICKERS.

debka Mon 11-Jun-12 14:52:24

I got the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? I have never bought shapewear before. Finding out about the garments was simple online. I was impressed by the range of sizes and styles.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I just shopped online. I have 2 LOs and shopping instore with them woul;d have been hellish. I prefer shopping online for that sort of thing anyway, my local stores are small an don't carry much stock

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? One big issue I had was that I would have liked a body shaper thing- that includes a bra, but M&S don't stock my size. I am a 38JJ which admittedly is fairly large but it would have been nice. What I actually chose was available in my size (18)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? It was £35 which I think is a bit steep.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? It took a bit of getting used to. First wearing it kept rolling up and slithering down my belly, which meant I had to either stand up or sit up very very straight. This was rather annoying. However second time of wearing it felt a lot better, maybe I stretched it a bit! It did hold me in very well, although my legs were a bit bulgy where the shorts ended! I had several compliments on my shape which pleased me

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? As I said above, I wish they offered bigger cup sizes. DD is really not big enough I think. If I were to shop for shapewear again, I might look at Bravissimo or similar to see if they offer something for the larger of nork. More colours and more attractive styling would be nice too

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? yes I would. Especially if omeone noticed how good I ws looking in my shapewear

I ordered online another pack of the firm control pants on Friday. All good, items in stock, payment processed. Got an e-mail today to say they are out of stock and they have deleted them from my order.

Not happy.

cocolepew Mon 11-Jun-12 15:44:42

I promise to do mine tomorrow. On phone as PC was knackered snd I cant do links on phone.

I have sent an e-mail to customer services asking how I can order a different colour combination for the pants without incurring delivery charges again. Will report on what they say.

HRHexGirl Mon 11-Jun-12 15:57:56

Just wanted to update - wore the body throughout the day and found that it seemed to provide more support as the day wore on. Perhaps it was my imagination but it did feel better after it had been worn for a while and I think it did what it was meant to. It gave me a smooth line under my slim fitting dress and my tummy was suitably flattened. It did start to feel a little uncomfortable under the bust with the wiring but it lasted through an hour long job interview and two hours commuting on the underground on top of a morning at work.

Furthermore, having worn it for the first job interview and been asked back for a second interview, I am planning on wearing it to the second interview in the hope that it becomes my equivalent of "lucky pants" grin!

poorbuthappy Mon 11-Jun-12 16:22:57

Do you still need photos?

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? styles
I bought sm light anf firm control pants, the vest top with hidden support and some tights. I wanted to see if there was any difference between the light and the firm.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I ordred online ,due to ill health I am mainly housebound so do all my shopping online. I found ordering quick and easy as I was already registered on th site so didnt have to put in my details. Delivery was quick only two days.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
I found the rage of colours poor, all the items I wanted were avalable in my size (14)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
I was impresed at how much I managed to get for my mooney though the £5 off for spending over £30 helped.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
The tights were lovely nice to find support tights with a pattern, they were comfy to wear,the light control pants didn't feel any different from ordinary pants and there was a noticable difference betwen these and the firm coontrol ones.Both sorts did though roll over at the top after I had been sitting for a while. The vest with support just seemed to me like a vest top with a bra fixed inside and the bra strap at the back made it fiddly to get on and off

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? They need to add some other colours to the range.I would probably buy from MandS again as it has the reputation as the place to go for underwear.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Would recommend the tights and pants but not the vest top,though can't honestly say its something I would be likely to discuss with my friends

BettyandDon Mon 11-Jun-12 17:41:17

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Well I did not realise it at the time, but I think I already own 2 pairs of knickers that are Shapewear I just didnt realise that M&S had a range encompassing them. I would have just said they were just control pants! When I looked online it became a bit clearer. I am a bti restricted with what I can buy to wear though as since signing up for the trial I am now pregnant and getting bigger obviously so I was looking for things that would avoid the bump area as nothing was tailored especially for that.. In end the end I got 3 of these vests http://www.marksandspencer.com/Secret-Support-Cotton-Rich-DD-G/dp/B0015MT5M6?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_64&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-64&qid=1339431560&pf_rd_r=0C6X77S10DACRDTD067Q&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43270030&pf_rd_p=215570647&pf_rd_s=related-items-3. I am hoping they will last into my pregnancy ok and I liked them as they are good for big boobies but I am essentially wearing them as nightware or loungewear. I am a G so I don't like going braless in public might get arrested.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I had a look online then went into store once I decided what I wanted.. I went to the store and asked for control vests and the lady showed me where they were.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was enough stock, but I would have prefered more choice of colour.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

At £12 each I would say thats good, but most of the range is very expensive. Although the 2 pairs of control pants that I previously owned I have had a lot of use out of so they will last for sometime. The only problem I had with those though was that they shrink in the tumble dryer and therefore at some point you have to give up with them and get another pair. Yes, I know it probably says not to tumble dry them but really that is not practical for most people.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

So far they have been good. One thing i would say about the pants that I bought before though is that it is VERY HARD to know what size you are. I went to a size 10 to a size 20 with my 1st pregnancy and I wanted the control pants whilst I was losing the weight so was at some point a size 14/12/16 whatever. YOu are not going to try the pants on in the shop so it is a gamble with the size. I ended up going home with 2 sizes.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I really do think you could make items for maternity wear. I am looking for the following : a bump band; Longer tops like the ones I just bought ; and control pants that cover your bump and bum and thighs. I think by the time you are your 2nd baby you are battling the bulge aswell as the bump! My bump this time aroudn is not firm and makes me look like a right fattie.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, the quality is good.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I haven't bought shapewear before. There was a huge range and it was comparitively easy to find things I wanted. I was looking for something to slim my waist and found plenty of options

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I started off online but in reading the reviews I realised that I needed to go instore and actually try things on. I prefered being able to research online, but needed to try on instore. The first time I went instore the member of staff was very dismissive and I went back to look online, but ultimately I bought instore

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I found that it came up quite small and had to buy a size 18 although I am a size 16. . I wanted these but they didn't have them instore so I ended up with 2 pairs of these

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

As I have never purchased shapewear before I am not sure what the going rate is grin but I was pleased with the shape that they gave me and will use them again

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Because I am tall I found that the knickers did not quite come up to my bust and so there was a muffin top. They also started to roll down towards the end of the day and were quite uncomfortable so I took them off. I then noticed that I struggled to do my trousers up so they were working before then. I was also dissappointed with the sizing. I am a 14/16 and had to buy an 18 as I couldn't get the 16 over my thighs when trying on instore.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would have liked to have been able to purchase a bodysuit, but they do not come in a big enough cup size for me to be able to test (38GG)

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would be confident recommending it, but I would also recommend that they go and try it on.

smokinaces Mon 11-Jun-12 18:42:04

Has anyone else been wearing their pants constantly? Only ask as my hips and lower back are playing up big time for the first time in months, and its almost like my posture is affected? Sure its in a good way (making me stand not slouch) but wondered if anyone is experiencing similar from long term use?

TheProvincialLady Mon 11-Jun-12 18:56:46

I bought Gorgeous waist sculpt firm control floral fawn knickers (beige pants) and firm control selvedge black pants.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? Yes, I have bought one pair of pants. I found it very easy to find out what M&S sells in the way of shapewear, by looking at the website. I did find it reasonably easy to find what I wanted, but it would be better if there were fewer catagories/ranges. They all do the same job, what I need to know is whether it is pants or a bpdy etc, and how firm the control is. Too many ranges makes it difficult to compare products.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I did both and shopping in store was easier in my case, because of the palaver of collecting the items (I didn't want to pay for delivery). More about that below!

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Plenty of choice in my size and plenty of colour choices online - not so much in the shop. There were several things not in the colour or size I wanted.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Yes I do

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I like what I bought but the silicone irritates me a bit so it gets uncomfortable by the end of the day. There is a tendency for both to create folds of flesh when I sit down, which I don't get with my Spanx. Though both of the things I bought are a LOT more attractive than spanx!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? I would buy Spanx again (from John Lewis). I would buy the M&S stuff too. I think the range is good but something that was even firmer - even if a bit uncomfortable to wear - would be good for special occasions

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes

As to the shopping experience, which you asked us to think about in your email - I was NOT impressed with shopping online and delivering to the store (Leicester). WHY does it take 5 days to deliver something to your own shop? That is absurdly long. Your confirmation email is really depressing, waffly and nowhere does it say a decent thank you for choosing to shop with M&S, we value your custom etc.

Nowhere on the email or in the shop does it say where to collect your item from. I went to the lingerie counter to be told to go to customer services, and when I got to the front of the queue I was told I was in the wrong part and needed to go to Sara who had the till with the right computer - it didn't say that anywhere! If you are sending your customers an email, it would be good to include that kind of information unless you are only targetting a psychic audience. The woman in front of me obviously had the exact same experience as me.

I deliberately hung around for ten (timed) minutes in the shapewear section looking as perplexed and confused as I could, but no member of staff approached me and the only one that came near marched past with no interest. The sales counter staff were friendly, but customer services was as perfunctory as they could have been.

Oh, and back to that email - please don't waste my time by telling me I need to take my passport or driving license etc to collect my item, if your member of staff only wants to check my name from the printed off email I took with me and ask my address.

I like my items and I would buy again, but the shopping experience was pretty lame.

ripsishere Mon 11-Jun-12 18:58:21

Collected mine instore today, will wear my undergarments and report back.

lesley37 Mon 11-Jun-12 19:08:24

i went to my local m&s but they didnt stock shapeware, so had to travel to another town, they had a limited range in my size, but bought light control high leg pants in nude and black, would have liked the choice of nude and white, the fit is good and they do what i expected. the staff were helpful ,think the range needs to be more extensive.
Went to m&s outlet were i got a lovely swimsuit in the shapeware range lovely colour,fantastic fit,usually find swimware a pain as am quiet big busted but small body, bought right sized body and was amazed that it fit on the boobs overall very pleased with the whole experience and would recomend the range especially the swimwear, think the items are good value and quality

KJ123 Mon 11-Jun-12 19:09:09

Grr! Just wrote feedback after wearing & it's disappeared. Here goes again. Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher £35 in beige - bit like wearing my mum's girdle? But did quite a good job under jeans and a dress. Would usually prefer in black but bought beige so I could wear it under anything. Was quite comfortable, & only rolled down a but at the top as I thought it probably would - but not a major problem. A good product, but would still probably not splash out £35 for it.

Squiglettsmummy2bx Mon 11-Jun-12 19:15:17

I bought firm control selvedge knickers, light control bonded over laid lace full brief & 2pk light control cotton rich lace knickers.
1. This was the first time I have bought shapewear from m&s. The section was easy to find in my local store.
2. I shopped instore as I find sizes vary widely from brand to brand & so I wasn't sure what size to order online.
3. There was very little choice in my store, only a few products & most in a size 12. So too small for me. There is much more online & it's a shame they didn't stock much of it.
4. I didn't find the single knickers I bought value for money as £14 & £12.50 for 1 pair of ok knickers is expensive. The 2pk for £9.50 was better value.
5. I wasn't satisfied with the single knickers I bought as they roll down & are quite uncomfortable. Also they weren't terribly pretty/sexy. Also the just seem to squish my post baby belly up & out the top rather than flattern it. The 2pk are cotton & more comfy although still not flattering.
6. Prettier items & bigger sizes. I have bought these types of products from catalogues before.
7. I wouldn't necessarily recommend all of the range but some products seem good.

BornSicky Mon 11-Jun-12 19:33:58

I bought this: swimsuit

Q1.
I simply searched M&S online for Shapewear and the collection came up. It was easy to look through online. I have a pair of control pants which are great!

Q2.
I just shopped online as there are no M&S stores near to me. I do prefer shopping instore generally, as I like to be able to see the product properly. I would never have bought a swimsuit online without the vouchers.

Q3.
Yes, the range seemed pretty good. There was stock available and easy to search by size.

Q4.
No, I think £35 for a swimsuit is expensive, but I thought the added benefit of it being shapewaer made it slightly more realistic.

Q5.
Sorry to say that I'm extremely disatisfied by it. I bought it in a size 16, so expected it to be able to cope with a larger figure, but it did not live up to expectations in several ways. The halter ties are flimsy and provide little shaping because the bust cups are padded with that awful foam that moves around inside the lining. There is a hidden mesh panel under the main body that has no control features at all, and when swimming or even just mvoing around in the water, the top layer comes up revealling a wobbly mesh-covered middle... probably the most unattractive feature imaginable in a suit supposedly designed to give a better figure. The bow on the front is not sewn in place and constantly needed retying during my swim, not least because my enthusiatic toddler was pulling on it! It's not practical, or pretty. I don't think I will ever wear it again!

Q6.
This swimsuit is the only one that is designed to look like a tankini and it needs to be redesigned, or an alternative made available in the collection. Other than M&S who I do generally like for shapewear, I'd be going to Debenhams who also have a good range.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
I think I'd recommend the lingerie that I already have, but never the swimwear. The price coupled with the awful design of this swimsuit has put me off!

Posey Mon 11-Jun-12 20:11:29

I bought 1"Light Control No VPL High Leg Knickers" which I can't link to as they appear to have disappeared from the website even though I bought them online. They were £7.50

I also bought online www.marksandspencer.com/Merino-Blend-Denier-Bodyshaper-Tights/dp/B002F678V6 which cost £12

And I bought in store www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Light-Control-Cotton-Shorts/dp/B004Q81YLQ?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-1&qid=1339440746&pf_rd_r=0M67CJA0VQ7B0YRZJVJ0&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43270030&pf_rd_p=215570647&pf_rd_s=related-items-3 which cost £14

Q1 no I haven't bought any Shapewear before. I looked online where there was a vast array to choose from and lots of different terminology. I also looked in my local very small M&S

Q2 I shopped online and instore. My local store had only a small range but I then went to the Marble Arch megastore where there was an extraordinarily large selection. I preferred this as I could feel the garments and get an idea of how controlling they were. I did think that some of the pants just looked like big knickers and wonder how much control they may have over just buying a pack of big pants.

Q3 My local store had a limited selection but appeared to have a good variety of sizes in the stock they had. The Marble Arch branch had every colour size and style you could wish for.

Q4 I certainly think the pants are good value for money. The tights are more expensive than those I normally buy, and as yet I haven't had a lot of chance to road test them. For that price I hope they will wear and last well. They feel good quality.

Q5 I am Satisfied with the products so far. I am very slim but do have that telltale "I've had babies" belly! The pants mean I can confidently wear a T-shirt dress and keep a nice shape!

Q6 Having seen the range instore I can't think there could be any more items not already in the range, there seemed so much to choose from. I think I might have looked in TKMaxx for similar products.

Q7 yes I would. There is a lot to choose from, colours and styles to suit everyone and the prices are reasonable.

 
Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No, never bought from this range before. 
Not very easy in store but easy online, given the search function.
I found lots but not what I expected. I found it all looked rather bland and functional.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? 

Both. Tried in store but it was crowded, cramped and i have my boy in his buggy so it was not practical! and there wasn't a large selection, so I ended up buying it all online.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Stock in store was plentiful, of the parts of the range they had. Online was a nightmare... Everything I wanted was out of stock... I had to keep going back over several days and even then the sizes I needed were not there, so I just picked some bits that I thought might be good to try. Incidentally as I was unable to buy what I wanted I ended up getting a control vest for my husband. Who was thrilled! 

I must say that the range was pretty bland looking and so functional looking! Not attractive at all. I understand that this type of range has a very practical manner about it but crikey would a few additional colours and patterns hurt! If I have to show my DH my 'suck my belly in pants' then I would at least like to look semi attractive not trussed up in a beige, old granny number! 

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? 

Yes, the vest for my husband was great value as he won't take it off! The tights were cheap as reflected in the scags and ladders my DS helped create. I also didn't think they did what they were advertised to do to be honest. The camisole vest top was lovely, but about I didn't think it did much in the helping my contours other than help cover up the back fat a bit.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? 

DH very satisfied with vest. Will go buy some more so that I don't have to wash it every day! 

As for my bits, not that impressed to be honest. Also the lack of choice in colour and pattern really put me off. 

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? 

Better colours and some patterns would be nice.  The range is in all fairness large so I don't think I can suggest items to add, just re-evaluate the style. Wh is it aimed at? Because I don't think it appeals to the younger section of the market at all. That said I don't think the maturer lady would want to be dressed in such bland looking underwear either. 

Just because you need to slim your contours or carry a bit of extra wait doesn't mean you don't want to strip off in front of your OH and feel good about your undies! 

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? 

No I wouldn't re: female selection, but I know my husband has already mentioned is bloody vest several times already.

Katz Mon 11-Jun-12 20:29:03

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have, i've bought the smaller control pants and tights. I looked on the website and it was easy to find and work out what was what. I wanted to buy a body as i thought this might eliminate the roll down factor of normal control pants

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I bought online, i have bought it store but online is better as then you can try them with the clothes you want to see the effect on.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I was really impressed with the range and it wasnt all frumpy undies either

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I'm really impressed with the price of the suport vest top, and thet they cater for larger boobs.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I have been very impressed with all my purchases:
1. knickers
2. vest top
3. body

The knickers are great and holding everything in and out of the way and giving smooth lines under clothes. The body is actually really nice and again serves the purposes of smoothing but then looks like sexy underwear too. The vest top will be great in the summer and means that i can actually wear a strappy vest top without a bra underneath.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

More colours in the vest top and more bodies for the larger of nork.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, and i have, its a great, reasonably priced range.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No never. I'd tried Spanx etc with no real luck, so was interested to try these! Found the range quite bewildering.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped in store, I never find shopping online successful as I'm quite a difficult shape and often end up paying a lot on delivery charges.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? I wish the products with built in bras had a 32GG fitting... I ended up buying
http://www.marksandspencer.com/Comfort-Cotton-Control-Floral-Slimmer/dp/B006QQYBV6?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_32&nodeId=42967030&sr=1-32&qid=1339445591 and http://www.marksandspencer.com/Comfort-Cotton-Control-Floral-Slimmer/dp/B006QQYBV6?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_32&nodeId=42967030&sr=1-32&qid=1339445591 as the store had them in my size. (I was disappointed in how few size 12s there were on display)

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? I love the cotton shorts and think they are very good value - they will solve the thigh chafing issues in the summer... The slip seemed quite expensive and really I only bought it to spend the money and report back.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I wish there had been a size 14 in the slip - the 12 is a bit neat. The shorts are great - I'm very pleased with them and love that they're cotton. I would love to be able to buy swimsuits with cupsizes please.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

See above about swimwear! Also would love pyjama tops with built in bra support in the range... The prices seem quite high too...

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I will be recommending the cotton shorts!

reastie Mon 11-Jun-12 21:20:49

Q1.

I have bought one of those big knickers which have shorts built in in the past from M&S to wear for a friends wedding (underneath the outfit obv, not on it's own as a fashion statement-- blush ) and was happy with this past purchase. I did my shop online as my local m&s doesn't have a great range especially in my size (size 20/22) so I wanted to ease and choice of the web site. There were a couple of things I looked at that weren't in stock (or the colour options I wanted weren't) in my size and 2 of the 3 things I ordered I had to get in a different colour option to that I wanted because of out of stock. I didn't find that much choice in my size range and I particularly wanted cotton rich shapewear as too much synthetic material gives me thrush easily and it makes me sweat more . Wanting cotton rich cut my choice down to buying www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Firm-Control-Cotton-Briefs/dp/B002F7DTJK?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_19&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-19&qid=1339444661 (which was out of stock in the 2 black option I wanted) this (which was out of stock on the tan and black combi I wanted) and this

Q2.

See question 1

Q3.

Would have been nice to have the black/tan options in my size from the products I chose. It also would have been good to have some kind of indication of if and when the out of stock items would be back in stock (like boden do) or if they are discontinued. Of the 7 pages of shapewear only 2 pages were in my size so not a massive choice. I also didn't buy an all in one which I was thinking of as it wasn't available in my cup size

Q4.

I've given them all a whirl and they seem pretty good. The knickers do dig in a bit when I sit down but I assume this is to be expected. One pair was quite tight and did give me stomach ache, but this ~I think is more to do with my tummy being huge and not used to being constricted (and I had af bloating) and not the product itself.

Q5.

I'm overall satisfied. I wouldn't dash back to buy more but then should the occasion arise to warrant needing a specific form of shapewear I would certainly think of and look at the M&S website to see if they had what I wanted. I would like more choice in cotton rich items though.

Q6.

More choice for plus sizes and those with larger bosoms. I'd consider going to somewhere like rigby and pellar (where I get my bras from) but may need a morgage for their shapewear!) or bravissimo or John Lewis or Debehnams.

Q7. Yes I would - they did the job well and I was pleased with the items.

lovelychops Mon 11-Jun-12 21:37:04

I purchased; 2 pack, firm control cotton briefs. And, Ultimate Magic Secret Lace Shorts.

Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have tried Shapewear before, the first time was over ten years ago so I can only assume it was the same range?
When I started investigating the range, I looked online at the products which were available, and had a look in my closest store. (Liverpool, city centre.) It was easy to see what was available and the I found what I was looking for rather easily.

Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I wanted to buy online but I find the M&S website a bit of a faff to buy from to be honest.

Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

In store, there was a more limited range on offer. I looked around for an assistant to get some ideas about sizing - but gave up after 20 minutes I felt invisible!
Think there is a decent range of styles on offer, but it would be nice to see more colours. I understand that black, white and nude are the most practical, but as others have said it would be nice to see a bigger range.
I couldn't find the firm control briefs (2 pack) in the size I wanted.

Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I thought items I bought were excellent value for money.

How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Dissatisfied with the comfort of the briefs. After a few hours wearing I found they really dug into the top of my leg. However, I feel that this may be as I bought the smaller of the sizes I was torn between. Had there been anyone on hand to advise in store they may have suggested going with the bigger size?
Very satisfied with overall effect, and the control of the product. I felt pleased with my appearance on an important occasion.

Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Each time I've worn Shapewear it's been to compliment a specific outfit. I think it would be good to see a more 'everyday' range. Which could maybe be reflected in a cheaper price, and perhaps nicer colours and designs.

Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend. M&S is always my first port of call for all underwear and I wasn't disappointed with the quality of the products.

Thanks for letting me take part!

megabored Mon 11-Jun-12 21:42:10

I just ordered my shapewear. Lots to choose from which is great. However, there were a couple of items I would have purchased but were out of stock in my size. I find this a lot with M&S, whether you go in store or on-line. I am generally between a size 12 and 14.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

*yes. I purchased the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher
£35.00 about a year or so ago to wear with a clingy dress. First time I wore it, it was great for about 2-3 hrs. Then it got harder to breath and I could not wait to take it off. It did not wash well either. Somehow lost that gleam and some of the elastic started coming off after the first wash but by then it was probably too late to go to customer services with it.

For todays test, I found it easy-ish. I 'googled' shapewear on the M&S search engine with did not bring up the flatter me range for some reason. Hence my question above. When you use the dropdown menu on the M&S site, it comes up. Thats strange. *

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

The first item I purchased, I got it in store, for this survey, I purchased online as most of the time, the store does not seem to have the sizes. Nor does it seem so online now.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I am happy with the range and colours, shapes etc but M&S, please keep some more stock of the better rated items! Before and after pics of 'problem' models and solutions will also help. Not just the 'after' pictures. I understand this may cause some advertising issues.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

*Yes, I dont mind paying for quality. M&S generally is better than most. Above items not-withstanding. And GBP 35 for one or two items is not too bad. I would say its reasonable but not cheap.

For this review, I purchased Body Solutions Firm Control Bandu Smoothing Full Slip £27.50, and a Secret Support™ Cotton Rich DD-G Bra Vest
£12.00 but would have preffered to buy a vest they have run out of in my size instead. *

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

yet to arrive so I will come back and review this. Disappointed by lack of stock.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

yes, something to make my boobs look smaller under t shirts and better. More non-paded underwired bras too please.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes. I would.

Puppypoppet Mon 11-Jun-12 21:49:49

&#8232;&#8232;I bought the cotton rich firm control shapewear full brief 2 pack (£9.50), secret support tummy control cotton rich knickers 2 pack (£14) and the secret support tummy control knickers Orchid lace collection 2 pack (£14).
I have not purchased shapewear from Marks and Spencer before but have from other stores including House of Fraser, Primark, Asda and Peacocks. It was relatively easy to find out the different types of product available.

I was looking for something attractive that I wouldn’t be embarrassed about DH seeing me in. The bodies were not too bad but I felt they would cut me in half as I have quite a long body. Also it would be nice if there were some bodies with a padded wonderbra type bra – they all looked as if they would just squash norkage! I would have liked a really nice basque type thing but nothing along those lines either. Wish I had looked for a swimsuit reading others reviews.

I had a look online for a start but I felt overwhelmed with choice and all looked quite similar so I went instore to buy instead. I’m a bit old fashioned and like to feel clothes etc wen buying. Also not keen on ordering too much of the internet if I can help it as always turn up when I’m out leaving my neighbours to take parcels in. I know I could have collected from store but wasn’t sure where I was going to be with it being half term. &#8232;

There was not much choice when it came to colours – just nude, white or black at my local store. Also noticed there was just a choice of either firm control or light control with nothing in between. Stock availability was ok instore there was plenty of choice of items in my size, which is quite unusual as find size 14 is quite popular and tends to sell out first in most shops. I was able to get the items I wanted in my size. Did speak to a shop assistant but did not find her very interested or helpful - too busy putting pants on to the displays!

I think the cotton rich firm control shapewear 2 pack at £9.50 was very good value and I find them the most comfortable out of all the items. All the items were comfortable and did the job – make me feel better in my clothes – definitely less tight! I found the pants all do as others do and tend to roll down which is quite annoying. Also give a slight muffin top even though I bought the correct size.

It would be nice if M & S could come up with attractive, dare I say it, sexy shapewear. Whoever cracks that will make a fortune!! I did find it confusing looking at all the products some stated shapewear, others didn’t but obviously are. Would not normally matter but as we were told to buy shapewear wanted to get it right! Probably the ranges should be more clearly defined – with clear labeling.&#8232;It would be nice also if there were more choice of colours. Can’t think of anything that is missing at the moment from the range – apart from nice basques but that is probably just me. If I was shopping for shapewear again I would consider M & S as it is good quality and does the job – liked the fact it can be tumble dried too. I probably would also consider Primark / supermarkets.&#8232;&#8232;If it came up in conversation I definitely would recommend M & S shapewear and I will be buying more of the £9.50 twin packs of knickers even if DH will tease me about them.

janx Mon 11-Jun-12 22:19:27

I wrote out a whole review and it all just crashed angry

Solo Mon 11-Jun-12 23:30:54

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
No, I hadn't bought M&S Shapewear before. I shopped online and it was easy to see the different styles available. Yes, I found what I had in mind; I just couldn't buy it as it was out of stock in my and many other sizes.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Online, though I think instore shopping might be better for sizing etc.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
Lots of choice, but this was limited by the lack of stock. No I was unable to buy the item I wanted in my size, so had to buy another item instead.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Yes, I think they were, though I'd never dream of spending £12.50 on a single pair of knickers normally!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I'm quite impressed actually. Both items are comfortable and do what they say they'll do, though the full length slip was quite hard to get on and gave me fat rolls above the bandeau (under my arms)! not very pretty and a bit shock as I've never had that before!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I think the colour range is limited and there should be a wider choice, but at the very least black, white and natural in every piece.
Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes I would! these are the sort of thing I chat about with several friends quite often.

Thank you for letting me trial these items smile

NaiceAm Tue 12-Jun-12 00:05:56

Just lost my long review due to a crash will try again tomorrow shame as I thought it was rather good!

hattifattner Tue 12-Jun-12 10:57:25

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

* I bought some "magic knickers" some years ago to wear under a posh frock. They were a disaster. I am an apple, rather than a pear, and the top of the knickers used to roll down. SO when investigating the new ranges, I was slightly apprehensive, but open to the fact that things have moved on in the last 5 years! It was easy to find stuff on the website - I had a good idea of what I wanted before I went to the store. I found some of the items I wanted, (Cool Comfort Light Control Secret Slimming Bonded Knickers) but others were not available in store or online in my size. (Floral Lace Bandeau Knickers in large bottom size).*

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? Both. Bought in store, browsed online. I prefer to look online, as I find the shapewear to be all over the place in store, and looking online gave me a good overview of what was available, rather than stumbling across things.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? not everything in large bum size in store or online. sad Will keep watching

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Yes. They do the job and as a two pack for £12.50, they were good value.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I like the knickers - I wouldnt wear them every day, but under nice clothes. They are comfy and so far I havent had any embarrassing rolling. They do feel very "old lady" and not very pretty. A dull selection of nude/black/white - I hope there are plans to make them available with pretty colours and matching bras!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? I always buy my undies at M&S, so I wouldnt go elsewhere. Id like to see more attractive shapewear. Take a look in your stores in the week M&S - its full of ladies "of a certain age". We like to look good in undies, and we are the ones that need the shapewear!! Matching bras would be great. Especially in bigger sizes...those of us well endowed enough to need big pants also tend to need big bras. But I dont want to look like my granny when I take my clothes off!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? * Yes, probably!*

Thank you M&S for the voucher, which I managed to leave behind when I went shopping - Doh! I hope that my lacy Bandeau Knickers will soon be back in stock in bigger sizes - you see....pretty, big sizes are clearly popular!

kathbazsib Tue 12-Jun-12 11:14:37

I purchased several items of Shapewear online and got money off in the process which covered the postage costs. I found the website helpful and informative and was impressed by the range and choice of colours, styles and matching items.

I ordered shapewear knickers and vests. The vests have secret support in the form of a built in secret bra. These tops are fantastic as you don't have to wear a bra with them which means women with big boobs like me can wear skimpy tops. The tops are more day wear than underwear.

The knickers are AMAZING. I chose the "Flatter Me" lace trim brazilian style knickers with a secret support. These are bigger style knickers but are in a flattering style. There are perfect to wear with dresses and leggings. The knickers don't show beneath clothes and they hide all your lumps and bumps, especially those post baby love handles.
I LOVE THESE KNICKERS!
I am going to buy them for all my friends

suzannened Tue 12-Jun-12 12:55:08

I bought the Secretsupport waist cinching tummy control "wear your own bra" slip and the secretsupport tummy control knickers 2 pack

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I hadn't tried M&S Shapewear before but did know what I needed (something to go under a sheer dress for a wedding) so found both the online video & the guide quite useful in narrowing down my choices. I think if I hadn't had something specific in mind I might have been overwhelmed by the different options - perhaps more videos with different problems to solve might help there).

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I bought online as getting to a store not always easy (particularly as I would usually have a small boy in tow who would not be patient whilst I looked at all the options). This is where online comes into its own - I had the time to browse in peace however I might have been quicker in deciding if I'd had the advice of an assistant in store. The reviews were really useful - I modified my choice based on these

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was a lot more choice than I expected - I had a slip in mind but there were different options within that category. I had no problems with availability for what I wanted

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Based on how comfortable & how well they fit I would say yes however the slip being for rare occasions I'm not sure I would ordinarily have wanted to spend quite so much

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I was pleasantly surprised with how comfortable they were (after previous experience of tummy control tights that both rolled down & felt very constricting). I was prepared for how fiddly it would be to get slip on by reviews & pleased with being able to wear own bra. I haven't yet had the opportunity to wear the slip for any great length of time but based on the short amount I did & the reviews online I have high hopes. With the knickers I thought at first I'd ordered the wrong thing as they looked just like ordinary big pants but for everyday wear they were actually comfortable & pulled my tummy in a little.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I can't think of anything missing from the range - it seems to be pretty extensive although maybe some prettier colours for the pants. I would probably go straight to M&S again as so far it has proved much more comfortable than stuff I have tried previously

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I would - it's the best I've found for what I need but I'd couldn't claim to be an expert

gingercat12 Tue 12-Jun-12 13:11:52

I have already submitted my results, but today I picked up the cherry print swimsuit as well. It is just fabulous.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought tummy control swimsuits in M&S in the past. Both online and instore it was quite easy to find waht I was looking for.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

The cherry print swimsuit was not available online, but I would have preferred to try on different swimsuits and lingerie, anyway.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Yes, there were olanty of choices and I could get my size as well.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Yes, definitely. Both items are just beautiful.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I am very happy. DH and I will celebrate out 40th birthdays in a spa complex. My lovely new shapewear items will make me look much more attarctive.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Not sure how you could improve it.
I always have a look at Debenhams, Next, John Lewis and Fenwicks.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. I was quite impressed.

CJCregg Tue 12-Jun-12 13:13:37

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought some Shapewear before, but it was a while ago. When I started looking for this product test, I was quite surprised at how much more is now available. It was reasonably easy to look up online and see what there was. The only thing I would suggest is that Swimwear is also included in the Shapewear online 'department', as it doesn't immediately come to mind, and yet a lot of people would be interested in looking at swimming costumes too.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked online but eventually went into a store because I wanted to see the stuff 'properly'. I do buy clothes online but the range is pretty wide with these products so I wanted to have a really thorough look before buying.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There were a couple of items that I'd have liked that weren't available. I think this is probably because I'm a 12-14 so they're popular sizes and sold out quickly. I really, really wanted this cami top but it wasn't available, either instore or online.

I thought the ranges were a bit dull in terms of colour. Mostly black, white or nude, and a couple of camis in grey or pink. These are things we WANT to wear, and it would be nice if they could be pretty and different as well as functional.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I bought the Waist Cincher which, at £19.50, I thought was a bit overpriced. I'd have been happier paying around £15 for it.

I also bought the Light Control High Rise Shorts which were really good value for money. 2 pairs for £14, good quality and effective - well worth paying £7 a pair!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The waist cincher is very tight (maybe I should have bought a size bigger?) and tricky to get on. It's ok once on, but I'm a bit put off wearing it because the material is so unforgiving. Whereas the light control shorts are just wonderful grin. They're comfy - that very soft cotton, which I love - and yet they still manage to do a great job of holding you in without it feeling like you're wearing a vice. And, because they're shorts and come up higher, there's no muffin top. I love them and am going to get some more. I could wear them every day, but I've only got two pairs!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

As above, I think the range could be prettier and less utilitarian. It's nice when underwear can be fun and attractive - why shouldn't Shapewear be the same? More colours, patterns and variety would be great.

I would buy M&S Shapewear again. If I went anywhere else, it would probably be John Lewis.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend the shorts. And probably the wide range that's available. M&S is quite a 'go-to' place for underwear anyway, but I was surprised at how much Shapewear there is and would probably mention this to friends.

MamaSara Tue 12-Jun-12 13:17:10

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I've bought things in the past and always seem to find the light- medium control items work best as the firmer control items always seem to roll down or just feel too rigid and tight. When I looked this time, at M&S Camberley, I found the section without any problem, but I think signposting could have been better and there were so many different range names it was a bit confusing so would say labelling/branding could be a lot better- one range, instead of lots of different ones. That said, I like the firm/ medium/ light control descriptions.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Bought instore to try on/ take things back if the size isn't quite right. I buy online for my children though and it's great.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

It was ok...too plain generally though both in terms of colours available and styles. We might be curvy girls, but I suspect most women who buy these items are mums in their 30's and 40's so it would be nice to have more feminine colours and pretty styles- and not feel embarrassed to be seen in such matronly underwear!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I bought several pairs of light control briefs and a control cami. I would say the value is average- not too expensive but significantly more than a multipack of briefs.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I'm really happy with the briefs in terms of holding me in and comfort, but think the styling could be more modern/ pretty. The cami is great too but does ride up....I'm an apple shape and seem to have this problem with lots of shapewear. Maybe you could signpost recommended products for different body types?!!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Stock more sizes, more feminine colours and more pretty/ lacy styles please. I would also agree with other comments that many women are looking for control briefs/ waist cinchers- i.e. we don't need the thigh part, but do need briefs to come up high under bust. I think the signposting/ range branding could be much better too- it's a bit overwhelming to go into a large store and see a huge underwear section and not know where to begin. I would also like a seperate changing room for lingerie ideally.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would, I find the products very comfortable with just the amount of control I want and I do really love the generally excellent customer service. It is a big factor for me.

FoofyShmooffer Tue 12-Jun-12 14:08:57

I bought the DD+ support bra vest, lace panel support knickers and the firm control low leg knickers.
Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I haven't bought Shapewear before. There was a very large selection online but I decided to try my local M+S first. The selection in store (Bolton Town Centre) was very limited and tucked away in a little corner. I had to ask an assistant to point me in the right direction.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I usually prefer to try underwear on first as I'm an odd shape and like to know it fits before buying and did try a couple of items in store. I eventually ordered online

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

In store the selection was limited. Online there was a large selection to choose from. I had no problem with stock availability in the pieces I wanted and managed to order my size first time.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I am extremely happy with the bra support vest. I have never been able to find anything like this in a DD+ size and it's excellent for wearing under a sheer top. It's definitely value for money so much so I will be buying another in a different colour. The firm control knickers are also value for money for a two pack of control briefs.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The lace panel briefs have turned out to be just comfortable large briefs. Not a great deal in the support department. Particularly impressed with the support vest. I just wish the straps were a little thicker. I wouldn't wear it on it's own.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I did try on a bodyshaper in store. Although the body itself was very good at providing shape the bra part was fairly inneffectual. Again the straps needed to be thicker and stronger. If they had been I may have bought it. I honestly don't know of any other shapewear retailers but I was happy enough with M+S online selection. I would like to have seen a bra with midriff support (50s style?) to go with the briefs.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not

I think so ,yes. Although i'm not sure I would if they had particularly large breasts.

SuePBlovesaDiamondJubilee Tue 12-Jun-12 14:10:22

Today I am mostly wearing the lacy Flatter Me pants and I like them Very Much. They don't look or feel like control pants but give a nice smooth line with no VPL. And no dreaded rolling.

southlundon Tue 12-Jun-12 14:29:16

SueP - is that a nod to the Fast Show? grin

happystory Tue 12-Jun-12 15:32:02

I bought the Secret Support Tummy Control knickers (no VPL) Firm Control in White, the Flatter-Me High Rise Brazilian Light Shaping knickers in Cerise and Secret Support Bodyshaper tights in Nude.

Q1. I have only bought from the tights range before. It was very easy to find out about the range, I looked online first. Didn't realise the range was so big and diverse these days!

Q2. I bought instore as my local M&S is, I believe, a flagship store and always has a great range of everything. I do equal amounts of online and instore shopping with M&S generally.

Q3. I was amazed at the range - a whole department! - and found it difficult to chose. When I had chosen, everything was available in the size and colours I wanted. Great to see different colours, not just white, black and nude.

Q4. I chose 3 reasonably priced items but thought some of the all-in-ones were pricey. That's not to say they weren't good value though. My items seem well made, hard to say if they will last a long time, their underwear usually does...

Q5. I was impressed. The light control pants were pretty much like ordinary pants but made you feel 'secure' and had a smooth line. I liked the colour very much. They have washed as new. The firm control were a bit more restricting (the point of them, I assume) I did feel they were rather unsexy but hey, they had a job to do! Also I bought white, which I don't often do in underwear. They did leave some ridges on my skin but were comfortable to wear and didn't roll up or down when they shouldn't. The tights were brilliant.

Q6.The range was fantastic, so much to choose from, so no suggestions sorry.

Q7. Most definitely. Being 50+, most of my friends have similar issues with our shapes, and I'm pleased to see that M&S are taking this seriously, getting away from the 'pantie girdle' image of our mothers' generation.I bought the Secret Support Tummy Control knickers (no VPL) Firm Control in White, the Flatter-Me High Rise Brazilian Light Shaping knickers in Cerise and Secret Support Bodyshaper tights in Nude.

Q1. I have only bought from the tights range before. It was very easy to find out about the range, I looked online first. Didn't realise the range was so big and diverse these days!

Q2. I bought instore as my local M&S is, I believe, a flagship store and always has a great range of everything. I do equal amounts of online and instore shopping with M&S generally.

Q3. I was amazed at the range - a whole department! - and found it difficult to chose. When I had chosen, everything was available in the size and colours I wanted. Great to see different colours, not just white, black and nude.

Q4. I chose 3 reasonably priced items but thought some of the all-in-ones were pricey. That's not to say they weren't good value though. My items seem well made, hard to say if they will last a long time, their underwear usually does...

Q5. I was impressed. The light control pants were pretty much like ordinary pants but made you feel 'secure' and had a smooth line. I liked the colour very much. They have washed as new. The firm control were a bit more restricting (the point of them, I assume) I did feel they were rather unsexy but hey, they had a job to do! Also I bought white, which I don't often do in underwear. They did leave some ridges on my skin but were comfortable to wear and didn't roll up or down when they shouldn't. The tights were brilliant.

Q6.The range was fantastic, so much to choose from, so no suggestions sorry.

Q7. Most definitely. Being 50+, most of my friends have similar issues with our shapes, and I'm pleased to see that M&S are taking this seriously, getting away from the 'pantie girdle' image of our mothers' generation.

happystory Tue 12-Jun-12 15:33:52

Oops you've got my views twice, they are sooo important!!

Customer Service e-mailed me back to tell me they had applied a p&p credit to my account to enable me to order the pants in a different colour combination without incurring a 2nd set of delivery charges. All good. What was even better is when I went on to the website the colours I had originally ordered were back in stock.

M&S, is there any way you can send out notifications to customers when out of stock items re-appear?

happystory Tue 12-Jun-12 15:40:08

Katie, I am sure they started to do that at one time, it was really useful....

Just ordered some schoolwear as is 20% off and free delivery. I hate waiting till the summer holidays when everything is sold out.

