SPANX has achieved something few brands ever will. Like Jell-O, Velcro, Kleenex and Band-Aids, the word SPANX has become the generic term for pretty much all shapewear, the compression undergarments women use to create a more svelte silhouette. SPANX and other shapewear commonly appear under wedding dresses, formalwear and evening gowns — though you’d never know it.
The company has tried releasing SPANX for men before without much success; however, the world may finally be ready for men’s shapewear. In early January 2021, SPANX finally reintroduced its line of shapewear for men, which means chubby guys can officially wear SPANX of their very own. Yes, you read that right. SPANX for Men exists — and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Don’t act like you don’t know SPANX. Your mother can’t go to any formal event without throwing a pair on. Your girlfriend has been obsessed since she was a teen. Your grandmother even wears SPANX compression socks to help her varicose veins. They’ve become a staple among women’s undergarments ever since they reached mainstream popularity.
While guys may not face the same fat stigma and insane beauty standards as women, in the age of slim-fit everything, guys that carry a little extra weight — guys like me — have our own body image issues.
Obviously, given the past year we’ve had, a lot of guys are dealing with some extra quarantine weight. Like, really. The “Quarantine 15” ain’t no joke. Just try putting on a pair of skinny jeans that looked good on you two years ago and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Now that vaccinations are being given out across the country, the quarantine phase of our lives may soon be over. This means we’re finally looking forward to going outside on the reg again, even if your body isn’t quite ready. That’s why SPANX for Men could be the saving grace for your next big social adventure. If you want to hide all the extra weight you’ve acquired over the course of 2020, SPANX is here for you.
I know you have questions about man SPANX. I certainly did. So keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this new shapewear line for men.
I Tried SPANX for Men, and There’s No Going Back
Recently, I had the honor of being one of the first guys in the entire world to give SPANX for Men a whirl.
SPANX sent my fat ass an entire care package featuring everything I could possibly need to keep my body tight and sculpted this year. I received SPANX’s new sculpting shirt (three sculpting levels are available for men: ultra sculpt, sculpt and zero sculpt). Additionally, I was sent two pairs of undies (in sculpt and zero sculpt, respectively) as well as a pair of socks, for funsies.
At this point, I’ve worn everything. I’ve gone about the past couple of days trudging along in the New York City snow during my daily depression walks, my bi-weekly one-time exercises and whilst sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing.
Finally, my guys, the results are in. Here is what I think about SPANX for men. (Minus the socks because they’re just your average pair of socks.) Okay. Let’s go.
1. SPANX Sculpt Seamless Tank
Starting off strong, the Sculpt Seamless Tank is a dream. Like, if I could marry an undershirt, this would be the undershirt I’d spend the rest of my life with. It was extraordinarily slimming and made me feel way more comfortable when slipping into my favorite shirts. In recent months, I’ve quite literally ditched, like, 75% of my entire wardrobe because even though I still fit in it, I just don’t feel comfortable given the amount of weight I’ve gained. (Editor’s note: Tyler, you’re beautiful just the way you are.) With this tank, I feel like me again. And no one ever has to know I’m wearing it.
With that all being said, I took the tank a step further and wore it under my gym tee. I tend to sweat way much more than the average guy when working out, so I’ll constantly be lifting my shirt to pat my head when on the treadmill. To save everyone inside of Planet Fitness from having to see what’s become my post-modern dad bod, I didn’t have to sneak a shirt lift in order to dab my sweat. Every time I needed to, my SPANX tank stayed in place and had me covered. I also convinced myself that wearing SPANX at the gym helped shape my body to become slimmer, but that’s probably a lie. We love a good placebo effect.
2. SPANX Ultra Sculpt Seamless V-Neck
Let me start off by saying this: I am not a fan of v-neck tees. I don’t know why, but I just feel that they’ve never looked flattering on me. Never in my life, though, have I considered wearing a v-neck tee as my undershirt until I received my very own Ultra Sculpt Seamless V-Neck. Upon unboxing, I was a little scared at this tee. Like, when SPANX says ultra sculpt, they absolutely mean it. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to breathe, but I threw it on anyway. Yeah, it’s snug-as-hell, but it’s also totally breathable and quite literally the most slimming thing I’ve ever put on my body.
I recently wore this with a long-sleeve button-down shirt tucked into my pants. Because the tee is v-neck, I was able to sneakily wear this while peeping a bit of chest hair and not blowing my own cover. I looked the thinnest I have in months and forgot entirely that I was wearing it after a few hours. A solid 10/10 here; everyone’s gotta own this.
3. SPANX Zero Sculpt Cotton Modal Crew Neck
SPANX, I love you. It’s hard to deny that at this point. But, I’m not going to lie. The Zero Sculpt Cotton Modal Crew Neck isn’t my favorite. Do I think it can be somebody else’s favorite? Absolutely. This is more of a personal dig, simply because I don’t love that stretchy, spandex-y material on loose-fitted shirts. It’s not you, it’s me.
With that being said, I know that a lot of dudes out there will love this crew neck tee. It’s totally compression-free and works as an excellent undershirt option when you’re just hanging out with friends, running errands or spending the day on the couch. To top it all off, it’s breathable, moisture-wicking and totally anti-odor.
4. SPANX Sculpt Cotton Boxer Brief
Here’s the tea: I don’t have many current insecurities focusing around my lower half. Thank god, because, like, if I did, I’d probably be breaking down right now. I mentioned this to the folks at SPANX prior to receiving my little care package and they decided to forego the ultra sculpt version of their boxer briefs. Instead, one of the two pairs I received were these Sculpt Cotton Boxer Briefs, and, man, what a difference. They’re mega breathable and keep everything where it needs to be. So breathable, in fact, that you won’t need to fear any unwanted sweat or scents no matter how high-energy your day gets. They aren’t too tight at all, which is comfortable, but they still snatch your body in a little, making them a stellar option to snag from SPANX.
5. SPANX Zero Sculpt Cotton Modal Boxer Brief
These might potentially be the most comfortable pair of boxer briefs I have ever worn in my entire life. Like, I am really dedicated to SAXX Underwear, don’t get me wrong. But, the Zero Sculpt Cotton Modal Boxer Briefs might honestly give SAXX a run for their money. Don’t hate me, SAXX. I still love you so much.
These compression-free boxer briefs let everything get the air it needs to keep you feeling and smelling fresh day in and day out. Throw them on and forget you’re wearing them. It’s almost like you’re going commando. For real, I don’t know how else to explain these boxer briefs other than saying give SPANX your money. You won’t be disappointed.