Next Monday (June 21st) is officially the first day of summer 2010. I don’t know about your closet, but some of my clothes “shrunk” during the fall/winter seasons. (Humor me people. I know what really happened.) Now that all of my layers of clothing are being stripped away, I need to make sure that my body is ready for warm weather clothes. I still think that watching what I eat and exercising consistently are the keys to being my best physically. However, a little help from the proper undergarments doesn’t hurt. That is where the Secret Weapons Collection of Shapewear by Annette comes into play.
When I was approached to review a couple of pieces of the recently launched shapewear, I was hesitant. Although many women consider shapers wardrobe “must-haves”, I have not had the best experience with other shapewear brands in the past. They just don’t work right with my shape(?!) As I wrote to the PR person:
Thanks so much for reaching out. Usually, I’m not a big fan of shapewear, because they seem to “smush” the curves (breast and butt) that I want to keep. However, I looked at your collection and I see that you have thong styled shapewear. What would you suggest that I review? Thanks.
Ultimately, I decided to try this line out because they had thong styles! I found the pieces that I tested (SW-208 and SW-210) to be very comfortable. I was happy with the way that they performed when I wore the shapers two or three times. The first time, I wore the SW-208 under jeans and a tee. A girlfriend (whom I had seen a week prior) asked if I was doing a new diet/workout program because I looked “great”. Although I had been focusing on eating well and exercising, I knew that it hadn’t kicked in noticeably yet, so I shared about the shaper. The second time, I wore the SW-210 under a dress to one of the Xbox 360 parties. (It was one of those dresses that had “shrunk” since last year.) With the shaper, it miraculously fit well again. As a woman whom I had met right before the party said in an encouraging way – that only women can say to one another – “Girl. I just have to tell you…you are wearing that dress!” Fortunately, my husband agreed 🙂 Lastly, look at this photo below. Wearing the shaper made this size 6 (my normal size) dress fit “baggy” on me!
Overall, I really liked the shapers and I think that they will work well for most body types. The bra part was a bit problematic for me though, because I had to keep tugging on it to keep it up properly. I finally realized that the bra problem is with me. Actually, I didn’t figure it out…a girlfriend did. She was over while I was getting dressed for an event in the other room. When I came out of the room griping about how hard it is for me to find bras that fit, she told me my problem. (I have a small back, but large breasts…arghh.) This particular friend worked in the fashion industry for many years, so I trust her input. So all of the time that I have been saying “It’s not the bodyshapers. It’s me…”, I was right! Oh well…I guess that I just need to stick to good old exercise and proper nutrition. Now you…you might be able to get a little help from DIVA DEFINED. Good luck!