01. 29. 2007
Wacoal shapes and tones as you walk
Whether you walk to keep fit or as a matter of necessity, you must have been frustrated at times by the fact that no matter how much weight you lose, walking just doesn't do anything for the bits you want to go away.
Wacoal has created knickers that supposedly does just that. They look like your everyday (or maybe one should say "special occasion") control underwear, but have panels built seamlessly into them that do the magic. The panels are made of a type of resin; the tension created by the panels stimulates particular muscles as you walk, and so shapes and tones your body. Wacoal claims that, assuming you walk at least 6000 steps daily (apparently just a bit below the number of steps the average Japanese woman walks in a day), you should see results in a month. Thin and seamless, the knickers themselves are discreet under clothes.
The Hip Walker has panels under the butt and around the thighs. According to Wacoal, the panels stimulate the muscles on the butt, the wearer's stride is widened, the leg at the back goes back a little further than in a normal stride, and all this shapes and lifts the butt.
The Tummy Walker (Onaka Walker in Japan) has Y-shaped panels that go from waist to under the butt. These panels were designed to stimulate the muscles under the butt, and create tension between this area and the tummy, as well as between the butt and thighs, thus tightening your less-than-flat belly.
Wacoal also sells Hip Walker and Tummy Walker under its mid-range Wing brand, in prettier colours and designs. Not only are they more reasonably priced, they also promise to be especially discreet under clothes (i.e. no VPL). Low-waisted versions are available as well.
These are available from Wacoal boutiques across Asia (they don't seem to have made it to shops in the West).