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Will they just push my lumpy bits up over the top and out the bottom? Will they severely restrict movement / ability to breath?
I have a wedding to attend, dress is fit and flare but even after loosing 25lbs these last six mths I sill have a pouchy tummy so maybe its time to admit I need a bit of help! I'm a large 14 / sometimes 16
I have a control slip from M&S which is amazing. Seriously, it's probably the best thing I've ever bought. It's the type that has straps but you can wear your own bra with it. It smooths everything down very well (I am the same size as you with a fat stomach and hips) and it's very comfortable to wear all day. Doesn't ride up either. I think it was about 20 quid.
I'm not sure if you have one near to you, but my local home bargains was selling genuine spanx (I can't remember which ones they are but they are mid thigh to bra) in black and nude for £4.99. I personally think they're great and will be buying more, especially at a fiver! Definitely worth a look if you can get to a home bargains!
I own a whole array of control garments to go underneath certain types of clothes. They really do smooth everything down nicely! I'm a size 8 but have a decidedly pear-shaped bum that tends to stretch pencil dresses in all the wrong ways.
If you're worried about tummy fat either get a whole slip or go with a pair of control pants that end above your waist. The ones with a really tight band around the natural waist tend to result in a somewhat elevated muffin-top. Not a good look!
I recently bought their Boostie Yay corset...but you can see it under most things. It is super comfortable and does the job though. Also have bought the giant standard Bridget pants of theirs. All in all, expensive but worth it.
This is the one I have. Slightly more expensive than I said actually, although I have had mine about 4 years so did pay a bit less. Would definitely recommend if you can't get hold of Home Bargains Spanx
I bought mine in a 16 (when I was very slightly bigger than I am now, large 14) so if you're on the border of two sizes I'd probably go for the bigger one. You don't get the problem with things rolling down if they are too big or small with the slips so I don't think it would matter too much if you get a bigger size. I still have to squeeze myself in to mine anyway just because that's the nature of control underwear! It isn't uncomfortable though.
I own a couple of "wear your own bra" control slips that go down to my mid-thighs. I love them - they make me confident enough to wear wiggle dresses even though my thighs are ridiculously big (two sizes bigger then the rest of my body). I have one from M&S that makes my waist look tiny, and one from M&co which is a little better at smoothing out my outer thighs.