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Spanx or Primark?

(51 Posts)
Sparklegeek Fri 06-Jan-12 16:38:56

OK, 40th birthday party looming & have a v fitted clingy dress. Am Shredding like mad but would like a bit of extra help. Have read so many great reviews of Spanx but am balking at the £25-ish price tag. So my question is, are they worth paying 5 times as much for as ones I can get in Primark? Unfortunately I have nowhere locally I can try the Spanx on so can't compare - and the cheapest place online doesn't accept returns as they're underwear. Can anyone advise, if they're as wondrous as some people think I will swallow the cost - but are they?

Sparklegeek Fri 06-Jan-12 18:45:01

Now I know strictly-speaking hold in knickers are neither style nor beauty, but surely someone here has tried either? grin

Icanboogie Fri 06-Jan-12 18:56:47

I have some of Marks and its great and pricewise is halfway ? Its hard to fault M&S for their underwear...

They probably have some in the sale basket as well at your local store. I've always got mine for the £5 -£10 mark. They work great - My fave are the big knicks - up to my bra height... makes me like stroking my tummy hmm

TracyK Fri 06-Jan-12 18:59:56

If you buy from asos - you can return them - free P&P and returns.
I got a variety of sizes to try as they are v tight on.

ZillionChocolate Fri 06-Jan-12 19:03:58

The cheap Primark ones make a difference for me, have never tried Spanx.

Sparklegeek Fri 06-Jan-12 19:06:04

Hmmm, not sure what to do...Asos are £10 more than the other place I've found. I did read on here a recommendation that you buy a size down or they won't do anything for you but am highly dubious about that approach with regard to getting in & out of them!

Sparklegeek Fri 06-Jan-12 19:07:58

Thanks Chocolate, I suppose before I go ahead with the Spanx I should go into Primark with my dress & try on! I just keep reading in the reviews not to bother with other makes etc as the Spanx are miracle workers hmm

HappyAsASandboy Fri 06-Jan-12 20:14:12

I have tried spanx on and thought they were rubbish. Didn't buy them.

I have several pairs if marks and Spencer up-to-your-bra knickers and think they're great. Tesco and primark are similar to each other and good, tho a little warm!

I'd go with primark and see what they're like. If they don't work, go for marks and you've still not spent spanx money ...

TracyK Fri 06-Jan-12 20:44:08

The one I went for was the flexee onsie. I'm a 16 and got the XL and it is VV tight to get on.
The M&S highwaister ones rolled down on me - maybe they were too big?? I think I got an 18.

TracyK Fri 06-Jan-12 20:44:37

The onesie is more like a wee mini dress so no vpl.

Gunznroses Fri 06-Jan-12 20:46:58

I have both marks ones and primark. Don't waste your money on M and Buy primark, worth every little penny and you'll save yourself a fortune.

ElectricSoftParade Fri 06-Jan-12 20:49:02

I am impressed and compressed by the Primark ones. Haven't tried the Spanx ones as am too tight poor. I like the Primark pants and vests but do not recommend the leggings as they roll down in a very confortable way.

Bet you will look fantastic and have a good time smile

ElectricSoftParade Fri 06-Jan-12 20:49:49


TracyK Fri 06-Jan-12 20:52:56

Are the Primark ones in the underwear section?

ThighsTheLimit Fri 06-Jan-12 20:54:56

The primark ones that go right up to your bra are fab.

ElectricSoftParade Fri 06-Jan-12 21:46:15

They are in the underwear section but I haven't seen the ones Thighs mentioned. I will though!

ElectricSoftParade Fri 06-Jan-12 21:49:33

I have the Avon ones which reach up to your bra and they are good but not quite firm enough. Nice enough though.

Sparklegeek Fri 06-Jan-12 22:06:12

Oooh, I can feel a trip to Primark coming on. I have the big knickers that come up to your bra & they're not bad, but I need some cycling short type ones attractive (but still coming up to bra,) as mine still have a VPL with my tight dress. Will come back here with my verdict once I've been!

noddyholder Fri 06-Jan-12 22:27:37

this is great really light and makes you feel slim but you can breathe and eat!

TIDDLYMUM Fri 06-Jan-12 22:34:15

I have spans and they are the most innards crushing things known to man, I once had to whip off on train journey. Last week I bought a fairly unforgiving dress and bought the John lewis pants they came mid thigh but they do longer or shorter. Excellent and my innards were in no way crushed. I am size 14 and they said to get size 8-10 and they were fine , really comfy, undetectable and probably the only size 8-10 garment I will ever get into grin. £16

Sparklegeek Fri 06-Jan-12 22:57:32

Thanks Tiddlymum, have just had a look at those JL ones. Did they tell you in the store to go for the 8-10? I am a 12 but can't imagine being comfortable in anything with a size 8 on the label!

Ifancyashandy Sat 07-Jan-12 08:38:19

I'm a size 10 / 12 and bought Spanx to wear under an unforgiving dress. Hated them - they rolled down (were 'to the bra' ones). Ended up folding them over. Waste of money. Heard only good things about the primark ones.

WhatstheScenario Sat 07-Jan-12 12:26:10

I havent tries the Primani ones.

Spanx are good, though. They last years. You have to get the right product/range for you, though. I hate the shorts-type Spanx, but love the big knickers that roll up and attach to your bra with little hooks. Takes inches of me (am size 12 but have bigtime mum tum)

Sparklegeek Sat 07-Jan-12 12:39:03

I don't think I can do the big knickers ones as the VPL would show under the dress. It's gotta be the shorts. As much as I don't want it to be as ugly as the shorts are - I don't actually need any thigh shrinkage to speak of but just need the invisible line the shorts would (hopefully!) give.

teejwood Sat 07-Jan-12 13:53:09

sparkle this flexees slip is half the price of spanx equivalent but gives better results imho - and because it's a slip with integrated pants you won't get vpl. I have bought and hated a lot of shapewear over the years but am now converted.
Will be more expensive than primark, though...

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