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  • “Waist Training” without a Corset? Yep. Here's How…

    How to stay skinny without waist training

    It’s no secret around here that we’re big fans of waist training as a part of a healthy lifestyle plan. But believe it or not, waist training isn’t the only factor when it comes to whittling your waist.

    While wearing a corset can be a very effective supplement for your weight loss plan and can really help emphasize those hourglass curves, there are still 3 crucial factors that affect your long-term goals:

    • Your diet
    • Exercise consistency
    • Your overall health

    Even if you’re a fan of waist training, at some point you might want a break or you may not do it as consistently (for example, if it’s summer time and you’re spending a lot of time in a bathing suit or in tops that reveal your midsection). Yet you don’t want to lose your progress, right?

    While nothing can replace the effectiveness of a corset to create a tiny waist and dramatic curves, there are several key healthy lifestyle factors that you should follow should you want to keep that waist looking slim year round. You might be surprised at what they are!

    1. Adequate Sleep

    There’s a reason they call it beauty rest. Your body not only needs to rest and recharge, but regular sleep also helps regulate your hormone levels. People who regularly experience seven or more hours of sleep are more likely to weigh less than those who experience less sleep—particularly less than five hours.

    When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces more of the hormone ghrelin, which signals your brain that it’s time to eat. What’s more, your leptin levels plummet—and leptin is the chemical that tells your brain you’re full. In other words, when you’re tired you have two forces working against you telling you you’re hungry when you really don’t need to eat (source).

    It makes sense when you think about it, regardless of what hormones are at work. When you’re tired and grumpy, you’re more likely to reach for that sugary latte for energy or binge eat on those sweets. You’re less likely to stick to your exercise plan and go for a power nap or caffeine boost instead. What’s more, your metabolism doesn’t fire on all cylinders, which means those extra calories get stored as fat.

    Motivated to get more rest? Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day. Avoid caffeine 5–6 hours before bedtime. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine and turn off electronics at least an hour before you go to sleep. Don’t bring your work to your bedroom—make it a place of calm. Finally, ensure that it is dark and free of artificial light during sleeping hours.

    1. Less Stress

    We all know that stress can be harmful to our health, and yes, it can also affect the way we look. When you’re under stress, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which in turn increases insulin, which in turn makes your blood sugar drop and leads to cravings for sugary and fatty snacks (source). You can see why chronic stress can lead to chronic cravings for sugar! And once again, it makes sense when you think about it—aren’t you more likely to reach for the sweets when you’re under a lot of pressure?

    Stress isn’t always a bad thing because it can help you perform under pressure, but if you’re constantly under the gun, you might want to consider how you can change it. First, ensure that you’re getting enough sleep (see above). Carve time in your schedule for stress-reducing activities including exercise, meditation or prayer, and time with loved ones.

    1. Smart Food Choices

    There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what exactly “healthy” means. In general, avoid fads and supplements and stick to the basics: whole, unprocessed foods consumed in moderate amounts.

    Go easy on the alcohol. Not only do the extra carb calories go straight to your belly, but alcohol irritates your intestines and can cause bloating. Not flattering. You don’t have to give it up entirely, but limit yourself to a couple of drinks a couple of days a week. Your body needs time to recover. And if you do go a little overboard, eat eggs the next morning. They help clean up the toxins in your liver and will help you feel full.

    Consume healthy oils. It’s generally common knowledge now that the “low-fat” trend of the ‘80s and ‘90s was disastrously misleading. The right kinds of fats are an essential part of a healthy diet because they actually help you burn fat—especially around your waist. You’ll want oils that are high in omega 3 fatty acids. Great options to include in your diet include oily fish like salmon and mackerel, olive oil, linseed oil, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

    Get your whole grains. Many people are fearful of carbs, but like fats, the right carbs are an essential part of a healthy weight. Whole grains help your body burn fat more efficiently. They also aid in digestion, which can clear out toxins in the gut and help you shed excess pounds. And don’t just limit yourself to wheat bread; try brown rice, bulgur, oatmeal, corn, whole oats, whole rye and wild rice.

    1. The Right Core Exercises

    Think doing hundreds of sit-ups will help? They only target one section of your core muscles, when you really should be focusing on all of them. There are many exercises that are much more effective at strengthening your core and burning fat.

    Here are some suggestions to get you started. We also recommend incorporating high-intensity cardio and additional strength training to increase your endurance and boost your metabolism so you can burn away the belly fat. Try this 20-day jumpstart plan, which can be done with or without waist training—although we still highly recommend you at least do you workouts while wearing a workout band.

    Remember, just like waist training, the longer you follow these steps, the better! By focusing on an overall lifestyle change, instead of just the instant satisfaction of slimming your waistline with a corset, you could begin to see positive changes in your body (and in your attitud

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  • How to Wear a Waist Trainer Correctly

    Waist training beginner plan and tips

    Starting a waist training regimen can be a major lifestyle change. If you’re not accustomed to wearing a waist trainer, don’t just jump right in without making sure that you’re following a realistic plan—one that will produce results!

    Here’s a handy guide for beginners that explains how to wear a waist trainer correctly, how to choose the best garment for your lifestyle and body type, and what kind of schedule to follow when you start.

    Defining Waist Training

    There’s some confusion out there about what waist training even means, so let’s start by getting this part straight…

    Waist training is the practice of wearing a corset or cincher regularly, with the goals of accentuating your curves and reducing your natural waist. Tight compression around your midsection, ideally in combination with a healthy diet and regular fitness, can help your personal slim-down journey. And the instantly slimming is drastic – often taking 2-3 inches off your waistline while you wear the garment.

    You can be any body type, any size, to experience success with waist training. It works in several ways. The compression around your core increases thermal activity and perspiration in your midsection, which can be especially effective during your workouts. Waist trainers also immediately improve your posture and help you drop several inches from your waist when you wear them, boosting your confidence and helping you stay motivated on your slim-down journey.

    Finally, you may have better portion control when wearing a waist trainer, as overeating will not be comfortable. All of these factors contribute to some incredible results that women of all shapes and sizes love.

    How to Choose the Right Waist Trainer

    Our expert stylists at Hourglass Angel have curated and tested countless waist trainers, and we only offer the very best that are available. But if you take a glance around our store, the choices might still feel overwhelming! Let us help you narrow it down; there are several factors that you may want to consider when choosing your perfect waist trainer.

    Lifestyle:

    • Do you plan on working out in your waist trainer? (We highly recommend it!). Be sure to snag a workout band, which helps you sweat more in all the right places when you exercise.
    • Are you a career woman who needs to look sharp every day at the office? Try an everyday cincher in a neutral color that is easy to hide underneath your clothes.
    • Are you a new mom wanting to lose the baby weight? Try a garment with three rows of hooks so you have lots of space to size down.

    Material:

    • The most popular material used for waist trainers is latex, which is durable and provides firm compression all day.
    • Have sensitivity to latex? No problem.
    • For a more traditional lace-up style of corseting, try a steel-boned corset, which can provide even more dramatic results.
    • Want something light and comfortable? Try a no-closure cincher or a cotton waist trainer.

    Body Type:

    • If you’re petite, you may need a shorter waist trainer.
    • We have a selection of styles ideal for plus sizes as well.
    • If you need extra bust support, consider a vest style (and if your bust-to-waist ratio is particularly large, consider one with adjustable straps for the ideal fit!).
    • Long torso? Consider getting a longer waist trainer for better coverage.

    Need more help finding the perfect waist trainer? Check out more details from this guide.

    Can’t pick just one? We actually recommend that you use two or more! This way you can rotate them through your wardrobe, let them rest and keep them clean.

    How to Order the Right Size

    Once you’ve found your perfect match, it’s vital that your waist trainer fits like a glove. Our customized sizing guides are there to help you pick the right size. Don’t rely on your dress size or pant size, as these might not be consistent with each garment. Different brands can run large or small, so trust us—we’ve tested them.

    The most important measurement for your waist trainer is obvious: your waist. Use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape to measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is about two inches above your belly button, where there is a natural bend in your torso. Make sure that the tape lies flat against your skin (or over a light tank) and that it is level with the floor. While the tape should press against you, it should not be pulled so tight that you couldn’t slip a finger underneath.

    Once you’ve taken your waist measurement—which you should do whenever you order a new waist trainer—consult the corresponding sizing chart posted on the product page carefully. If the waist trainer comes in a number size, don’t assume that the number is the same as your waist measurement. This is especially important for lace-up corsets and a few select brands of waist cinchers.

    Need more sizing help? Check out our sizing guide.

    How to Put On Your New Waist Trainer

    This is one of our favorite parts! Waist trainers can be a little tricky to put on if you’ve never tried them before. They will feel very tight, but you shouldn’t have to yank on the clasps in order to get them on (otherwise you risk damaging them!).

    With a waist cincher, start clasping the hooks at the bottom of the garment in front of your body. It works best if you clasp them around the narrowest part of your waist and then pull the garment down over your abdomen as you go. Ideally when you start a waist training regimen, your garment should fit best on the loosest setting so that you have room to size down. Wear your waist trainer for about an hour at a time the first couple of times you wear it so it can break it in.

    If you are using a lace-up corset, the process is different because you’ll be lacing it in the back. This takes some practice and you might want to ask someone to help you the first couple of times you do it. It’s somewhat like tightening shoelaces, only you work from the top and the bottom of the corset towards the middle of your back.

    Once it is tight, fasten the laces. Note that corsets need to be seasoned (broken in) before you pull them as tight as they will go. For the first several times you wear one, don’t pull it as tight as it will go but only as firm as it can stay on comfortably without sliding around. Wear it for an hour or two at a time for a few days before you lace it up tightly. Check out the ultimate corset training guide for more tips specific to steel-boned corsets.

    If your waist trainer appears to cause any bulging, pain or shortness of breath, it does not fit correctly and you should take it off immediately. If you are not accustomed to wearing one it may be uncomfortable to wear for an extended period. That’s why we recommend a gradual introduction to waist training to help your body adjust.

    7-Day Plan to Start Waist Training

    Once you have the ideal waist trainer and have ensured that it fits and is broken in, the best way to get started is to jump right in! Here’s a 7-day plan for beginners. By the end of a week you should have a pretty good feel for what an ongoing waist training regimen should feel like. Be sure to take a selfie and record your waist measurements before you start so you can track your progress.

    • Day 1: Aim for 2 hours of wear for your waist trainer today.
    • Day 2: Wear your waist trainer for 2–3 hours. Try incorporating cardio with a workout band and see how it feels.
    • Day 3: Aim for 3–4 hours today. If needed, you may break it up into two shorter sessions. Remember to be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and consuming nutritious foods in small portions throughout the day (5–6 small meals is ideal).
    • Day 4: Today you should be wearing your waist trainer for 4–5 hours. If you haven’t already, try doing some strength training exercises that focus on your core.
    • Day 5: You guessed it, we’re up to about 6 hours by now! Remember to break it up if you need a breather.
    • Day 6: Almost there! Aim for 6–7 hours.
    • Day 7: By the end of the week you should be wearing your waist trainer for about 8 hours, or a full work day. This is the recommended minimum for an ongoing waist training regimen. As you grow accustomed to how it feels, you can aim to wear it for 8–12 hours on most days.

    Remember to listen to your body and adjust if necessary. Everyone’s body is different when it comes to a lifestyle change, so be patient and take care of yourself.

    When You’ll See Results

    You’ll notice right away that the waist trainer makes you look slimmer, and hopefully that will help you stay motivated to keep wearing it! Long-term results depend on a variety of factors including your fitness level before and during your waist training plan, how committed you are to waist training, your diet, your natural body shape and your genetics. Generally, many women tend to see noticeable results after a few weeks of dedicated wear. Be sure to keep track of your progress by measuring your waist and taking progress pictures, so you can keep track of your results!

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  • 5 Ways Shapewear Can Make You Look Hotter this Holiday Season

    Holiday shapewear options

    The holidays are known for a time of eating, drinking and being merry—so why not looking sexy? Unless you’re going to an "ugly sweater" party, all of these festivities with coworkers, friends and family are a perfect time to show off some curves!

    Whether your favorite holiday style is that hot LBD or that gorgeous fitted sweater dress, we’ve got everything you need to make sure you’re showing off your curves in all the right places this season. So stop hiding behind all the layers—and say hello to the life of the party. The secret is what’s underneath it all. You can build your confidence on the flawless silhouette, perfected by your shapewear foundation.

    Here are 5 easy ways to do it:

    1. Cool and confident: the mid-thigh shaper.

    Lower body curves don’t often get a lot of love in the wintertime, and it’s truly a shame. There are so many styles of dresses, skirts and pants that can be flattering to the curves of your butt and thighs; you just need the right kind of invisible control underneath.

    One of our favorite shapewear picks for holiday styles is the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia A107. It provides firm and smooth coverage from beneath the bust to the mid-thigh, so no need to worry about saddlebags or cellulite showing up where they’re least welcome. The fabric also lays flat on your legs with an elegant lace finish. This prevents any rolling or riding up—not to mention you won’t reveal any panty lines.

