Sponsored Post: Rachel Zoe and Jockey Announce Shapewear That is To Die For + Giveaway



Let's just get it out there: I'm not a shrinking violet who is short and skinny. I'm not sure how people who have never met me get that idea. In fact, I'm 5'10", size 18, and proudly sport double Gs. I'm not exactly happy about any of this, but it's who I currently am. I also wear shapewear almost every day, for so many reasons:

1. I feel supported. Carrying double Gs isn't easy and I'll take all of the lift I can get. A properly fitted bra with the right shapewear can take pounds off of your appearance and help your clothes wear better.

2. I don't feel sloppy. I hate my back fat. In fact, if you poke said back fat unexpectedly, there is a 99% chance I might turn around and sock you in the kisser. It's been my gut reaction since I was 10 (which could explain why I was punished so often). When I wear shapewear, I feel pulled together and tight, not worried about my muffin top going rogue over the top of my jeans.

3. I feel confident. I stand up straighter. My clothes look better.

But bad shapewear is uncomfortable, rides up, pinches, makes it hard to breathe and makes me cranky. Sure, it needs to be constrictive, but you shouldn't feel like one of the upstairs residents at Downton Abbey. You should be comfortable. I'm not exaggerating when I say that when shapewear fits correctly, it makes even sleeping easier and more comfortable. But finding high-quality shapewear that won't break the bank can be much more difficult than you may think. If you're a plus size like me, it can be even harder.



When Jockey and super-stylist Rachel Zoe announced they were coming out with Rachel Zoe's "Major Must Haves" from Jockey, I couldn't have been more excited. When I was told they had plus sizes up to 2X I was even more excited.

I was given the opportunity to check out three pieces from the line: the Strappy Tank, the Tummy Short and the Slip Shaper. Now that I've had a chance to road test them, I will give you the lowdown on what works, what doesn't work and how to tell if it's right for you.


(The top shows the middle panel, made of thicker, waist-nipping material. The bottom shows a cotton panel.)

The Strappy Tank ($38) is a patented 3-panel design with wide straps. The top panel is mainly cotton, to accommodate the bust. The middle panel gives support and nips in your waist, all without pinching or binding. The third panel is another cotton panel that resembles a tank top. It not only gives you an hourglass shape but can also pop out of the bottom of your shirt and still look good. Because the tank is longer than most, it's not as likely to ride up. It's also made of really comfortable, non-binding material. I've worn shapewear tanks that were stronger and I've worn tanks that were not quite as strong. This one falls in the middle. It's strong enough to give some shape and support and not too strong to become annoying.

The Slip Shaper ($57) also features a cotton tank-style top that allows for comfortable bust coverage without smushing your shape. The rest of the slip is made of body-shaping magic. It hugs your curves and never rides up, giving you an attractive, smoother shape that looks wonderful in a dress. I am very self-conscious in dresses, especially those with belts. I always feel like my shape isn't hourglass enough to pull it off. However, all of my worries disappear when wearing this slip. The material feels slightly hardier than the tank material, and the wide plastic grip at the bottom means it will never ride up. And I mean never.

The Tummy Short ($32) gives nice tush lift while extending high enough on the waist to help contain that lower-belly jiggle. The entire short is made of the same slimming material as the Slip, so it holds you in and raises you up. This short works great under jeans, skirts, even loose yoga pants. Just make sure your pants are not too tight or you will be able to see a slight line where the shorts end. I find that the shorts come down only a few inches onto the thigh and only roll up over several hours of wear. Considering most shorts like this roll up within minutes, I was really pleased!

Overall, I'm really, really happy and comfortable wearing this shapewear; it helps me feel more comfortable and confident in my own skin. Rachel Zoe’s “Major Must Haves” from Jockey are available now in major retailers, Jockey outlet stores, and on Jockey.com.

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78 comments:

  1. Last year I was at a baby shower at a restaurant. I wore a new dark blue stretchy dress. I "thought" I looked good. Then I saw the photos on Facebook! OMG! Tummy and fat middle mess....lol If I wore shapewear I would have had a smooth look. Never again will I go without shapewear to any event.
    vac 924 at gmail dot com

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  2. My tweet:
    https://twitter.com/dragonfly777/status/266254154199093248
    Thanks!
    vac 924 at gmail dot com

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  3. I wish I was wearing shapewear the year after giving birth. I didn't lose the weight very easily. Looking back at pictures of me is hard

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  4. I so could have used this at a wedding I went to last month. ugh

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  5. I wish I had been wearing shapewear on a night out in the city I had with friends recently. It would have made my outfit more flattering.
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  6. tweet
    https://twitter.com/kellysaver/status/266599049279442944

    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  7. I can definitely use some shapewear these days. I've had too much Halloween candy and hearty food. That tank would be great under my everyday tops to smooth out any awkward bulges.

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  8. When I was the matron of honor at my friends' vows, I wish I'd had these shapers to help. I remember I picked something frumpy and over-sized because I didn't feel I looked good in my 'nice' clothes due to pregnancy.

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  9. I could use shapewear under all my clothes post pregnancy now that nothing seems to fit right!

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  10. I have a shapewear slip that is really good. Some of the underwear makes me look like a huge round ball but the slip is great under skirts and dresses

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  11. I went to a business dinner a few years back and the dress I wore, definitely needed shapewear.
    Didn't look too bad, but I was not comfortable the entire night. jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  12. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/267334480845500416\
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  13. Since losing 90+ lbs after WLS I would use the Jockey shapewear every day! I have tried others and it's just too uncomfortable for me.

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  14. I wish I had been wearing shapewear the other day when I went to a happy hour! It would have made me eat a lot less!!

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  15. I recently started wearing shapewear under dresses at work; I don't know why it took me so long to start doing that! I feel much more confident and pulled together, especially when I'm meeting with potential students (I'm an admissions advisor).

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  16. I wish I had been wearing shapewear on my last job interview so I wouldn't have been so self-conscious.

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  17. This is the first I've heard of Jockey's line of shapewear. Can't wait to try something comfortable for a change. Rarely do I leave home without shapewear, but I was running messy errands one Saturday and decided to go without. Yup! That's when I ran into HIM. I wanted to hide. Carried my purse and things I was buying right up front to hide the jiggle. New rule: absolutely never leave the house without shapewear, preferably Jockey!

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  18. I could have used the Shapewear slip earlier this past summer. I wore a lovely dress to a wedding but the slip was visible under the dress, not bad, but would have looked much nicer with a form fitting nude slip
    Thanks for this opportunity to try one!!

    Sharon
    lunrei@yahoo.com

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  19. https://twitter.com/drexelmom/status/267743628284268544

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  20. ohhh!! I so need to try this, I keep looking for shapewear that works & is comfortable!! I had 2 spanx's tanks & fight them all day- the worst was when I did not tuck in the pants- left over the waist under a sweater and while I was in a meeting and leaned over the conference table to point to a form & the tank just rolled up to the bra in 2 seconds flat!!!!! eek not sure how it looked but felt so freaky!

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  21. I wish I would have been wearing shapewear last November at my niece's wedding! After seeing the pictures I certainly need it!
    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

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  22. tweet: https://twitter.com/warp65/status/267752315488985088

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  23. i absolutely avoid jersey or anything clingy unless i'm wearing shapewear cuz it seems like you never look as good as you think, unless the night involves drinking. lol.

    ladyboarder9669@yahoo.com

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  24. I could have used some shPewear the last time I wore a knit top. Too many rolls!

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  25. About five years ago I wore a dress to a special event. I really thought I was looking amazing, but looking at the pictures afterwards was horrible! I really needed a full body shaper to smooth things out. Isn't that the worst?

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    katygmorris at gmail dot com

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  26. I just Tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/katygmorris/status/267852614270590976

    Thanks!

    katygmorris at gmail dot com

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  27. I had a dress on..thought I looked fine until I saw a picture taken of me from the back. OMG. Lumps and bumps galore! I really, really could have used tank shapewear that day!

    ~Jen B
    jlb262 at gmail

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  28. i need this now when i'm in that weird stage of pregnancy where people cant tell if im chubby or pregnant!

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  29. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/267994694217236481

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  30. I could have used it under my bridesmaid's dress for my brother's wedding. Just so it would have flowed better.

