I had a realization yesterday while walking from my office parking lot into the building. I was wearing a dress and tights but no spanx-like product underneath my dress. For those of you who don’t know what a spanx-like product is, it is basically the modern version of a girdle. You know what I mean: those spandex bike shorts in nude or black that we’re encouraged to wear under pants, skirts, and dresses to smooth out our lumps, bumps, bits, and pieces. I can’t remember when I started wearing them, but I definitely know, as I’ve grown up in a variety of shapes, I’ve owned them in size M, L, XL, and 2XL.

I last wore my undergarment a few weeks ago. I had on a dress with control top tights and a pair of bike shorts over my tights. Needless to say, I was sucked in. When I got home at the end of the day, I took off my layers and my stomach was killing me. I never thought about what I was doing to my body – squishing my outer layers into a tiny garment while likely squishing some internal organs as well. Ouch!

I was so relieved when I freed my body.

So, when yesterday came about, I must have been subtly channeling that pain I recently felt and I didn’t even attempt to put on my bike shorts – just a pair of cozy black tights to keep my legs warm on a wintry day.

And you know what happened? Nothing. The sky didn’t fall. The oceans didn’t overflow. The volcanoes stayed silent. It was not a big deal to skip the bike shorts. Actually, the results were likely positive: no pain and I never once thought that my stomach is protruding more than I’d like. The reality is that I am a women with curves, and a pair of bike shorts aren’t going to mask that.

I know I will return to them in the summer as they make wearing a summer dress more comfortable, but I will not be looking at them as a way to suck in my body anymore.


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