Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs


5.00 out of 5

Spanx Style # 234

  • FIRM control.
  • High waisted knicker style.
  • Very STRONG tummy control panel.
  • FLAT sewn seams (not seamless)
  • HIGH knicker legs.
  • CLOSED cotton gusset.
  • SLIMS your hips, bum, tummy, waist and midriff.
  • Gives a LOVELY shape to your bum.
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Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs

Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs are a brilliant addition to the Spanx collection. I personally love the Spanx Higher Power with the mid thighs, but like lots of people, I have been caught out flashing my Spanx when wearing shorter dresses and skirts. Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs are basically the normal Spanx Higher Power but with knicker legs instead of mid thighs.


The briefs are basically a pair of full bottom knickers with a long body on the top. They do look quite a weird shape when you take them out of the packet – sort of bottom heavy bell shaped. Please don’t be alarmed by this, they do look fine on!


The briefs are made up of 2 parts;

  • The top section. This starts at around your belly button and goes all the way up to just under your bust (depending on how tall you are). This section is made from strong but stretchy hosiery type fabric which really helps to pull you in and smooth out all your lumps and bumps.
  • The bottom section. This is the knicker part. It is made from cotton and is very comfortable and hygienic to wear for long periods of time.

Slimming Areas

The briefs slim your bottom, tummy, waist and midriff. They have a very strong tummy control panel which REALLY slims any belly bulges. It also helps to cinch you in at the waist. This is perfect if you tend to bulge over your trouser or skirt waistbands.

Slimming Strength

The briefs are FIRM in control (SUPER on the Spanx website). This gives a really good level of control, without being too constrictive or uncomfortable. They are good to wear for long periods of time.


The briefs stay in place without straps just below your bust. There is a waistband at the top which, when you get them out of the packet, looks sort of wobbly. This grips to your ribcage to help it stay in place. It doesn’t have any silicone or sticky stuff to hold it up (like some other brands do).


The legs are fairly high cut and are lined with a soft, stretchy elastic. This gives them a lot of flexibility and helps to stop them from digging in and creating VPL.


The briefs are NOT seamless. They have 2 flat sewn seams down the front and back. These look quite prominent when they are not on your body. However, once stretched out they virtually disappear and should not show through your clothing.


The briefs have a cotton gusset which is non-opening. You can wear them in place of your normal knickers but you do need to pull them down to use the loo.

Clothing Considerations

  • Perfect for wearing under very short dresses and skirts.
  • They are high waisted and come up to just under the bra line both at the front and back. You can’t wear them with anything too low backed.
  • They do have seams which may show through some clothing.

A, B, C, D, E


Natural, Black

Fabric Content

Hosiery Top: 87% nylon, 13 % lycra spandex/elastane. Knicker Bottom: 81% cotton, 19% spandex.

Fabric Care

Hand wash separately in warm water. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Line dry. Do not iron.

Exchanges & Returns

The Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs can be returned for an exchange or a refund if they are not suitable. Terms & Conditions apply.


Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs – My Review

When I used to own only a pair of the Spanx Higher Power Magic Knickers I always used to be flashing my Spanx when I wore above the knee length skirts and dresses. I was obviously not alone, judging by the amount of paparazzi shots of celebrities caught showing their Spanx. Fortunately, Spanx responded by bringing out a knicker leg version in the form of Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs.

The Briefs come in a neat blue packet with a lovely Spanx lady on the front.

spanx higher power brief packet

Funky Packaging!