CMOTDibbler Tue 12-Jun-12 16:00:52

I got the light control lace body, and a wear your own bra control slip.

The lace body is really pretty, and I love the lace pant bit as it is non vpl, so you can wear it with trousers. But as a body, it is just Too Short, so the bust gets pulled down, and a wedgie at the other end. A real pity.
Maybe M&S could consider a long body size on shapewear ?

The wyob slip is excellent though - I can wear a boosting bra, and my bust stays in the right place but the rest of me is noticeably less wobbly looking and it gives a lovely line under my dress

Lotstodo Tue 12-Jun-12 16:06:55

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

A few years ago I bought an all in one to wear under a fitted dress.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

There was more choice online but when I tried to order, what I had chosen was out of stock so I bought in store. I do prefer to buy items like this in store as it is easier for me to decide what shape I need when I can see the item. I bought two packs of different styles of briefs containing two in a pack and a pack of two pairs of shorts. I thought the shorts would possibly not be the fit I wanted as they looked quite low but they are the most comfortable of the 'Shapewear' I bought and fit much higher than I originally thought.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I thought there were quite a few different shapes and cuts of 'Shapewear'. The colours I saw were black, nude and white which I thought were suitable but red might be quite nice too. I was able to get what I wanted in my size and I could see that there were all sizes available.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I thought the 'Shapewear' I bought was good value for money and are very comfortable to wear and stayed in place. They wash well and I hope they keep their elasticity over time.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I was satisfied by my purchases but there was a lot of out of stock items online.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I was pleased with the range I saw and would buy 'Shapewear' from M & S in future. I think it needs to be clearly labelled as 'Shapewear'. I have also bought some briefs recently from Bravissimo but these were more expensive and were comparable in fit to M & S.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would definitely recommend M & S shapewear as the briefs I bought are very comfortable to wear especially under trousers.

NaiceAm Tue 12-Jun-12 17:03:31

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

ANSWER: I have a control panel swimming costume I bought from M&S years ago if that counts. I love it. When I first started investigating shapewear online as part of this test I found it a bit difficult to find out what was available. Other responses have mentioned swimwear and tights - I wasn't aware they were within the "shapewear" range as that is not what came up when I looked on the website for shapewear. I also found it difficult to see what the options were until I found the style guide page - I think it would help if this was easier to find on the website. For example, "shapewear" isn't listed in the dropdown menu when you hover over "Women" on the homepage. "Lingerie" is a separate box to "Women" which is odd.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

ANSWER: I shopped online as we have had a couple of bouts of illness at home that have meant leaving the house rather difficult and as a working mum I have less time than I used to to shop in store. M&S is one of the few shops I am happy buying online as their sizing I find are usually very standard and the returns policy with the ability to return to a shop easily and without fuss means it is less hassle than other online retailers.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

ANSWER: I found the range a bit confusing. There seem to be two categories "light" and "firm" but then lots of items don't fit into either category. It wasn't immediately clear to me what was aiming to do what. The item I ended up buying ("Ultimate Magic Secret Support Body Define Multiway Body" in a size 38D) has two picture links - one for the larger of nork and one for those of us that are relatively less endowed but it isn't clear why that is and the two are shown in different colours with slightly different descriptions which is just confusing. It also isn't listed as firm control (or light). I first clicked on the other picture and thought it was surprising that it wasn't in my size - until I found the right one. For my wedding I bought a basque from Rigby & Peller and I did wander if there might be something like that available. There was nothing with boning and very little that was pretty - it was mainly functional.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

ANSWER: I think the prices are comparable to other controlwear items I have bought before (from John Lewis) but that is after the £5 online discount - I might not have bought it otherwise. That being said I did think adding in a delivery charge of £4.50 so far along the steps to purchase it might have put me off if I didn't have the £5 discount. I often click away and go elsewhere if somewhere adds on a chunky delivery charge or admin fee at a late stage so I can reconsider the price or add more items to make the delivery charge "worthwhile" (but I often end up buying elsewhere or not at all as I lose interest!).

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

ANSWER: I bought the "Ultimate Magic Secret Support Body Define Multiway Body" in a size 38D in black. I am a size 16 and I was concerned that basing it on bra size might mean the body wouldn't work but it did. I found it very comfortable and it did the job. I was impressed.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

ANSWER: prettier things - more lace, more colours. Possibly things with boning. Basques. Something a little less Bridget Jones and a bit more shapewear with style. I would think about M&S in future but I would also look in John Lewis and probably increasingly online like figleaves.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

ANSWER: yes, I really like my shapewear.

NaiceAm Tue 12-Jun-12 17:17:21

Correction delivery was £3.50 not £4.50 but would still put me off as that would make the item £43 which seems like a lot for what it is

serendipity1980 Tue 12-Jun-12 17:44:08

Q1. I have bought M&S Magic Support tights before, £7 for a pair of black tights. The price shocked me but they are very comfortable to wear, make me feel more confident and the waist band doesn't roll down! I would definitely buy them again. It was easy to find the shapewear range on the website and it was easy to find out about the different types of garments available. I wanted to find some pants and tights, they were easy to find.

Q2. I bought the shapewear online because it is hard for me to get to an M&S store - I am disabled and registered blind so I cannot drive. Also, I don't like clothes shopping in a store because it is so difficult to find what I want and they often seem to have less choice and don't always have my size. I like being able to try items on at home so I can combine them with other items from my own wardrobe.

Q3. I don't think there is enough style and choice of colour. I wanted some 'sexy' control pants but so many look like 'Bridget Jones' pants. They are not attractive. I bought some Flatterme High rise brazilian shaping knickers, light control high rise shorts and secret support sheer tights. The sizes were ok, I think the stock availability was ok, I could get the size that I wanted.

Q4. I do think the brazilian knickers were too expensive - they were £7.50 and they weren't really shapewear - they just felt like a big pair of knickers. I did think the shorts were better value because they were £14 for two pairs and they did feel supportive. It give me greater confidence with more fitted outfits (I'm a size 10 but after two children, I'm a little self conscious about my tummy which isn't as toned as it used to be). I think the tights that I bought are good value, they feel good quality, they were £5 a packet which included two pairs which was excellent value.

Q5. I was most impressed with the tights, they were a really good price (£5 for two pairs) and felt comfortable. It was hard choosing the colour though, I have very pale skin and so many of the flesh coloured tights looked too dark and had reviews saying that they looked like something the reviewer's granny would wear! I wasn't really satisfied with the brazilian knickers, the colour was lovely but they didn't feel supportive and it just felt strange wearing something so big - more like the knickers I wore as a little girl, now I wear thongs!! smile I did like the high rise shorts, they felt really comfortable and offered good support. My only negative for those was the colour choice and also they are not seem free, so I can't wear them with every outfit. I did buy size 12 for the knickers, as the reviewers suggested (I'm normally size 10) and I'm glad I did this. I think a size 10 would have been too small and not flattering.

Q6. I do think the range could be make more sexy, I'm in my early 30's and struggle with the idea of massive knickers! It would be better if there were more colours. I did consider the bodies but I was worried about going to the loo in them. However, a friend told me they have poppers! I wish the website had told me this. There needs to be a better range of tights colours for pale skin, and better photos to show the colours and how they would look on pale skin. If I were to look for shapewear again, I would look at M&S but also Debenhams.

Q7. I would recommended some M&S shapewear to a friend, but not all pieces, you have to choose carefully. It does make a fun conversation! One friend recommend their bodies for a smooth silhouette under a fitted outfit.

Shep100 Tue 12-Jun-12 19:44:02

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
No not bought before from M&S, lots of info online, didn't go into shop as M&S near me really small, the one I wanted the most didn't have in my size.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Online, easier to do online as 4 month old not very patient in shops

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
Lots of choice but my first choice was not available in my size. I managed to get my 2nd choice though.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
received them today, so have not yet worn them out as will be ultimate test. I have a long body so not sure if will stay up and may roll down, but anything to hide my belly is greatly appreciated. Value for money? would not usually spend so much on knickers!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
satisfied, items look nice and do seem to flatten my tummy, haven't had chance to wear them out yet so not sure if they will stay up ok. £5 off was a good offer too and free delivery

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
range for tall people too for a longer body, would consider buying again as usually get underwear from M&S

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes I would recommend

cheekydino Tue 12-Jun-12 20:35:11

Q1- no, not bought any before. Researching the range was relatively easy online, although I did get a bit confused by all the choice of relatively similar looking items, and instore was easy as there was just one area of the range.

Q2 -I looked online but didn't buy - I like to try things on and avoid the hassle of sending things back if they aren't right. I went to a large store (at colney Heath) and had a very helpful fitter who measured my bra size and advised me against getting a body (which I had said I wanted) but a separate pants and bra as my bust needed a lift(!) and she didn't think the shapewear range would do that. She was right and I bought two pairs of knickers and a pushup bra instead. (Gorgeous Waist Sculpt™ Firm Control Floral Lace Knickers £22.50 Product Code: T326877). She didn't know the range very well and didn't let me know that the options online were far wider when I was struggling to find things, but she was very helpful otherwise.

Q3 - lots of options on line - in fact I found it a bit confusing - 40 pairs of control knickers meant I didn't know where to start! In store the range was in contrast really limited, even though I was in a large store. Some things weren't available in my size and there were very few options of the different styles of underwear.

Q4 - although I didn't buy a full body thing I thought they were very reasonably priced. The knickers I did buy I thought were a bit overpriced, especially as they are the kind of item that you would want more than one of.

Q5. They were very comfy and worked very well, without rolling down. I was impressed.

Q6 - it would be nice to see a wider range of colours and a body with more of a lift for the bust! (there might have been online but I couldn't find one in store). I would buy again. In the past I have bought spanx from John Lewis and these were just as good, but the instore range from JL was wider so I would probably try there first.

Q7 - Yes.

Thanks very much for letting me be part of the panel. It's the first time I have ever 'won' anything, and being on maternity leave am far too skint to treat myself so I enjoyed the shopping!

Devora Tue 12-Jun-12 22:39:51

Thanks for the opportunity to take part in this. I bought the Secret Support ultimate thigh shaper and tights which I THOUGHT were Shapewear but I've just rechecked the packaging and actually they're Autograph. Sorry about that blush

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought a black cami/vest (as recommended on Mumsnet) and also thigh shaper pants.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I browsed in store but bought online (didn't have time to stand in the store queues that day). I usually buy online for the convenience, but often find with M&S that my choices are out of stock. Having said that, I think both options are convenient enough.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I think there's sufficient choice of styles, shapes and sizes. I think different colours would be really nice - I get fed up with black and nude. White doesn't survive my superwoman laundry skills. I don't want pastels, though - give me blue, green and grey and I'll be happy.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I always wear light support thigh shapers - I find them really comfortable and like the smooth silhouette under my work clothes. I usually buy John Lewis and have always found them pricey at £18 but good value because they last for ages, don't lose their stretch or fit. These M&S thigh shapers were also good but £29!! it was lovely to get the opportunity to try them but I couldn't justify buying them at that price.

The tights were great-feeling but laddered on the first wear. Tights do this, of course, which is why I buy cheap from the supermarket.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The thigh shaper was pretty good but not as good as my John Lewis ones. They were too tight round the thighs (ok, my thighs are a bit zaftig right now) and the diamond weave embedded itself into my skin after a long day in the office chair. On the up side, they feel really good quality and give a nice smooth outline.

The tights were really nice, felt very expensive, but didn't last to a second date.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

As said, I usually go to John Lewis for this. However, I think M&S comes up with clever concepts and product ideas - I like the camis and vests - and I will certainly keep an eye on the range.

As said above, more colours would be nice.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would. I think the range has something for everyone, isn't grannyish, and has a solution to every wardrobe need. But you have to see it as investment undercrackers.

Greenshadow Tue 12-Jun-12 22:43:25

I ordered :

Black waist sculpt knickers

White light control clincher
and
High Rise Shorts 2-pack

Q1.
Never bought Shapewear from M&S or its equivalent from anywhere else.
The website was quite good and the videos helpful in learning more about Shapewear.
Would quite quite like to have tried a cami top/vest like the Secret Support Bra Vest, but it was only for DD cup upwards.

Q2.
I ended up ordering online.
I rarely buy clothes online as much prefer to see the fabric and try them on, but I don’t have an M&S near enough to be able to pop in just for this. I had however visited one between hearing I was going to receive the vouchers and actually getting them, so did have a look in store. The choice wasn’t bad, but obviously nowhere near what is available from the website.
I was lucky to time it so that I received not only the £5 of Lingerie but also the free p&p over the bank holiday, but this did mean the dates given for delivery were wrong. I ordered on the Friday and it said items will arrive by the following Wednesday – they didn’t arrive until Friday.
I will also be very wary of ordering online with M&S again as they messed up the gift voucher bit. I used the £35 gift card and adding £4 from one of my old birthday gift cards as I went slightly over. Because they hadn't delivered to this address before, it said I had to enter my credit card details as well. Wasn’t very happy about that, but it wouldn’t be processed otherwise.
Turns out I was right to be wary. When I received an email confirming dispatch of the good, it said £25 taken from the gift card and £14 from my credit card!!
I have queried it and they have said they will refund the £14 but a week later and it still doesn’t seem to have been credited to my card. Seems a strange thing to have happened and doesn’t fill me with confidence.

Q3.
Colours are a bit limited, but then I guess most people are happy with black, white or flesh. Some things were only available in one colour but I ended up happy with the colours I ordered. Plenty of choice of styles for knickers but maybe more vests for less well-endowed would be good.
I managed to find everything I wanted in the correct size, although when I had looked in the weeks prior to receiving my voucher, there were some things I looked at that were out of stock in my size.

Q4.
Hhmm. Wouldn’t normally spend that much on underwear. If they get lots of wear then maybe. They do seem very good quality, but so far I have only worn each item once. Wil be interesting to see how well they stand up to repeated washing. Compared to other well-known brands, the price is quite good.

Q5.
Black waist sculpt knickers – liked these! Certainly held tummy bulges in. Didn’t cause bulges at top of leg and they stayed up well. Even managed to wear it all day, which I was doubtful of at the start. Found the label irritating – it felt more like paper than fabric. The Clincher (below) has the wash instructions printed on the fabric which meant you don’t get this problem. No problems getting it on. Didn’t find it had any effect on bottom though, despite what the item description says, as the fabric there is very light.
White light control clincher – These were only light control and I really found they didn’t make much difference to my appearance. However they were comfortable to wear on the whole, although did find they were a bit tight at the top of the leg and cause a bit of a bulge there. Also stayed up well so no ‘muffin top’. Helped hold bottom in as well, which was an added bonus.
High Rise Shorts 2-pack – These came up higher on me than in the photo online – well above tummy button. This was OK with what I was wearing, but might show with some clothes. Were very comfy to wear and made a slight difference to stomach, but not so much that I would rush and out buy them. Would also like to see more choice of colour combinations here. Liked the short style leg – different to what I usually wear and helped hold bottom in.

Q6.
As stated above, would like to see more choice of vests/camis for those not so well-endowed. If I was to buy Shapewear again, I think I would automatically return to M&S. I already buy nearly all my undies there and it is the first place I would look.
Not exactly improving the line, but the kind of thing that would normally make me buy something like this would be to see ‘Before’ and ‘After’ real-life photos of normal people wearing the Shapewear (not skinny models).

Q7.
Probably, but would say that as far as I was concerned the lighter control items didn’t have enough of an effect to make me spend that much money on. The firm control item was good.

busymummy3 Tue 12-Jun-12 22:47:04

Mumsnet I spent half an hour writing my review I pressed Post Message to be greeted with the message Mumsnet offline temporarily it is late so don' t fancy typing it all again will try again tomorrow !

pinkflamingo Wed 13-Jun-12 00:33:51

Q1. Nope have never bought Shapewear from M& S before, I usually turn to my trusty old Spanx for a bit of a tummy tuck. I looked at the M&S online website, I was a bit bewildered with the huge selection online and what the exact differences were between the products. I did identify the ultimate magic waist cincher as the product I wanted to buy as it would be the one I’d get most use out of, tummy in, no bulges.

Q2. I went to Lakeside Shopping Centre to purchase the ultimate waist cincher, with lingerie I would normally look at what’s available online and then seek it out in the shops. I do prefer to see it in the flesh before I purchase it as I can look at the thickness of the material and the feel and support of it. I also prefer to get the shop assistants advice on what’s the best option for me as I can be so indecisive.

Q3. While there was a huge section of the store dedicated to underwear, I did think the signposting of the Shapewear could be more distinctive as it did take me a while to find it. The actual Shapewear section was quite limited however I picked up what I came for, it was very low on the nude colours as I had been hoping to get it in nude but ended up with the black version. There was very few staff on the floor but eventually found one and asked her advice, she didn’t know much about the waist cincher but fair play to her she came back to me and gave me a full run down and compared it with the waist sculpt. Colour wise I thought it was fine, I did go looking for bras alongside it but found very few in my size.

Q4. Definitely good value for money have been really impressed with it.

Q5. WHOw, This is really COMFORTABLE, no longer will I have to struggle to breathe in me old spanx. I have already worn it a couple of times and love the fit and the shape it gives me. There’s no riding down or pulling up of the waist and the biggest surprise for me is that it gave my bum a bit of a lift (Lord knows it needs it). Jessica Rabbit eat your heart out.

Q6. Crikey I didn't realise my bum had become so flat so following on from this, the only thing I think is missing from your range is knickers that give your bum a real lift and shape, this would be great when wearing jeans. Going forwards I would definitely go back to Marks and Spencers again and try out more shapewear. I usually buy Spanx online or in the past Trinny and Susannah knickers from Debenhams.

Q7. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Thank you Mumsnet for the opportunity, really enjoyed it. Take care.

ripsishere Wed 13-Jun-12 07:16:50

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
Never bought shapewear before. I got the firming slip in nude

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I looked online then went to the shop. I had tried to order it online but my DD distracted me and I never completed the order.
I thought I had and went into the shop to collect it. They reordered it for me and it came two days later.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
I got exactly what I set out to get.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Not sure TBH, I have nothing to compare them to. What I got suits my purpose.
Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I am pretty satistified with my slip. The only problems is, my bosoms seem to be flattened by it.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I probably won't ever buy any sort of shapewear again. I am planning to wear this to a particular occasion.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Of course I would. Anybody who is interested in my new sleek, slimline body is welcome to know how I achieved it!

Stargem Wed 13-Jun-12 10:39:33

Well,

After buying and sampling the shapewear for a few days now (with washes inbetween of course!) Here are my thoughts, feelings and tucked in wobbly bits !! lol!

I PURCHASED THESE:

www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Lace-Trim-Low-Knickers/dp/B006QR2N06?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_27&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-27&qid=1339573765

AND THIS:

www.marksandspencer.com/Tummy-Waist-Control-Scoop-Neck/dp/B0030JDG5O?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-1&qid=1339575763&pf_rd_r=18K9AVPGCZE58ZBQNZT8&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=215485807&pf_rd_s=center-3

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have previously brought shapewear from M&S.
I found it very easy online to locate the products and instore I asked a member of staff to point me in the direction of the shapewear department, which she did and asked me if there was anything inparticular i was looking for , Which I was, And she helped me locate a vest that I had previously purchased.
I found what I had in mind, which was a vest for tummy and tummy control knickers too...

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I investigated online and have previously purchased online and it went very smoothly, This time however I purchased instore, I prefer buying shapewear instore as i can try most of it on as the sizes do vary, depending on how tight and comfortable you require it to be.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was alot of choice in style but i did find there was not alot of stock in many sizes on the rails in store.......?
there were a few size 8's, 10's but then a big gap til size 20?

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Value for money was good, Knickers 2 pairs at £9.50, and the vest was a good price too at £12.50.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The knickers were fine initially but eventually they rolled at the top, proving to be very uncomfortable as i had to keep pulling them up !
Material was lovely and fit was juyst right.

The Vest was very warm and made me sweat, and i am normally a cold person, it was mainly the middle of my back and if you were to wear a top that sweat showed through iot probably wouldn't be the best vest to wear underneath ! Material very strong , just very warm...not a summer mothe vest really.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

The range is fine, the stock levels just need to be maintained so that there is always every size available.
I have tried other shops but so far M&S proves to be the best for value, comfort and design....and the range is by far the most varied and there is always something you are looking for.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Most definately would, and already do and have.

DazR Wed 13-Jun-12 11:40:39

I bought the Secret Support Firm Control Waist Cinching Tummy Control Slip.

Q1. No I have not bought Shapewear from M&S before. I researched online and could see the sort of products that were available (but wasn't sure what was 'Shapewear' and what was just 'control' underwear - decided that a 'slip' would be of most use.

Q2. I decided to shop instore but found limited stock, difficult to find 'shapewear' labelled products and seemingly little available help. I would have preferred instore as I am tall and wanted to check length of slip and overall fit.

