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    6 Exercises for Hourglass Figures

    09.01.2014-Blog-Design

    If you naturally have an hourglass figure, you have a lot of great features but you might need some help in certain areas. Do you know how to target your workouts? Even if you exercise regularly, you can still struggle with the same stubborn problem areas.

    Typical trouble zones for hourglass figures include:

    • Thighs - Upper arms - Lower abdomen

    Combine Targeted Resistance Training and Fat-Burning Cardio

    If you want to transform your beach body, set aside two or three days a week to do the following exercises. Do the full set three times. Alternate this routine with two or three days a week of fat-blasting cardio for 30 to 60 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the results in only a few weeks!

    For these exercises you’ll need a low bench or high step and a pair of light dumbbells (less than 5 pounds). And, as with any workout routine, it’s best to speak to a physician first to ensure your health and capabilities before getting started.

    1. Lateral Step-Up Squat Press

    Bend your arms and hold your weights at shoulder height with your palms facing forward. Standing to the right side of the step, place your right foot flat on the step and lower into a squat. Then extend your legs and bring your left foot next to your right on top of the step while pressing your arms straight up overhead. Return to the starting position and repeat ten times. Do the same exercise on your left side.

    2. Rear Lunge Row Taps

    Stand behind the step holding your weights. Place your right foot on the step while holding the weights down in front of your shoulders with your palms facing in. Lower your legs into a squat. Extend your legs and bring the left foot up on the step while pulling your arms as if you’re rowing a boat, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Return to the starting position and repeat ten times. Do the same exercise starting with your left foot.

    3. Decline Pushups

    Start in a plank position with your feet up on the step and your hands on the ground, slightly wider than your shoulders. Perform a pushup while holding your abs tightly. Do 15 in a row. If this is too difficult, use a lower level step or start with your hands on the step and your feet on the ground. Try to avoid sagging your hips or pushing your neck forward.

    4. Alternating Skip-Ups

    Stand behind the step with your arms down at your sides. Put your right foot on the step and jump straight up, using your arms and left knee to propel you. This should all be one motion. Land back on the step with your right foot and step back down to the floor. Repeat with your left foot, and complete 15 times on each leg.

    5. Triceps Dip March

    Sit on the very edge of the stand, using your hands to keep your balance just outside your hips. Your knees should be bent at 90 degrees and your feet should be flexed so that just the heels are touching the ground. Pull your hips off the end and use small steps to move your feet out slightly farther. The farther away your feet are, the harder the exercise. Do a dip by bending your elbows and lowering your hips, while keeping your knees bent and your back close to the step. Return to the starting position by extending your arms and one leg. Repeat, alternating legs so that it looks like a march. Do 15 times for each leg.

    6. Single-Leg Bridge and Press

    Lie on your back holding your weights with your arms open to the sides of your shoulders, elbows bent at 90 degrees and palms facing down your body. Bend your left knee and place your heel on the step while extending your right leg straight up. Press down with your left foot and lift your hips into a bridge, while extending your arms straight above the middle of your chest and rotating your palms to face your head. Return to the starting position with control. Repeat ten times on your left side and then do ten on your right.

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    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health

      Hollywood Shapewear Secrets Revealed

      Celebrities Who Have Come Clean About Shapewear

      Do you ever wonder what celebrities’ secrets are when they seem to defy nature and gravity on the red carpet? Celebrities are just as human as the rest of us, complete with bumps and dimples. You may be surprised to learn that celebrities regularly rely on shapewear, whether they’re on the red carpet, filming or going on a family vacation! Here are a few notable celebrities who have come clean about their shapewear.

      Oprah Winfrey

      Oprah

      Oprah has admitted she loves shapewear panties so much she wears them every day. In fact, she’s given up regular panties altogether!

      Jennifer Lawrence

      Jennifer-Lawrence

      At the premier of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, this star wasn’t shy about showing off a bodysuit under her stunning gown! She openly embraces the fashion magic that shapewear provides.

      Gwyneth Paltrow

      Gwneth-Platrow

      She’s already incredibly slender, but Gwyneth Paltrow has openly talked about how she loves how shapewear can “squeeze you in.” 

      Jennifer Garner

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      In a word, Jennifer Garner simply calls it “Bra-lellujah.” See what she says

      Tyra Banks

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      Surprised that even a supermodel uses shapewear? Don’t be! Tyra says, “You put ‘em on, it sucks you up, baby. No matter what red carpet, I got ‘em on. I look like a granny before I put the dress on, but I put on the dress, and it’s like, ‘palow!”

      Posted in Inspiring Stories

        Kim Kardashian’s Waist Training Secret Out

        The Trick to Being Shaped Like a Celebrity

        10617165_1538742499688162_293940569_nKim Kardashian made headlines last week on Instagram by endorsing waist training with an image of herself in shapewear! And she isn’t the only celebrity to rave about how much shapers can transform your body, which is why some news outlets are suddenly asking, “Are corsets making a big comeback?”

        While Kim Kardashian is famous (and certainly gorgeous), she’s also just a normal woman who’s had a baby and works hard to keep her weight down and her figure attractive. Women of her stature have access to world-class trainers and stylists, but guess what: they still need help! Luckily, waist training shapers, such as corsets, are an accessible solution for everyone.

        We’re thrilled that she and other celebrities have come clean about what makes them look fabulous, whether they’re on the red carpet or at the coffee shop. Waist training with quality shapewear isn’t something that should be a “secret” – it’s something exciting to share with all of your girlfriends!

        So does it really work? Absolutely! Women have been reshaping their midsections with corsets and other waist-training garments for centuries. These methods have stuck around because their effective. But unlike with old-fashioned corsets, you don’t have to worry about cutting off your circulation in something that your great-grandmother might have worn. Today’s waist trainers are comfortable, stylish and sexy. (Just look at the pic Kim Kardashian posted on Instagram!)

        There are several ways waist training works:

        1.  Instant Slimming: While sustainable weight loss takes time, you don’t have to wait to see the effects of a midsection shaper! You can drop a size or two the instant you put it on.

        2. Works Up a Sweat: With firm compression around your midsection, your skin will sweat in your target area!

        3. Corrected Posture: A midsection shaper helps to correct your posture so that you stand up straighter and more confident.

        4. Reduces Overeating: Do you know that feeling when you’ve eaten too much and you want to loosen your pants? When you’re wearing a midsection shaper, your stomach won’t be able to expand as much, so you’ll feel full and less likely to overeat.

        So now you’re in on Kim’s little secret! Take a look at our wide selection of midsection shapers and discover how you can transform your body to look like an hourglass.

         

        Posted in Celebrity Style, Diet and Weight Loss, Health

          8 Reasons to Own Leg Shapers

          08.25.2014-Blog-Redesign

          Did you know your legs can be one of your most attractive assets? Even if you don’t naturally have long and slender legs, shapewear in combination with flattering attire can do wonders for your lower half! And if you do have long and slender legs, shapers can help you best emphasize that feature. So quit hiding behind baggy pants and feel confident and comfortable in fitted outfits.

          Here are eight reasons why you should have leg shapers in your wardrobe.

          Slenderize Your Legs

          When it comes to legs, you want to emphasize everything slender and trim. Shapers do just that, no matter what size or shape your legs are. You may even drop a size or two in an instant.

          Support and Sculpt Your Legs

          Not only do legs shapers make your legs look leaner, but they sculpt and support them as well. You’ll have a great shaped legs, and they’ll feel less fatigued at the end of a long day.

          Shape Your Silhouette

          When it comes to the figure of your silhouette, your legs make up about half of it! Your sexy figure wouldn’t be complete without sculpted legs at the base.

          Support Your Lower Abdomen, Thighs and Hips

          Most leg shapers have the added benefit of providing support and shape for these other essential parts of your figure. You’ll have an all-around shapelier look for your lower half.

          Be Long and Lean

          You don’t have to be a runway model to achieve that long and lean look for your legs. Use a legs shaper underneath high-waisted pants or skirts and immediately look like your legs and long and slender.

          Look Taller

          You don’t have to be tall to look tall. Use the slenderizing effects of leg shapers to create a longer, leaner figure. You’ll look inches taller and slimmer in an instant.

          Eliminate Muffin Top

          With most leg shapers, you won’t have to worry about what goes on above your waistline. Choose a shaper with midsection control, and enjoy a curvy and smooth look like an hourglass, without muffin top.

          Correct Your Skin

          Some leg shapers are designed to battle cellulite by increasing perspiration in target areas. So you can look great even when the shaper comes off, with improved appearance on the surface of the skin.

          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

            The Best Activewear for an Active Life

            Fashionable & Effective Apparel in the Gym and Out

            If you’re an active woman, what you wear during your workouts is just as important as your professional, dressy, or casual attire. Activewear that effectively enhances your performance is essential, and it’s all the better if it’s stylish and highlights your body’s best features.

            We’ve got what you need to be fashionable at the gym as well as at the park, on the trail, or anywhere else you want to show off a sporty look. Plus, you’ll be working your muscles to their fullest potential and targeting stubborn body fat.

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            Sweat It Off Anti-Cellulite Tank by Delfin Spa paired with Ultimate Performance Racer Back Sports Bra by Game Gear HT260

            A good workout can turn into a great one when you have upper body support that aids with your form and posture. This anti-cellulite tank helps you amp up your perspiration so you can make the most out of your workout, while the sports bra keeps your chest area feeling dry and your back muscles uninhibited. Together they provide ultimate shaping and support for your torso so you’ll look hot no matter which way you move.

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            Bio-Ceramic Calf Sleeves by Delfin

            Are you envious of women with great calves? These sleeves will help you maximize the effectiveness of your calf workouts by creating compression and thermal activity. These are a great option whether you’re an avid runner or gym-goer and you want to improve your performance.

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            Curve Appeal Black Body Shaping Leggings by Bon Bon Up

            Your collection of activewear wouldn’t be complete without a pair of great leggings. These shaping leggings discreetly sculpt your waist, hips, butt and thighs so you’ll feel confident and attractive. They’re ideal whether you’re lifting, running, doing yoga, or even running errands.

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            Mineral Motion High-Waisted Capris by Delfin Spa

            Boost your workout with mineral-infused fabric! The unique compression technology helps you sweat, which can improve circulation. You’ll also look smooth and shapely from above your waist down to mid-calf, making these capris ideal for casual wear as well.

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            Toning Shorts by Amia

            Work out harder and increase your caloric burn with these cutting-edge compression shorts from Amia. You’ll feel the burn and look fantastic by shaping your waistline, butt, hips and thighs.

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            Essentials Crop Shapewear Pants Plus Size by Miraclesuit

            If you’re tempted to go to the gym hiding your figure in baggy clothes, these pants were made for you! Enjoy a smoothly contoured body including your waist, butt, hips and thighs, while benefiting from compression fabric to increase caloric burn. The control waistband keeps everything in place so you’ve got no worries no matter which way you bend and twist.

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            Weather Endurance Compression Pants by Game Gear

            If you’re inspired to work up a sweat when the outdoor elements aren’t so inviting, these compression pants are a must-have. They’ll keep you warm and dry while improving your circulation. Rain, snow or shine, you’ll be ready to gear up and enjoy the weather.

            Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

              8 Reasons to Own a Rear Shaper

              08.18.2014-Blog-Redesign

              No matter what your shape or size, chances are you have wrestled with your wardrobe to make your butt look it’s best. It’s difficult because everyone is shaped differently. Unless you have a personal tailor, few articles of clothing are naturally going to fit well.

              That’s why every woman can benefit from a rear shaper. If you don’t have one in your dresser, here are some reasons that may convince you that you’re missing out:

              Enhance Your Rear

              Even if you work out every day, it’s difficult if not impossible to change the shape of your butt. Since very few women are naturally endowed with a perfectly round and firm shape, a rear shaper can save you a lot of fuss and make your butt look perfect in an instant.

              Shape Your Silhouette

              Your hourglass figure wouldn’t be complete without a round and smooth bottom half! A rear shaper completes the shape of your feminine silhouette.

              Help Your Clothes Fit Best

              Have you ever had the perfect pair of jeans that was comfortable and also highlighted your best features? With a rear shaper, you might discover that a lot more of your clothes fit like that! Clothes are designed to look good on mannequins, and a shaper can help your body be smooth and contoured in the same way.

              Slim Your Lower Abdomen

              One of the peskier areas in women’s figures is the lower abdomen, even if you’ve been diligently going to the gym. With most rear shapers, you’ll get the added benefit of slimming for your front too. Instant results, without the workout.

              Shape Your Hips

              It’s all part of the same package. A shaper that creates a firm and round butt also creates firm and curvy hips.

              Trim Your Tummy

              To provide a lift for your butt, many rear shapers provide coverage all the way to your waistline. So you’ll also enjoy smooth control for your tummy and midsection, for an all-around sleeker figure.

              Support Your Rear

              Let’s face it, for many women the butt can droop simply because it’s made of fattier tissue. It may not matter how firm your glutes are. Use a rear shaper and put aside your insecurities.

              Eliminate Muffin Top

              Complete your look from top to bottom with a rear shaper that provides smooth shaping starting at your midsection. You’ll never worry about any unsightly muffin top above your pants’ waistline again.

              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                Date Night!

                08.15.2014-Blog-Design

                Look Hot In Our Top Shaper for Summer Styles

                Summertime is an exciting season for fashion and romance. It means lots of straps, lots of skin and light and flirty fabrics. And when you’re going out in the hot weather, you don’t want to be wearing much bulk or sweating through heavy materials. Shapewear is an essential part of looking hot in summer styles!

                Got a big date coming up? Look even more amazing in our top pick for summer: the High Waisted Panty by Amia! You can incorporate this versatile shaper into all of your warm weather outfits so you will always look slim and smooth in this summer’s top trends. Here are a few ways you can look your best on date night (or every day):

                Shorts

                Short shorts are sexy and draw attention to long legs and a nice bottom. The high waisted panty provides a firm lift for your rear, so there’s never a worry about how your backside looks in your cutoffs. It provides control for your midsection too, so you don’t have to worry about muffin top either!

                Midi Skirts

                Enjoy this sophisticated look that highlights your waistline and makes your legs look longer. Your midi skirt will fit smoothly like a glove over the panty shaper.

                Matching Suits

                For your lightweight business attire, the panty shaper will create a perfectly shaped midsection and rear. Fitted pants and skirts will fit smoothly and comfortably, so you’ll look professional and chic.

                Dresses

                Who doesn’t love a summery sundress? You’ll feel confident in flowing fabrics because your figure will be a smooth hourglass underneath. The panty shaper is also practical for more formal gowns and dresses, as it holds your midsection in its ideal slim shape.

                Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear

                  8 Reasons to Own a Hip & Thigh Shaper

                  08.11.2014-Blog-Design

                  Whether you’re already familiar with the benefits of shapewear or you’re just starting to discover them, make sure you’ve got your wardrobe stocked with hip and thigh shapers. These garments are an indispensable part of perfecting your figure, whether you’re going to the gym or you’re dressing up in a formal gown.

                  Here are eight reasons why these shapers should be an essential part of your collection:

                  Slim Your Silhouette

                  Having trouble squeezing into that cute skirt or those tight pants? Watch your lower half shrink a size or more in an instant with a hip and thigh shaper. You’ll enjoy an overall slimming effect.

                  Support Your Lower Body

                  Whether you spend all day on your feet or sit in an office chair, you can put a lot of stress on your pelvis, thighs and lower back. Work to fix that problem with compression fabrics that can provide support all day long. You might end the day feeling more energized and able to do what you love.

                  Shape Your Thighs and Hips

                  As the name suggests, these shapers mold your thighs and hips into an ideal shape. So whether you need to size down and smoothen your thighs, or give your hips a little more curve, there’s a shaper that can meet your body’s specific needs.

                  Contour Your Figure

                  Your figure won’t be flattened in a quality hip and thigh shaper. On the contrary, with the right shaper you’ll achieve a contoured figure with curves in all the right places. Your silhouette will never look sexier.

                  Put an End to Thigh Rubbing

                  Nothing makes a workout or time spent on your feet worse than the misery of chafing thighs! The solution to your discomfort is as simple as a thigh shaper.

                  Slim Your Lower Abdomen

                  Many hip and thigh shapers provide benefits all the way up to your waistline. Unlike some midsection shapers, these lower body shapers provide ultimate slimming effects for that pesky area in the lower abdomen.

                  Correct Visible Panty Lines

                  Never worry about bending over again, because with a seamless hip and thigh shaper, there’s no panty line to reveal.

                  Enhance Your Rear

                  You give attention to your bustline with nice bras; so why not do the same for your backside? Many hip and thigh shapers are designed to give the rear a firm and round lift. You’ll enjoy a sculpted look you might not have thought possible, perfect for those fitted pants and skirts.

                  Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                    The New Rules for Party Dressing

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                    Dressing Your Best for Any Night Out

                    It used to be that when you went out to party, you could only wear sexy apparel if you had the right body type. And unless you were a runway model, your selection of party wear might have been limited (unless you simply chose to wear an unflattering outfit!).

                    These days, more people recognize that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and shapewear enhances all of them! No matter what your body type, the key to sporting a fashionable party outfit is setting the perfect foundation with the right shaper. Here are some rules you should follow every time you dress up.

                    1. Choose the Right Shaper According to Your Outfit

                    Some of your sexiest apparel naturally isn’t going to work with every type of shaper. For example, if you’re wearing a halter-top, a shaper with straps isn’t going to work. If you’re going low back or backless, you may run into to problems with a lot of midsection shapers with back coverage. But don’t give up on that cute dress yet! Many shaping garments are specifically designed for wearing under those fashionable types of apparel. For your more revealing outfits, try shapers that are backless, thong, plunge bra, or strapless.

                    2. Try Different Materials

                    Modern shapers utilize a variety of different materials, and not all function the same way. For maximum shaping effectiveness you might want to try a garment with high compression material and side boning for extra shaping and support through the midsection. If you would rather have more comfort and flexibility while you make your moves on the dance floor, a light compression cami or high-waisted panty might be better suited for your needs. If you’re planning on wearing a tight outfit, one quality you’ll always want to look for in the fabric is a “seamless” design, so nothing shows through.

                    3. Find the Right Color

                    No matter what type of shapewear you’re using, you’ll always want it to be invisible. You wouldn’t wear a black bra under a white t-shirt, so don’t sport a black cincher under a light-colored top. If you’re wearing a separate bra and panties, wear a shaper of the same color. You usually can’t go wrong with nude-colored undergarments if you’re trying to be discreet.

                    4. Enhance Your Best Assets

                    Know yourself and learn which of your features you can show off! Shapers aren’t just made for hiding your less flattering features; they’re made for enhancing what you’ve got. Match the shaper that features your curves with an outfit that emphasizes those curves. Use cleavage-boosting undergarments for low-cut tops, butt-lifting shapers under tight skirts and pants, and torso-lengthening midsection shapers for dresses that emphasize the waistline.

                    Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                      Before and After Sweepstake Winners

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                      Hourglass Angel thanks all of the customers that shared their stories, and before and after shapewear transformation images. We would like to continue to see you reach your goals, and see how your transformation evolves. Please continue to send your before and after images to transformation@hourglassangel.com to continue building a community where women can inspire one another with their progress, and results.

                      Winners that have been chosen have been contacted via email, please check your inbox, and junk mail to see if you have won! All garment requests are to be submitted by August 15th, 2014.

                      Posted in Supporting our Community

                        8 Reasons To Own a Midsection Shaper

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                        Every fashion-conscious woman knows that a midsection shaper is a key component to a tasteful wardrobe. But many don’t know that midsection shapers go way beyond just making you look slimmer around the midsection. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy from a midsection shaper. Once you add this essential shapewear to your wardrobe collection, you may wonder why you ever went without one!

                        Posture Correction

                        Midsection shapers help your spine to stand straight and tall. Straight posture is essential to your short- and long-term back health! When standing with good posture, you’ll not only feel more energized, but you’ll look more poised. A midsection shaper may transform the way you look and feel with posture correction alone!

                        Postpartum and Postsurgical Support

                        Midsection compression can be an integral part of recovering from childbirth or abdominal surgery. It can reduce swelling and aid your abdomen in regaining its shape.

                        Waistline Enhancement

                        This may go without saying, but nothing works better than a midsection shaper in enhancing a feminine waistline and eliminating any problem spots like love handles and muffin top. You may drop a couple of sizes as well!

                        Thermal Activity

                        One of the primary benefits of compression technology in shapewear is that it stimulates thermal activity in your target areas. This in turn increases perspiration and can maximize the effectiveness of your workouts!

                        Back Support

                        Many modern women spend long hours every day in an office chair, on their feet, and/or carrying children around on their hips. While you might be tempted to just “tough it out” when you experience the back pain that naturally results from these activities, you can instantly ease some of the stress on your body with a midsection shaper.

                        Reduction of Overeating

                        When you have firm compression all the way around your midsection, your stomach isn’t going to expand the way it might otherwise when you eat a lot. That means that you will notice more easily when you are full, and you won’t want to overeat.

                        Building Confidence

                        You know how great it feels when you know you look good. When you’re not constantly worried about how your body looks, you can focus your attention on other things.

                        The Perfect Foundation for Every Outfit

                        Have you ever noticed that clothes in a department always look good on a mannequin but don’t fit quite the same way when you try them on? Shapewear turns your body into a smooth, almost mannequin-like shape, so you can look great in every outfit!

                        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                          Ten Coordinating Shapers for the Perfect Hourglass Figure

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                          Surefire Combos for Your Ideal Shape

                          Sometimes, obtaining the ideal figure for that special dress or those form-fitting pants requires a little thoughtful preparation when it comes to your shapewear. While many garments are versatile and work well on their own, they work even better when paired with another body shaping product. Try some of these combos for the perfect look in your most flattering outfits. You can also mix and match for your own custom shaping solution!

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                          High Waisted Panty by Amia with Vedette Ivana Torsette Waist Cincher

                          With these two garments you can enjoy moderate control and shaping for your lower abdomen, hips and butt, in addition to firm cinching at your waistline. This combination is ideal for creating a tight and toned look from below the bust down to your hips. Both pieces are seamless, so they’ll fit together without a problem.

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                          Bio-Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Shorts by Delfin with Body Slimming Anti-Cellulite Gel by Co’Coon 

                          For your smoothest, firmest skin, sometimes you need to take out the big guns. Delfin’s compression shorts will enhance your workouts by increasing perspiration in your cellulite target areas, while the body slimming gel firms and improves the appearance of the surface of your skin. You’ll enjoy the confidence of having tight and toned skinned in all of your leg-baring attire.

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                          Dana Mid-Thigh Buttock Enhancer with Front Closure by Vedette with Strapless Longline Bra by Dominique

                          Want a full-body makeover without pulling on a whole suit? Vedette’s buttock enhancer does wonders for your lower half, resulting in a shapely bottom with smooth thighs and hips. When paired with this strapless longline bra, you’ll enjoy extra slimming and support for your waist and torso with a nice boost to the bust. It’s a perfect solution for the little black dress or any form-fitting attire.

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                          Vedette Amelie Open Bottom Mid Thigh Shaper with B.Wowd Push Up Bra by Wacoal

                          Sexy perfection from top to bottom starts with an incredible bra like this push up bra by Wacoal. Flexible, seamless design creates a lovely lift in the cleavage. Pair that with this mid thigh shaper and you’ll get a smooth hourglass from the bust all the way to mid-thigh, including a head-turning lift in the rear.

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                          Toning Shorts by Amia with Workout Band by Ann Cherry

                          Your workouts just got a huge boost with cutting-edge compression technology from Amia and Ann Cherry. These shorts with this waistband will maximize your perspiration in your target areas, ensuring that your workout is working for you!

                           

                          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                            Revamp Your Summer Wardrobe

                            10 Essential Shaping Summer Tanks

                            Does your summer wardrobe need a lift? If you’re hiding behind baggy tops or you’re finding that your standard tanks provide a squeeze in the all the wrong places, then you need to revamp some of your warm-weather style!

                            All it takes is the right tank top to pull off a look that is smooth and attractive. We’ve got ten essential pieces for your summer wardrobe, so you’ll look hot (and feel cool) all season long. You can wear most of them on their own, or use them as a foundation for some stylish layering.

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                            All About Lace: Glamour Shaping Camisole by BodyHush

                            You can look elegant, long and lean with this gorgeous lacy cami. Enjoy a flat tummy and a smooth midsection under fabric that won’t slip. This looks very sexy on its own and also layers beautifully under other tops.

                            Midsection Taming: Girlfriend Shaping Tank Top by Yummie by Heather Thomson

                            This simple yet versatile top will be your go-to every time you need to head out in hot weather. Enjoy superb support and midsection shaping with a spandex tummy panel along, along with comfortable breath ability.

                            Go Strapless: Ava Convertible Shaper Slip by Cass Luxury

                            Why reveal bra straps or seams under your strappy and strapless tops when you can use this slimming shaper? Wear it underneath any of your feminine favorites, on its own, or layered underneath a jacket.

                            Scoop Neck: The Scoop Skinny Shaping Top by Cass Luxury

                            This soft and stylish design emphasizes your bust while providing seamless slimming of the torso all the way around. Light and breathable, it’s ideal even on summer’s hottest days.

                            Underbust Design: CocCoon Perfect Fit Braless T-shirt

                            Sometimes it’s hard to beat the comfort and support of your favorite bra. If you want to wear that bra with a shaper, pair it with this underbust design for custom comfort, support and midsection control.

                            Strappy: Yes Please Firm Control Tank Top by Flexees

                            Don’t want to go completely strapless but want to show off your shoulders? Enjoy comfortable but firm control and slimming around your midsection with some stylish thin straps.

                            Push-Up Combo: Candace Custom Lift Camisole by Flexees

                            Summer style sometimes includes a bit of cleavage, so bare it comfortably and confidently with graduated push-up support in this one-of-a-kind tank. It also comfortably shapes and controls your tummy, midsection and back.

                            Bodysuit Support: Mia Invisible Bodysuit by Cass Luxury

                            This looks like a sexy, strappy tank and has added support for the lower abdomen and back. Wear it on its own or layer, with or without a bra.

                            Comfortable Non-Underwire Support: Veronica Cami Shaper by Julie France

                            On those hot and humid days, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. This ultra-stretch tank provides superb bust support without and underwire while targeting the waistline, tummy and lower back.

                            Wear it Two Ways: Stephanie 2-Way Tank by Yummie by Heather Thomson

                            Why have two tanks when you can just use one? This reversible top has a V-neck on one side and a scoop neck on the other and provides superb tummy and torso slimming.

                             

                            Posted in How To Wear

                              Tame Your Midsection Once and For All

                              Get The SHAPE

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                              If you’re like a lot of women, some of the most frustrating problem areas in your figure are probably around your waist. This is especially true if you’ve been pregnant, but even if you haven’t, you might still battle with your midsection, day after day.

                              Few things can be more frustrating than trying to look fashionable and attractive when you’re combating an uncooperative tummy, sides and back! But you don’t have to give in to “love handles” and “muffin top.” We have four fabulous midsection garments designed to shrink your waistline, so you’ll always look smooth and slender around the middle – and maybe even drop a couple of sizes!

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                              1. Cincher by Amia

                              There’s a reason this waistline-targeting garment is one of our bestsellers. Wear it and instantly benefit from a flatter tummy and a smooth and trim midsection all the way around, from below the bust to your hip bone. You may be able to wear a size or two smaller just by putting it on. Using Amia’s signature PowerLatex fabric, it provides all day firm control, while FlexiBoning ensures unbeatable comfort. While you’re wearing it, compression technology works to stimulate thermal activity and perspiration.

                              2. Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

                              When it comes to controlling your waist, it doesn’t get much more classic – or effective – than a corset. This customer-favorite corset provides maximum compression all the way around the torso for an all-day tall and lean look. Adjustable lacing ensures a perfect fit every time, while steel boning keeps your figure firmly in place all day long. Customer’s favorite garment to use for waist training, simply tighten the laces as you size down.

                              3. Vest by Amia

                              Unbeatable compression technology meets ultimate comfort and support with Amia’s popular vest. Slim your midsection dramatically in a snap when you put on this maximum strength shaper, complete with PowerLatex fabric. The vest’s design ensures full coverage and support up the back and over the bra line. As with all of our maximum strength midsection shapers, instantly notice a reduction of 1-3 inches in the midsection.

                              4. Compression Panty Shaper

                              For no-fail tummy flattening, this panty shaper provides slimming and coverage from above the waist to down over your pelvis, which is particularly effective at taming your lower abdomen or love handles in the back. Maximum compression ensures that you’ll enjoy a smooth and slim silhouette from from your hips up to below the bust.

                              Posted in How To Wear, Maternity, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                Getting in Shape & Staying in Shape

                                5 Ways Shapewear Helps Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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                                You already know that quality shapewear can make you look great, as it discreetly shapes your figure to look like an hourglass. But did you know that certain shapers can contribute to an all-around healthier lifestyle?

                                In fact, shapewear encourages a healthy lifestyle and promotes weight loss in five key ways! If you’re trying to eat better and get more active – while ensuring you look great at the same time – be sure to include shapewear in your routine. Here’s why:

                                1. Shapewear discourages overeating

                                You’ll notice that when you’re wearing a garment that provides firm compression around your midsection, your stomach can’t expand as much. And that means you’ll eat less. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be hungry, but it does mean that you can have a stronger handle on compulsion eating, which is key for healthy weight loss. You’ll be more likely to simply eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re full. This is an essential component to long-term weight loss and lifestyle change.

                                2. Shapewear motivates you

                                One of the great benefits of compression technology is that it produces noticeable results instantly! If you’re using a midsection shaper, you’ll quickly notice a reduction in inches. Nothing motivates to keep you going like real results.

                                3. Shapewear boosts your confidence

                                Even if you haven’t met your fitness goals yet, shapewear helps your clothes fit better, so that you look great no matter what your current size is. Feeling positive about your self-image is key to sticking with your lifestyle changes. With the ongoing confidence boost that shapewear provides, you’ll want to stay on track and see your goals to the end.

                                4. Shapewear paves the way to permanent change

                                If you’re serious about transforming your lifestyle habits, lasting change takes a lot of time and patience. Shapewear helps you enhance whatever progress you’ve made, whether you’ve got one more size you want to drop or four. You might want to be in a size 6 someday, but in the meantime you can still look fabulous in a size 8, size 14 or higher.

                                5. Shapewear helps you measure your progress

                                Speaking of sizes, did you know that shapewear helps you drop a size or two instantly? So go ahead and buy those smaller size clothes. You’ll enjoy fitting into them more naturally as you progress with your fitness plan. And if you’re wearing your shaper on a regular basis, your weight loss will be even more obvious to you. Those “Wow!” moments are super motivating!

                                Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                  5 Must-Have Shapers for Summer

                                  Enjoy a Smooth & Slim Figure in Warm Weather

                                  It’s summer and you know what that means: showing more skin and more of your figure. But that doesn’t mean you have to stress about it! Don’t waste the long days hiding indoors behind baggy clothes. The secret to looking great and feeling great this season, whether you’re walking the beach, lounging at a backyard barbecue or checking out the summer nightlife, is wearing pairing the right shapewear with your favorite summer outfits.

