Fashion Test Drive: Assets Fantastic Firmer Mid-Thigh Short

The other day I had on a sexy sweater-dress from Madewell. Well, it would have been really sexy if static hadn’t made it cling to my lace tights. By the time lunch rolled around, I was in dire need of a slip. But, you see, a slip isn’t something that’s easily found in this day and age, unless you hit up a department store. So, I wandered into Ann Taylor Loft, vaguely remembering their new line of shapewear and hoping that they had something like a slip. What I found was the Fantastic Firmer Mid-Thigh Short from the Assets line by Sarah Blakely.

Here’s what I discovered … The only shapewear I’d worn previously was control-top pantyhose, and those things pinched so much that I swore never to wear them again. I thought the Assets shorts would have the same effect, but, fortunately, I was wrong. The shorts don’t pinch, but somehow magically hold everything — thighs, butt, and lower abs — up where gravity can’t get to them. The combination of the sleek fabric and bonded leg bands gave me a smooth appearance under the sweater dress, so I didn’t have to worry about looking bloated after a night of cocktails. And the Assets line is more affordable yet wields the same results as Spanx. I’m now a shapewear convert and plan to purchase more from this collection. [$24, Ann Taylor Loft]