Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Update: Maidenform Flexees Shaping Leggings

I don't usually blog midweek as I prefer to wait until the weekend so I have more time to think about what I want to say.  However, today I made a bargainous discovery that I wanted to share as soon as I could.


A little while ago I posted a review of the Maidenform Flexees Shaping Leggings I'd bought from Figleaves.  I have come to love these leggings and wear them an awful lot around the house.  Admittedly, I haven't worn them out in public all that much but I have been brave enough to do so twice and I was surprised but thrilled to find that no-one stared at my awful legs or laughed or made hurtful comments.


In my original review I should have said that the leggings are designed to be 3/4 length or 'cropped'.  But, if you put them on in the right way, they can be full-length leggings.  I find the way to do it is to put them on a bit like tights - gather one of the legs up bit by bit between your hands, put your foot through the leg and start unravelling the leggings from your ankle upwards.  You might need to stretch and pull a little but, once in place, the leggings should stay as full-length all day :-)


A week or so ago I had to send one of the pairs of leggings back to Figleaves as after only wearing and washing them once they had developed a hole in the seam on the inside leg.  I guessed this must have been a manufacturing fault as the other pair have been worn several times and are absolutely fine.


Figleaves were brilliant about this - I used their 'live help' option on their website and had an instant messaging conversation with a very helpful lady.  She advised me to send the leggings via freepost back to them so that they could assess the damage and decide what to do.  I completed the returns form which had been included in my original parcel and sent the leggings off as instructed.


Within two working days I had received a confirmation email from Figleaves saying that they had received my return and would let me know once the situation had been investigated.


Another two working days later I had an email to say that they agreed with me about the fault.  On the returns note I'd had to specify whether I wanted an exchange or refund.  At the time I had wanted an exchange but the email stated that they had no more stock of the leggings and so would issue a refund instead.


Normally I would have been disappointed at not having a replacement pair but actually it turned out rather well in the end.


Whilst all the above was going on, a lovely friend of mine told me that she'd bought some Maidenform leggings from T K Maxx.  I asked her if they were the same as the ones I'd reviewed and she said yes.  She'd paid just £12.99 for them.


Today was the first opportunity I'd had to pay my local T K Maxx a visit since our conversation.  I spent quite some time trawling through the rails in the shapewear section and was disappointed not to find any Flexees by Maidenform.  However, after a careful second look, I found several pairs of 'Get The Skinny / Sweet Nothings' leggings (NB this is a US Walmart website link) which looked identical to my Maidenforms.  I checked the label and it turns out this brand is part of the Maidenform label.  So I bought myself 4 pairs - a snip at only £12.99 each!  And I'm thrilled to know that they will last and last.


So, if you are looking for some of these leggings, make sure you check out your local T K Maxx and have a good look in the shapewear section!

8 comments:

  1. I'm curious, do you find these to be transparent at all? I tried some of the Sweet Nothings on today. Though it was a bit tight getting on, I fit into the size Large, but found them to be very transparent at my hips/butt. I wonder if an XL would be less transparent, having to stretch less?

    I like to wear leggings with long tops, so I do care if they are transparent.

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  2. They are a little bit transparent on the knees when I bend my legs but the other areas seem to be fine. I hadn't noticed them being see-through at all but I always wear long tops with my leggings so perhaps wouldn't have noticed.

    I have checked with both sizes I own - I originally got XL but when I went to buy more in TK Maxx they only had 2XL so went for them - and both are ok on the hips/bottom. Maybe an XL would be better for you as you suggest?

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  3. Thanks for your response! I did love the tummy-slimming effect of the L, but I suppose I will try an XL instead (there were none in store when I checked before.) If worst comes to worst, I can do what my fashionista friend does and wear two pairs at once. That prevents any transparency.

    It really bothers me that leggings these days are so thin. I wore leggings all the time in the 80s and 90s and they were PANTS. They were thick. I still have two pairs from the late 90s and they are really comfortable and completely opaque, there's no comparison.

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  4. Just ordered two pairs. Don't know what I should do without you and Georgina. Thank you for a wonderful blog <3

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    1. Aww thanks Thora! It's always lovely to hear from readers - you ladies are the main reason we blog <3

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  5. Why did COSTCO stop selling these Flexess leggins? they are the BEST and their prices were very GOOD. I don't want to pay $24 for a pair and my local TJMax does not have it, help! where else can I get them?

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    1. Oh, I don't know! It sounds like you're in the USA - I'm in the UK so know a few places over here. Have you tried Googling? Good luck :-)

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    2. Amazon sells them:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088X2III/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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