Spanx for sale at a Nordstrom department store in Short Hills, N.J., April 16, 2015. Spanx executives felt the brand’s ads — long dominated by thinly-veiled fat shaming — had grown outdated, and packaging now features what the spandex shape wear maker calls inspirational feminist messages. (Bryan Anselm/The New York Times)

As life returns, so does Spanx

Shapewear sales, which tumbled early in the pandemic as clothing choices became decidedly casual, are climbing as Americans hope to lift and squeeze their way...