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  • 3 Ways Shapewear Supports a Healing Postpartum Body

    Healing diastasis recti and other postpartum conditions with the support of shapewear

    Nine months of pregnancy does a lot to your body: not only do your abdominal muscles stretch out to accommodate a growing baby, but you might find that your joints are quite loose and your core is significantly weakened, which can lead to all sorts of discomfort.

    While these are all normal processes, you need to take care of yourself and heal properly, especially in those first few weeks and months postpartum.

    Did you know that postpartum shapewear is a great way to get the extra support you need while your body heals? Here are three ways you can use it:

    1. Support Healing Abdominal Muscles and Diastasis Recti

    Your abdominal muscles will naturally stretch and pull apart during pregnancy, and for most women they don't naturally snap back into place immediately after childbirth. In fact, many women suffer from a condition called diastasis recti, which means that your abdominal muscles sustain a large gap in the middle. This condition can persist for months or even indefinitely following a pregnancy if you don't actively try to heal it. If you just can't seem to get rid of that belly, even if you've lost the pregnancy weight, this might be the problem.

    If this is you, talk to your doctor about what core-strengthening exercises you need to do to lessen the gap and pull your abdominal muscles back in (and DON'T do crunches, as they will make it worse!). In the meantime, you may find that a waist trainer provides excellent support while those muscles heal and strengthen on their own—not to mention it will conceal that loose tummy while you're wearing it.

    1. Correct Sagging Posture

    When you were carrying your baby, you may have found that your posture changed significantly. Your weight shifted, your core was weakened, and even after the birth you may find that your back hurts regularly. Wearing a waist trainer is a great way to correct that posture while you regain your core strength.

    1. Support Weakened Ligaments

    During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that relax your ligaments so that you can carry the baby and give birth. But like your abdominal muscles, those ligaments don't snap right back into place; you might feel pretty weak through your abdomen and hips for months following the birth. Here again, shapewear can provide extra support and compression while those ligaments heal. Try a postpartum belly binder or even a hip-slimming corset to help this problem.

    If you're a new mom, we hope you enjoy this special time with your little one. Get the extra support you need so that you can focus on your baby and not worry about your body.

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  • Customer Favorites: Ann Chery Shapers / Hourglass Angel

    What people love about Ann Chery waist trainersWhy Everyone Needs Ann Chery in Their Closet

    When it comes to slimming down and particularly waist training, Ann Chery is the name everyone knows. This brand is a favorite among our customers for several reasons:

    • Quality materials and construction
    • Powerful slimming results
    • Wide variety of garment styles for outfit and occasion
    • Fun eye-catching colors and prints

    Ann Chery offers so many different shapers, it's hard to choose our favorites: waist trainers, workout bands, everyday cinchers, bodysuits, body wraps … the list goes on and on.

    Each of these styles will leave you looking sleek, slim and sexy in a snap. But don't take our word for it. Check out what our customers are saying about Ann Chery:

    Ann Chery Workout Waist Trainer

    "I couldn't be more pleased with this item. I received it quickly and couldn't wait to put it on. I am 5'3" with not the longest torso. It fit perfectly. I wear it daily while working (under my clothes) and find it to be very comfortable, yet very very firm. The compression keeps things where they need to be. I have noticed it is becoming easier and easier to get this tight thing on. I have another row of hooks that will be the final phase of contouring my waist line. I can't wait. I love the results. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to minimize their waist. Not to mention the posture that you get when using a corset is priceless. I would order it again and again. Thanks Hourglass Angel."

    Great addition to my workout routine

    "This has been a great addition to my workout routine; not just because it makes me look so much better in my workout clothes, but it supports my back. I'm so glad that I made this purchase!" 

    Faja Deportiva 3 Hook Workout Waist Trainer By Ann Chery

    Absolutely Worth It!

    "So I have been using this waist trainer for about 1.5 weeks and I have dropped 5 pounds already. I had been training for 2 weeks prior to that and I was not able to drop any weight. My waist is looking great! Definitely a must have!"

    Great product!

