So when it comes to plus size fashion there is one part that I tend to stay away from and this is shapewear. Thought I grew up in a fatphobic household you would think that this would be something that would have been a constant in my life but it wasn’t. Mostly this is due to the fact that my family’s goal was for me to lose weight and get smaller, not to smooth out any rolls or my belly.
That being said, I do acknowledge that there are some benefits to shapewear particularly when it comes to specific styles, such as bodycon dresses, and clingy fabrics. So I’ve been considering trying it out for myself and it was around this time that Shapermint reached out to me to try some of their pieces. Due to how sizing was listed on the size chart, I decided to size up in my selections in hopes that they wouldn’t be too snug. For the most part sizing up worked in my favor with one exception I hadn’t considered. Read on to learn more about that.
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Empetua Tear-proof Shaping Tights
Black tights are major fall/winter staple for me and, while it doesn’t happen very often, I have been looking for a pair that I don’t have to worry about tearing from things like a broken nail while I’m putting them on or rips from snags. Trust me, it only takes a zipper from someone’s laptop bag or briefcase on the subway to make things go wrong when it comes to tights. These are lightweight and breathable while also providing great curve-shaping support without rolling down.
Also considering the fact that I did snag the tights on a store shelf (seriously, this is the kind of luck that I have, hahaha) and it didn’t rip even a little, is enough proof to me that the “tear-proof” name is not just for show. Now that its finally fall I’m going to be putting these tights into greater use with booties and my over-the-knee boots. I figure the thicker fabrication of these tights will help keep my legs warm in addition to “snatched.”
Empetua High Waist Shaping Leggings
So it turns out that I am too short for these leggings but I had my best friend, Brooke give them a try for review. As expected they were a great fit for her and she loved them. She loved how they molded to her body and gave her a smoother silhouette to the point that she felt comfortable enough to style it with a crop top.
Both Brooke and I agree that these leggings are definitely more for cooler temperatures as the fabric is great for smooth control from the waist down, but it doesn’t seem to breath much; which makes sense given how thick it is. Fall and winter would definitely be the better times of the year to pull these out as it can get uncomfortable and warm with more summer like conditions as it was the day we shot these photos.
Seeing as how these leggings worked out so well for Brooke, I may actually size down and order a pair of my own this fall. Or even just go for the capri option since the problem I had was the length and going for a shorter inseam may just be the one that works better with my petite frame. Either way I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my my experience once I do.
Until then, make sure to check out Shapermint today and if you find something you like use WTRTYMARLENA for a discount.
What are your thoughts about shapewear? Do you think it’s a must-have or just optional?