When browsing on the Figleaves website recently, I happened upon Maidenform's shapewear leggings: Flexees by Maidenform: Fat Free shaping leggings. I read the reviews (all extremely positive) and decided to order a couple of pairs. They're far from cheap at £23 per pair but I got them with 20% off and free postage so it wasn't quite as bad as it could have been.
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I am not proud of my legs. My brothers have all inherited my mum's shapely pins but for some bizarre reason I got stuck with my dad's stocky, chunky, rugby-player's legs. Legs that are fine if you are a man...but not good at all if you are female.
I have spent much of my life trying to hide my legs. Until just over a year ago I only ever wore trousers, usually of the wide or bootleg/flare variety, in order to cover the monstrosities that Mother Nature had given me. Then I discovered the joy of maxi skirts and dresses and for the past year have not had to think much about my legs at all as they were completely hidden from view. I envy ladies who can wear leggings with long jumpers/tops but have always felt this style of dressing was not for me.
However, I occasionally wear leggings when relaxing at home so am always on the lookout for a decent, durable pair. These Maidenform offerings looked just the ticket and when they arrived late last week I could hardly wait to try them on.
I had ordered Large, which the chart said was 14-16. I would normally go for a larger size than this on my bottom half but my past experience with leggings has been that they fall down a lot due to my relatively small waist so I hoped that opting for the smaller size might solve this.
The leggings are made from a 70% nylon/30% elastane mix (with a 100% cotton lined gusset) and feel very silky and reasonably thick once on. I am not sure how comfortable these would be on a hot summer's day - I wore them whilst cleaning the house yesterday and ironing today and they did make me feel hotter than usual. They have a slight sheen to them and are very slightly see-through, although this might be because I have sized down. The material is very touchable and I keep stroking my legs...oo-er!
Here's a close-up of the leggings from the front and from the back (there's little difference really):
The waist is fairly high, which suits me and fits me very well. I have to pull the waist up every so often but I think that's because I am not used to wearing leggings and so can't help myself from adjusting them. There is a support panel running around the top of the leggings which gives extra smoothing in this area. It even managed to smooth down my 'time of the month' tummy! The picture below shows the magic panel (please note I have turned the leggings inside out):
The thing I have noticed most of all is the superb smoothing effect. Wow. These leggings feel simply amazing on and give me more confidence about my legs than I have possibly ever had in my life. I've noticed my legs a few times when walking past mirrors around the house and thought they looked almost passable. I am even considering wearing them with longer tops...not sure I'll ever go through with this but I am stunned that the thought has even crossed my mind!
I have tried long and hard to find something negative to say about these leggings and the only thing I could come up with was that they are handwash only. Big deal! I handwash my lingerie anyway so it's no hardship to add these to the pile. Plus they are sooo simple to wash (especially compared to my bras!).
I have taken some pics of me in the Maidenform leggings and also in cheap leggings (I think they were from Peacocks) so you can see the difference. Please note that I would never, ever wear them so my backside was on show!!
Despite their relatively hefty price tag, I would thoroughly recommend these leggings. I think they are worth the investment even if you just plan to wear them around the house like I do...for now, at least ;-)