    "WOW what a difference this makes! It gives great back support for one; it also whittles my waist in. Right now I am up to 6 hours a day of wear. I am combining healthy eating and exercise as well."

    Ann Chery 2025 Clasica Waist Trainer

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher By Ann Chery

    I love the latex cincher

    "I love the latex cincher 2025. It drastically holds everything in. It looks smooth under your shirt. And it gives me a shape that I never had. I've only had it for a week! I am certain if I continue wearing it, my waist will get smaller."

    Win Win!

    "I started with the work out waist trainer and moved on to Clasica Latex once my stomach slimmed down. I truly love this new waist trainer. I can wear it at night and wake up without any back problems and I can also wear it during the day to help my posture while I am working on the computer. It is comfortable and at the same time it is figure flattering!"

    Ann Chery Vest Waist Trainer 2027

    Love it!! Love it!!! Love it!!!

    "I got this because I have the exact same one without the straps and felt that with back and straps my back wouldn't show as wide. I've had the other one for 2 months but probably wore it for 20-25 days and this one for about 3 weeks. So far I've lost 6 pounds and 3 inches off my waist. I bought a workout Ann Chery waist trainer on eBay but it rolls down and doesn't stay firm like these. So now I'm only buying directly from Hourglass—that way I can ensure they're authentic."

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    Do you have a favorite Ann Chery shaper? We want to know! Leave a comment below or add your review to the product page.

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  • Wedding Next Month? 8 Ways Get Your Figure Ready Fast

    Wedding waiting training plan

    June is just around the corner, which more than likely means you are getting ready for some big summer events! Whether you're a bride, in the bridal party or even a guest at a wedding or other formal event, you want to look incredible and confident for the whole event.

    It's not too late to start a waist training and fitness regimen to get your figure ready for the big day! Even if you only have a couple of weeks to slim down, try these tips to help you slim down and tone up:

    1. Cut out refined carbs: this includes sugar, pasta, white rice and most types breads. If you absolutely can't say no to bread, stick with 100% whole grain—try Spelt, rye or other grains besides wheat.
    2. Veggies should be the base of your diet: at least 50% of every meal. Get creative by replacing starchy carbs with versatile veggies like cauliflower or spiralized zucchini.
    3. Say no to read meat. Only consume lean, skinless meats like chicken and fish, or even better, go 100% plant-based.
    4. Ditch the alcohol. You can reward yourself by toasting on the big day.
    5. Drink TONS of water. We're talking about 12+ cups a day (at least eight glasses). To mix it up, try infusing your water with lemon, cucumber, or other citrus fruits.
    6. Work out 30+ minutes a day, five days a week, balancing cardio and strength training. We've got videos to help inspire you.
    7. Wear a waist trainer every day! Ideally, you should wear it 8-10 hours a day for the best results, but work your way up to that in small increments if you're just starting out. Don't forget to wear a workout band during your workouts!
    8. Get enough sleep! We know it's tempting during this busy time to sacrifice the night hours, but your body will respond so much more efficiently to when you are taking care of it. Plus you'll have more energy, and you'll be less tempted to reach for carbs for an energy boost.

    Have a fantastic event and let us know how your waist training goes! #BeTheHourglass.

    Get started waist trainingNude Sand Underbust Corset

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  • 7-Day Slim-Down Cleanse For Your Summer Body

    7-day waist training detox diet and exercise plan

    Are you starting to stress because bikini season is just around the corner? No need to worry—we've got a quick slim-down plan that will jumpstart your fitness for the summer.

    This is a great way to start off the season because it helps your body detox. It might be a little challenging for the first day or two, but it will help you stop relying on caffeine, sugar and refined carbs for energy. Don't give up—you'll be amazed at how good you feel by the end! And then you can continue your slim-down all summer long as you keep up with your healthy habits.

    Ready? All you need is your waist trainer and to stock up your home with whole, unrefined food.