Q3. So I went back to online shopping. There seems a good choice of styles and shapes but not all sizes were available (or not in preferred colour choice). Would have been nice to see other 'subdued' colours in range rather than just white, nude and black - eg. pale pink, lilac etc. I could not purchase the slip I would have liked as it was not available in nude but found an alternative style.

Q4. Would not normally spend this amount of money on a slip - but do have a wedding to attend so may have done so. After trying it on I was VERY impressed with my body!! (Think I may wear it daily now...) SO - I do think it is good value.

Q5. Very satisfied but would really have liked the slip a bit longer as am 5'8". Very comfortable to wear and certainly smoothes out my body shape. Need to wear knickers with no visible seams.

Q6. Would be good to see slips in 2 lengths - good for tall people like me or if you were wearing with a longer dress/skirt. Do you do a body with three quarter length sleeves that would hide my wobby upper arms? Would only buy from M&S or perhaps debenhams.

Q7. If it came up in conversation I would mention M&S shapewear as it seems very effective.

gingercat12 Wed 13-Jun-12 12:52:10

I forgot to say that the second time around I got fabulous help and advice from staff in our store.

haveyouwashedyourhands Wed 13-Jun-12 13:51:49

I bought Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist Cincher (pants) and a 2 Pack - Light Control Seam-free Knickers

Q1. I haven't bought Shapewear from M&S before, although I have purchased similar products from other stores. It was fairly easy to investigate online and likewise in store all the Shapewear is displayed together (although the packaging doesn't necessarily refer to it under the Shapewear brand). I was hoping to get an all in one (inc a bra) which was available in store but there was a 1 hr waiting time for bra fitting, so I opted for pants instead!

Q2. I looked online first and then went to my local store (Chester). This method is ideal... as you can get an idea about products first and then try them for size

Q3. My store didn't have the full range although there was plenty available in a good range of sizes and I had no trouble selecting items in my size.

Q4. I think the waist cincher pants were overpriced... just under £20 would have seemed more appropriate. The Light Control Seam-free Knickers were good value.

Q5. The waist cincher pants are very effective... great smooth lines... wore them with a thin, floaty dress and I was happy with the silhouette created. Not keen on the very low leg (at the front) could have been a toucher higher for my taste.

Q6. Some of the prices could do with adjusting (down!) Although having said that I would / will buy again from this range.

Q7. I would definitely recommend to friends... in fact I already have!

ShangriLaLaLa Wed 13-Jun-12 14:57:28

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes, years ago. But not recently as I have become a little more accepting of my body's lumps and bumps. This was timely as I am wearing a dream dress to a wedding which is a little more body skimming than normal, so I was already going to investigate shapewear as a confidence boosting option. I went for a light control invisible slip and a soft santorini body, so I have a couple of options on the day.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I bought in store. I live near a couple of very large stores and am never confident that the M&S website is showing me everything. I just don't find it that easy to navigate. I do buy loads online generally but shapewear that is new to me, I would probably want to go in and see first.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I was really impressed with the range which seemed to cater for everyone. I opted for a couple of sleek, modern pieces there were also the more heavy duty corsetry type styles that were similar to the type that my gran would have worn. So something for everyone! I always go for skintone/nude, so quite simple and there was plenty of availability in my size.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Not cheap but not extortionate, so generally I would say yes. If I hadn't had the voucher I would probably have opted for one or the other, rather than taking both.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Excellent sizing and very comfortable. I like the softness of the fabric and the sleekness of the design. Both aren't embarrassing to be seen wearing - always a plus. And they do work, smoothing out the odd bump, rather than changing your shape.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

No, there are even other pieces that I will probably go back and look at, so I think that for me, the range is about right. I would go back to M&S, possibly John Lewis too.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Certainly would. I can't believe how much your fabrics and styles have moved on in the last decade or so.

Thank you for the opportunity to take part.

Chigley1 Wed 13-Jun-12 20:35:00

I bought: Shaping Solution Tummy Control swim costume £29.50
Seamfree light control high leg pants £10 for 2 pairs

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No, never before. I am a size 8 with and flat chested so not much of a need but I do have a bit of a wobbly tum from two pregnancies.
Quite easy to find what I was looking for although website was a bit confusing, I agree it is unclear what is included in the range and what isn't. I hope the costume I bought was included!

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

In store as I just prefer to try on first. I did research online though.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was choice online but my local store is small and only carried a fairly limited amount of the range. I did get a costume in my size but it was the only one left. I also bought the tummy control pants in a 2pack, white and nude. I also wanted the tummy control waist slips but my store didn't stock them.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I wouldn't normally spend £29.50 on a costume as I think it's too much but I can see why it would be dearer than a standard one. The 2 pack of pants was £10 so again more than I would usually spend but they do help the wobbly tum syndrome!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Yes, pleased with the costume I bought. It's a decent fabric (not too thin) and seems well put together. I am a size 8 and found the 8 a little on the snug side but OK. The size 10 was sold out. The pants are great, very comfortable.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Something to cater for us with tummies that need controlling but with boobs that need a little (or a lot) of a boost in the size dept. I can't be the only one! I tend to only really think of M&S for decent underwear but would maybe consider John Lewis.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, it seems to work well on small lumps and bumps but would warn it is quite pricey.

Thank you!

horseradish Wed 13-Jun-12 21:29:42

I bought the secret support low leg knickers T32/6884 and the 2 pack of the secret support high leg knickers. T32/6853 both in size 14

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? I have bought shape wear before from m and s - knickers and wear them quite regularly.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? in store - I like to feel the fabric!

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? I wanted to try an all in one body but they didn't have one in my size (14). Otherwise there was a fairly good selection although some variety in colours would be nice - more to match with bra colours.... The shapes are good though and they don't look like terrible granny knickers which is nice. I liked the look of the lace ones and may go back....

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? yes. I think they give a good result and are long lasting. There was one pair of knickers for £30 which I thought was steep for one pair...!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I really like them. They are comfortable And don't dig in. I like to wear them with particular outfits and when I run!!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? Wouldn't buy it anywhere else as comfort is paramount for me... Would like a variety of colours though....

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? Definitely. it works! Good value for money and quality. The details like the waistbands and the leg edges are properly designed and it means that wearing them is not an ordeal.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!
MNHQ

busymummy3 Thu 14-Jun-12 00:28:26

Am now going to try again. I bought the following:
04951490 Light control High leg Pants Pack of 2 White £9.50
09738478 Santoni seam free light control High leg Pants Pack of 2 Natural and Black £9.50
02036106 Body Define High Leg Pants Natural £19.50
I ordered online and used the Lingerie Spend £30 save £5 offer also I arranged to collect from store so saved £3.50 delivery charge so my total spend was £33.50
Q1.When I knew I was going to be taking part in this and was waiting for the voucher I had a quick look in my local store . I eventually found the shapewear with the "older womens " pants ,vests and corsets/girdles this sort of put me off as I don't think I am of that age yet (no offence ) so I decided to look online .
Q2. Glad I looked Online. Watched the videos clear and informative . Lots of choice quick and easy delivery either to your home or collect in store.
Q3. Plenty of choice of styles shapes and sizes. Everything I chose available in my size the only negative is please more colours everthing is white natural or black.
Q4 Yes good value for money.
Q5.Satisfied with the Santini seamfree light control seem comfortable- fit well haven't worn all day yet and Body define again haven't had opportunity to wear all day yet but fit nicely and definitely can feel the control. However I am not really impressed with the white light control secret tummy panel high leg pants. They are VERY unattractive "Granny"pants and cannot see how they are any different to an ordinary full brief which I do not wear normally.
Q6. As already stated would be nice if more choice of colours were offered also I did notice some lacy shorts and while I do not like this style I think it would be nice to offer lacy pants which would be more attractive.,as there was nothing wrong with "granny " pants style, they were comfortable with no roll down - they were just really unattractive and old fashioned -
Q7 Yes I would recommend to a friend. I think most people would try M&S anyway . I would buy again as I buy all my underwear from M&S I never go anywhere else.
Can I just say thankyou for selecting me for this panel I very rarely "win" anything and it was lovely to receive this gift voucher and treat myself to the type of lingerie I would never have considered buying before. I think that overall the shapewear I chose (except the "Granny" pants ) was very effective and give nice shape and smooth clean lines under light summer clothes -dresses etc.

mothermirth Thu 14-Jun-12 07:53:42

Q1. I've never bought shapewear from anywhere before, but am getting married soon (long, floaty frock) and wanted something to smooth out any bulges.
Initially, I looked at what was available online. What appealed about the M&S range was that there appeared to be a huge variety of shapes and styles.
I'm a strange shape - broad shoulders, no boobs, not much of a waist (although I do have a bit of a tum) and skinny hips - and have never managed to find a comfortable bra: I don't possess a single one so always feel 'saggy' up top.
I was hoping to find a shapewear garment that would push up my boobs to create some curves, smooth over my midriff and skim over my hips.)

Q2. First, I had a look online. However, I’m very fussy about fabrics and the way clothes feel on so hardly ever buy online unless I’ve already seen – and tried on – a garment in the shop. Plus, I had a feeling that I’d need to try on masses of different shapes and sizes to find something that worked for me (…and I was right; see below).

Q3. For women who are a fairly standard shape and size, there’s plenty of choice, but it’s not quite so simple for the rest of us. The shapewear video on the website shows a woman who is a gorgeous, curvy hourglass. I’d like to see videos of women with less-than-perfect figures (flat chests, huge stomachs, fat thighs etc) being transformed by shapewear.
I’m an underwear virgin and would have appreciated some input from the sales assistants, but I didn’t know you have to book their time in advance, so no-one was available to help me. The sales assistant who was serving in the changing rooms (Exeter branch) wasn’t particularly friendly or helpful, so I didn’t even feel I could ask for her help with fetching different sizes of the items I was trying on.
This meant the whole ‘trying on’ process took more than two hours. I didn’t know how tight the shapewear garments were meant to be, so I had to try on several sizes of each item in order to find the best fit.
The online Shapewear Buying Guide video advises buying Shapewear in your usual size. I’m usually a size 8-10, but not all the products were available in that size. There seemed to be far more choice in the larger sizes.
I may be skinny, but after two children, I have tummy issues. For example, I loved the look of the Heritage Floral Lace Waist Cincher (£19.50), but they didn’t have one in my size and by that point I’d tried on so many different items I just wanted to find the right garment and go home.
The whole process took ages as I felt I had to wear each garment for a few minutes in the changing room, to make sure I’d be able to breathe during prolonged wearing! Some of the waist and thigh cinchers work well, but it feels as if you’re wearing a wetsuit: not ideal under a floaty silk dress.
I had hoped to find a ‘body’ that would suck in my midriff and enhance my scrawny boobs, but although there were several lovely-looking bodies, none of them worked for my shape. I think for the modest of norkage, shapewear can be more ‘flattening’ than flattering.
In the end, I decided to forget about my top half as I couldn’t find anything that was comfortable and fitted properly without squashing my boobs out of existence. I bought three pairs of big knickers:
1 Ultimate Magic Secret Support Lace Shorts (£19.50). These felt very comfortable, gave me a lovely smooth outline and were more ‘cottony’ than some of the other synthetic tubes I tried on.
2 Light Control Bonded Overlaid Lace Full Briefs (£12.50). These come up quite high, but somehow manage to avoid causing a muffin top. Very comfortable and the lace is pretty.
3 Flatter-Me High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts (£7.50). Slightly less control, but good tummy-holding all the same, and very pretty: apart from the high waist, you can’t really tell these are shapewear.

Q4. Considering the extra engineering that goes into making these knickers compared with normal skimpy ones, I don’t think they’re terribly expensive (although my eyes did water at paying £19.50 for the first pair).

Q5. I love all three items and now just need to choose which one will work best with my wedding dress. I was impressed by the range.

Q6. More choice in sizes 8-10 would be good. It would also be nice to have a bigger range of colours to choose from: I'd like blue, purple and grey.
After shopping in M&S, I browsed in a nearby Triumph underwear store. The choice of colours was far better there, although I didn’t try anything on so can’t comment on the fit.

Q7. I would recommend M&S shapewear to a friend, but I would suggest they set aside several hours to spend in the changing rooms and book an appointment with one of the sales team.

stacysmom Thu 14-Jun-12 09:22:44

I bought this online in the natural colour www.marksandspencer.com/Ultimate-Secret-Support-Define-Multiway/dp/B004FX4JW8?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_3&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-3&qid=1339660955 then exchanged for www.marksandspencer.com/Ultimate-Magic-Define-Waist-Cincher/dp/B003YW26CG?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_5&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-5&qid=1339660955

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
I have a pair of ancient M&S Shapewear knickers that were bought for a particular occasion dress. I went straight to the website to check out the range available and although it's not something I would wear every day there were enough pieces to interest me.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I shopped online, but only out of convenience. I would have preferred to get a feel for colours and fabrics in store but we don't have a clothing store in my town and shopping malls and my 3 year-old don't mix.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
As long as you want black or nude it seems fine (and I would mainly go for the nude in this kind of underwear), no problems getting my sizes on the website.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
They are definitely investment pieces as they are quite pricey, although I did manage get a further £5 off due to an online promotion plus free delivery to my local Simply Food store.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I loved the look of the garment, quite retro (memories of my Gran's foundation garments!) and the seemed well worth the price. Well made and up to the job. However, on wrestling myself in to it the cups were an absolute disaster. I ordered my usual M&S bra size (34D) and they were far too big - I should have ordered some socks too in order to pad them out. No amount of adjustment got it to fit. So I've exchanged it (in-store, eventually) for the waist and thigh cincher which is great and leaves me free to sort out the cups issue by myself!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
This stuff is never going to be pretty, but maybe some lighter colours , (floral?) prints or fabrics? I would always look at M&S first for shapewear but would make sure I could do it in-store where I would try on before committing. Apart from M&S I would use my local independent underwear shop, which has fantastically experienced staff who don't need tape measures!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Absolutely, in fact I already have! It was quite a talking point over dinner!

WitchOfEndor Thu 14-Jun-12 10:20:15

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
No, never bought before, I thought the online guide was good to show the different types available as my local store is small and doesn't have the full range

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Both, although I bought online as the full range was there. I liked the fact that I could see customer reviews online as that persuaded me to size up when ordering (thank God), in store the lady said I should buy the size I was and I don't think I would have been able to get them on comfortably!

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
There seemed to be a really wide range, but the item I really wanted (Firm Control Anti-Cellulite Waist & Thigh Cincher) was out of stock in my size <narrows eyes at Mumsnetters who got in first>

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
They are expensive, and I usually wouldn't spend this much (so thank you!) but if I get enough opportunity to wear them then I will probably think they are good value.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I bought two items, the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher and the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist cincher, I'm going to return the Waist & Thigh Cincher because it doesn't come far enough up at the back and also because it's less practical and more difficult to remove. I was disappointed with the quality of the sewing for the join at the back, there is a fairly large lump where the two 'rubbery' sides are sewn together that would show under lots of dresses.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
An easier was to relieve yourself in them without stripping in a cubicle?

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
I haven't used any other kinds so if it came up in conversation I would ask if they had tried M&S. I haven't had a chance to use the item for long enough to make a hearty recommendation.

Sabriel Thu 14-Jun-12 16:17:57

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Never bought before. It didn't occur to me to look online first but we have a huge M&S locally and I knew I'd need to try on.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

see above. Need to try things on so prefer to go to a shop

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Yes and no. I originally looked at the Body outfits. The 'normal' cup sizes were readily available, but DD+ is a separate range and was £5 more. If you are big enough to need shapeware the likelihood is you may need a big cup size. Everything else was available in a range of sizes.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Not really. I second the horror expressed by an earlier poster at £30 for one pair of pants shock

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I bought some long pants, hoping to solve my thighs-rubbing-together problem. It worked beautifully. The pants were comfy all day. The only thing I didn't like is that they produced a muffin-top effect above the waistband and formed an extra tyre. I tried on a control camisole top as well as it was really uncomfortable. I struggled to get it on and felt really constricted.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

There didn't seem to be any bras included in the range. More choice for the full of bust would be good

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, except for the cost

oldsilver Thu 14-Jun-12 17:21:11

In my best Arnie voice - I'll be back. Just washing items before I give my opinions smile

Finbar Thu 14-Jun-12 19:57:03

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes I have - over a year ago ; mainly tummy control knickers
Relatively easy to find out - However,I found the sheer variety of items and ranges on the website quite frustrating though..what was the difference between the FlatterMe Range and the Waist Sculpt or Body Solutions? I had to click between all of the pages for what seemed a very long time to come up with a final master list. Too many 'ranges'.

Liked the videos though - I wouldn't normally watch them, but was so confused I felt it might help !
Eventually found what I had in mind.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Both.
Prefer shop for impulse buys. But on this occasion, I shopped alone and there were no staff to be seen out on the shop floor.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Stock availability on line was good; Stock availability in store was patchy and meant I did not buy some items which was disappointing

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Yes I do. I bought:
Secret Support Body Define High Rise Knickers in nude -£19.50
Cotton RIch Light COntrol Daisy Floral Lace Thigh slimmer -£15.00(though interestingly the actual garment received says 'Firm control' on the packaging)
As there was an online offer, I had £5 left over so I spent it in store on a two pack black and natural light control Seam Free knickers (09738461) at £9.50

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

HAppy with most of the items. My best purchase was the two pack Seam free Knickers - really comfortable and extremely good value; they have washed really well too. Very smooth outline as promised. Would buy again

The Thigh slimmers are comfortable and pretty; again I think good value, but I can't discern any particularly 'slimming' action going on. In fact the tummy control feels very light indeed. Lied the cotton content though and the lace.

The Body Define Knickers definitely do flatten your tummy and for that I would love them..BUT..the backs of the seem to ride up your buttocks rather, creating what can only be described as a horizontal double buttock effect!! Also they do sit in the Bridget Jones Big Pants camp - which I know is how and why they hold can everything in - but hard to make them attractive

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would definitely consider M&S again - I think your vest with secret bras are the best available. However,I would definitely read the on line reviews before any future purchase.
The alternative retailer would be John Lewis - I have tried the Scala anti-cellulite shaping thigh slimmers they sell and liked them very much

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
yes I would - for the sheer range and good prices

Greenshadow Thu 14-Jun-12 20:01:09

Should just add comments from my family today.

DS3 (13) on spotting the rather over-large pants protruding from the top of my jeans "What's that!!!" and having been informed of their purpose, then asked if they did them for men so DH could also have a pair to hold in his growing stomach .....

mum2jakie Thu 14-Jun-12 20:08:55

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I've bought 'tummy control' vests from M&S before which were surprisingly effective. I don't think the range was specifically known as Shapewear at that point. (I purchased them last Summer.) Disappointingly, those vests are no longer available which is a real shame as they did keep my tummy in check when I returned to work post-baby!

This time around, I searched online initially and found that the search term Shapewear bought up loads of relevant products in a range of sizes and styles.

Shopping instore was a completely different story. Even though I'd already received my online order so knew exactly what to look for and how the products were marked etc, I couldn't find a single item of Shapewear in my local M&S branch!! (This was Hanley, Staffs branch.) If there were products in stock, they were certainly well hidden and not at all easy to identify which is really disappointing.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I placed my initial order online for convenience. (The trial took place over half term and shopping with three kids is tantamount to self-torture.) I would actually prefer shopping instore but it isn't always practical - see above comment- simply because I think it's important to try on underwear products for fit and comfort. It's particularly difficult to judge sizing with items like shapewear as some items are so tight fitting that you might need to move up a size whereas other styles are true to usual sizing so it's difficult to predict. I actually had to return two of the items I ordered as they were so uncomfortable there is no way that I would wear them.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was certainly not enough stock or products available in store - nothing or if there were, much more care needs to be taken to make items more prominent and easy to find. Most shoppers don't want to be asking shop assistants for Shapewear after all - it's much more discreet to pick things up from the display yourself.

I found the online selection to be more than adequate, certainly in terms of sizes available although I am disappointed that the shaping vests are no longer part of the range.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I bought five pairs of knickers in total, all costing £7.50 each. This is on the pricey side and more than I would normally be willing to pay per pair. Having said that, the fit and quality of the knickers is very good. I have worn and washed the three pairs that I kept and they have proven to be robust enough so far.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I loved the Flatter-Me™ High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts. These are incredibly comfy to wear and surprisingly sexy!! My husband certainly seemed to like them and I felt good in them too.

The Flatter-Me™ Lace Back Brazilian Light Shaping Knickers were the ones that I had to return as they were so uncomfortable. They just went straight up my bum and that is not a sexy look - certainly not poking about fishing them out!!

The Flatter-Me™ High Rise Brazilian Light Shaping Knickers were not quite as comfy to wear as the shorts style. (I would go for the shorts again for comfort and sex appeal) These were an attractive style though and I decided to keep them as they will be ideal for trousers with no VPL.

