One of the scenes in the previews is where Sandra's character is shown in the ladies bathroom with her pants down but displaying a pair of Spanx. Melissa's character asks what they are and Sandra tells her that they're Spanx and they hold things in. Melissa asks, "Why? What's going to come busting out?"
If you're like me, you know exactly what will come busting out....more you!
Spanx were invented by Sara Blakely who took a pair of control top pantyhose and cut the legs off so she could "hold things in." When she shared the information with girlfriends, they all wanted them, too. A million dollar business was born! And then she created a cheaper version that is sold at Target Stores, called Assets (too funny, right?) and made even more money. Soon enough she came up with body shapers, long line camisoles and long legged control tops for under slacks. The woman is a genius and deserves every penny she earns because they actually work!
I believe Oprah kicked off the Spanx craze by talking about them on her daily talk show. Suddenly other celebrities bragged about how wonderful they are for the red carpet's critical views.
Remember your mother's girdle? They were painful, hot, and frequently caused yeast infections. Many even had zippers! And those stocking straps were painful to sit on!
But Spanx and Assets (as well as other brands) breathe and are lightweight, while restricting those jiggles and bumps we hate to own.
I recommend you get a large enough size that your blood can circulate and your skin doesn't pucker, but still holds you in. In these days of not wearing hosiery with dresses, suits or blended slacks, these items are a blessing.
I have found them at Stein Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards and sometimes at Ross. They come in nude, white and black so you can buy the colors that won't show under your light colored clothes.
Just don't wear them to the movie theatre to see "The Heat" cause you really want to be able to have a great unrestricted belly laugh - several times! And take a girlfriend - you can laugh together!
Until next week, I remain...