    Here are the rules:

    1. No added sugar (check labels!). This includes regular AND diet soda. Your beverages should be limited to water and only FRESH juice that you squeeze yourself.
    2. No bread—if you love sandwiches, use non-bread substitutes like cabbage leaves.
    3. No read meat: this includes all pork and beef.
    4. No alcohol.
    5. No caffeine.
    6. No pasta or white rice—try spiralizing your veggies instead!
    7. Eat citrus fruit daily to bolster immunity.
    8. Drink at least 96 ounces of water a day (6 bottles). It's a lot, but it will feel good!
    9. Work out for 30 minutes a day, mixing up cardio, strength training and stretching. Check out these videos for inspiration!
    10. Wear your waist trainer for at least 6-8 hours a day. Break the time up into shorter sessions if you need to.

    For additional detox power, try infusing your water or seasoning your food with any of these add-ins:

    • Black pepper: breaks down fat cells
    • Apple cider vinegar: aids digestion and fat burn
    • Cucumber: tastes great and low calorie
    • Cranberry juice: aids in fat burning (just a dash in your water!)
    • Green tea: helps release excessive fat cells
    • Cardamom: fat burning power
    • Cumin: prevents the storage of excess fat
    • Parsley: helps flush out fat

    For the most effective ab-strengthening workout, do an 8-minute routine with each of the following exercises. Complete each move for one minute, doing as many reps as you can within that period. Take a short break after the first 4 minutes and then repeat the whole sequence one more time:

    1. Side-crunch leg extension
    2. Leg extension crunches
    3. Plank twists
    4. Leg lifts

    Be sure to take before and after pictures—you might be amazed at the results in such a short period of time. Tag us and use hashtag #bethehourglass on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so we can see your progress!

    Favorite waist slimming garmentsAnn Chery Clasica 2025

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  • 12 Must-Do Postpartum Waist Training & Fitness Tips

    Hourglass Angel postpartum fitness and waist training advice

    Ready to get back in shape, mama? If you've been wondering how to use waist training as part of your postpartum shape-up, then look no further. Here are twelve simple ways for new moms to get back in shape after baby.

    1. Start with a postpartum belly wrap after birth.

    You can begin postpartum belly binding almost immediately after childbirth, even while you're still in the hospital. A postpartum belly wrap provides gentle compression as your body heals. Women have been using this practice around the world for centuries to provide support during the recovery process.

    1. Drink lots of water.

    Following the birth, your body will be flushing out all the extra fluid it has been carrying, but it will still need to take in a lot. In fact, a lot of women find that they're very thirsty after birth! You might be tempted to grab the caffeine when you're so exhausted, but try to resist the urge. You should keep up staying hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day throughout your postpartum recovery — and beyond!

    1. Try to rest.

    Everyone knows that it's really difficult to get rest with a newborn around, but you should at least try. Nap when the baby naps and get a lot of help. Don't push yourself too hard for at least the first 6 weeks postpartum.

    1. Start exercising when you get your doc's approval.

    Once you've passed the 6 week mark, ask your doctor if you are approved to start exercising. You may have to wait a bit longer if you've had a C-section.

    1. Eat well from the start.

    Even if you're trying to lose weight, your body needs nutritious food during this period. Get a healthy balance of carbs, proteins and fats—and don't hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance! Stock up on small, healthy whole food snacks like unsweetened yogurt, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, etc.

    1. Use a workout band.

    Once you're healed up and you get the go-ahead to exercise, a workout band can provide slimming and support during your workouts. Here are some exercises to get your started.

    1. Work up your intensity.

    Start out slow in your workouts—you know your body best. Slowly increase the intensity while you build your strength and stamina. In the long run you should aim for workouts five days a week, 30 minutes each day. Get a good mix of cardio and strength training.

    1. Wear a waist trainer daily.

    In addition to your workout band, you'll love the shaping and support you'll get from an everyday waist trainer. You can wear one under just about anything and conceal the baby weight while you're working it off.

    1. Increase waist trainer use gradually.

    Start out wearing your waist trainer for an hour or two the first day, and then gradually add a little more time each day. You can break it up into smaller sessions if desired. For the best results we recommend you aim to wear your cincher at least 8 hours a day.

