I have no illusions about my body. I am not by any stretch of imagination thin nor slim and I have that problem that plagues most of us sedentary folk – a tummy and jiggly butt. I’d contemplated trying on one of those shaping undergarments but never really took the plunge. So when this piece of shapewear from Marena landed on my desk I was intrigued.
Marena Shapewear is in actual fact, tailored for post surgery compression. The material is designed to be comfortable, breathable and to be able to hold in and compress the flesh. It all sounds quite painful doesn’t it? Actually, it isn’t.
The one I got was the Marena Mini Shorts with High Waist (available here) so it sits somewhere under your ribcage and the shorts come down to mid-thigh. It is very elastic, but also very tight. I found that wearing this was an exercise bout in itself. It is very very tight. I almost felt like oiling myself before struggling into it.
Once you get it on however, it does feel quite comfortable. Initially anyway. All the flabby jiggly bits are kept in and if you want to wear a tight slinky dress, now’s the time to. This shapewear gives you all the smooth curves you need to wiggle your way around in that little slinky number. If you have a dress a little too small for you, this will help you fit right in.
Photos post-compression. Pre-compression pics were too traumatizing 😛 Left: Tummy lies flat except for slight protrusion. Right: Smoother line viewed from front
I took this on a one day trial run, because I was told it is so comfortable, you’d forget it was ever there. I loved how smooth it make the line of my dress look – no unsightly bumps or bulges! – and how trim I looked in one of my favourite stretch dresses. In fact, it helps improve posture too because in this, there is no way you can slouch and be comfortable. You have to sit up straight and that is a huge plus.
From a comfort point of view, it was comfortable in that it was not warm nor too thick. It did not trap sweat nor did it make me sweat. It did not roll down at the waistband nor did it ride up at the thigh. It was very well held together and it was comfortable against the skin.
Unfortunately I started running into problems after about 3 hours. Despite assurances that it was comfortable, I did not find this very comfortable. I definitely knew it was there and that it was compressing parts of me that sorely needed compressing but in quite an uncomfortable manner.
I was originally sized to an XS but I opted for an S. I don’t know if it is the sizing that might be causing the discomfort – maybe I should be sizing up to an M – but it was so uncomfortable, I eventually stumbled to the loo and took it off. And this was even before having lunch!
Going to the toilet is a bit of a trial in this one too. Because it is high waisted, I found it a trial to go to the bathroom. And because I drink a lot of water, I go to the bathroom a lot.
I tried wearing this another 2 times, but I haven’t lasted past lunch all times. Bit of a bummer really because I absolutely love the smooth line it gives me in my dresses!
If you plan to try this, my suggestion is to get yourself properly fitted because that is instrumental for comfort. I believe that I might find this more comfortable if it was sized up. But then I’m not sure if it would compress as well. I would only wear this for special events that don’t need you to sit so much or eat too much or go to the loo often; and where you won’t be wearing it very long. It will make your dress look absolutely divine and I might have a dress or two that could do with a bit of undergarment support!
Have you tried one of these body shaping things? This was my first time. As I said, I loved how my dresses look without the unnecessary bulges and bumps I’m so used to seeing, but this one was a tad uncomfortable for me.
Marena Shapewear can be purchased online from www.active-shape.com. This pair of Mini Short with High Waist retails at RM469. Prices start from RM299