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When Stefania asked if she could give me some underwear and take some pictures of me in it, I said “hell yeah” because sometimes I like to answer first and think later.
When I read the fine print and saw that she was going to send me two Yummie Tummie shapewear body-hugging tank tops to eradicate my muffin top and all I had to do was lift my shirt a little (rather than what you’re probably imagining) and then share my honest opinions, I reiterated, “No exercise and get pre-body baby back? Sign me up!.”
I fully expected these garments to be life-altering, amazing, and to make me totally hot. So, it was pretty tough for them to live up to all that! As you can see below, I do look way hotter than Mrs Potato Head, so you be the judge.
What I liked:
- Did the job. Once I figured out how to properly install myself into the tank top, I really liked it. I feel like the YT gave me back (what I imagine as) the belly of a 30 year-old rather than the squishy droopy belly of a 60 year-old.
- Comfy. Yep, it was incredibly comfortable. One thing you cannot say about Spanx is that you ever forget you’re wearing them. The Yummie Tummie is not binding or hurty at all (like the time I ditched the spanx at my brother’s wedding)
- Leaning against the crib. Have you ever leaned against the crib slats only to notice your belly flab peaking through the other side like bizarre pillows in a way that’s both depressing and funny at the same time? While wearing a YT tank, my belly behaved how I think it should.
After my official obligation to wear it and test it out at the BlogHer conference was over, I found that I wanted to wear it more and more and more. In fact, and this might sound crazy, I like wearing it even better when I don’t have a sticker advertising that I’ve got it on. So, shhhh, please don’t tell the folks at my office why I suddenly look great and confident, ok? Thanks.
What I didn’t like:
- The roll-up factor. The YT is designed to resemble a regular tank or t-shirt from the bottom so you can let it peak out under your other layers. This technique completely did NOT work for me. When I left it untucked, I was tugging and yanking to keep it down all the way to prevent rolling up while at the same time, wrestling and tugging my jeans to stay up. Bad combo. As soon as I tucked the YT tank in, my problem was solved and the equal and opposite forces were aligned.
- “You don’t feel like yourself” My husband is actually perfect and he prefers for me to feel like a human rather than a spandex-encased sausage. He’s sweet that way and consequently encourages me to believe I’m doing all this primping for myself instead of him.
- Need a different neckline. I was sent two tanks of varying cuts and colors so I could try both a black and white one. I believe I got the boyfriend tank and the basic. Neither of them worked under my cute shift dress so I was left to my own devices (AKA “letting it all hang out”). Yummie Tummie offers a bunch of styles so I think my next choice will be skimpier so I can wear it under more outfits.
I think the Yummie Tummie is a great tank top to have on hand as an alternative to hating the way our bellies look. YT also makes a nursing tank which I would absolutely check out if I were currently breastfeeding.
Don’t just go by me, here are a few other folks opinions:
- Immoral Matriarch (200 pounds and very feminine)
- Susan Wagner (hiding a pizza dough roll under her cardigan)
- Heather B (hiding all the lumps and bumps)
- Citymama (full-figured and fabulous-looking)
Disclosure: The Clever Girls sent me 2 different styles of Yummie Tummie tank tops to test drive for the BlogHer conference. I appreciate them, the girls and the tanks, very much.
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