Magic knickers, control-wear and shape-wear have existed for years, but thanks to new companies, new materials and even new shapes, they are more popular than ever. Recently numerous celebrities have admitted their love of leading brand, Spanx, including Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. Here we find out if magic knickers really are the answer for quick visible weight loss.
Some brands of magic knickers promise that the wearer will “look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds”. This is obviously the result of extra firm or total control wear, which are made of stronger materials than light control options. Wearing magic knickers may make the wearer look slightly thinner, and therefore lighter, but the main purpose of magic knickers is to improve the appearance of the wearer’s silhouette. They do this by smoothing out lumps and bumps, as well as lifting some areas, whilst restricting others, flattening them out. There are lots of different variations on magic knickers which target different areas of the body.
Light and medium control options are the best for wearing daily, as they are more comfortable to wear over a longer period of time, but still offer support, make the skin underneath feel firmer, and streamline the silhouette. Extra firm, ultimate support and any other phrase that sounds dramatic is going to offer a higher level of control and overall better results, but may be more uncomfortable to wear for a long period of time. This type of magic knicker is going to be better for one-off events or short term wear.
Magic knickers are available in many different styles and are only a small portion of any shape wear range.
These are suitable for people who have fat on their hips and stomachs, as it flattens and streamlines these areas, as well as preventing a muffin top shape that could occur with a lower waist. A lower waist is better for people who tend to carry excess weight elsewhere on their body, or who are going to wear separates or an outfit with a low-cut back.
Brief vs other styles
Magic knickers that do not extend down onto the thighs can be shaped in a number of ways. Some are thong-backed, focusing more on streamlining the stomach and hips, rather than the bottom. Others have a more typical brief-style back, which may cut into the bottom, causing visible lines through clothing if the product is too small. Others again are cut to finish just under the bum, and resemble tight boxers more than briefs. Finally, there are shorts, which extend down onto the thighs, sometimes as far as the knees.
Some magic knickers extend down to the thighs, acting as shorts. This is a good shape for people who do not like their thighs, or who have some cellulite, as this will be smoothed out and not show through their clothing. The longer the shorts are, the harder it is to pair them with a skirt without accidentally giving anyone a sneak-peek of your magic knickers. However, they are ideal for wearing with trousers.
A singlette resembles a leotard, complete with shoulder straps to prevent the whole garment from rolling down. This is possibly the most impractical of all the variations of magic knickers, as it is difficult to remove the garment to visit the toilet without totally undressing. Some of these come with gussets that can be opened, removing the need to wrestle with a tightly fitting undergarment. Even singlettes vary in their appearance, with some extending down as shorts to shape the thighs, whilst some are cut under the bust, to avoid being seen when wearing low cut tops and dresses. This type of cut also allows the wearer to wear their own bra. The back may be high, or low; the high option affects the silhouette of the whole body, whilst the low-backed versions allow more daring dresses to be worn over the top.
Tips and Tricks
Experts recommend always buying the right sized shape-wear, as trying to squeeze into a smaller size will not only be incredibly uncomfortable, but could also affect the finished result. Shape-wear that is too small will inevitably bunch, roll down and leave unsightly depressions in the skin, especially on the edges of the garment, defeating the purpose of wearing control products. Correctly fitting control wear should help to create a smoother silhouette, including a smooth line between the area it covers and the surrounding skin.
Remember to follow the labels care instructions properly. As many magic knickers and similar garments contain latex or spandex, which both deteriorate when exposed to heat, it is best to either hand wash, and if that is not possible, machine wash them on a cool setting. Never tumble dry magic knickers, and make sure to line dry them away from sources of heat such as radiators. This will extend the life of the product and help it to retain its elasticity.
Make sure to choose the right type of control wear, both for the outfit you will wear with it, and your own body. Remember that you will definitely need to visit the bathroom at some point whilst wearing the shape-wear, and choosing a shape with this in mind will make the whole process much easier. Products are available with open or opening gussets, and in skirt or dress versions instead of pants.
Going to wear control garments daily? Stock up on different colours and styles to get the most versatility out of your choices. Black will show through a light coloured fabric, such as a shirt or skirt, whilst ivory may show through clothing such as black leggings, making it important to get the right colours. Experts advise to always avoid pure white, as this shows up the most through fabrics, whereas ivory or beige can easily be mistaken for skin tone.
Control wear with a longer leg is ideal for wearing under trousers, but probably not under a dress, as it is more likely to be seen. Knickers are better for wearing under dresses, especially if it is short. For people looking for more upper body coverage, higher reaching control wear is available with moulded cups or in a ‘wear your own bra’ option, which is better for women who are busty.
Wanting to wear tights with your control wear? This can be a little uncomfortable, and it adds another layer, which can reduce the effect of the control wear. Magic tights are a great alternative, which mould and shape the upper thighs, bum, hips and even stomach.
If you’re buying for a specific dress or outfit, bring it with you when shopping for control wear. This will ensure that when the outfit is on, the magic knickers are not visible, as well as checking to see how it improves the fit of the dress.
Cost of Magic Knickers
The cost of a pair of magic knickers varies dramatically, depending upon what company the product is from, the quality of the shape-wear, the level of control required and even the type of brief required. It is always possible to look around for a bargain, as many retailers often have sales for limited periods of time, and big brands are sold in numerous different high street shops. Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis all have large ranges of shape-wear, both online and in store, in a range of styles, sizes, colours and prices. It is best to use a measuring tape when working out sizing, as some retailers have different measurements for each clothing size.
Based upon our research, magic knickers vary in price from as little as £4 from retailers such as Matalan, up to as much as £50 for well-known lingerie designers such as Triumph. Make sure that the price of your purchase matches your needs. If you are going to wear control wear daily, invest in several sets of a higher quality, rather than cheaper sets that may not last as long.
It is clear from their popularity with designers, celebrities and the public, that magic knickers are a staple part of many women’s wardrobes. They offer a great way to alter and improve body shape, and to change the fit of an outfit. Wearing control wear makes the targeted body areas feel smoother, firmer and more toned, disguising areas of imperfection. The fact that many celebrities that are known for being svelte still wear Spanx and other control wear products shows that magic knickers are a great option for looking thinner, no matter what size you are.
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