Spanx or Slip? When the underpinning costs more than the dress…

“Wow,” we though, flicking through the dresses section over at Bergdorf Goodman. “Would you lookit that! This dress looks EXACTLY like a Spanx slip! And God knows, those aren’t exactly cheap either (although, let’s face it, there are less expensive versions around), but hey, at least they’re not $475!”

This Roland Mouret slip – we beg your pardon, underpinning – is, though. Which makes us wonder: why? What is it about THIS slip that makes it worth almost $500? Is it made of magic? Does it turn you into Heidi Klum? What does it do that Spanx doesn’t? Because surely it can’t just be that it has the name “Roland Mouret” stamped on the label? Please someone: tell us that’s not it?

Serious question, then, because we’ve never had the opportunity to wear a 4475 underpinning, so we know nothing about these things: is a designer slip that much better than a regular one?¬†Is it worth spending¬†that much on one? Anyone?


  • August 5, 2010


    Actually I haven’t got a chance to try out a designer slip, but somehow I am quite sure there is really not that much difference. Maybe after buying a designer slip you don’t have any money left for eating, so you look thinner? Could that be it?

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  • August 5, 2010


    I’ve read about that slip a few times recently. Apparently it’s made from his famous power mesh so does promise to give you a fabulous figure – like his dresses. Although I reckon a WKD powermesh girdle would do a better job for a better price.

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  • August 6, 2010

    Meghan Mc

    Ugh?! The only way I would spend that much on underpinnings is if it was pure silk with lace made in France.

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  • August 10, 2010


    The made from real baby unicorn mane, hand sewn by 7 virgin maidens with gold needles and washed before delivery in water blessed by the Pope.
    And for that price, those maidens better be fantastic seamstresses.

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  • August 17, 2010


    Well to be fair.. the Roland Mouret version is a (very slightly) nicer shade of nude.

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  • July 16, 2012

    Carolina W

    A lot of people will gladly spend any price on clothing these days. All it needs is a designer label, whether it’s well-known or not.

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