    While any body type can benefit from the full-body control that this garment offers, this is especially flattering on women who are curvier on the bottom, meaning your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust. The mid-thigh shaper provides the optimal amount of shaping and control for your lower half, without flattening your naturally beautiful curves that are meant to be shown off!

    This is a favorite companion to the timeless little black dress. The straps are adjustable and removable, making this piece customizable with whatever your favorite dress style is. It’s also a great option for any kind of form-fitting dress or outfit—even those that hug the midsection. Plus you might be more motivated to lay off on all of the holiday treats when you see how sexy and slim your figure looks. And if you’re going a little more casual, this garment also provides an excellent, invisible foundation for leggings, giving a nice smooth shape to your butt, thighs and hips.

    1. Slim and sexy: the waist cincher.

    We just couldn’t imagine any holiday celebrations without an Hourglass Angel waist cincher, perhaps better known as the waist trainer. Some women save theirs for special occasions, like when they need to squeeze into a little dress or top. Others love to wear their waist trainers as a daily practice to help them on their slim-down journeys. While it might be tempting to skip out on your waist training regimen over the holidays, this is actually a great time to stick with your program religiously! Be one of those people who doesn’t go into the New Year full of regrets but feels like they had their holiday feasting under control.

    Whether you save the waist trainer for a special occasion or you wear it daily, it almost can’t go wrong. The instant you put it on, you drop at least an inch or two from your waistline and eliminate love handles and muffin top. This garment can be worn under pretty much anything. It’s a flattering look for any body type, whether you’re trying to slim down and smooth out your whole look or you’re trying to create more curves. We especially love to see the results on women with straight figures who otherwise don’t have a lot of curves to show off. They put on a waist cincher, and pop! All of a sudden, they’re an hourglass.

    Waist cinchers provide firm control for the waist with the added benefit of improving your posture while wearing them. Just that simple shift in body position can do wonders for your self-confidence, not to mention provide many hours of support for your back and your bust.

    Our top pick of the season is the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia. This customer favorite comes in nude or black and is one of our most versatile garments. It’s invisible under most attire and is a great foundation piece for dresses or dress tops. You might also enjoy trying it paired with your favorite pair of dark wash jeans and heels for a tall and slender look at your more casual events.

    1. Power curves: the full bodysuit

    Do you ever just want to go for a full-body makeover? That’s what’s amazing about all-over shapers like the Braless Minimizer Bodysuit with Latex by Leonisa 018433. Sometimes you’ve got to bring out the big guns and get firm control, slimming and shaping for all of your curves.

    The maximum compression of this bodysuit does not disappoint. It uses latex within a three-layer construction for complete tummy and midsection control. While minimizing, it doesn’t flatten the butt; special stitching ensures that your backside is round and lifted. It can be paired with your own bra so that you have a custom fit, but unlike many other styles it uses a high back to prevent any unwanted bulging at the top. To keep everything in place, the front fastens with hook-and-eye closures as well as a zipper over the top. Finally, it provides full coverage for the thighs, completing your sexy and confident look.

    This is the shaping garment you want to have on hand when you break out your fancy attire. We’re talking gowns and other formal apparel—or even pantsuits and dress suits if that’s what the occasion calls for. Whatever the event is, you won’t be disappointed with the easy control that this powerful curve-contouring bodysuit provides.

    1. Is that really shapewear? The sexy little panty shaper 

    Modern materials and manufacturing means that you don’t ever have to worry about looking like you’re wearing “grannie panties.” So many shapewear options don’t even look like shapewear; they look like lingerie! Yet they pack a punch and provide the shaping and control you need to look and feel great in your holiday apparel.

    We love the lacey look of the Vedette Scarlette Strapless Shapewear Body with Lace Trim. Don’t be fooled by its dainty appearance; it provides firm control throughout the midsection. It provides full coverage in the back over your bra line as well, making it a quite powerful secret weapon under almost anything. Wear it with straps for extra support or without, for the slimming support you need under any strapless style. It covers just below the bust so you can wear it with the bra of your choice.

    This shaper is another great option that pairs well with a little black dress (or any color), as it will create a slim and smooth silhouette throughout the torso. Anyone who wants shaping coverage throughout their torso will benefit from this piece, and it can be especially helpful if your figure is naturally rounder at the middle.

    1. Well, hello curves: the open bottom shaper

    Need a lift? Rather, does your backside need a lift? Now you can get the control of a mid-thigh shaper with super butt-lifting power—all without padding! Say hello to the Vedette Amelie Open Bottom Mid Thigh Shaper 914.

    This shaper really speaks for itself. It effortlessly enhances the curves you may not have known you already have! All while providing firm control for your tummy and midsection and smooth control for your hips and thighs. Not to mention supportive straps for an extra boost in your bustline. Who even knew it was all possible?

    This garment is a fan favorite among women with smaller or flatter curves at the rear because it seems to create a perfect butt out of thin air. If your body type is naturally straight or you tend to carry your curves on top, this can create perfect balance.

    An open-bottom garment like this works well with mid-length dresses and skirts, especially those that hug the hips. It also pairs well with pants and leggings—anything that you want to show off your new butt in!

    We hope you’re able to enjoy this holiday season with more sexiness and confidence than you’ve ever had before. So stash away those baggy pants and oversized sweaters and say hello to the hot new you! We’d love to see the way you’re showing off your sexy holiday style, no matter what the occasion and how you wear it. Share it with us on Instagram #BeTheHourglass. And as always, if you need help finding the ideal shaper for your body type and outfit, contact the expert stylists on our customer service team. Happy holidays!

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  • How Your Shapewear Should Fit & Feel

    What shapewear should feel like

    Shapewear and waist trainers aren’t your average underwear. While most women know this when they're placing their order, many are quite surprised to discover just how tight their garments can feel. They can even question whether or not they actually fit.

    Having the right expectations is crucial. To avoid doubt after you’ve placed an order, here are some tips to help you know if a shaping garment fits correctly, or if it should be exchanged for something different. 

    1. Waist Trainers

    These are by far our most popular sellers here at Hourglass Angel—and of course, what’s not to love? Virtually any body shape and size can benefit from slimming the waistline and creating hourglass curves.

