Fashion: Off the peg - Nina Dempsey squeezes into a girl's best friend, M&S control knickers
Saturday 12 June 1999
According to the rather inexact sample group gathered that Saturday night, it's worth the embarrassment of queuing at M&S Marble Arch, clutching these granny-ish garments, worth wrestling yourself into them (the elastic is seriously tight) in the bathroom, hoping desperately that you're not observed, and worth the pounds 14 a pair (pricey for good old M&S) to get into those summer skimpy dresses or slender Capri pants.
What these controllers do is squeeze you in all the right places to give the illusion of a flat tummy, a hand- span waist and pert buttocks. What happens to the excess flesh is not clear, but they do start to cut off circulation to the legs after a few hours ... and if you're expecting company in the bedroom, leave them at hom.
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