spanx vs corsets

I’ve had a bit of a revelation this week after being sent a gorgeous lace corset by the nice people at Corsets UK. You see I was a rather jealous of the winners of the competition we ran with them and when I mentioned this they were kind enough to send me my very own version – and I have to say I love it!

Now, just to clarify, the corset I tried was a fashion corset rather than a serious waist-training corset (if you want to learn about those I recommend this article) so it nips you in and smooths out any bulges without being too restrictive, and I have to say it’s been great. It’s left me asking myself why I’ve been wearing unflattering control underwear underneath party dresses all these years.

I’ve been married 10 years now, and even now I have visions still have visions of that Brigitte Jones moment (the one with the big pants) whenever I need to wriggle into my Spanx! Now don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and a place for Spanx (other types of unflattering control pants are available), but it’s nice to discover there are much more attractive options!

The corset I tried was easier to put on than a control body (at least the one I have) as it does up with hooks and eyes at the front – this takes a bit of time, but it’s easier than trying to wriggle a supertight leotard-type body over your legs. Happily this fitted me just fine, but it also has lacing at the back if you do need to adjust it at all.

There’s no bulging  – it doesn’t cut into you, you’re left with a magnificent heaving bosom and great posture (it does keep you quite upright) and I certainly won’t worry about my husband coming across it – in fact I think he’d be quite delighted. So I’ll happily say I”m a convert. Bye bye control pants, hello corsets!

If you’re interested in buying a vintage-style corset you can get them here, and if you prefer Spanx you can get them here. Which would you choose?