Kim Kardashian's Spanx Tries to Escape: Lamenting the Second Age of Spandex

When I was a girl, it was considered stylish to wear biker shorts under dresses. So maybe Kim Kardashian is not having a wardrobe malfunction, but is bringing back a long-forgotten style from our youths in this picture.

In the first age of Jazzercise, spandex outerwear enabled motion; this time around, our elastic underwear suppresses motion. I have so far resisted calling Spanx the new foot-binding (only some people end up crippled), but can we agree that, as a fashion mandate, Spanx is at least as irksome as panniers? [Images via Pacific Coast News]