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  31. I found out after the fact that I should have used shapewear for my sister's wedding. I thought I looked fine, but in the pictures all you see is my stomach.

    twotil at yahoo dot com

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  32. https://twitter.com/twotil/status/268095089526599681

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  33. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thismomwins2/status/268125134408253440

    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  34. shapewear would have been great for post-baby date nights
    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  35. I pretty much wish I was wearing shape wear all of the time!!! I think I will want to wear it on my first cruise this December. Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  36. Wish I would've worn shapewear on my wedding day. Granted I had just given birth a mere 8 weeks prior, I still should've thought to buy some, now I look back Nd hate all my pictures.

    Nikki
    nikki.s.retherford@gmail.com

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  37. I wore no shape wear at my wedding, DUH!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  38. I wish I had been wearing shapewear at my brother's wedding. I never even thought of it!
    sephyrra at gmail dot com

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  39. https://twitter.com/channynn/status/269144365698543616

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  40. I was ironing curtains one weekend and my daughter walked over and hugged my leg. She started rubbing my leg wuth her hand and saud "Mommy you neex to iron your legs!" *mortified!

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  41. I once went to a wedding and wore a very slinky dress. I was pretty young and fit at the time but shapewear certainly would have enhanced my assets.

    onefrugalgirl at gmail dot com

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  42. At my high school reunion!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  43. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/269992408459145216
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  44. When I had to go to a friend's wedding after having a baby.
    mom22girlz at ymail dot com

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  45. tweeted https://twitter.com/mom22girlz/status/270369389616979969

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  46. My Hubby’s Company Christmas Party
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  47. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/270577698097754113
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  48. Anytime there are/were pictures involved!

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  49. tweet https://twitter.com/BBirdie2/status/271114133049589760

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  50. In my favorite dress attending our 1st grandchild's High School Graduation. Menopause is taking over the tummy area.

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  51. I know I will be needing shapewear after my baby is born! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  52. I wish I had been wearing shapewear, post-baby at my son's Kindergarten Graduation. I was wearing this really cute jersey wrap-dress, but when I passed a window at the school I realized that I looked like a Shar-pei in a dress.

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  53. I wish I would have had some with a dress I wore last month
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  54. When we baptized my son in 1991.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  55. i wish i had wore some when i went to a wedding recently

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/272918575654785024

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  57. When I attend the highschool reunion party with a tight dress! How I wish to go back in time!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  58. tweeted: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/272981653251579905

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  59. tweet--https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/273435407901917185

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  60. I wish I wore shapewear when I returned to work after having my son!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  61. Around the holiday season when it's tough to keep my weight down.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  62. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/wizardewu/status/274824899841904640

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  63. I wish I would of know of Jockey every time I got married.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  64. Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/275264788177776641

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  65. I went to a church activity and thought I was looking pretty good...till I saw pictures that had been taken and posted on FB! Then I was just embarrassed to see all the lumps and not sexy curves. I wish I had smoothed out all that lumpy fat!!!

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  66. I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/sassycat88/statuses/275457009246171138

    whitneybellows88 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. I received a surprise award at work recently. I wish I had been wearing shapewear so I would have looked decent instead of frumpy.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  68. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/276219400875556864

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  69. As a tween, I was a tad chubby and my breasts had not formed yet, so I looked like I had a pot belly. LOL Shapewear would have been nice to wear under my dance costumes! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  70. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/276339694051147778
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  71. Ya know, Halloween costumes seem to be getting smaller every year... had I some shapewear, I may have been able to fit into mine this last year.

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  72. Tweet https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/276542635743780866

    kytah00 AT yahoo DOT com

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  73. I wish I had been wearing shapewear at my daughters' weddings. so I wouldn't have looked so lumpy.

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  74. I wish I had shapewear our last family photos I was a lumpy bumpy mess- and yes I will punch someone for the same reason you do :)

    tannawings at gmail dot com

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  75. https://twitter.com/tannawings/status/276566144855453696
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    tannawings at gmail dot com

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  76. i wish I was wearing shapewear when I was just getting to know my husband! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  77. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/276738706013028352
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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