    If you’re a first-time waist trainer wearer, the most surprising thing you may encounter is how tight a waist trainer feels the first time you put it on. But before you give up and decide to order a larger size, consider these factors:

    • Did you take accurate measurements?
      The most important measurement for a waist trainer is your waist size. You should measure the narrowest part of your waist, about two inches above your belly button, using a vinyl or fabric tape measure. Make sure that the tape is level with the ground and that you do not pull it too tight. You should be able to slip a finger underneath without difficulty.
    • Did you read the size chart correctly?
      It can be a little confusing at first glance. Be sure you order the size that corresponds with your waist measurement, which isn’t necessarily the same number. For example, on the Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery, a size 30 is made for a 23–24.5-inch waist (not a 30-inch waist!). Our size charts have been thoroughly tested and they reflect the most accurate size. So be sure to stick to the guidelines. When in between sizes, pick the larger one. Remember that waist trainers are adjustable, so you can put a larger one on a tighter setting for the best fit.
    • Did you put it on correctly?
      Waist trainers are a bit tricky if you’re not used to putting them on. We recommend starting with the bottom hook-and-eye closure on the garment, clasping them across the narrowest part of your waist. Gently work your way up the row of hooks, and finally pull the garment down over your lower abdomen once it’s completely fastened.
    • Did you choose the right garment for your body type?
      In some cases you might technically have the right size, but it just isn’t the ideal piece for your body type. This is especially common in women who are petite, tall or curvy. For petite women we recommend a regular everyday cincher with only two rows of hook-and-eye closures, or even one of our workout bands, which are typically not as long as other options. For women with long torsos we recommend waist trainers designed with more coverage. And for curvier women we recommend the Squeem brand as well as vest-style trainers with adjustable straps for maximum bust support.

    With all of those factors considered, here’s what to expect the first time you wear your waist trainer.

    Normal

    • It should feel very tight. You probably will not be able to bend very much at the waist.
    • You will sweat more around your core (this is one the reason that waist training is effective). If this makes you uncomfortable, you might want to try a cotton blend or latex-free waist trainer.

    Not normal

    • While it should be snug, the waist trainer should not pinch or restrict your breathing. Take it off immediately if this is the case.
    • While it can be tricky to put a waist trainer on for the first time, you shouldn’t have to tug or stretch to fasten it. Don’t ever force it, or you risk damaging it, which will render it not returnable.
    • With a properly fitted waist trainer, you should see obvious hourglass curves immediately. If it’s too loose and there’s not a noticeable difference in your waistline, you either need a smaller size or a different style. You should not be able to move it around at all once it’s fastened and in place! 

    Final word: How do you know when to order a new waist trainer? After several months of regular use, waist trainers can lose some of their elasticity—not to mention, your waist might be quite a bit slimmer than it used to be. You know that you’re due for a new one when it just doesn’t feel as snug as it used to, even when on the tightest setting. For most women, this is cause to celebrate! Be sure to take new waist measurements before ordering your next waist trainer.

    1. Shapewear

    Whether you go for a full bodysuit that contours every curve, or you opt for more targeted control, shapewear requires a precision fit in order to function best. Here are questions to consider when finding your perfect fit with most styles of shapewear:

    • Did you take accurate measurements?
      For most shapewear, you need to take accurate measurements of your bust, waist and/or hips. Don’t just rely on your dress size, as shapewear sizes can vary depending on the brand. We’ve tested each garment in our store and have adjusted the sizing charts accordingly. To take accurate measurements, use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape and lay it flat against your skin or over a very thin layer of fabric like panties or a light tank. Keep the tape level with the ground. Take the fullest part of your bust and hips and the narrowest part of your waist.
    • Did you read the size chart correctly?
      This can be a bit tricky, especially if one of your measurements, like your waist, corresponds with a different size than another one of your measurements, like your hips. In these cases, try to think intuitively about the type of garment you are using. What are the body parts that it is most focused on? Go with that measurement. If it’s an all-body shaper, you will probably be most comfortable in the larger size—and it will still produce very flattering results.
    • Did you put it on right?
      Don’t be that person who tries to get spandex on over her head! Shapewear garments are designed to be stepped into. Never force or yank the fabric, as this can stress the material and even damage it. Make sure that all clasps and zippers are completely loosened. Be patient and work the garment up over your curves slowly, fastening carefully.
    • Did you choose the best garment for your body type?
      Women aren’t one-size-fits-all, and they certainly aren’t one-shape-fits-all either! You might have to do a little research to determine what garments are best for your target areas. While all-over shapers are very flattering for many women, they might not be for you if you have unusual ratios between your hips, waist and/or bust. But not to worry! If you’re having trouble finding the best fit, try to pair up more than one garment (for example, a waist trainer plus shaping leggings make a killer pair). You might also want to stick with open-bust garments that can work in conjunction with your favorite bra. Also make sure that if your garment has straps that they are adjustable.

    With all of these factors considered, here’s what to expect when you’re wearing shapewear.

    Normal

    • Most shapewear should feel very tight, especially if it is labeled as high compression. If it covers your core, you might feel quite stiff in the torso.
    • Your skin may feel warm where it is covered by the garment—causing you to sweat more. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider a hosiery-weight garment or a cotton blend.

    Not normal

    • While your movement might feel slightly restricted in a maximum compression garment, you should not feel discomfort or shortness of breath. This indicates that it is too small and you should take it off immediately.
    • You shouldn’t have to force or tug the material in order to put the garment on. If you have been trying to fit into it for more than a few minutes and you’re not making much progress, it’s probably not the right size or fit for you.
    • You should feel outrageously sexy in a properly fitted shaper. If you’re not satisfied with the results it produces, it’s probably not the right size or style for you.

    Final word:Like waist trainers, shapewear can wear out after heavy use. Be sure to care for it properly and rotate several pieces through your wardrobe in order to maximize their wear. Once a shaper starts to feel loose, or if you notice that the fabric rides up or rolls over, it’s time for something new. Be sure to take new measurements every time you order!

    We love helping our customers find the perfectly fitted shapewear or waist trainers. Our stylists are trained and only recommend what they would use themselves. Contact our expert customer service team if you ever have any questions about finding your perfect fit.

