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Rhoda K
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Date: 9/3/08 2:32 PM

I know these body shapers are made by the same gal, but can anyone tell me the difference other than price? I'd like to get one (Target sells Assets), but I'm not sure I'd be be able to try it on for fit. I've searched the boards as I know this subject has been discussed before, but darn if I can find it!

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Date: 9/3/08 3:26 PM

I didn't know they were made by the same gal ... but I have tried both. I purchased the Assets ($20ish) from Target. They definitely worked, but just didn't feel like they would stay up (bought the diving suit version that comes up to your bra band) or "slide smoothly" underneath your clothes. Material felt more like heavy cotton stocking material with lycra.

At the same time I purchased a light control version from Macy's Flexees. Ended up wearing the Flexees to the event (slip version), worked well but kept "riding up".

Decided to go ahead and try Spanx about a week ago ... I'm on this wearing a dress doesn't require you to think about matching spree and needed some good control. The Spanx definitely work (purchased the diving suit version). Comes with optional straps to hook onto the bra band for extra security (although I didn't need them). And feel smoother (more like nylon) and slide underneath your clothes. I di2 for them, but think they are well worth it.

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Date: 9/3/08 3:50 PM

Ive tried on Spanx at Lord and Taylor. They seem nicely made--even if they arent made for me. The ones I tried had a LOT of compressing power. You HAVE TO try them on first though. I picked out my size according to their measurement charts, and it was physically impossible for me to get them on my body. No joke. Impossible. No matter what strategy I used, no matter how hard I tried. Let me say this, they dont rip apart easy. So, if you find ones that fit, you can at least have confidence that they wont self destruct while youre wearing them.

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Date: 9/3/08 3:53 PM

anae - that must have been entertaining. LOL

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Date: 9/3/08 6:21 PM

Assets are more like the "control top" of a pair of panty hose, and Spanx are much more substantial.

I have both, and like both, I tend to use the ones that look like bicycle shorts.

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Date: 9/3/08 6:22 PM

I use Spanx (haven't tried the others) - they do compress well and they wear like iron. I'm addicted!

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Date: 9/3/08 8:59 PM

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I use Spanx (haven't tried the others) - they do compress well and they wear like iron. I'm addicted!

Count me among the addicted! I used to wear VS Ultimate Body Control, but they quit making them. I thought that I was the only woman left in America who doesn't hate panty hose. I saw a previous thread here and when I was out shopping with a friend (in Lane Bryant of all places) and brought home a pair. Now I consider them a staple of my wardrobe.
For the record, they are not iron, they will run. But much less frequently than the Hanes that you pick up in the grocery store. I think that they are worth the extra cost because they wear longer and I don't have to spend half of my day trying to wrestle them back into place.

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Date: 9/4/08 0:03 AM

I understand the appeal--who wants rolls of fat to spoil a look--but how CAN you stand to be squeezed like a sausage?!? I ordered two swimsuits this summer. Sent them both back because they were made of some kind of blubber control fabric that totally obscured my figure and made me look and feel as though I'd been forcibly stuffed into them. I could not imagine relaxing or playing in the water in something like that because how could you breathe, much less bend?

Uh, so I have no swimsuit and am whining in another thread about my belly fat being in the way. And, keep reading everything I see on Spanx thinking maybe they are the solution to that little irritation.

But, boy do they seem like they would be hot in our 100 degree weather in addition.

Are they really comfortable ladies? I remember as a four-year-old in the bathroom watching my teenage aunt, the little blond-blue-eyed physically fit one who looked like a beauty queen, struggling to pull up her girdle. I pulled up my little panties that way too, which set her on a hysterical giggling fit.

Are we really back to that? Should I join? Is it even healthy to compress your bodily organs in that fashion? What if you have high blood pressure? I don't, and maybe it would help my low blood pressure, but seriously, this reminds me of Laura in France who had to have her boyfriend cut her out of her duct tape dummy earlier than planned because she couldn't breathe. I feel claustrophobic just thinking about it.

This is why I was never willing to wear a dry suit when I used to sailboard. Just watching those hunks trying to get out of them on the beach, and seeing them kneel before me begging me to pull of their suit tops as they raised their arms over their heads as if honoring me with all praise. I did feel a little powerful, but it gave me the heeby jeebies about ever putting one of those things on. And, to think that the size they say you should wear cannot even be put on without assistance. How would you get it off? Do you carry scissors in your bag just in case? What if you're on a plane and can't take them with you?

Seriously, are they worth it, endorsements from aging morning show anchors notwithstanding?

If so, how many sizes do you have to go up from your supposed correct size so you can 1) get them on yourself, 2) breathe, and 3) get them off yourself without the use of sharp implements?

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Date: 9/4/08 7:39 AM

Quote: PopoAgie
I understand the appeal--who wants rolls of fat to spoil a look--but how CAN you stand to be squeezed like a sausage?!? .....If so, how many sizes do you have to go up from your supposed correct size so you can 1) get them on yourself, 2) breathe, and 3) get them off yourself without the use of sharp implements?

I'll take being squeezed like a sausage over "chub rub" busting out all over the inner thigh from the fat on my legs rubbing together all day. There's not enough baby powder in the world to prevent that.

Much like Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias, "I haven't left the house without lycra on these thighs since I was fourteen." I have yet to have a doctor tell me I am doing anything wrong by wearing them, and most have either examined me with them on if it was a cursory exam, or seen them on top of my pile of clothing in the exam room.

I always purchase the size directed based on weight and height, I have never had any trouble getting them either on or off, or any trouble breathing.

But it's a matter of personal preference. If you don't like the feeling of a control garment, don't wear them.

I on the other hand will take a small ammount of compression which causes no discomfort to me over a potentially disfiguring case of chub rub that can pop up in a humid St. Louis summer.

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Date: 9/4/08 7:51 AM

Well put!

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