Thursday, 10 May 2012

Sound Off: Spanx - Godsend or Grievous Bodily Harm?

Sound Off 
noun |saʊnd ɒf|
  1. An unofficial rant or discussion about anything and everything in fashion.
In order to have her own opinions heard, a fashion girl must always have a sound off every now and then.

You’ve picked the perfect little LBD with killer heels to match. You know how you’re styling your hair and you’ve picked a smokey eye for makeup. It’s so sultry chic. But then there’s the awkward realization that you don’t have the lithe limbs of a supermodel nor Photoshop to smooth out the natural lumps and bumps that every woman knows so well…

 And then there were Spanx.

If you’re anything like me, the exasperating struggle to pour yourself into the abdomen splicing wonder pants is all too familiar. However, the feeling that the world would stop turning without wobble control knickers is a frequent notion too. When we’re constantly bombarded by images of woman with fantastic bodies posing glamorously in bandage dresses, it’s no wonder that Spanx has become a household name.

I commend Spanx for their ingenious invention – it’s a product women can hardly say no to! Beyond all of the wiggling and jiggling involved in actually putting on the contraptions, they suck us in, smooth us over and bring us somewhat closer to the tirelessly coveted hour glass figure… but, when looking perfect in the name of fashion means shallow breathing and avoiding seated positions (more importantly avoiding that tell tale ‘roll), it might be time to put our feet down.

Yes, Spanx is a Godsend from the point of view that, standing up, a woman is able to fool an entire room of people into thinking that she’s lost 4 or 5 lbs. However, ladies (and gentleman in some cases) no amount of waistline cinching will do for you what Photoshop does for those magazine ads.
What I mean to say is that, although it’s only natural to want to look and feel better through enhancing our appearances, it’s about time we started celebrating the beauty of what we already have! Every woman is beautiful in her own right – cliché but it is so for a reason. So, let’s just enjoy fashion for fashion’s sake! (And shake what our mamas gave us)

What do you think? Are wobble-free under garments the best thing since sliced bread or do we just need to cut ourselves some slack? Leave your comments in the box below.

Next Time on Sound Off 3/4 Leggings: What Were We Thinking?


  1. Spanx are the modern day equivalent of corsets! Dress to suit your body and celebrate what you have - bandage dresses are kind of a travesty, women look sexy without needing to risk feeling hella insecure!

  2. I completely agree. There isn't really a decent enough reason for us girlies to be pouring ourselves into 'body control knickers' that resemble the corsets we condemned from the past. Why do we need 'body control' anyway? It's not like our bodies have lives of their own! If being in shape is the issue, then I think we should take it into our hands to live healthily rather than complain about our appearances (that only reflect our lifestyles)!


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