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  • Interview: How this Customer Saw 'Drastic Results' from Her Waist Trainer—Even When She's Not Wearing It

    Like all interior designers, Suzie has an eye for fashion. She's conscious of how she looks, especially when she's meeting with her clients. She decided to try waist training to firm her stomach and emphasize her hourglass curves – but it did so much more than that. Read our interview with Suzie to see how wearing a waist trainer gave her the confidence and motivation she needed to achieve her long-term weight-loss goals.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am an interior designer; my favorite hobbies are cooking and doing art projects at home.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    My goals were to firm my stomach while still having a rounder bottom half. I like to enhance my overall look.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I’ve used both the Squeem cincher and Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery. I started with the Squeem because I wanted something basic to start off with. I had such great results with that, so I asked someone at Hourglass to let me know what they thought a step up would be.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    The first time I wore it, I really liked how snug it was – it kept me very warm (always a plus!). At first, it was hard to sit all day but I got used to it. I had no idea that it would help limit how much I ate. But I figured that out right away, which made me keep track of how much I was eating at every meal. For the Ann Chery cincher, it was shocking to see how different it was that the non-latex type, it was much tighter on my ribcage and looser around my lower stomach.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I wore the a Squeem cincher for about 4-5 months, pretty much all day, every day. The Ann Chery, I’ve worn for nine weeks, 5-6 days a week, all day (except when sleeping).

    1. Did the waist trainer meet your expectations? How so?

    I can see drastic results. My body has always been more of an hourglass shape, so it really helped emphasize that. I get so happy because I’ve had people tell me they really like how my waist is cinched, and that’s been when I’m not wearing one! I lost 4 inches more than I expected!

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    For work, I walk anywhere between 4 to 7 miles a day. I don’t work out in any other way. I try to eat healthy or at the very least make healthier choices in my every day. If I had a very active week, I will indulge because I love food.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss or fitness?

    My biggest challenge is staying motivated, I’ve signed up a few times to go to the gym, but I really hate working out. Also, weight loss seems like such a long journey when you start, and that is very discouraging. I know that it can be done because I’ve done it before. It’s just hard to gather up all of the courage and will power to stick to something.

    These garments have given me so much encouragement! I feel great every day and they gave me the confidence to pursue my fitness goals further! I am now looking in to signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    At first I didn’t really notice much – it wasn’t until friends started to tell me. At about week 4, I saw a photo of week 1 and week 5, side by side, and I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT!

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes—friends and family members both say my results have been drastic.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    I would tell them to definitely get one, but to also be realistic. It’s probably not going to help you long-term if you’re not being active or trying to moderate your diet. Although, I think that with prolonged use you will see changes regardless. But if you’re looking for real changes, you have to have a three sided plan: diet, exercise, and shapewear. Make sure to use it for at least 6 hours a day and to avoid having huge meals while wearing them because it can feel very restricting. I’m not saying that it’s like that every time you eat, but if you have a huge meal, you will feel it. Also, apply lotion before putting it on because it can dry out your skin. It dried out my skin, but I have really dry skin to begin with.

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  • Solved! How We Assisted Real Customers with Sizing Problems (and Found the Perfect Garment)

    How to Size Shapewear Properly

    Sizing issues can be a challenge when it comes to intimate apparel like shapewear. No one is shaped exactly alike, which is why it is important not only to find the perfect size, but to find the right-fitting garment for your specific body shape.

    Our shapewear stylists love working with customers and helping them find the perfect match with their shapewear. When we say we're here to help you with sizing questions, we mean it!

    Here are four customers who had sizing issues but ultimately found the perfect garments after a few pointers from our team.
    Case 1: A better understanding of the sizing chart.
    Danielle emailed to let us know she needed an exchange in size. She had used her waist measurement of 36 inches when ordering the Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery—in size 36.

    However, when she took it out of the package, she knew immediately that it wasn’t going to fit. She confirmed this by wrapping it around her waist and seeing that it was several inches short of being able to cover her. No way would she be able to hook this one up; she needed two or maybe three sizes bigger! How did that happen?

    We looked at the size chart together, and she measured her waist again to be sure. It was still just under 36 inches. Then we realized the problem.

    Although Ann Chery has numeric sizes, they are not equal to your waist measurement. The size 36 that Danielle assumed she needed is in fact for someone with a waist of 28.5–31 inches. The size chart shows that size 40, which fits a 34–36 inch waist, was the correct one. So Danielle exchanged her garment for the correct size and was then able to begin her waist training.
    Case 2: Choosing a better waist trainer for a petite body type.
    Jen called in explaining how excited she'd been to try out the Faja Deportiva 3 Hook Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery. But once she had it hooked up, she was disappointed how straight her torso still appeared. Even when the garment was cinched up on the tightest setting of hook and eye closures, she didn’t see the hourglass curves she had expected.

    We explored a couple of solutions based on what Jen told us. First, we had her measure her waist so that she could get the right size. When you start waist training with a new cincher, it’s ideal to have a garment that fits best on the loosest setting so you can size down later.

    Second, we recommended a different style of waist trainer. The 3-hook styles are designed to provide more coverage for longer torsos, but since she is on the petite side, more coverage isn’t what Jen needed. The alternative we suggested was the Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia, one of the shortest styles available. This would provide more targeted control at the small of the waist.

    After exchanging her waist trainer, Jen let us know she instantly got the curves she wanted. And she was eager to see how her waist looked liked once she moved down to the tighter setting of hooks.
    Case 3: When body measurements differ.

    Marilyn started a chat with us because she had an upcoming birthday and wanted to look flawless. Previous body shapers she tried out either didn’t shape her enough or else squeezed her too much and created bulges that weren't there before! All she wanted was to see slimming results without discomfort.

    The key to getting the best results is to choose the right size and garment. We had Marilyn take current measurements for her waist and her hips. She had been looking at various styles by Vedette and narrowed it down to two choices: the Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit with Frong Closure 126 and the Lilian Strapless Body Shaper 123.

    Here is what we discussed with each garment: The latex core in both efficiently compresses the waist and hips by an inch or more. The boy short design shapes the rear, plus the removable straps would work well with her outfit. Marilyn’s hip measurement put her at an XL, but her waist measurement put her at a 2XL. Marilyn was used to ordering size Large clothing and was skeptical that the size 2XL would provide any results. We know that the brand Vedette runs small and further that with all shapewear it is important to go up in size instead of down. She ended up ordering both, one in size XL and the other in the 2XL. When she tried them out, she found she could not put the XL on without a struggle and the 2XL went on smoothly and slimmed her in all the right places!
    Case 4: Sizing butt-lifting jeans.
    Kate was a bit frustrated, as she found herself debating about three different sizes for one pair of jeans, the Midnight Lift and Sculpt Jeans by Amia. She didn’t want to go through the hassle of trying out a pair and returning it if it didn’t fit right. So she called us for answers.

    The size chart showed that her hip size would put her between sizes 11 and 13, but her waist size was in between sizes 9 and 11. She emphasized she needed a tight fit; she didn't want her butt-lifting jeans to be at all baggy. She usually wore a size 11. We assured her that the correct fit in the jeans would indeed give her butt the lift and enhancement she was seeking.

