(Closed) Spanx question: skirt vs. panty styles

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My only advice is to buy one and try it BEFORE your wedding day.  I’m a street size 6 and didn’t really NEED it, but like you, I wanted everything to look perfect.  I bought the Spanx that is the shorts and then has coverage all the way up to underneath your chest (full coverage on your stomach).  Oh my – I’m not sure how or why, but the Spanx made me look WORSE – like 8 months pregnant worse.  For some reason, it pulled my body from different parts and rounded out my stomach.  Seriously, it was laughable – no Spanx for me!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Great post! im curious as well – i have a wedding to attend in the near future that is black tie and i bought a pretty slim fitting dress and im thinking i might need some spanx. I didn’t use them for my wedding but my dress was a-line with a natural waist so my tummy was pretty well hidden.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was just wondering about this. For those who didn’t use Spanx, what did you end up using instead? Any recommendations to share?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t wear spanx … I just wore a pretty, comfortable pair of panties.  I didn’t wear a bra either – my dress had the built in boning to keep everything where it belonged.  Like I said – IF you’re considering the Spanx (or any shapewear), just make sure you buy it and try it before your wedding.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wore them when I was looking for a dress (partly because I didn’t really want anyone else staring at me in my underoos as I switched from dress to dress), but I don’t think I’d wear them with my dress. I have the one that looks like bicycle shorts, but goes up all the way to just under my bra, and I can’t imagine trying to figure out how to pee in my dress and spanx – likely not going to happen! i’d have to literally step out of my dress to pee.

So, regular undies it is!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

High Waist panty style saved the day for me !! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

if you just want some to flatten your tummy… I’m using Spanx “Undi-tectable” panties. They only come up to right under the belly button and are actually pretty comfortable! I’m a street size 8-10 and I’m pretty self-consience about my pooch on my stomach and these did just the trick to flatten my tummy comfortably. As far as using the bathroom with these and my dress on…. I will get back to ya on that lol

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve only ever worn the ones that look like shorts and they go up to under your bust….sometimes they work for form fittng skirts and dresses and stuff and sometimes they make you look like a stuffed sausage….so you really have to try under your dress to see if it even helps at all, otherwise it’s just an extra layer you have underneath…. and it makes it pretty hard to use the bathroom. I haven’t seen my dress since the day after I found it but if I remember forrectly it fit like a glove and held me in all hte right areas but at the same time it had substance to the texture so you can’t see andy lumping and bumping or anythign……so I don’t think I’ll need spanx and I really hope I won’t because I’m never very comfortable in them. I just keep them on hand for emergency….and by that I mean I’m totally bloated and pms’ing and have nothing that fits me and my girlfriends are dragging me out dancing or something.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have the bicycle short-style kind – the go from under my boobs to mid thigh. My dress is pretty form fitting so I really want an extra layer to hide any possible lumpage. 

 

I also agree – really, really hard to pee in Spanx. I did a test run over the Thanksgiving weekend. Not fun. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Shorts or panties!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

This may sound weird but I think it depends on your dress style! I’ve only ever worn the bicycle shorts style. I’ve had some since like…oh, high school. Lol. I know they have probably had some structural change since then, but I wore them to prom Jr year (and they worked great!) and then I had them for Sr year and the dress I wore just did not look right with them. Made me look bigger.

I have some new ones that are actually a bit longer – they almost went to my kneews – and I wore them trying on my wedding dress and liked the look, but I’m definitely going to try it both ways before committing to wearing them the day-of.

Also as far as going to the bathroom? Not fun either way in a big dress. Lol

Post # 14
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2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have Bodywrap versions and traditional shapewear.  Both work great depending on the dress.  For me, it was easier to get more traditional shapewear that have the snap bottoms. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I’ve had all kinds, and the skirt kind (at least on me) would canstantly ride up and get bunched up above my hips- not good! Panties may or may not make a big crease across your butt, depending on how they’re cut. Shorts are by far the best, but some pairs I’ve had will roll up in the leg if you wear them for long, so definately try them out before the wedding.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I found a form fitting dress I love but also was worried about the stomach area. So on black friday I went to the department store, tape measure in hand, and with my mom and tried on a bunch of shapewear items. This store did not have spanx but lot’s of others. I found that the maidenform “miracle suit” –its long shorts up to chest–shrunk me the most (1 in from my smallest part of my tummy (the middle) and 1 & 1/2 inches from the biggest (the bottom)). I’m a size 6-8 (more like an 8 with this holiday season in full effect lol). I liked it the most in general because it gave such a nice hourglass smooth shape. It advertises on the tag look 10 lbs less in 10 seconds and I would have to agree (well minus the 10 second part since they are not the easiest to pull on and off!). I haven’t gone to try on my dress again with it on so I will know more this week. I also have no idea how I will pee–i’m wondering if I can cut a hole in the crotch lol! I decided against the skirt types because I thought that would be harder to move my legs freely and might ride up when dancing, but I’ve never tried them so I don’t know.

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