As shapewear, I don't think these are particularly drastic, more of a subtle improvement rather than products that act like a modern day corset! I'm certainly happy with the light level of support these provided.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I think the range needs to be more clearly signposted instore so that it's easy to find and identify shapewear products. Hanley branch needs to be stocked up - or the shelves rearranged if the products are actually instore as I couldn't find them for love nor money!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would as it's comfy and sexy and makes you feel better about your body image.

smokinaces Thu 14-Jun-12 21:04:55

I can honestly say I have worn my pants every day since I received them nearly a fortnight ago. The light control pants and the light control shorts are now my everyday underwear. They are comfortable under tights, skirts, trousers, when busy in the house, sitting at my desk or day, or active with the kids. I really like them.

The firm control pants I dont like so much. But they are more for those clothes that need an obvious difference in look, and I dont have many of those!

To be honest, its not so much the look for me as the firmness the underwear gives me - my jelly belly overhang from two kids is smoother and tighter and my posture better. Well worth £9.50 for a two pack!

smokinaces Thu 14-Jun-12 21:05:23

*and as a disclaimer, of course I havent worn the same pair of pants since I got them, I have washed them and changed them!!

babsmam Thu 14-Jun-12 21:22:40

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have not bought from M&S before. This was my first buying of shape wear for about 8 years. The information on the website seemed to explain everything you needed.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I browsed and placed an initial order on line. I looked in my local, small shop and found there were 6 different items in their range. tried on in store but had to go back on-line to order more products.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

The stock availability was poor for my size and i was not able to order what i actually wanted to. ~As as size 10-12 if found the sizing difficult in some of the range. 8-10 or 12-14. As a definite size 10 in marks with some of the products i had to back up to a 12. The colours are a bit boring black, white and nude could be expanded on. I'm not a fan of lots of lace either as it itches

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I'm still waiting for the second order to arrive. The tights seem fine but the shorts seem a bit expensive.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

i originally ordered tights and shorts. The shorts were returned due to sizing issues. I tried on a body and longer shorts and a waist cincher in store but there was a variety of muffin tops on show in all areas. I appreciate the fat has to go somewhere but its not attractive having a role of fat on my stomach, under my boobs or back fat.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

better colours and sizing.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Not at the moment but i may change my mind if i could actually get what i wanted, in my size, that fit ok without roles of fat sticking out everywhere.

I bought the Body Solutions Cupless Panelled Slip and the Brazilian Shaping Knickers.

1. I haven't bought shapewear from M&S before. I found it easy tom research the range online. I found exactly what I was after.

2. I browsed online but bought in store. I prefer to buy shape wear in store as fit is crucial.

3. I thought there was a great range of styles, but the colour choice was limiting. The slip I wanted only came in nude, and I would have rather had black. Stock availability was fine, but I went to the big Westfield store.

4. I think they were excellent value for money as both work very well. The slip in particular is excellent.

5. Very satisfied, I really like both the items. The slip is fantastic, and gives a great shape while remaining very comfortable. The knickers are also comfortable and flattering.

6. I think the range seems very good, especially at that price point. I think the colour range could be improved upon, but I think it is a great alterntive to pricier shapewear. I am a big fan of Spanx, and will probably stick to them for heavy duty control pants as i find them flawless, but the M&S slip is great and I would buy similar again from them.

7. Yes I would, as I have been really impressed with it.

Thanks for choosing me to participate!

wonkyduck Thu 14-Jun-12 22:33:04

I picked up my items today from the click & collect desk At Cribbs Causeway branch in Bristol. here's what I bought: Body Solutions Firm Control Multiway panelled dress slip in nude and a pair of Ultimate Magic 15 denier secret support tights in natural tan.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought only one item of shapewear before which was over 5 years ago and was from M & S. I found it easy using the online video guides and shape wear section. I was surprised by how extensive the range is. I found what I had in mind but it was out of stock.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped online in the end as in the store the range was spread out so it was much harder to investigate the full range. I would prefer to try items on before I buy but it's not always possible to do underwear shopping in a small cubicle with a toddler in tow.

Q3. There is enough choice in terms of the range. It would be nice to see some different patterns and a wider choice of colours so it's a bit more appealing. I struggled to get anything I originally wanted in my size online - all out of stock in a 10-12.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I don't think the tights we good value as they're disposable items that won't last long. I was happy with the price of the panel slip though as its essentially a bra attached to a slip.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with?

I was satisfied with the slip- it gave me a great shape and the bra bit was a great fit and flattering. The only issue was that I would have to go commando to wear it as it squashes your knickers in such a way that gives bad VPL and makes you look like you have fat rolls on your bum! The tights were def firm and were much more like shapewear shorts but it's a lot of money for tights when you could put cheaper ones over shapewear shorts instead.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would...

Better stock management of sizes online! A bigger choice of bold patterns like the main ranges would be nice.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I'd def recommend the slip to friends who don't mind going without knickers due to the flattering fit and no fat rolls hanging out anywhere like the knickers often result in. The tights I wouldn't bother with because of the price point.

I bought the Ultimate Magic waist cincher and thigh trimmer for £35 (although there was £5 off for a promotion )
Q1. I bought some firm control knickers many, many years ago but they were not particularly comfortable. The range has certainly come on in leaps and bounds since then! I didn’t have anything particular in mind when I first started investigating what was available and I was very impressed by the massive range available. I did my research online.

Q2. I looked at what was available online. There was a lot of useful information about different types of products and sizing. I thought the video was helpful. I may have bought online but there was limited availability in terms of sizing (a bit disappointing) so I went into a store to actually shop (Guildford). There was a fantastic amount of products available: just about everything that I had seen online and the whole range of sizes seemed to be available. The stock was very well laid out and presented instore, although I may have been confused about what everything was actually for if I had not looked online first. It was also easier to get a sense of the different fabrics in the store. Therefore, I prefer using both methods.

Q3. Yes I was extremely impressed by the different styles and product ranges. Stock availability was poor online but very good in store. I don’t think that lots more colours need to be added to the range as it obviously functional although there does seem to be a presumption that shoppers are light skinned toned for the nude colour.

Q4. I bought from the ultimate magic range because I was intrigued by the fact that they was considerably more expensive than other ranges in the same style. It is difficult to know whether it was worth spending this extra on ultimate magic as I have not really compared it with the other ranges: if I was spending my own money (as it were) I doubt I would have spent the extra and would have been happy with one of the cheaper ranges.

Q5. I am very happy with the waist and thigh cincher: it definitely holds you in and gives a streamlined shape under dresses. I have only tried it on at home so far as am saving it for more occasion wear rather than everyday. But it seems to stay up ok with this limited test. I would definitely buy more from the M&S range now I’ve had an opportunity to see what is available.

Q6. I was interested in the “wear your own bra” type of products as well and would like to see more of these as I wear a H cup size. I think improvements could be made to some of the information available about the different lines: the information online about what the different styles can do for you was really excellent, but I couldn’t find any information at all to tell me what ultimate magic means, how it differs from (say) secret support, and why I should consider spending more on this particular range.

Q7. Yes definitely would recommend – really good range of styles and seem to be effective

goingmadinthecountry Fri 15-Jun-12 13:57:02

My 2pk light control seam free knickers and body solutions firm control smoothing full slip arrived yesterday, 2 days earlier than expected.

1. No I haven't bought M and S shapewear before - remember the feel of it in the dim and distant past was far less appealing than it is now. My local store carries very little stock so I had to wait till I got to go to Bluewater to check out the range.

2. I shopped online because I couldn't find what I wanted in store - I'm happy to buy online if I've seen/felt the profuct in store. As we don't live near a town, online is easier.

3. I'd love to see body shapers for tall women, also more slips in larger cup sizes. There was plenty of online availability for what I bought.

4. Prices were fine.

5. I really like the slip. I have a few jersey dresses and it gives a really smooth look. I bought the nude but will get a black one as well.

6. I don't think so. I've bought Spanx and Trinny and Susannah stuff before. Would check out Debenhams simply because it's the only shop in our town with any stock.

7. I'd certainly recommend the slip to friends if it came up in conversation.

Thank you for the chance to take part - I've got some great products that I would definitely buy again.

megabored Fri 15-Jun-12 14:38:13

Right, to continue where I left off. M&s and mumsnet, thank u for this opportunity.

My package arrive today after ordering on Monday. However, joules and John Lewis seem to be faster in their delivery and joules delivery is free as you get a code for joules on mumsnet. hmm
I ordered the slip (on phone so cannot link) worth 27.50. Tried it on. It's fabulous. It gives me a defined waste. If I was a little less rotund on the tummy, it may even make me look very thin and more defined indeed. I will see if i can post some before and after shots. Knocked at least 5 pounds off. Thank you m&s. I would not have purchased a size 12 in store. Glad I purchased online and went with the smaller size rather than 14.
The vest top looks really large and awful at first glance. I would not have purchased it in store if I has seen it. The large cups on it makes it look really unsexy. I want to feel I am buying dainty womenly things, not great big matronly vests. However, again, surprisingly, it is fantastic on. Even without a bra on my 36 E breast feeding bosoms. I will be buying more colours. at GNP 19 this was expensive for what it is. I can now wear slinky vests in the summer rather than worry about bust support or bra straps showing. Love u m&s!!

Snapespeare Fri 15-Jun-12 14:54:51

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I ahve bought shapewear from M&S before, normally knickers. I found sizing difficult - I initially wanted a underwired all in one body or slip. I am a 36G. the only item in store looked utilitarian and a bit russian shot-putter

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I went to the local high street store as I prefer to feel fabrics etc before I buy.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

no. absolutely not. For the larger busted customer, bravissimo are still miles ahead of M&S. a lot of teh underwired shapewear was ugly. I eventually settled on two lacy trimmed bosies in black and 'flesh' which did look pretty and feminine

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

well, they were free and therefore excellent vfm wink I doubt I would buy them i f I did not have the voucher

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I bought my usual size and am now on dukan. very skimpy fit, I do appreciate that to 'suck in' the garmnet has to be tight, but it's not something I could strip out of easily and therefore limits the slimming effect when I have to struggle to take the item off!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

improve range by making larger items similar to smaller items. M&S manage to make their DD+ bras conversant with the smaller cupped options in the range - the only items avilable to me in store on that particular day were ugly. As previously mentioned, bravissimo are prefered.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

yes if they had a smaller bust.

I bought these ,this and these. I shopped at The Mall Bristol branch.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have not bought shapewear before anywhere. I looked online first and found what styles I liked, and had in mind a bodysuit.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked online first, and as I have 2 preschoolers I usually buy most stuff online. I decided quickly that I would have to go instore to buy shapewear, as I did not want to buy it without trying it on as I wanted to ensure a good fit, and I was worried about shapewear being uncomfortable. I have also just finished breastfeeding so I wanted to get measured for a bra.

I found the customer service instore was great and just what I would have expected. The woman who served me was really helpful and knowledgable although I asked her lots of awkward questions. The problem though was that I went to the store on a Saturday at 1pm, which I imagine is one of your busiest times, and there was no-one available until 5.30 to give me a bra measurement. It just was not possible for me to stick around that long, and I was surprised there was no-one available on a Saturday to offer this service, as it must be really popular. If I was just bra shopping I would have gone elsewhere and got measured and bought a bra.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I clicked on a couple of things to see if they had them in my size online and they were sold out. Instore I was surprised at the size of the range, although I think more colours would be good in general. The store seemed well stocked though.

I tried on a copy of bodysuits and was disappointed that neither of them were long enough so had to change my purchases to knickers and a support vest. I am 5ft8 and a size 18, so quite tall and broad. A tall range for shapewear would be a great idea.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

They were all good value for money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I thought they were all good quality and felt nice to the touch. I was a bit scared of buying support knickers that would feel constrictive, so wimped out and got light support. On the one hand, they were really comfortable, but on the other hand, I am not sure they did all that much to hold my tummy in. The 2-pack of more traditional shapewear knickers gave more support than the brazilian lace ones, but the brazilian lace ones were prettier and I felt really confident in them.

The vest was soft and comfortable, and it is a revelation being able to wear a vest with no bra straps showing for the first time since I was young enough to go bra-less! I wore the vest under a dress which is a bit too revealing for everyday wear and I found it rode up a bit though and needed hoiking down.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I think a wider range of fabrics and colours would be good, in more modern styles. Although good quality I felt the styles were all quite traditional, so may only appeal to a certain type of late-middle-aged customer, and you may be missing out on a younger market.

I would like to see slips / bodysuits for taller women.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would, yes.

I bought this Tummy Control Assymetric Mesh Swimsuit

Q1) I bought some thigh shaper pants years ago to squeeze into a dress as it was cheaper than buying a new one; they were effective but not that comfortable & very hot. I typed in shapewear online & all sorts came up. I hadn't thought of getting a swimsuit until I saw it in the search results but it seemed the most useful purchase as I wanted to start taking my baby for swimming lessons.

Q2) Online but I picked them up at the Truro store & had a quick browse of the lingerie range; didn't see any of the swimsuits though. I think I would prefer to buy instore if I didn't have a baby strapped to me in a sling as I'm so unsure of my size & shape since having a baby.

Q3) As others have said I think the colour choices in lingirie were very limited & could be prettier. As lots are highwaisted for tummy control maybe a ditsy 50's print or polka dots? They do some lovely undies aimed at a younger market, surely it wouldn't hurt to add a couple of pretty prints to the shapewear range? Stock availability in this swimsuit was rubbish I'd have gone for a 10 rather than an 8 given the choice & a long rather than standard which I don't think was even available in the smaller sizes.

Q4) I thought it was quite pricey for a swimsuit. It's lovely though, which is why I haven't returned it even though it's a dodgy fit. If it had actually had tummy control then maybe it it would be good value but it really doesn't.

Q5) Love the style/design. Wish I could get it in a 10 long & I wish it actually had tummy control, so mixed feelings really.

Q6) As I said before I think the lingerie could have some more prettier, younger, fashionable choices. Also, they could have a maternity option like Spanx does. I really needed my bum lifted & thighs slimmed when I was pregnant but didn't want to pay Spanx prices for something I wouldn't get a lot of use out of. I'd either buy M&S or Spanx.

Q7) I can't imagine the conversation but I suppose I would recommend the lingerie, maybe not the swimwear though purely because of the lack of actual tummy control in this suit.

purplemonstermum Fri 15-Jun-12 16:58:35

I bought the Body-Solutions-Cupless-Panelled-Slip for £27.50 and used the rest of the money to pay P&P for next day delivery.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought some of the pants before. I have also used other "waist-cinch" products. When I first starting looking this time I found the range a bit overwhelming to be honest. I thought there was quite a lot (? too much) choice and several items seemed to do the same thing. I was pleased to find a garment like this as having quite a large chest I can never fit into all-in-ones and I liked the idea of wearing my own bra.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked on-line and in-store. In theory prefer to buy in-store so that I can try items on; in practice however I hate it as I usually have at least 1 child in tow, little time, can't find the items I want in my size, can't find anyone to help etc etc...I therefore tend to browse and buy on-line from the comfort of my own home. Downside of that = that I can't try for size or look at fabrics, feel, shape of item etc. This time I bought the item on-line. With hindsight I think that was a mistake.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I think there is too much choice. I had to look at the on-line guides several times to work out what each item was supposed to do and even then I was confused about what were the pros and cons of each. I suppose I should have gone to a shop to ask for help. When I popped into an M&S branch (London Colney Junc 22 M25) there seemed to be very little stock on display (the few things I looked at did not seem to have anything in my size) and it was hugely unclear which items were part of the shapewear range and which weren't. There didn't seem to be anyone around to help (but I can't say I looked very hard...it was Sat eve and I wanted to get home for tea! Perhaps I should have tried harder). With regard to the on-line item I purchased, it was actually my 2nd choice, the first being "Gorgeous waist sculpt wear your own bra slip" which had better on-line reviews but was out of stock in all sizes except 6 and 8!

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I thought the price wasn't bad, considering some of the pants things were more expensive.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I was a bit disappointed to be honest. My item arrived very quickly - I was impressed with that side of the service. However it was a highly unattractive piece of kit...which actually did little to suck in my flabby bits. It also felt uncomfortable to wear. (Perhaps I'm just not used to these types of things, though, as I haven't worn a slip for years).

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

More shapes and colours would be good. The nude colour of my item was hideous but it wasn't available in black or anything else. I would have much preferred it in purple or something! I am not sure where else I would look for shapewear in the future. I don't particularly like boned corset-type things either such as those by Miraclesuit (in fact I have one for sale on ebay right now!)

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably not to be honest. I have't been particularly impressed with any of the items I've had now or in the past. But maybe I'm expecting impossible miracles!

bluebump Fri 15-Jun-12 17:15:38

I got this body, these pants and these tights I got them online and used the £5 off if you ordered over £30 or whatever it was and got them delivered to my local store.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought slimming pants from M&S before but years ago so I doubt they were the shapewear range. I still have them though! I wanted a body which I managed to get and so the pants and tights were a real bonus.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I did it online because my local store is more of a food store. I did briefly look at the stuff in the next nearest store but there wasn't a lot in my size so I decided to order online. I would normally prefer to buy it in store so I can feel and see the products. I didn't find the website very easy to use as it jumps about all over the place and it's hard to get back to where you just were. Also when I went to the main page and typed in 'shapewear' it didn't display as much as when I went to the shapewear page via the Mumsnet link.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was lots of choice actually but when I actually went to buy online there were quite a few of the items I wanted that were out of stock in my size or in the colour I wanted so the body I got wasn't my first choice one at all.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Yes really good value for money, I got 5 items for £34.50 which I think is great. (Obviously two were multi pack items)

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I am very satisfied with them. The only complaint about the body I have is that I would have preferred it to have been a whole cup on the boobs rather than half cup and sheer for the rest of it (if this makes sense) as it's not overly flattering on me. It was certainly comfy and I wore it to work all day and ditto with the pants/tights.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would buy items from here again, they were good value for money and good quality. I can't think of anything missing from the range at all.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes I have already recommended it to friends and given them an eyeful of my body under my work clothes!!

alemci Fri 15-Jun-12 18:32:59

Q1. Yes, I had bought some knickers before and they were really good. I had a look on line first and then went to the local store. I wasn't sure what I wanted so had a browse and there were alot of different items

Q2. I preferred to shop instore as i could see what i was buying and speak to an assistant.

Q3. There were different items at 2 different stores i visited. I am still holding on to one item which i want to exchange for a different colour and it is out of stock. It is difficult to exchange items which are not the same price and keep the 'spend over £30 and save £5 even though i still spending the over £30.

Q4. The knicker set were very good value and felt lovely especially being cotton. The slip is a reasonable price too, just need it in a flesh colour as oppose to black.

Q5. I loved the feel of the slip and the knickers. The slip will be brilliant under dresses when a half slip may show at the waist under the dress. shame it is hard to get the flesh colour. waiting for it to come back into stock frustrating.

Q6. more camisoles or vest tops would be nice. may buy from John Lewis

Q7. yes I would as the items I have are discreet and not too restrictive. I like the fact that the knickers are cotton and really comfortable

MamaW Fri 15-Jun-12 18:34:32

I have previously bought shapewear from M&S (black shorts for sucking in my tum bum & thighs). This was probably about four years ago (pre pregnancy).
I went shopping for my shapewear this time at the Richmond store and found there was only a limited number or products on offer and the ones I was interested in were not in my size. I asked the sales consultants if they had any other sizes. They were very helpful (I suspect they knew they were being tested) and said they did not have any more available in store but that they could order in the size I wanted or check another store. I declined as I wanted to check out the full range online and find out if there were other styles I preferred (there were).
I found there was far more choice online and a full range of sizes and although I wouldn’t usually buy clothing online as I like to try stuff on, I have ordered the ‘Body Solutions Firm Control Multiway Panel Dress Slip’ to collect in store so I’ll be able to try it on before taking it home. I chose this to go under a dress for a wedding and it’ll also be good to go under some of my suit dresses for work.
The item seems reasonable value for money, especially as I’ll be able to wear on a number of occasions.
In all honesty the shopping experience has been a bit time consuming and if I hadn’t have been involved in this trial I probably would have given up at the point that they didn’t have my size in store.
I will post again once I received my items.

alemci Fri 15-Jun-12 18:35:28

I bought a double pack of light control knickers and a shapewear light control full slip

oldsilver Fri 15-Jun-12 19:58:20

Right, here we go. I bought Waist Sculpt? Firm control cincher in natural and 2 x 2 packs Light Control Cotton Rich Knickers in black/white and white/natural.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I did, years and years ago - I got very firm control zip up pants which were very painful to wear. The website was very easy to navigate with all the information though difficult to tell how the items looked on people who needed any form of control as the models were all so lithe with not an inch of fat amongst them. And yes, I did find my initial item on my "want" list which was a waist cincher.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I wanted to buy online but being over 40 I just can't get the idea of not feeling or trying on clothes before I buy - I never did catelogue shopping for clothes either.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There seemed to be an awful lot of choice (possible too much - I felt overwhelmed in a way) in my local M&S - I went early in the morning so clothes were all neatly on hangers in the right size order and fully stocked. Yep, there was a full choice for my sizing and I did get what I wanted. I did try on the waist cincher and although I couldn't find a member of staff on the floor to help, the lady in the changing rooms said they normally advise you wear a size bigger than you are. I took a 16 and 14 into the changing rooms and was surprised to find that the 14 was more comfortable (at the time) than the 16 which was just like an extra layer of underwear for me. I'd also tried on a full waist/hips/pants/thigh outfit in a size 14 and this was far too big.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Mmmmn, I normally would not have spent this amount of money on a dress yet/let alone underwear. We do not have disposable cash, this would have to be a real investment. And really, 2 pack of pants for £9.50 - even being the cheapest and "Outstanding Value" no - not in my world.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The W/C started off being really comfortable - til I made the mistake of sitting and then leaning over grin It rolled up rapidly, visibly (taking my top with it) like a cartoon roller blind and then sat, sausage like just on my midriff with blubber sticking out above and below grin I soon learned how to sit properly so in effect it corrected my posture which made me suck in my spare tyre smile

The pants, I just can't get out of my head that I am wearing my mum's knickers that I have picked up by mistake and I haven't lived with her since I was 17 grin Nice lacey bits for big pants - but big pants all the same!