    So what was the correct size? For Kate, the middle ground was the size 11. The jeans have some stretch and were able to accommodate her hips—which worked well considering that she wanted a tighter fit. Unlike shapewear, you do not always have to choose the largest size when fitting jeans. The size also worked because these jeans do not have a high-waist design—so the waist measurement wasn’t as crucial to getting a precise fit.

    Ordering a new brand without having an idea of the sizing can seem more complicated than it is, but we do our best to simplify it for customers like Kate!

    Have sizing questions? We’re here to help you find the best-fitting garment for your body’s needs. Please contact our stylists and we’ll be happy to guide you.

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  • 5 New Lingerie Rules to Live By

    The best lingerie for your figure

    When you take a peek into your lingerie drawer, how does it make you feel? Are you inspired by the possibilities? Do you put much thought into it? Or do you still wear that same pairs of cotton panties that are starting to fringe at the edges?

    Even if no one sees what you’re wearing underneath, your lingerie is the foundation of everything you wear! Whether you’re lounging around at home or dressing to impress, don’t you want to look and feel your very best?

    Don’t just save your pretty panties for special occasions. Know this: beautiful, confidence-building lingerie isn’t just about impressing that special someone. It’s about feeling sexy simply because you love every inch of yourself! That’s empowering to many women, because the way you think about yourself extends to the world around you.

    Not only will you feel more sexy and confident in good lingerie, but your clothes will fit the way they’re designed to, no matter what your body type.

    Oh, and of course, it doesn’t hurt to look good in the bedroom too. J

    If your panty drawer could use a serious overhaul, we’ve got five essential rules you should follow to ensure you’re doing it right.

    1. Sculpt the figure you really want.

    Stop envying the girl with the perfect hourglass figure. As we like to say, be the hourglass. Only a small percentage of women actually have the coveted hourglass proportions—and even those who do can struggle with keeping it all smooth.

    The solution for any body type is a shaping bodysuit that slims, sculpts and lifts in all the right places. Need a little boost in your rear? Try an open-bottom suit to enhance your natural curves. Need more support in your bust? Most bodysuits come with an open-bust design so you can pair them with your favorite supportive bra. Use a garment with straps for maximum support. Other problem areas? Bodysuits target your midsection, hips and thighs as well.

    One reason that some people like to save bodysuits for special occasions is because some styles make you feel warm. So for a lighter option, go with a hosiery-weight bodysuit. And for bedroom-worthy feminine style, a lacy corselette.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re dressing for a wedding or want to wear your favorite casual maxi dress; bodysuits are a must-have for creating that smooth and sexy silhouette underneath it all.

    1. Let your panties work in your favor. 

    Okay, be honest—are you guilty of buying the cheap “pack” panties? You know, the ones that come in five pairs, wrapped in plastic, which you probably found on clearance? They might be comfortable at first, but…are they actually doing anything for you?

    While you’re pondering that, imagine panties that are so much more than a flimsy layer between you and your jeans. Panties that tuck your tummy and eliminate any possibility of muffin top. After you’ve tried shaping panties for the first time, you’ll wonder why in the world you ever wore anything else.

    And contrary to what you might think, these aren’t like your grandma’s girdles. Shaping panties come in a variety of cuts, fabrics and colors, so you can make them work for your personal preferences and shaping needs. Get them in thong styles and varying levels of compression.

    1. Go strapless with confidence.

    Showing off your shoulders can be tastefully sexy—if you do it right. Nothing is more annoying than having to constantly adjust your strapless bra, whether you’re in a gown at a wedding or in a tube top at a summer barbeque.

    Longline bras, also called bustiers, aren’t just for weddings and formals. They provide that extra level of support for your bust as well as tummy-slimming benefits—all in one piece. You can choose a sexier bridal look, or a very functional black or nude-colored seamless bustier that will be your best friend all summer long.

    1. Say goodbye to back issues.

    Curvy girls, we feel your pain. Your back pain, specifically. Being larger chested is a challenge when it comes to lingerie because not only is it difficult to find a comfortable, supportive bra, but even when you do you can still suffer from back pain. Larger breasts can lead to more hunching and slouching, which puts pressure on your back muscles.

    And one more annoying issue: the dreaded “back bulge.” Even if you have a decent bra, the band and straps can dig into your back in an unflattering way.

    The solution to these back issues is relatively simple: a vest-style waist trainer. When most people think of waist trainers they focus on the waist-slimming benefits. But your back will thank you too. The compression around your midsection will help you hold your torso straighter with better posture—which can reduce back pain. And the strapped design will provide additional support for your bust. Finally, vest-style trainers provide full back coverage, meaning whatever issues you might have with the back bulge will be completely concealed!

    We carry several vest styles—and if you’re a curvier girl we recommend the Squeem brand, which comes in plus sizes and has adjustable straps.

    1. Tame your thighs.

    Got curves below the waist? Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you. The must-have pieces in your wardrobe are shaping shorts. Choose a style that either enhances your butt or helps control from waist to mid-thigh.

    Spanx are a customer favorite when it comes to control and slimming your hips and thighs. And if fitness is a big part of your life (which we hope!), then you’ll definitely want a couple of pairs of workout shorts that tone and lift. Maybe they’re not technically “lingerie” in the traditional sense, but they’re a lot sexier than baggy sweatpants!

    Whatever your style, body type, or shaping needs, there is a variety of shaping lingerie suited perfectly for you. Keep these rules in mind as you revolutionize your wardrobe from the inside out. And if you need guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team, which is staffed with expert stylists who are passionate about helping women feel confident and sexy.

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  • How to Order Shapewear Online for the First Time

    Tips for online shapewear orders

    When it comes to ordering shapewear online, some of the most common questions are related to how to get your order right. We understand that the choices can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to shapewear.

    But don’t worry! By doing a little homework you can get exactly what you need with an online order—even if it’s your first time. Pay special attention to these tips to ensure that you’re choosing the right garment in the right size. Our goal is to help you love the way you look, and it all starts with your foundational garments.

    1. Choose the Right Size

    Shapers are precision-fit garments. If they don’t fit, they don’t work! Some of the common feedback we receive is when shapewear doesn’t fit correctly, and it's almost always because the garment is the wrong size. There are several ways to avoid this.

