The summer is close meaning the time has come to take the thin summer clothes out of the wardrobe.
In one of the recent posts I investigated the best tummy flattening shapewear and I even managed to find my perfect one. However, the control briefs that flattened my tummy in the best manner were not suitable to be worn under thin, body-con dresses due to the visible panty line.
As a result, I decided to look for ultra thin high waist shaping panty to flatten my tummy AND to wear underneath tight form-fitting clothes. The summer is nearly here so I will be needing one 🙂
What To Pay Attention To When Shopping For Ultra Thin Shaping Panties?
So when looking for ultra thin shaping panty I paid attention to the following points to make sure the knickers I order are ULTRA thin and workable in use:
- lack of boning – any boning makes the garment thicker so this was the feature I had to avoid
- as I looked for a shapewear without boning – I had to pay attention to the feature keeping the panties in place so I looked for a shapewear panties with silicone elastic inside the waist to avoid rolling down
- the composition of the material – the higher the percent of Elastane, the more functional, comfortable and also thinner the fabric (this type of fabric)
- customer reviews – I looked through reviews to see whether others mentioned anything regarding thin material and/or invisibility under tight clothing
My investigation filtered the numberless choices into 2 options at the end and after some brain-storming, I made the choice to go for Maidenform Sleek Smoothers. The main reason why I chose these shaping panties over the Spanx Higher Power Panties is the design that helps to avoid visible panty line. Spanx Ultra thin shapewear panties, in their turn, were said to create visible panty line and I wanted to avoid it.
Other than that, also Spanx Power panties are ultra thin shaping knickers so I listed them as 2nd on my list and you will find the review later in the post.
Ultra Thin High Waist Shaping Panty – TOP 2 Ultra Thin Shapers
Price: below $30
Features: Light/Medium Tummy Control; Ultra Thin Material; High Waisted; Silicone elastic inside Waist; 2-PLY Front Panel; Elastic Free Leg Construction; 68% Nylon/32% Elastane; Available in 2 colours – Beige and Black
Maidenform hi-waist shaping knickers have reached an average 4.1 out of 5 stars based on more than 475 reviews. 77% of all customers were happy about purchasing these Maidenform shapers by evaluating the panties with 4 and 5 stars. Moreover, it is included in the best-seller list of shapewear control panties on Amazon.
So no surprise I bought them 🙂
Maidenform Sleek Smoothers Hi-Waist Knickers Shapewear
- Ultra Thin
- Doesn’t roll down
- No VPL (visible panty line)
- Great under tight form-fitting clothes
- Suitable for everyday use
- Slims down the tummy
- Smoothes out the midsection
- Nor muffin top, neither bra fat
- Lack of silicone elastic inside the waist on the front so the seam tends to fold down a bit
User Review( votes)
To begin with, these high-waist shaping knickers are light/medium control meaning these can be used for everyday smoothing. It is important to remember that light/medium shapewear will not sculpt or shape noticeably – it will fix minor issues, such as, flatten and slim down tummy, even out bulges by creating a flowy silhouette, enhance the rear and redistribute the fat. If you are after more drastic changes, you should consider firm compression or extra firm compression shapewear.
My parameters: weight 138 lbs/63 kg; height 168 cm/5’5; waist 71 cm/27.9 inches; hips 96 cm/37.8 inches. I carry all of my weight in tummy and hips, I am pear-shaped.
After checking the measurement/size chart and reading reviews other customers have left – I ordered size M – and it is a perfect fit.
These shaping knickers are comfortable and suitable for everyday use. The workmanship is of high quality and the seams are strong and even. The shaping panties extend to bra area so flab-roll over the top of shapers can be avoided. Actually, I could even tuck these panties under my bra if needed.
The silicone elastic inside waist is only on the back part of the knickers. The front part is double layer fabric stitched together with a seam. However, the knickers stay in their place and don’t roll down. Though, the front seam tend to fold down a bit so this could get visible under very tight and thin clothes. I have solved this issue by putting the top of the panties under the bra but if you are taller than I am (168cm/5’5) – this could not be the solution here.
