Are spanx worth the money? Or are the cheaper versions just as good?

(39 Posts)
OhWouldYouJust Sun 19-May-13 22:55:54

Am a size 16, fairly well proportioned but have a saggy tummy and need something to suck in the loose skin and c section overhang sad
Need something that won't roll down and preferably a thigh length jobby as am hoping to wear a fitted midi dress so would prefer no vpl.

Have a big night out next month and would love to feel more confident!


perplexedpirate Sun 19-May-13 23:00:27

No, they aren't. You get what you pay for in the control pant department.

mrspaddy Sun 19-May-13 23:01:24

Spanx are the only job

OhWouldYouJust Sun 19-May-13 23:14:30

Am looking at the Higher Power spanx....does anyone have any experience of these? Paranoid about them rolling down blush

bulletproofgerbil Sun 19-May-13 23:41:29

Every pair of spanx I've tried has rolled down. I spent one 'do' visiting the loo every half hour or so to hoik the sodding things back up as I looked as if I had a small bouyancy aid under my dress. It could just be that I'm short and have a short waist though. I've not found a cheap version that I'm totally happy with either. I haven't tried the higher power ones. I've given up on them sad

alltoomuchrightnow Mon 20-May-13 00:38:13

to me, no. As bullet says..the rolling down. Incredibly uncomfortable. I don't think it's about height, bullet. I'm 5ft 9. I have the ones that cover thighs and are meant to go up to under the boobs. But they don't. They roll down halfway down my back and cut off my circulation and the roll bit shows nicely through my clothes...which is the opposite to what they're supposed to do! Now i've found something far comfier...a spanx type vest from M&S that i can pull down over my bum..and wear with or without a bra...this doesn't help my thighs, but they're not too bad..if they were i'd just get some support short style undies

alltoomuchrightnow Mon 20-May-13 00:39:15

i spent two days in spanx last weekend. I've declared war on them! never again! Agony. i had chafe marks from where they rolled down. I actually made holes in them from yanking them up! the thing is, they're meant to stay in place. No yanking needed. Not true!

HappyGoLuckyGirl Mon 20-May-13 02:27:54

I got a nice body control suit from m&s that works well. It's sort if like a dress with straps and it sits under your bra and reaches down to about mid thigh. Cost me £36 and would recommend. I'm a size 12 and 5'4"

CeeceeBloomingdale Mon 20-May-13 03:26:19

I have a Maidenform waist slip which is very good. I wear it a little higher than you're supposed to just under my bra to disguise my wobbly tummy area.

I've used spanx higher power and they're great. No rolling down at all. You have to get the right size so be honest about your weight. I got size d and they didn't shift and were comfortable to wear. I can also recommend the m and s control slips. They give a nice smooth line too. I'm size 16 and have the c section overhang too.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 07:29:53

I think their terrible. Lose weight or buy a dress that fits

Their terrible?!?!

I have the higher power - no issue with rolling down at all, bought them for the point where I had lost the baby weight but not the wobble. Also have the M&S slip which goes under your bra (got it when doing a MN shapewear trial) and that is also very good.

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 08:03:54

oh my LIFE
They are

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Mon 20-May-13 08:22:37

I have only bought M&S/Magic Pants type copies, and have always had trouble with them rolling up/down or getting lines around the waist or overspill over the top.
I've just bought a version from primark (£8) where its like a full 'body' but a cut out at the front so you wear your own bra. It seems to work but I haven't tested on a night out yet. NO good for low cut/strappy things though.

Wowserz129 Mon 20-May-13 08:25:01

Maidenform are better than spanx in my opinion

CareerGirl01 Mon 20-May-13 08:37:59

Spanx are great! Got power panties, leggings, mama and mama tights!
If they roll down - YOU HAVE GOT THE WRONG SIZE.
I was lucky enough to try on several sizes and the A size rolled down but the B is fantastic.

OhWouldYouJust Mon 20-May-13 09:28:55

Nehru hmm

I am in the bloody process of losing weight thank you very much so I dont need you to tell me that!!

Thank you for the helpful replies everyone thanks

OhWouldYouJust Mon 20-May-13 09:29:46

Oh and the dress does fit. I just want to hold in the wobble!

bishboschone Mon 20-May-13 09:32:31

I prefer spanx having bought. Few different types . I am size 8 hourglass but post 2 babies and massive weight gain I'm a bit squishy . With spanx I can wear body con of the desire takes me. Ignore Nehru , she is pretty blunt in most of her posts .smile

noddyholder Mon 20-May-13 09:50:22

Just hideous everything squidged and you can tell when someone is wearing them funny looking body.I agree buy a size that fits and to hell with trussing yourself up like a bloody turkey! men don't do this crap.

OhWouldYouJust Mon 20-May-13 09:53:22

Again, the dress does fit, I am just not confident about my overhang.