When I took my pair out of the packaging they look quite small and crumply! Please be assured though that this is how they arrive NEW. They will smooth and stretch out lots and lots! The shape is a bit odd too – kind of bottom heavy and almost bell shaped.

spanx higher power briefs front view

Front View

The briefs are split up into 2 sections. The main body and the knickers. The main body is made from a very strong but stretchy hosiery type fabric. It has a flat sewn seam down the front (pictured below) and similar down the back.

spanx higher power briefs body fabric

Body Fabric With Seam

The knicker section is made from 81% cotton with 19% spandex. This is much smoother and softer to wear – and it is always nice to wear cotton knickers!

spanx higher power briefs bottom fabric

Knicker Section Fabric – Soft Cotton

The knicker legs are cut reasonably high and are binded with stretchy, sewn elastic. There is a lot of give in the seams to stop them from digging in and creating VPL. However, I think if the briefs are on the small side the seams may dig in a little bit.

spanx higher power briefs knicker legs

High Cut, Soft Knicker Legs

The gusset is non-opening so you need to pull the briefs down to use the loo. It is lined with cotton which makes them very hygienic and comfortable to wear in place of your own knickers.

spanx higher power briefs gusset

Cotton Gusset (non-opening)

The waistband is 1 inch wide and is made from very stretchy elastic. It is sort of wobbly and is designed to grip around your ribcage (without silicone like lots of others) and stay in place. If you find your waistband doesn’t stay in place it usually means you have bought the wrong size – both too big and too small will roll down.

spanx higher power briefs waistband

Wobbly Waistband

The back of the briefs is similar to the front – it is made from the same fabric and has the same seam down the center. From the top of the waistband to the bottom my size B measured 19.5 inches in length. The body measured 12 inches and the bottom measured 9.5 inches. This measurements are taken from a non-stretched pair. Due to the stretchy nature of these types of Spanx they will really stretch up and out.

spanx higher power briefs back view

Back View

Okay, this last photo has nothing to do with the review but I do like the funny cartoon inserts that Spanx put into a lot of their packaging!

spanx higher power briefs insert

Funny Cartoon Insert

What I Like About The Spanx Higher Power Briefs

  • They come in a blue packet with a Miss Moneypenny styled lady on the front wearing her Spanx!
  • They are quite long, bell shaped and wonky looking when you get them out of the packet, but don’t worry they are supposed to look like this!
  • They have a normal knicker leg so are the perfect solution to wearing shapewear with shorter skirts and dresses.
  • The fabric is lovely and stretchy and soft.
  • They are excellent at holding you in around the waist which makes tight waistbands feel much more comfortable.
  • They don’t feel too constrictive and are fairly light to wear – you don’t end up feeling to hot and bothered.
  • You don’t have to wear your normal knickers underneath. They have a cotton gusset and it feels just like wearing knickers.

What I Don’t Like About The Spanx Higher Power Briefs

  • They have a closed gusset so you have to pull them fully down to use the loo. This is a bit of a struggle when you are wearing a skirt as you have to completely re-adjust yourself afterwards!
  • The seams down the front and back aren’t completely flat, so they do show through light and tight fabrics.
  • I think the knicker legs would dig in a bit if you carry much weight on your bum and hips. The ends have quite thick sewing which could create VPL.
  • The waistband bit that is supposed to stay put at the top did slip down on me a bit. I think I needed a bigger size.

How To Put The Spanx Higher Power Briefs On

These are one of the more straightforward pieces of shapewear to put on. Sit down and step into the knickers. Get the knicker section sitting correctly on your bottom before you attempt to get the body in place. Once you are ready, roll up the body – don’t pull from the waistband as you may stretch it in the wrong way. Scootch the fabric up your body until the waistband is sitting comfortably somewhere between your ribs and bra.

Once you have got them on, like all shapewear, give yourself a good shimmy and a shuffle. Now you can get dressed x

2 reviews for Spanx Higher Power High Waisted Briefs

  1. Amy
    5 out of 5


    These have been my favourite Spanx yet! I like them because they are lower cut at the hip so they don’t ride up and cause wedgies. They control very well and come all the way up to your bra (which I actually like).

  2. Kate
    5 out of 5


    I’m loving these Spanx. They give me a great shape. I prefer them to the shorts version as they go with all of my clothes. I also prefer the gusset which doesn’t open on these.

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