Yes, I admit it, I’m a sloucher – a dreadful one. I know the sensible thing would be to start doing pilates again and work on straightening up properly, but it’s hard and want a nice quick fix – cue excitement when the people behind The Up-Shirt suggested I try one.
Hot from Paris this is a t-shirt with added posture controlling panels inside. From the outside it looks more of less like a normal t-shirt, but put it on and you’ll feel a subtle pull around your underarms and shoulders pulling you gently into a more upright position. But not forcing you into one, I wore it for a day and ended up straighter but not with back ache. That’s the good news.
The bad news…..this thing costs 127 Euros, that’s over £100 – and it is completely see through and the most unflattering item known to mankind. They sent me a white one, never a good choice, I don’t wear white because it makes me look ill and it shows every single lump and bump – multiply that by about a thousand with this shirt. It fits very snugly showing off bits of back I normally hide but to add insult to injury, the panels actually trigger bulges where I don’t normally have them. Every bra I own is visible in it and the sight of my stomach (including visible navel at some angles) was enough to make me cry. I would suggest wearing it under your clothing, but, did I mention, it costs over £100 – for that money I want it as visible as humanely possible. In fact, I want it printed with a big label that says ‘this t-shirt cost me over a hundred quid.’
So, sadly it’s a great idea, appalling execution – or maybe it’s just aimed at all those French women who don’t get fat and therefore don’t have lumpy bra bulges! If you’re one of those, you’ll find it at upcouture.com