A few weeks before Blissdom I entered a contest for a Yummie Tummie fitting during the conference. Yummie Tummies are a brand of shape wear, consisting of mostly different styles of tanks, that have a special midsection panel designed to smooth and shape your midsection. I'd heard murmurings about Yummie Tummie tanks on twitter, which sparked enough interest in me to check out their website. Cute stuff, great concept, but I wasn't ready to commit $60 for something no one would even see. A contest I could do, though, and whaddaya know? I won! At the conference they set me up with two boyfriend tanks in my size and set me on my way.
I'm pretty sure not a single day has gone by that I haven't worn one of those tanks. It's become enough of an obsession that on more than one occasion I've heard a small voice inside me saying, "Please step away from the Yummie Tummie." Why the obsession?
They're super-duper comfortable. It's been a long, cold winter here, and just having that extra layer between my unmentionables and my regular clothes has been lovely. I might be cold, but I don't need to broadcast it to the world via my dual telecommunicators, if you know what I mean. THO: zero. Yummie Tummie: one.
As a mother of young children, I'm up and down and bending over all the time. I don't buy super low-rise jeans, but I'm not ready to cross over into the mom-jean world. I loathe the feeling of my shirt creeping up and my backside exposed when I'm tending to my kids. I don't think anyone else in particular wants a shot of that, either. The Yummie Tummie tank is long enough to tuck into my jeans, and here's the kicker: it stays put! I've felt nary a draft since I started wearing my tanks. Whale Tail: zero. Yummie Tummie: one.
The mother of all reasons I'm now obsessed with them, though, is this:
They make my muffin top miraculously disappear. For reals.
This particular point really bothers Mike. He's seen it in action, can vouch for the missing muffin top, but he can't help wondering, "Where did it go? It has to go somewhere."
Poor boy. His mother must have never shared with him the parable about not looking a gift horse in the mouth. In which the moral of the story is:
Why the flip do you even care? My muffin top is gone! G-O-N-E. Go back to staring at my boobs and don't worry your little head about such things.
I have these jeans that have caused me nothing but woe the last 3 months. You see, I lost a bit of weight over the summer, and in a fit of giddiness I had my mom take them in a teensy bit at the waist. Which is great when you've lost the weight, not so great when a few pesky holiday pounds sneak up on you. I could button them, but it wasn't pretty. Every time I went into my closet, a great debate waged in my head: Admit defeat and put on the fat jeans? Or suck it up (literally and figuratively) and put on the smaller jeans?
The Yummie Tummie tank has solved the dilemma! When I wear it, everything is smooshed and shifted and smoothed so that I can button the jeans comfortably. Muffin Top: zero. Yummie Tummie: one.
That right there is worth $60 my friends. Yes, it is an investment in your wardrobe. But here's my take on it. You can buy this awesome shape wear tank and a couple of really good bras, and everything in your closet will look better on you. You'll feel better about yourself, too. Or you can dismiss it as too much to invest on something as silly as a tank top and instead shell out twice as much in clothes you think will cover those trouble spots. Only they won't and you'll curse your closet every morning and swear you don't own a thing that looks good on you. Trust me, I've been there, done that.
I'll admit, I was skeptical, too. But after nearly two weeks of wearing these tanks straight (don't worry, I've parted with them long enough to wash them and let my muffin top sway in the breeze), I'm sold. Let me know if you try them and what you think! Be sure to follow Yummie Tummie on twitter, or become a fan on facebook for the occasional special deal on their products.
Disclaimer: I was given two tank tops to try by Yummie Tummie, however I was not required to review them on my blog. The opinion of the product as expressed here is entirely my own.