                                  Today, we’re featuring 5 hot shapewear styles that are must-haves for warm-weather attire. Grab these shapers and love the way you look this summer!

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                                  1. Workout Band by Ann Cherry

                                  Planning on making the most of the warm weather with some great outdoor workouts? You won’t want to leave your door without this incredible workout band under your fitness top. Not only will you look killer in form-fitting workout attire and turn a few heads while you’re out, you’ll also be maximizing your workout’s intensity. The firm compression around your midsection redirects the heat back onto your skin, which in turn helps increase perspiration in the target area!

                                  2. Cincher by Amia

                                  This is one of those garments that you’ll wonder what you ever did without. It’s a must-have foundation garment under any summery top or dress, whether it flows or clings. With this best-selling cincher, you’ll immediately notice a reduction in inches around your waist and enjoy a smooth and flawlessly shaped midsection.

                                  3. Toning Shorts by Amia

                                  Wouldn’t you love to have smoother thighs under all of your skirts, dresses and shorts? If you’re living an active lifestyle and want to give your lower half a bit of a lift, these toning shorts will be your best friend. Compression technology increases perspiration in the target area so that you can benefit from them whether you’re doing intense workouts or simply walking.

                                  4. Firm Up Butt Lift Jeans by Verox

                                  You just can’t do summer without some great skinny jeans to go with your best shoes and tops. With these jeans you don’t have to worry about how your rear end is holding up. They instantly shape and lift your butt so it will always be round, firm and smooth from every angle.

                                  5. Yes Please Firm Control Tank Top by Flexees

                                  Want to always look fabulous in your summer tops? Yes, please! Layer every look starting with this customer favorite shaping cami. You’ll get instant slimming and smoothing from your bust to below the waistline – so no more worries about how your figure looks under even your lightest and tightest summer apparel.

                                  Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                    Transform Yourself. Motivate Others

                                    Inspire Other Women with Your Shapewear Success

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                                    Do you absolutely love what high-quality shapewear does to your body image? If you’re like most women, you could probably rave about the instant boost in self-confidence you experience when you look at yourself in the mirror. You feel sexy and feminine from every angle, with every movement.

                                    Once you figure out the ways you can shape up your silhouette, it’s hard to imagine dressing without your favorite shapers! And sometimes it’s hard not to share about your little secret with your best friends. After all, doesn’t it feel great to help them out – so they can feel the way you feel?

                                    Pay It Forward

                                    Imagine sharing your shapewear success not just with your best friends, but with many women. Just like you, they might need a little midsection support, a little boost in the chest, or a little control in the thighs. Wouldn’t you feel great knowing that your transformation could help motivate other women to transform themselves too?

                                    Now is your chance! The world wants to see your success!

                                    -        For the month of July, we’re inviting you to motivate and inspire other women with your incredible before and after photos.

                                    -        All you have to do is send photos of your transformation: your silhouette before shapewear and after.

                                    -        We may share your inspiring images through our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.

                                    We can’t wait to see the way shapewear is transforming the way women look and feel!

                                    How To Get Involved

                                    Simply email your before and after photos to transformation@hourglassangel.com. Don’t be shy! We’re looking for submissions from lovely women of every size and background. We know you’ve got the curves; now flaunt them!

                                    Bonus: Win Free Shapewear!

                                    Just for participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free shaping garment from Hourglass Angel. We’ll draw five winners at random on August 5, 2014.

                                    So what are you waiting for? Share your transformation with the world and inspire others to achieve their own!

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                                      Shaping and Support for New Moms

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                                      The Best Postpartum Shapers for the Summer Months

                                      If you’re a new mom, one of the big questions you may be wondering is, “When am I going to get my body back?”

                                      While moms are beautiful just the way they are in every stage of postpartum recovery, you can use a shaper to help your midsection as it shrinks to its pre-pregnancy size and regains muscle strength. These garments are designed with the mom in mind and will keep you cool, comfortable and beautiful during the warm summer months.

                                      The Cincher by Amia is one of our top-selling garments for new moms! Its revolutionary compression technology firmly pulls your midsection into shape using comfortable FlexiBoning and PowerLatex. Wear it for an instant reduction of one to three inches. It’s versatile and comfortable enough to use every day with every style, even during those warm summer months.

                                      The Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher by Flakisima combines effective slimming with ultimate comfort. Pair it with your bra of choice, nursing or otherwise, and you’ll enjoy an instant smoothing and slimming of your tummy, sides and back. You’ll feel like you’re just wearing a snug tank top and no one will know your secret to looking so great postpartum!

                                      Support your back and aid your postpartum recovery with the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks. This garment provides gentle compression and support for those delicate first weeks following your delivery. The compression strength is adjustable, so you can tighten it as your abdomen heals and shrinks.

                                      A great cami is essential for the new mom in the summer months. Look no further than the Mother Tucker Compression Tank by Belly Bandit. It provides comfortable slimming and smoothing for your tummy, sides and back, while staying in place with a no slip, anti-roll bottom. Adjustable straps and a supportive top provide a lift for your breasts without flattening or squishing them.

                                      The Post-Surgery Panty by Leonisa is a great choice more midsection support whether you had a C-section or vaginal delivery. You’ll enjoy gentle shaping and compression support around your tender midsection and pelvic floor. An adjustable flap sits just above the belly button, and Velcro sides enable you to increase compression as your body heals. The light and breathable fabric blend moves with your body, providing ultimate comfort even on those hottest days.

                                      Posted in How To Wear, Maternity, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                        An Elegant and Graceful Figure for Your Wedding Gown

                                        Shapewear Advice to Achieve the Perfect Look on Your Wedding Day

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                                        For your upcoming wedding, one of the most essential pieces of the whole day is the dress. Once you’ve found the perfect wedding gown, you’ll want to make sure that your figure is shaped into an ideal foundation. Your dress should fit like a glove, emphasize your best features, and flow the way it was designed to, from top to bottom.

                                        We have a wide array of shapewear options that can work under wedding gowns. Here are five valuable tips for choosing and using the ideal shapers for your body and your dress.

                                        1. Look for “seamless.”

                                        Any bridal shaper needs to be completely invisible beneath your dress, and for this reason some of the best bridal undergarments come in a seamless design. This means that it has no visible seams or ridges that can appear underneath the fabric of the dress, so you won’t have to worry about visible bra lines or panty lines.

                                        Most seamless garments are constructed with hi-tech microfiber fabric that is effective at shaping and smoothing. Microfiber is also very lightweight and comfortable, which is essential on the big day.

                                        2. You can’t go wrong with classic bustiers and corsets.

                                        Bustiers and corsets are classic shaping undergarments that have made women look stunning in gowns for generations. And there’s a reason they’re popular: they work! These traditional strapless long-line bras give your breasts support and shape while slimming your midsection and straightening your posture, using boning and stretchy fabric. If you can’t decide where to begin when shopping for undergarments, start with these, as they work with most styles.

                                        3. Try shaping briefs.

                                        If you don’t think you need or want a corset or bustier, a high-rise shaping brief is another effective midsection-shaping option. Not only will it control and shape your waistline, it will keep your hips and rear in place too. A shaping brief may be an ideal choice for any dress that is more fitted around the hips. And it’s one of the most comfortable shaping options for your big day!

                                        4. Practice wearing your undergarments.

                                        Not sure what undergarments you’ll like best? Try wearing them around for a day before you make the final decision. You’ll get a good feel for what’s the most comfortable and effective option for your body and style.

                                        5. Take undergarments to fittings

                                        Before you have your dress fitted and altered, make the final selection of your undergarments and bring them along. This is vital to ensuring that your dress has the best fit, particularly in the bodice.

                                         

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                                          Discovering Everyday Burlesque Fashion

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                                          5 Tasteful Ways to Wear Burlesque Every Day

                                          Burlesque fashion is sexy and fun, and you don’t have to wait for a special event to pull it off. As we celebrate everything burlesque this weekend at the Windy City Burlesque Festival, we encourage everyone with a taste for this type of style to discover new ways to enjoy it.

                                          Did you know you can tastefully incorporate an authentic burlesque look into your wardrobe every day? Here are five tips to express burlesque fashion outside of a special burlesque event.

                                          1. Accessorize with Flair

                                          While burlesque fashion is anything but subtle, you can show it off with a little restraint. Take one vintage burlesque accessory and combine it with your casual wardrobe. Examples include a peacock feather, a sparkly hairpiece, or a glitzy scarf or boa. This kind of accessorizing adds a huge pop to your everyday jeans, strappy tops and dresses.

                                          2. Command Your Makeup

                                          A big part of the burlesque look is the bold makeup. While you may not want to paint your entire face like you’re about to perform a Broadway show, you can express hints of burlesque style on your face—just don’t do it all at once. Practice showing off some cat eyes, sparkly eye shadow, dark and defined eyebrows, gorgeously long and thick lashes, lusciously rouged cheeks or deep red lips. Choosing just one of these techniques when you go out will make a statement without going over the top.

                                          3. It’s All About The Corset

                                          Few people know how versatile corsets can be! You can wear them under almost anything, with the benefit of having a killer waistline and outstanding posture. Many burlesque corsets are also designed to look fabulous as outerwear, so pick your favorite to wear with an open jacket. Some underbust corsets can be worn over thin fabric tops as well.

                                          4. High, High Stockings

                                          One of the most familiar burlesque looks is wearing thigh-high stockings, complete with a garter belt and straps. While this fashion statement is most commonly associated with the burlesque stage or the bedroom, there’s no reason you can’t rock high stockings under a variety of skirts and dresses. If you’ve got a thirst for burlesque expression, this can be your little secret.

                                          5. Customize Your Clothes

                                          You don’t need to be an expert seamstress to add some burlesque glamour to the clothes you already have. Change the buttons on your jacket or blouse, sew glitzy patches to your jeans or purse, or add a little burlesque flair to your collar. Everyone expresses burlesque different, so choose the style that is uniquely yours and go with it!

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                                            Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party

                                            Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party

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                                            Our Top 10 Shapers for Bridesmaids

                                            Stand at the bride’s side in confidence and style! Historically, bridesmaid dresses have a bad reputation for being unflattering, but you can buck the trend with the right shaper underneath. Check out our top ten shapers for bridesmaids, perfect for a variety of figures and dress styles.

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                                            The Thong Shaper by Amia is a versatile garment that you can go to for special occasions, time and again. It’s ideal for any form-fitting bridesmaid dress with or without shoulder straps. You’ll notice an instant reduction in your waistline and achieve a smooth silhouette from your bust to your hips. Use it with the bra best suited for your bust in your dress. And no need to worry about panty lines, of course, with a comfortable thong back.

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                                            If you’re looking for a lace-detailed corselette that inspires confidence in all of your bridesmaids try the Corselette by Amia. The Amia corselette hugs your hips, supports your bust, and slims your waist all in one elegant package. Three slimming layers will immediately and beautifully sculpt 1-3 inches from your waist. And because it’s seamless, the corselette makes sure that you’re comfortable and confident in your most curve-fitting fashions.

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                                            The Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette is a sexy laced garment that will provide the shaping and support you need for your midsection and hips. Convert the straps for extra support with strapped dresses, or simply remove them for strapless styles. This shaper is ideal if you need some extra control and smoothing around your hips, whether your dress clings or flows.

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                                            If you want a little boost in your rear, try the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper. This shaper will define your waist while rounding and lifting your butt. This provides a fabulous foundation under many dress styles and helps your dress fall the way it should on your backside.

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                                            The Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem gives your whole midsection a quick makeover, instantly creating a smooth and defined waistline and back. It also controls your hips and your butt, so your silhouette is completely smooth under many dress types. Pair with your bra of choice and wear with convertible straps or strapless.

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                                            For a sexy feel with powerful shaping for your midsection and hips, the Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher by Vedette is a great choice. The FlexiBoning design provides strong control while being comfortable so you can dance the night away. Feel beautiful and confident in a variety of dress styles.

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                                            For dresses that emphasize your lower half, try the Amie Mid Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette. This garment creates a smooth silhouette from above your waist to your mid thighs, while providing your butt with a sexy lift.

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                                            The High Waisted Panty by Amia is a simple piece that provides effective slimming for your midsection so you can enjoy a flat tummy and a smooth waistline underneath any style dress. This garment is one of the most comfortable you can use, making it ideal for those long wedding celebrations.

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                                            For plus-size shaping and support without a lot of weight, the Catwalk Firm Control High-Waist Long Leg by Body Wrap is the ideal choice. You’ll enjoy effective control from beneath your bust to the thigh, so your silhouette is beautifully shaped and smooth.

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                                            Sometimes nothing does it better than a slip. The Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie instantly shapes your figure from your bust to your thighs. The microfiber is lightweight and comfortable and stays in place with the help of silicone lining. This is the ultimate shaping piece for any figure-hugging dress.

                                            Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                              Celebrate Burlesque With Us!

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                                              Join Hourglass Angel at the Windy City Burlesque Festival

                                              Hourglass Angel is excited to announce that we are an official sponsor of the Windy City Burlesque Festival, June 18-21! This is an occasion to celebrate a unique artistic culture, and we are eager to join in the festivities.

                                              The Windy City Burlesque Festival’s mission is to celebrate the present, honor the past, and showcase the future of burlesque performance, in all of its multidisciplinary expressions, through local, regional, national, and international perspectives. The festival presents and produces performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing burlesque artists.

                                              This is the fourth annual celebration, jam-packed with feathers, rhinestones, fans, sparkle, sass and sexy fun. Performers from all around the world will descend on Chicago for a sensational weekend. The burlesque community is confident in its identity and knows how to party with sexy style and flair. This festival proudly celebrates a diversity of performers, styles, body types, sexual identities and topics.

                                              If you’re near the Chicago area, we hope you can join us for this phenomenal celebration! If not, you can still celebrate on your own by enjoying 20% off our authentic burlesque styles, from 6/20-6/22!

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                                                Target Your Problem Areas

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                                                Finding Shapers Designed Just for Your Body

                                                Every woman is beautifully different. You have diverse shaping needs, which is why you have hundreds of options in shapewear to choose from!

                                                Here are some tips to help you find the ideal shaper depending on your goals and trouble areas.

                                                Midsection

                                                The options for trimming your waistline are almost endless. For a basic start, try a cincher that provides compression all the way around your torso and a smooth silhouette between the bustline and hips. You can also try one of our many selections of waist-training garments that are designed for sustained slimming with regular use. Body shapers and corsets also effectively flatten your tummy and slim off inches. For more casual control, try shaping camis or high-waisted shaping pants and leggings.

                                                Shop: Midsection Shapers

                                                Back

                                                You don’t have to worry about a pesky muffin top or any other embarrassing bulges on your back with the right smoothing shapewear. Try a bodysuit, corset or cincher with a high back so you can look smooth all the way around your torso. If you’re choosing a below-the-bust or open bust shaper, make sure the back goes over your bra line for completely smooth coverage.

                                                Shop: Back Shapers

                                                Hips and Thighs

                                                Curvy hips are something you should flaunt confidently with the right smoothing and control. Try a bodysuit that extends to the thighs. You can also try compression panties, shorts or pants/tights. For dressing up, a shaping slip can do just the trick! We also have a variety of anti-cellulite garments that use compression technology to visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

                                                Shop: Hip and Thigh Shapers

                                                Rear

                                                Need a boost in the rear? Try a variety of butt-lifting products including jeans, shorts and panties with extra support and padding for that round and lifted look. Many of our bodysuits also have rear-enhancing features that will provide your natural curves with a lift. If you want to decrease the attention to your rear, choose a garment with full coverage compression around your rear.

                                                Shop: Rear Shapers

                                                Legs

                                                Compression pants come in a variety of lengths so you’ll enjoy long and sexy legs. Choose from garments that go to mid-thigh, knee, calf, or ankle. Anti-cellulite shorts and pants can also do wonders. Finally, have your tried working out in compression pants? It’s a great way to provide your muscles and skin with some extra toning.

                                                Shop: Leg Shapers

                                                Arms

                                                Yes, we have solutions for arms too! Try a bodysuit with arm coverage, or shaping sleeves or bands. We also carry anti-cellulite and body-firming products.

                                                Shop: Arm Shapers

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                                                  Five Incredible Facts About Midsection Shapers

                                                  Compression Goes Beyond Just Helping You Look Great

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                                                  Do you enjoy the benefits of wearing midsection shapers or are thinking about getting one? Midsection shapers are known to make you look even more stunning for a big event or help you lose a couple of inches from your waist. But did you know that compression technology does more than make your dress fit better?

                                                  The various definitions for midsection shapers can be confusing, so here are a few terms sorted out. Fajas and cinchers are waist-slimming bands with various levels of compression; they sit below the bust and certain designs may have shoulder straps. Girdles, while very similar, are generally longer than cinchers and provide shaping from your bust to your hips. Waist-trainer garments are designed to be worn regularly to sustain loss in the waistline.

                                                  Midsection Shaper Benefits

                                                  1. Improved Posture

                                                  One instant benefit you’ll notice any time you’re wearing a midsection shaper is that you’ll automatically be sitting and standing straighter. Not only will you look more poised, but you’ll alleviate back pain by stabilizing weak muscles in the lower back and abdomen. A shaper can be a life-changing garment if you experience a lot of pain in your occupation – particularly if you do a lot of static sitting or standing.

                                                  2. Semi-Permanent Reshaping

                                                  Many women don’t know that some shapers have the power to reshape their figures over time. With regular use in as little as 30 days, regular wearers have reported sustained losses of one to four inches in their waistlines!

                                                  3. Abdominal Strengthening

                                                  Midsection shapers give your abs a little workout all day long. Firm compression engages your core and helps you strengthen your abdominal muscles. This muscle building also contributes to benefits 1 and 2 listed above. This can be a huge benefit if you’re in postpartum recovery!

                                                  4. Fat Mobilization

                                                  Many compression shapers are designs with thermal panels that increase the flow of heat in your midsection. Boosting thermal activity in your core increases blood flow and helps eliminate toxins – which with regular use means less amassed fat.

                                                  5. Mental and Emotional Boost

                                                  Compression around the midsection feels like a constant hug and may provide the emotional benefit of decreased generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression. This is called deep pressure therapy. Women who wear shapers and experience the physical benefits like better posture also enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem.

                                                  As you browse all of your midsection shaper options, consider all the surprising ways that you could benefit!

                                                   

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                                                    What’s Your Natural Body Type?

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                                                    How to Shape and Flatter Your Natural Curves

                                                    Every body is beautiful. That’s right; every single curve in your body is naturally gorgeous. Do you agonize over getting your body to look proportionally like an hourglass? If you do, you should understand that very few women naturally have that shape.

                                                    Stop agonizing and take a look at your body just as it is. Even if you want to lose weight, you can identify what natural body type you have.

                                                    Instead of trying to squeeze and hide parts of your body to look unnatural, emphasize what you do have! You can feel confident in your own skin with the right attire, including shapers designed for your natural shape.

                                                    To determine your body type, stand naked in front of a mirror or grab some measuring tape to measure your proportions. Refer to these guidelines whenever you shop and you’ll look ravishing for every occasion!

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                                                    Hourglass Figure

                                                    If you’re a natural hourglass, your shoulders and hips are proportionally the same size while your waistline is smaller. Your waist is eight to ten inches smaller than your bust and hips measurements.

                                                    When you dress, you’ll want to emphasize your narrow waist without adding too much extra bulk or attention to your bust or your bottom. Clinging and wrapping tops work well, as well as soft fabrics and solid colors. Wear attire that lengthens your torso and legs like high-waisted pants and skirts, and form-fitting jackets. You may also want extra length to your legs by wearing heels.

                                                    For shapers that lengthen your look and emphasize your slim waist, try the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia and Corselette by AMIA. The Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit will also slim the waist, abdomen, and hips, creating a beautiful, voluptuous shape.

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                                                    Inverted Triangle Figure

                                                    If you have prominent shoulders that are wider than your hips, you’re an inverted triangle. You most likely have a large chest and a straight waist.

                                                    Your main objectives when dressing are defining your waist and softening your shoulders. Avoid embellishment around the shoulders and neckline and try to add emphasis to your hips with designs like pocket details and pleats.

                                                    Shapers that work well wonderfully for inverted triangles figures include the Vest by Amia, the Lilian High Back Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette, and the CoCoon Perfect Fit Braless T-Shirt, all of which firmly shape your waistline and providing extra support for your bust.

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                                                    Rectangle Figure

                                                    As a rectangle shape, your shoulders, waist, bust and hips are all relatively close in size. Your waist is less than 25 percent smaller than your bust or hips.

                                                    Your goal in styling is to emphasize your feminine curves. Wear cuts that are interesting and draw attention to your bust and hips.

                                                    Shapers can be very helpful in creating curves. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear, the Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper, and the Vedette Dayanna Open Bottom Body Shaper with Front Closure are all fabulous butt-enhancing options.

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                                                    Pear Figure

                                                    If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, you’re a pear shape. You may enjoy the benefits of a well-defined waistline and rounded hips and bottom.

                                                    Your main style objective is to lengthen your silhouette so you’ll look balanced from top to bottom. Highlight the top half of your body to contrast the lower half. Draw the eye to your neckline and shoulders, while emphasizing your slim waist. Wear dark and plain on your lower half to elongate your legs.

                                                    You may benefit from a garment like the Backless Body Shaper with Bikini Bottom by Fullness, which creates a smooth curve throughout your torso while giving your bust a nice lift. For slimming and control of your hips, thighs and butt, try Stephanie by Vedette or High Waisted Shaping Shorts by MeMoi.

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                                                    Apple Figure

                                                    If you’re an apple, your shoulders and hips are about the same size. Your bust and waist measurements are similar, while your hips are about six inches smaller than your bust.

                                                    Women with apple silhouettes typically have lovely busts, so wear tops with low necklines or small collars. Your challenge is the lack of a waistline, so choose styles that draw attention away from your tummy and emphasize your arms, legs and chest. Empire cuts, flared and trouser legs, and wrap dresses are all great examples.

                                                    Shapers that work for apples include the Cincher by Amia and Evonne by Vedette, which create a smooth waistline and lift the bust. The Vedette Dayanna Open Bottom Body Shaper with Front Closure also shapes a waistline while giving your butt and hips a nice lift as well.

                                                    Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                      31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge Results

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                                                      Congratulations to Jasmine @cupinjer, winner of the 31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge! This lucky lady gets to enjoy over $500 in fabulous AMIA shapewear! Check out her inspiring images of success on Instagram, as well as submissions from many other women of greatness.

                                                      Did you take the challenge? What an inspiring month! Everyday women answered the question through images: what shapes your success? We enjoyed seeing what gets you up in the morning, who your cheerleaders are, what gets you through the workday and what motivates you to be women of greatness.

                                                      Thank you to everyone who participated, for sharing your inspiration with others. We had 781 submissions — it was a rousing success!

                                                      We’re also thrilled to announce that because of your Instagram submissions, Hourglass Angel will be donating $781 to the Women’s Alliance! These funds provide disadvantaged women and their families with tools, education, and support they need to attain economic self-sufficiency through employment.

                                                      We hope that you’ll continue to follow @hourglass_angel on Instagram and keep the inspiration coming, all year long!

                                                      Posted in Inspiring Stories, Supporting our Community

                                                        Shapers for Your Most Revealing Styles

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                                                        Top 5 Discrete Shapers for Formal Wear

                                                        Want to look killer in that sexy dress for the big event this season? Don’t let your dress’s revealing style prevent you from shaping and supporting your figure!

                                                        There’s a shaper that can shape your silhouette and give your curves an extra boost no matter what you’re wearing. Here are our top five customer favorite shapers for special occasion dresses.

                                                        1. Backless Body Shaper with Thong Bottom by Fullness

                                                        Need some all-over torso control? This shaper provides a smooth and contoured foundation using tummy control panels and gives your bust a boost with soft padded cups. And since it’s a strapless, backless thong, it will always be your little secret! This is one of our most versatile garments, as it works with multiple dress styles. It will be best friends with your “little black dress.”

                                                        2. Compression Thong Shaper by Squeem

                                                        The maximum-strength latex in the simple, seamless design of this compression thong will instantly take one to four inches off your waistline (use it every day for a month and you may sustain that slimming!). A flat tummy and smooth back are essential for all of your form-fitting attire. The adjustable, convertible straps make this garment versatile to wear with a variety of tops. Pair it with your bra of choice for a perfect fit and flawless shape under that stunning dress.

                                                        3. Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Cherry

                                                        For those tight skirts and dresses that are designed to show off your feminine curves, you’ll want a shaper that gives your butt a boost without flattening it. This shaper lifts and firms your rear while tightening and controlling your midsection and hips. You’ll enjoy a smooth and seamless silhouette from bust to thigh. You can also pair this garment with the bra of choice, so you have a custom fit and lift for all of your strappy or strapless looks.

                                                        4. Convertible Thong Shaper by Vedette

                                                        Three invisible slimming layers on this firm control midsection shaper create a smooth and sexy silhouette without revealing a seam or pantyline. The comfortable thong makes it versatile for any number of styles, even your most flattering rear-clinging dresses. Use it with your favorite bra and feel confident in your shape in all of your strapless and form-fitting looks.

                                                        5. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear

                                                        Whether you’re flaunting that clingy short skirt or a long mermaid cut gown, you’ll want you derriere to stand out and not fall flat. This simple brief is an essential piece for form-fitting dresses. It clings smoothly and won’t reveal so much as a hint of a seam. Enjoy a flattened tummy, a rounded butt and curvy and smooth hips. No one will know your secret!

                                                        No matter what the occasion, there’s a shaper designed to make you look your best. Feel sexy and confident in our selection of discrete shapers for virtually any formalwear.

                                                        Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                          How to Look a Size Smaller in an Instant

                                                          Using Firm Compression to Drop Several Inches from Your Waist

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                                                          Sometimes we all need a little help looking our best, whether dressing up in a formal gown for the big event or dressing sharp for that big presentation. If you need a dramatic effect around your waistline, firm control shapewear is the surefire way to get that hourglass figure in an instant.

                                                          Not only will firm compression garments provide immediate results as foundation pieces, but with regular use they can target your weight loss! Firm compression stimulates thermal activity and perspiration, which is an effective way to mobilize the fat and toxins that are hanging around your midsection.

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                                                          There are several approaches to slenderizing your silhouette with maximum control. The most basic option is to use a band or cincher, which wraps around your waist beneath your bust. The Shapeband by Squeem and the Almighty Cincher by AMIA are two customer favorites that have proven results. Wear them around your waist for eight to ten hours a day every day, and you may drop one to four inches from your waistline! These shapers are ideal following pregnancy and are effective for getting rid of the pesky “pooch!”

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                                                          Another option is a vest style cincher like the Almighty Vest by AMIA and the SlimVest by Squeem. These foundations pieces effectively provide instant slimming while contributing to long-term weight loss through compression. They utilize shoulder straps for extra support and control through the bust.

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                                                          For a full-body makeover, try a firm compression shaper with extended coverage such as the Love Your Body Slimming Shaper by Leonisa and the Ann Cherry High Compression Bodysuit. You’ll get that effectively slimming firm compression in your waist as well as around your hips, butt and thighs.

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                                                          And of course, you can’t beat the classic look and effectiveness of a corset as a foundation piece. We have a wide selection of these sexy shapers, including practical pieces like the Vedette Valerie Firm Compression Girdle, as well as a sexy look like the Slimming Waist Cincher with Latex by Leonisa.

                                                          So whether you’re trying to lose weight or you need a dramatic instant fix for your figure, we have the perfect firm compression shaper for your needs. Browse our maximum control selection or talk to a representative for more information.

                                                          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                            Shapewear for the Expectant Mom

                                                            Maternity Shaping Options for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy

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                                                            Relieving Discomfort and Looking Fabulous in Through Pregnancy

                                                            Congratulations, mom-to-be! Whether this is your first pregnancy or a later one, you’re undoubtedly full of a range of emotions as you anticipate the growth of your belly and your family.

                                                            One of the fun parts of pregnancy is deciding what you’re going to wear! Just because you’re going to be much rounder in the coming months doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable and sexy, while staying comfortable.

                                                            Before you go on a maternity shopping spree, consider that a huge factor in looking and feeling great during pregnancy is what you’re wearing underneath your maternity outerwear. Maternity shapewear and support garments are designed for maximum comfort and help your growing body look smooth and attractive. They can even do wonders relieving common aches and pains you may experience during the later months.

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                                                            Maternity Bras: Giving the Ladies a Lift

                                                            One of the first things you may notice within days of discovering you’re pregnant is tenderness and swelling in your breasts. Supportive maternity bras are an investment worth making early in the pregnancy because your breasts are only going to get larger and heavier. In fact, they’re a major contributor to back and shoulder pain if you wear the wrong bra.

                                                            Good maternity bras have wide, comfortable straps and full, supportive cups. Whether or not you should use bras with underwires is a personal preference. If your breasts are particularly tender, you may want to do without them.

                                                            TCompression Tops: Supported and Smooth Torso

                                                            Camis can be your best friend when you’re layering your outfits during pregnancy. A quality top provides enough compression to give your bust and your belly a lift and smooth your bump, without sacrificing comfort. If a top is long enough, you may even be able to pull it over your unbuttoned non-maternity pants and provide shaping and support for your hips.

                                                            Compression tops are also a must-have during the postpartum period. They’ll pull in all of the stretched out areas of your belly and provide light abdominal support while you heal and regain your pre-pregnancy shape. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll love wearing compression nursing tops around the clock!

                                                            SSupport Bands and Belts: For Support and Relief

                                                            As your belly grows, you’ll discover just how taxing a tiny baby can be on your body. Stretching ligaments and extra weight can cause a variety of aches and discomforts, including low and middle back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, varicose veins and swelling in your legs.

                                                            Support bands and belts can provide instant relief to some of these common conditions, particularly if you’re on your feet a lot. These garments come in a wide range of designs and strengths. Strong support belts effectively redistribute the weight of your belly to lessen whatever strains you’re experiencing. Some bellybands function fashionably, enabling you to wear your unbuttoned non-maternity pants under them.

                                                            After pregnancy you might also benefit from a postpartum belt or cincher to help you regain a slender shape as your body heals.

                                                            BCompression Bottoms: Additional Support Down Below

                                                            Depending on the season and how much extra support you want, you may benefit from maternity compression panties or stockings. Most provide the same benefits as abdominal bands but go a step further with support around your pelvic area and thighs. Stockings will also provide instant relief for swelling and varicose veins in your lower extremities.

                                                            Like much maternity shapewear, compression bottoms additionally work well in the postpartum period, improving your circulation and providing support as your body regains its shape.

                                                             

                                                             

                                                            Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear, Maternity

                                                              It IS Possible To Regain Your Waistline after Pregnancy!

                                                              Mom Bloggers Share Personal Success with AMIA’s Almighty Cincher.

