Spanx Shapewear: What You Need To Know! Warning: VERY Revealing Review (LOL)


Spanx ShapewearAnd finally, the details you’ve been waiting for on my FUN (first ever) Spanx experience! 🙂

WARNING: This is a very revealing review, lol.

Not only will I show you photos of “my underwear” (er, undergarments – the more appropriate term!), I’m also going to share the nitty gritty details about “the spanx experience” – you know, the things you REALLY want to know. 😉

I also decided to try a cheaper knockoff brand of shapewear, just to compare them – and find out if Spanx is really worth the price. Wait until you see what I discovered in THAT experience. 😯 haha – Ack! 😛

(Brace yourself – there are scary pictures…)

Getting In & Out of Spanx Shapewear Undergarments

I was nervous about trying Spanx after hearing horror stories of people fighting to squeeze in and out of them, or having to CUT themselves out of one. LOL. Honestly, Spanx are pricey to be cutting off your body with scissors. 😛

Fortunately, that was not the case at all. I found it VERY easy to get on and off, yet it fit like a second skin. In fact, it felt fabulous! 🙂 But yes, slipping in and out of it was as easy as bra & panties, or putting on pantyhose – super easy.

It was so easy to get on and off, and so comfortable, that I wore mine 3 days in a row – for 12+ hour days! I loved it so much I actually MISSED IT on the fourth day, lol.

Interestingly it didn’t get hot, or damp / sweaty / icky – at all. It had great compression yet I didn’t feel squeezed or hot, even in the Orlando heat!

What About When You Have To Go Pee?!

I pee A LOT. Especially being in ketosis, as it’s a natural diuretic. Fortunately the model of Spanx I ordered has a very well made “pee hole” (though I’m quite sure it has a more proper name, lol). It was very well designed on this particular model, and made it easy to use the bathroom without having to take it off.

You do have to spread the opening apart to go pee. It has great coverage so you don’t have to wear undies (although you could if you just had to) but the hole works well for those frequent bathroom breaks. No getting undressed required!

Spanx Pee Tip: Just make sure “your parts” are positioned for a straight stream. 🙂 haha. It’s easy. Like I said, I wore mine 3 days in a row… and never got pee on mine!

Choosing The Right Spanx Shapewear

The shapewear piece I bought was the SPANX Slimmer & Shine Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit. I got mine on Amazon, but I’ll share other options with you too so you can find the best deal.

There are many similar models, but this one was a total WIN. I settled on that one after reading quite a few reviews, and determining there were slight differences between them all – even though they look the same.

I chose an “open bust” model so I could wear my own bra, and also to avoid a chest flattening or “uni-boob” effect. 😛 Highly recommended!

Getting the right size is key. I found the sizing chart & reviews on Amazon to be incredibly helpful for that. I ordered Size Medium (I am 5’5″ tall, 150-155 pounds, and wear a Size 10 in jeans). I got Rose Gold. That color goes GREAT under lighter colored clothes, so it was a great universal pick no matter what I wear it under.

I thought about the Slip, but honestly I was afraid there would be a bulge where it stopped at the top (a “muffin top”). I’ve experienced that before with compression panty shorts. I also wanted to be able to wear it under pant suits. That’s why I chose the full body style to wear with my own bra.

This model was perfect – even for wearing under pants & jeans! The legs never crawled up, and they didn’t make a line or a dent under my dress or pants either. They were short enough for above the knee summer dresses too.

I’ll show you some photos below…

I’ll also show you a cheaper knockoff shapewear undergarment I tested, and how it FAILED. I discovered that Spanx is worth every penny! 🙂

Where To Buy Spanx

As I mentioned, I ordered my Spanx on Amazon here. At the very least, check out the sizing chart and read the reviews at that link – and make note of the model. If you decide to buy it in a local store, you’ll be more informed when you go. 😉

You can order from the Spanx website too: Shop New Arrivals! You can also scroll to the bottom of that page and click Store Locator to find a store near you.

When you go to you’ll find pants, swimwear & lots of fun options!


Ebates Coupons and Cash BackIf you’re an Ebates member, you can get cashback by ordering from either Amazon OR the Spanx website! If you’re not, it’s free to sign up:

Sign up for Ebates & Save!

Definitely sign up for Ebates before you shop online. It’s quick & easy, plus you’ll earn cashback on TONS of shopping you do online. I just recently signed up myself and already got my first cashback payment. 🙂

(I earn commission on referrals and sales, when you sign up for Ebates or order Spanx through my links here, so thank you in advance for using my links! That’s what keeps this blog and all of my food diaries FREE for you!)

Spanx Photo Reviews & Proof!

I’m going to show you some very revealing photos.

