Let me tell you, it pays to have a “friendly” who lives in another country.
Shortly after writing an article about the new Asda George-brand Bodysculpt All-in-One Shaper, only available in the UK, James from the UK stopped by the site and let us know that he decided to give the Mansie a try. After a bit of wear, he wrote up a great Bodysculpt All-in-One Review in the comments section of the article.
I’ve always wanted to try out the line of body shapers from Asda, but because they are only available in the UK, and Asda.com does not ship to the U.S., I’ve never been able to.
I thought why not ask James if he’d be willing to be pick some up for me, and after a bit of back and forth, he kindly agreed to purchase a couple of the George-brand Bodysculpt products on my behalf and send it to me here in the U.S. so I could give the products a try!
He also was great enough to write an additional review, but this time he wrote about his personal experience wearing the George Bodysculpt Shape Enhancer T-shirt.
Here’s what James has to say about shaper t-shirt from Asda, and down below I threw in a few comments of my own.
Asda Shape Enhancer Review
Asda is a large supermarket chain in the UK (now owned by Walmart but retaining the Asda brand) they are a cheaper supermarket which has its own range of clothing called “George” for men, women and children.
Surprisingly over the last year they have introduced male shape wear to the range, they aren’t even pretending to call it a compression item. Labelled as “Body Shape Sculpt Enhancer” they are dripping with manly testosterone, you can’t help but say it and not want to crush a can with your bare hands! But these are shapewear pure and simple.
They have three items:
- the Bodysculpt Trunks with a high tummy tightening waistband (£10.00, $15.86)
- the Asda Shape Enhancer Short sleeve shirt (£10.00, $15.86)
- and most recently the Bodysculpt All-in-one Shaper (known affectionately as the ‘Mansie’ £15.00, $23.80)
All three items are available on line (to UK residents only) but I have only ever been able to find the shirt actually in store, it is tucked away with the vests and underwear. There is no publicity for it, no displays, no signs advertising it – in fact I’m almost hesitant to review it as I feel I’m letting you all in on a secret!
The shirt is available in black or white and in two sizes, M/L and L/XL. I chose the M/L size to suit my body type (5″7 182lbs) and the first thing you will notice when it comes out of the packaging is just how bloody small it is! It genuinely looks like an accessory for a doll – but my goodness it stretches well.
Once you squeeze yourself into it you will instantly see the effects. It tightens the stomach area and smooths out the love handles as well. There is also some compression on the pectoral area but if I’m honest I would have liked a bit more. That’s a personal thing, as I feel I have bigger “moobs” since my weight loss. But there is still compression on top which is a good thing, it isn’t just focused on the tummy area.
Once your top shirt is put on you will be amazed at how it is smoothing you down, I felt so much more confident at the Christmas party and received many compliments on my weight loss which boosted my ego like you wouldn’t believe.
Taking it off was a bit of a comedic struggle, I tried pulling the back over me but it ended up stretching over my head but actually not moving off me! It has taken me a couple of attempts now to take it off while still trying to maintain some level of dignity – but I didn’t buy it for the ease of [putting it on, or] taking off — I bought it for the slimming effect and that part works.
As soon as I bought one and saw how good they are I bought the other colour. I have since bought 2 more as I am now wearing them (almost) everyday as a general undershirt.
They have (so far) retained the shape and colour but please check the washing instructions for increased longevity.
I bought a shape wear vest a couple of years ago which was three times the price and was utter rubbish, I cannot reiterate enough just what good value I have found these. They are a budget-priced shirt with a result I would expect from a high end brand. They are at a price where you can conceivably wear them everyday and I would recommend them to anyone.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has tried the large size and see how effective that one is, but for me and the M/L size I am extremely pleased and urge all your non-UK followers to befriend a Limey and get them to send you one.
Tug’s Thoughts of the George Bodyscuplt Products
I’ll keep it short and simple:
George Shaper T-Shirt
- Size M/L, Black (I’m about 175lbs, 5’9″)
- Great fabric, great fit. Very comfortable. The polyamide (nylon) / spandex blend fabric has a soft hand and feels a lot like at cotton / spandex blend. Frankly, one of the more comfortable synthetic shapers I’ve tried recently
- Moderate chest flattening. If you’re pecs aren’t as tight as you’d like them to be, like me, you’ll be very pleased with comfortable chest compression you’ll get wearing this shaper
- Moderate midsection/stomach compression. If you’ve got a little love-handle action, and have an average build like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the shaping this $16 Bodysculpt undershirt provides. Once I popped the t-shirt on (I’m wearing it now) my slightly protruding waistline smoothed out and I looked slightly more svelte.
- Although the retail price tag is $16 USD, the fully-loaded cost for me to get the T-shirt and All-in-One was about $24 each. If my cost was just a hair over $16, I’d say it’s one of the best values in Slimming/Shaping undershirts I’ve personally experienced. But, at $24 per, I’d have to take a closer look at the longer list of Men’s Shaping Shirts to know for sure.
George All-in-One Bodysculpt Shaper
- Pretty much all of the above when it comes to fit and performance, with the following nuances
- You have to step in the All-in-one and pull it up to get it on. Not good, or bad, just a fact
- Since it’s one piece, you don’t have to worry about it coming untucked. The unified structure of the garment has it’s benefits
- Not so great if you have to really “use” the restroom — do I have to spell it out? If you have to visit a toilet stall, and not just a urinal, you’re in for a bunch of work and inconvenience. You’d have to take off your shirt and pull the garment down to get your business done. Ugh.
- While I like the concept of the All-in-one the preceding issue would really prevent me from wearing it more regularly