    1. Get active with your baby.

    It can be difficult to meet your fitness goals with your little one in tow, so get creative about how to bring them along. You can do a lot of stretches and workout mat exercises with your little one right next to you. Invest in a jogging stroller and go for walks and runs. See if there are any stroller fitness classes offered in your community. Or you can always find a gym that offers childcare.

    1. Size down your waist trainer!

    One of the most exciting parts about a waist training journey is the day when you discover that your first waist trainer is too loose, even when it's fastened its tightest! Celebrate by treating yourself to a smaller size and keep up the good work.

    1. Take progress photos and share them.

    If you stick to a healthy lifestyle and a dedicated waist training plan, you are going to love the results and should share them to inspire your friends! We'd love to see your stories as well so be sure to tag us on Instagram @hourglass_angel #BeTheHourglass.

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  • True or False? The Facts About Corsets, Waist Training & Your Body

    As waist training grows in popularity, there are a lot of myths circulating about whether or not a corset or waist trainer has the power to reshape your body. Specifically, you may have heard crazy rumors about how steel-boned garments in particular can damage your rib cage or break your bones. Is it true or nonsense?

    We thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the rumors out there and set the facts straight.

    It's important to understand, first of all, how corsets and latex waist cinchers work and what the difference is. Corsets are used in the traditional method of waist training that goes back hundreds of years (they were once constructed with whale bone, prior to steel). Corsets lace up in the back and provide dramatic waist-slimming power.

    Latex cinchers are becoming popular alternatives to traditional corsets. They work the same way, but they are constructed with plastic boning (sometimes called flexi-boning) instead of steel and are slightly more flexible—although still effective in dramatically slimming your waist.  The latex also helps to stimulate heat, which is great if you want to work up more of a sweat around your belly, sides and back when working out.

    Now let's dive into the facts and fiction about waist training:

    Some people get their ribs removed to get a tiny waist: False

    We haven't met anyone who has had a rib removed, have you? And we know many women who waist train! Think about it: waist training goes back hundreds of years. While women definitely coveted and achieved a tiny waist during the Victorian era, there is no way they would have elected for such a risky and painful surgery. Even the "Corset Queen," Cathie Jung, has a world record 17-inch waist and hasn't needed to any procedures to attain it.

    Waist training reshapes your ribs: False

    You would have to do some pretty drastic casting to reshape your skeleton. If you're wearing a waist trainer for our recommended 8-12 hours a day, those ribs aren't going anywhere.

    A young woman who is not done growing could potentially affect the shape of her growing ribcage by tightly corseting every day. This is why we don't recommend waist training until you're at least 18; and we also recommend mixing in some "rest days" when you're wearing a garment regularly. Hypothetically even as an adult your lower "floating ribs" could shift slightly with intense, around-the-clock compression from a rigid steel-boned corset. But no one is suggesting you do that, and there's also no reason to. Also, keep in mind that if you stop corseting, your body shifts back to its natural form. For more information about the physiology of waist training, check out The Corset, A General History. 

    Waist training can break your ribs: False

    We don't know of anyone who broke a rib waist training, do you? It takes a lot of force to break a bone inside your torso, and the narrow boning in even the tightest steel-boned corset is not going to do that. This myth may have started because the whale bones in Victorian corsets may have broken when they were laced too tightly. Get that: whale bones, not human rib bones. Besides, you should not wear any garment that causes discomfort. Today's latex waist trainers allow you to dramatically slim your waistline without compromising your comfort. If you feel any discomfort or pinching, you're doing something wrong – you probably need to go up a size with your shaper. 

    Waist training can reshape your waist: True

    We love hearing the many stories from people who have been very happy with the results of their waist training. Wearing a cincher or corset immediately makes you look slimmer and creates that hourglass shape. Over time, when complemented with healthy lifestyle changes, waist training can assist in your slim-down journey.

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  • Wedding Day Countdown: Your Waist Training Timeline

    Wedding Day Countdown: Your Waist Training Timeline

    It's almost here: the big day! If you're two months or less away from your walk down the aisle, you want to make sure that your dress fits absolutely perfectly.