I have done a wash and it's all come up as lovely as brand new and the pants (being light control) feel just as controlling as they did when first worn.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

In the shop, I felt overwhelmed - there was so much stuff, all with different names, titles, descriptions. It did have labels above the racking saying "Shapewear" - but I wasn't too sure which bits were bits and whether they actually belonged. It would have been easier say to have one snazzy brand name only and then divide into Firm/Light/Medium control. Or all pants together ranked in control order, all bodies etc etc. I was all over the place just looking for pants no change there then

Unfortunately, due to financial circumstances I have to shop in lower end retailers eg Primark or Sainsburys for example. Actually Sainsbury's stuff is quite good smile

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

If someone was looking for a very large range and choice then yes, I would.

Thank you for letting me participate in this smile

Abbajayboo Fri 15-Jun-12 22:46:46

Q1. I have never bought Shapewear before. I had heard of similar products but not of this specific product range so I had no idea what I was going to buy until I entered the shop.

Q2. I bought the £35 pants only because that is the amount of money I had but would never ever have spent that amount on a pair of pants normally. I think I prefer to buy underwear in person and not online as I would like to try on bras. But pants - well either way really.

Q3. Stock was reasonably good but a bit mixed up on the hangers. Not sure the pants I bought were ever to be worn for style! I just kept thinking Bridget Jones and carried on with the purchase.

Q4. These items do not come cheap and I would never have purchased rhese £35 pants normally. The bottom of the pants at the leg were a bit frayed on one spot when I got them home so not sure the quality matched the price. These are only PANTS after all with elastic - what justifies a £35 price tag is beyond me. Realistic price for me wold have been circa £15-18 and I would have been absoulutely desperate for a flat tum or pre menstral at that price.

Q5. Yes they were satisfctory, lightweight and comfortable and they looked and felt sleek.

Q6. I have nothing to compare this product with. So if I was shopping I may have gone to John Lewis or Debenhams for an alternative named product. I don't think the price justifies the quality so I think M&S could do with cutting the price. There seemed to be a good range of types of product.

Q7. Yes I would recommend to some of my better off friends although I am not sure any of my friends would thank me for the suggestion that they might actually need a bit of a tum and bum tuck!

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? Yes, I've bought Shapewear before. It was fairly easy to check out the range. It's in its own section both online and in store and is pretty well set out within those sections.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I looked in both to get an idea of the range and sizes. I looked in store to see what they actually looked like - fabric/colour doesn't translate well across photographs I find. I'd be happy to buy online now I'm familiar with the range although I had some problems with that (see below)

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? The range seems pretty comprehensive to me. Availability was fairly bad in the sizes I wanted though, both online and in store. I'm tall and overweight - bad combination in M&S generally (had to stop buying trousers there) I wanted to order online and pick up from the store, but pretty much everything I looked at was out of stock. First time I went into the store most of my first choices were OOS in my size too. I was luckier the second time (although I'd changed my mind about what to get anyway) I got the thigh slimmer pants by being brave and buying the size I probably am rather than the (larger) size I always go for. Still had to compromise with the tights however. I need the extra large because I'm 5'10" and they are always like gold dust, even in the non shapewear ranges.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? Difficult. They were very expensive, but they work well and are well made. I'm not used to spending so much money on one item!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? I was happy - they worked well, and were surprisingly comfortable given how much wobbly stuff they were compressing smile Only annoying thing was that the waistband keep folding down, but I could ignore that with what I was wearing.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? I miss my old control pants - absolutely plain black jersey ones which were sold in a multipack. I buy all my underwear from M&S I have to say - it balances price against quality far better than any other similar retailer.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? I would. TBH I wouldn't know who else to recommend, and I do like their underwear on the whole (shopping for it is a different matter, but this isn't the place for a whinge about their lack of larger sizes - not of selling it, just of being able to find the damn things!)

Willemdefoeismine Sat 16-Jun-12 10:25:34

Firstly, thank you very much for picking me to take part in this product review. It couldn't have come at a better time as we have a very smart family do coming up imminently and I need some shapewear to fit under my lovely Damsel in a Dress frock, picked up for a song smile.

This will be an entry in two halves though. Believe it or not I still haven't had my voucher! The first one seemed to have gone AWOL and the second one arrived on Wednesday (when we were out) and was delivered to some distant and inconvenient collection point (without my say-so)and haven't had time to collect yet! Think the first lesson for M&S from this is that Royal Mail would probably have been a better delivery service to use - at least then I could have been in charge of the redelivery options. Did try to get Parcelforce to redeliver to a more convenient place but they couldn't and were unable to commit to a given home redelivery date! Also, it might have been cheaper to give product testers the option to collect the giftcards in-store if that is feasible?

Q1.Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes, I have bought shapewear before from M&S but quite a while ago and think it was to go under something specific - a rather fluid summer dress. Since I had my DCs I have definitely developed a flabby tummy and this needs addressing. Of course I could do push-ups every day but don't have the time or the inclination! Used to have a really taut, flat tummy so it is a bit of a shock to get a side view of self in clothes with a podgy tum sticking out! And I still like to wear quite figure-hugging clothes so shapewear is definitely a serious consideration for me when buying clothes.

I started investigating the shapewear range online and in-store as soon as I discovered I'd been chosen to participate in the product review - champing at the bit to get started, so a bit disappointed that it's taken so long to get the voucher to spend. Quite excited to see that there were eight pages of shapewear products listed online, but less so once I started scrolling through and discovered that half at least were just knickers/tights. Our local branch is large and I was pleasantly surprised by the rows of different products, some of which wouldn't have looked out of place in one's grandmother's closet and others of which were far more to my liking, working a sexier vibe. I was also a bit of a swot and searched online for articles in the press to help me with decision making.

Signing off now and will be back next week to answer the rest of the questions!

Glaikit Sat 16-Jun-12 12:48:43

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

A1. Many moons ago, when I had no need for shapewear i bought the most uncomfortable pair of knickers I have ever owned. Apart from then I haven't bought M&S Shapewear. I used the website, and it was fairly easy to navigate and find the shapewear range. This time I bought This and these

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

A2 Online. I don't do fitting rooms in store especially for things like underwear after once getting stuck in something and it having to be cut off me buy an assistant.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

A3. I'm at the larger end of your range and found that a number of the items weren't available in my size. That given i think the range covers just about every lumpy bumpy problem us ladies have to deal with. I think sticking to the 3 main underwear colours is good, because really who are you going to be flashing your big granny knickers too?

*Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? 8

A4. The 2 pack of knickers are very comfortable and do exactly what I wanted them to. More that I would spend on "normal" knickers, but I would be happy to buy them again. I am however disappointed with the Waist cincher. I felt it didn't quite cinch as much as I would have liked, it also kept rolling down. I have another pair of bry to thigh knickers I bought for the pricely sum of £5 from Primark that do a better job of controlling my tummy, so I'm afraid I would buy those again, which is disappointing, because you think you are getting a top quality product from M&S.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

A5 See above

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

A6. I usually buy shapewear from Debenhams or bravisamo and have bought from Primark in the past and would again.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

A7. Probably, yes, because of the wide range.

Can I also add I bought a paid of your T-shirt bras and they are the most confortable bras I have bought for a while, the straps are soft and dont dig in, which with my bust has almost become a normal thing. So I will buy those again too!

southlundon Sat 16-Jun-12 14:05:36

Hello

I responded much earlier in the thread and I said how I wasn't impressed with the items I had bought so I returned them and ordered an Ultimate Magic Body Define Thigh Slimmer.

I tried in on last night and I am far more impressed with it than the light control thigh slimmer I had bought last time. Really works on my waist by a few inches without feeling tight and it smooths down my thighs, although I haven't noticed much slimming on them but the overall effect is great so I really don't mind.

I'm going to be out all day tomorrow for a family event and will definitely wear it.

Good value for money - it's steep at £29.50 but if it lasts a long time I think it will be worth it.

I am happy with nude or black spfor these types of 'proper' control wear.

And yes, I would recommend to a friend.

Thanks again smile

HouseOfBamboo Sat 16-Jun-12 14:45:29

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No, haven't bought before. I did a quick bit of research online, but went into our local branch (a smallish one) to have a look 'in the flesh'. The range was very limited in terms of styles and sizes, and I could only find one product which was actually 'Shapewear' branded, the rest were called things like Secret Support, so I wasn't sure if they qualified for the test.

There weren't any members of staff in the near vicinity, although I probably could have found one if I had really wanted to.

Much easier to check out the range online.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I then looked online properly, and found it much easier to see what was available.
I realised that the whole 'support' range was in an online category called Shapewear, so I guess it all counts? I chose two different garments:
'Seamfree Light Control Shapewear Short' - big pants with short legs £9.50
and
Body Solutions Bandeau Full Control Slip - firm £27.50

I used the £5 off LINGERIE code, so with delivery I got both items just 50p over budget.

As Shapewear would be a difficult thing to try on, I'd probably just buy it online, especially given the lack of stock in our store. I shop both in store and online at M&S usually.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

The stock in store seemed very limited - so limited in terms of lines and sizes I don't think I would have found anything suitable.

I thought there was more than enough choice online, and only found one thing out of stock (a black slip) that I was interested in.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The slip seemed expensive at £27.50, although it was nice that it had the detachable sparkly straps. The pants weren't such bad value at £9.50 for two pairs.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

1) Slip - when I initially tried this on I thought I had it on back to front as it comes up quite high at the front. I then tried to twirl it round and got a bit panicky as it was SO tight! I eventually sorted it out.

Good points - it is a good length, and is quite smoothing. Nice to have the choice of taking the straps off. It worked well under the dress I tried it with.

Bad - I'd have to wear it without pants, as I tried it on with pants underneath and ended up with a bad bulge. Pantless be a bit scary in a short dress. It also makes the bust a bit droopy looking without a bra underneath. The strap hooks were a bit scratchy at the front, and seemed a bit short and tight even on the longest setting. Going strapless made boobs droop even more. The garment also had a slightly odd smell, a bit like cigarette smoke, I think that was from the plastic packaging. The fabric is very thick and almost plasticy-feeling, it would be nice to have something a bit softer.

2) Pants - I'm wearing these at the moment

Good points - love the feeling of having tummy held in, very comfy. Fabric is nice and soft and seamfree.

Bad - I'd probably go for the longer shorts the next time, these stop at the fattest part of my thighs, so dig in a tiny bit, and also tend to ride up.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

The range seems good. I'd definitely be tempted to try 'long john' style control pants, as long as they were soft and seam free. <oh the glamour>

I'd probably look in John Lewis as well, and check out Figleaves online. I like Sloggi products so might see if they had anything.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I don't think it would come up in conversation really, not sure if I'd heartily recommend as I've only tried two of the products, so don't know what the rest are like. I'd probably recommend it as a place to check out though if they said they were looking.

Thank you for the vouchers.

shaztwins1 Sat 16-Jun-12 15:46:00

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

i have never bought shapewear before this test, i looked online to see what was available before visiting the store. i had no trouble finding what i wanted instore.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

i shopped instore as i like to look/feel things before i buy.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

there was a lot of different choices so i feel there is enough, there was plenty of stock in the size i needed so had no trouble purchasing what i went for.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

yes i thought my items were very good value s i bought a few 2 pack sets.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

i was very satisfied with the pants i bought but i was hugely disappointed with the waist cincher i bought, being a size 12 i bought a size 14 thinking this would be more comfortable but i had to return it as it was way too small i know its supposed to make your waist thinner but u do have to actually get it on in the 1st place !!!!!!!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

i would consider m&s again as most of the items were wonderful but i really think they need to look into the sizing on the waist cincher as buying 2 sizes bigger just so it fits right kind of defeats the object its meant for in my opinion. sorry to sound so ungreatful.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

if it came up then yes i would recommend it but its not really something i talk about with my friends in all honesty, i was quite happy with my other items tho they were fabulous.

InsomniaQueen Sat 16-Jun-12 15:52:35

I went into two M&S shops - Witney and Swindon. I bought two items, a body suit and some briefs. Seen here: http://www.marksandspencer.com/Light-Control-Floral-Bandeau-Knickers/dp/B002TBF5M6?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_57&nodeId=43270030&sr=1-57&qid=1339856725

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Light-Control-Gathered-Front-Santoni/dp/B002G4RIAI?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_14&nodeId=309705031&sr=1-14&qid=1339856969

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I've never bought shape wear before. It was easy to find shape wear, especially online. I wanted a body to wear under a dress I'd bought for a friends wedding.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I initially went into a small M&S and had a look around. There were plenty of shape wear knickers but no full body suits. The staff were very helpful with the items that were available and suggested that I go to a larger store for a wider range of items. I preferred buying in store as I wasnt totally sure what to buy and I found that the different types of items gave you different effects. It was easy in a large store to pick out a large number of items and try lots of things on.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

In the large store there was plenty to choose from in terms of styles and shapes and sizes. Some items were very nice and most didn't even look like shape wear, it would be nice if some items came in other colours. I was able to find what I wanted and in the sizes that I wanted.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I think the items were good value for money in terms of the quality of the items and the finish but I didnt find that the items gave me exactly the results that I had been hoping for.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The shape wear that I bought had a number of good and bad points.

Good

- Very pretty styles, they dont look like the 'girdle' type support wear I used to see my mum wear.
- the fabric and finish to the items were both good quality.
- The body suit gave me a great shape around the bust and bottom. It flattened out my lumps and bumps which was great.

Bad

- The items didn't have the support in the lower tummy area I was hoping for, there was obviously some improvement but not the improvement that I was hoping for. But I suppose it could be that I'm hoping for a little too much.
- Item descriptions were different on the Internet and on the packaging. I only just discovered this, on the packaging the bodysuit says 'firm' control, on the Internet the item is described as 'light'. So I'm not sure whether this is the reason why I didnt find everything I was looking for in my items.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

A recommendation to improve the range would be to introduce a 'post natal' range. As a new mother I have had a number of special events to go to but haven't felt as confident wearing some of my favourite outfits or shopping for occasion wear. The items available were great but it would be wonderful to have something that I am able breastfeeding in. On evenings out it is difficult to manoeuvre everything to be able to feed the baby but also ensure that I don't end up with milk on my new clothes! grin

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

I would recommend shape wear to give you an improved overall look and the knickers especially for the comfort, look and fact you don't get a vpl when wearing stretchy fabric dresses. But as I wasn't able to fully get the look I was hoping for I probably wouldn't suggest the body suits.

EauRouge Sat 16-Jun-12 16:07:40

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

No, never. I wanted to test the magic cellulite reducing pants but they seem to have disappeared so I chose the Ultimate Magic Body Define Thigh Slimmer instead.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped online. I would have preferred in store so that I could try different sizes on but I live in a rural area so online is more convenient. I followed the size guide on the M&S website but I'm not convinced I got the right size, despite measuring an inch smaller than the size I ordered.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

The choice of colours is a bit boring. Some brighter colours and more patterns would be nice.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Not really, although I've seen more expensive

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

To be honest, I think they are rubbish. I tried them on and they were a bit snug, but I expected this from control undies. My hips and waist are an inch smaller than the the size according to the size guide on the website. I tried to put my jeans on over the top and they wouldn't fit- how on earth did the control undies make me bigger?! For this reason I don't think I will bother ordering a size up. Also the pants dug in around my thighs and made them look lumpy which I never had before (they looked and felt as if they were seam-free but there was a band that dug in. Maybe making it wider would help.)

Went back to my regular undies, jeans fit fine and look much better.

The fabric felt nice though.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Check the sizing maybe?

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Wouldn't recommend them, no. I don't think any of my friends would be interested anyway.

Thanks for the voucher though!

Vagazzled Sat 16-Jun-12 16:37:17

I brought the Ultimate Magic Secret Support Body Define Body £39.50
A1. I have brought shape wear before but not from M&S. I found it terrible so was looking forward to trying a superior product. I searched online for an idea of what I would like and decided on a body. I researched which ones were available in my size but 1/3 was OOS online.
I went to my big local store (Torbay) and trying to find ANYTHING was a nightmare. Everything seemed to be listed under wall panels (t-shirt bras, per una etc) apart from shape wear. When I found the 2 stands, it was chaotic. I know this is mainly customers etc but seriously, I took a picture of how bad it was if M&S would like it! And there was nothing in my size. At all. Not. One. Thing. Not a slip, body, wyob bodice.

A2. I took a range of other sizes in, knowing sometimes a 'cup down, back up' size can fit but no avail. The lady on the door of the fitting rooms told me 'Im on my own so if you need any other sizes... I won't be able to help'. I asked if id be able to order in store but apparently she 'doesn't do that, you'll have to go upstairs'. I understand being short staffed is annoying but I was quite put off by her attitude.
I ended up sat in M&S car park on my mobile buying the body I wanted. The mobile site was down, wouldn't load, kept resubmitting etc so swapped to online and it was very easy.

A3. Stock availability in store was non-existent for what I feel is a 'standard' size, 34e, but was pleased to get what I wanted online. Colour wise I was very happy with the natural bodice as its for a sheer dress. The range of different fabrics was very good too as I wanted to avoid lace.

Q4-5.I love the body. It really could be a tiny bit tighter round the waist but I'm happy as the bust fits very nicely. I wouldnt have paid £39.50 if I'm honest as even with firm control, it feels skimming rather than slimming. But for £4.50 and M&S generosity, it's fab!
A6. More stock availability in store? Larger but sizes throughout the range. The selvedge body is lovely but not available for a bigger bust. I'd definitely use M&S again, probably online though as going to the store seemed a waste of a trip.

A7. I already have! A friend commented that I looked slimmer so I shared the secret.... She ordered hers on Friday smile

Vagazzled Sat 16-Jun-12 16:38:26

Forgot the thank you to M&S and Mumsnet
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BrianButterfield Sat 16-Jun-12 19:10:47

I bought "Body Solutions Firm Control Smoothing Full Slip" in black and "2 Pack - Light Control No VPL High Rise Assorted Full Briefs" in black/nude. It came to £40 but there was a £5 discount offer on.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I've never bought any before, so I found the array a bit overwhelming actually! I had a vague idea of what I wanted but I didn't know if it existed. Turns out it does though.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I looked in store but there was a tiny selection of things and nothing at all in my size so I had to buy online. I would have preferred to buy in store as I wasn unsure of sizing.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I thought there was a very good choice and everything that was in a size came in my size. However things sold by bra size were not in my size. Nothing I looked at was out of stock.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

Yes, I do, the slip is very useful as I wear a lot of dresses and skirts to work, so I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it. The knickers were more than I would usually pay but a pair of no-VPL nude underwear is a good thing to have and worth paying for.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The quality is good and I liked the feel of the fabric and the cut. I love the fact that the neckline of the slip means it can work as a camisole under lower-cut dresses so I don't have to wear another layer and spoil the line of my clothes. It does have a tendancy to ride up at the bottom if I forget to adjust it after going to the loo, however.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I think there is room for more attractive colours etc but I'm not sure that what I want from M&S - I would go there to get exactly the sort of items I bought and I wouldn't like that good range of basics to be compromised for fancier stuff you could buy other places. I would tend to look at the cheaper end of the marker such as Peacocks, Primark or supermarkets first if I needed something like this but wouldn't go to a more expensive retailer.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would as I just didn't know what was out there and I think it's a good range.

oenophilia Sun 17-Jun-12 12:08:57

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
No I hadn't bought any before. The range seemed extensive - although some of it reminded me very much of the panty-girdles that my mother had back in the 60s. I looked at the stuff online & it was pretty straight forward to navigate.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
Online. Don't really have time to go shopping

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
There was a lot of choice for shape, little in terms of colour. A lot of teh stuff that I chose initially was out of stock in anything except the smallest and largest sizes so nothing much in 12-14-16

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
The item I bought was £35 (Ultimate Magic Body Define Waist & Thigh Cincher) & at that price, I would only have one - cheaper and I might have bought more.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
It definitely smoothed the line of the dress I was wearing over the top but didn't make me look any slimmer. Maybe I should have had a size smaller. The top rolled over slightly.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
More colours and better stock availability. Not sure where else I would go (but if in doubt, John Lewis is my first port of call).