    • Follow our sizing charts exactly. Every single item in our shop has been carefully curated and tested, and we’ve altered the brands’ size charts to reflect any nuances in sizing (if they tend to run small, for example).
    • Don’t get a smaller size in an attempt to get a firmer fit. The results will be uncomfortable and unflattering (think: spillover effect). Instead, choose a garment with firmer compression to achieve maximum sculpting power.
    • Take accurate measurements! Don’t rely on your dress, bra or pant size. Use a fabric or vinyl tape measure and make sure that the tape lays flat against your skin—the fullest areas of your bust and thighs, and the slimmest part of your waist. See here for more measurement instructions.
    1. Shop for Your Body Type

    Just because your BFF loves a particular shaper doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you. If you never have before, take some time to consider your body type and what areas you’d like to target. For example…

    • If you’re curvy on top, you may want a garment that provides extra bust support and has adjustable straps.
    • If you’re straight-figured, you may want shapewear that helps create curves in your butt rather than slim them.
    • If you’re tall or have a long torso, you may want to consider waist trainers and other shapewear designed for taller women.
    • If you are curvy on bottom, you may want a shaper that provides fuller butt and thigh coverage and control.

    To help you find the perfect garment for your body type, try shopping by solution:

    1. Choose Your Compression Level

    As mentioned above, the amount of compression you choose affects how much sculpting your shapewear can do.

    High-compression garments produce the most dramatic results through contouring and sculpting your curves. They include waist training cinchers and corsets, as well as many body shapers designed for formalwear. These garments usually contain higher levels of spandex and/or nylon for the firmest results (latex waist trainers and steel-boned corsets generally produce maximum slimming power).

    Medium compression garments are ideal for everyday use and are comfortable yet effective. A lot of compression activewear like leggings fall into this category (although some of the high-compression activewear like workout bands will help you sweat harder).
    Shapewear with light compression is effective primarily for smoothing you out but not necessarily helping you drop a few inches from your waistline. Light compression garments include shaping camis and other shaping apparel, which add a nice finishing touch to your look.

    1. Pick the Right Material

    This can be one of the more difficult decisions online, simply because you can’t touch the garments before you order them. But no worries—here are the most common preferences when it comes to material.

    • Latex or no latex: waist trainers are our most popular sellers, and they work because of the firm compression that latex provides. But some people have sensitivity to latex. That’s why there are alternatives like steel-boned corsets and latex-free waist cinchers.
    • Heavy or lightweight: some of the firm compression shapers work because they make you sweat more, but if you’re in the dead heat of summer, this might not be ideal for you. Choose a lightweight option instead, often constructed with cotton.
    • Style: do you want to show it off or keep it secret? Some women love our workout bands, which come in a variety of Instagram-worthy colors and prints. But if you want your shapewear to be more discreet, choose a color that you can hide under clothing. Check also to see if it is designed to be “seamless,” so that you won’t have any lines showing underneath your tighter outfits.
    1. Dress for the Occasion

    Some shapers can create the wow factor for weddings and formal events, but unless you’ve got a very particular lifestyle they’re not really designed for everyday use. However, many of our shapers provide incredible results, yet are comfortable enough to be worn every day. The best example is our waist trainers. With daily use they can help you lose inches from you waistline, yet they are durable and can be worn every day (although there is an adjustment period to help you get used to them).

    Also consider that there are many shapewear options designed especially for workouts. From workout bands to shaping leggings, they help you get the most out of your fitness routine and look your best at the same time.

    1. When in Doubt…

    Every now and then, what looks like the perfect garment online doesn’t work out in person. No worries! We have a 100% guarantee: if it doesn’t work out, you can return or exchange it.

    To ensure that we are able to process your return, your order needs to come back in its original condition. You can try your garment on but don’t wear it for more than 5–10 minutes. For hygienic reasons, always wear panties underneath. Start your return within 30 days of purchase, using the original packaging to send it in. See here for more information about our return policy.

    Please note: any item marked “final sale” does not qualify for exchange or return.

    1. Any Other Questions?

    We want to help you get it right! Our customer service team consists of stylists who are passionate about helping you look your best. They are shapewear experts who only recommend products they would use themselves. Hourglass Angel stylists will help guide you in your shapewear purchase decisions, so don’t hesitate to start a chat or give us a call.

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  • Interview: Full-Time Nanny Shows How Waist Training Shrunk Inches from Her Waistline

    8-Week Waist Training Journey

    Desire is a full-time nanny who has always struggled with the obstacles of losing weight and exercising. But all that changed when she tried her first waist trainer, the Clasica by Ann Chery. As it turns out, it was psychological hurdles that she needed to get over. Once she put on her waist trainer and saw what her waistline could look like, she was motivated to reach her weight-loss goals. In our interview with Desire, she shares her experience and shows what's possible when you stick to a consistent waist-training routine. 

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    My name is Desire and I'm 24 years old. I'm a full-time nanny for three boys, from ages newborn to 7 years old. Some of my favorite things to do on my free time are shopping, drawing, baking and exploring new places.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    Through daily posts on social media of women shaping their body through this practice led me to try out waist training. Once I began waist training I started noticing some changes in my waist, lower stomach and back. With my lower stomach being my trouble area I found that waist training helped a lot.

    1. What garment did you use, and why?

      My first garment was the "Classica Latex Waist Cincher" by Ann Cherry. I did a lot of research before I purchased my first garment. I found that a lot of women were using any latex garment due to the fact that it makes you sweat more. Personally, I love the latex feeling because it's tight and doesn't more around. I also love this cincher because it comes with 3 bracket levels. As you begin to lose inches from your waist, your cincher becomes looser. With the 3 rows of hook-and-eye closures, I was able to find more use it in rather than purchase a new cincher every couple of months.
    2. What were your first impressions?

      Putting the garment on for the first day was the biggest struggle at first. My first thought was "oh great, I ordered the wrong size." When putting it on I found it helpful to buckle the first button on the top. I then fold up the bottom half of the waist trainer and buckle it from there. Once it was completely buckled I would then fold down the bottom half. After finally putting the trainer on, I felt like a million bucks. I loved how it enhanced my waist and how much slimmer I felt.
    1. What was your waist training routine?

    When I first started waist training, I only used it at the gym for about 1-1.5 hours a day. As I got comfortable I started using it 8 hours a day. During my 9-hour work days I would wear it under my clothing.

    6. Did the waist trainer meet your expectations? How so?

    My Classica Latex Cincher met my goals in just 2 months. In those 2 months I was ready to drop down to the level 2 bracket. My lifetime goal is to have a smaller waist. I mean, who doesn't want that? I found that using the cincher daily helped me reach those goals quicker.

