Shapewear – for men and women?

Sometimes a product will come along, and you wonder both why it hasn’t been done before, and why it had been done now.

Asda has produced some Bodysculpt Shorts for men that claim to lift and firm the bum, suck in that beer belly and smooth away the love handles.

Really? Perhaps this is just double standards, but I wouldn’t expect a bloke to wear this whilst happily wearing something similar myself.

(Above is the product image from the website. Um…I think its smoothed out a bit too much there…that sounds pervy, but it looks weird!)

From men to women, I was sent recently some shapewear from Lingerie Please to review. I’d only ever borrowed a pair of Spanx (or faux Spanx) for a night out, and hadn’t really thought about shapewear before so I was really excited to try this out.

In a much prettier material and colour to the male version, this pewter coloured satiny waist shaper with black lace at the front was a little scary at first, but it was so comfy to wear, and helped pull my shape in a bit more. I wore this last Friday when I went up to Leeds and it was comfy enough to wear all day on the train. I think the benefits of the shaper is partly psychological in that while wearing it, I was a lot more aware of my posture, and it helped me stand up straighter.

Have you tried shapewear before? Any other recommendations of brands and styles I should try? What would you do if the bloke you were dating wore the “Manx”?

(Perhaps this was the inspiration for the Asda shorts? via @GeorgiaRoseS)


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