    Are you on a waist training regime? Even if you haven't had a perfect record, the last couple of months is the time to really focus on the discipline, so that you can look your best for your wedding day. Here's what to expect during the final countdown:

    6-8 Weeks Out

    Now is the time to schedule your appointment to have your dress fitted. Have the bodice measured and the length hemmed. It is very important to bring along your bridal shapewear to this appointment! Otherwise, it may be too loose on the big day. Don't forget your shoes as well, so your seamstress can adjust accordingly. You'll be fitted again in a few weeks to make any final alterations.

    Is your waist trainer not feeling as tight as it used to? Don't hesitate to order a smaller size so that you can continue to fine-tune your figure!

    You might be enjoying a bridal shower around this time. Wear a dress that really shows off your waistline.

    4-5 Weeks Out

    While you're waiting on the alterations, it is very important that you continue to keep up your waist training regime on a daily basis, as well as a healthy diet and exercise. For the next few weeks, you may want to especially focus on toning your arms so that you can show them off.

    If you have been waist training for a few months, you should be comfortable with wearing your garment 10-12 hours a day.

    2-3 Weeks Out

    If you haven't already, now is the time to break in your shoes. Practice wearing them for a few hours at a time. Your waist trainer will help you maintain good posture.

    Your dress should now be ready for the final fitting. Again, bring your bridal shapewear to wear underneath. At this appointment, the dress should fit perfectly or be very close. Bring along a friend who can help create the bustle.

    You might be feeling the stress of the upcoming event—don't let it get to you! Keep up your healthy lifestyle, especially getting enough water so you can really glow on your wedding day.

    1 Week Out

    This week will be a blur! Take lots of pictures, including an "after" picture so you can see your waist training results! Keep that waist trainer on hand—you'll definitely want it on for the rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party, and any other special events.

    We hope you enjoy a very special wedding day, full of joy and confidence in your own skin. Waist training is just one part of the journey. If you're a bride or a bridal party member who has benefited from waist training, we want to know about it! Tag us and share it using #BeTheHourglass #HourglassBride #HourglassBridesmaid.

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  • Choosing the Right Shapewear for Your Wedding Dress

    Perfect shapewear pairings for different types of wedding dresses.So you've found it the perfect dress. Or at least you think so…but how will it really fit after alterations? You want it to look more than just "good." You want it to be absolutely stunning on the big day.

    We always recommend taking shapewear with you when you go in for dress fittings so that your final look will be flawless. After all, it's the foundation of your entire look. But which shaper is right for your gown? Use this simple guide

    Perfect Bridal Shapewear Pairings

    Strapless dresses

    Strapless Dress + Bustier

    You definitely don't want to be that girl who is constantly tugging at the top of her dress to keep everything in place. When it comes to strapless dresses, bust support is absolutely vital. That's why we have several options constructed just for the occasion. You'll want a bridal bustier or longline bra that provides firm support and lifts your bustline. These garments go further than a regular strapless bra because of the supportive and slimming boning in the bodice. Everything stays in place, perfect for a long wedding day.

    Mermaid dress

    Mermaid Dress + Bodysuit

    Ladies with curvy hips can look fabulous in a mermaid dress—but you want to make sure all those curves are in check. A firm compression bodysuit will accentuate all the right areas by flattening your tummy and smoothing out your hips and thighs.

    A-line dress

    A-Line Dress + Waist Cincher

    Pretty much anyone can look great in an A-line dress because it creates a waistline. Enhance that effect even further with a waist cincher that will draw in and flatten your midsection while providing the support you need under your bust. Your gown will fit and drape over your figure flawlessly.

    Seath dress

    Sheath Dress + Thong Shaper

    If you are tall and slender, you can turn a lot of heads with a sheath dress that drapes over your figure and delicately highlights your curves. Smooth everything out with a thong shaper that will keep your midsection in check without revealing a pantyline. Or, if you want more shaping for your butt and thighs, choose and open-bottom shaper that will give you a natural lift.

