The Battle is On ~ Rago 6210 vs 6201

One of the closest topics to my heart surprisingly is shapewear…who would of thought? I have so much appreciation and admiration for what an undergarment can do to truly create as an essential foundation to vintage styling. Without a doubt my all time favorite brand is Rago Shapewear! In my humble opinion, they cannot be beat. With several styles of their collection now under my belt, I really wanted to test out their 6210 Extra Firm High Waist Panty Shaper from Orchard Corset. This is the big sister to the Rago 6201, currently one of my favorite styles to date and it was time to see how the two fared in comparison.

Available in sizes 28-48 in Black/White ~ MSRP $65USD

6210dAs a seasoned veteran with Rago sizing, I know it’s essential to follow their recommendation to not to size down when your waist to hip ratio exceeds 10″. Currently my waist is 26-27″ and my hips are 38″. Considering the 6210 Panty Shaper starts at a size 28, this was the size that would be best suited for me since there is oodles of stretch in the fabric. When I first tried the shaper on, I immediately felt the difference in firming action…there was no doubt about this being classified as “extra firm”. Once I got past that, I quickly came to realize the rise was much longer than the 6201 and no amount of pulling it up to my underbust was going to make the crotch area sit ideally where it should be. For a short torso gal like me, the 6210 Panty Shaper was sadly a bit too long. That being said, I can still wear this comfortably and make it work quite well as you can see in the photos. The 6210 Panty Shaper has several magical features; a side zipper to help safely shimmy into it without breaking a nail, a rigid nylon satin front/sides to hold and firm both your stomach & thighs, a satin elastic back panel for a perfectly smooth tush, and four removable concealed garter tabs to pair with your favorite stockings.

6210bWhen it comes to smoothing out all of your lumps and bump…the Rago 6210 Panty Shaper truly does wonders. If you are looking for a shaper that will give you some serious compression without sacrificing comfort and esthetics, this is it. Since there is much for firming action from the Powernet Spandex stretch knit, I did find the legs to cause a very slight indentation to my lower thighs at the band but nothing visible from under my dress. Even with the slight fit challenge of the longer torso, I would say without a doubt that this shaper works wonders for me and I am very pleased with the flawless hourglass silhouette it creates under my wiggle dresses.

6210Here’s a quick side by side point comparison of the 6210 and 6201 to help you choose which would suit you best…

Rago6210vs6201It’s a struggle to say one is better than the other simply because they are designed for two very different needs in mind. The Rago 6210 is for uncompromising shaping with it’s extreme firming power to mold and contour the body. Meanwhile the Rago 6201 reshapes your waist, hips and thighs but with a more subtleness using the contour bands to evenly redistribute the body. In my sincere opinion, I would choose the 6210 for datenights or photoshoots where I am seeking more compression and greater definition. Meanwhile I would definitely favor the 6201 for everyday all day wear at work as it is less restrictive for ease in movement.

6210cAfter having tried almost every key category in the Rago line up, I am most pleased with their high waist panty shapers since I wear my undergarments for more than just special occasions. The fact of not having to worry about thigh chaffing in comparison to an open bottom girdle from all day wear even in the hotter months makes them ideal for comfort and versatility.

 

Defining Your “S” Curve

Believe it or not, one of the topics I enjoy writing about the most is actually shapewear. For most women, there is such a negative connotation that comes along with the mere thought of the subject. This is why I take the time to feature different brands and styles so everyone can find what works best for them. Yes…I am YOUR guinea pig! When Orchard Corset asked me to try their recent addition of the Scandale Shapewear line, I knew it was time to venture outside my Rago comfort zone again to see how this new brand measured up! Since I am a big fan of the high waist girdles, the Scandale Sirene Cincher Slip (No. 8) was a great place to start.

Available in sizes S-2XL in Black & Nude ~ MSRP $60USD

Since Scandale Shapewear is brand new to me as well, I knew it was best to consult with the Orchard Corset team when it came to proper sizing. Based on the size chart, my waist (27″) is a size Small but my hips (39″) were an inch bigger than the maximum. In the end, I decided to order a Small since the slip is super stretchy and sizing up would minimize the overall compression capabilities. When the Scandale No. 8 Slip arrived, I was immediately taken with the soft femininity in the design and lovely fabrics. It was evidently clear, this wasn’t your average shapewear and it was time to see what magical shaping powers it held. Needless to say, it took some serious wiggling and tugging on the first try since there is no built in zipper. With loads of stretch in the fabric, it took no time to shimmy into the Scandale No. 8 Slip and finally see if it was all that I had hoped it to be. Before we get to that, let’s talk about the design. The Scandale No. 8 Slip is long enough to shape from your waist to your thighs for that perfect hourglass look. With its unique V front design to prevent the unwanted rolling, contoured seams, a hidden soft lined panty with hook and eye crotch and four detachable garters, they really thought of everything we loathe when it comes to bad shapewear.

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Before & After Front.

There is no doubt, going with a size Small was the sizing right choice and fit wonderfully. After shimmying into mine for the first time, I saw the flawless “S” Curve silhouette the Scandale No. 8 Slip created and was amazed at the incredibly elegant design. The firm compression is not at all uncomfortable like other brands I have tried and I was quite surprised at how it did not restrict my movement despite how fitted it was. It’s safe to say, the Scandale No. 8 Slip cinched me in almost an inch all over and more so in the hips since mine are a bit larger than the size Small allowed. I had a slight muffin roll at the top of the slip but nothing that a minor adjustment could not fix. I was pleased to see there was no cutting into my thighs and surprisingly not too long for my short torso. The detachable garters are a nice versatile option to have since we don’t always wear stockings. The small ribbon detail over the garter tabs just shows you to what length Scandale went for each element in the design.

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Before & After Side

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Before & After Back Side

Most of you already know that I am a devoted Rago Shapewear customer and completely loathe Spanx as a whole. So the questions is, where does the Scandale brand fare in all of this? I can say without hesitation that I will be wearing the Scandale No. 8 Slip when I need some extreme minimizing powers or wearing silky type dress that calls for a seamless silhouette. Although I adore my Rago 1294, it is not well suited for those situations and the Scandale does a fabulous job at both.

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Before & After Back

The Scandale brand not only provides function and comfort, they do it with elegance. The quality in the craftmanship is quite spectacular and I am definitely looking forward to trying more items from their collection. Don’t forget the exclusive Orchard Corset 15% off discount code for Pin Up Persuasion readers, PINUP2013.

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