1,161 of 1,270 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
Color Name: BeigeSize Name: LargeVerified Purchase
I just got mine after reading everyone's review. My existing waist is 34 inches. I ordered a large, and think that I will have to order a medium soon. I ripped it out of the box, and fastened it up. Went on easy. I went from a 34 to a 31. It is comfortable too. I live in a hot & humid climate, and I wore it tonight outside. Not sweating in it....but it was night time. But, hey, I'm mainly indoors.
But, the best part....I didn't realize that my back was so "unsupported" before. It feels wonderful with the Squeem. I put it on, and my spine went "ahhhhh, I needed that!" I have to wait another year to get my tummy tuck...but this is going to do the trick until then.
Under lightweight material or certain sweaters/knits? It's not a good choice. the hook line (in the front) will show. Makes one wonder if you have staples up your midline. That's hte bad thing.
I did have a hard time figuring out what size to order. The size chart on my box says:
Xsmall 25-27 inch waist, 0-2 dress size
small 28-30, 4-6
Medium 31-33, 8-10
Large 34-36, 12-14
Xlarge 37-39, 14-16
2x 40-42, 16-18
3x 43-45, 18-20
4x 46-48, 20-22
5x 49-51, 22-24
689 of 833 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
Color Name: BlackSize Name: X-SmallVerified Purchase
This definitely is a pretty comfy waist cincher. I was initially skeptical of purchasing, because I am naturally curious about products prior to purchase. I normally end up researching and investigating to death, to the point where I'll dig up a ton of negative reviews for something and a bunch of positives. By the end, I'm usually as confused and indecisive as when I started! So that's why giving the 'Squeem' a chance was such a hard decision for me. I had been window shopping shapewear for a while and still had no clue what to go with. I have to say, after owning the Squeem since September it is definitely a worthy piece of lingerie shapewear!
In terms of comfort, it is easy to forget you have it on after the first hour. Sometimes I will be wearing mine for eight hours and then finally realize I should take it off next time I get home. I am quite busty for my size (5'0" and 32D), and so I can fully, FULLY relate to ladies who complain of back pain and discomfort posture-wise. I think this Squeem has helped, actually. I've noticed on days where I wear my Squeem for 3+ hours my back hurts MUCH, MUCH less than on days where I do not. I admittedly have crappy posture, lol, so clearly it is the Squeem forcing me to stand/sit more upright that's likely making a difference. The only thing discomfort-wise, sometimes depending on the bra you are wearing, there might be some slight awkwardness with the underboob, upper stomach area. At least for me, I have a super short torso, and I have noticed sometimes certain bras feel weird combined with the squeem, some even pinching a little. But I have learned which of my bras go best with the Squeem (surprisingly, for me, it's the regular ol' non-padded T-Shirt bras which are the comfiest and seamlessly combined). At certain angles it's a no-go...i.e., laying down is uncomfortable or trying to do crazy bending over, etc. is a no-go too, but I'd think that's the case with waist cinchers in general...
In terms of quality, I feel like it has not lost any of it's cinching ability since I've had it. I've worn it quite a bit too. Particularly in October, I was wearing it just about everyday, for long stretches of time. It still feels pretty sturdy, the hooks work perfectly, the material is holding up, etc.
As far as blending with your everyday wardrobe? Well, I mostly wear it to work. My work uniform is baggy and unshapely, so I haven't really had to worry about whether or not those around me can tell if I'm wearing one. However, the times where I have worn tighter clothing, I think it meshed impressively! I took pictures just to test, and you can't really tell I have a waist cincher on. Of course, I personally feel like an imposter in everyday clothes and a waist cincher, lol. I always feel paranoid whenever out and about that somebody's gaping at my waist, wondering if it's authentic. But yeah, definitely not very bulky or noticeable. Particularly in darker clothing or patterned tops. It also blends well with dresses! I wore it on Halloween, lol. ;P
Then there's sizing. I was conflicted before I ordered, because I read various different charts about how these squeems are sized. I was kind of worried I'd order something too small or too big. I wanted something REALLY TIGHT, but I wanted to not feel like I'm about to pass out, heh. I was torn between ordering an Extra Small or just a Small. Typically I wear XS in tops in general, however, there are SOME exceptions, like button blouses and certain jackets, where I could never wear an XS, I need a Small. I was worried I'd choose wrong. After looking at many websites, I decided to go with the general measurements that seemed to more/less stand for XS/Petite/Whatever you want to call it ( I went with my gut, though, and bought the Extra Small). Basically what I'm saying, be realistic about what size you want to order! If you generally wear medium clothing, go with a medium! If you wear XL, go with that! ETC. Even more, go by your specific MEASUREMENTS. I chose XS because 24/25 inch waist, 32 bust, and the size 2 all described me. At first I was like OH NO, because it seemed impossible to connect the hooks (you'll feel like a fatty mcfat fat >.>), but take in a deep breath as you do it the first couple times. Before you know it you'll be able to latch it onto the SECOND hood without even sucking it in! :)
I also feel fuller when I eat with this thing on. I'll get halfway through my meal, and feel full. Then there is the increase of bowel movements! TMI, TMI, I know, I know, but you'll see what I mean!
All-in-all it's a GREAT buy. It improves your posture, reduces your waist by about 3 inches to give you that crazy desired hourglass thang going on(really, it does!), blends surprisingly well, and helps when it comes to toilet visits much the same way fiber does! I keed, I keed. But, seriously, I recommend it, worth the buy, and I'm a pretty harsh critic, sooo....