Men need Spanx too, says style guru

Last updated 10:50 27/02/2013
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NICE AND TIGHT: Style guru Tim Gunn relies on shapewear to keep himself looking tidy.

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Women have been wriggling into restrictive shape-smoothing underwear for years, but style guru Tim Gunn says men should embrace it too.

Gunn, a style consultant and star of US show Project Runway, said he dons shapewear for special events. He told HuffPost Live that he didn't understand why women disliked wearing it.

"Too many women resist shapewear, they just do," he said. "I have to say as a man, even I wear it occasionally. Certainly on the red carpet because everything just looks a little more fit, and slim, and trim."

Gunn said he prefers control underwear that helps slim his upper body, although he admits to struggling to get into it at times.

"It's an undershirt that comes down to about my hip bone, a little below, and it's all engineered with criss-crossing strips of heavy-duty elastic," he said. "I have to tell you, it's very difficult to get in, and I'm tempted to go to an emergency room when I need to get it off, because I'm confident I'm going to dislocate both of my shoulders."

Gunn said the struggle was worth it, as wearing shapewear made him feel better about himself.

"I'm not a fan, but I do look better," he said. "More held in, postures better, you don't have to think about it. Because I'm very posture aware - you just need to be at attention the whole time. Your clothes look better, that's the whole point. You're more confident. "

Can you see Kiwi men wriggling into Spanx and other control underwear? Should they give it a go, or just let it all hang out?

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