AS SEEN IN THE JANUARY 2007 REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE. AS SEEN IN MARCH 2006 REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE "SECRET WEAPONS". Go undercover with the SPANX Slim Cognito Mid-Thigh Bodysuit! This shaper comfortably shapes problem areas, accentuates your waistline, minimizes your tummy and thighs, lifts your rear, and makes inches seem to disappear! The detachable straps attach to your bra to keep the bodysuit in place and allow you to wear the bra that's best for you - and your outfit! And to avoid the flat, uni-butt look that many shapers give your backside, Slim-Cognito offers "The Great Divide." You won't feel the subtle butt separator, but the natural perky shape won't be lost on those in your wake! Reduced tension at seams and no binding leg band - eliminates bulging and discomfort. Double cotton gusset (crotch) open to make life easier when Mother Nature calls.
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53 of 54 found the following review helpful:
Nicely slimming but straps don't help muchFeb 12, 2007
Like the last reviewer said it's tricky to put on using the little straps that go around your bra...that is a FACT. A front closure bra might help some. Even though I (finally and after a lot of cussing) got the straps around my bra, the garment still gapped underneath the bra on both sides of the back strap, which is right in the middle. That is the only place in the back there is a strap to hold the whole back of the girdle up.
Then there is one strap under each arm that goes around your bra there. It pulled down on my bra there causing scrunching. There is one strap in front in the middle too, which I don't need to use.
The directions say to attach the Spanx/straps to the bra and 'step' into the garment. RIGHT!! Much easier said than done.
For it to stay up properly in the back I think it needs straps not only right in the middle, but also to the left and right of the middle, in between that and the under the arm ones. I can't really use mine...A waste of money, I already removed the tags and can't send it back. I have another Spanx that is the same but without the little straps and I can't use that either, as it does creep down in the back. Unless you don't MOVE that is. So altogether I have spent about $150 for Spanx stuff I can't use.
There must be a better way to fasten those straps....maybe sturdy SNAPS or velcro or something, and they should fasten right to the TOP edge of the garment, as it is they hook half an inch down on the inside and that causes the top edge to tend to roll out and cause bulk there.
41 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Not your mother's girdle (FINALLY)!Jun 28, 2005
Want to lose 10 lbs around your midsection without plastic surgery? Buy this immediately! This is truly amazing. You will look and feel better in your clothes (especially low fitting pants and slim knit dresses). A tad tricky to get into (practice or give yourself plenty of time when getting ready). But other than that...this thing is worth its weight in gold. I'm buying at least one more! :)
20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Works Great!Dec 18, 2007
Its amazing! I read some other neative reviews and I was skeptical at first. I, however, love the product. I feel 10lbs thinner! It is definately just for special occasions, its more comfortable than your average "gertle", but not so that you would want to wear it normally. The little straps that go over your bra are a pain to fasten so have someone help. Also, they actually put thought into having to pee and built in this opening, which is thoughtful but tricky-haha. Overall, I would recommend it to someone trying to smooth out. I am about a 8 and easily went down a size.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
best option out thereMay 05, 2006
By buyer I went by the size guide on their website, but upon receiving it, I wish I had gotten a size smaller... it was a bit too loose in some areas. Also, you need the kind with the straps around the bra, because without it, this thing inches its way down like they are all prone to doing. Other than that, this does smooth out problem areas quite well.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Buy a size too small.Jun 11, 2009
By T. Kwiatkowski Okay, let me just say it is an incredible gymnastic feat to pull this onto your body. I have been wearing generic 'Spanx' for years to smooth out bumps and what-not, but nothing has ever been a challenge like this.
I got some good advice. Buy a size too small. I would have been inclined to buy a 1X, as I wear a 14 or 16 dress size; but I went ahead and bought the XL. Seriously thought about buying the L... Anyway, buy the smallest one you can possibly justify. This bad boy will suck you in, tighten you up, and absolutely correct your posture. Plus, if you are top heavy this thing is amazing because you can WEAR YOUR OWN BRA! None of those absurd, flimsy little bras built into body shapers that leave you bouncing more than Baywatch.
The straps to your bra are tricky at best. Very thoughtful though. Going to the restroom is a challenge of your grace and athleticism, but can be done.
Overall, I would say a definite yes to another of these. Girls, we jiggle! This will make sure you don't.