A woman’s life can be divided up in two phases: the carefree, bliss-filled, youthful days in which she had no awareness of or need for control-top underwear, and everything after. But sometimes you don’t need the kind of underwear that requires the jaws of life to pull on and remove; you just need a little smoothing out here and there. Enter Spanx’s new underwear, which smooths out lines without making you feel as if you’re wearing a sausage casing. They wear like regular underwear, too, so you can wear everything from clingy dresses to your favorite jeans without that strange corset-like sensation. Whoever said that beauty is pain clearly never tried these.