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Can't really imagine it coming up in conversation, but if someone were to ask where they could get some, I would suggest they at least looked at teh M&S range

Housemum Sun 17-Jun-12 12:15:05

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

- Not bought before
- easy to find garments on website as all under "shapewear" category.
- I did find what I had in mind, was looking for waist cinchers, though there was only 1 style. Far too many knickers!

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

- online. I enjoy browsing in stores, but it's hard to find time without kids to do so hence why I bought a selection online to try.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

- seems to be a good range of sizes (I'm a fairly average middling size but had a quick look and there seemed to be a reasonable range)
- colours are pretty dull. I know that beige is sensible, but it looks very "surgical". Would pastel pink work as well as a "nude" colour? Would like more waist cinchers (or even corsets!) in pretty fabrics so that you don't have to hide in the bathroom to get undressed smile
- couldn't get the waist sculpt pants T326097 in my size (14). Still out of stock.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

- reasonable-ish if they work! Seems very expensive for knickers. I tried various items and have comments below.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

- I loved the Waist Sculpt fabric of the Waist Cincher T326006. I measured before and after, and reckon it does take an inch off my flabby waist. BUT it could do with being an inch to an inch-and-a-half longer, as I had to choose either to hoik it up to just under my bra, which meant a hideous splurge or fat roll between the lower edge and my knickers, or to pull it to where I would wear it ie just along the top of my hip bones/knicker line (below the bulge!) which meant it stopped over an inch below the bra thus giving me a fat roll between bra strap and Shapewear - bleurgh!

- Returned the Waist Sculpt body as it was too short in the body (honest, I don't think I'm an unusually long-bodied person!) and my boobs were a couple of inches above the underwires of the cups!!

- Didn't like the Panelled selvedge waist cincher knickers T326772 - felt like they made no difference, tape measure showed no change (unlike the Waist Scuplt fabric). Fine as a "free" pair of knickers with the voucher but would have been disappointed if I'd bought them myself!

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

- Prettier fabrics, less "surgical" or "old lady" looking. Would be interested in some sexy corsetry too - I do have a corset from Corsets UK which was surprisingly cheap and incredibly effective at creating a waist (though tricky to find clothes to wear over it so I think I'm looking for the impossible - something that squeezes me in like a corset that can't be seen under clothing!)
- I would look at lingerie specialists such as figleaves.com for shapewear, possibly being swayed by popular brands such as Spanx, or retro sites like What Katy Did (I have one of their deep suspender belts which is fab)
- If M&S do more in the Waist Sculpt fabric I would try again.
- Bizarrely, although the fabric of this is pretty old fashioned and makes me think of my late nan, if the same product were made in prettier fabric (retro 50's pink/peach, or black, or patterned) and perhaps a little firmer control, I would consider buying it.

- Sexy Shapewear!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

- Possibly. Not a total convert, but would suggest trying the Waist Sculpt as it seems effective if you have the right torso length.

Tanee58 Sun 17-Jun-12 12:52:26

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Never bought any before as I always feared they would be uncomfortable. I started looking online before the voucher arrived. It was easier than looking in the shops and had a good range. Didn't have anything clear in mind, just something that would tame my wobbly tummy.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Looked online initially, but bought in store. Preferred actually buying in store so that I could try them on and see exactly what the colours and fabrics were like, but the online feedback was useful.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Choice of styles seems good, but would prefer a wider range of colours. 'Nude' for instance, is no good if you have a darker skin tone. Size availability wasn't good online and worse in store, in the larger bra sizes for bodies. I wasn't able to try on all the bodies I wanted as my bra size wasn't available.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I bought the Ultimate Magic Body Define Waste Cincher in black (£29.50). I thought it was quite expensive really, but would have been happy to pay that much if it held my tummy in - whch it did, but not enough!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Feel a bit neutral. It feels comfortable on, the fabric is nice, and there are no bulges above or below. But I wonder if the top will roll down with wear and though it smooths out the lumps and bumps a bit, it doesn't trim the waist and tummy significantly.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

More colours please, and darker brown for a 'nude' for those of us with asian/black skin tones. Navy or royal blue would be nice, or burgundy. As I never normally buy shapewear, can't think of any other retailers - perhaps, if money were no object, Rigby & Peller!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I'd recommend it if they only needed moderate control - but not if they had a large bust or tummy.

Final comment, the staff in the shop were very friendly and helpful, were happy to let me try on several garments in different sizes.

And a word about the bodies - I found it impossible to do up the bra clasp at the back, and I consider myself reasonably supple! Would need to get my partner to help - so not much use for a hot date!

I bought (1) Waist Clinching Tummy Control Slip (£27-50) T32/07434/6028 and (2) Shapewear high leg undies 2 pack (£9-50) t32/00467/6849

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? No I hadn't but was interested due to wobbly baby belly and other wobbly bits. I had to shop instore for this rather than online, so hadnt seen the full range available. I wish I had researched on line first. I did expect a large shop to have a more complete range. Also the names for items in the range varied so some are secret slimming; others are shapewear. I have now looked on line and the tummy control slip seems to be old stock?

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I shopped in store (large town store). To see the full range on line would have been much easier. I normally do prefer to see things like underwear in reality but am finding that M&S range in size 10 is sometimes very difficult to get full range in store. (I use Bluewater and London stores)

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Ok, I was disappointed - I bought at a decent size store (Tun Wells) and the range of shapewear for size 10 was so limited. So I ended up choosing items that were perhaps not quite right to be able tio complete the test. So eg tummy control slip - I wanted nude not black so chose a size 12 - so glad I did, as it is snug anyway. Re: colours - far too much black and the double packs are mostly black and one other colour. Some of the underwear is in sizes 8-10, 12-14. I am a good standard size 10 - not an 8, not a 12 so I just want a size 10. I do feel the combined sizes dont't work.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? I feel the slip I will only wear under a dress for special occasions so it makes it not good vfm. The underwear I will wear more regularly. Quite pricey tho when I can buy pretty undies for the same!

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? The tummy control slip gives my wobbly tummy as defined shape so possibly I look pregnant (rather than wobbly!) confused. The front is quite high so under wrap-over dresses it shows (and also on 1 v neck back dress, so couldnt wear it under that dress). The items are comfortable.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? No other retailers. I would like less black, more other pale colours. Simple shapes - some of what was available on line looked as if it were designed for dates, rather than everyday.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? I think it would depend why the other person wanted shapewear. I would say there was a range, perhaps to look on line first and leave it there.

colletteluffman Sun 17-Jun-12 17:49:18

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have bought an all in one before, but wear very rarely as quite uncomfortable, wanted to see if the everyday stuff was more comfy. The search online was ok but the first search i did didn't bring up all the options. I also went to the store to look and feel how supportive the garments were. I did find what i wanted. I bout a double pack of knickers, a single pair of knickers and a vest top.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped online and in store, in store i was able to see the strength of the shape ware as i know it comes in different resistances. In store was better to get a feel and to see if it would support where i wanted it to.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Would have liked more colour choices and more modern styles, was all quite old feeling. Not may sizes in the vests available in store

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I am please with all the items i bought. They are comfortable for everyday

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I like the items they are not too tight to wear everyday like some items but hold me in. The vest is very difficult to get on and off, a zip would be helpful.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Would probably on buy from M and S, john lewis or Debenhams for shapewear. Needs some more modern feeling pieces some feels like it is for old people. More colour choices

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Would recommend to a friend lots to choose from for daily and occasional wear. more choice than other shops

Claudiecat Sun 17-Jun-12 18:22:13

I bought Firm Control Panelled Selvedge Waist Cincher and Tummy Control Satin Trim vest.
Q1 - Yes I have bought shape wear knickers before from M&S which have been disappointing so I wondered of their range had actually improved. Shopped at two different stores. The large store in Birmingham had a fantastic choice. I was able to buy exactly what I wanted.
Q2 - I preferred to shop in store as I can see exactly what I'm buying. The quality of the fabric and also the sizing which was important as I found the sizing did vary quite a lot from product to product.
Q3 - There was a good choice and I felt most people's requirements would be catered for.
Q4 - I thought some of the items were quite pricey for what they were. Some products were quite similar to shape wear available in Primark for a third of the price. The vest tops were good value though. I thought the knickers were too expensive and not something I would normally spend.
Q5 - I was quite satisfied with the vest. It was comfortable to wear. However there were a few niggles with it. The sizing was way off. I bought a similar control vest top before Christmas in M&S which was size 10 so I automatically picked another 10 to try. Too small. I tried on a 12 and nearly dislocated my shoulders trying to get it off again! Eventually I bought a 14 which seems ok but I'm quite small on top so sizing seems a bit off! Also the adjustable straps seemed a little cheap and flimsy but at that price not sure if I'd expect better. Overall I am quite happy with this purchase. Sadly, the same cant be said of the waist Cincher knickers. I bought a 12 although I'm usually a 10 in pants. I wanted to avoid the roll down situation I've had with previous pants. I felt they didn't do much to actually cinch my waist and there were ripping sounds as I tried to put them on. Don't think they'll last very long so I was glad I actually hadn't paid out money on them. They seemed quite cheaply made and the support just wasn't there.
Q6 - I would perhaps improve the colour range. It would be great if they made the vest in a nude colour but other colours too. They definitely need to get the sizing right. The store assistants advised correctly on fit. They knew the vest came up very small on size hence why it was suggested I try a 14.
Q7 - Yes. Told all my friends about the vest but also told them to avoid the knickers. I think Debenhams have better products for roughly the same price. If price is an issue I would go back and have another look in Primark as some of their shape wear is comparable for a fraction of the price!
Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the survey!

cocolepew Sun 17-Jun-12 19:24:06

Q1. I haven't bought any shapewear from M&S before. I had a quick look online. I knew I only wanted knickers and saw a good choice online. I bought short knickers, lacy top ones and the light support everyday ones (sorry cant link on phone). It came to £36 all together.

Q2. I shopped in store only. I wanted to be able to check the size and thickness and the level of support/resistence of material.

Q3. I was happy with the choice. More colours might have been nice but I tend to only wear black or white knickers. There was enough knickers to pick from but I noticed there wasnt a great deal of other stock.

Q4. The items I bought were excellent value for money especially the 2 pairs for £9.50.

Q5. I was very pleased with the items I dont like things too tight but wanted a small amount of support due to gynae problems (sorry if TMI). The knickers covered my bum good and gave a lovely smooth line under trousers with no VPL.

Q6. The only thing is maybe more colours. I wouldn't go anywhere else to be honest.

Q7. I would and have told friends about the range. I know a couple have bought the light control knickers and have been happy with them.

Thanks for the free pants smile.

ohnoherewego Sun 17-Jun-12 20:11:40

1. I bought shapewear from M and S years ago and am still wearing the body I bought then. I just looked in store for another body to replace it. I did find bodies in store

2 I shopped in store only. At the time I thought the range looked good but I didn't see half the items mentioned here. I shopped i store as I wanted to try on but internet research may have helped in advance.

3.As above not all the ranged were in store.

4. I thought the bodies were expensive at £39.50 and didn't buy one. I bought a waist sculpt cincher at £16 and my go and buy another.

5 The waist sculpt and pants were good value but I wouldn't pay £40 nearly for a body.

6 I'm quite impressed with the waist sculpt as I don't feel as trussed up as I do in a body and it will be more comfy in the heat. I did have a malfunction when it started to roll up but I think it may be because I didn't have it in right place.

7 I think it would be good to have a wider range of colours. I would look at BHS if buying again as well as M&S.

8. I would recommend the waist sculpt to anyone else who tends tofeel the heat!

Funsponge Sun 17-Jun-12 20:49:57

I bought this waist clincher £19.50
and I can't find them on the website - 2 pack light control high leg pants (no VPL)

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I haven't bought M&S shapewear before (but have bought other brands). I looked on-line to see what was available and prices then went to a store. Website has good photos and descriptions which gave me an idea of what was available but I wanted to try on so went to the store to choose.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Looked on-line fiirst then to a store. I prefer to do it 'in person' in a store as I like to try stuff on to get a good fit.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There was a decent choice of styles and colours but not all colours in all sizes (although the shop lady did offer to order in different sizes and colours). I got what I wanted in the colours I wanted.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The waist clincher is good value - it's nice quality and will last well (although I'll probably only wear it three times a year). The light control pants, (2 for £9 ish) are really nice for everyday wear and good value.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

The waist clincher feels nice on, holds in my wobbly bits nicely but (like other big hold-in-pants) gave me terrible trapped wind (sorry). Nice for a couple of hours but not comfortable to wear for long.
The high leg light control pants are really nice for everyday wear. very comfortable, nice fabric and lovely and smooth.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

The range on-line is much bigger than in store (and the one I went in is a big one) although the shop lady offered to order in anything I wanted. Some good bright colours would be nice, rather than the everlasting black, white and nude. It would be nice to match up some pretty bras with the shapewear pants. I like a matching set!

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Probably. I showed my work colleagues while I was testing! it led to a big discussion on the merits of big hold-in-pants! Also my belly dancing friends!They were all rather taken with the lovely smooth light control pants.
(I didn't show them my whole pants, just the edges)

Thanks for the pants!

Funsponge Sun 17-Jun-12 20:51:37

I have namechanged (again) does it matter?

nipitinthebud Sun 17-Jun-12 20:58:43

I'm a teser and just to say....I will be leaving feedback but just waiting on a delivery tomorrow of knickers!

smallbean Sun 17-Jun-12 23:12:57

Q1. Yes i've bought some 'Big Knickers' in the past, they were ok, but they ended just in the right spot to enhance one of my rolls. I looked online at first to see what i thought i might like and found plenty of choice.

Q2. I shopped in store, i really wanted to try out the various options.

Q3. I did my shopping at the mega-M&S at Pudsey so there was loads of stock and choice and I got what I wanted. I can usually find most things I see on the website there, I think if i had gone to my nearest store (Bradford) i might not have been so lucky.

Q4. I bought a slip that you wear your own bra with and some no VPL light control briefs and i think they were well made, the briefs were slightly more than i might have expected but i do like them.

Q5. I am satisfied with the items the slip really makes a difference under clingier dresses and i like being able to wear my own bra, it gives it a bit more flexibility, i think I'll get more wear out of it because of this. The no VPL briefs really work!

Q6. I think the range is very comprehensive but maybe some more colours in things like the camis and vests that are designed to be seen. I have an extensive collection of camis from primark in a range of colours that are great for everyday wear. I would definitely shop at M&S for shapewear again especially for the special occasion serious underwear.

Q7. Yes i would, there's plently of choice!

Dukandoit Mon 18-Jun-12 08:20:43

I bought these and these and added some of my money to buy this shapewear swimsuit.

1. Yes I have bought a couple of pairs of knickers in the past to wear out under smart dresses in the evening.

2. I looked online first to have some idea of what was available. I went to a large store to spend my voucher. In some ways it was more confusing in store and I couldn't find exactly the size, colour, leg height, and style that I had in mind. There were no shaping vests in my size, only size 8 , so they must be popular. I liked being able to touch the fabric and guage how firm or not the item was. The second item I bought does not seem to be listed under shapewear online as I had trouble finding it for this thread, but instore it was with all the shapewear.

3. I could not get exactly what I wanted although there did seem to be a lot of stock there, but it was confusing to find what I was looking for.

4. I think the shorts are good value. The control briefs less so, though would tend to wear on a night out rather than everyday. The swimsuit did seem good value though have not been able to test in the water yet.

5. I loved the feel of the shorts when I tried them on at home. But, the top of the legs show under tight trousers and tend to roll up which is annoying. I am less pleased with the expensive briefs. They feel very tight, and they are size 14 although I buy size 10 MandS trousers!! I had to remove them to eat my Sunday roast dinner as they made me feel ill.

6. When choosing, I like my knickers to have some grip around the top if my legs otherwise they ride up and I find that very uncomfortable. Quite a few seemed tight on the tummy then completely loose on the legs so I disregarded them at once. I prefer nude or black for the shapewear. Definitely not white though I was drawn to the dark dusky mauve shade of some. I want it to be invisible under my clothes. Tend to buy from MandS though find it frustrating with knickers that often if I try something new I find it is not comfortable when I try it on at home. I don't feel I can try on knickers in store though I see some testers did this, so some items never get worn. Because of this I tend to stick to the tried and tested as don't want to waste money. I spent close to an hour looking at shapewear and later swimsuits trying to choose and spend my voucher. Not one sales assistant approached me or offered to help!!!

7.I have mentioned this test to a friend already but we don't usually discuss knickers. I had hoped to find some comfortable knickers for everyday but the shorts are the closest I could find and I still had to remove them part way through my Sunday roast dinner (which is not that huge but the biggest meal I eat all week).

Many thanks to MandS for including me in this trial and I hope the feedback is helpful.

Dukandoit Mon 18-Jun-12 08:29:21

I meant to add that one thing which I really do not like is that now I have looked at shapewear on line it keeps pooping up on other pages and email. My children use this computer too and now I have to somehow disable the cookies which have done this. Annoying.

jellylegs Mon 18-Jun-12 09:33:25

Q.1 - Website was great and was looking forward to buying vest, clinch shaping , baby fat busting underwear.............................however shocked in local store which had about 7 pairs of shapewear knickers tucked in corner and nearly all in large / plus sizes

Q.2 - I love on line and wish I had spent my voucher on line. My local store isnt huge and I think is stocked to meet local demographic (- not deemed cosmopolitan/sophisticated enough compared to nearer south east coast cousins!!)

Q.3 - NOTHING!!!!! but light/medium/support knickers , mainly in white, mainly in size 20. Was on way to wedding when I had popped in to store and had imagined buying camisole and boxer type shorts. Brought 3 pairs of ok, passion killing control knickers in nude, white and black in light support. THAT was the ONLY STOCK

Q.4 - The Nude strong support were good value as compared to other brands. the black and white lighter support were 9.50 each which again were ok- but less value -comparing quality

Q.5 - Loved the waist clinching Nude passion killing pants as held me ln all day- did start to feel uncomfortable towards end of day. Bit dissapointed in cotton light control as didnt like design and didnt feel greatly diffferent to other type knickers.

Q.6 -I have previously brought shapewear stuff at these type of prices were from another Well known, high street store and mail order.The range on line was great and in retrospect I wish I had brought on line. In store range was horrendus, just knickers , that are also known as, granny pants! I would have loved to buy some bodies or lace trim control slip.

Q.7 - I would recommend the on line range as I feel this is good value and has a good range. In my local store- the member of staff I asked for advice re range was lovely but useless!She knew nothing other than location of stand of knickers tucked in some quiet corner

boot75 Mon 18-Jun-12 12:39:23

Q1. I haven't bought shapewear before but as someone who has lost a lot of weight I wanted to find something that would help 'hide' all the lumps and bumps. I'm still a larger lady!

Q2. I like to look online then try instore - unless the offers are better online.

Q3. I tried to find items in M&S Hedge End and Portsmouth but was really disappointed as they did not stock many items and if they did they only had small sizes. Really disappointing as I couldn't test the items I had researched on the website. I think the colours available are fine.

Q4. I tried two pairs of knickers.
Light control all over lace shorts £12 - excellent value
Ultimate Magic Secret Support body define high rise knickers - £19.50 - Poor

Q5. The magic knickers were really disappointing. I bought my clothes size but they didn't seem to offer much support at all and the top kept rolling down. I got annoyed with these after 30 minutes and took them off. I wouldn't buy them again.
The lace shorts were a real pleasant surprise. I didn't expect much from them as they were only a light control but they did hold me in a little and they felt comfortable all day. Very pretty too!

Q6. I do not think there is anything missing from the range - they seem to have covered all angles - however more longline hold it all in knickers would be a bonus. I would buy from Debenhams and Next.
Q7. I would definitely recommend the shorts but not the 'magic knickers'

BestLaidPlans Mon 18-Jun-12 12:39:38

Q1. I bought some stomach squashing knickers years ago. I found both the website and in-store selection clearly labelled and easy to navigate.

Q2. I browsed in-store to get an idea of the shape and feel of things and then bought online to see if there was anything available I'd missed instore. I prefer buying online as it's much easier than browsing with a toddler in tow.

