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Force Your Curves to Love You Back

Force Your Curves to Love You Back

One of these days I'll stop writing about how hot it has been in LA. Sadly, for those of you wishing I'd stop mentioning it, today is not that day. The heat has broken, but I have one more hot weather item that I want to tell you about: Spanx Shorts. Specifically, they're called the In-Power Line Super Higher Power, but Spanx Shorts just rolls off the keyboard a little easier.

As a side effect of being a Polish woman, I have a curvy figure. This is lovely most of the time, but sometimes, like when it's nine million degrees outside, it's a huge pain. I mean that literally: My thighs rub together when I'm walking and it's painful. There are two ways I deal with this problem. One is to not go anywhere, wear as little as possible, and lay in front of a fan. Option two, to be used when you must go out, but want to keep chafing to a minimum, is Spanx Shorts. These little suckers will not only hold in all your jiggly bits, they're also keep your thighs from rubbing together uncomfortably, your sweat from accumulating under your butt cheeks, and your stomach from pooching out and ruining the look of your positively adorable sundress.

I have tried other brands of shapewear, and Spanx is just the best. My favorite thing about Spanx is that they have this amazing material on the leg portion that will NOT dig into your skin, no matter how thunderous your thighs. Because of this, you can also be a little more flexible with sizing than you could with other brands. For example, according to the Spanx size chart I'm between a size B and C. I go for a B because I'd rather squeeze myself into shapewear than have it be a bit loose. I mean, that negates the entire point of Spanx, right? If Spanx didn't use the most amazing fabric on their garments, I'm sure in a size B I'd look like a chubby sausage and have some horrendous panty shapewear lines.

The only brand that comes close is Spanx's own lower-priced line that's sold at Target, but their shorts don't have a "cotton double gusset" AKA Pee Hole. I bought a pair of Not Spanx Shorts at Target, but that lack of Pee Hole made me toss them aside and upgrade to Spanx. With Spanx there's no need to worry that you'll have to recreate the horror of squeezing into Spanx each and every time you need to attend to your personal bathroom business. So to recap: You get to control your sweating/chafing situation, your clothes look better, and you don't have to go through a complicated spandex dance just to pee. Spanx Shorts, you truly are a miracle product.

Because there's no way in hell I'm putting a picture of my own Spanx on the internet (on or off of my body), the above photo is from Zappos.com. A link to the product page on Zappos is below. 

Spanx In-Power Line Super Higher Power Shorts: $38

Jeepers Peepers!

Jeepers Peepers!

Wear, Watch, Want #6: The Worst Icy Grown-Up Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #6: The Worst Icy Grown-Up Edition