    1. What were your diet & fitness habits during your waist training journey?

      My eating habits during waist training didn't change that much. I'm currently working on eating clean and watching what I put into my body. No fried foods, junk food or candy. I noticed when I first started this practice that I couldn't finish my food. After a few weeks of wearing the cincher my body started getting used to eating smaller amounts then I was used to. I also made sure that I was getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. That would include Zumba, walking, or weight lifting. I found that drinking lots of water helped too!

    2. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss or fitness?

    My entire life I struggled with weight-loss and fitness. I never was one to pay attention to portions or find a way to be active. My first garment mentally helped me feel better about myself. I started loving what I saw in the mirror when I had the garment on. It was like I couldn't go anywhere without my waist trainer on.

    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started to see results in just 5-10 weeks. My waist started shrinking in inches and I noticed I was having better posture in my back. I also found that my lower stomach had less of a sag.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    I have had people comment on my change. They've said many things like "Have you lost weight?", and "Your waist is more curvy."

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    For anyone who is thinking about trying out waist training I would encourage them 100% to do it. I know a lot of people who are unsure of this practice but you never know what something could do until you try it. There is as many critics as there are supporters. You can choose to be a critic and not see the results, or become a supporter and see the results on your own body. It's never too late to work on reaching your goals.

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  • A New Mom's Guide to Shapewear & Waist Training

    Shapewear Guide for New Moms

    Creating a new life is a beautiful thing. But unfortunately, most women are unhappy with their bodies—and a lot of times it’s because of the weight gain, the stretch marks and other changes that come with pregnancy.

    A lot of new moms turn to shapewear and waist training after pregnancy as a way to boost their confidence. Obviously, we are in favor of that and we want to provide you with the inspiration to feel great about yourself. But before we delve into some ideas to inspire you, there’s one caveat: true confidence and beauty starts from the inside out. We hope you love and embrace your post-pregnancy body no matter what stage you’re at, because your body has done a miraculous thing. True beauty has no size or number on the scale.

    Having said that, shapewear and waist trainers are a fast, simple and effective way to enhance your natural beauty and confidence—not to mention be a part of your health and fitness journey after baby.

    So if you’re ready to take control of your health and feel great about yourself, here are the best tips to help you get started. We’ve included inspiration from celebrities who embrace their post-baby bodies and have unabashedly used shapewear to help them do it. Use this guide to inspire and motivate your personal journey.

    Crash Course in Postpartum Waist Training

    If you’re not up to speed on this method, a waist trainer is a waist-cinching garment that instantly slims your waistline while you wear it and can be used in conjunction with your post-baby weight loss journey.

    New moms love waist trainers because they conceal the “baby pooch” while they get back into shape—they also improve posture while you wear them and provide great motivation to eat well and work out.

    For a waist trainer to be most effective, you should aim to wear it daily for at least eight hours. While we recommend the gentle compression of a postpartum belly binder for the first several weeks postpartum, you can switch to a firm compression everyday waist trainer once the initial swelling following childbirth has decreased (check with your doctor).

    If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you might be surprised by just how tight it feels when you first put one on. But as long as there’s no pain or pinching, there’s no cause for alarm—it just means that it’s working! The firm compression will stimulate thermal activity in your core and help your midsection sweat more.

    Daily waist training requires an adjustment period, so we recommend that you start out wearing your garment for an hour or two a day at first, slowly adding a little more at a time. You should be able to wear a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day after about 3 or 4 weeks of dedicated wear.

    We also recommend using a workout band during your fitness routines in addition to your everyday waist trainer. You’ll find that you’ll maximize the effectiveness of your workouts by sweating hard—which is what you want in order to effectively lose weight! Be sure you’re doing extensive core-strengthening exercises to make the most out of your workouts.

    Most waist trainers are constructed with 2–3 rows of hook-and-eye closures so that you can size down as you slim down. If you’re in the early postpartum period and still have a lot of weight to lose, you might prefer three rows so that you have more room to size down. Always make sure that your waist trainer is properly sized. If all goes well, you may need to order a smaller one after a few months.

    Get the Look: Celebrity Mom Waist Training Inspiration

    The stars are unashamed when it comes to waist training, and why wouldn't they be? In additional to all the belly-shrinking benefits, waist trainers are seriously hot! Here are our favorite looks (and how you can imitate them).

    1. Kim Kardashian and the Workout Band

    Kim Kardashian Waist Training Ann Chery

    This pic is almost iconic now: the blue workout band on this mama with those incredible curves. You can imitate Kim’s look with the Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    1. Jessica Alba and the Waist Cincher

    Jessica Alba waist training corset

    Jessica wasn’t shy admitting that she loved wearing waist trainers to help her maintain that tiny waist after baby. You can get her look with the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia.

    Other big names rumored to love their waist trainers after pregnancy include Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Garner and Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Crash Course in Postpartum Shapewear

    In addition to waist-slimmers, new moms also love the variety of body-shaping options available. Unlike waist training, you don’t need to follow a regimen to get the most out of other shapewear. Instead, we recommend you understand your body type and focus on getting shapers that target your specific trouble spots. Here are some suggestions for different target areas:

    1. Tummy-slimming: besides waist trainers and corsets, you can create a smooth midsection with shaping camis.
    1. Butt-enhancing: to add some more curves to your backside, try butt-lifting shapers and panties.
    1. Bust support: to enhance and support your breasts, try cincher vests, which also work as waist trainers. You might also enjoy braless shaping tanks and camis.
    1. Thigh-slimming: Control your thighs and hips, while eliminating muffin top with thigh-slimming shapers.
    1. All-over enhancement: for special occasions you might love the all-over support and slimming you get from full-body shapers.

    Get the Look: Celebrity Mom Shapewear Inspiration

    It’s no secret that celebrities loooooove their Spanx. Here’s how you can pull off some of their stunning styles:

    1. Tyra Banks: “You put 'em on, it sucks you up, baby.”

    Tyra Banks in shapewear

    Try these: High Waist Spandex Shorts by Spanx

    1. Carrie Underwood: Her secrets? “A stylist and Spanx!”

    Carrie Underwood in Shapewear

    Try these: High Waist Control Panties by Spanx

    1. Tina Fey: “Spanx are a gift from God.”

    You may recall her hilarious strip-down to her Spanx as she said farewell to David Letterman. No shame!

    Tina Fey in Shapewear

    Try these: Tummy Control Shorts for Everyday Wear by Spanx

    We hope this guide has gotten you motivated and inspired to embrace your post-baby body and boost your confidence! Be sure to check out more tips on our blog or contact our customer service team to guide you through your post-baby slim-down journey.

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