I am low carbing and doing C25K but I am aware that this will not shift the section overhang or the loose stretched skin from 3 children.

noddyholder Mon 20-May-13 09:54:43

I think proper well fitting normal underwear just looks better I have seen many a dress ruined with spanx Sort of gives you a boxy look

OhWouldYouJust Mon 20-May-13 09:56:09

Well am off into town today to have a look so will keep my options open smile

Nehru Mon 20-May-13 10:06:05

yes you can see them a MILE off

sausage casing. I bought a pair of pants ( big ones) once.
Put them on, thought I AM WEARING A GIRDLE FFS

and took it off

I am still alive

noddyholder Mon 20-May-13 10:08:32

I always think you should be the best you can without torture! pmsl @ sausage casing its true! Really no one thinks you are kate moss under the dress they know you look like a hotdog

cherhorowitz Mon 20-May-13 10:12:50

I buy mine from Primark. They're pretty heavy duty for £6 and they're the cycle shorts type that smooth out your tummy, hips, bum and thighs. I buy mine in my usual size for more of a smoothing effect than anything and they work decently on my big overhanging belly and less than smooth sides. I'm a big size 18-20 so I have a lot to suck in and they come in nude and black iirc.

Ashoething Mon 20-May-13 10:15:13

I wear the primark cheapo ones and I think they are very good. They never roll down either. I am a size 16 and smooths the fatty lumps out under wiggle dresses-or should us fatties just wear a sack Nehru?grin

bulletproofgerbil Mon 20-May-13 11:07:03

By the sounds of it then, those who are happy with them probably have the right size. So if at all possible buy Spanx somewhere you can try them on and where there is a person who can give advice re size. Like bra fitting I suppose. Good luck OP. I have CS overhang/apron effect, that no amount of dieting/exercise seems to shift.

bishboschone Mon 20-May-13 12:01:48

Exactly , for me it's more about smoothing skin that fat . My section left me with too much skin.. Can't all be perfect can we ?

HappyAsEyeAm Mon 20-May-13 12:03:13

I am a size 10, and I have a wobbly tummy. I am in no way overweight (BMI of 22), but the Spanx are a godsend for me as they smooth out my post DC tummy. They also sort of hold me in.

I have the higher power ones that are an all in one shorts type that finish under your boobs. About £37. They don't move about. I would 100% recommend them. They're an investment, really (I have a nude pair and a black pair) because when I wear them, I can wear a lot more of my wardrobe, so I don't need to buy new clothes!

bulletproofgerbil Mon 20-May-13 13:15:13

My CS was an emergency done on a night when they had 4 other CS's. I think I drew the short straw by the look of the scar and got the surgeon who was trying to follow the instructions via a youtube video, having only ever practiced stitching on an orange prior to being let loose on my stomach. It's not pretty! If I was a bikini model I'd have had to sue!

carrie74 Mon 20-May-13 13:35:32

Out of interest, when do you wear them? Just for special occasions of which I have almost zero, or for day to day?

I find most of my clothes skim the mum tum sufficiently when I make sure my posture is perfect in front of the mirror, but I do get ever so slightly wobbly [ahem] when donning bikinis on holiday (and then just think sod it, I'm not here to be judged, and if I am, that's other people's problems, not mine).

HappyAsEyeAm Mon 20-May-13 13:41:11

Well, I've got mine on today at work! I find them comfortable, so if I think a dress or skirt needs them, I will wear them whenever. I don't keep them for special occasions. I don't wear them when I am in casual dress on my non working days though, as I don't think they make a noticeable difference when I'm wearing jeans and a shirt or a casual top.

OhWouldYouJust Mon 20-May-13 19:17:10

Well the shopping trip amounted to nothing, felt disgustingly fat in everything and the spanx just made me feel worse. Not a great day for self confidence!!

bishboschone Mon 20-May-13 19:31:04


OhWouldYouJust Mon 20-May-13 20:37:39

After posting I realised I'm rather close to that time of the month blush explains that then!! Will re-attempt when I'm less hormonal grin

YoniOno Mon 20-May-13 21:45:51

The worst time to see yourself in a mirror! Plus you're more likely to make poor and impulse shopping decisions when you're premenstrual <nods wisely> good luck.

I have a cycling shorts one that goes up to under my boobs from Peacocks and it's dandy, doesn't ride up at all. I'm a size 10, bought it when postpartum size 12 and a bit wobbly around the arse area, wanted to wear a sort of clingy, drapey mini dress in jersey and it looked ace apart from the rear where you could see cellulite dimples - not pretty! I suppose if the dress had decent lining it would have been ok, but they did the job. There's def a place for them, no-one is under the illusion they do anything other than smooth you out a bit making you look more toned.

CareerGirl01 Tue 21-May-13 02:19:28

OP wait till AF is over! I had a CS 11 days ago and my Spanx are brilliant - not that I want to be held in but they are helping with keeping my scar tucked away. Am going to buy the higher power ones and replace leggings when I get my next month's maternity pay. Well worth the money.

minibmw2010 Tue 21-May-13 09:30:08

I tried the Spanx that is shaped like a bodysuit and has straps, but you also wear your own bra. It almost cut off my circulation so I got the Debenhams version which was half the price and did a great job plus I could still breathe smile

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