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Jockey recently sent me items to try on and review from their new shapewear collection, endorsed by Stylist and Fashion Icon Rachel Zoe. I love free stuff (and there’s a gift for you at the end!) so I was all, “Free undies? SIGN ME UP!”

As a woman of Indian heritage, I should start by saying that the body most of “us” women prefer (and have) differs slightly from what mainstream American media and Hollywood applauds. In American culture being “svelte” is obsessively sought after while a woman’s curves are equal parts sexy and fodder for comedians.

I’m sure there have been times in my life when I could have used shapewear, but I’ve always stayed away from it because I feel like it wants to make me skinny in places that I don’t want to be skinny. A few years ago I went to a Muslim girlfriend’s wedding, which was segregated (men in one hall, women in the other), and I wore a strapless, hot pink body-con dress that I got from Asos. Since this was a fancy occasion I thought I should consider shapewear. Long story short: I did; I overpaid and I wore it and I hated it. Before dinner was even served I was looking for a bathroom where I could pull the piece off and throw it in the garbage.

So when Jockey (known for comfort) launched their new line, and since it’s been like 4 years since I tried shapewear, I was eager to see what the company came up with. They sent me 3 shapewear items and 3 underthings for my bottom half.

Tee-hee-hee.
You guys! Jockey is totally making me blush!

What everyone wants to know when a blogger reviews a product is: What’s the bottom line? What are the pros and cons of each product and would you buy and/or wear this product again?

So let’s go item by item and I’ll summarize each piece for those of you who are looking into trying pieces from Jockey’s new collection.

Bikini Brief

I’m used to a bikini cut being a little smaller so I was surprised at how big these looked when I first pulled them off the hanger. But once I tried them on I was sold. I wore them on my 6-hour drive down to Northern Virginia and they were super comfortable; the cotton is so thin it disappeared under the pants I was wearing. And best of all? I literally never picked a wedgie all day! I’m serious. No matter what type of underthing you wear (on the top or the bottom) chances are that at some point during the day YOU WILL ADJUST SOMETHING. And I swear I didn’t adjust once, which was totally awesome.

Bottom Line (Bikini Brief)
Pros: Super comfy, thin, practically wedgie-proof!
Cons: Sizing calls for you to order a size up, which might cause emotional distress for 3 to 5 minutes
Worth the price (3 for $27)? Yes
Buy/wear again? Yes

Boyshort

On the upside, these have a beautiful lace waistband and are super silky smooth on the outside with a cotton lining on the inside, which is awesome because there’s nothing worse than wearing beautiful underthings that are lined wrong.

The Boyshort looked good on the model in the photo but weren’t good for my body type. If you tend to be a little curvier on the bottom I would not recommend these. They rode up at my waist and curled up at my thighs and I actually had to change out of them less than halfway through the day because they didn’t fit well. But if you have smaller hips/thighs/legs/backside then you might really like these.

Bottom Line (Boyshort)
Pros: Looks pretty
Cons: Not made for girls who have more meat on their bottom halves
Worth the price (3 for $27)? Yes
Buy/wear again? No (but I would tell a skinny friend about them)

AHEM Thong Style Underwear AHEM

I don’t care what anyone says. There are 2 things in life that I will never be comfortable talking/writing about in a space where I know that any adult member of my family could possibly be present. First, AHEM thong underwear AHEM and second AHEM period things AHEM. I’m 29 years old and I still tuck AHEM period things AHEM into my sleeves and let my COUGH thong underwear COUGH dry in my room instead of the laundry area at my parents’ houses. I’m totally fine pretending that every adult I know thinks I don’t know how babies are made and that I still get my underwear in a 3-pack from Kmart.

Moving on. These are amazing. I mean, let’s be real. When you go the DISTRACTION thong DISTRACTION route you must be prepared for perma-wedge, with the trade-off being that your clothes look awesome on you from the outside and you feel a little sexy on the inside. But these were actually so comfortable that just as with the bikini brief, I really forgot I had these on. I didn’t feel “stuck” in my clothes like some  DISTRACTION thongs DISTRACTION can make you feel. I wore these under a red skinny pant at my sister’s baby shower and was moving around all day – chatting with guests, arranging the food table, curling Little Bff and Little Punk’s hair – and these were definitely a great choice for a day-long event.

Bottom Line (AHEM Thong Style AHEM)

Pros: Comfortable, sits at a good place on the hip
Cons: An adult might find out
Worth the price (3 for $27)? Yes
Buy/wear again? Yes

Now onto the shapewear! I got the Slip Shaper, Tummy Short and Strappy Tank. I should note that I wore each of these for less than 12 hours, but I did engage in a one-(wo)man dance party while wearing all of these pieces during my pretend X Factor auditions in front of the full-length mirror in my bedroom, so I think that probably adds a few hours on to each item.

Slip Shaper

(image via Jockey.com)

This was the perfect length and only squeezes where you want it to squeeze. In fact, all the fabric on the top (over your chest) is a soft cotton, so you won’t feel squished when you wear this with a bra and with a dress. Though for the record I think Muslim women are almost immune to layering! I wore this under a sheer, flouncy brown dress that I bought in 2008 for The Boss’s and my engagement photos (which were actually taken the weekend after we got married). I loved this dress the moment I saw it!

(DKNY found at TJMaxx!)

During our The Boss’s and my photo session I wore this dress with a cotton slip I found at Urban Outfitters, but this time around I tried it with the Slip Shaper and it looked and felt lovely. The Slip Shaper also has this super-cool band at the bottom so it won’t ride up. And trust me when I say the dance part of my X Factor audition gave that gripper a run for its money. The band isn’t sticky like glue or rough like an office rubber band (i.e., it won’t pull out a leg hair); it was just perfect, like Baby Bear’s porridge.

Bottom Line (Slip Shaper)
Pros: Comfortable, soft straps, upper doesn’t squeeze chest, no-slip grip strip at bottom
Cons: Wide straps might limit how many pieces you can wear this under
Worth the price?: I found this a little pricey at $57; I’d pay $45 to $48 for it

Tummy Short

(image via Jockey.com)

Some of us gals just want a piece that will hide the lines of our underthings and/or tighten us up (gently!) in very particular places and that’s exactly what the Tummy Short did. I was a little skeptical when I took these off the hanger, but they really wore beautifully under a dress I bought from Forever 21 back in 2003.

What? You think that’s too long to keep a dress? Well I also still wear hair scrunchies. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? The Tummy Short is also lined, which is great so you don’t have so many pieces going on down…there…but I will say that this material can get a little hot pretty fast. I could definitely wear these to a dinner party but not an all-day event.

Bottom Line (Tummy Short)
Pros: Squeezes just below navel, flattens only where you want, lined
Cons: Gets warm, couldn’t wear this to an all-day event
Worth the price? These are priced at $32; I’d buy them for $28
Buy/wear again? Yes

Strappy Tank

(image via Jockey.com)

One of my biggest pet peeves is when you can see a woman’s bra under her T-shirt so I always wear cotton tanks (BP at Nordstrom, usually like $10) under my tees. When I tried on this Strappy Tank my first thought was to pull a T-shirt over it. It looked and felt great; I wouldn’t say my middle looked significantly tucked in, but I did notice a little difference. The Strappy Tank’s top is soft cotton (like the Slip Shaper); it squeezes in the middle, and then you get that soft cotton again on the bottom third. This piece is a little long, which is awesome for comfort, but depending on what you wear it under, you might have to tuck in the bottom.

Bottom Line (Strappy Tank)
Pros: Doesn’t flatten chest, great for under T-shirts
Cons: Doesn’t make a significant difference in appearance
Worth the price? Priced at $38, I’d pay $28 for this
Buy/wear again? Yes

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72 responses to Sponsored: Win a $100 Jockey giftcard!

  1. It gotta be when I attend hubby’s company party with a tight dress! How I wish to go back in time!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  2. April Yedinak

    I love how you honestly evaluated each item.

    I wish I had been wearing shapewear, post-baby at my son’s Kindergarten Graduation. I was wearing this really cute jersey wrap-dress, but when I passed a window at the school I realized that I looked like a Shar-pei in a dress.

  3. Diana Brasher

    I have scoliosis, a curve like a C in my spine. It makes me appear to be rather crooked, “short-waisted,” and sway-backed. With today’s more clingy clothes, it’s fairly noticible, especially in the back and along my sides. Probably the long tank shapeware would really help in smoothing the lumps and bumps in my torso area and along my ribs. I would enjoy trying some of the products to get that “smoother line” and not feel so self-conscious about being a bit different.

  4. Diana Brasher

    I have scoliosis, a curve rather like a C in my spine. It makes me rather crooked, “short-waisted”, and sway-backed, and with today’s more clingy clothes, it’s fairly noticible, especially in the back and along my sides. Probably the long tank shapeware would really help in smoothing the lumps and bumps in my torso area and along my ribs. I would enjoy trying some of the products to get that “smoother line” and not feel so self-conscious about being a bit different.

  5. Karen Medlin

    In my favorite dress attending our 1st grandchild’s High School Graduation. Menopause is taking over the tummy area.

  6. I once went to a wedding and wore a very slinky dress. I was pretty young and fit at the time but shapewear certainly would have enhanced my assets.

    onefrugalgirl at gmail dot com

  7. Tzeitel

    Everyday since having my youngest I should be wearing shapewear, I just can’t lose the last 15 pounds!

  8. i need this.. My current spanks is almost see through.. I decided to not wear them once and was asked when i was due at least 4 times.. I am not pregnant and my youngest is 3!

  9. Katy M

    I’m loving that a lot of this is cotton! Smart!

    I went to a formal about 5 years back and wore a long dress. The pics afterward showed I should have been wearing shapewear. Ugh!

    Thanks!

    katygmorris at gmail dot com

  10. I pretty much wish I was wearing shape wear all of the time!!! I think I will want to wear it on my first cruise this December. Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  11. courtney b

    i wish i had this now because i’m in that weird stage of pregnancy where you cant tell if im pregnant or chubby!

  12. Sharon Siqueiros

    I have some sheer dresses I think the Shapewear nude slip would have looked much nicer under instead of a white slip.
    Thanks!!

  13. amybelle2001

    I wish I had been wearing shapewear when I went to happy hour last night. It would have reminded me to eat less!!

  14. I wish I had been wearing shapewear at a wedding I attended over the summer. Cling dress with no shapewear does not look good! Especially when photos are immediately posted on facebook these days :)

    Thanks for hosting

  15. Lisa Brown

    I went to a business dinner a few years back and the dress I wore, definitely needed shapewear.
    Didn’t look too bad, but I was not comfortable the entire night. jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  16. Jasmine

    I wish I had been wearing shape wear to my sisters wedding. I would have certainly felt like a star.

  17. Jav

    I wish I had known about this for our first photoshoot post pregnancy…sighh!

  18. Eugenie

    Around the holiday season when it’s tough to keep my weight down.

  19. chelsey Hill

    I could use shapewear under my dresses that I no longer feel great wearing post pregnancy!

  20. Bev Edge

    When I was the matron of honor at my friends’ vows, I wish I’d had these shapers to help. I remember I picked something frumpy and over-sized because I didn’t feel I looked good in my ‘nice’ clothes due to pregnancy.

  21. Peggy L.

    Useful, informative reviews. I wish I had been wearing shape wear on a recent job interview. I have extra me around my waist that needed wrangling.

    We all wear white shirts where I work, and within a week all newbies layer under those shirts-even the most carefree. Shape wear tops feel great and you can squeeze in a t shirt,too.

  22. Lanay

    Looking back at photos from a family reunion this past summer, I really wish I had been wearing shapewear!

  23. Vanessa R

    I am pregnant with my first baby and it will be really nice to have post partum

  24. Kelly D

    I wish I had been wearing shapewear on a night out in the city I had with friends recently. It would have made my outfit more flattering.

  25. cw

    I wish I was wearing shapewear the year after giving birth. I didn’t lose the weight very easily.

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