Did you know that Spanx, the infamous shape wear company has a line of menswear? Neither did I but apparently Brad Pitt is in the know! Supposedly the actor has been a fan and uses the undergarments to help suck in the extra pounds when he has to step out on the red carpet. According to a Star magazine article Brad is grateful to have the garments on hand, but I have to wonder if this is yet another of Angelina Jolie’s ideas. She seems to be super critical of everyone around her, including Brad. I could just see her throwing the thing at him and demanding that he put it on! Read more…
Nevermind easing off the Fancy Feast. Just get your kitty a pair of cat Spanx! That shouldn’t be hard to put on her at all. Cats just love wearing clothes. [BuzzFeed]
There were a lot of things I knew I’d have to think about when we decided to get married. I don’t just mean the lofty “What is marriage for?” questions. I mean the practical questions about the ceremony and party. What I’d be wearing underneath my dress for the big day wasn’t, however, one of the things on my mind.
That is until I watched an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” in which a former beauty queen is lectured by her father about not wearing a thong to her dress fitting. “Thong” is not a word I would ever want to hear come out of my own father’s mouth, but I guess if that’s their relationship, who am I to judge? Prior to that, however, I wasn’t privy to the entire world that is bridal undergarments — a world wherein you’re not just expected to wear something stain-free and seamless, but sexy too. Indeed, “bridal underwear” is its own species in the genus of undergarments. Keep reading »
“HOLY CRAP, DID YOU HEAR THAT OCTAVIA SPENCER WORE THREEEEEEE PAIRS OF SPANX TO THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS ON SUNDAY?!?!?!?! I KNOW, I KNOW, SHE WON A BIG AWARD AND IS IMMENSELY TALENTED, BUT, YOU GUYS, SPANNNNNNNNNNNNXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!! THREE PAIRS!!!!!!!! CAN YOU IMAGINE? NO WONDER SHE LOOKED SO SKINNY! SHE SHOULD WEAR 17 PAIRS NEXT TIME, THEN SHE WOULD LOOK LIKE ANGELINA JOLIE!!!!!”
– The Internet, basically, on the revelation that Octavia Spencer, who won the SAG Award for her role in “The Help” and will probably also win the Oscar, wore three pairs of the slimming undergarments under her gorgeous dress. Can we stop talking about Octavia Spencer’s weight and body now? Please? [Styleite]
I have never worn Spanx, but Melissa McCarthy has officially made me terrified of ever doing so. Wardrobe malfunctions are already all too prevent in my life — from snapped heels to sudden holes in my jeans’ crotch to full-on thong reveals thanks to hearty gusts of wind — so Spanx just sound like a disaster waiting to happen. They do, however, make for a hilarious segment on “Ellen.” Watch above!
If you’ve worn a strapless bra at least once in your life, then you’re familiar with the “jug tug,” the act of constantly repositioning your breasts in a strapless bra. This spring and summer, though, you’ll be able to keep your breasts, bra, and hands where they belong with Spanx’s Bra-Cha-Cha Strapless Bra. As the name suggests, you can go dancing in this bra or wear it during your daily activities because the Bra-Cha-Cha has a one-inch thick No-Slip Strip that adheres to the back so the front stays up. Spanx also revolutionized the shape of the cups by turning them upside down, creating a secure fit. And yes, this strapless bra is available in sizes up to a 38D!
These are not hot superheroes; these are men modeling the new line of Spanx for men (lovingly referred to by me as “Manx”) that are now for sale the U.K. The undershirts and briefs promise to firm and flatten beer bellies and love handles and kill girl boners faster than a speeding bullet. Nothing is un-sexier than a man in a girdle. Nothing. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Tracy Clark-Flory, a senior writer at Salon, wrote of anxieties running high as subjects squeezed into uncomfortable shoes and deceptive shapewear at a photo shoot for More magazine’s November 2010 feature on young feminism, which both Clark-Flory and I participated in. Her conclusion? “There isn’t much that’s feminist about a feminist photo shoot.”
The problem with fashion spreads, of course, is that they’re subject to economic considerations which contradict feminism. The publications behind these spreads work with advertisers and designers that sell garments which are unattainable in size and price range to the average woman. (My photo shoot attire, for example, cost around $1,445.) Given their limitations, it’s not surprising that they end up perpetuating a very narrow definition of beauty that doesn’t exactly embrace individuality or diversity. But while I agree with Tracy that photo shoots are rarely, if ever, feminist affairs, I think ours was far more positive than most that make the pages of glossies. And perhaps there are a few lessons that editors and women can learn from it. Keep reading »