“This dress only works if I’m standing up.” –Samantha Jones, Sex In The City
I just watched an interesting segment on CBS This Morning. It concerned shapewear: Undergarments designed to control and shape the figure.
What surprised me about the report was the growing number of women—especially young women—who are using shapewear that is too tight. Worse, some women are actually “doubling up”: Layering more than one foundation garment to get the desired effect.
Besides the obvious—feeling like you’re trapped in a vise—there are more significant downsides to your health, such as urinary tract infections, digestive problems and nerve and organ compression.
While I’m all for looking your best, feeling squeezed and uncomfortable interferes with confidence (and breathing!). Trust me, pain is not the answer.
A few suggestions for shaping yourself with ease:
- Get the right fit. You’re better off trying on different shapewear garments in a store before ordering anything online. Bring the outfits you wish to wear with you to get the full effect.
- Never buy a garment that’s too small. Never. Not only are there health consequences, but you run the risk of looking like a tube of toothpaste, where squeezing one area too tight area causes bulges and seepage elsewhere.
- Be Realistic. Expect a bit more sleekness, but don’t expect a total overhaul. Target one or two spots only.
- Avoid layering: Don’t let control get out of control. It’s just too constricting.
- Remember Comfortable = Confident. You need ease of movement to relax, feel good, and enjoy yourself!
Now I hope you’re breathing easy!
Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan