These are very firm control but with give - it's not rigid like a girdle but definately sucks you in like one, not binding. It's like a tight but bouncy type of control. They are full coverage, not high waisted but just above the waistline so they don't dig in, and not too tight around the leg opening. Made a smooth silhouette in pants with no thigh bulge where the leg ended, pants felt a size too big with them on, smooooothed the bum, no lumpy cellulite showing. They are comfy enough to wear every day if you need to tuck in a big tummy or hips like me (5'9", size 20, 44 yrs old after three 10 lb boys!). They are so supportive, I felt like my back was also well supported and I had better posture! I read a review of a gal who said she wore a size 18 and went to a 4x in these...that seemed odd to me but I am a size 20 and got 5x and it was perfect! My normal 2x would have been waaaay too tight. So size UP 2 sizes! They seem like a lot of money for one pair of panties, but they are a substantial garment and well worth it...I got a pair for every day of the week, never want to be without them now!
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