As a conservative southern woman, I’m not one to flaunt my undergarments on the internet (lol) but I really want you to get a true image of what Spanx is like – and why it’s the ideal shapewear (and worth every penny). I’ve included comparisons of a cheaper knockoff brand so you can see the difference for yourself…

Front view of the Spanx Open-Bust Bodysuit:

Spanx Shapewear Review

As you can see, it has very good coverage. And the open bust is absolutely perfect. If anything, it gives the girls a little lift. 😉 Below is a back view. As you can see, the back comes down low enough to wear with lower-back dresses:

Spanx for Dresses

This is the first dress I wore, which is a thin clingy Spring/Summer dress. The rose-colored Spanx did not show through at all, and it gave me nice smooth curves – including a more shapely bum!

Spanx Photo: Under A Dress

I even wore it under this soft, clingy shorter American Eagle dress. The legs stay in place, and they’re short enough for even your summer dresses!

Wearing Spanx

Notice ^ there are no lines showing under my dress. 🙂 No lumps and bumps and panty lines – nothing! Spanx gives you a VERY smooth look.

I discovered I was not the only one wearing Spanx…

Spanx Review

Apparently women everywhere are doing it!

That’s my friend Alice, and we had great fun comparing our Spanx experience. 🙂

Actually, hers was a different brand and she said she had trouble going to pee in hers – so she had to go up to her room and undress every time. LOL – Spanx is definitely smart with their pee features!!

Speaking of other brands, I decided to test a couple myself…

I won’t even bother looking up the name or link, because I do NOT recommend them. I’ll show you one, and you can see why for yourself. Here it is – the first time I put it on the “weird fit” was immediately obvious:

NOT Spanx - Cheaper Knockoff Shapewear

It has an extra large “pee hole” (again, I’m SURE there is a proper term for that, lol – sorry!). You might think that’s a perk when you’re reading the reviews, but as you can see above… it creates a weird “squeeze out” bulge effect at the top of your thighs.

I have fatty thighs, and that was just gross 😛 lol. Plus it will definitely show through in my lighter dresses, or in slacks. Ack! 😯

I managed to get a better fit by pulling it way up, but I did find I needed to wear panties with this one – due to the gaping hole.

Here’s a full front view of the cheap knockoff:

Cheap Shapewear Undergarment

Here’s a back view. As you can see, it comes up WAY high in the back – and your butt hangs out. 😛 That creates a weird fatty bulge too, lol. This is not ideal if your dress has a lower back. Oh – and this one WAS hard to get in and out of!!

Inexpesive Shapewear - Not Worth It

You’ll also notice you can still see my rolls & dips – the shape of my actual body – under that one. It has hardly ANY compression or shaping factor to it compared to the Spanx:

Cheap Shapewear

Then there’s the weird top and straps…

And there’s my famous “armpit tits” for you. 😉 haha.

It doesn’t fit under your bra right, and I’ll show you why that matters in a second. But the thick straps were awkward and kept rolling up. Plus they created more of an “underam bulge” – making me look even more dumpy than I do without shapewear on! 😛

Spanx Knockoff FAIL

I put on this cute American Eagle dress, and it looked fine. As long as I stood totally still, lol.

American Eagle Dress

Here’s the cold hard truth:

Undergarment FAIL

That picture ^ says it all. UGH!!

I swear that undergarment made me look WORSE than wearing none at all!

Cheap shapewear or Spanx knockoffs are a total waste of money.

In contrast, here’s me wearing Spanx again… feeling comfortable, confident & happy:

Friends Wear Spanx Together

Here’s another photo of me “sitting in Spanx” happily:

Wearing Spanx

BIG difference, right?!

(yes, I got photo-bombed, lol)

This is the ONLY shapewear undergarment I’ll EVER wear from now on:

Spanx Shapewear Review

Check Out The Spanx New Arrivals!


I was VERY impressed with Spanx, and with how comfortable it was to wear – and the HUGE difference it made! Not only in how I looked, but also how I FELT.

I wasn’t self conscious and fidgety with my clothes (like usual, lol) but instead… confident and HAPPY. I’ve never had underwear make me feel so great, lol.

Spanx was worth EVERY penny! 🙂

Again, this is the one I ordered for myself, and highly recommend:
SPANX Slimmer & Shine Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit

What about you – have you ever had a Spanx Experience?

I’d love to hear about it!! Leave a comment and let’s discuss. 🙂

I hope this “revealing review” helped you make a decision for yourself. I wish I had discovered Spanx YEARS ago. I love looking better – smoother, curvier, sexier – but the biggest perk for me personally was how GREAT I FELT.

Confidence shows, and lights you up! When you feel great about yourself, you shine… and that’s even more beautiful than any physical feature ever could be.

Don’t forget to Sign up for Ebates & Get Cashback!

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. My bras are Victoria’s Secret. Wearing the right undergarments makes ALL the difference, and they’re worth the investment. They last, they work, and they make you look and feel fabulous! Our bodies are not perfect, but on our weight loss journey… we might as well feel and look the best we possibly can! 😉 *cheers*


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