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Slimming pants- magic or myth?

Slimming pants- magic or myth?

There’s been a lot of press recently about slimming, anti-cellulite, sculpting pants- with claims that they reduce hips by 4cm and thighs by 2 cm- sounds too good to be true…so, I thought I’d give them a try!

For the last month I’ve been wearing the Skin’Up Corsair Sculpting Action shorts (they look exactly like cycling shorts) to see if all the hype is true. You can buy them online at and

The pants have millions of slimming capsules built into the garment fibres which break open as the body moves, releasing a natural slimming aid throughout the day…so it claims. The capsules contain Fucus vesiculosus, a type of sea kelp (natural fat burner) marine algae, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil and safflower seed oil which have moisturizing properties as well.

The idea is to wear the shorts every day for 30 days, throughout the day, and you will see a visible difference by the end of the period-here are my thoughts…


I first put on the pants which felt REALLY tight..maybe I need them more than I thought! They look like extra tight cycling shorts..nice! Not very attractive, think Bridget Jones’ big ‘mummy’ knickers. I’m also very happy I’m doing this trial when it’s cold and wet and an extra layer of clothing is much appreciated! I can’t imagine how you’d wear them in the summer- but you’d probably want to be slim and cellulite-free by then anyway. For me, I’d like to reduce my inner thigh size by a few inches (if possible!) and get rid of the appearance of cellulite at the top backs of my legs. Is it a tall order for 30 days…?


After the first week I’m starting to see some changes- I don’t know whether this is wishful thinking but my bum actually looks a bit smaller. The shorts give my bottom a slightly odd shape when I’m wearing them, but it really lifts the cheeks and holds them firm- it feels like it’s working anyway! The shorts did take a few days of getting used to though, when I took them off for the first few days my legs and stomach felt slightly tingly and itchy, but that soon subsided.


I haven’t been totally dedicated this week, I must admit, as the pants can be quite restrictive in terms of dress choice…i.e. no body-con! And it’s been London Fashion Week, so the last thing I wanted is a big pair of pants poking out from under my dress. I’ve been trialing the longer shorts, but if I was doing it again I would interchange the longer and shorter pair to adapt to my outfits. I was finding I had to roll-up the shorts when I was wearing a short dress, which made them stick out slightly- but apart from that, I hardly notice they’re there now.


So…the final week and the moment of truth- have they worked? Yes! I’ve lost about an inch from my right inner thigh and about the same from my left. The gap between my thighs is visible, so they appear to have the done the job. Cellulite does appear reduced, although the transformation is less dramatic, but I would definitely recommend trying them for a month (if nothing else, the restrictiveness makes you think about what you’re eating!). I also used a spray along with the shorts, which you sprayed on the pants every evening to give the micro-capsules a boost- you can buy that online as well.



Tip: I would start wearing them soonish, before it gets too warm!

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Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

Comments (2)

  • These sound fab! I would love to reduce my thighs by an inch or so, so may have to give these a try – I have been doing a month long power plate course that I think is amazing – has really trimmed my arms and stomach, so now all I need is these shorts and I’ll be a supermodel…ahem….

  • So impressed with your write up that I have bought a pair of slimming pants. They’d better work!


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