The front panel of the shapers is double layered fabric ensuring the needed tummy control and smoothing. The double layered fabric is also on the back to smooth out the midsection area up to bra. The booty area is one layer fabric but the design of the panties lift the rear a bit.
The gusset is made of cotton and the shapers are without gusset opening, meaning you will have to take them down and up again each time when going to the bathroom. But I didn’t find any problem with that even though wearing these panties all day long. As this is light compression shapewear and if the right size is ordered – there should be no problem at all.
These shaping panties feature seamless leg openings to avoid visible panty line (VPL). Moreover, the leg openings don’t dig in. During all-day use I noticed the leg openings rolling up a bit. However, the fabric is so thin that this is neither visible through clothing, nor creates any discomfort.
The care instructions suggest hand wash but I must admit I am not a fan of hand-washing. As these panties have no boning or any other feature making the machine wash risky, I did wash them in machine and they wash well. I use the hand wash mode and put the shapers in the washing bag – voila, no problem at all 🙂 As also other customers have stated these Maidenform shapers wash well in machine – it is a workable solution for these knickers.
So Are Maidenform High Waist Shaping Panties Ultra Thin?
The material of the knickers is thin, breathable and of high quality. It is extremely pleasant to skin and suitable for hot summer days.
Even though in some areas the fabric is double layered, I can state that Maidenform high waist shaping knickers are ultra thin without sacrificing the performance or comfort.
In my case, the shapers are not visible under very thin and form-fitting clothes.
To summarise, Maidenform High-Waist shaping panties:
✅ are comfortable and suitable for everyday use ✅ are ULTRA thin ✅ create NO visible panty line (VPL) ✅ can be used under tight and very thin clothes ✅ slim down the tummy and midsection ✅ smooth out back ✅ lift the bum slightly ✅ don’t roll down ✅ suitable for hot summer days ✅ workable under thin form-fitting clothes ✅ wash well in washing machine
❌ are expensive (but does the job) ❌ have leg openings that roll up a bit ❌ lack silicone elastic on front of the knickers – the silicone elastic is on the back but it is replaced by a seam in front and the seam tends to fold down a bit
Here I have summarised some most helpful other customers reviews.
Product: SPANX Women’s Higher Power Panties
Price: between $35 and $87 depending on size and retailer
Features: Firm Control; Ultra Thin; High-Waisted; No-Slip Strip inside Waist; Cotton Blend Gusset; Ruched Rear; 51% Polyamide/49% Elastane, Available in 2 colours: Nude and Black
Spanx Higher Power Panties are included in the Amazon’s best sellers list in Shapewear Knickers category. These shaping knickers has reached an average of 3.7 stars out fo 5 based on more than 1365 reviews. 63% of all customers rated these panties with 4 and 5 stars so were satisfied with their purchase.
Many customers have mentioned in their reviews that Spanx shaping panties are extremely thin and of good quality. They are proven to slim down the midsection and to smooth out silhouette.
So these Spanx Power Panties were my second choice for ultra thin high waist shapers and it was not an easy decision between Spanx and Maidenform. But here is why Maidenform prevailed:
- many customers complained Spanx power panties are rolling down while this was not a major complaint in Maidenform product reviews and from my own experience I can affirm that Maidenform Sleek Smoothers are not rolling down
- Spanx Power Panties create visible panty line while Maidenform doesn’t
- Spanx knickers have seam at leg openings while Maidenform knickers are seamless at leg openings so Maidenform doesn’t create any line here
- as last, but not least, Maidenform knickers were less expensive than Spanx.
So these were my reasons for choosing Maidenform Sleek Smoothers Hi-Waist Knickers over Spanx Power Panties. I am more than satisfied with my Maidenform shaping panties.
Perhaps you own Spanx Power Panties and could share your experience? Please let us know if comment section if so.
If you know any other ultra thin shaping panty that is high waisted and does the job – you are welcome to share your experience and knowledge to help others to make an informed decision.