Men, consider this your warning: It's about the get really girly up in here.

Ladies, we need to talk about the evil, glorious, magical postage stamp of fabric known as Spanx...and the great debate on how to wear them.

Now, I don't know about you, but my trouble zone is for sure my midsection, and my love handles are the bane of my existence.


My Spanx of choice, therefore, are the ones that go from just under the boob all the way down to the mid-thigh, sucking in everything in between so my dresses don't make me look like a neatly tied pork roast. (I think they are called the Super Higher Power, but it seems like there are 3 different versions of the same thing, so who knows.)

In any case, I was wearing them yesterday, and as we all know, getting these things on is no small feat. This also means going to the bathroom with them on becomes an ORDEAL.

So what's the great debate?

It's all about the crotch hole. (Adorably named a 'double gusset.' Whatever. It's a crotch hole.)

I don't know about anyone else, but I wear a pair of underwear underneath the Spanx. The thing is, they come with the built-in hole for doing your business...which would apparently mean you aren't supposed to wear your drawers with them, but...who is doing that??

Not only would it be uncomfortably awkward (or perhaps strangely liberating?) to have your bits all out in the breeze, there is NO WAY anyone could possibly use that tiny little hole to pee without getting said pee on the then you have to deal with wet Spanx...that smell like pee.


For all you dirty birds who are thinking 'easy access,' Not sexy.

So please, you breeze-feeling, bare Spanx-wearing, hole-using ladies, explain this to me, won't you? Is there a technique for keeping dry? Is it a comfort thing? Less laundry to do? Are you just a thrill seeker?

As for me, I'm sticking with the roll down, 10-minute-struggle-in-the-stall method...or just buying A-line dresses from now on.

How often do you wear shapewear like Spanx? Tell us in the comment section below!

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