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  • How Waist Training Transformed My Post-Baby Body

    Ciera waist training fashion

    Today, we're excited to feature a special guest post by style expert and blogger Ciera Hudson from yourstrulyciera.com. Ciera is known for her expertise on everything from fashion and fitness to beauty and hair styling. Read her post and check out the photos as she reveals her secret to looking incredible after childbirth. (Hint: she's wearing the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia!) Here's her story:

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    While I was pregnant with my daughter Marloe, my mom told me that after her pregnancies she wore a girdle for weeks after giving birth to help train her stomach to go back to its normal state/size.

    I looked everywhere in stores and online for something. I bought a couple of girdles before giving birth and after I had Marloe and I used them right away. But, I honestly just wasn't happy with them. It felt like they weren't really doing their job. They were so bulky and uncomfortable, you could tell I was wearing one, and I couldn't stop itching from them too!

    That's when I discovered the Amia Classic Waist Cincher from Hourglass Angel. It's my little secret under EVERYTHING I wear! I love how it smooths down my post baby pooch, and it has tremendously shrunk down my waist size. The best part about it is that no one can tell I'm wearing it! It goes well under everything, and I got the nude colors, so that they don't stand out under my clothes. I even sometimes wear them to bed! :)

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  • Say Yes to the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

    If you're a bride-to-be, undoubtedly you're searching for THE DRESS. The perfect dress.

    Don't stress! You can make your search a lot easier by knowing which styles are most flattering to your unique body type. We've got all the tips you need, plus which types of shapewear are a must-have for each style of dress.

    Bustier or cincher

    Body Type: Curvy on Bottom

    Flattering dress type: A-line

    Shapewear pairing: Bustier or cincher

    You know you're curvy on bottom when you have a defined waistline and your hips are wider than your bust. In a wedding dress you really want to emphasize that waistline and choose a dress that flares over your hips. A bridal bustier or a waist cincher will pull in your waist dramatically and support your bust, giving you elegant balance in your figure.

    Body Type: Shapely on Top

    Flattering dress type: Modest scoop or V-neckline

    Shapewear pairing: Bustier or longline bra

    The mistake that a lot of busty women can make when shopping for a wedding dress is trying to conceal everything—which has the unintended effect of making your chest look bigger. Choose a scoop neck or modest V-neckline that shows a little bit of cleavage (but not too much) and opens up your face. When it comes to shapewear, bust support is key so choose a longline bra or bustier that provides a firm lift while cinching your waist.

    bodysuits

    Body Type: Hourglass

    Flattering dress type: Mermaid

    Shapewear pairing: Bodysuit

    We'll bet you have fun trying on wedding dresses because you have a figure that you'll want to show off. A mermaid cut captures all of those gorgeous curves. Keep them in check with a body suit that pulls in the waist, lifts the bust and the butt, and keeps those hips and thighs smooth.

    Body Type: Round

    Flattering dress type: V-neck, textured A-line

    Shapewear pairing: Cincher or corset

    If you're a round body type, your midsection measures wider than your bust and hips so your main objective is to create a waist. When you shop for wedding dresses, select a style that cinches at the narrowest point of your waist and then flares into a gradual A shape. A V-neck will also draw eyes vertically instead of horizontally. Pick a fabric with texture like ruche or lace detailing, which will help camouflage your middle. Shapewear is also essential in creating that waistline—and a maximum control cincher or corset will work wonders in transforming your whole look.

    Body Type: Straight

    Flattering dress type: Sheath, low cut, backless

    Shapewear pairing: Plunge bra, specialty backless thong, or open-bottom shaper

    If you have a long and straight shape, you want to go for elegance. Choose a dress that drapes over your figure but is cut to emphasize curves—side seams, plunging neckline or backless and create this effect. Specialty shapewear designed for formal occasions like a plunging bra or backless shaper will smooth out your figure without exposing your undergarments.

    Follow these guidelines and you're sure to pick a dress that is a perfect match for your figure. Congrats and enjoy this special time!

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