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                                                              Are you among the ranks of moms who experience endless frustration trying to regain their pre-pregnancy bellies? Whether your child is six months or six years old and beyond, regaining your figure and your self-confidence after childbirth can be downright difficult.

                                                              Diet and exercise are essential, but sometimes you need a little boost. These mom bloggers tried on The Almighty Cincher by AMIA and experienced incredible results! Here are their stories:

                                                              Manhattan mom Bryce from The Luxury Spot writes in “New Mom Essential for Every Stage” lists the Almighty Cincher as an essential item for new moms:

                                                              “Consider it a mommy corset that you wear around the house, while grocery shopping, breast feeding, whatever… It requires no real effort, and doctors have long suggested corseting to help train the uterus to more rapidly return to its upright and original position (with its tray table also stowed).”
                                                              Read the full article

                                                              Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review shares her personal success in “The Corset Diet: Does it Work?”:

                                                              “OK, this is the part where I tell you how utterly smitten I am with the Cincher. As soon as I put it on, I looked MAD FOIN – seriously, I looked teeny tiny, and every piece of clothing I tried on while wearing it looked super flattering. It gave me a delicious hourglass shape, like va va voom to the max!”
                                                              Read the full article

                                                              Ilaria from AKAMom writes about every mom’s battle in “The Return of the Waistline!”

                                                              “Luckily, finding a corset that works for you doesn’t have to feel like rocket science. With a mission to promote self-esteem and a positive body image, HourglassAngel.com not only sells corsets and cinchers that are quality, they also help sustain weight loss, improve posture, and boost overall confidence.”
                                                              Read the full article

                                                              Thanks to these moms for sharing their success with others! Have you tried a cincher like The Almighty Cincher by Amia after pregnancy? Let us (and other moms) know in the comments how it helped you regain your pre-pregnancy silhouette.

                                                              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories, Press

                                                                What Size Postpartum Shaper Do I Need?

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                                                                Guide for Slimming Down after Pregnancy

                                                                Are you expecting a little one or have that bundle of joy in your arms already? Congratulations! First things first; enjoy that little darling in those first short weeks postpartum.

                                                                As your baby grows, you may be wondering: when is my belly going to shrink? While you have to be patient as nature does it work, you can use a postpartum shaper to speed the process a bit. Compression can help your uterus shrink back down to its regular size and guide your body into regaining its shape. You’ll also benefit from better posture, which will help prevent postpartum aches and pains and help you heal more quickly!

                                                                If you’re pregnant and want to order a compression garment in advance, one rule of thumb is to order one size larger than your pre-pregnancy size. Yet you might need to factor in other considerations, especially if you’ve put on a lot of extra weight.

                                                                While every woman (and every pregnancy) is different, you can expect to lose a good chunk of weight immediately after birth. Twelve pounds is typical, if you consider seven or eight pounds for an average baby, a pound or so for the placenta, and another few pounds of blood and amniotic fluid. You can expect to lose another four to six pounds in fluid within a week or two following delivery.

                                                                After that, the weight comes off a little more slowly, about a pound a week, so this is the size you’ll want to plan for. When ordering your postpartum shaper, try to estimate your weight for about two weeks after birth: sixteen to eighteen pounds less than your full term weight. After subtracting that weight, add a dress size for every ten pounds above your pre-pregnancy weight. For example, if you weighed 125 pounds and wore a size 4 pre-pregnancy and weighed 150 pounds full-term, you can expect to weigh about 135 pounds two weeks after the birth. You’ll want about a size 6 shaper for that period (see product size charts for precision sizing).

                                                                Keep in mind that if you are ordering your garment during the second or third trimester, you will likely be gaining one pound per week for the remainder of your pregnancy.

                                                                Good luck and best wishes as you embark on the incredible journey of motherhood!

                                                                Posted in How To Wear, Maternity

                                                                  What Hourglass Angel Customers Really Think

                                                                  Shaping Success Stories from Real Women

                                                                  05.07.2014

                                                                  Happy Customer Appreciation Week here at Hourglass Angel! We love helping women look incredible and feel confident about their self-images. That’s why we are absolutely thrilled any time one of our customers shares a success story with us.

                                                                  Each woman has her own unique story. Here are some of our favorite comments from ladies who came to Hourglass Angel for their body shaping needs.

                                                                  This cincher really WORKS. It holds up over time and stays in place right where it belongs. I will be ordering again!” -Amy N., Ann Chery Workout Band 2026

                                                                  I get the most compliments when wearing these jeans, and best part is…they’re comfortable!!! Just ordered my second pair by Xexy. I followed what most comments have said about ordering a size up and they fit perfectly.” –Leah, On Powder Puff Butt Enhancing Jeans by Xexy 9001

                                                                  “I love this product! It’s perfect for helping to lose weight.” -JeTwauwn G., Shapeband 26C

                                                                  “I purchase the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset and absolutely LOVE it. I wear it every day for 8-10 hours and I have experienced amazing results after only a couple weeks. I also exercise daily…nothing extreme… just walking and sit-ups. I’m a satisfied customer!” -Patricia Y., Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

                                                                  Excited for my summer body! I Love it and it’s working wonder’s for me.” -Towana P., Slimvest by Squeem 26J

                                                                  “Great Investment! My vest is a major reason that I can see results with my weight loss!” -Yalawa Q., Slimvest by Squeem 26J

                                                                  “This is the second shapeband that I bought and I love it. They really do what they say I wore it eight hours a day and I went from an XL to a medium. They are made from quality material and very sturdy. I LOVE IT!” -Jackie M., Shapeband by Squeem 26C

                                                                  “This thing is wonderful! I wear it all the time with the exception of showers. It’s only been a few days and I swear my skin is tighter. I have lost 57 pounds and still have a lot to lose. I turned 40 this year, and my skin is not snapping back, so I made this purchase with the hopes of preventing loose skin. I wish I could buy one for my chin!” – Michelle M., Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa DS-TUMMY

                                                                  ” I Absolutely love my cincher!!!!!! I have lost so many inches in two weeks. It’s time to get a smaller size. Thank You–Azure P., Almighty Cincher by AMIA

                                                                  “I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this shaper. It has instantly made me look 10 pounds smaller, I am in love with it and I never take it off.” -Shamorea W., Shapeband by Squeem 26C

                                                                  We hope you’ll have a success story too! Talk to one of our representatives to determine your needs and find the perfect shaper for any occasion. And, be sure to submit your review, so other women can benefit from your feedback as well!

                                                                  Posted in Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                    Essential Tips For Shapewear Care

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                                                                    Get the best results from your shapers by extending their life.

                                                                    Once you have some quality shapewear garments rotating through your wardrobe, you’ll wonder how you ever dressed without them. But if you don’t take proper care of them, you may be disappointed to find they start losing their shape and effectiveness.

                                                                    To get the longest, most effective use out of your shapewear, give them special treatment in the way you wear them and the way you wash them. Just follow these simple tips:

                                                                    - The best solution to keep your shapewear functioning day after day is to rotate several pieces through your wardrobe! Not only will you always look great, but you’ll feel fresh and clean when you’re regularly washing all of your shapers.

                                                                    - Your shapewear also needs regular gentle washing to help the materials contract. Avoid wearing the same shaper more than twice before washing for best results.

                                                                    - Be especially mindful of caring for latex, which can be damaged easily. Always hand-wash in a bucket of warm water, using a mild shampoo or baby shampoo. Rinse well and hang dry. Once it is completely dry, store it in a dark area.

                                                                    - You can wash non-latex garments in the washing machine using the gentle or handwash cycle in cold water, with a full load. If you are not sure if the product contains latex, review the hangtag for a materials break down. Excessive agitation or hot water can damage the construction of the material. Cold water effectively shrinks the material back into its proper place. Put all of your shapers in a netted lingerie bag with hooks clasped to avoid catching them on anything. If your machine doesn’t have a gentle cycle, wash your garments by hand in a gallon of cold water.

                                                                    - It’s also important to use the right type of detergent. Specially formulated lingerie detergent works best – any detergents that contain dyes, fragrances, alcohol, softeners or bleach can irreparably damage your shapers by breaking down their construction. Even Woolite can do harm, so stick to lingerie detergent only! Remember to use mild shampoo or baby shampoo for all garments containing latex.

                                                                    - Finally, always air-dry your shapers flat or hanging.

                                                                    Make them last!

                                                                    With the right wear and care, your shapers will give you the comfort and performance you want through many uses. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or contact us with any more questions about proper care for your shapewear.

                                                                     

                                                                    Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                      The ABCs of Shapewear

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                                                                      How To Use Your Shapewear To Look Your Best

                                                                      Are you getting the most out of your undergarments?

                                                                      Did you know that there’s a right way to wear shapewear and a wrong way? The purpose of a shaper is to shape your body to look more like an hourglass by smoothing out any awkward lines and lumps in your figure. When your figure is smooth, your clothing will fall on you the same way it does on the mannequins at department stores.

                                                                      No matter what body type you have, shapewear can help you look flattering in a variety of clothing. But it takes some know-how to maximize its potential so that you’re always looking your best.

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                                                                      A: Know which type of shapewear to use

                                                                      It may be likely that you won’t find a single one-piece solution that meets all your shaping needs. In general, it’s best to own several different pieces of shapewear to look your best in different types of outfits.

                                                                      In a form-fitting dress or skirt, try a shaping slip to smooth out your waist and hips without showing any lines. For a clean look under white pants, choose nude-colored shaping panties. To look great in a fashionable top, slim your midsection with a cincher. If you’re wearing form-fitting pants or skirts, wear a thong or seamless briefs underneath.

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                                                                      B: Use shapewear that fits

                                                                      Many women make the mistake of buying shapewear garments that are too small. Not only is it uncomfortable to be in a tiny garment, but a shaper that doesn’t fit right will also look unflattering. Listen to your body, if the garment is not comfortable it may be helpful to compare to a different size. Use our size charts to find the best fit for your body.

                                                                      You’ll also want to make sure you’re comfortable in whatever shapewear you use. If you’re having trouble eating or breathing, you’re going to want to rip off that undergarment as soon as possible. You can use high-compression garments for special occasions, but for everyday fashion, choose from a variety of our light-compression garments that are effective but comfortable.

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                                                                      C: Wear quality bras and panties

                                                                      Wearing undergarments properly takes some thoughtful layering. You may need to experiment a little bit to get that perfect, seamless look with your bras, panties and shapewear. The right bra can also go a long way in perfecting your figure, while a wrong one can ruin it.

                                                                      Be fitted for your bra size once a year to ensure you are selecting garments that work best with your current shape. For a smooth look with your shapewear, choose a smoothing bra that minimizes seams and lines.

                                                                       

                                                                      Hourglass Angel has what you need

                                                                      There’s a flattering look for you no matter what your shape or size – with the right shapewear you can always look great. Browse our website or contact our shapewear experts to discover the best shapewear options for you!

                                                                      Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                        What Shapes Your Success?

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                                                                        You could win $500+ in AMIA shapewear and other prizes!

                                                                        This month as the weather heats up and we begin to enjoy some of nature’s inspiration, we want to know: what shapes your success? We know that you are beautiful and passionate women. So take a moment to share some of your inspiration with us! You work hard, no matter what your goals are. What can be more rewarding than sharing what’s helped you succeed and inspiring others to do the same?

                                                                        Who are the women that inspire you? Celebrities, business owners, political figures? Perhaps you look up to a mother or a sister figure who represents strength, beauty and passion.

                                                                        Every great woman gets her inspiration from somewhere. Your role models likely have had a vision for what they could achieve. They held to their visions and went after them.

                                                                        Join us on Instagram during the month of May and share your Motivation for Success!

                                                                        Find us @hourglass_angel!

                                                                        Entering is simple:

                                                                        1) Capture an image of any object, person or place that embodies your motivation for success.

                                                                        -        Examples of objects might include a framed printout of an inspirational quote, your favorite book, a gift from your role model, a memento from your favorite place, or a dress you want to fit into at an upcoming event.

                                                                        2) Post your image to your Instagram account and share it by tagging @hourglass_angel and using hashtags #hourglassangel and #31daysofsuccess.

                                                                        Just for entering, you’ll instantly receive a 15% off coupon for your next order at Hourglass Angel!

                                                                        Plus, for every entry submitted, Hourglass Angel will also donate $1 to the Women’s Alliance on behalf of our AMIA line of shapewear. So by sharing your success, you’ll contribute to the successes of other women. At the end of the month we’ll let you know just how big of a difference you’re making by reporting how much we’ll be giving to the Women’s Alliance.

                                                                        Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily motivation and ideas of what inspires us at Hourglass Angel!

                                                                        Rules

                                                                        At the end of the entry period, the contestant who submits the most images will be eligible to win. If there is a tie for the same number of entries, the winning contestant will be selected at random. The winner will receive our complete line of AMIA shapewear (10 items), valued at over $500!

                                                                        Official Rules

                                                                        We’re excited to see many creative and inspiring images on Instagram. So get your camera phones ready, ladies, and let’s cheer each other on to success. Take the challenge and try to submit something every day!

                                                                        Posted in What's New

                                                                          Day 31 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                          Shapely and Beautiful Inside and Out

                                                                          Using a Gorgeous Shaper to Polish Your Complete Look
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                                                                          Save 25% off this shaper until April 30th,2014- Click Here

                                                                          Want to feel sexy underneath your gown as well as look fabulous while you’re wearing it? The Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette combines function and fashion, so you can feel pretty with every layer of your outfit. It works well with a variety of styles, including this classy strapless feature from Brideside. You’ll instantly achieve a lifted bust with a slim and smooth waistline and tamed hips. Pair this foundation piece with the best bra for your dress, and you’ll have a flawless figure finish, perfect for any special occasion.

                                                                          Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                                                                            Day 30 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                            Finding Your Inner Goddess

                                                                            Showing Off Chic, Sleek and Sexy Styles
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                                                                            Save 25% off this shaper until April 30th,2014- Click Here

                                                                            To look like a goddess in a flowing gown like this one from Brideside, you’ll want a shaper that sculpts your midsection all the way around without revealing a seam or line anywhere. The Supreme Thong Shaper by Amia uses three slimming layers and a PowerLatex core to take inches off your waist in a comfortable thong. With a slim midsection and a longer torso, you’ll have a breathtaking foundation ideal for a number of chic, sleek and sexy styles.

                                                                            Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                                                                              Day 29 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                              Your Confident and Comfortable Style

                                                                              Looking Hot While Keeping Cool
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                                                                               Save 25% off this shaper until April 30th,2014- Click Here

                                                                              When you’re dressed to impress in a glamorous gown like this feature from Brideside, you’ll want to draw attention to smooth curves in your feminine figure. Yet you don’t want to sacrifice comfort, particularly if you plan on dancing in warm weather. In the Yumme Tummie Coleen Skirt Slip, you’ll instantly slim your waist and smooth out your hips, thighs and rear. The silicone lining keeps it in place and the thin fabric keeps it breathable, helping you feel confident but comfortable no matter how hot it gets.

                                                                              Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                                                                                Day 28 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                Sexy Little Numbers

                                                                                Shaping Up With One Simple Piece 

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                                                                                 Save 25% off this shaper until April 27th,2014- Click Here

                                                                                In a short and sexy dress like this lovely feature from Brideside, the attention should be on how stunning you look. You can instantly make your silhouette sleek and smooth with just one piece: the Sensual Shaper High-Waist Slip by Flexees. Trim your waistline, flatten your tummy and tuck in your hips, with firm control support panels lining the tummy and the bottom. Pair it with your best bra for custom all-around perfect fit.

                                                                                Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                                                                                  Day 27 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                  Seamless Transformation

                                                                                  Finding Your Perfect Shape With Invisible Help

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                                                                                  Save 25% off this shaper until April 27th,2014- Click Here

                                                                                  Once you find that perfect little dress, you’ll want to feel beautiful and confident the entire time you’re wearing it. In a stylish piece like this feature from The Frock Shop, you can look and feel fabulous by using a seamless slimming bodysuit. The Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness Hidden Wire Body Briefer trims your waist, flattens your tummy and lifts your bust. Complete with hidden underwires and breathable fabric, you’ll be trim, smooth and lifted without betraying a line or seam anywhere.

                                                                                  Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                                                                                    Day 26 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                    Shape Up, Don’t Slip Up

                                                                                    Comfortable, Non-Slipping Control
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                                                                                     Save 25% off this shaper until April 27th,2014- Click Here

                                                                                    Just because it’s a special occasion doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice comfort. In a fashionable dress like this one from Brideside, you can have shaping and control without worrying about your slip sliding or slipping out of place. The Lavonne Bustless Slip by Yummie Tummie will shape your silhouette so that your back, waist, hips and thighs will be firm and smooth, hour after hour. Flaunt that style in comfort and confidence.

                                                                                     

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                                                                                      Day 25 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                      Enhancing Your Derriere

                                                                                      A Perfectly Shaped Butt For Tight Fit

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                                                                                      A tightly fitting gown like this long and glamorous feature from The Frock Shop can emphasize the gorgeously round shape of your bottom and hips. You can feel confident in this style with a butt-enhancing foundation piece like the Vedette Irina Strapless Full Body Shaper. It provides compression and shaping for a flat tummy, slim waistline, trim hips, and smooth thighs, while it rounds and lifts your butt. Wear it with or without straps and pair it with the bra you choose for an all-over fabulous look.

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                                                                                        Day 24 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                        Satin Smooth Control

                                                                                        Controlling Your Curves In Fitted Looks

                                                                                        Blog-Design-04.23.2014

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                                                                                        In a lacy, fitted dress like this charming off-the-shoulder piece from Brideside, you’ll want your feminine curves to be completely under control. This Long Leg Hi-Waist Firm Control Brief by Va Bien will comfortably provide all the control you need for your tummy, sides, back, rear, hips and thighs. Pair this piece with the bra of your choice and you’ll have a gracefully smooth and firm foundation, perfect for any fitted look.

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                                                                                          Day 23 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                          Lifted, Slim and Smooth

                                                                                          Using A Torsolette Shaper For An Elegant Figure
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                                                                                          When you’re wearing an elegant knee-length dress like this vintage look from Brideside, you’ll want to feel confident that your foundation underneath is smoothly shaped from bust to thigh. The Closet Maker Singlet Shapewear by Flexees is a torsolette shaper that provides smooth control not just for your waistline but also your hips, bottom and thighs. You can pair it with the bra of your choice, so your bust will be lifted the way you want it, not flattened. It’s an ideal piece for a slim and elegant finish.

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                                                                                            Day 22 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                            Your Smooth and Seamless Form

                                                                                            Making Little Imperfections Disappear Instantly

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                                                                                            A simple and classy dress like this one from Brideside will look absolutely stunning when you have a smooth and seamless foundation underneath. For this look, a full body slip is your best bet for smoothing out your figure. The Alana Seamless Bio-Crystals Dress by CoCoon turns your shape into an hourglass beautifully and comfortably. In addition to providing instant slimming and shaping from bust to thigh, it improves your circulation and reduces the appearance of cellulite (and what’s not to love about that?).

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                                                                                              Day 21 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                              Support in Backless Styles

                                                                                              Creating a Flawless Figure for Backless Attire
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                                                                                              If you doubt whether you can comfortably shape up your bust and tummy with a backless dress, think again! In a stunning backless gown like this one from The Frock Shop, you’ll still want to make sure that your front and sides are adequately smooth, shapely and supported. The Backless Body Shaper with Bikini Bottom by Fullness is your shaping solution for the low back and backless dress. It smooths and supports your midsection and bust, complete with push-up pads and convertible straps – providing an elegant but invisible finish.

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                                                                                                Day 20 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                Figures for Elegant Evening Gowns

                                                                                                Smooth Support Under Flowing Fabrics
                                                                                                Blog-Design-04.19.2014
                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                Whether you’re a bride walking down the aisle or you’re wearing a long evening gown for prom or a dinner party, you’ll want every inch of fabric to fall perfectly in place, like this gown from Brideside does so beautifully. The Essentials Bridal Bustier by Felina is an ideal shaper for an elegant, flowing gown. It lifts and enhances your bust and smooths your midsection all the way around. You’ll have a smooth and flawless foundation so your dress can really flow the way it was designed to.
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                                                                                                  Day 19 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                  The Slim Waistline

                                                                                                  Using A Corset To Trim Inches
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                                                                                                  In certain dress styles that accentuate a narrow waist, like this fun piece from The Frock Shop, you need a shaper that provides ultimate control and takes inches off your midsection. The Waist Training Underbust Corset by Bonitaz uses high-quality materials to provide firm shaping, control and posture support. With steel boning in the underbust design and adjustable lacing up the back, it contours your tummy, sides and back into an ideal hourglass shape with a custom fit.

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                                                                                                    Day 18 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                    Perfectly, Naturally Smooth

                                                                                                    Showing Off Your Natural Curves Flawlessly
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                                                                                                    To look gorgeous in a simple, classic dress like this piece from The Frock Shop, you’ll want to be sure that your figure underneath is perfectly smooth and appealingly shaped. But you don’t need to flatten and pinch every inch of skin. With Katie by Vedette, you’ll achieve confidence-boosting shaping around your waist, hips and thighs, while lifting the natural shape of your rear. It’s an ideally smooth foundation –free of panty lines—for any classic look.

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                                                                                                      Day 17 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                      Lightweight Bottom Boost

                                                                                                      Shaping Without Weighing You Down
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                                                                                                      In a gown with flowing fabric like this elegant dress from The Frock Shop, the last thing you want from your shapewear is to feel like you’re being overly constricted or weighed down. The Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima shapes your midsection and thighs while lifting your butt instead of constricting it. The hosiery is lightweight and provides comfortable control so you can sport a flat tummy and smooth thighs. You’ll feel beautiful, comfy and confident no matter how the fabric falls.

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                                                                                                        Day 16 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                        Low-Cut Confidence

                                                                                                        Plunging Necklines With Perfect Support
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                                                                                                        Plunging necklines like the one on this exquisite dress from The Frock Shop require some specialty shapewear for you to look your most stunning. With a low-cut shaper like the Xtreme Plunge Bodysuit by Dr. Rey, you’ll get the boost and support you want in the bust, along with slimming and shaping around your midsection. So take the plunge and feel confident in that revealing style!

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                                                                                                          Day 15 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                          Slender, Tall and Chic

                                                                                                          Emphasizing Length for Elegance

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                                                                                                          Emphasizing your body’s length is a way to make you look very sexy and elegant at any stature. A sleek dress like this one from The Frock Shop pairs beautifully with the Bodyslimmers Bust Shaping Bodyslip by Nancy Ganz. With firm but comfortable control, the slip pulls in your tummy, bottom and hips while boosting your bust, creating a posture-lifting, body lengthening and all over smoothing effect. Add your favorite pair of heels and you’ve got a tall and slender look from head to toe.

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                                                                                                            Day 14 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                            FLATTERING WITH A FULL FIGURE

                                                                                                            Highlighting everything sexy about your form

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                                                                                                            You can make a full figure look smashing in a dress like this one from Brideside, which creates a long, flowing look while highlighting your feminine curves. To achieve this kind of look, the Smooth Couture Bodysuit by Va Bien provides firm control and shaping so that the dress falls in all the right ways. It lifts the bust, flattens the tummy and firms the butt and thighs. It’s everything you need in one piece to accentuate your entire figure beautifully.

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                                                                                                              Day 13 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                              FEARLESSLY AND FLAWLESSLY STRAPLESS

                                                                                                              Feeling confident and supported in shoulder-baring attire
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                                                                                                              With the warmer weather you may be likely to bare more skin in a strapless dress like this classic look from Brideside. To feel great in tastefully simple strapless dresses, a supportive shaper is key. This Satin & Lace Torsolette by Dominique is an excellent choice for formals that will lift your bust, shape and smooth your midsection and strengthen your posture. The result is a taller, slender torso that complements your bare shoulders elegantly.

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                                                                                                                Day 12 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                FLATTERING IN A FITTED FROCK

                                                                                                                Making those hips work for you and not against you
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                                                                                                                With the right fitted dress and the right shapewear underneath, you can draw a lot of positive attention to your stunning figure. This flattering, form-fitting dress from The Frock Shop accentuates the sexy curves of the derriere, hips and legs. For dresses and skirts that cling to your hips, this Magnifique Shapewear Skirt by Scandale will help you be smooth and curvaceous from your waist to your thighs. Everything stays in place, without any visible lines.

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                  Day 11 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                  CONTROLLED CURVES

                                                                                                                  Showing off your figure exactly where you want to
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                                                                                                                  This stunning look from Brideside can make anyone look great, and will show off your feminine shape. Look your most flattering by smoothening your figure out and controlling it. You’ll want a figure-enhancing garment like the Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit that slims your waist, hips and thighs without flattening your bust or your bottom. Feel confident showing off a smooth figure, with your curves exactly where they should be.

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                                                                                                                    Day 10 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                    SOPHISTICATED, LONG AND LEAN

                                                                                                                    Lengthening and slimming your figure
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                                                                                                                    The key to a long, elegant look like this one from Brideside is emphasizing your torso’s length while highlighting a slim waistline. A shaper that supports this style is one that firmly compresses your tummy, sides and back while strengthening your posture. This Firm Control Bodysuit with a thong back will enhance and lengthen your torso so that your dress will flow over you smoothly and seamlessly.

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                                                                                                                      Day 9 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                      SMOOTH AND REFINED STYLE

                                                                                                                      Flaunting smooth, figure enhancing lines
                                                                                                                      Blog-Design-04.08.2014

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                                                                                                                      Smooth, form-fitting styles like this flattering dress from The Frock Shop can complement your figure, but you need to be perfectly smooth underneath! You’ll want a shaper that pulls in your midsection tightly and doesn’t show a hint of a line anywhere. This Compression Thong Shaper does the job beautifully so you can bend and move without fear of lines or bumps at any angle. Pair it with your own bra and use it under any tight-fitting outfit for a perfect finish.

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                                                                                                                        Day 8 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                         SIMPLY STUNNING IN A LITTLE DRESS

                                                                                                                        Looking flawless in simple, classic styles
                                                                                                                        Blog-Design-04.07.2014

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                                                                                                                        Sometimes less is more. A simple little dress like today’s feature from Brideside can make you look absolutely stunning for any warm weather event where you can show off your shoulders. A one-piece bodysuit like Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear by Scandale is all you need as a foundation piece to pull off this classic vintage look. It will pull in your tummy and trim your waistline with a smooth, flawless finish.

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                                                                                                                          Day 7 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                          WHOLE BODY CONFIDENCE

                                                                                                                          Showing off a graceful figure with every step
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                                                                                                                          Whether you’re dancing, walking a red carpet  or simply mingling around the room, you’ll want to be on the move in a fabulous long halter dress like this one from The Frock Shop. You’ll want to show off every angle without revealing anything but a graceful silhouette through the fabric. To feel confident with every step, try our featured Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette, which will tone up your entire figure from below the bust to mid-calf. Convert the straps to halter and pair with a plunge bra, and you’ll be comfortable and well-supported no matter which way you move.

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                                                                                                                            Day 6 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                            HELPING YOUR LONG DRESS REALLY FLOW

                                                                                                                            How your body’s shape can accentuate your gown

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                                                                                                                            With a glamorous, flowing gown like this sparkly gem from The Frock Shop, you’ll want smooth lines around your waist, bottom and hips so that fabric can fall on your body fluidly. Our feature of the day, the Gina Strapless Hip Hugger by Vedette, grabs your hips and cinches your waist while providing lifting and sculpting on your rear. The effect is a smooth hourglass bottom, so the dress moves gracefully with every step. When your body is shaped smoothly like this, your dress can flow the way it was designed to.

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                                                                                                                              Day 5 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                              LIFTING YOUR CURVES, NOT COMPRESSING THEM 

                                                                                                                              Using shapers to enhance your figure in all the right places
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                                                                                                                              One common mistake you can make wearing shapers under formalwear is using compression pieces to flatten down all of your curves. For a bombshell dress like this one from The Frock Shop, that’s the exact opposite of what you want to do! If you’ve got curves, show them off! Today’s feature is the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper that will firmly slim your waist, hips and thighs while enhancing your rear end, not hiding it. Its open bust also enables you to pair it with your favorite strapless bra, so you’ll look curvy everywhere you want to.

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                                                                                                                                Day 4 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                                BODY SOLUTIONS FOR FORM-FITTING FORMALS 

                                                                                                                                How to look flawless in a mermaid cut dress
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                                                                                                                                A mermaid cut dress like this stunning piece from The Frock Shop is an ultimate statement in elegance. You may think it takes a brave, perfectly formed woman to show off her figure with such a tight fit, but you might be surprised that you can pull it off without showing so much as a bump, roll or a seam. Today we’re featuring this firm control slip with built-in bra and panty – a one-piece solution for the mermaid cut and other form-fitting dresses. It will hide and reshape all of your little imperfections so that you don’t have to worry about what’s showing up under that tight fit.

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                                                                                                                                  Day 3 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                                  SHOWING OFF CLASSIC STYLES WITH A CLASSIC FIGURE

                                                                                                                                  Feeling confident in sleek, smooth fabrics

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                                                                                                                                  Who doesn’t love vintage? A classic style like this dress from The Frock Shop is all about smooth lines and elegant curves, which is why a body-smoothing shaper is key to making it look fabulous. Our feature of the day is the Supreme Panty Shaper by AMIA, which trims inches off your waistline while the open bust gives you the freedom to choose the best bra for your look. Designed for a seamless finish, it won’t cause any bumps below the bra line or above your panties. It’s an ideal shaper to use under smooth, satin-like fabrics.

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                                                                                                                                    Day 2 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                                    FLAUNT A SLEEK AND SHAPELY GOWN

                                                                                                                                    Making your figure flawless from top to bottom
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                                                                                                                                    To successfully wear a gorgeous, lacy look like this one from The Frock Shop that shows off pretty much every feminine feature, you need a smooth, contoured figure from bust to bottom. Today’s feature, the Vedette Scarlette Strapless Shapewear Bodysuit, can do the trick; simply remove the straps and slip it on. With firm control, it will instantly smooth out your back, midsection, hips and rear, so you can show off a flawless form underneath all of that pretty lace. Pair it with a strapless bra for added cleavage and support, and you’ve got a stunning finish!

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                                                                                                                                      Day 1 – 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

                                                                                                                                      SHAPE UP YOUR FORMALWEAR STYLES

                                                                                                                                      Looking elegant in a fitted dress

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                                                                                                                                      Spring is upon us, and so is warmer weather formal dress season! Whether you’re dressing up for weddings and bridal events, prom, graduation or any other special occasion, you can look your best using our 31 Slimming Styles for Spring! Each day this month, we’ll feature one of our favorite shapers paired with a fabulous dress from our friends at The Frock Shop, where you can rent designer dresses online for a fraction of the designer price, and from Brideside, where you can shop online for bridesmaid dresses and try them on at home – just like a boutique experience, but from the comfort of your home!

                                                                                                                                      Today’s feature shaper is one of our most comfortable cinchers, the Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher by Flakisima. You can use it to sport an elegant, streamlined look beneath a gorgeous long dress with a fitted waist, like this feature from The Frock Shop. You’ll notice instant waist slimming and shaping that accentuates the long lines of the dress, but you’ll still be able to move and breathe. It’s the perfect invisible accessory for an all-around classy look.

                                                                                                                                       

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                                                                                                                                        Finding the Right Shapewear After Your Cosmetic Surgery

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                                                                                                                                        Bikini season is around the corner, ladies. If you take the opportunity during the colder months to surgically fix up your midsection or backside, you’re going to need some compression shapewear to help your body heal and look its best.

                                                                                                                                        Don’t just grab any type of shapewear. You’ll find that many pieces on the market are designed for “stage one” and “stage two” after surgery. You will need both for the duration of your recovery.

                                                                                                                                        Initially after a cosmetic surgery like a liposuction, tummy tuck or buttocks lift, you’ll experience swelling and drainage, depending on the type of surgery done. During those tender first days post-op, a stage one compression garment will help your body drain the fluids that collect beneath your skin. This is important because it minimizes bruising and the chances of infection. Compression flushing will also reduce swelling as your tissues heal, reducing the amount of pain you feel and leading to a shorter recovery period. Stage one garments are different from stage two because they provide gentle pressure and are sized slightly larger.

                                                                                                                                        Stage-1

                                                                                                                                        For stage one, we recommend the First Stage Marena Suit with Suspenders and No Leg by Comfortwear FBA. This comfortable garment provides the gentle compression you’ll need to recover immediately after surgery. It zips on and off easily and has a hook-and-eye closure gusset for bathroom convenience. Constructed from F5 certified (high quality compression) fabric, its durability will last through the duration of your early recovery.

                                                                                                                                        Once most of your post-op swelling has reduced, you can switch to a stage two compression garment. The stronger compression and tighter fit will contour and shape your body, helping your tissues to adhere properly in their new positions. As scar tissue forms, particularly following a liposuction, ongoing compression will help subcutaneous tunnels stay collapsed – maintaining a smooth contour on the surface of your skin.

                                                                                                                                        Stage-2

                                                                                                                                        For stage two, we recommend our best-selling Contour Shaper by Leonisa. This comfortable shaper provides moderate control from under your bust to your hips. Since you’ll be returning to your normal lifestyle during this phase of your recovery, this garment goes on and off easily, is breathable, and provides smoothing and control in all the right places.

                                                                                                                                        Ask your doctor about any compression specifications you’ll need following your cosmetic procedure. After surgery and using the right shapewear, you’ll feel more confident than ever in your own skin.

                                                                                                                                         

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                                                                                                                                          5 Oscar Worthy Shapers

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                                                                                                                                          With the Oscars around the corner, many stars are waiting for all of their hard work to pay off. They’re hitting the gyms and trying last minute diets to counteract the plumping effects of red carpet cameras, but they have a secret weapon ready. Shapewear is every girl’s best friend at the Academy Awards. Try any of these five shapers to instantly take 10 lbs. off your frame and enhance your best features. Perfect for the Oscars’ red carpet… or the red line train to a movie.

                                                                                                                                          5. Achieve Amanda Seyfried’s stunning red carpet look with our Shapeband!

                                                                                                                                          For a statuesque abdomen free of bumps and bulges, try the ShapeBand by Squeem. This discreet shaper instantly carves up to four inches from your midsection, visibly reducing the waistline so you appear up to three sizes smaller. It also supports the back to reduce pain and invoke confidence through corrected posture.

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                                                                                                                                          4. Jennifer Lopez’s flawless look was completed with our Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit!

                                                                                                                                          When you need to look your best from head to toe, turn to the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette. This all-body shaper targets the abdomen while giving special attention to the hips, thighs, and legs down to the ankle. Love handles disappear! The strong hold does not come at the expense of comfort – this light weight shaper slims the silhouette without being too warm or constricting. The underbust design, which lifts and rounds the bust, makes this the perfect shaper for a plunging neckline.

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                                                                                                                                          3. Set the right foundation to achieve Beyonce’s red carpet look with our Mia Corselette Body Shaper!

                                                                                                                                          The perfect hourglass silhouette is at your fingertips (and hips) in the Mia Corselette Body Shaper. Its tri-layer lining and latex core visibly reduce the waistline so you instantly look up to three sizes smaller. It flattens the midriff and whittles the waist while shaping the hips. Viola! Your natural curves are instantly enhanced. The underbust design lifts the bust for a voluptuous look to please any diva.

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                                                                                                                                          2. Octavia Spencer’s sophisticated and elegant look was enhanced with our Strapless Slimming Shaper!

                                                                                                                                          For a firm, all over hold and contoured curves, slip into the Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Chery. This shaper instantly reduces the waistline, firms the abdomen, trims back bulge, and smoothes bumps throughout. This shaper enhances and celebrates your natural curves with a unique stretch material over the rear, and an underbust design that gives the bust a little lift.

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                                                                                                                                          1. For a curvaceous red carpet look like Jennifer Lawrence’s you’ll need the Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper!

                                                                                                                                          The Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper by Vedette has a strong hold around your curves while enhancing them. It whittles the waist down and makes you instantly look several pounds lighter. This shaper doesn’t make you pick between a toned tummy and a round derriere. The open-back design and special bands boost, lift, and round the rear without padding. The underbust design and removable straps make this a versatile number you can wear anywhere. Unmissable, irresistible curves anytime you want a no-wait tune-up for your tush and waist.

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                                                                                                                                            Ahead of the Curves: New York Fashion Week runway debuts shapewear

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                                                                                                                                            This year’s New York Fashion Week kicked off with Spanx taking over the runway. Models strutted their shapers up and down the runway, showing off boy shorts, Wonderbras, and other shapewear. Some fashion and news sites have shown shock that traditional models were chosen to market shapewear, but this event goes to show that shapewear is for anyone regardless of body type. Movie stars love their shapers, and now so does the couture scene.

                                                                                                                                            This comes as a surprise to some, but shapewear has been an important part of a polished look for a long time. Shapers can be used to provide a tuck and lift, but can also be used to create a smooth, fresh canvas for clothes. It’s like applying primer to your face before applying makeup. Shapewear was the best kept secret in Hollywood and among the fashion elite, but not any more. Designers, actors, celebrities, musicians, models, and fashionistas alike are publicly recognizing that shapewear makes an outfit pop, and has its own place in fashion.

                                                                                                                                            Lingerie and intimate lines have long had a presence in the fashion world and now shapewear is boldly joining them on the runway. Hourglass Angel was ahead of the curve, selling beautiful shapewear for every body and lifestyle for years. Shop our extensive inventory of elegant and comfortable thigh, waist, butt, leg, and tummy shapers – from the runway to your home, before they were even on the runway!

                                                                                                                                            Shop featured styles;
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                                                                                                                                            Top right Diva Corselette by AMIA
                                                                                                                                            Bottom left Marylou Shortie by Yummie by Heather Thomson YT2-027
                                                                                                                                            Bottom right Almighty Vest by AMIA

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                            Posted in Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips, What's New

                                                                                                                                              Va-va-voom! This way for a seductive Valentine’s Day!

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                                                                                                                                              Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, but there’s still enough time for HourGlass Angel to help you give the best gift to your partner – yourself! Wrapped in beautiful, soft, and sexy shapers.

                                                                                                                                              The Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear by Scandale gives you strong abdominal control while sculpting the waist. This piece blends seamlessly under clothes, but you’ll definitely want to show off this shaper. The Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear has an old Hollywood feel with lace panels on shimmering satin and infuses your night with glamour!

                                                                                                                                              For more coverage and support, turn to the Glamour All-In-One Shaper by Bodyhush. This beautiful shaper visibly reduces the waistline and can help you appear up to three sizes smaller. Perfect for a seductive Valentine’s Day, the shaper tightens you up for an elegant hourglass silhouette while featuring fashionable details like elegant lace and sophisticated satin touches, and an underbust design that pushes up the chest.

                                                                                                                                              Not feeling Valentine’s Day? Take on the day with confidence, grace, and beauty no matter what the day brings or what you bring to it with the Diva Corselette by AMIA. This best selling shaper visibly reduces the waistline, shapes the hips, trims the tummy, and supports the bust and back via the PowerLatex Core. Never sacrificing form for function, the Diva Corselette by AMIA is adorned with a lace boyshort trim and has an overall lingerie appearance with the strength of a first-class shaper.

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                              Posted in How To Wear

                                                                                                                                                Squeem Review: The Squeem Compression Panty Shaper Delivers on its Promises

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                                                                                                                                                A few months ago, I began to think about my New Year’s resolution and how I would go about achieving my goals. I have never kept a resolution – so this year I started planning early and thought of practical and realistic methods to achieve what I want. Right around that time, I invested in my first shaper. My New Year’s resolutions include changing my eating habits, develop a fun and productive exercise regimen, and simply feel better!

                                                                                                                                                I stand at 5’3”,weigh 135 pounds, and consider my trouble area to be around my belly. I decided to incorporate an abdominal shaper into my plan simply because it provides instant results. Select shapers contribute to long-term weight loss results, and the only reason I didn’t have one yet was due to a ridiculous notion that it is for older women.

                                                                                                                                                I selected a best-selling garment from Hourglass Angel, the Squeem Compression Panty Shaper. This is a maximum compression shaper infused with latex, and the inside is lined with cotton so it makes the shaper very comfortable. It’s a step-through garment that I will say is difficult to get on the first time, and can even leave you feeling that you ordered a size too small a size. That feeling goes away quickly as you become accustomed to the compression.

                                                                                                                                                The Compression Panty Shaper really feels comfortable and fitted while you’re actually wearing it, snug like a glove. My first day of ever wearing a shaper was Thanksgiving Day while I ate a large meal with family. Best or worst day to try it? I cannot complain, I must say it did not interfere with my indulgences, but did help me control the amount that I ate. The compression of the garment helped me in that it left me feeling full once I had ate a sufficient amount.

                                                                                                                                                The Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem was designed with adjustable and removable straps for extra support, and the whole thing stays in place no matter what I did in it (cooking, working, cleaning, shopping, dancing, walking the dog, and everything else). The underbust design gently pushes up the bottom of my bra and gives me the lift of wearing a pointed bra without the pointy shape. Otherwise, it is completely invisible under clothes so the shaper is my little secret. I look naturally leaner and toner!

                                                                                                                                                Simply put, Squeem delivers on its promises! I wore the Compression Panty Shaper as instructed, about 8-10 hours a day and my waist has reduced by 1.75 inches. This is due to garment increasing your thermal activity that helps you burn off extra calories. I did not feel hot or sweaty what so ever, which was a concern of mine. The Compression Panty Shaper pulls in the waist and flattens the tummy, which helped me keep my abdomen engaged all day working my core muscles. It also corrected my posture, which is not only for appearances, but relieves back pain. I feel stronger and more confident, and it shows!

                                                                                                                                                I feel confident about my resolutions this time because I have already invested in a helping hand to get me where I want. – M. James

                                                                                                                                                Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                                                                  Hot Mama! Everything a postpartum mommy needs

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                                                                                                                                                  Being a mom is great. Dealing with postpartum body changes – not so much. HourGlass Angel offers a wide assortment of shapers that slim and also support the tummy and abdominal muscles while they heal and reform. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA is a best seller because it visibly reduces one to four inches instantly while boosting thermal activity and firming the midsection for long-term results.

                                                                                                                                                  In a time when everything is sore and swollen, make sure to breastfeed in ease with the Smooth Soft-Cup Nursing Bra by Anita. Its molded, wireless cups support and shape the breast while the nursing flap clasp can be effortlessly opened and closed with one hand. The Stretch Nursing Tank by Yummie Tummie also allows for comfortable, discreet nursing, but also provides tummy control that you can pair simply with jeans. For an especially sensitive chest, try the Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows, which calm swelling and discomfort with two-sided, temperature control pads with all natural flaxseed filling.

                                                                                                                                                  While you and everyone else dotes over the new baby, don’t forget about yourself! Mommies need some extra TLC while they’re taking care of everyone. The Mommy Care Pack by Mambino, often seen at baby showers, includes belly butter, face cream, aromatherapy for both mommy and baby, and toning oil that are safe for nursing moms to use to look and feel great. A happy mom means a happy baby!

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                                                                                                                                                    The Long and Short of It: Shapewear for Every Torso

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                                                                                                                                                    Every body is different and while we use shapewear to enhance our shapes and get extra support, there are some things that we cannot change. When the distance between your shoulders and your natural waist is shorter than average, you are short-waisted. The opposite is true for those with a long torso. Luckily there is perfect shapewear for your long or short torso so you can get what you need and get out the door looking great!

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                                                                                                                                                    Women with long torsos have a hard time finding shapewear or other tops that reach down to the waist, making tucking in a shirt nearly impossible – and don’t even get started on low-rise jeans. This poses a problem when selecting a midsection shaper because many women seek to control the lower tummy, which is often left exposed in this situation. Most enhancing bodysuits don’t fit because they do not stretch enough vertically  and will end up being too tight in the gusset.

                                                                                                                                                    The Glamour Shaping Camisole by Bodyhush reaches down past the hips for full coverage. It is a long camisole perfect for those with a long torso, and it does not sacrifice form for function. This beautiful control top slims the tummy and waist while functioning as a sexy top. The Firm Control Waist Cincher by Flakisima is also a long shaper that whittles the waist while providing firm coverage throughout the entire torso.

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                                                                                                                                                    Dealing with a short torso is like conducting a magic trick – success can be achieved via optical illusions. The torso can appear elongated by wearing smooth, one-piece shapewear that gives your chest a little lift. Shapewear that smooths out your midsection while supporting the chest emphasizes the waistline.

                                                                                                                                                    The Lilian High Back Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette provides a midsection makeover that also gives special attention to the hips and back. Its underbust design provides a light lift that opens up the torso. The one-piece body suit design camouflages it under your clothes as to avoid any creases or bunching at the waist, which in turn would have shorten the torso. The Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters by Vedette trims the midsection and lower abdomen with FlexiBoning. The shaper comes up only to the ribs, perfect for a short torso.

                                                                                                                                                    Whatever category your torso falls in to, shop Hourglass Angel to find the perfect shaper for your perfect shape.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                                                                      Are you a cincher or a vest-er? Tips on the right midsection shaper for you

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                                                                                                                                                      HourGlass Angel sells a large variety of shapewear and so many options can make it all confusing. What is the difference between these products, and which is best for you? If you’re looking for a slimmer waist and tighter tummy with posture support, try a cincher or vest (especially if you’re a postpartum mommy looking for extra support for a changing body).

                                                                                                                                                      For women with long or short torsos, you should stick with a cincher. Although vests come with adjustable straps, most are unable to accommodate atypical torso sizes and can end up riding up and shifting. Cinchers are typically the more versatile choice. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA slims the tummy and waist while lifting the chest with its underbust design. Its FlexiBoning supports your back, improves posture, and elongates the torso. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA provides long-term results with customers reporting a one to four-inch waist reduction after wearing the shaper eight hours per day for 30 days.

                                                                                                                                                      Vests can also provide instant slimming while delivering long-term results. Shaping vests provide extra support via its straps and gives your bust an extra lift. In addition to smoothing out any back or underarm bulges created by a bra, vests can prevent rolling or sliding. Vests are also a wonderful tool in supporting a large and back for the ultimate relief during a long day. However, vests cannot be worn with strapless or thin-strapped tops like the cincher.

                                                                                                                                                      The Almighty Vest by AMIA uses PoweLatex and FlexiBoning to sculpt inches from your midsection by increasing thermal activity in your core. This also supports long-term results, as customers have reported dropping up to four inches from their waists after a month of wearing as instructed. The Almighty Vest has extra fabric at the armholes to prevent any spillage or bulge from the bra.

                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                                                                        The Bombshell Burn: Shape up your workout!

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                                                                                                                                                        Mustering the desire to go to the gym is a workout in itself – too bad it’s not exercise. And you’re not helping your cause by utilizing old summer camp t-shirts. You go to the gym to feel great and look your best, so why not exercise in clothes that look good, feel good, and actually contribute to your effort? Hourglass Angel is your home for hot workout gear that will make you want to exercise just to wear it!

                                                                                                                                                        The Workout Band by Ann Chery is an Hourglass Angel best seller. The workout band offers midsection control instantly via FlexiBoning while also promoting long-term results. The workout band is safe to wear during exercise in order to increase thermal activity in the core. This mobilizes fat cells and stimulates perspiration to whittle inches off your shape.

                                                                                                                                                        The Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa is also an exercise aid that tones the tummy. This adjustable workout band features bio-ceramic material and neoprene construction that reduces stretch marks and visibly minimizes the appearance of cellulite. It detoxifies the skin and increases thermal activity via infrared technology. The Tummy Tightener can help women heal after a c-section, and similarly supports a changing abdomen during weight fluctuation. Delfin also created matching Bio-Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Capris to extend these revolutionary results to the hips, rear, thighs, and legs for a fully effective gym session.

                                                                                                                                                        Proper workout apparel is important to focus on the exercise and prevent discomfort. Just like you need proper athletic shoes to workout you need a quality exercise bra! The Full-Busted Underwire Sports Bra by Panache was designed for the full figured athlete and therefore accommodates a larger bust for maximum bounce reduction. This clinically proven bra has wide non-stretch straps that won’t cut into your shoulders, and moisture wicking fabric so you can comfortably keep going, and going, and going!

                                                                                                                                                        The Roll Down Layering Leggings by Hard Tail Forever are capri length leggings found in yoga studios and workout facilities across the globe. These leggings feature a roll down waist, which may be worn up or down. The close fitting shape hugs the silhouette perfectly, ideal for layering or stand-alone activewear. The soft stretch cotton is a joy for practicing yoga or running, and anything else you do to get healthy.

                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                                                                                                                                                          Taking shapewear to the next step this year!

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                                                                                                                                                          Confidence is a major factor in success, don’t overlook your outlook when you set out to achieve your goals. Whether you’re striving for weight loss or a job promotion, the right shaper can boost your confidence and support you physically.

                                                                                                                                                          The Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper provides maximum control and maximum curves as it slims the midsection, smooths the back, whittles the waist, and may even take you down a clothing size. Your phenomenal silhouette via this double layer waist cincher can do wonders for your attitude, but the real power comes from its rod boning and underbust design. This cincher supports the spine and improves posture while gently lifting the bust so you can take on the day looking tall, shoulders back, and best of all, at ease!

                                                                                                                                                          Step in to the firm control of the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit also by Vedette for a helping hand from top to below the bottom. This all-body shaper lets you look your best by controlling the hips and lower tummy, eliminating love handles, and creating lean legs and thighs. The underbust design supports the chest, but still lets you wear the bra that you feel flaunts you best. Polish up and smoothen out your look to put the very best, toned foot forward.

                                                                                                                                                          Revolutions succeed when you make a commitment and work for it each day with a positive attitude, confidence, and self-assurance. Slip into an Hourglass Angel shaper to go after what you want!

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                                                                                                                                                            Hourglass Angel is the stop for a healthy new year!

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                                                                                                                                                            You have a plan to look good in 2014, but what are you doing to feel good? When considering how to slim down, don’t forget to tone up! Hourglass Angel has the tools you need to make this year your healthiest and happiest.

                                                                                                                                                            The Space Dye Toning Resistance Pant by Fila are designed to give your workout a boost. The shaping pants instantly trim the lower abdomen, thighs, and legs via Resistance Poly Lycra compression panels. The idea behind the whole line is that supporting the confidence and comfort of the wearer of a high performance garment encourages activity, leading to an overall healthy lifestyle and body. Wear these toning pants to the gym or as you vacuum or go to the grocery store to get some secret resistance training, tone up your muscle, burn fat, and promote overall health.

                                                                                                                                                            Slip into the Alana Seamless Bio-Crystals Dress by Co’Coon to improve your circulation and overall heart health. The shaping dress works with your body’s chemistry to create incredible results. The unique bio-crystals (built right into the fabric) reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve your circulation, which has a multitude of health and beauty benefits. In addition to tackling cellulite and circulation, the body shaping dress instantly trims your tummy and thighs, smoothes away love handles, and naturally lift your breasts.

                                                                                                                                                            Stress is the primary cause behind health issues and weight gain so start at the root and make time for relaxation. The Summer in Tuscany Organic Soy Candle by Mambino has an aromatic blend of pomegranate, red grapefruit, and wild berries to calm and relax. The candle has a lead-free cotton wick that burns clean for approximately 50 hours. Originally designed for tense pregnant mothers, the Summer in Tuscany Organic Soy Candle was formulated with organic plant oils, herbs, and extracts, and it is paraffin and GMO-free.

                                                                                                                                                            This season don’t just make resolutions to lose weight – revolutionize your lifestyle with help from Hourglass Angel!

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                            Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                                                                                                                                                              HourGlass Angel Has Your New Year’s Revolution Arsenal!

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                                                                                                                                                              By far the most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. The hardest resolution to keep is to lose weight, as it is any time during the year. Instead of struggling for results, why not give yourself a hand up? This New Year, start a revolution with HourGlass Angel at your side (and tummy, and thighs…) every step of the way.

                                                                                                                                                              In addition to implementing a balanced diet and exercise routine, reach your goals of a permanently trimmer physique with the Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex by Leonisa, a firm control shaping vest that promotes long-term weight loss. This thermal reducing vest instantly slims the midsection while activating thermal activity in your core in order to promote weight loss and remove toxins from the body. Wear the Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex by Leonisa for three hours per day for one month as you go to work, run errands, and step out for a night on the town, and instantly expedite the results of your slim-down plan.

                                                                                                                                                              The iPant Anti-Cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper by Wacoal also provides midsection control while smoothing from the waist to mid-thigh. It reduces the appearance of muffin tops, bulges, and lumps. This high-waist thigh shaper is made with Novarel Slim microfibers and infused with caffeine microcapsules, vitamin E, Retinol, ceramides, and aloe vera to promote long-term weight loss, visibly reduce cellulite in the thighs and rear, detoxify skin, and mobilize fat cells.

                                                                                                                                                              Stock up your arsenal at HourGlass Angel to achieve your New Year’s Revolution!

                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                                                                                                                                                                New Year’s Revolutions

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                                                                                                                                                                While everyone else is struggling with New Year’s Resolutions, this year you’re launching your New Year’s Revolution! The time has come to shake up your status quo and make 2014 unlike any other. Stay tuned to Hourglass Angel to discover how a quality shaper and other aids can help you achieve whatever goals you have set for the new year, and beyond. Who needs a resolution when you can have a revolution?

                                                                                                                                                                Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health

                                                                                                                                                                  Your guide to the new you in the new year! Shapewear for everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                  It’s that time of year again when we renew goals for the future while trying not to get too discouraged about resolutions of the past. This year, give yourself a hand up in achieving your goals by pairing firm and comfortable shapewear with your diet and exercise plan for instant results. Hit the ground running this new year and get what you want with confidence inside and out.

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                                                                                                                                                                  For ultimate, carefree midsection control, invest in the Almighty Cincher or Almighty Vest by AMIA. AMIA midsection shapers instantly deliver the tummy control and back support that you need now and has lasting results. The Almighty Cincher and the Almighty Vest both visibly reduce the waistline by one to three inches, with many users reporting one to four inches of sustained loss after wearing the shaper for 30 days.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Lower Abdomen

                                                                                                                                                                  The lower abdomen is one of the most difficult areas of the body to control and minimize, even with proper exercise and diet. Postpartum mommies and post-surgical patients especially struggle with getting adequate support for this area. Luckily, the Supreme Panty Shaper by AMIA utilizes a Supreme PowerLatex core to instantly smooth and reduce the midsection, while the tri-layer shaping technology lifts the bust and lengthens the spine for an overall longer, leaner appearance. Likewise, the Squeem Compression Panty Shaper has the proper reinforcement to firm and flatten the lower abdomen while promoting long-term weight loss.

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                                                                                                                                                                  The struggle of shapewear is achieving a sleek silhouette without flattening a curvy bum. The Alexandra by Vedette can whittle your waist while celebrating your curves and giving your rear a lift. Don’t hide it – flaunt it! The Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima is the ultimate rear shaper if you don’t want shaping control throughout the entire midsection. This lightweight rear shaper comes up just above the navel for lower abdomen support with its thermal tummy control panel, but the real treat comes from its open-back design that lifts and rounds out the derriere.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Thigh shapers are wonderful in that they typically shape the lower abdomen, hips, rear, and thighs all at once. If you’re looking to slim down your thighs without sacrificing your sexy shape, try The Catwalk Firm Control High-Waist Long Leg by Body Wrap. This ultra lightweight thigh shaper provides excellent control while remaining breathable all day. The Slimming Thigh Shaper by Lytess is also an excellent choice, especially if you don’t need the full coverage of the long leg, high rise Catwalk Firm Control shaper. The Slimming Thigh Shaper offers hip reduction up to 5.5 cm and thigh reduction up to 3.1 cm via caffeine micro-capsules that mobilize and reduce fat in problem areas.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Legs

                                                                                                                                                                  Nothing completes an outfit like a great set of shapely legs and a confident strut. The High Waist Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu trims and tones while increasing calorie burn as you go about your regular day, as it incorporates the principles of resistance training with special bands woven directly into the tights. For less coverage with the same comfortable, firm support, try the Smooth Couture High Waist Tight by Va Bien. This high-waist, capri-length thigh shaper is equipped with a seamless control waistband, reinforced tummy panel, and Power Net control.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Back

                                                                                                                                                                  One place that most of us overlook when considering shapewear is the back. The back is subject to getting lumps created by restrictive bras and other clothing, and sometimes just needs some extra support during a long day. The SlimVest by Squeem visibly reduces the waist and tummy by one to four inches in the long-term while instantly slimming you down up to three sizes. The Diva Corselette by AMIA also supports your back, and it has the added benefit of a PowerLatex core and tri-layer slimming technology. The Diva Corselette is a step-through undergarment that also pays special attention to the hips for a smooth silhouette throughout.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Some women want to slim their curves, and others want to enhance them. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear gives you a bit of oomph around your derriere. This shaper instantly enhances curves with two removable pads that reach from the hip around to the center of the backside. For those that would prefer to slim the hips, go for the High Waisted Shaping Shorts by MeMoi. This lightweight fiber hip shaper is perfect for daily wear, smoothing throughout the midsection down to the lower thigh for an overall bombshell shape.

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                                                                                                                                                                  All Over

                                                                                                                                                                  What do all female (and some male) celebrities have in common? Body shapers! It’s Hollywood’s little secret, and now you can pull it off, too. For all-over control and a phenomenal figure, try the Celebrity Style Body Shaper by Leonisa. This airy, lightweight shaper utilizes PowerNet construction for great control and reshaping from the underbust to the mid-thigh. To look your best from head to toe, you should also go for the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette. Vedette, a staple brand in the shapewear industry, has created a lightweight full body shaper that controls the hips, tummy, and love-handles with instantly lean legs and thighs.

                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                                                                                                                                                                    Shapewear Style Secrets Look #10

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                                                                                                                                                                    Red bows aren’t just for gifts anymore – wrap up in a warm jacket that cinches with a bow around the waist. The dark yet vibrant color trend won’t fail you with this style, which also touches on the peplum trend. Pair it with a basic white blouse and The Onyx Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox to make your derriere the gift that keeps on giving. The butt enhancing jeans lift and shape the butt, creating the illusion of a firm and toned rear while slimming the figure elsewhere. The jeans flatten the tummy and prevent a muffin top so you can revel in the benefits of shapewear without having to layer it on. The high rise waist and notch on the back waistband keeps these tight jeans in place as you dance and sit – keeping it classy all the way.

                                                                                                                                                                    Start this outfit with the Atlantis Solutions Enhancing Lift Wire-Free Push-Up Bra by Panache to balance your curvy bottom with a pronounced bust. This wire-free push up bra has light padding, but still adds up to two cup sizes without appearing bulky. This is the perfect choice for pear-shaped ladies who are rocking a shapely rear, but taper at the top. Try this look and the Atlantis Solutions Enhancing Lift Wire-Free Push-Up Bra and The Onyx Butt Enhancing Jeans to pull of the casual and comfortable classic look.

                                                                                                                                                                    • The Onyx Butt Enhancing Jeans lift and shape the rear while slimming the thighs and midriff for perfect control in a stylish jean package

                                                                                                                                                                    • The Onyx Butt Enhancing Jeans are beautiful enough to wear out on the town and offer excellent shaping without layering on shapewear

                                                                                                                                                                    • The Atlantis Solutions Enhancing Lift Wire-Free Push-Up Bra lifts and enhances the bust up to two sizes without using heavy padding for a wonderful, balanced appearance
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                                                                                                                                                                      Shapewear Style Secrets Look #9

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                                                                                                                                                                      This holiday season, add some rock and roll into your wardrobe and step out in style! This season’s trends revolve around statement pieces with edge. Pair a leather coat with velvet-accented pants and a black shirt for a stage-worthy ensemble. Done up, but not overdone. Start this outfit with the Shape Cotton Shorts with High Waist by FarmaCell for instantly shaped hips and legs. This shaper also significantly trims the tummy and eliminates the dreaded muffin top. The seamless design and anti-roll elastic bands means that this will be your little secret. This high waist shaper provides superior control from the upper abdomen down to the lower thigh for an over sleek look that will leave you rocking out in comfort all night.

                                                                                                                                                                      • The Shape Cotton Shorts with High Waist by FarmaCell shape the hips and eliminates muffin tops to maintain sleek lines in the outfit

                                                                                                                                                                      • High waist design means perfect control from the abdomen to the knees

                                                                                                                                                                      • Seamless design means it disappears under clothes, anti-roll bands and cotton, antibacterial gusset means you’re comfortable all night

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                                                                                                                                                                        Shapewear Style Secrets Look #8

                                                                                                                                                                        Holiday-Lookbook-Outfit-#8 Structured form and sleek lines infuse any outfit with elegance. Pair a tailored black jacket with a long skirt that pops with shimmer and color, and the Essentials Bridal Bustier by Felina. This shaper is beautiful enough to wear as a part of your outfit so it shapes while looking stunning. The bustier smooths the midsection while lifting and enhancing the chest with flexible boning hidden under a soft cotton lining. An exposed bustier gives this outfit the perfect sexy edge without going over the top. Class and sass all the way!

                                                                                                                                                                        Start with the Maylou Shortie by Yummie Tummie below the sequined gold skirt to slim the midsection and control the rear without any visible panty lines. The high waist design enhances the high waist design of the skirt, giving you a longer and leaner appearance. Trust the Maylou Shortie to smooth out any bumps and bulges and let the glitter speak for itself!

                                                                                                                                                                        • The Essentials Bridal Bustier slims the waist and abdomen with cotton-covered flexible boning, but is elegantly designed to be worn as outerwear, too

                                                                                                                                                                        • The bustier lifts the bust and gives the appearance of a longer, leaner torso

                                                                                                                                                                        • The Maylou Shortie shapes the legs and rear while trimming the tummy for an overall smooth look

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                                                                                                                                                                          Shapewear Style Secrets Look #7

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                                                                                                                                                                          Black is the classic nighttime color, whether it’s a tight dress or slouchy satin. This loose satin outfit takes a different spin on party wear by infusing your evening with glitz while bypassing the standard tight little black dress. Pair this outfit with shimmery silver accessories for contrast and the Supreme Thong Shaper by AMIA for shape. The Supreme Thong Shaper visibly reduces the waistline, firms the midsection, and overall seamlessly smooths the silhouette with its Supreme PowerLatex core. This shaper is important with with this outfit as it creates a structured shape under slouchy fabric, especially as it features bust support that lengthens the torso and opens the shoulders.

                                                                                                                                                                          • The Supreme Thong Shaper trims the waist and tummy for a sleek, seamless shape

                                                                                                                                                                          • No visible panty lines under peaking through the satin

                                                                                                                                                                          • Lifts the bust and opens the shoulders for a confident, strong look
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                                                                                                                                                                            Shapewear Style Secrets Look #6

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                                                                                                                                                                            Take this look from the red carpet to your next holiday party. This classic, long black dress elongates your body for a slimmer appearance as it flows and sways to the ground. This outfit lets you effortless and simply transcend Hollywood elegance. The dress features a ruched front, which acts to camouflage the tummy.  Pair this statuesque evening dress with the Diva Corselette by AMIA to create a seamless, smooth silhouette.

                                                                                                                                                                            The shaper visible reduces the waistline, shapes the hips, and firms the midsection while supporting the bust and back with its PowerLatex core and tri-layer slimming. It lifts the bust as well for a beautiful hourglass shape. The Diva Corselette features a comfortable boyshort bottom, but its lingerie design may even outshine the gown! Add a gold cinching belt to further enhance the waist and gold-trimmed accessories that pop with the black dress and create some holiday sparkle.

                                                                                                                                                                            • The Diva Corselette creates a seamless silhouette with this flowing gown

                                                                                                                                                                            • Lifts the bust and slims the waist and tummy for a classic hourglass shape

                                                                                                                                                                            • Eliminates back bulges and smooths the rear for 360 degree control
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                                                                                                                                                                              Shapewear Style Secrets Look #5

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                                                                                                                                                                              Winter is all about layers, but there’s no need to look like an Olsen twin! Pair a warm, velvet jacket with a long, flowing top and Slimming Leggings by Lytess and the Almighty Vest by AMIA for a warm, slimming, and sleek holiday party go-to outfit. These sexy slimming leggings instantly smooth and shape the legs while control the hips and thighs while shea butter protect and nourish your skin as you shimmy across the dance floor. The Almighty Vest cinches the waist and flattens the tummy to shape your frame under the flowing top. Pair this outfit with a belt or bow around the waist to further accentuate the results of the vest, and velvet booties to pull it all together.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Slimming Leggings shapes the legs and controls the hips, but are beautiful enough to wear on their own with a top

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Almighty Vest trims the waist to create shape under a flowy top

                                                                                                                                                                              • The vest flattens the tummy and eliminates back bulge
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                                                                                                                                                                                Shapewear Style Secrets Look #4

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                                                                                                                                                                                This holiday season, go for a new way to show off your backside with a low back dress. This dress design drapes the back to minimize the appearance of any bumps and bulges on the sides and lower back while offering a little peek-a-boo sexiness. Pull this dress off with the Backless Body Shaper with Thong Bottom by Fullness to shape and support the midsection and chest without ugly bra straps getting in the way. This all-torso smoothing shaper provides light midsection control and soft bust support while adding volume to the chest with lightly padded underwire cups. The backless body shaper features removable, adjustable clear straps for a customized fit and the thong bottom lets you pair this shaper with even the tightest New Year’s Eve dress without visible panty lines for a seamless, flawless look.

                                                                                                                                                                                • The Backless Body Shaper with Thong Bottom plunges to the small of the back so you can wear any backless dress or top

                                                                                                                                                                                • Thong bottom eliminates visible panty lines

                                                                                                                                                                                • Light midsection control and bust support create an hourglass shape with minimal coverage
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Shapewear Style Secrets Look #3

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Elegance is the name of the game this season with dramatic shapes and designs. A sheer and lace top gives an old Hollywood feel while showing off the decolletage. A black jacket will balance this very feminine look while the peplum skirt slims the waist and camouflages wide hips. Be daring when putting together this outfit and go for winter white – the hottest color trend of the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Mystique High-Waist Brief Shaper by Scandale is the perfect base for this glamorous ensemble as it defines the waist and slims the tummy and midsection without sacrificing grace and beauty. The high-waist brief has a satin feel and lace panels, but it is so much more than a pretty face. It features firm, targeted control panels, a v-shaped front that prevents unwanted rolling at the top, and flattering high-cut leg openings that create the illusion of longer legs. The hip control and trimmed waist mimic and enhance the effects of the peplum skirt and your inner Marilyn.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Mystique High-Waist Brief Shaper slims the waist and hips and enhances the peplum design

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Flattens the tummy for a sleek, flawless look that won’t draw attention away from the outfit

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Beautiful enough to pair with an elegant ensemble, strong enough to do the job

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Shapewear Style Secrets Look #2

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Black is timeless and as slimming now as ever! An all black outfit slims and lengthens to the eye, but a little extra support is always welcome. Pair a black wrap tunic with the High Waist Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu to shape and tighten for the perfect holiday look. The High Waist Get Fit Tight smooths the midsection and firms legs for a leaner look while lifting and rounding your derriere. It also increases caloric burn so go ahead and enjoy that second eggnog!

                                                                                                                                                                                    The focus of this outfit is the trim waist created by the wrap design, which can be accentuated by adding a cinching belt and the Almighty Cincher by AMIA. The cincher visibly reduces the waistline by one to three inches with users reporting a sustained loss of one to four inches after wearing for 30 days due to boosted thermal activity. An hourglass can instantly be yours as the cincher lifts the bust, firms the midsection, and whittles the waist.

                                                                                                                                                                                    • The High Waist Get Fit Tight lifts and shapes your rear for a beautifully draped tunic

                                                                                                                                                                                    • The ShaToBu tights firm your legs while completing the slimming and elongating all-black outfit

                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Almighty Cincher works with a belt and wrap tunic to slim the waist
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Shapewear Style Secrets Look #1

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Dress up a casual evening look with shimmer this winter. Stylist and fashionistas alike are heralding sequins as the perfect way to add some glamour to any look. Pair a dark sequined jacket with a basic top and jeans for a balanced yet exciting outfit. What will set this look off, however, is a firm control base. The Supreme Panty Shaper by AMIA flattens the tummy, pulls in the waist, and eliminates muffin tops for a sleek look that lets the sparkles speak for themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Supreme Panty Shaper slims your shape so you don’t look boxy in a tailored jacket

                                                                                                                                                                                      • The shaper eliminates muffin tops so jeans fit comfortably

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Undergarment posture and chest support helps you have fun all night without strain
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Prepare for the Holidays with a Body Wrap!

                                                                                                                                                                                        12.2.2013

                                                                                                                                                                                        Have you been dieting and exercising, but you still don’t feel that you are ready to glow this holiday season? It happens to everyone – sometimes we hit a plateau or otherwise cannot change our condition. This may not be the best time for the stall with all of the holiday parties and holiday outfits, not to mention the endless stream of photos. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to take the next step to get the results you want. In addition to a healthy lifestyle and shapewear support, it’s time to think outside the box for great results in the knick of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hourglass Angel proudly carries body wraps topical weight loss treatments. Simply Slender, one of the strongest brands in the market for body wraps has a diverse product line to satisfy everyone’s needs. The Simply Slender Body Wrap Kits have several elements that all work together to reshape your midsection. The Simply Slender Slenderizing cream is formulated from a special blend of herbs, clays, and minerals. Apply this formula directly to the body prior to wrapping with the High Quality Cotton Elastic Wraps. These machine washable wraps are reusable. A measuring tape and an inch-loss chart are included to help you track your results. The illustrated instruction book with step-by-step instructions guides you through all the steps to create a slimmer silhouette. This slimming body wrap also reduces water retention and smoothes the skin for a rejuvenated look while it instantly trims your body one to two inches in the areas of application.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Keep taking care of yourself and your curves, and try the wonderful instant weight-loss body wraps.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health

                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s A Faja?

                                                                                                                                                                                          11.18.2013-Blog-Post-Design

                                                                                                                                                                                          The south of the border silhouette sensation is here! Fajas are one of the most exciting trends in shapewear. Even the New York Times has taken notice of this worldwide phenomenon. You may have heard this word, faja but if are not a native Spanish speaker, you may be wondering what a faja is? The word literally means belt or wrap in Spanish, but it refers several kinds of shapers that were popularized in Latin America.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Latin America has a long tradition of shapewear. While girdles and other shapers haven risen and fallen in popularity in the United States, south of the equator the love affair with shapewear has remained consistent. Generations of women have used these garments to create curves and show them off. And that’s just what the word faja refers to.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Most often faja shapers are a cincher style of garment, wrapping tightly around the waist to create a beautiful hourglass shape. One of our favorite faja creating companies, Leonisa makes several of these. The Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex and the Slimming Waist Cincher With Latex are both excellent options if you’d like to add a faja to your figuring fixing collection. And if you’re a future faja wearer with a latex allergy the Anti-Allergic Shaper Vest by CoCoon, is a great place to start your journey with this style of garment!

                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted in Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bra-vo! The Very Best In Bras!

                                                                                                                                                                                            11.11.13-Blog-Design

                                                                                                                                                                                            One of the most important factors in the overall look of your figure is a bra. The wrong bra can be uncomfortable and ruin your shape. The right bra can make your shape look sexier than it ever has. We searched far and wide to find the very best and brightest in bras to bring them to you. So, here they are, our top four superstars from the Hourglass Angel bra collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. One minimizer is the Porcelain Molded Seamless Underwire Bra by Panache. Panache is one of the most trusted brands in the marketplace for their performance, superior construction and range of garments. This piece features seamless contour underwire cups, a unique no-spread design, adjustable straps, hook-and-eye closure and just enough padding to add modesty without volume.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. But if a minimizer isn’t what you need, you have to see the Seamless Comfort Push Up Bra. This piece is both beautiful and effective. This graduated push up creates volume and va-va-voom! Adjustable straps and hook-and-eye closure finish off a piece with plenty to love.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. But if you’re going formal or showing a little shoulder, you’ve got to see this, our favorite strapless piece from the collection. The Hint of Skin Underwire Contour Strapless Bra by Felina is one of the top performing strapless pieces we’ve ever seen. Molded memory foam cups and laser cut edging are just two of the many things to love in this signature piece from the lingerie experts, Felina. It must be worn to be believed.

                                                                                                                                                                                            4. And last, but not least, you absolutely must see what is widely considered to be one of the best sports bras ever designed. The Sports Bra by Enell utilizes both compression and encapsulation to prevent bounce. It’s superior construction is trusted by full figured athletes around the world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Gimme Five! Five Tips To Trimming With Shapewear

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Choose an underbust style garment with a strapless option: Underbust shapers like the Almighty Cincher by AMIA Shapewear rise to the area just below your bra. This style of shaper has several benefits that you might not have thought of. First, because you wear your own bra, you can adapt to a variety of necklines. This is a very versatile design! Secondly, the shaper supports your bust, giving lift. The result is an overall leaner and longer look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              2. For maximum curve creation, look for latex: Again, the Almighty Cincher or its counterpart, the Almighty Vest by AMIA, is a great place to start. The PowerLatex core of these garments creates maximum compression in your midsection. Of course, many garments also use varying amounts of latex to create shaping, so looking for this in the construction of a garment is a good place to start.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Flatter your fanny: Compression is a good thing, when you’re shopping for a shaper, but one area you may not want to compress is the bottom. In fact, many shapers feature special rear rounding designs that are meant to create lift in the area of the bottom, while trimming the tummy. The Alexandra by Vedette is one of our favorites

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                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Built-in weight loss support: Love the way that latex shapes your silhouette? Choose the right garment and the shaping may last longer than you think. Garment with thermal latex panels or designs can increase thermal activity in the core, increasing blood flow and moving toxins. Studies have shown sustained loss of inches with long-term use. Check out The Ann Chery Chaleco Latex Vest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Lose the lumps and bumps: Some of the most effective non-surgical treatments for cellulite come in the form of garments you can wear. Anti-cellulite shapers use techniques like micro-massage and enfused garments to smooth and create more even toned skin. The Dangerous Curves Capri Smoother Kit by Skineez Shapewear is a great place to start.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Party Girls: Shapers For Special Occasions

                                                                                                                                                                                                10.28.13-Blog-Post

                                                                                                                                                                                                Office parties! Christmas events! Winter balls! Once the temperature drops the number of special occasions goes up! And with every event comes a special look. From pretty dresses to super suits, party season means many outfits to switch between. Starting with the right shaper is the right move when you want to party hop in confidence. Here are a few of our favorites to begin your special occasion look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The Coleen Skirt Slip by Yummie Tummie is so short and sweet that you might not even notice it’s there, but this versatile piece is a must see for its wide variety of uses and invisible shaping. The iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper by Wacoal is a great shaper whose effects are both immediate and long lasting. Enjoy its high-tech anti cellulite technology. The Capri Thigh Slimmer with Front Closure by Vedette gives great lower body shaping with a splash of Valencian lace! The Bodyslimmers Bust Shaping BodySlip by Nancy Ganz is a strapless shaping slip that would work well under a variety of formal looks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you like those, it’s time to take it higher! Both the Long Leg Hi-Waist Firm Control Brief by Va Bien and the Hi-Waist Firm Control Brief by Va Bien are great options if you’re trying to eliminate muffin-top under a dress or suit. Their hi-rise design does the trick under many styles. The Wacoal Cool Definition Hi-Waist Long Leg shaper is an essential piece whether you’re wearing a dress, skirt or slacks. It shapes invisibly under all of them and is a great place to start your special event look. And from the same collection, the Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal is an easy-wearing start to just about any look from black tie to streetwear. Start your party look here! And for a maximum control look, start your evening with the Compression Panty Shaper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fall Fashion is FUN: 5 Ways To Wear Tights

                                                                                                                                                                                                  10.21.2013-Blog-Post

                                                                                                                                                                                                  How did it happen? Summer was just here it seemed, but sudden fall has come again and brought with it cooler temperatures that switch from comfortable to chilly over the course of the day. When temperatures fluctuate, you need to be ready to adjust. One of the top tools to accommodate the shifting temperatures of the season is a great pair of tights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of our favorite legwear offerings in the Hourglass Angel store is the High Waist Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu. These tights don’t just look great, they pack a special caloric burning punch. Resistance bands woven into the garment make your daily activities better calorie burners. Simply slide in your tights to experience the fitness benefits of this garment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So how should you wear this versatile accessory? Well let’s start with a seasonal essential: the sweater dress. These tights give an extra layer under any sweater dress and create a smooth silhouette underneath.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Need a look you can take to the office, add this shaping essential to the a pencil skirt and blazer. They will smooth your shape, make you legs look leaner and make your walk to work more beneficial with their special resistance bands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Take your flirty skater skirt to the next level. Start with the lean and mean look of these tights and you’ll feel confident in this airy look. Pair them both with a pretty blouse and you’ve got a fun look for fall that you’ll want to wear both day and night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  But what if you need your look to go from day to night. Start with a fitted dress. Pair that with a signature scarf for the office or a fun necklace! You’ll want to stay comfy while you’re working so a chic ballet flat is perfect for the easier day look. After dark, kick it you a notch with a smart pair of pumps and denim jacket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  No matter what you wear, when you start with the High Waist Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu your seasonal look is good to go!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Boo-tiful Halloween Picks

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are you showing off your silhouette this Halloween in a spooky and sexy costume? You’re not alone. Halloween has become a time to slip into another world of costume and fantasy. If you’re looking for a playful look that’s a treat for the eyes, you may want to simplify the process with a complete costume look. Hourglass Angel stocks a wide variety of these looks. Let’s take a tour so you can find a set that’s boo-tiful and perfect for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    The French maid is a classic look that could fit nicely into your Halloween holiday plans. Start with the Maid In Paris Costume by Seven Til Midnight. This set includes a stretch bodysuit, miniskirt, mini apron, ruffle choker and maid’s hat. And don’t forget the detachable garters! You’ll want to pair this set with a perfect sexy shoe and a sexy thigh high or tights if the weather is cooler where you are.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or maybe you want to show off your heavenly body with an angelic look. The My Baby Angel Costume by Seven Til Midnight is a sexy twist on the classic angel look. This set features a lace up bodysuit, tutu, feather trimmed wings and halo. The detachable garters make this one ideal for thigh highs too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    And last but not least, you will love this look that makes pulses race. The Drive Me Crazy Costume by Dreamgirl is a versatile piece that reverses, creating a 2-in-1 look. Pick your color, red or yellow and become a taxi driver or a racecar diva. This one includes a belt, a taxi driver’s hat and a sporty striped headband.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    And don’t forget, we have a wide variety of the costumes, corsets and accessories you need for Halloween, so shop now and find your special fantasy look!

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Brand New You! Show Us Your Before and After Shapewear Silhouettes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      10.07.2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Confident. Cool. Smooth. There’s nothing like the boost you get when you put on your favorite piece of shapewear. Your clothes fit better and you feel better. You stand a little taller. You know for sure that you look your very best. That experience is the reason we started Hourglass Angel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Every day customers tell us how great they feel in our shapewear. Now we want you to SHOW US! Grab a camera and you favorite piece of shapewear. Show us your before and after looks. We want a peek at the confidence that you take with you when you wear your favorite garment. Submit your pictures to info@hourglassangel.com. We’ll choose one VERY lucky winner to receive a surprise gift and feature your beautiful figure in our social media.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We can’t wait to see the brand new you. So snap a pic and you could win a prize!

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Complete Plan Of Attack: Combining Shapewear With Your Healthy Lifestyle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        09.30.2013-1

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The time has finally come and you know that you’re ready to change. Your body. Your exercise plan. Your life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What you may not know is that shapewear can play a huge influence in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and long term weight loss. Adding a shaper with support for weight loss is one of the most powerful tools you have at our discretion when you’re trying to make a commitment to changing your shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Let’s talk about how these work. Weight loss shapers use the science of compression to support a shift in your shape. Compression amps up thermal activity in your core, which has several important effects. Increased activity in the core means increased perspiration. When you sweat more you mobilize fat and toxins away from your midsection, which allows you to slim down faster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most shapers of this kind also encourage better posture. As you use your own muscles to sit up long and lean, those muscles are activated. When you slouch those muscles are not activated. Better posture leads to a stronger core overall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Of course a shaper is only one piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Eating right with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits is essential. Lean protein is a must when you’re trying to build muscle and lose fat. Walking 10,000 steps a day with a pedometer to track your progress is a great move. But adding a shaper to your overall plan is a great way to insure success in the next stage of your plan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Note: We do not advise working out in the garments mentioned above. Exercise in these garments will lead to unnecessary wear and tear. Garments damaged due to improper use may not be returned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rounding Your Rear With Jeans

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blog-PostWhether it’s back to school time for you or just cooler weather, the fall always signals a new crop of curve enhancing and eye-catching styles. Signature denims are back this year, but if you’ve touched on this trend before, you’ll still want to get a peek at some particularly eye-popping looks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Butt-enhancing denims. Butt lift jeans. Levante cola. There are many ways to say it but, they’re all the same idea and what they accomplish is something special. Butt lifting jeans support, shape and lift your bottom without the addition of a shaper or padding. They perform this magic trick with a heart shaped seam that rounds around the top of the rear, tapering diagonally towards the thighs. Most of these jeans have a slightly high waist, which brings a slimming effect, accentuating your new hourglass figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But that’s only half of the fun! Brands like Verox bring a lot of flair with their curve enhancing power. Look for highlights like buckles, jewels, zippers and other sparkling details that set your pair of Verox jeans apart. This season we will be adding tons of new looks and dazzling colors, but you better act fast! These  fresh seasonal style move quickly and new styles are introduced, so if you see something you love, you won’t want to miss out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Season’s Ups and Downs: What To Wear When The Weather Is Changing

                                                                                                                                                                                                            09.23.2013-1

                                                                                                                                                                                                            In these last days of summer, when the thermometer seems particularly indecisive, it’s hard to know what to wear. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite pieces that are versatile enough to take you through the transition from summer to fall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            When a warm summer day can turn to a chilly night, leggings are the look you need. One of our favorite pairs of leggings is the Tight Ankle Legging by Lysse. This shaping legging can be paired with a dress during the day and dressed up with a jacket at night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Add a little flair with the signature look of the Corduroy Leggings by Hue. This fit for fall style can layer under almost anything to add a little warmth when you need it. Whether you top them with a sweater dress or a lighter tunic and sandals, this is a look that goes well from season to season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            In late summer where a full legging may be a little heavy for the heat, you can transition from a warm day to a crisp night with a sheerer piece of legwear such as the Women’s Opaque Control Top Tight by Hue. These go well with shorts or skirts. Find the look that’s right for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And if you want to turn up the volume on your legwear style, add the Mesh Super Suspender Tights by House of Holland for Pretty Polly. This eye popping design has showed up on celebrities all over the world and is a great transitional piece for the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And last but not least, the Bodyslimmers Firm Control Slimtastic Camisole by Nancy Ganz can be a starting foundational piece that you cover with a layer once the temperature drops. This a garment that definitely goes from the warmth of the sun to the cool of the night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips, What's New

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cellulite: You Don’t Have To Like It Or Lump It

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The little lumps and bumps of cellulite. Yes, you have them…so do we. And thanks to supermarket magazines, we know that every female celebrity in the world has cellulite too! In fact, the vast majority of women, regardless of their size, will develop some cellulite in their lifetime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now that we’ve established that we’re all in the same boat, let’s get to the good news! In recent years, the first truly effective at home solutions for cellulite have begun to appear on the market. While these products may not permanently erase cellulite, they do reduce its appearance effectively.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most anti-cellulite products fall into one of two categories. The first of these is topical treatments. Topical treatments are usually creams or oils that you vigorously massage into the skin to create a smoother look with time. One of our favorite topical treatments is the Cellufit Body Contour Oil by Mambino Organics. Mambino in an incredible company, offering a complete line of safe, delicious-smelling products for new moms, moms to be, or anyone who wants effective and safe skincare. Pair this oil with a handheld cellulite massager after a shower and massage the affected areas to reduce lumps and bumps and create more even toned skin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              But one of the most exciting developments in anti-cellulite technology is the creation of special toning garments that use their construction to reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. These can work in several ways. Often massage is a key factor… or should we say micro-massage. For example, Wacoal, one of your most trusted brands, has developed their iPant line, which uses Novarel Slim® nylon microfiber infused with microcapsules of caffeine to micromassage and mobilize fat. Add in vitamin E, ceramides, retinol and aloe vera and you’re left with smoothed moisturized and firmed skin. Their iPant Anti-Cellulite Cupless Cami and iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper make a perfect set!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              And if you’re looking to add anti-cellulite technology to your workout, one of the biggest breakthroughs in this field can be found in Delfin Spa’s activewear line, which uses Bio-ceramic material. This composite reflects your body’s Far Infrared Rays, the part of the light spectrum that generates heat. These rays are redirected deep into the tissues that contain cellulite. Increasing thermal activity in this layer of skin maximizes the work your muscles are already doing, improving circulation, breaking down toxins and mobilizing fat cells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips, What's New

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Summer Day Dilemma? Staying Cool In This Season’s Shapers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The heat is on! Summer has finally made a splash on the scene. But if rising temperatures and hemlines have made you feel you’ve got to choose between your summer looks and the beautiful curves you create with shapewear, we have something to tell you. The good news is that with the season’s sexy fashions come a crop of shapers that are sure to smooth and shape your silhouette without a breaking a sweat or showing under summer looks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the best ways to slim your figure under a look that dares to bare is an underbust style shaper with a short bottom. The Virginia by Vedette is a great place to start if you want a look that won’t show through and which will also accommodate the plunging necklines that follow this season’s trends. Wear your own bra with this piece and its boyshort bottom is perfect under short skirts or shorts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                If breathability is key, it’s time to turn to something with a delightfully airy construction. One of our favorites is the Full Body Control Slip by Slim Me. This breezy piece gives moderate slimming and would be perfect under sheer and delicate fabrics. You’ll look cool and curvy as you dance the night away in comfort!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another great underbust shaper for anyone working with a plunging or challenging neckline is the Sydney by Vedette. This piece feature a perfect panty bottom and would work nicely with even the most mini of mini-dresses! Wear your own bra and make this look your own. This seamless piece is your little secret in sultry months.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                And if you’re looking for a waist-slimming look that packs a lot of pow, the OMG High Waist Padded Panty is a nice balance of breathable and beautiful with its booty boosting design. Eliminate muffintop without adding a lot weight under your clothes. This garment is perfect with jean shorts and slimming tank for a summer fun-day look!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7 Ways To Look Thinner When Sitting Down

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stand up straight! When we pose in front of a mirror, preparing for our day, we assess our look when we’re standing tall, looking our very longest and leanest. But for many of us, the majority of our day is spent sitting down. Sitting dramatically changes our shape. Often our posture shifts, as we sit in the most ideal pose in our chairs, spines lengthened. Sometimes when we sit, all of the sudden our beautiful standing shape takes a backseat too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fortunately we have some tools that can help create a better sitting shape, correct your posture support a slimmer midsection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First, consider your back. Choosing a shaper with a high back will encourage you to sit straight in your chair, slimming you immediately. Many of our most popular products have this feature incorporated. In particular, our vest style garments are particularly effective in posture correction. For example, a maximum compression vest-style shaper like the SlimVest by Squeem or the Almighty Vest by AMIA supports the back, extending all the way over the shoulders, creating a gorgeous sitting shape. Both of these garments support weight loss when worn for over 30 days as well and may even help relieve back pain in some wearers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks 3&4 Strengthen Your Posture!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Part-2If you like the control and posture correction of a maximum strength shaper, but want it packaged in something a little more pretty, consider adding a genuine steel boned corset to your collection. Start with something basic like the Silk Floral Underbust Corset by Timeless Trends. This piece can be worn under or over your clothes, trimming your tummy and supporting your back while sitting. If you’d like a splash of color in your curve creation, try the Purple and Black Silk Underbust Corset.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If a post-pregnancy poochie belly makes an appearance whenever you sit down is a concern, a body suit is a great place to start your search. The Diva Corselette by AMIA gives control from the underbust to the lower abdomen and comes with enough lingerie look detailing to make sure you feel as pretty as you look! And the pretty feminine detailing continues in the Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette. Adorned with Valencian lace, this bodysuit is a great option with full midsection control.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But if a bodysuit is more shaper than you’d like to wear on a daily basis, a brief may be the best option for you. A high waisted shaping brief, such as the Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette, trims your midsection and lower abdomen, while raising high enough over the waist to encourage better posture while sitting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Take your best shape everywhere, whether you’re standing at a concert or sitting in the office. With the right shaper your midsection will always look slim and trim!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Top 11 Shapers To Make His Eyes Pop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why do you love your shaper? Of course we all love the way we feel with the curve creating power of a great piece of shapewear. But the beauty of shapewear is also in the eye of the beholder. If you’re trying to create an eye-popping shape for the apple of your eye, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list! Here are the Top 11 Shapers To Make His Eyes Pop!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. Compression Thong Shaper by Squeem

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ready to slip into something slinky, but concerned that your panty bottom shaper might make a surprise appearance? Capture his eye and his heart in anything you dare to wear, while creating a beautiful hourglass waist with this piece. The Compression Thong Shaper, combines powerful midsection shaping with an invisible thong back so you can wear the sheerest fabrics without worry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. All the Frills Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corsets are the classic curve creators. If you love showing off the beautiful shape a corset creates, why not show of the corset itself? This is a flirty and feminine look that you’ll love sharing. This complete set shapes your figure and comes with a matching thong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Supreme Thong Shaper by AMIA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corsets are the classic curve creators. If you love showing off the beautiful shape a corset creates, why not show of the corset itself? This is a flirty and feminine look that you’ll love sharing. This complete set shapes your figure and comes with a matching thong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Brocade Styled Waist Cincher by Squeem

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This pretty pink piece brings a much desired touch of class and style to this powerful design. It’s pretty look resembles a lovely patterned tank top under your regular clothes. But don’t let that fool you! This cincher is one our most effective tools for sculpting your midsection into a curvy shape he won’t be able to stop staring at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters by Vedette

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What man could resist the look of beautiful lingerie? But this is no ordinary garter set! This gorgeous piece with Valencian lace is a powerful waist shaping cincher, trimming and toning your midsection into the shape of both of your dreams. Pair it with your favorite thigh-highs and all eyes are on you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. SlimVest by Squeem

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of our most popular items, the SlimVest is easily among the most dramatically effective shapers in the marketplace today. This all-torso shaper radically reforms the midsection and back, completely renewing your shape and catching his eye!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Dana Mid Thigh Buttock Enhancer with Front Closure by Vedette 507

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don’t neglect your bottom when shaping your waist. The Dana Mid Thigh Buttock Enhancer With Front Closure insures that his eyes will be firmly planted on your beautiful, rounded bottom. Valencian lace detailing is a treat for the eyes as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Second Skin Leather Corset by Eurotique

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You’ll look positively purr-fect in this underbust style corset, which looks as good as outerwear as it does when you wear it under your clothes. This is one of our sexiest and most versatile shapers. Whether you keep it behind closed doors or take it out on the town, you’ll both adore the look of this piece!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Almighty Cincher by AMIA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The name says it all when it comes to this mighty little piece. Trim inches from your midsection and sculpt your waist into a gorgeous curvy shape. The strapless design of this garment makes it ideal under your sexiest looks. One shoulder, strapless, plunging necklines? The Almighty Cincher will have you looking your most adorable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Caboost Padded Panty

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Make your curves go pow with this bottom boosting panty. This rear rounding piece creates a gorgeous apple bottom shape that goes perfect with jeans and skirts alike. Simply pull on the panty for a beautifully shaped bum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Diva Corselette by AMIA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This lingerie look shaper is the ultimate in eye-catching. With its corset inspired front and lace detailing, you’d hardly expect it to be as effective as it is in creating a sexy shape. But don’t underestimate this boyshort bottom piece just because it’s pretty. Your curves (and his eyes) crave the sexy shape this corselette creates!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted in How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wedding Belles: A Shaper For Every Shape On Your Big Day

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s June at last and wedding bells are ringing everywhere as brides of every shape and size do the dress dash! Along with the search for your perfect dress to take you down the aisle often comes the search for the perfect shaper for your silhouette. You’re likely to be photographed on your wedding day more than any other day, so capturing the right look for your unique curves is essential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you find the right foundation for your special day based on your own special shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If your silhouette is more rectangular, with beautiful broad shoulders that sit about the same width as your hips, you may want to create curves with a shaper that has a built-in bra. Paired with a strapless look to show off those shoulders, a garment like the Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique can set off your gown and your shape! All over smoothing is a nice feature of this figure flatterer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If your silhouette most closely resembles the hourglass, with a smaller waist plus fuller bust and hips, you’ll want to accentuate your bust and show off your curves. An underbust garment like the Diva Corselette by AMIA Shapewear will create cleavage, plus you can wear it with your own bra. Pair the Diva Corselette with a scoop or V-neck gown and your special day just got even more special.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our pear-shaped beauties will want to bring the eye up, creating a balance between the top and bottom half of your figure. A simple way to emphasize and shape the waist is to add a Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem. It’s seamless construction won’t show through your dress no matter how sheer or delicate the fabric.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And last but not least, our apple shaped brides will certainly be the apple of their grooms’ eyes when they start with a bottom-lifting bodysuit such as the Alexandra. Trim your tummy and round your rear in this underbust style shaper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And the best part about all these pieces is that you will wear them long after you say, “I do.” From your wedding day to every day, the right shaper is the right beginning of every look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Butt Enhancing Denims in Blooming Color!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spring is an exciting time for fashion full of change and new possibilities. While winter often inspires us to reach for the rich, warm jewel-tones in our closets, the blooms of spring often show up in pastels and bright blossomy colors. Don’t let that fresh palette stop at a flirty top or darling dress. A bold pant in a signature color can show off your sense of style and your curves. And what better way to work this look than a shaping jean?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No matter the season, denim is always in. And when the denim shapes your silhouette, it’s all the better. Now the flowery colors of the season have come to one of our fan-favorite lines, Verox Jeans. We love Verox because this line of denim lifts and shapes the rear without additional padding, creating an irresistible perky shape without a shaper. Here are three of our favorites from the spring collection of this exciting brand!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Island Fantasy Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox bring a fresh wash of teal to a classic look. These bottom lifting beauties boast a high rise waist and skinny leg for a look that’s modern and fun to wear!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Cherry Blossom Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox recall the first blush of spring and the buds of a beautiful cherry tree. You’ll love their diamondette embellishments at the back pocket and the way your curves shine when you wear them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And last but not least the Lavender Blossom Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox are a feminine and flirty color that you could dress up or down. Casual or dressy, the sparkling accents at the belt will add a twinkle to anyone’s eye!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Poochie Bellies and Fast Feeding: Our Top Tips For New Moms On The Go!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nine months have come and gone and the new person you waited on so patiently is here. Now what? New moms face a whole host of issues in the days after their bundle of joy makes their big debut. From feedings on the go, to a body that doesn’t quite look like the one you were in before you were pregnant, there are a lot of factors you may be facing after baby arrives. Fortunately we have a whole section of products dedicated to making this transitional time a little bit easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the superstars of the post-partum world is the Belly Bandit line. We stock a wide range of Belly Bandit products, which have found fans in celebrity moms and regular moms alike. Belly Bandit became famous for their line of compression belly bands, which help you heal and allow your midsection return to its normal shape after pregnancy. With the popularity of their bands, Belly Bandit introduced a whole line of pre and post-partum products, including nursing wear. Two of our favorites from this line are the Original Belly Bandit and the Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top. The Belly Bandit, their original and most popular product wraps around the midsection, adding compression to belly and waist. One of the nicest features of the band is that it adjusts with you as you size down. And the Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top is a compression tank top with a wonderful secret built right in. Nursing access makes this an essential piece for any stylish mom on the go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And last but certainly not least, the Almighty Vest by AMIA Shapewear is a maximum compression vest-style garment that aids in weight loss. Stimulating thermal activity in the core with its latex layer, this is an essential shaper for new moms or anyone trying to reshape their midsection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted in How To Wear, Maternity, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your Easter Best Body

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Easter is a time of renewal, celebrated around the world in as many ways as we can imagine. In addition to the delights of colorful eggs and delicious candies, for many people, the easter holiday presents the first opportunity to showcase our formal spring attire. And with those lighter, lovely looks come fresh shaping and beauty challenges. Whether you’re wearing an everything-shows-though satin shift dress, or pretty pantsuit, Easter is a time you’ll want to dress to impress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So we gathered some special secrets of shaping, slimming and smoothing that you’ll want at your disposal as we head into this beautiful blooms of spring. Whether you’re looking for hosiery to sleek and even out your legs, a body shaper, or shaping attire for that important church function, you’ll find what you’re looking for here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spring is the time that lighter legwear starts to be in season. The Matte Sheer Total Shaper Pantyhose by Calvin Klein are a great way to start your look with even-toned and trimmed legs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As temperatures rise, necklines fall. But don’t worry, the Xtreme Plunge Bodysuit by Dr. Rey shapes where you need it, without show-through near the bust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps you’d rather shape your curves with apparel than add another layer. The Vienna Cocktail Dress by SWAK Designs is an easy, versatile piece that shapes with the eye, rather than compression. Dress it up, or down. Wear your curves your way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And of course, the starting point for a sexy shape is sexy skin and that’s why we’re so happy that Mambino Organics introduced their Cellufit Body Oil. This toning oil creates smooth, even toned, rejuvenated skin. Pair it with a massager for your best body yet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Slip Into Something Beautiful: Our Spring Shapewear Style Guide Is Here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring has almost sprung and it’s time to slip out of those heavy coats and slacks and slip into the lighter looks of the season, especially dresses and skirts. The advent of spring may bring concerns that your shaper will show through sheer or delicate fabrics in your favorite frock. Perhaps rising temperatures are something you’re beginning to think about. Never fear, flirty fashionistas! Shaping slips are the solution when you’re ready to slim and trim under skirts and dresses but want to keep the breezy comfort of the weather. We’ve compiled our favorite looks (and one perfect, goes-everywhere dress!) for spring shaping. No matter what the fabric or design of your look may bring, there’s a shaping slip for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here are our top picks for Spring Slips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lavonne Bustless Slip by Yummie Tummie YT4-012

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stick all that Yummie Tummie Technology In a Bust Boosting Slip

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shaping slip perfection, with tri-layer construction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Built-in gusset stops ride up in its tracks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glamouflage Luxurious Shaping Slip by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers 7070

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The original shaping apparel is here: classic wrap dress design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wrap your curves in a plunging halter to show off your shape!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Valentine’s Day Delights

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Valentine’s Day is one of the most delightful holidays because we celebrate and spend time with the one we love the most. While candy and flowers are often the symbol of the season, the most important gift we give is ourselves and our affection. So it is natural that we turn, during this time, to our favorite figure flatterers so that we can make the most of our romantic time with our sweethearts. Lets take a look at some of our favorites in lingerie and shapewear so you can start this sexy holiday off the right way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you have a big date night ahead of you, you may want to drop the neckline a little to turn up the wow factor. A plunge bra like the Natori Sheer Convertible Ultra Light Contour Plunge accommodates a variety of necklines and looks. Stockings are a classic when it comes to seduction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Stocking with Lace Garter by Calvin Klein is a great place to start when it comes to sexy hosiery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corsets are the ultimate in shaping lingerie. Whether you prefer a genuine steel-boned corset or something with a lighter touch such as the Red Hot Romance Bustier and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel , you can’t go wrong when you add a corset to your curve enhancing collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And if you want to start with a perfect shape, the Almighty Vest by AMIA promises to flatter your figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Finish it all off with a silhouette shaping dress like the Mesh Panel Asymmetrical Dress and you’ll have a night to remember with someone you love this Valentine’s Day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Show Off Shapewear: Flauntable Figure Fixes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You’re not alone. Oh, yes. We’ve all done it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No matter how much you love shapewear, you’ve probably slipped into a bathroom to slip out of your body shaper. From the wasp waist to the boosted bust, body shapers perform mini-miracles when we wear them, but many of us live in fear that these flattering undergarments will be seen by someone else. If you’ve ever wished that your shapewear could be as pretty as the lacy, lovely things in your lingerie drawer, we have good news for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lingerie-styled body shapers are one of the biggest trends in shaping garments. With shapewear growing in popularity, the demand for delicate detailing and all the beautiful bells and whistles you see in lingerie design has been met. And no matter what your preference is, from maximum compression curve creators to easy-wearing pieces with a little power and a lot of pretty, there is a garment for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of the most exciting collections of lingerie inspired shapewear comes to us from va-va-voom enhancers, Vedette. And believe us, from items like the Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters to the Katia Lace Body Suit With Semi Sheer Thong, one look and you will know that this is not your mother’s body shaper. The lace and garters and fancy details will have you daring to share your shaper in ways you never imagined.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And if you love these pieces, just wait till you get a hold of the Diva Corselette by AMIA. The pretty boyshort with lace and ribbon detailing are all that you need to bring out your inner diva and show her off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But the original in sexy shaping is of course the all-time classic: the corset.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corsets come in many styles and control levels, but whether you choose underbust or overbust, tight-laced or something with a lighter touch, you can be sure that your curves will look their best. If you’re looking for a corset for a special night with a loved one, when perhaps you don’t need as much compression, Hourglass Angel has many fine pieces to choose from. Consider an overbust design and eliminate the need for a bra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However if you want the maximum curve creating power of a potent tight-lacing corset, you’ll find those too. Genuine corsets with steel busk and stays last for years and serve a variety of needs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether you want something basic or bold, you’re sure to find what you need in the Timeless Trends collection.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This Is Your Year: Add Power To Your Resolutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is your year. With the New Year comes new resolve, but you can strengthen your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and your confidence by adding the power of a shaping or weight loss garment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you’ve recently begun a workout regimen, we recommend the addition of shaping activewear to your wardrobe. Choosing a garment that shapes and slims you when you’re in the gym, is a wonderful way to increase confidence now and feel your best as you become fit. The Champion Shape collection is a great place to start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For many of us the midsection is an area of particular interest. If you’d like support for long-term slimming, consider adding a Workout Band to increase thermal activity and fat mobilization in the core.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If cellulite is a concern, there are many shapers that help reduce visible dimpling in the legs, thighs and buttocks, but we love the Delfin Spa line because it specifically created for activewear. Its bio-ceramic construction uses your body’s own heat to fight cellulite and slim you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slim and Sexy Without Shapewear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We love the way shapewear makes us look and feel, but there’s more than one way to slenderize the silhouette. Slimming garments are a great way to re-shape your figure without an addition garment or body shaper. These kinds of garments utilize several techniques to trim and tone. Ruching can emphasize the waist and create a visually slimmer midsection. Strategic draping draws the eye to areas of interest, such as the bust and shoulders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just as Nice: Recreate Your Favorite Fashion Icon Looks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rihanna. Jordin. Cassie. Keri.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        These first names in fashion are so famous that they don’t need a last name to inspire and enthrall. Every month, we flip the pages of magazines to see what these ladies will dare to wear next, only to have our hopes of copying their stylish curves dashed when we read the pricetag on their pretty looks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you’ve ever wished you could recreate your fashion she-roe’s look at a fraction of the cost, you’re not alone. And that’s why we created this guide to getting the style of the stars on a real-world budget. So let’s dig right in!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cassie: The centerpiece of her structured menswear look is its bustier-typer base. Re-create Cassie’s look with a bold blazer, slacks and the Satin and Lace Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jordin: Maximize your curves like Jordin by pairing a similar on-trend maxi skirt and the Satin and Sparkle Overbust Corset and Panty Set by Hourglass Angel 5206-2.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Keri: Create Keri’s corset-inspired look with the Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique and a satiny capri and cardigan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rihanna: Redo Rihanna’s red-hot look with the Nightflower Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel, a pencil skirt and nude pump.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Picture Perfect For the Holidays: Your Guide to Looking Great This Season

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Believe it or not, the holidays are officially here and along with stockings and lists to check twice, Santa often brings family picture time. From Christmas cards to group photos at the office Christmas party, winter time is the most common time of the year that we most commonly participate in portraiture. But along with the fun (and funny faces) that come with the flash of the camera, may also come anxiety. We want to look our best when we’re being captured for posterity. So to prepare you to say yes to saying cheese, we’ve collected the shapers that are best for looking picture perfect in the most popular fashions of the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shift dresses are on trend this season. This versatile style is popular during the holidays for its classic lines and ability to go from daytime appropriate to night time chic, making it the perfect date for the office party. Perfect  your silhouette for the shift dress in a snap with the Diva Corselette by AMIA shapewear.This powerful, but pretty shaper has all the lingerie look detailing you need to feel feminine and the midsection control you crave!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whether you prefer skirts or pants, the high waist look is in. Make sure your middle looks marvelous with this style in a snap with the Control Freak Moderate Control Long Leg Pear Shaper by Wacoal. The long leg design won’t leave panty lines as your tummy looks trim and slim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The bodycon long sleeve dress is a figure hugging style for fashionistas with a lot of flair this holiday season. Make sure your curves are their most tempting by starting with the Dayanna Butt Booster Body Suit by Vedette. This shaper flatters your fanny and smoothes your entire silhouette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many formal affairs call for a floor length gown. This season, lace is the trend to watch for this style. If a floor length gown is going out on the town with you this holiday, the Heidi, with its underbust to mid-thigh control is a perfect pick me up for your figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And last but not least, if you want to be completely prepared for any last minute fashion crisis and change of heart in the changing room, you need a shaper that sculpts under anything. And that’s just the reason we feel in love with the AMIA Shapewear line of shapers. Their Supreme Thong Shaper is seamless, has convertible straps and won’t show through no matter what you wear!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Holi-dazzling Gift Guide is Here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The holiday season is here and it’s time to make your list and check it twice. But don’t fret our Holi-dazzling Gift Guide is Here! So without delay let’s take a look at some of the highlights!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you’re one of the many gentlemen, who have joined us in your search for something lovely for the lady in your life, or perhaps something perfect for mom, the For Her section of the store is a great place to start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looking for a sexy Stocking Stuffer? Look no further than the Stocking with Lace Garter by Calvin Klein. This piece has the added advantage of a built in garter, so she can create this flirty look without the need for an additional garter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            New moms will marvel on Christmas morning when they receive the Mommy Care Pack by Mambino. This everything-you-need kit has her covered from head to toe with all the delicious smelling and effective organics she needs when the bundle of joy has just arrived or when the stork is still en route.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It seems every year that there are more and more people to buy for. If you’re like most of us, you’re giving this season on a budget. That’s why the Under $30 section of our store was created. And here are a couple of our favorites from this category.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With winter on the way, boots become the go to for girls in low temperatures who love high fashion. And once she’s experienced the convenience of Boot Straps, she’ll never “weather” this season again without them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And of course, a cool price doesn’t mean you can’t give her a hot gift. The Lace and Mesh Merry Widow is one piece of lingerie you’ll both fall in love with. With its flirty floral lace and criss cross front, this is a gift for lovers… we cross our hearts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps you want a sure thing this holiday season. We’ve compiled our Top Rated gifts section from the best reviewed products. There’s a lot to choose from here with the feedback you trust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of the most exciting and best reviewed lines at Hourglass Angel is AMIA. Some real standouts from this line can be found here. One of our favorite pieces from AMIA is the Diva Corselette. This lingerie look shaper makes a great gift, combining pretty ribbon detailing and lace boyshort with powerful shaping. And for fans of a cincher style garment, you’ve got to see the Almighty Cincher from this line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And what holiday guide would be complete without a Stocking Stuffers section. One of our most popular lines is Burt’s Bees so it’s no surprise that a couple of the delights from this brand found there way here. Ladies love the beautiful balms from this line. So perhaps you should pick the Honey Lip Balm from Burt’s for her this year or the Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil! And last but not least is the Never Say Cutie Thong from Cosabella. This hand cut lace delight hails from Italy and makes a super sexy addition to any stocking!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seriously…EVERYBODY has it: Truth and Tips for Cellulite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looking through the pages of magazines, you might find yourself momentarily convinced that cellulite is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to women’s bodies. But don’t be fooled. The first thing to know about cellulite is that from large to small, women of every size and shape live with the little lumps and bumps of cellulite. That’s right. Everyone from the voluptuous Kim Kardashian to the athletic Hillary Swank has what you have in one form or another. It’s a biological fact. The second thing to realize about cellulite is that there is no “cure.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But neither of the above facts mean that you have to live with cellulite the way that it is. There are many things you can do to address the visible appearance of this natural and near universal phenomenon. As cellulite is one of the most common complaints of our clientele, we offer many ways to address unevenness in the skin caused by this normally occurring process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of our favorite companies is Mambino Organics, so when they introduced a cellulite treatment to their already awesome line of all natural, organic botanical solutions, we decided to try it without a second thought. And boy were we right to try it. The combination of their Cellulite Body Massager and their Cellufit BodyContour Oil was the one-two punch we were looking for. Use the serum and massage vigorously to reduce the look of dimpling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But cosmetic solutions are only the beginning when it comes to this shaping science. We are incredibly excited by the results we’re seeing with anti-cellulite garments. Lytess was a real innovator in this field and their active ingredient micro-encapsulated Corrective High-Waist Push-Up Shaper and their Slimming Leggings remain two of the most effective tools in the war on cellulite. Active ingredients like caffeine and shea butter have been shown to treat the look of lumps and bumps. Simply wear the garments and the combination compression, micro-massage and the active ingredients in the fabric do the work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And if you like Lytess, you’ll love the Thigh Slimmer Kit by Skineez. This complete treatment includes an infused garment that treats the look of cellulite (while helping you to lose inches in the thigh area) as well as a re-charger spray so that your garment will always be its most potent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While there is no cure for cellulite, we are pleased and hopeful about the breakthroughs in cellulite reduction and adding more tools of the trade as they are innovated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Allow Us To Make An Introduction…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We’d like to make an introduction. We’ve just added one of the most exciting lines we’ve ever worked with to the Hourglass Angel collection. AMIA Shapewear uses the finest materials, designs and construction to create essential body shaping garments that every woman should have in her collection, while the purchase price benefits the community of women AMIA serves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But because their mission is to help women look, feel and be the best that they can be, they didn’t stop at making world class body shapers. Their motto is “AMIA: Where Great Women Begin” and they take it very seriously. Service is at the core of who AMIA is as a company Understanding it takes a community to create great women, they partnered with the Women’s Alliance, donating one dollar from every sale to help provide professional attire, job training and mentoring to underprivileged women. Assisting these women and their families can be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, not just for them, but for their children and whole communities. Having said that, allow us to make an introduction…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First up, the Supremes: the Supreme Panty Shaper and Supreme Thong Shaper. These convertible, underbust pieces are a great place to start if you want a fundamental piece that comfortably shapes without show through under almost any item of clothing. Maintaining a balance of comfort and control, these are wearable, effective, everyday garments that create a smooth, slimmed silhouette allowing you to feel cool and confident.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Next, we have the Almighty line. The Almighty Vest and the Almighty Cincher dramatically and immediately reduce your midsection, creating a slender hourglass waist and improving posture for an overall more attractive shape. But that’s just the beginning. Users wearing the Almighty line for extended periods report sustained reshaping and loss of 1-2 inches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And last, but certainly not least we have the Diva, their lingerie look body shaper. The Diva Corselette lace boyshort bottom bodysuit is the kind of sexy shapewear you can’t wait to show off. With it’s feminine detailing and ribbon accents, this is a piece in which pretty meets powerful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We are proud to carry this line and of the service to our community that working with AMIA allows us to be a part of. We look forward to sharing their vision with all of you as we introduce AMIA Shapewear to the Hourglass Angel. Join us!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun: Our Halloween Guide to Going Out in Style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun: Our Halloween Guide to Going Out in Style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With Halloween on the horizon, the spectre of creating a sexy costume may have you spooked. We all love to amp up the oomph, perhaps raising the hemlines and allowing those plunging necklines to fall. Many women choose to incorporate an underwear as outerwear approach into their Halloween ensemble. Finding the right balance of over-the-top and under wraps is key. That’s why we’ve selected some of the essential pieces you’ll need to put together a positively perfect look that’s classy, curve-enhancing and appropriate for the season’s flirty affairs.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you’re wearing something daring like a short skirt, or even perhaps a petticoat, a pair of thigh highs are an absolute must. We love the Lace Top Sheer Thigh Highs from seduction experts, Rene Rofe. They’ll give just enough coverage, while slimming and evening the tone of the legs. The work wonderfully with a garter belt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Next up, for an 80’s effect or any other lingerie-inspired look, a bustier is almost certainly going to be the beginning of your costume. Fans of a Madonna-esque style may be inspired by the Satin and Lace Torsolette by Dominique. And if you’re looking for a basic, goes-with-anything-bustier you absolutely must check out the Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra by QT. This smoothing piece could be the start of so many sexy looks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A corset is a Halloween helper you’ll want to incorporate for all-year use. Investing in a genuine corset when it’s time to play dress-up is a wonderful way to introduce this heirloom quality garment into your closet. Many off-the-rack costumes feature some version of a “corset,” but don’t offer the slimming, shaping and support of the real thing. Spend the extra money for a tight-lacing corset with a busk and steel stays to create a silhouette you’ll want to show off whether it’s Halloween or not. Two of our favorites (and our most versatile beginnings for a costume) are the Red and Black Silk Underbust Corset and the Purple and Black Silk Underbust Corset. Whether you’re going to the ball as the Queen of Hearts or a sexy Disney villain, these are the place to start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And if you’re looking for a complete costume, for going out or staying in, we carry a wide selection. The My Angel Baby Costume is a heavenly set that promises to raise your spirits high. The Highway Patrol Officer Dusty Roads Costume shows off your dangerous curves and sets engines revving. And of course, the Officer Flashy Costume is sexy enough that he’ll beg to be taken into custody.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dress to Impress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    High Waist Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu 12708A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fall in Love With the Best Looks of the Season

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s almost time to blow a kiss over those cool autumn winds to summer’s warm weather styles. With hot weather on the wane we wanted to show you some of the the coolest fashions for fall. Take a tour through some of our favorite shaping apparel, accessories and body shapers that are fit for the season!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of fall’s forever essentials is the chic and sleek legging! So why not wrap your shaping into this super accessory? High Waisted Legging by Lyssé 1208 has a wide and very effective shaping band built right into the waist. The legs of the garment shape you, but don’t look any different from a standard high waist legging. Wear them under a sweater dress or on the go with a hoodie when the thermometer drops. They’re your expressway to lovely legs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another of autumn’s must have accessories is a perfect pair of tights. One of the coolest ways to stay warm is the Berkshire Cozy Hose Tights – 4755. These fleece lined tights are completely opaque, with no skin showing through at all. Your legs will look and feel amazing in these chilly weather standouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And you love those, just wait till you try the Footless Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu 12709A. This product is unique because inside this ordinary looking hosiery, resistance bands give your legs an extra workout, increasing your caloric burn as you go about your regular activity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And of course, who couldn’t make it through the season without the perfect pair of jeans. For fall, dark washes are in and one of our favorites has a bonus for your booty built right in. The Butt Enhancing Starlight Jeans by Verox 1045 are a south of the border sensation that raises and rounds your rear without additional padding. They must be tried to be believed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And last but not least, a great shaper is the foundation of a flawless figure. In cooler weather you can easily extend your coverage without heating up too much. One of the best shapers for fall is the Corset Styled Body Shaper by Vedette #342. Extending all the way to the knee, this pretty body suit shapes your midsection and smoothes out cellulite and that’s a look we love no matter what the season!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Summer Wedding Wind Down!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We all know that summer is the season of love and from the first blossoms of May to the indian summers of August, weddings abound. And of course the ultimate symbol, the crescendo of the big day comes when “the dress” is revealed. But choosing the perfect gown is only half the battle. The beginning of a flawless frock is the foundational garment you wear underneath it. And that’s just what we’re here to explore. We’ve chosen the essential garments to get you ready for the first day of the rest of your life and help your wedding gown look its very best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of the most common garments requested by brides to-be is a bustier. A bustier is one of the classic shaping and support garments. With its boning and structure, this is an ideal garment for all kinds of formal-wear, as it easily accommodates strapless designs. One of our favorites is the Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra by QT (1100). With its smoothing featherweight foam, seamless design and underwire cups, you can create a great shape under most gowns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you’re looking for all torso and thigh control with a few additional “perks” the High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu (12706A) is a perfect option. This is a lightweight shaper that packs a lot of punch. But a slimmed midsection, hips and thighs is only part of why we love this shaper. Resistance technology is built right into the garment, helping you burn more calories with your regular movements, making this a favorite for wedding days and every other day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you’re looking for powerful curve creation that revamps the rear, we have a seamless shaper that will hide under your dress, while you show off your gorgeous silhouette. The Alexandra by Vedetteslims the waist, hips and thighs, while lifting and rounding the rear with its unique open bottom lifting design. Plus you can remove the straps altogether for a foundation fit for all things formal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And last but not least, we love the bust lifting look of the Lavonne Bustless Slip by Yummie Tummie YT4-012. This moderate control shaping slip is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of looks and gives breathable control for your curves so you can dance the night away in comfort.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s Underneath It All? What to Wear with the Freshest Fashions!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Mia corselette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Sydney bodyshaper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Brifie High Waisted Shapewear Brief by Yummie Tummie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Out On the Town: The Shaping Apparel Revolution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At Hourglass Angel, we often talk about wearing shapewear as outerwear. We love creating a sexy silhouette and showing it off with a bustier top or letting a bit of a longline bra peek out from a shirt. But sometimes shapewear is outerwear! We call these kinds of garments “shaping apparel” and they’re one of the coolest ways to create curves without wearing an additional shaper. They’re also quickly becoming one of the most popular kinds of garments we work with. So let’s take a look at a few of the highlights from our shaping apparel selection to find out what the buzz is about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The brand that really kicked off the shaping apparel movement was Yummie Tummie. This brand exploded in popularity when they introduced their original, classic Yummie Tummie Tank. Looking like a layering tank, but working like a body shaper, women loved the ease of this garment. The Yummie Tummie technology has been expanded to encompass a whole line of shaping garments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It might be said that hosiery is one of the originators of shaping apparel. Women have long loved the lean look a great pair of hose gives their legs. And of course, you may have guessed that a brand like Calvin Klein Hosiery makes some of the finest garments of this kinds. We love the Matte Sheer Total Shaper Pantyhose by Calvin Klein 544N for the way it gives great shaping under dresses and skirts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of the real breakthroughs in shaping apparel has come along with a style of garment that shapes with ruching rather than compression. These are garments that create a lovely silhouette visually, flattering your figure. The Essential Womens 3/4 Sleeve Slimming Shirt by Slimmerz by Terri Gillespie® is a great garment that works in this way. This versatile piece is perfect for the office and travels beautifully with its no wrinkle fabric.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And lastly, “bringing up the rear,” as it were, we have the South American sensation, Verox Jeans. Denims like their Heartstrings Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox 7047 have the rear rounding built right in without the use of additional padding. The secret is in the seams, which are shaped to create lift so your behind always looks its best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Check our our entire selection of shaping apparel here and find out how you can add a lot of shape without adding a shaper today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lights Out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Take Me Out: Show Off Shapewear for Summer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Summer Skin Is In!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With another hot month ahead of us, the dare to bare temperatures of summer bring an added emphasis to skincare. Radiant, rejuvenated skin is the one accessory no woman should do without. But where to begin? From your face to your feet, we have the perfect solutions (and serums!) for summer skin. So let’s start at the top and work our way down! Without a doubt, the can’t-live-without-it skincare line that you will find in the desk drawers, purses and medicine cabinets of the staff at Hourglass Angel is Mambino Organics. While this is a line that was created to meet the pregnancy pampering needs of new mamas and moms to be be, the appeal and effectiveness of this line immediately eclipsed their target audience. Put simply, we love this stuff! All Mambino products are organic, non-toxic and positively delicious smelling. And our standout favorite from this line is their facial serum, Youth Glow. If you’ve read about facial serums and rejuvenating oils, but fear a greasy-looking face, this is the product that will win you over forever. Use it before makeup and before bed to reveal dewey, renewed skin. And if you love what Youth Glow does to your face, you won’t believe what Mambino’s all-body Moisture Me does to the rest of you. Rich with nutrients from avocado and pomegranate (and at least a dozen other wonderful ingredients), this toning oil creates beautiful, more even looking skin and smells outrageously good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yet another crossover from maternity skincare is the Novena line. While Novena was created to address the special needs of pregnant and post-partum users, they have found fans in women from every walk of life, whether they’re moms or or not. Again, as with Mambino, additional attention has been paid by Novena to the safety of the ingredients. One of the stars in the Novena line is most certainly the Organic Cucumber Cranberry Eye Gel. While dark circles are absolutely the bane of moms on the move and missing sleep, they aren’t exclusive to them. The brightening and firming effect of this gel is the perfect primer for concealer and a relief for any pair of tired eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And last, but certainly not least, we can’t talk about summer skin without mentioning a line that we think is the bees knees: Burt’s Bees! And one of the coolest summer-approved products from this produce enriched line is the Rosewater and Glycerin Toner. If you have a tendency to get oily when the thermometer rises, you’re not alone. But many toners overdo it and strip your skin of their natural, age-fighting oils. This is not one of those toners. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and strong enough for sizzling heat, this is your go-to toner for glowy, clean looking skin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Less Is More: Strapless Shaping for Summer Styles

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Light Shapewear Looks for Summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even if you love the look that comes with a great shaper you may not love the idea of adding another layer on a long hot day. Fortunately there are many options for shaping and sculpting curves that ensure you won’t be sweltering in these hot months. Choosing the right lightweight shaper for summer fashions will help you keep your confidence and cool no matter how high the thermometer rises. Here are a few of our favorites!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Proving that shaping can be sexy and easy-wearing, the Glamouflage Luxurious Shaping Slip by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers 7070, is a perfect piece for smoothing out little lumps and bumps under your favorite sundress. It’s pinup pretty styling and airy mesh make it a fan favorite in any season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When temperatures rise, many of us turn to sheer fabrics to beat the heat. If you want all-torso smoothing without worrying about show through, the Bodysuit With Thong by SlimMe MSM-120 is a wonderful option. This seamless shaper is light enough to wear comfortably and eliminates lines under delicate fabrics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Need a little easy trimming up top? The Braless Seamless T-Shirt by Co’Coon 2477 is a tank style shaper that’s perfect for warm weather. Its underbust style design allows you to wear your own bra and makes it the perfect accessory for a variety of necklines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And last but not least, the feather light High Waisted Thigh Shaper by Slim Me MSM-108 is a shorts style shaper that would work beautifully under anything from a breezy skirt to a delicate linen pant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don’t skip the shaper when it heats up. These airy accessories are all you need to smooth and slim no matter what temperature you’re in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Making Waves: Silhouette Solutions for Summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If the words, “swimsuit season” strike a little fear in your heart, you’re not alone. Many of us worry that wearing a bathing suit means shedding the slimming secrets and enhancements that we turn to daily to feel our best. Fortunately, there’s a whole class of swim specific products, custom created to trim and tone, while adding oomph when it’s time for fun in the sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you’re ready to shape up at swim time, the place to begin is your suit. And when it comes to slimming garments you can take to the pool, there’s one name you absolutely need to know: Miraclesuit. While there are many variations and styles available from this line, we’d like to highlight a couple of our favorites. The Rialto Swimsuit by Miraclesuit (80960) is a one piece with softcup bra, that uses ruching to visually slim you. But that’s not the slimming secret of this suit. This piece uses Miraclesuit’s patented Miratex fabric, which contains three times the Spandex of normal swimwear. That means your shaper is built right in. If you prefer a little more support the Escape Swimsuit by Miraclesuit (81166) has a built in underwire bra, which creates lift right where you want it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And speaking of shapes, swim season doesn’t mean you have to abandon your breast enhancers. There are several products that give you the lift and volume you’re looking for and which are absolutely safe to take in the water. Braza Bra Swim Shapers (S2026) are light, airy and look completely natural when you wear them in the cups of your swimsuit. And when you’re done using them, they air dry quickly. Fans of silicone inserts will love the Silicone Breast Enhancers by Hollywood Fashion Secrets. These waterproof enhancers fit easily inside most suits and are completely invisible when you use them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don’t skip the shaping and enhancing when it’s pool time. With the selections from our swim collection, your curves will make a splash with confidence and cool!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Say “I Do” to Shapewear and Bridal Solutions!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            June is here and that means bells are ringing and everywhere brides-to-be are searching for items borrowed and blue. Whether you are walking down the aisle or celebrating in the wedding party, being properly prepared for your wedding attire will ensure that you are able to enjoy it as you look and feel your best. With that in mind we have selected our favorite foundations to shape and support you whatever your role is in creating the big day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brides to be and and bridesmaids alike will love the support and smoothing of the Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra by QT 1100. It’s delicately padded, seamless underwire cups give great coverage and support with strapless fashions. Ultralight foam padding lines the body of the bustier, eliminating lines, lumps and bumps under formal fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu (12706A) is a shaper that’s perfect for the mother of the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             bride. Creating a perfect profile for the whole midsection, hips, rear and thighs, this piece comes with the added benefit of resistance bands built in, which help you burn additional calories as you dance the night away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any member of the wedding party would love the curve creating and smoothing of this slip-style shaper, the Carolina. This underbust piece features convertible straps making it perfect for many styles of attire, while its unique gusset style holds the shaper in place perfectly without riding or tugging.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If the kinds of sheer or delicate fabrics that often come along with formal attire are a concern, the Seamless Firm Control Body Shaper by Ann Chery (4012) should cheer you. This seamless shaper won’t show up no matter what you wear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And last but not least, the last thing you want to have making an appearance on your big day is visible panty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            line. Never fear: the Stretch Lace Boyshort Thong by Shirley of Hollywood (35) is both beautiful and practical, as it eliminates show through completely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While these are a few of our favorite wedding day solutions, they’re just the beginning of what we offer. So as you’re planning the first day of the rest of your life, please do stop by our bridal section let us help you feel secure and supported.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              White Hot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Everyday Comfort Shaping Camisole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Silver Lining Butt Enhancing Jeans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Stretch Lace Boyshort Thong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Anti-Cellulite Complex Capri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Streetwear or Shapewear? It’s BOTH!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Sunshowers Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox (7031)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Everyday Comfort Shaping Camisole by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers (7168)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fajas are HERE!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With recent articles in publications such as the New York Times profiling the explosion in popularity of a garment called a “faja” you may have wondered just what this miraculous midsection makeover was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What is a faja: a faja is a South American style waist cincher. While there are varying strengths and styles of fajas, they all reshape the midsection, with rows of boning and hook-and-eye closures so that you can size down. Fajas are popular because of the dramatic results they provide. And in fact, if you’re an Hourglass Angel customer, there’s a very good chance you’re wearing a faja right now! Some of our most popular products from the Squeem line are fajas. If you’re wearing a SlimVest or SlimBand you’re ahead of the curve on this south of the border trend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But Squeem isn’t the only brand of faja we carry. An example of a faja with lighter control would be either the Slimming Waist Cincher Shaper (018624) or the Slimming Waist Cincher with Latex by Leonisa (015695). These offer great results with a slightly lighter touch than our most powerful garments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So if you’re ready to try this trimming trend, fear not: FAJAS ARE HERE!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Body Language: Middle Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At Hourglass Angel, the products we are most frequently asked about address our customers’ desire to shape and sculpt the midsection. In fact, that’s where our name Hourglass Angel comes from: the hourglass shape of a woman’s body that is created when the midsection is highlighted. So we wanted to dedicate a special edition of the blog to this style of product, as there are many kinds of shapers that work on the midsection and choosing the right one to suit your needs is essential to achieving the effect that you’re looking for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The essential item to consider if you’re looking to combine dramatic results with long-term support for slimming in the the area of the waist is the SlimVest. This runaway best-seller utilizes compression to create thermal activity in the midsection. That means wearers look visibly slimmer the moment they put on their SlimVest and often report sustained loss of inches with extended wear. Follow the instructions to achieve the best performance from this garment and see why so many of our customers rely on this garment on a daily basis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you’re a post-partum mom the Belly Bandit is a must-have. This adjustable band wraps around your waist as you recover your pre-pregnancy shape. The pressure created by the Belly Bandit benefits wearers in many ways, from reducing the long-term appearance of stretchmarks and extra skin to aiding in recovery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you want to integrate your shaping into a garment you’re not afraid to show off, you will love the Glamouflage Cupped Shaping Cami with Lace by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers. It’s glamorous look and pretty detailing makes it an accessory to style and slimming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fans of tight-lacing absolutely must see the Silk Floral Brocade Corset. This is a maximum control garment. When you put it on you will see and feel the dramatic results that come with a genuine steel boned corset. If this is the item for you, give yourself a few extra minutes to dress, as the lacing may take a moment to master. But when you get comfortable with your corset you won’t be able to resist the over the top hourglass shape it creates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And last but not least, why only enjoy the visual look of a slimmer figure when you can make your shaper workout for you. The High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu actually increase the amount of calories that your body burns as you do the normal activities that make up your day. Just pull on your shaper and watch as it encourages sustained slimming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Event Essentials: The Must Have Accessories for Party Girl Glamour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With prom and formal season upon us, the accessories and tools that tie together your outfit are more important that ever. You’ve chosen the dress. Now, don’t let a wardrobe malfunction or little lumps and bumps stop you from looking your very best in it. These are the essentials that you can rely on to ensure your look is a big hit on the big night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Lavonne Bustless Slip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Red Carpet Tape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Feather Lite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Never Say Never Bootie Lace Thong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Firming Bronzer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Mommy Issue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s almost Mother’s Day, a very special time of the year for us. At Hourglass Angel, we believe that all moms, whether they go to an office every day or stay at home, do the most important job in the world, so that makes May 13th pretty special. We are especially proud that new moms make up such a large part of the women that we serve, so we thought we would take this opportunity to showcase a few of our favorite products that are specially created for our new mama clientele in celebration of the holiday in their honor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When you’re with a new baby, you need solutions for the unique set of challenges your changing body experiences. First, of the many skin care brands we’ve tried and tested, Mambino Organics is definitely one of our favorites. This maternity specialty line has crossed over into popularity amongst all women who love glowing, healthy skin. And one of the best ways to learn about this line is the Anti-Stretch Rebound Skin Duo by Mambino, which contains two of their most popular products, Oh Baby! Belly Butter and Moisture Me Body Toning Oil. These two items work together to create healthier skin and combat stretch marks. And we know that once nursing moms try the Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows by Bamboobies, with their warm and cool comfort, they’ll never want to go without them again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have a couple of superstar garments that you must see if you’re nursing. It goes without saying that one of the essential tools for any new mom is a great nursing bra and lucky for our ladies, we have one of the finest of its kind in stock. The Allure Nursing Bra by Bravado is one of the most popular nursing intimates in the world for its comfort, fit and simple design. Plus, this bra has the benefit of spacer foam, which has been shown to help reduce breast infection. If you want to combine a great nursing bra with the benefit of a control tank, you can’t do any better than the Nursing Bra Tummy Control Long Tank by Glamourmom®. When you’re in the process of returning to your pre-baby body, you’ll love the support and slimming that comes with this nursing solution.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And of course, if you’re interested in a little assistance reshaping after your pregnancy, we have the tools you need to trim and tone your body. The Post Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer is a garment you wear on your hips to help reverse the spreading that occurs there during birth. And of course, the runaway best-selling Bamboo Belly Bandit is a new mom must-have. This adjustable band provides support and slimming for new baby bellies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Body Language: Bringing Sexy Back

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you thought that shapewear was mainly made to manage your midsection, it’s time to think again. Why should your waist get all the attention when there’s a whole crop of tools available to shape and show off your fabulous fanny. And from butt pads to booty lifters, we have all the gear to bring up your rear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the easiest ways to perk up your behind is a padded panty. If this is an option you’re interested in, there are many great styles to choose from. One of our favorite makers of bottom enhancing panties is Bubbles Bodywear. Whether you prefer the classic Foxy Fanny Silicone Padded Panty or want to add some curves to your hips as well with the Bombshell Hip and Butt Padded Boyshort, this brand is a must see if you want to create a shapelier look. The Caboost Padded Panty and Booty Pop are also great options you may want to check out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But perhaps you’d like to add shape to your own natural rear instead of volume? If this sounds like you, you’re in luck. Many of our body shapers have special lifting bands built in that actually raise the gluteus and round the area. Items like the Katie and the Alexis by Vedette are wonderful examples of this technology and as an added bonus, these garments also slim your midsection creating a more dramatic hourglass figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And last, but certainly not least, for those of you who want to achieve a perfect apple bottom without the addition of any shaper at all, we have our most stylish solution yet. Originally developed and popularized in Brazil, the butt-lifting jean (also called levanta cola) creates the shape you’re looking for by design, not padding. Their secret is a heart shaped seam that arcs around the top of the buttocks and wraps diagonally around the hips. This makes, in effect, a supportive pocket for your rear, lifting and rounding. And even better, brands like Verox and Capellini Jeans come in tons of styles with sparkling accents and embroidered detailing, so you can really make this look your own.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trend Alert!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bra-vo! How to Choose a Perfectly Fitting Bra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At this point it is widely known that many and even perhaps a majority of women wear the wrong size bra. This fact, while often stated, is rarely actually addressed. How do you even know if we’re wearing the wrong size or type of bra for your body shape? There are so many styles and options when selecting a bra that we may fear making a mistake and choosing the wrong bra. It’s important to remember that picking the right garment for you is an art, not a science. And while there are tools that can help you begin the process, the key is actually putting on the bra and seeing how it fits once you think you have a winner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So let’s start with the basics. You’ll need a measuring tape to get started. Pull the tape around your back towards the front, keeping it under the arms and bringing it to the middle of your chest. Take a snug measurement there under your bust. Insure that the tape measure is flat on your skin and straight across your back. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number. That number is your band size. Now for the cup: Measure around the fullest part of your bust, but with a slightly looser touch than you used when you measured for the band. Now pull the tape straight around your back, bringing it to the front of your torso. Next, subtract the band measurement that you previously determined from the number you got from the bust measurement. Each inch remaining is one cup size. So if you have 36 inch band size, and a 38 inch cup size, the difference is 2. And that’s a a B cup. 3 inches would be a C cup and so on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But that’s just the beginning. Now it’s time to choose the right style for you and troubleshoot. Once you’re trying on a bra, you can eliminate a lot of common size issues for yourself. For starters, fit to the loosest hook once you’ve chosen your band size. After you wear a bra, it tends to stretch out. That’s what the extra hooks are for, so prepare in advance for the change in the shape of the garment. Now look at the fit of the cups. If they are overfilled or there is a double bust look when you put your shirt on instead of a nice round curve, consider choosing a full coverage cup or double checking that you have the right cup size. Try a size larger or stay away from demi cup style bras. Now look at the center between the cups. If there is more than one inch there, choose another bra or a smaller band. If you like a little less bra, you don’t have to skip the support. Picking a bra with less space between the cups and a proper band size allows you to look great while keeping a lighter touch. If a minimizer is more your speed, fit is crucial, as flattening breast tissue can actually damage it. Small busted wearers on the other hand may want to explore a side bump to create a natural but round look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And last but not least, never hesitate to contact us directly. Hourglass Angel created its expert fitting department to insure that you’re always able to benefit from a perfectly fitting foundational garment. We love to answer your questions and will work with you to insure that you look and feel your best at all times!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bra-vo, bellisima!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Hourglass Within: Curves For Every Body Shape

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A couple of posts on our Facebook page from this week sparked an interesting discussion. A study recently made the rounds in the press showing that there were far more shapes of women than often thought. Notably (and hysterically), broccoli and butternut squash were added to the list. It’s worth mentioning that we have always known that women come in sizes and shapes a lot more complicated than apple and pear. It’s also worth noting that no matter what shape of woman you are now, you contain within you the potential for an hourglass… your own special hourglass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We wanted to share an example of this idea of the unique hourglass. Check out this image of Nicki Minaj. Nicki is a natural pear shape. Her bust and waist are proportionally small compared to her hips and bottom: the classic beautiful pear. However, her shapewear inspired bodysuit (and, we suspect, cincher) enhance her figure, while following the lead of her natural body type. And this brings home a point that is crucial when talking about shapewear. Nicki isn’t changing who she is in this image. She is amplifying it. You needn’t completely erase your natural shape (whatever that is) to highlight your hourglass curves. Whatever your shape is, there is a body shaper that is perfect to find your beautiful curves and show them off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And that’s just what we’re here to do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our SHE-roes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In March, Hourglass Angel proudly honors Women’s History Month. With our commitment to supporting and serving women everywhere, this is a special time for us. In celebration, we’d like to share a few of our favorite women with you. While they all come from different backgrounds and have very different sets of achievements, these women inspire us each day to be greater and that’s what this month is all about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michelle Obama: Raised on the south side of Chicago, first lady, Michelle Obama, has earned the admiration of women around the globe, in addition to, not because of her marriage to the President of the United States. A Princeton and Harvard alumni, Mrs. Obama was already a brilliant attorney, advocate and community organizer when she met Barack Obama. Never satisfied to stand idly next to her husband as built his political career, Mrs. Obama has been an ardent voice for poverty elimination around the globe, women’s rights and public health. She continues her political and community service to our nation with her healthy lifestyle programs and remains one of the most admired women on the globe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sara Blakely: This youngest female self-made billionaire and Forbes covergirl has her own vision and perseverance to thank for her incomprehensible success. Starting with one simple idea and a whole lot of elbow grease, this former Disneyland employee, turned her billion dollar idea into a brand that has found fans in women around the world. But Sara didn’t stop there. She continued her legacy as a maverick, retaining ownership of 100% of of the company. That risky move made her a billionaire several times over and one of the richest women in the world. Today she continues her work as a businessperson and philanthropist, encouraging women to follow their dreams by her example.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maya Angelou: Dr. Angelou’s unforgettable reading at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton was a transformative moment for the public art in the United States. While that morning cemented her as a national treasure in the minds of many, her legacy far exceeds that special event. Memoirist, poet, speaker and activist, her work tackles such difficult subjects as race, class, family, gender and age with deftness and beauty. Her honors include a National Book Award nomination, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Tony Award nomination, three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the longest-running record on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List, service on two presidential committees, the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over thirty honorary degrees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aretha Franklin: The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has been called the Greatest Singer of All Time and the the ninth greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She has taken home a whopping 18 Grammys and two honorary Grammys. With a staggering 20 No.1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she boasts a grand total of 45 Top 40 hits. Between 1967 and 1982, she had earned more number one R+B albums than any other and was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1960’s, Franklin’s powerful voice became the sound of the burgeoning civil rights movement and she often joined Dr. Martin Luther King, singing at rallies. And of course, her 2009 performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama was an unforgettable moment for all who watched, as the Queen of Soul once again became the soundtrack to a pivotal moment in American history.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spring Trend Report

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With spring fever in full force, the season’s trends and styles present a whole crop of shaping challenges. Fortunately, we’ve collected our favorite smoothing and curve creating solutions that are positively perfect for the sheer and chic looks we’re looking forward to this spring. With temperatures warming up, you may not want to add a layer to gain some shaping. If staying cool while you’re looking curvy is important to you, then shaping apparel with the slimming built in, is a great option for you. One of our most popular belly trimming brands is Yummie Tummie. Items such as the Yummie Tummie Tank are versatile essentials you can dress up or dress down depending on your look. New moms will love the Mother Tucker Compression Tank’s tummy taming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And of course, we all look forward to showing a little leg as the days get longer. Hosiery is one of the best lightweight ways to look lean. Items like the Berkshire Trend Floral Vines Pantyhose are a flirty, fresh route to slender looking legs. You’ll be best dress-ed when you add a shaping slip to your dress or skirt. The Slip Overbra and the Shaping Slip by Slim Me are both wonderful options that will lighten your look without weighing you down. But don’t think that this season means you can’t wear your shaper. From lightweight tanks like the Get the Scoop! Wear Your Own Bra Cami by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers to bottom enhancing panty girdles like the Alexis, there’s a shapewear option that’s breezy and beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tyra Takes on Shapewear!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We really like this video from TypeF.com which gives Tyra Banks’ unique, funny and candid take on shapewear. If you’re like us, you might feel good knowing that even models like Tyra utilize shapewear to sculpt their bodies and get ready for big events. Check it out!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spring Fashion: Curves are in Bloom!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As spring fashions hit the runway we are seeing a MAJOR trend that celebrates and flatters curves, rather than minimizing or compressing them. Just look at this pictorial, which highlights the cinched hourglass waist and voluptuous hip. We love this trend and we love the way the model is maximizing her midsection with a belt cincher on the right especially. If this is a look you’d like to try, you may want to consider adding a maximum compression cincher like the SlimBand by Squeem for the ultimate hourglass shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If that look is a little bit strong for you, the flirty feminine styling on the left is also a curve appeal creator, with its wasp waist and fresh sheer tank. We have some amazing bras and bustiers in our intimates section designed to support and sculpt even full figure cups that would look great with the top she is wearing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The point is: Spring is here and full, sexy curves are in bloom!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Swimsuit Issues: Curves and Swimwear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We recently came across this stunning pictorial, which features a plus size model in a swimsuit. The image was striking because of her beauty and the relative rarity of fashion images of curvy women in swimwear. With vacation season and summer coming quickly, we launched the swimwear section of Hourglass Angel, which caters to and celebrates women’s curves with a variety of flattering and fashionable styles. Our Miraclesuit collection is a highlight of the store that you absolutely must check out. You’ll also find accessory solutions such as the Boobles! Foam Bathing Suit Push Up Pads by Bubbles Bodywear here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We created the swim section of Hourglass Angel for the same reason that we love this image. We believe women of all sizes deserve to feel beautiful in any kind of garment they choose to wear… that includes swimsuits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We look forward to helping you enjoy some fun in the sun while your beautiful curves make a splash this swimsuit season!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shape-Shifters: Adele’s Cinched Look

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Adele shows that her curves are as powerful as her voice in this stunning Vogue pictorial. The cinched waist look is a winner for women of all shapes and sizes, highlighting the hourglass shape in dramatic fashion. If you’d like to try Adele’s look, consider investing in a genuine heirloom quality corset such as the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset. You can layer it with a dress or fitted shirt and showcase your stunning silhouette!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dress to Thrill: Alicia Keys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Optical illusion dresses are a huge trend in spring fashion collections everywhere. These garments utilize a darker contrasting color at the sides of the dress to create a slimming look rather than slimming by compression or some other means. The dress Ms. Keys is wearing in the picture is a great example of this style, with its black border coming in at the waistline and creating an hourglass shape for the eye. We think she looks chic and slim.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What do you think about this trend?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Say Hello to Spring with Strapless Slimming

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maxi dresses are one of the most comfortable and figure flattering fashions for spring, but they may cling to little lumps and bumps. Using a strapless shaper like the High Waist 3/4 Leg Shaper by Dr. Rey SMLS5 ($17.50) as your foundation will slim and trim from under your bust to mid-calf. Now you’re ready to layer a chic leather jacket over your new silhouette. Top it all off with signature accessories for a look that is both lovely and lean!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Supporting Our Community: Windy City YouthBuild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At Hourglass Angel, we believe that customer service means community service. That’s why we are proud to offer our financial support to Windy City YouthBuild. This program provides GED preparedness classes and training in all forms of construction. This organization’s mission is ultimately to improve the long-term career prospects for parenting, court-involved, gang affiliated and generally disadvantaged young adults by increasing educational attainment and employment placement. The youth in this program not only have the opportunity to get hands on experience working on low-income housing, but are also certified through OSHA and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and earn a small stipend. This March, WCYB will celebrate their first graduation ceremony for the students, who would not otherwise be able to experience a high school graduation in the traditional sense. We are proud to support this tremendous milestone. If you would like to join us in supporting this amazing organization, you can contact a Windy City YouthBuild staff member at 773-542-9030 or check out their page at www.facebook.com/WindyCityYouthBuild to learn more!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chic Shaping Camisoles!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With spring on the way you may already be thinking about lighter options for layering and shaping. Adding a camisole is a great way to smooth out your silhouette. Coming in many styles, prints and designs, there are a huge number of ways that you can make a camisole a part of your unique look. One of the most exciting styles of shapers emerging in the market is the lingerie look camisole. Several brands have introduced a shaping cami that looks like a sexy intimate, while smoothing the midsection and offering the support of a bra cup. These are perfect to layer under daywear or evening attire. Whether you show off a peek of a camisole like the Glamouflage Cupped Shaping Cami with Lace by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers (7165) or wear the Lift and Hide Cami by Body Wrap (BW3907351) to bed these are chic shaping essentials that you must check out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you are looking for something more basic, there are also plenty of options available that are ready to suit your needs and pair or layer perfectly with almost anything. The Get the Scoop! Wear Your Own Bra Cami by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers (7086) insures a custom fit, as you are able to wear your favorite bra with it. Its underbust design lifts the bust as it shapes. For our new moms, the Everyday Cami by Ingrid and Isabel (1114) must be touched to be believed. This stretchy soft piece covers your contours and curves and is great for layering with almost everything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And if you want the coverage of a camisole without adding another layer, you’ll love the way the Snap-to-Bra Lace Cami by Cleava gives you a little extra coverage and modesty without adding any additional warmth. It’s perfect for spring and summer and is a great way to take a take look to night. All you do is remove it for a more provocative look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No matter which style of camisole you choose, the thing they have in common is that with their versatility, your new cami is sure to be the center of any new look this season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shaping Up and Stepping Out: Bustier Tops

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With so many pretty designs on the shapewear scene, there’s no reason to hide your favorite piece of shapewear. Show off a slimming bustier top like the Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique 8541 by pairing it with a high-waisted wide-leg pant for a long lean look.  Make a statement with a striking piece of signature jewelry and add bold pumps.  Your shapewear just became outerwear!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enhancing History: Changing Beauty Ideals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s no secret: We LOVE shapewear. As a company, as individuals, as women of all shapes and sizes, here at Hourglass Angel, from bustiers to booty enhancers, we adore it all! And we’re not alone, shapewear is an exploding trend in women’s apparel. But, naturally, with any rise in popularity, there must be a counterpoint. Some media outlets have called Octavia Spencer’s triple Spanx silhouette at the SAG Awards “extreme.” Others have questioned Molly Sims using special maternity shapewear. While critics may not share our enthusiasm for shaping and sculpting the bodies we live in, we thought we might provide a little perspective on the history of body modification and compare our passion for shapers to other enhancement techniques women have used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Consider, for example, the bound 4-inch “lotus foot,” idealized as the ultimate indicator of femininity in ancient China. This practice, which often crippled women, continued well into the 20th century, long enough that thousands of photographs exist of it. The binding process not only injured women with bound feet, it also hindered them from participating fully in social, political and educational life, making them second class citizens. Then, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the poison, belladonna was commonly used to dilate the eyes of women, creating a doe-like appearance, while often eventually leading to blindness. And, if you can believe it, Elizabethan women often slathered on lead-based makeup, which had a range of dangerous physical effects. And today, even with a battery of precautions, even the most commonplace cosmetic surgeries carry dozens of risks. When you put it all in perspective, it sort of makes you love shapewear even more, doesn’t it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Put simply, the desire to decorate, reshape and enhance the body is something that comes natural to humans. It’s a part of who we are. Just as we paint the walls of our homes and hang art on our walls, we celebrate, shape and sculpt the works of art that we live in. We love women and the huge numbers of shapes and sizes that they come in. We love the bodies that we have at this very moment. We believe that participating in beauty is a right for women of every size and age. We also believe that there are many kinds of beauty and we support women as they explore their own vision of it. There’s a difference between “fixing” a body and enhancing it. And of the thousands of ways that people have enhanced their appearances over the years, shapewear is not only one of the most flattering, it’s also one of the easiest and safest and that’s why we love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The History of Shapewear: From Ancient Girdles to Modern Shapers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When Spanx were introduced in the year 2000, quickly becoming a sensation around the world, you would have thought that their creator, Sara Blakely invented the whole class of garments that we today call “shapewear.” One could convincingly argue that the brand Blakely founded has become inclusive in our collective consciousness of shapewear in general, but she hardly invented the first shaper. While Spanx have been championed by no less than Oprah Winfrey herself, the explosion of Blakely’s shapers onto the world of fashion certainly heralded a new era for shapewear, but not the first. Humans have been using garments to reshape their bodies for various reasons since the dawn of recorded history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many people believe that the first shapers were corsets, but the history of shapewear is far older than that. The first “shapers” were probably girdles, which at that time were woven garments similar to a wide belt. In fact, there is an older garment called also a girdle, which is barely a rope, but it bears no resemblance to the class of garments that we think of as shapers. Ancient girdles were purported to have magical properties. Writings from the Bible to Babylonian texts make references to all kinds of girdles. Ishtar, a goddess of Babylon wore a girdle for fertility. Aphrodite’s girdle was associated with poetry. And some mythological girdles were the key to conquering monsters! While it is wrong to equate these items precisely with what we think of as a more modern girdle, these predecessors are an important part of the long history of garments used to shape, reinforce and strengthen the body. This practice has continued in various ways to the present.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jump forward to the corset. The innovation of this garment is often mistakenly credited to Catherine de’ Medici, wife of France’s King Henry II, who did however ban thick waists at court during her reign. In fact, the corset itself is much older, dating back to ancient Crete or possibly before. Needless to say, this style of shaper had gone through many revisions over thousands of years. The corset as we know it first begins to take shape in the 16th century, with stays and a busk fashioned from a number of different kinds of animal bones. The steel stays and busk came later, but back-lacing was an early feature of this garment, which was reserved primarily for wealthy wearers. By 18th century, some corsets even had sleeves. At the beginning of the 20th century, women began to demand political power and the restriction of the corset came for many to symbolize social restriction. Many women abandoned the corset as they entered public life more fully. Enter the new and improved girdle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The girdle, now manufactured with elastic textiles, offered the reshaping that mid 20th women wanted and allowed them to work and travel with ease of motion and relative comfort. This style of garment remained popular through the 1960’s when another seismic shift in women’s societal roles saw a decrease in the girdle’s popularity. And indeed, perhaps the girdle was in hiding long enough that the new generation of Spanx wearers forgot who its predecessors were. But today a whole new generation of women have fallen in love with the way modern, comfortable shapers make them feel and look. With a giant range of shapewear including your favorites from Squeem and Vedette now commercially available and hugely popular, reshaping your body is more popular than ever before.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cellulite Solutions that Stick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Best and Brightest Brands That Actually Work

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We’re going to let you in on a secret: we ALL have cellulite. Big and small. Short and tall. Like it or “lump” it, women are almost universally and genetically predisposed to develop the little dimples and dents in our skin that look like orange peel. Almost every woman will experience cellulite to lesser or greater degrees. If you’re one of the majority we describe, you know how difficult it is to reduce the appearance of this stuff. With its resistance to diet, exercise (and wishing), you may have tried one of the off the shelf solutions that are commercially available.  And, there are many. But the real question is, among the fakes and phonies are there any cellulite treatments that work?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Being in the business of beautiful bodies (of all sizes and shapes) we’ve had the opportunity to test an unimaginable array of products, potions and lotions that promise to cure cellulite. From the outrageous to the outlandish, virtually every theory of cellulite control has come across our desks. Here’s the truth: while there is no “cure” for cellulite, finally there are some very effective ways of reducing its appearance. After years of searching, and trying just about everything, we’ve finally narrowed down the field of candidates that, when combined with diet, exercise and proper hydration, are great tools that can help you look your best and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These are the products that we rely on to smooth us out and supplement an overall healthy living plan:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lytess: When we started exploring anti-cellulite products to meet the requests of our customers, Lytess was one of the first brands that actually verified their claims with real clinical data. As this French brand added new items, each was supported with positive evidence for smoothing and reduction of inches by scientific study. The line, which uses ingredients like shea butter, mango and caffeine in the fabric of their garments, has grown in popularity as a result of word of mouth. Lytess customers are loyal and report great results from their microcapsule infused tights, leggings and shapers. This is a great place to start if you want to try an anti-cellulite garment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Moisture Me by Mambino: Like all Mambino products, Moisture Me was originally formulated for moms, with special attention to their unique skin needs. We suspect this serum’s popularity grew from new mamas who continued using it long after giving birth. Moisture Me is now as popular with non-moms as it is with their original clientele, proving that your smoothest and most radiant skin starts with moisturization. We love this product in our office and can’t keep samples of it in stock, as they always seem to find their way home with our staff!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Delfin Spa: Here is a truly cutting edge anti-cellulite line. Harnessing the technological breakthrough of Bio-Ceramic fabrics, this revolutionary set of workout garments directs your body’s own heat and energy back into the layer of skin that contains cellulite. Earning an incredibly loyal fanbase, we heard about these items from you and had to see what all the buzz was about. We have not been disappointed in their performance and highly recommend all the Delfin items to anyone who is serious about reducing the orange peel effect while you workout or just go about your regular day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper by Wacoal: At Hourglass Angel, we love Wacoal….generally. Amongst our staff, we adore Wacoal’s intimates for their comfort, style and performance. So, when we learned they had created an anti-cellulite shaper, we knew we had to have it. The iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper is every bit as good as we expected. If you’re Wacoal fans like we are, this is an absolute must-have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strengthening Our Resolutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Turning a New Leaf This New Year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the beginning of the new year, our thoughts naturally turn to renewal, change and fresh beginnings. A poll of the staff at Hourglass Angel revealed a common thread in our resolutions. One of our new moms, Rosie, like so many of us, resolved to finally achieve her weight loss goals. Mary resolved to eat better. Marge decided to take a yoga class.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Every year we make resolutions to change our bodies. With that in mind we ask: What can we do this year to make the promises we make to ourselves become a reality this year?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At Hourglass Angel, we absolutely know that making progress towards a healthier lifestyle is possible. We’ve been supporting changing bodies since we opened our doors. We know that healthier, stronger bodies are possible for everyone. Like Rosie, many of our clients are new moms, working hard to return to their pre-pregnancy weight. If you have a resolution to bounce back from your post-baby body, you may want to consider supplementing your workout and eating plan with a belly band or maximum compression garment. Many of our our mamas have seen great results with products like the Belly Bandit, SlimBand or SlimVest. This technology, while cutting edge, stems from thousands of years of practice. Women have been wrapping their bellies before, during and after giving birth to assist in recovery and reshaping. Now it’s easier than ever for new moms to benefit from the support of a shaping garment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If your resolutions include a new workout regimen like Marge, you may benefit from adding the technology that is built into some of the new athletic shaping apparel that we carry at Hourglass Angel. Products like the Workout Band, the Delfin Bio-Ceramic Shorts or Capris or the anti-cellulite garments made by Lytess can maximize the work you do in the gym, decrease the visible appearance of cellulite and reduce inches from the midsection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whatever your resolutions are this year, we hope they include the most positive vision of yourself that is possible. We wish all of luck. Don’t forget that we believe in you and are here to support you as we enter 2012.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                More Than Skin Deep:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sponsoring Jessica Fang for Donald Trump’s Miss California 2012 Pageant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jessica Fang for Miss California 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We recently received a request from an amazing young woman named Jessica Fang, asking that we sponsor her in Donald Trump’s Miss California 2012 Pageant, which runs January 6th through the 8th in Palm Springs. After reading Jessica’s intelligent, engaging request and spending just a few minutes reviewing her profile, we absolutely knew it was the right thing to do. Jessica is exceptionally bright, funny and committed to serving her community. In short, she is the kind of person we would want our daughters to grow up to be. We agreed to proudly and officially become her sponsor for the swimwear portion of the pageant, providing her with one of our favorite swim enhancers, a pair of Extras by Hollywood Fashion Tape. We are thrilled and honored to support Ms. Fang in her endeavors and urge our readers to support her too! To learn more about Jessica and follow her progress, visit her Facebook page at:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Fang-for-Miss-California/209635162402028

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Winter Fashion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has this winter wonderland got you wondering what the heck you’re going to wear? From seasonal soirees with friends and family to office functions, for curvy fashionistas the stakes are raised as the temperature drops. Many of us struggle to look long and lean under the layers that keep us toasty. With the hectic holidays in full swing, we’re going to save you a step and point out a few great ways to shape up and warm up at the same time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shaping Denim: Designer denim is a look that will carry you though many kinds of occasions. Now this style is smarter than ever. Whether you prefer the extra slimming of a line like Ann Michelle or the booty boosting design of the Verox line, there’s a shaping denim that’s perfect for you. Keeping you slim and trim, these items are perfect when dressed up with a tailored jacket or paired with something more relaxed like a t-shirt and festive printed scarf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fashion Tights: Tights, both sheer and opaque, are one of the blockbuster trends of the season. And with chilly winds closing in, the time couldn’t be better to add a sheer, shaping layer to the leg. Whether you wear a solid opaque color or make a statement in patterns or sheers, we love the resurgence of hosiery. Wear them under a dress or as a fun way to keep your shorts in season all year long. The best thing about this trend is that you wear it your way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leggings: The fashion options for leggings have exploded this season. No longer restricted to the basic black stretch model, ultra warm corduroys and knits in a range of colors are keeping our legs extra happy in winter’s winds. One of the best things about leggings is that you can wear them with any kind of shoe, or more importantly…boot. And last but not least, leggings also work underneath another layer like pants or a skirt, adding warmth when we need it most.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All Over Shapers: With all the extra layers you’ll be wearing, why not add one that takes a few inches off. The right all over body shaper can help defend you from the elements and keep you trim when it’s time to trim the tree! Check out the shapers in our Weight Loss category for inspiration. These high compression garments are ideal, as they work by increasing thermal actvity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You don’t have to give up fashion in the season of giving. With the slimming solutions above, you’re sure to beat the chill and outshine the brightest lights of the holidays.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HourGlass Angel Receives 2011 Best of Riverside Award

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We’re thrilled to announce that we have been selected for the 2011 Best of Riverside Award in the Lingerie category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. As these are values that Hourglass Angel considers essential, we are thrilled to have been selected by the USCA. We are grateful to everyone that has supported us as we’ve grown over the last few years. We look forward to serving our community and clients in years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Holi-daze Spectacular:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great Gifts That Are Awesome, Affordable and Available Now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The holidays are, in so many ways, one of the happiest times of the year. Many of us are finally able to spend some much overdue time with friends and family in celebration, creating memories that will stay with us for years to come. But, while the giving that accompanies this special season is a joy, it does not come without challenges. From time management and budget concerns to the pressure of selecting the right gift for someone special, holiday shopping manages to bring many of our biggest sources of stress together!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With the ability to search easily and bargain hunt from the comfort of home, it’s no wonder that so many savvy shoppers are buying online. Holiday internet sales are expected to surpass all previous years’ records in 2011. So, with that in mind, we thought we’d share some easy, thrifty gifting options to make your shopping list a little simpler. All of these options are affordable, awesome and available at HourglassAngel.com!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burt’s Bees Gift Sets: Burt’s gift sets come in a great variety of sizes, shapes and product packages. Whether you’d like something a little more decorative, such as the Tint and Treats set, or prefer a great sampler such as their Essential or Head to Toe kits, there’s a Burt’s gift for everyone. Plus, Burt’s Bees lip balms and lip shimmers make perfect stocking stuffers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frankie and Johnny Pajamas: With cool weather upon us and more of it to come, the time is right to cozy up with someone you love. And there’s no better way to enjoy “visions of sugarplums” as you sleep this holiday season than in a pair of the bSoft Lounger pajamas from Frankie and Johnny. With whimsical patterns and just about the softest fabric we’ve ever come across, once you see and touch this set, we think you’ll have a hard time giving it away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lingerie Gifts: From babydolls to camisoles and even bustiers, lingerie is one of our favorite affordable luxuries. One of our most special and intimate gifts, these garments are a great way to celebrate the season and your love. We have many fine options for intimates in our Gift section now, so why not give something a little naughty to someone that’s been nice this year?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wacoal Bras: One of the most trusted names in women’s intimates, a bra from Wacoal is a treat that will last for years and make her feel beautiful every day. Wacoal has a wide range of styling, from straight-forward to sexy. You can count on this brand no matter what her individual style is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Gratitude Attitude: a Season of Thanks for Our Bodies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanksgiving has evolved from a celebration of thanks made by early American settlers, to a broader celebration of abundance, made in many countries around the world on many different days. Regardless of its origins, we now cherish this holiday as a time to feel grateful for the many gifts we have received in our lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But one of our most overlooked gifts we receive as women is the gift we live in: our bodies. A recent study showed that women have an average of 13 negative thoughts about their bodies per day. That’s about one devastating self-criticism per waking hour. Would you like to spend time with someone that spoke to you the way we women often speak to ourselves? Probably not. And so, as we enter a season that is centered around gratitude, it seems that, when it comes to this body that carries us throughout our lives—gives us children, dances, sings, provides for our loved ones—women are often the opposite of grateful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At Hourglass Angel, we wear, love and work with shapewear and intimates because we like how they make us feel. We often talk about the way that the right undergarments, whether that’s a shaper or a sexy bra, have a confidence boosting effect. That’s one way to express what those items do for us. But, with respect to the lack of respect and thanks we give our bodies, perhaps we are overlooking an even more important service that fine foundational garments do for us. When we choose undergarments and apparel that make us feel good, we are affirming and giving thanks for the body itself. And it seems that thanks is needed now more than ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Every moment that we can transform a critical thought about our bodies into a thought that is filled with gratitude is in itself something to be grateful for. An act as small as dressing in something that celebrates and expresses gratitude for these amazing curves—of every shape and size—that we were born into, is a move in the right direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, as Thanksgiving approaches, bringing with it the additional pressures of the holiday season, we at Hourglass Angel are committing to use this time to give thanks, not just for the blessings of home, work and family, but especially for the body that allows us to enjoy all the other blessings…just as it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In Vogue and In Shape: Shaping Up with This Season’s Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contending with everything from formal holiday affairs to bulky layers, even world-class fashionistas may struggle to stay trim at the beginning of another chilly season with all the trimmings. But, pairing the right shaper with this season’s contemporary apparel makes surviving the coolest trends and even cooler winds a breeze. So, let’s take a tour of what stylish women will be wearing and shapewear-ing this fall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dresses are essential part of holiday attire. Today’s necklines vary from plunging to outright asymmetrical. From edgy to modern, fresh shapes in dresses are showing up in everything from street wear to formal wear. Unfortunately, many of us who wear our shapers everywhere think that shoulder-bearing and sheer styles are off-limits to us. You might be surprised to learn that whether you’re into asymmetry or sexy styles, shaping up under provocative shapes is a snap when you add a convertible bodysuit to your ensemble. Convertible bodysuits are a super option because of their often underbust design and convertible straps which can be criss-crossed or removed to accommodate a whole range of necklines in dresses .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Staying long, lean and warm in cool months can seem like a difficult task when layering up is our best defense again bitter cold. The solution? Slimming leggings do double duty, protecting you from the elements, while trimming the tummy, thigh and legs. And best of all, these essential accessories won’t add heft as they ad warmth. Wear them alone or as an additional layer under dresses and skirts. When the temperature drops you can count on slimming leggings to make sure stay warm while looking smokin hot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With winter nearly upon us, skirts and dresses aren’t sometimes suited for cold weather. In these chilly months, pantsuits are a smarters look, whether you’re in the office or out painting the town red. And best of all, pantsuits provide us with the perfect opportunity to benefit from the all over slimming of a full bodysuit. These shapers give a lot of control and target most of the areas that women struggle with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There’s no getting around it: it’s coat season.  If the thought of wearing a heavy jacket makes you cringe, there’s one sure fire ways to insure that you look less like a bundle and more like a babe. Adding a waist cincher to your wardrobe is one of the easiest ways to create a slender silhouette when you’re wearing bulky outerwear. These maximum compression garments create a great shape no matter what you put over them. They also offer support for the back, creating an overall longer look. The effect you get with a cincher is dramatic, immediate and reliable. However, some cinchers also offer long-term weight loss benefits, making them especially handy when fighting back against seasonal weight gain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pretty on the Inside: Shaping Up in Style with Our Pretty Things Collection

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We dress the way we do for many reasons: to look alluring, to project an image of confidence, to appear professional. But undergarments are special. Made to serve very specific purposes and almost never seen by anyone but us and our partners, why does it matter what our underthings look like? Put simply, we love beautiful foundational garments because they make us feel good. It doesn’t matter if anyone else sees them or not. But with the advent of shapewear, do we have to sacrifice the way that gorgeous underthings make us feel on the inside to achieve a gorgeous shape on the outside? Our Pretty Things Collection proves that you absolutely don’t have to choose between beauty and brawn when it comes to your shaper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Corselettes: The Mia and Savannah corselettes are among our top selling shapers for a reason. This style of shaper often incorporates lacing in the front or back, drawing on the visual look of a corset while giving firm control. Both the Mia and the Savannah have lacy panties built in making them easy, attractive ways to create curves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Classic Corset: Corsets are so sexy that their status as the ultimate shapewear is often forgotten. But the power of a genuine, steel-boned corset should not be underestimated. As underwear or outerwear, a real corset is an heirloom quality garment that will shape and seduce for many years to come. Start with the basic Black Cashmere Underbust Corset.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yummie Tummie: Yummie Tummie has made a whole brand out of hiding in plain sight, but with their Teddie and Slippie Strapless Control Slip, they’ve brought their tummy taming technology to a new breed of intimates. From the bedroom to the boardroom, these sexy silhouettes are just about as pretty as it gets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Undercover Lover Line:  No matter which option you choose, bodysuit, panty or shaping thong, the sexy lace overlay in the Undercover Lover Collection from 7 Til Midnight makes this shaping lingerie the ultimate double agent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The  Lace Tummy Control Brief by F.I.T. #171902: These are not your granny’s panties! This brief challenges everything you thought you knew about full-coverage bottoms. Its peek-a-boo lace back and retro-chic are almost enough to make you forget the pooch-busting power of this panty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lingerie Look Shapers: Cutting edge curve creators like the Taylor and the Virginia dress all the belly-banishing, bust-beautifying, posture-perfecting strength of modern shapewear bodysuits in a classic lingerie look. Delicate details like lace trimmed panty bottoms make this pair sexy and slimming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Halloween in a Cinch: Making a Genuine Corset a Part of Your Costume

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Silk Floral Brocade Corset

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Corsets have become the bewitching basis of many modern, sexy Halloween costumes. Whether you enchant as a pretty pirate or do the bunny hop between your favorite holiday haunts in a Playboy inspired outfit, corsets are a great way to spice up your ensemble. However, many off the rack costumes include imitation “corsets” of poor quality. They won’t offer much waist cinching and are easily damaged, leading to the scariest Halloween look of all: the wardrobe malfunction! Investing just a little bit of money in a genuine corset insures you’ll look amazing and own an heirloom quality garment for many Halloweens to come.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The first step in choosing a real corset is to check its weight. Real corsets are sturdy and made with 2 kinds of steel boning: one that flexes and one that feels like an unbreakable popsicle stick. Next, real corsets are made of a nice fabric like cotton. If you feel like you could break or tear the garment or if it feels ultra-light, you don’t have the real thing. Last, it should have real ribbon or pulls that feel like a shoelace so you can cinch it nice and tight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course, the easiest way to fade your fears of buying a fake corset is to purchase from a reliable retailer. Hourglass Angel offers many affordable options. The Black Cashmere Underbust Corset is an exceptionally versatile piece and a perfect basis for a dazzling array of costumes. Get creative! Your options are unlimited. Plus, when you choose the real thing, your garment is no longer limited to holiday fashion. Wear it as lingerie for a sexy night in or as outerwear over a fitted top for a big night out. However you wear it, choosing a genuine corset insures that your silhouette will be secure, seductive and look spook-tacular for years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A Month for the Cure: Join the Movement

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ready to Run

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Many of you may already know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bright pink lights dot our Chicago skyline to raise awareness about breast cancer.  Here at Hourglass Angel we are proud to participate in Chicagoland’s 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That’s right! Yours truly huffed, puffed and hugged our way through the 5 kilometer course along with thousands of survivors and supporters. The distance was daunting, but we were encouraged by the brave women that stepped forward in the survivor’s parade to share their stories. It was a difficult run -admittedly harder for some than others- but we all made it to the finish line. Completing this race is something we are so proud of.  Participation was our distinct honor and we were lifted by the experiences of the survivors we saw and survivors that we have had the pleasure of serving here at Hourglass Angel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Women of all ethnic, geographic and social backgrounds are affected by breast cancer, it knows no boundaries. Breast cancer is the leading cause of deaths in women and takes the lives of over 500,000 people worldwide every year. Whether we become survivors, know survivors or lose someone to breast cancer, this disease will probably become a part of all of our lives, if it hasn’t already. As a company comprised largely of women and proud to serve women, we could not ignore any opportunity to fight breast cancer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are so many ways to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. Contact your local Susan G. Komen organization or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Whatever you do, JOIN US! Get educated. Get involved. Together we can cure breast cancer forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Modern Shapewear for Modern Times

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Classic “Hourglass Figure”…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  …is the envy of women around the world. For years, women have used girdles, corsets, and other undergarments to produce a curvier and more attractive silhouette. These shapewear products can immediately slenderize a woman’s waist through firm compression and will also create a smaller waist size over time through perspiration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to evolving technology in the field of shapewear, body shapers and waist cinchers, Hourglass Angel is proud to announce a more powerfully slimming and enhancing product line. Whether you are interested in shrinking your waistline, increasing your bust, or lifting your butt, we have a full array of shapewear and body shapers to help you achieve the look you desire, and many of our products offer all those benefits and more in one piece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another benefit to shapewear? Many of our shapewear products improve posture, which helps decrease back and shoulder pain. We have shapewear to assist both men and women to improve not only their appearance, but also their overall health, through correcting poor sitting habits and creating an overall awareness of how the body should stand, sit, and move. Our customers often rave about Hourglass Angel’s improvement to their health as well as their appearance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many of our body shapers products are also perfect under-garments for your formal attire, cocktail dress, bridal gown, and other items in your wardrobe that require careful consideration when choosing a bra, corset, or girdle. Let us help enhance your curves and slenderize your figure for both special events and everyday use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When your look has to be perfect, Hourglass Angel has the shapewear you need. Our products will make a statement without ever being seen! Best of all, you can count on Hourglass Angel’s designer shapewear to keep from binding, pinching, or bulging, wear after wear. Rest assured, Hourglass Angel will give you support, comfort, and a beautiful figure at the highest quality and a great price!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Healthy Office Snacks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Working in an office can wreak havoc on your diet. It’s bad enough that you sit at your desk for eight hours – many of us also tend to eat junk, especially during those tough afternoon hours, when blood sugar levels often drop, causing us to reach for sugary snacks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The problem is even worse if your office has a kitchen filled with temptations such as cookies and crackers, or if your office building has a vending machine. When hunger strikes, it’s very difficult to say “No” to sugary snacks, even if you really do want to minimize your consumption of white sugar and flour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But there IS hope! With some planning, it’s possible to work in an office, eat a healthy diet and avoid gaining weight. The secret? Bring healthy snacks from home! If you rely on whatever the office, or the vending machine, has to offer, you will most likely eat junk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Instead, plan your day ahead and bring a healthy, low-calorie snack from home. Plan to eat it around 3pm, a time when most of us feel tired and sluggish. Your snack should contain complex carbs and protein – this will help keep your blood sugar levels steady and will help you feel fuller for longer. The ideal snack will be around 200 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here are a few healthy office snack ideas:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Fruit and cheese. Enjoy an apple or a pear with an ounce of cheddar cheese. This snack is tasty, healthy, rich in protein, and just under 200 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Nuts and dried fruit. One of our favorite office snacks here at Hourglass Angel is an ounce of almonds (pre-measured and placed in a plastic reusable container) mixed with a mini box of raisins (14 grams). A yummy sweet and salty combination, this snacks contains about 200 calories, fiber and antioxidants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Greek yogurt, honey and fruit. Half a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, mixed with a tablespoon of honey and half a cup berries, or a small banana. Filling and delicious, this snack provides you with lots of protein, a full serving of fruit and antioxidants. It contains around 200 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In addition to planning each day’s snacks, you should also bring a reusable water bottle and sip from it throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to always have a 200-calories energy bar in your desk drawer, so that if you forget to bring a snack one day, you won’t have to resort to getting something from the vending machine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Workout Tips for Pear Shaped Bodies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      squatsLet us start this post by saying that whatever your body shape, we feel strongly that the best thing you can do for yourself, and for your daughters if you happen to have daughters, is to ACCEPT YOURSELF and learn to love yourself just the way you are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have you noticed that when we women look in the mirror, we tend to focus on our “bad” parts? Instead of looking at ourselves as a whole, or focusing on what we love, we focus on what we dislike about our bodies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For years now, the fashion industry and the media have been telling us that we should be thin. And we have listened! The diet industry is flourishing, most of us are on a constant cycle of dieting, breaking the diet, then dieting again, and the vast majority of us are unhappy with how we look!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How do we break that vicious cycle? The first step is to accept ourselves just as we are, and in this regard, role models such as Michelle Obama are inspiring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The second step: instead of trying to be THIN, we should aspire to be HEALTHY and FIT – as healthy and as fit as we can be. Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk, and treat our body with respect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, exercise is important too. 30 minutes, five days a week, of moderate cardiovascular exercise such as walking can make a huge difference in how you feel and in your health. In addition, you can target specific areas with exercises that are designed to make those areas more toned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you’re pear shaped, one of the best exercises you can do is squats. Squats are great for toning your hips, butt and thighs. They are simple to do and require no special equipment:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Stand with feet hip-width apart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Bend your knees, and lower into a squat, keeping the knees behind the toes. Imagine that you’re sticking your butt out behind you, but keep the torso upright and contracted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Press into your heels to stand up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Start slow, building up to 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As in any exercise routine, it’s very important to start slow, and to consult with your doctor if you have any medical condition or any other concern.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Diet Tips For The Holidays

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christmas CupcakesDecember is a tough month for most of us. Whether we would like to lose weight or to simply maintain our current weight, the many temptations around make it very difficult not to gain weight during the holidays!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But do not despair. There are several ways you can enjoy holiday fare and parties without packing on the pounds. Here are our top five diet tips for the holidays:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Do Not Skip Meals! It may SEEM like a good idea to “save” calories if you’re going to a party at night, but if you arrive at the party famished, you risk losing control and overeating. Instead, eat a good breakfast, a light lunch, and a light snack before heading out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Yes to Wine, No to Cocktails. Cocktails may feel fun and festive, but they pack a large amount of calories – equal to a small meal! If you must have eggnog, have a small glass, but the rest of the month, try to stick with a single glass of wine per event. Sip slowly, so it will last for the entire evening!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Wear Form-Fitting Clothes. This is one of the best ways to avoid overeating. In fact, wear a body shaper that compresses your tummy underneath your clothes, such as this waist cincher, and you will not just look fabulous in your holiday attire – you won’t even feel like stuffing yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Drink Lots Of Water. This will not just keep you well-hydrated, it will also help you feel full and will help flush out toxins more effectively.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Don’t Deny Yourself. Enjoying rich food and sharing meals with family and friends are a big part of the holiday season. Don’t expect yourself to eat carrot sticks the entire month. On the other hand, don’t go off your diet completely. Balance is key, and one thing you can do is to decide that during the holidays you will maintain your weight, maybe gain a couple pounds, and that’s OK. Get a plate, put a SMALL sample of each of your favorite foods on it, have a SMALL glass of eggnog, and give yourself permission to enjoy the season – in moderation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Holidays!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From Loose Fitting to Form Fitting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          body shaperThe National Organization for Women has recently stated that “Eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their appearance, and a startling 49 percent of 3 to 6 year old girls worry about being fat. By the fourth grade, more than 80 percent of girls have tried a fad diet.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That’s insane!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Of course, I am one of the countless women who struggle with their body image. I have struggled with it ever since I can remember myself. At a US size ten, and with a small waist and large hips and thighs, I don’t really fit into the extremely thin female “ideal”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          During my twenties, I was into wearing large, shapeless clothes, especially on the bottom. I desperately wanted to hide the fact that I did not have slim thighs and long, lean legs, so I got into the habit of buying loose pants that were always a couple sizes too big.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then, last winter, I discovered shapewear, and everything changed. It was winter. A friend who has a body shape similar to mine had worn a beautiful sweater dress and knee-high boots. She looked amazing! Now, if you have a body shape like mine, you know that sweater dresses are a big no for us gals with a curvy bottom! They’re very unforgiving. But she looked fabulous, and when I complimented her, she smiled and said: “It’s Heidi.” I was confused. “Heidi?” “Yes, it’s my new body shaper!” she said. “It smooths out everything. Finally I can wear knits, sweater dresses, whatever I want to, without worrying about bulges!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Discovering shapewear was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. It’s freeing, you know? With the right shaper, I am free! Free to wear whatever I want without worrying about unsightly bulges, and without being self-conscious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My closet is now filled with form-fitting, beautiful clothes that are just the right size for me. I work out, I eat healthy foods, and I am happy and confident with my own size-ten, heavy-bottomed body shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You know what? I am beautiful, just the way I am.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michelle Obama: More Than A Style Icon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            michelle obamaMichelle Obama is an amazing woman. We love her strength, her leadership, and the active role she is taking in making America healthier and saving our children from obesity. We think she’s a wonderful mother who obviously cares a lot about her daughters. No doubt, she’s a supportive wife!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not Afraid To Wear An Off The Rack Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We also love Mrs. Obama’s personal style. Remember the $148, off-the-rack, black and white dress she wore for her appearance on The View back in June 2008? That was probably our first clue that Mrs. Obama has her own sense of style, and that she’s not afraid to show it. That dress looked so pretty and fresh, we can’t imagine a designer outfit costing ten times as much would have looked better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Celebrating Her Curves

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michelle Obama is a tall, pretty woman. We love that she’s not skinny and is not trying to be – she obviously takes care of herself and works out (look at those amazing arms!) but she goes with her natural body shape and doesn’t try to fight it, or to hide it. Mrs. Obama has narrow waist and wider hips, and she makes no attempt at concealing her hourglass figure or making herself appear thinner. Which we absolutely love!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mrs. Obama loves to dress in clothes that show off her beautiful arms and shoulders. She wears body-conscious clothes that acknowledge – one might say celebrate – her curves, but are never too clingy. Instead of trying to camouflage her bottom part, she celebrates it. Her choices are markedly different from former First Ladies in that they are much more casual and much less formal and restrictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A Style Icon, And So Much More

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While Michelle Obama has certainly become a style icon, she is so much more than that. Mrs. Obama is an incredibly smart, talented woman. She obviously wants to leave a legacy that goes beyond “she had a great sense of style,” and this reflects in her campaign against obesity as in other initiatives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michelle Obama is a beautiful woman, inside and out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shapewear Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cincherShapewear is not what it used to be. These days, women expect a lot from their body shapers! Women want their shapewear to offer support, flatter their curves, and smooth away any bulges. They also want shapewear that looks nice – the kind of undergarment that they won’t feel embarrassed about when they undress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As shapewear becomes more and more mainstream, there are trends in shapewear, just as there are in fashion. Here are the top five shapewear trends for fall 2010:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pretty and Sexy Shapewear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As we said above, these days shapewear is not an ugly undergarment that offers support but must be hidden at all costs! More and more body shapers actually look great and are just as sexy or pretty as any other lingerie item.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Comfortable Shapewear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wearing shapewear used to be pure torture. Not anymore! Women now demand comfort, and shapewear designers are happy to oblige. In addition to several enhancement levels, you can now choose shapewear in light, breathable fabrics. Even the light shapers still offer plenty of support and a marked improvement in your appearance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shapewear Has Entered Mainstream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Women used to hide the fact that they were wearing shapewear, but with more and more celebrities openly talking about wearing body shapers and recommending it, women now realize that there’s nothing wrong with wearing a shaper. Just like wearing makeup to enhance your best facial features and camouflage small imperfections, a good body shaper allows you to do the same for your body – enhance the best and camouflage your problem areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Affordable Shapewear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While celebrities love and endorse shapewear, body shapers are not reserved for the rich and famous. With fabulous shapewear under $50, anyone can now wear a shaper. There’s absolutely no need to pay outrageous prices to look good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shapewear for Men

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Men want to look good too! Many men have specific problem areas just like women do, in most cases the stomach area and love handles. Shapewear for men targets these areas and helps men look markedly better wearing suits or casual clothing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New Features at HourglassAngel.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hourglass Angel is proud to announce the launch of it’s new and improved website! In order to enhance our customer’s shopping experience we have added plenty of new features.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Product pages are easier to navigate and have bigger product images. Customers will be able take a closer look at a product before purchasing. Each product page will also have a compression ranking level assigned from a scale of 1 to 5, making it easier to find a product with the desired amount of support and comfort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our improved website also has a Product Sizing Support page through which customers will be able to receive sizing support from a shapewear professional. Simply input your measurements and we will guide you to finding the perfect fit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We’re also making it easier to connect with us and receive access to exclusive sales, fashion tips, new product notices and sweepstakes notifications. Customers can sign up on our Newsletter Sign Up page or find us on Twitter and Facebook by clicking the links on our homepage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We hope you find the new features helpful. If you have any questions feel free to email us at info@hourglassangel.com with feedback.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Common Shapewear Misconceptions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When you think of body shapers do the words sexy, lacy, and comfortable come to mind? Or do you think of the words boring, old fashioned, and painful? We have come across many shapewear misconceptions over the years. We decided it was time to put an end to all these common shapewear myths!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First and foremost, the most common shapewear myth is “Always size down when purchasing a shaper. Smaller shapers provide more control.” This is not true! A well made body shaper will shape and form your body without the need to size down. Sizing down means that you will be wearing a shaper that is too small. This may cause the shaper to roll up. It can also cause discomfort, misshape your figure, and damage the shaper. Always make sure to size according to the size chart for each garment and pay attention to fit comments in order to get the best fit.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another myth is that “Shapers are uncomfortable and will roll.” If a shaper is uncomfortable or is rolling up or down, there is a good chance that you are wearing a shaper that is not made for your body. It can also mean the shaper is too small. If you are curvy on the bottom, you may want to look for shapers that have a wider leg and more stretch in the thigh to prevent dig in. If you are shapely on top, you’ll want to find a shaper that supports your bust. If you have an hourglass figure or have curvy hips, you should look for shapers that have zippers or hook and eye closures to make it easier to pull up over your hips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Body shapers are old fashioned and out of style” is another common myth. Body shapers of today have evolved into fashionable and dare I say, SEXY undergarments. You can find shapers that look like lingerie, shapers that are built into jeans, dresses and even swimsuits! They come in pretty colors and soft textures. They are also much more functional and go unnoticed under your tightest fitting clothes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lastly, “Body shapers are only for plus size women.” Shapers are great for any size or figure. No matter what your size is, body shapers are available to enhance all figure types. A shaper will slim your thighs, hold your tummy, and make your love handles disappear. Even thin celebrities and men wear them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finding a comfortable and modern shaper has never been easier. If you need a little help, a great place to start browsing is our page with the best selling items. If you have any questions about finding a shaper, you can always send us an email at info@hourglassangel.com. For sizing support, you can use our sizing support page. Once you find the right shaper, words like sexy, lacy, and comfortable will start coming to mind!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How To Buy A Shaper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Body shapers, girdles, and waist cinchers have many features and come in different designs.  To select the correct shaper for your needs, first take a minute to think about the areas on your body that you are looking to target.  You should consider where you will be wearing this shaper.  Is it for a special occasion or for everyday?  Lastly, think about how much control you want?  By answering these questions it will be easier to find a shaper that fits your needs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The best way to start looking for a body shaper is to decide which areas you are looking to target.  There are different body shapers that shape, lift, smooth and enhance specific areas.  If you are looking to target your midsection, an item like the SlimVest will be your best option.  An items like the Alexis will lift and enhance your butt.  By knowing your desired target area, you will be able to find a shaper that focuses on these specific parts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Next, think about where you will be wearing this shaper and what style of clothing will you be wearing it with.  If you are looking for everyday shapewear, you might want to consider the SlimBand, which can be worn up to 10 hours a day.  If you are looking for a strapless control slip under a dress to a party, you can consider the Full-Body Control Slip.  If you would like an all-over comfortable fit, consider the Katie to accentuate your butt and create a curvy shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lastly, consider how much control you would like from your shaper.  If you are new to shapers, you may want to begin with a moderate or slight control pieces such as the Mia or the Amber.  If you would like to slenderize all over with maximum compression (cinch the waist, lift the bust and rear, and slim your thighs), you should try the Butterfly.  For moderate compression all-over targeting, consider the Heidi.  For slight control, take a look at the Amanda.  If you wear girdles frequently and would like more compression, you may want to try a maximum compression corset such as the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When you have found the right shaper, remember to stay true to your size.  Wearing the wrong size will cause the shaper to roll, pinch, and fit poorly.  You can damage the shaper if you size down and you might be uncomfortable.  If you size up, then the shaper will be too big and will not serve its purpose.  The perfect shaper will create smooth curves that will make you feel healthy, happy, and confident.

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