Men, let’s be honest.  The tide has turned and the media magnifying glass is as much on us as the women.

Faced with endless images of muscly men with zero body fat, who hasn’t wanted to have their mid section appear a bit smaller, to wear clothes with a slightly cleaner, straight line rather than risk exposure of a misplaced bulge?  Haven’t we joked long enough about wanting garments that we’ve referred to as Manx or Mirdles?  Well, our time has come!  It’s Spanx for Men!!!

For women, Spanx is like a modern day girdle, reshaping the body comfortably. The results have been trumpeted far and wide and the inventor, Sara Blakely, deserves every bit of her success.

But as a man who has struggled with his midsection since he was 8 years old, what about me?  Skin tight clothes didn’t do anything but hug my love handles and droop over the belt. There were no Spanx for me, until now.

In London recently, I stumbled across a display of Spanx for men.  Tanks, t-shirts and underwear!  Too good to be true.  And, because it was London (or because we were in Harvey Nicks), I was able to try it on.


From first viewing the box I was in love. Fun illustration promising results delivered with a little sass.


Spanx for Men T-shirt

Spanx for Men T-shirt

Pull the Spanx out of the box and its like looking at a wool sweater that’s been through the dryer. “How in the world am I supposed to get into that?” I question.


Good thing there were directions.  Yes guys, directions!


When was the last time you had to read instructions for putting on an article of clothing?  (and when are men really going to rely on instructions for anything?)

Directions – trust me, you need it!

Directions – trust me, you need it!

Ok, you might need directions to put this on

Ok, you might need directions to put this on


But sure enough, as I squirm around to get into it, you really do have to roll it up, squeeze in and then roll it down.


And when I got the form fitting Spanx over my torso, my jaw dropped.  It. Really. Works.

I was stunned.  I called my partner Charles into the dressing room to check it out.  I couldn’t believe it.  My midsection hadn’t turned into a six-pack with a v-cut, but it did noticeably tighten up and I felt, dare I say it, more slender?  Check out the photos…

Notice the midsection before Spanx…

Notice the midsection before Spanx…

And notice the mid section with Spanx!

And notice the mid section with Spanx!

One more time…before…

One more time…before…

After

After

And, not only does it suck stuff in, but I stood up straighter since all that mid-section got squeezed together.  I was walking taller. And because of the compression, it also feels a bit warmer under my clothes.  Not flop sweat in Delhi warm, just comfortably warm.


What don’t I like about Spanx for Men?

How it squishes down my pecs.  Having broad shoulders and from years of swimming I have pretty decent pecs.  The t-shirt version smooshes it all down flat. Wearing the t-shirt the other day, I actually found myself reaching in to adjust and pull my pecs up kind of like how I imagine women adjust themselves when putting on a bra.  I’ve found the tank top version helps you maintain a fuller pectoral display.

The line also features underwear.  My first thought was “who wants to smoosh that down?” but when I mentioned it to a friend the other night, his reaction was “oh, that’d help me shape my thigh and ass area” – so I guess Spanx for Men knows what it’s doing.

And yes, it’s pretty expensive but it really works and that kind of psychological satisfaction is worth the price of the therapy!

Anyone else try Spanx for Men?  What do you think?  Women, any thoughts? Join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.