I must start of my saying, i have not went a day in the past 10+ years without wearing shapeawear out of the house. I have tries pretty much everything to find stuff that is breathable during summer and wont pool sweat, firm and smooth at the same time, comfortable, wont unravel after long term use... well , everything you could possibly think of. I bought two of these about 3 years ago to alternate, like i said, I wear them everyday under everything. I was a bit larger then than I am now and the straps on these i loved because i never had to worry about them rolling down and being embarrassed about reaching under my shirt and pulling it back up like I always had to do with my Spanks. The straps are on the narrow side and did dig in a little. this might have been alleviated if i would have went up a size in the shapewear because now, 3 years later after wearing the other maidenform WYOB shapewar with larger straps in a larger size because of my weight, These fit PERFECT and otherwise just as comfortable as I remember, 20lb lighter. Yes they are firm, expect it to be tight getting on. After 200's of washes ea, they are barely starting to show a tiny bit of fray in a few areas but still have a lot of wear in them. I would recommend this to anyone, any day!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I first purchased this in a 2X in black, which should have been fine. I couldn't even get it up to my waist. So then, because the 2X was soooo small, and I needed it soon and couldn't keep ordering and returning, I ordered it in 3X and 4X. Still couldn't get either of them on, trying from the bottom up and top down. The fabric has very little stretch. It says it is firm control, but it should still have a little stretch to it. I couldn't see much difference between the 2X, 3X or 4X sizes. Not one of them could I get on. I'm an 18-20 dress. Returning all three of them.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend