I mean would you rather wear this -
|Spanx - Red Hot Label high waisted shorts - around $44.00|
|Rago extra firm high waisted shaper (9607) around $50.00|
I've reviewed one of my other Rago items, the 1294 open bottomed girdle but it has been almost 2 years since I've posted any reviews and I'm long overdue.
It can be problematic at best to find ANY shapewear for people of a certain size and while Rago's sizing is a bit different than what you are probably used to (be sure to check the actual Rago size chart when ordering and if in doubt, you may want to order a size up) they do have a variety of sizes and styles to fit almost any body type. For Rago - American Shapewear in particular usually carriers the widest selection of styles and sizes. Some items go all the way to 10XL but again, be sure to check the size charts because the sizing is a lot different for shapewear than it is for clothes.
While my fat is fairly well distributed, I do have pretty thick upper thighs and a bulgy tummy both above and below my natural waist line. I have some back fat but it's usually not too pronounced unless I wear certain corsets or some high waisted girdles that have a tendency to push the fat up and over the top which frankly, is not a look I care to cultivate. Also for those of us with thicker thighs, the "panty" type shapers/girdles can pinch the top of the thighs and cause some pretty significant discomfort.
With that in mind, it can be a little tricky to buy what I call "stretchy shorts" because they either roll up on my thighs or roll down on my back which can cause weird bulges on my back or "bubbles" on my thighs where the shorts roll up or pinch. I decided I wanted to try a body briefer that I could wear my own bra with in the hopes that it would give me some firm shaping and give me a smoother silhouette under my wiggle dresses.
I went directly to the Rago site for ideas and came across item 9070 and decided to give it a shot in a 3XL, and can I just say, I fucking love it.
|obviously not me|
Made of a nylon/spandex blend it has a nice firm compression and it's is surprisingly comfortable especially for an item that has as much hold as this does. The lace on the legs has that sticky silicone stuff that is supposed to hold the legs in place and in this case it actually works without irritating my stupidly sensitive skin. The straps didn't dig or hurt and it stayed in place even after wearing it for about 8 hours. It really smoothed everything down and didn't give me any awkward lines either on the bottom of the thighs or on the back between the top of the girdle and the bra.
My one and only gripe about it is how hard it is for me to pee while wearing it. It comes with a split crotch that allegedly makes it easier to go to the bathroom but we all know that is mostly bullshit.
But that is really the only negative thing I have to say about this piece of shapewear and I overall think it's a great piece and definitely a good addition to my collection.
Overall, I LOVE this item and will definitely be wearing this fairly regularly. I would give it a solid 8 out of 10 on the PJ scale of awesomeness.