Q3. Lots of choice, and a wider variety of things than I'd assumed there would be. Stock availability was good in the main although the crossover vest I wanted was out of stock in store and online. Other than the vest, the other items I like were all available.

Q4. I bought the 2 Pack - Light Control Cotton Rich High Rise Shorts, Flatter-Me™ High Rise Lace Light Shaping Shorts and Light Control Floral Lace Body. All seem well made and have washed nicely. They seem good value so far.

Q5. Really quite pleased. The cotton shorts are great for every day and give a slightly smoother silhouette under trousers. The lace shorts and body are pretty and effective which seems to be a rare combination in shapewear!

Q6. I'd like more in the way of camis/vests, but on the whole it seems a good selection for a wide range of problems.

Q7. Definitely. Reasonable price, good quality and attractive. Thank you.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I had not bought from the Shapewear line at M&S before though I have bought some "big pants" before from a couple of M&S competitors.
I first went into the store and asked for assistance as I was not sure what came under the shapewear range confused from the instore labelling on either racks or products and at first glance there were just three hideous looking products available under the shapewear banner, at which point I almost cried was disappointed to have to spend £35 of anyone's money on these products before I am 70 years old.
With kind but not overly knowledgeable assistance I was shown an array of bodies, pants and slips and advised to try them on.
I went in looking for any product that would give an out of shape body more shape and less wobbles under a jersey maxi dress or equivalent, but sadly I had been sent a wrong size for the maxi dress so that was being exchanged via mail order and I didn't have it to try on over the top of the following products. I spent a lot of time trying on bodies but ended up buying knickers/shorts.

I got stuck in tried on
Secret support tummy control sideseam free body www.marksandspencer.com/Light-Control-Gathered-Front-Santoni/dp/B002G4HXNA?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_2&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-2&qid=1340032384 in black which didn't do much for me or my shape, and is listed differently on line to in store.
Secret support tummy control waist cinching body www.marksandspencer.com/Paradise-Light-Control-Floral-Underwired/dp/B0032DL0II?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-1&qid=1340032893&pf_rd_r=0NA2JY5FCYG42BKJK0KV&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=215485807&pf_rd_s=center-3 was too tight at the top of the legs and cut in whereas the bra shape was great and the overall shape was OK.
Secret slimming waist cinching tummy control slip www.marksandspencer.com/Body-Solutions-Firm-Control-Smoothing/dp/B003X0LD00?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_3&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-3&qid=1340033094&pf_rd_r=0R4FEVE2G8X3GWRG2EGP&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=215485807&pf_rd_s=center-3 was a fairly smooth shape and did clinch in at waist but was not the product I was looking for to go under a floaty dress as it was tight around the thighs and so I would loose the fluidity of wearing a floaty skirt, but would be great under a shift dress etc.
Secret support body, flattens tummy, shapes waist is impossible to get on or off and collects deodrant marks blush in firm control.: www.marksandspencer.com/Firm-Control-Selvedge-Panelled-Body/dp/B006NO14WK?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1&nodeId=42966030&sr=1-1&qid=1340033381&pf_rd_r=1EGPND34ENG2HKR1Z1NH&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=215485807&pf_rd_s=center-3
Secret support tummy control waist cinching body www.marksandspencer.com/All-Over-Lace-Underwired-Light-Control/dp/B002F7HTXC?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_18&nodeId=42967030&sr=1-18&qid=1340033595 was comfortable and a smooth shape, easy to wear and looked nice on, but didn't have it in my size in store, so I took the code down. It was light control but gave good shape. However as they only had a smaller size, the bust shape was not good in support and I queried whether the body length is long enough as the under-wiring appeared to come up a bit short. I also recall having to contort quite a way to do the poppers up underneath. So I opted for some different items instead:
Flatter Me High Light Shaping Shorts www.marksandspencer.com/Flatter-Me-High-Light-Shaping-Shorts/dp/B002VM9YSE?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_3&nodeId=1838058031&sr=1-3&qid=1340038576&pf_rd_r=0CNPPPRB01WV2K0DD01N&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=1838058031&pf_rd_p=215570647&pf_rd_s=related-items-3 and Pack Light Control Cotton Shorts www.marksandspencer.com/Pack-Light-Control-Cotton-Shorts/dp/B0016PCNN0?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_r=1BPDV4DDDYVXYSR3KH96&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=3901&pf_rd_i=1000&pf_rd_p=213138347&pf_rd_s=left-1

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I ended up doing both, as I found the layout in store confusing and the assistants although helpful and kind in nature, were not briefed well enough in the products and the pros and cons of each or what would be good for me. I understood a lot more from the personal reviews on the website and the other reviews in this product test. The only problem between on-line and in store is that the products are labelled differently, called different things so it is hard without the codes to compare and eliminate those products known to be less suitable. I thought it would be better to buy in store and try things on but it took a long time and the reviews can do as well in their indication as to what and who the product is best suited (for).

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I was told of the popularity of the shorts but we couldn't find them in store and so the assistant suggested they must be out of stock. It was only after a long time in the dressing room that I came out and walked straight past a whole wall of shorts, but I had lost the will to go back in and try again. There were several sizes missing in my size (16/18) across the whole range and I didn't find much in any colour outside of black or white, or black or nude... I rarely saw three choices of colour and certainly nothing more exciting. The product I liked best in the end they didn't have in store, so I took the details to buy it on-line, but in hindsight I opted for different items as the body length of the body was too short and the bust was pulled flat and unsupported. I opted in the end, based on the reviews here and on-line to go for knickers/shorts which would get nearly everyday use but would give better definition to the positive curves in my shape. wink

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Because this product test coincided with a holiday I am yet to receive my final choice of item/s. However, I think that generally most products are fairly priced, apart from some very overpriced pants!

*Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
I was not impressed with the lack of information as to what product was best under which type of garment and for which shaped/sized person. I was not impressed with the difficulty of getting some of the items on and off and I was not impressed with the lack of knowledge in store staff. I was also not impressed in the lack of continuity of labelling between store and on-line or the number of unsuccessful searches using the in-store package details for searching on-line. I was impressed by the over all range, particularly on line, and choice. I appreciated the courtesy and discretion of the in-store staff and their help. I liked the colour variety on-line and the on-line customer reviews to help choose the right product. I was impressed by some of the designs that were nice to look at, verging on sexy, as pieces of underwear not just practical garments. I really thought that the over all quality of the range was good.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I think M&S could do customers a favour by having someway of linking the products in store to those on line without needing to take down item codes. I think that if shapewear is a range, it could be more clearly identifiable as I am still not sure of what is incorporated and what isn't between all the secret support, secret slimming, tummy control, waist cinching etc and what the difference is. Being more aware of the range I would probably buy from M&S again, although my experience with on-line shopping with M&S is that the despatch and delivery time can be much longer than some competitors like John Lewis or House of Fraser, and for that reason alone I would be more tempted to buy from them as most shapewear bought by me would be bought to go under occasional wear and not everyday wear, but I would need to know I would have it in time for the occasion.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
Yes, especially as I have spent a lot of time looking at the range and have formed opinions on the pros and cons of certain items.

I am a vest and pants kinda girl so bought

this vest in pink and black

and

these in black and pink

I have to say this is the first ever support vest I have owned that I haven't had to use a bra with as well!

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I have a pair of control briefs from a few years ago that always washed well. It was very easy to find what I needed, pretty and light control. I was actually agog at the selection.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I purchased online and had it delivered as the delivery charge is a great deal cheaper than the bus fayre to town - a major consideration in online shopping. I preferred doing it online as the reviews and descriptions were very helpful and I think I would have overlooked the vests in store as to fussy.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Lots of choice and nothing I considered was oos.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
Very much so, especially the vests they can easily be worn as outer or under wear.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Was very pleased, but I think the black knickers are smaller than the pink. An oddity I am well used to with M&S. I cannot believe the shape they give yet feel like normal knickers

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I think a few more pretty pieces would be nice. I like looks and security with my undies grin

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Didn't need to verbally recommendmy friend was so impressed with mine she bought her own

InsomniaQueen Mon 18-Jun-12 19:34:52

Just to add I went back to M&S and returned the bodysuit I had got as I wasn't really that happy with it, I swapped it for this: www.marksandspencer.com/Control-Panelled-Selvedge-Waist-Cincher/dp/B0055WEIEM

Which was a HUGE improvement - it definitely took over an inch off me and I got exactly the look that I had been hoping for!!

Much happier with these and well worth the money - I shall definitely be telling people about these!!

Imstillstanding Mon 18-Jun-12 22:26:05

Q1. Yes - years ago bought some control pants. For this study, it was easy to find the different garments available although when I put in 'control pants', the ones that I finally bought weren't automatically listed. I did finally find what I wanted (high waisted tummy control pants) when I looked at the 'what other people looked at' section.

Q2. I looked online first but then nipped to my local store to buy because I wasn't entirely sure what size I needed and I wanted them quickly for a particular occasion I was attending. I like buying online most of the time as it's quick and easier with a baby but going into the shop means you can try on before you buy and ensure you get what you need - the last think you need is the bits that are pulled in popping out the sides or top of the shapewear item!

Q3. Yes - I was surprised at the choice available - seemed to cover most needs. I would like the choice of more colours rather than just black or nude and one of the vests I looked at wasn't available in my size. I did however get what I specifically went in for in my size - but I'm pretty standard. It would also be great if they could sexier but I suppose for most of the range that would be quite difficult considering what it's for.

Q4. Yes - I think the knickers were £19 which was much less than I thought I would have to spend for the item. I can't find the knickers that I bought on the website anymore but they were tummy control knickers that gave support up to under the bust area (and no thigh support).

Q5. I was quite satisfied because I thought that the knickers did improve my silhouette under the dress I wore but when reviewing photos, was disappointed that it did not give as firm control over my baby belly that I had expected. The knickers did not roll down at all and were very comfortable to wear.

Q6. I think the underwear range is good and covers most needs that I can think of. I have also previously searched M&S for tummy control leggings but couldn't find them and finally got some great ones from John Lewis Online. These are fantastic and tummy control trousers and skirts would be a good addition to the range. I would probably still try M&S first but would also check John Lewis & Debenhams.

Q7. Yes - as I said before, there is lots of choice (except colour) which would provide something for most people at a decent price.

JustFabulous Tue 19-Jun-12 10:02:20

Well, I am finally wearing my big pants. They are very comfortable and give me a smooth front but don't appear to pull me in that much. I would consider getting another item of shapewear though.

Halfling Tue 19-Jun-12 11:14:44

I have purchased "Gorgeous Waist Sculpt™ Firm Control Floral Lace Knickers", size 14 from an M&S store. I tried it out by wearing it on a day out for around 10 hours under a jeans and top.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

Yes, I have purchased "Firm Control High Rise Traditional Knickers" shapewear from M&S before. It was easy to go to the store and find out about the different shapewear available as they well arranged and displayed in the store. I have also used M&S website to find out more and I am completely satisfied with the online experience.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I have shopped in store as I prefer to try out the shapewear first and see if the garment is fitting me well. I was also not sure whether I will be able to return it if I shopped for it online, since this is a lingerie item. However, now that I know my size and return policy, I may shop for it online, as I see greater variety on the website.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

I am pleased with the variety of shapewear available - slips, knickers, low leg, high leg etc. However, I could not try a few shapewear garments because the store was out of stock in my size (size 14). I was ultimately able to get exactly what I wanted - a high leg, high waist shapewear garment which allowed me to wear my own bra and was quite comfortable.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

I think the shapewear range is quite affordable and the prices are not inhibitive. I find them good value for money.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I am very happy with my current purchase.
- It hides my lumps and gives me a smooth silhouette with medium control.
- It is very comfortable and I was able to wear it for ten hours at a stretch without any discomfort.
- There is no bunching up of my skin folds on top of the shapewear garment.
- It retains it shape after wearing for long periods.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I would love to buy a shapewear body solution like "Waist Sculpt™ Firm Control Bonded Body" but without the bra being underwired. I personally find wearing a body shapewear+underwired bra uncomfortable for anything more than 2-3 hours.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Absolutely. I have already recommended it to my friends in the past and will continue to do so.

Halfling Tue 19-Jun-12 11:17:19

Also, inresponse to question #6, I will definitely consider buying shapewear from M&S again. Other retailer I would consider is 'Spanx'.

Halfling Tue 19-Jun-12 11:23:00

I have a suggestion. It will be great if there is some product information regarding what problem areas the shapewear garment will tackle.

For example, whether a given garment will address the problem of tummy, love handles, undefined waist, lumpy thighs etc.

iseenodust Tue 19-Jun-12 12:59:52

Erm Halfling I bought the "waist cincher" which does what it says.

Delayed review because I wanted to go to a store that would have a decent selection. I prefer to buy in person. Without sounding odd I want to know what the material feels like.

Have not bought M&S Shapewear before although used to be a fan of the M&S 'the Knicker' if that counts?

There was more choice than I expected and certainly a greater range of colours. Saying that I bought the waist cincher in black and a pair of the cotton rich high leg light control in white.

I thought the waist cincher was expensive but I am impressed with the fit, silhouette it delivers and it is surprisingly comfortable. The cotton rich light control pack was good value at £9.50.

I didn't buy coloured shapewear because they all seemed to have completely lace backsides and that's not soft enough for a full day ! The cotton rich said there were matching items available so I asked a member of staff and although she tried to be helpful we couldn't quite work out which bras. (Perhaps place adjacent or give the bra a matching shapewear available sticker too?) Personally I don't buy nude colours as I always think puce.

I'm very pleased with the purchases so big thank you to M&S and MN. It probably will come up in conversation (bookclub veers all over the place grin) and I will recommend especially on comfort.

Popoozle Tue 19-Jun-12 13:46:27

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I already have an M&S body which I usually wear under dresses for a better shape. My local M&S is a huge, out of town, branch and carries the full range of shapewear. There were a lot of products available but hardly anything left in my size. Some of the pants I wanted to try were out of stock in my size.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

I shopped in store. I'm unlikely to buy underwear online as I like to see what the fabric looks/feels like and how much stretch there is.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

There certainly is a good choice of products. As I said above though, most things were out of stock in my size. The only colours I noticed were black & beige.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

The pants are decent value IMO. I paid £12 for a twin pack and £8 for a pair of trouser knickers. They look as though they will last a good while, which makes them reasonable value.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

I have only worn the pants so far. They do feel more supportive than normal ones. I would probably buy them again.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

I can't think of anything missing, in fact the shapewear range already includes items I didn't know existed! I only buy underwear from M&S so am unlikely to go elsewhere for this sort of thing.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, I definitely would.

dontagreewithit Tue 19-Jun-12 14:02:19

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?

I think I have bought some in the past - whether it was called Shapewear at that point I don't know. I bought online, and found the M&S site easy to navigate, as I always have previously.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?

Bought online, wouldn't have normally, but time was short and I was going on holiday, so it was the only realistic option. I would prefer to buy instore so I could try on and see what it's like.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?

Plenty of choice IMO, didn't have difficulty finding my size, and the sizes above and below were also available.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?

It wasn't cheap - bought a body and it cost £39.50. However, you do get what you pay for in these sort of things - buying a £10 one from Primark just wouldn't work for me...

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?

Very happy with it, it is comfortable and smooths out my lumps and bumps well.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?

Don't think there's anything missing from the range. I would generally look to M&S for this sort of thing, but if for any reason I couldn't get what I needed from M&S, I would consider Debenhams, John Lewis, Bravissimo.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes, definitely would.

Thanks!

Sorry for not posting before but have not found either the website or the stores particularly helpful. In fact, having just tried to buy online, given I don't have a pin number for the gift card I was unable to buy, so will have to try (for the 4th time) to see if any of the stores near me have something in stock that is in my size (and I am an 8-10 so not exactly an unusual size). And I live in central london right next to one of your flagship stores, and work near 2 other big stores so am not exactly near stores which shouldn't have good stock.

Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind? No - I wouldn't normally buy this type of product, but thought I would try seeing as after baby number 3 I now have definite tummy wobbliness despite regaining my pre pregnancy weight. Easy to see online, but so much of it that I didn't really know where to start. I did find what I had in mind, but in store, not in my size, and on line can't really tell if it is the type that doesn't give you VPL.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why? I prefer in store so I can see the product, to check knickers don't have that really annoying "seam along your crotch" that can be really painful.....also like to see if it is going to see if they are good for no VPL - clear on the actually product, but not clear on the online description.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not? Too much choice of styles which aren't really that different from each other to look at online, so it is obviously the quality of the material and finish etc which is the cost differential, and for that you need to see the product in store. Could not get what I wanted in my size in store, and the product selection in store was so small compared to online.

Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why? No idea as I have not been able to actually buy it yet. Can't get my size in store - please note that people who are in size 8-10 do still get wobbly bits post children. But I think they look pretty expensive for M&S for what they are.

Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by? No idea - not been able to buy yet.

Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from? I don't think I would buy any shapewear again if I evern manage to buy some from you - I only need a couple of pairs for occasional use. they are not going to be wardrobe staples.

Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not? No way it would ever come up in conversation.

BestLaidPlans Tue 19-Jun-12 16:33:21

StealthToddler If you turn your card over there's a scratchy off bit on the back and your pin in under there.

sbroadhurst Tue 19-Jun-12 19:16:34

I bought the following items with my voucher: lace shorts in pale pink ; small rose flower tights ; flatter me, high rise shorts (light aubergine); and waist sculpt cincher .
I used my voucher and also took advantage of the save £5 in spending over £30 and free postage offers online.
Q1. Have you bought Shapewear from M&S before? When you first started investigating the shapewear range as part of this product test, how easy or difficult was it to find out about the different types of garments available? Did you find what you had in mind?
i have looked at the M&S shapewear before but was always put off by the higher price range compared to some other stores. I would only usually wear shapewear for special occasions (like my brother’s recent wedding) and therefore could not justify the expense for one day.
However, when I looked at the website to start researching the range I was pleasantly surprised to see the pretty, lacy shorts and patterned tights. I did also look at the vest, camisoles and body’s but was not surprised to see that they did not go up to my cup size (J) – it would of been nice to have found something but finding pretty underwear in this size is very difficult in general.
I did like the M&S online guide to their shapewear range and found it useful to look through to find out what they did.

Q2. Did you shop for shapewear in store or online, or both? Which method do you prefer for buying things like shapewear and why?
I initially looked at the range online, deciding what I liked before visiting my local store, which is a large store. However, I had already priced it up online and saw the fantastic offers they had - £5 off and free postage, that when I found a couple of my first choice items were not available instore on the day I visited, I returned home and took advantage of the offers.
However – I did find it beneficial to visit the store to be able to see the colours ‘in the flesh’ and decide which option on cut and design I actually liked, even if I was not able to get the size in store on that day.

Q3. Do you think there is enough choice in terms of styles, shapes, sizes, colours etc or not? How was the stock availability when you did your shopping? Were you able to get what you wanted in your size or not?
When I visited my local store I did not find the sizes in every item I was planning to buy, although they were available in different colours.
However, I was able to order every item on the website I wanted in the colour and size I wanted, no second choices were needed.
As previously stated, it would be nice to have a choice of the vests or bodies in sizes for ladies with larger cup sizes.
There were some nice colour choices rather than the usual white, cream/nude or black. However, it would be nice to see some ‘sensual’ colours- red, purple etc.
Q4. Do you think that the shapewear item(s) you bought were good value for money or not? Why?
I think that the items were on the higher end of the price range – I have bought some Shapewear knickers from a supermarket for £8 which worked for my brother’s wedding. These were very similar to the high waist ones in M&S priced at £18. The tights were also £4 more expensive – however they were a very pretty design, which I have not seen elsewhere either.
However the lacy shorts I had were very pretty and I have not seen any others in a similar size elsewhere.
Q5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the shapewear item(s) you bought and why? Is there anything you were particularly impressed with? Or anything you were disappointed by?
From the items I have tested I was very impressed with the light control, all over lace shorts, the bodyshaper tights and waist cincher.
However, the High Rise Lace Shaping Shorts I found were not very successful. The high waistband kept falling down, which left them uncomfortable to wear and unsuccessful in a sleek outline!
Q6. Do you think there's anything M&S could do to improve the range? Do you think there are any items missing from it at the moment? If you were going to shop for shapewear again, which other retailers (if any!) would you consider buying from?
I think the waistband on the high rise shorts needs improving. The colour choice could be expanded to include some of the more in trend colours featured in the lingerie range in M&S stores.
Q7. Lastly, if it came up in conversation, do you think you'd recommend M&S shapewear to a friend? If so, why? If not, why not?
I would suggest it to friends if they were looking for shapewear – however I would also be likely to suggest other places which are cheaper but just as effective.
In summary, I would say that the Marks and Spencers shapewear collection offers a great range in subdued colours, pretty lacy shorts in a range of styles but priced at the higher end of the market. People will often choose Marks and Spencer’s for their underwear and this range of Shapewear offers another choice to go under that special outfit!