Monday, February 28, 2011

Sizing Me Up

Sheila from Tampa left the following comment to my Foundations of Femulation post:

Question: When you order slimming foundation garments and check the sizing charts, do you order the size indicated by your current dimensions, or do you order one size smaller (since you are hoping to have the garment give you temporary new smaller dimensions)? I will appreciate your sage advice.

My reply was that "it's complicated" and would require a whole blog post to answer her question. This post is it.

Caveat emptor: This is what works for ME; your mileage may vary.

For girdles, waist cinches, and lower torso shapewear, I get a size that is about 6 to 8 inches smaller than my natural waist measurement. On my body, the result is about half-way in between, that is, a garment that is 6 to 8 inches smaller than my waist measurement reduces my waistline by 3 to 4 inches.

It took me a long time to find the right size bra. I finally sought out expert advice.

Two separate bra fittings by professionals indicated that I should wear a bra that is about 4 inches smaller than my natural breast measurement with either a B or C cup (depending on the bra style).

Again, what works for me, may not work for you.


  1. Dear Stana,

    You go, girl! You ROCK! Thank You for answering my question with this informative post.

    I'll probably try wearing my new (and first) Spanx slimmer this weekend at my Orlando social and support group's Friday Girls Night Out and Saturday meeting.



  2. I wish I'd read this before I ordered from Spanx. I ordered the size that the sizing scale on their web site claimed was correct for me. When they finally arrived (after about 8 weeks) it was immediately obvious that they were a neat fit for my current size without pulling anything in. In other words, completely useless.

    Sadly, because I'm in Australia, the cost of posting them back for a refund would have virtually wiped out the value of the refund, so I'm now stuck with 2 Spanx shapers that are completely useless to me unless I gain about 30kg (66lbs), which I never want to do.

    In contrast, the height/weight scale on Bella Bodies garments works perfectly for me. They fit and work very well for me, and they're also thinner, lighter material that is cooler to wear than Spanx, which is important in hot weather. The only downside is that they have seams down the front and back.