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Date: 3/4/12 3:34 PM

I've tried control top panty hose and I hate them! I'm like a contortionist trying to get those suckers on and after I finally get them on, I can not breathe! I'm thinking about a body shaper to hold my gut in. Are they comfortable? Any recommendations?

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Date: 3/4/12 5:10 PM

I bought a Frederick's waist cincher during a 50% off clearance prices sale. It was under $10, so no big loss if I didn't like it. I like the effect- I think I'll love the effect when I sew my own that's actually sized for my body (short waisted). It felt really good on my back, and was less uncomfortable than I imagined it would be (it takes about 4" off my belly button area).

That being said, the service was horrendous- it took them a week to even ship my order (I ordered Friday, they charged me Monday, they didn't ship until Friday), and then it took a week to get here, and it was just tossed into an adhesive-lined bag, which meant I nearly cut my stuff when I opened it. Just to top it off, they got part of my order wrong (gel ball of foot cushions instead of gel heel liner thingies), and they sold out of the one non-sale item I bought. The quality of their shapewear is ok, but the bra is crap. I've washed it once, worn it out two evenings, and the lace is shredding already. My boobs look good though.

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Date: 3/4/12 6:08 PM

I have a full slip that I bought a few years ago that I think is Spanxx brand that I love. It has wide shoulders, like a tank top and is really comfortable. I where it with all my dresses for a smooth look. I don't think it cinches in a lot but it does smooth everything out and stops fabric from clinging.
I bought it at Macy's or Carsons and paid about $75 for it which I thought was expensive at the time but considering how much wear I've gotten out of it and how well it has worn I think it was a good deal.

I don't know if this is the exact one but it is very similar:
Boyfriend Slip
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Date: 3/4/12 9:20 PM

I always go up a size when buying control top or body shaping panty hose. That way I still get the control but they are still comfortable and easier to get on.

Twenty plus years ago, I was a waitress in a coffee shop (college student, too) and one of the full time waitress pulled me aside and told me that I should ONLY wear the control top/control type of pantyhose to prevent varicose viens (sp?). I don't know if that is true or not, but her advice stuck and I have been wearing control top/body shaping pantyhose ever since.

Now, I feel like the odd ball because usually I am the only one wearing pantyhose when I wear a dress. I hardly ever go bare legged. I guess, it is just that this old dog can't learn anything new

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Date: 3/4/12 9:58 PM

If you really hate clinging things like Control Top hose, you are probably going to hate Spanx and their ilk as well. I too, despise tight-fitting compression fabrics. HOWEVER, corsets are completely comfortable to me. After a period of about 10-15 minutes, they become very comfortable. They really are the five minutes solution to the fifteen pound problem :D. I highly recomend hitting up etsy and seeing what you find.

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Date: 3/5/12 0:19 AM

My favorite is this one by Flexees. It gives a nice, smooth look through the waist, reduces bra bulge, and the ends of the legs aren't tight- there's no cutting into my (large) thighs and leaving those telltale shapewear creases. Plus, you can wear whatever bra you want.



P.S. Is is actually possible to go pee while wearing it (if you're careful.)

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Date: 3/5/12 1:58 AM

I have a garment which goes from under bra level to mid thigh. I put this on when I did the photos for my red dress contest entry when it became obvious from the first lot of shots that the tum was winning. It was surprisingly comfortable, I kept it on all day and found it offered back support. I like the look of some of the others suggested above though, because towards the day's end the one place I felt constricted was top of the ribs, where it has a strong elastic piece.

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Date: 3/5/12 7:59 AM

I have tried going up a size and end up with the waistband clear up to my boobs. I even tried the thigh high hose and with my thunder thighs I thought it was going to cut off my circulation and my short legs they came up really high (at least I think so). I think I am allergic to nylon because pantyhose always made me itch and even nylon panties make me itch. I guess that's why I love maxi dresses!

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Date: 3/5/12 9:59 AM

I have a couple of Marilyn Monroe brand shapers that I got for under $25 at clearance stores (Ross and Winners) that are extremely comfortable. The bonus for me is that when I wear pantyhose under them they don't do that awful roll down thing when I sit.

The bras are not a perfect fit, so I have considered buying a kit and learning how to make them myself or going completely crazy and spending the big bucks at a specialty lingerie store, but haven't got around tho that yet.

Another option I have considered is to make the bottom 2/3 of a leotard with powernet panels and boning and then just attach it to a favourite bra. That would actually not be too challenging at all. I should be getting some powernet in the mail this week, so perhaps that will be the next project.

These things should be very comfy to wear. If you feel constricted, they are too small. And if you get one on in a dressing room and can't get out of it without help, it is really too small. (Yes, there is a story there! ) You do feel a sense of "ahhhhh..." when you take them off but it is like taking off good ski boots or hiking boots or taking your hair out of a ponytail - that nice, relaxed but not relief from pain sensation.

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Date: 3/17/12 2:13 AM

With control top PH I always got the sausage link look until I decided to clip the waistband, once on each side. It give the tourniquet some relief but the hose still stays up. They can still be re-worn several times after the surgery.

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