What comes to your mind if someone were to talk to you about shape wear? What pops into my mind will be something like the picture below.
I think about the hot, stuffy, steel lined corsets of yore that genteel ladies wore on a daily basis to get that perfect hourglass waist. Updated versions of said corset-like design still exists nowadays, just well camouflaged with nice lacy patterns to make it more lingerie-like (like the picture below). I also think about girdles that hold your tummy in but squeeze the excess fat elsewhere, resulting in muffin-top that just ruins the whole look of your outfit. I also shudder at the thought of having to squash myself into such restricting garments, because I know that I won’t have a comfortable time as long as I wear those garments and also when I take them off – because my sensitive skin will show its violent protest by becoming red and itchy.
And if you are a vain female like I am, chances are you know what I’m talking about, right?
Now, what if that someone talking to you about shape wear told you that you didn’t have to suffer those indignities and tortures to look good in your clothes? This is where Marena ShapeWear comes in.
Marena claims to give you impressive results of up to 2 inches of instant reduction. This could mean difference of up to 1 – 2 sizes, which means that you can now get back into those clothes you were about to discard. Even if it’s not as drastic as fitting back into your old/new clothes that were a size too small, there’s always that benefit of looking good in the clothes you currently wear. Just think – no more dreaded camel toe or visible panty line – the shape wear smooths out every unsightly line and bulge to give you the perfect silhouette.
But enough about all of that. How did I find my Marena ShapeWear experience to be like?
I had the Mini Shorts with High-Waist (MYR 469.00), same like Xin of Pretty Beautiful except that mine came in a nude-y skin tone. The ShapeWear material is really very good – thick and good quality. It won’t rip and tear even with abuse and it is said to stand up to repeated wear and washing.
But one does not get ShapeWear solely for the material (even though it is good material), right? We get it for the slimming effect! To tell you if it really works – I give you some of my vital stats before and while using Marena ShapeWear (no pictures since I was by myself and had no one to assist by playing photographer).
Before Marena ShapeWear :
Waist – 25 and a 1/2in
Hips – 34in
Upper Thigh – 18 and a 1/2in
After putting on Marena ShapeWear :
Waist – 25in
Hips – 34in
Upper Thigh – 18in
Looking at the results, I guess I have nothing much to compress around my hip/butt area? Haha.
I found that the ShapeWear makes me sit up straighter by preventing me from hunching (a bad habit of mine!) but it doesn’t feel so restricting as to stop me from moving about. They say you can even wear your ShapeWear for exercise (they have capris and leggings that look perfect for yoga or dance class and some people even wear it for performance training) but I personally cannot imagine attempting exercise in it! Standing up was a whole different story though – I simply loved the shape I saw in the mirror because it really does smooth out all the little waves and ripples of fat a woman naturally has.
Comfort-wise the ShapeWear doesn’t really move about – except that the waistband felt lower in the back than it did in the front – like it was dipping downwards. And while it didn’t roll up at the thigh part, I found that the material tended to bunch slightly at the hip crease, which meant I had to surreptitiously tug it down sometimes when I stood up after sitting. For once, I didn’t feel hot or sweaty while wearing shaping garments and there was no redness of skin after I took it off. It was a bit of a struggle to get it on and off when I was not in the comfortable environment of my room though – so toilet breaks were a wee bit longer than usual.
For the measuring test, I took a light tea break and re-measured myself again after and there was no gain in the measurements, just that I felt slightly more squeezed in my ShapeWear.
Would I recommend Marena ShapeWear? Yes, for the lovely silhouette it gives you when you have it on. But I wouldn’t go as far as to wear it every day (not unless you are really in need of it or ultra-vain). Instead, I’ll save it for those dinner occasions or excursions when I want to wow people with my curves.
If you wanna give Marena ShapeWear a go, you won’t find it in departmental stores but you can get it online from the local distributor Active Shape Sdn Bhd. Prices range from MYR 299.00 onwards.
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