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    Revamp Your Summer Wardrobe

    10 Essential Shaping Summer Tanks

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

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

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    All About Lace: Glamour Shaping Camisole by BodyHush

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

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

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

    Go Strapless: Ava Convertible Shaper Slip by Cass Luxury

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

    Scoop Neck: The Scoop Skinny Shaping Top by Cass Luxury

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

    Underbust Design: CocCoon Perfect Fit Braless T-shirt

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

    Strappy: Yes Please Firm Control Tank Top by Flexees

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

    Push-Up Combo: Candace Custom Lift Camisole by Flexees

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

    Bodysuit Support: Mia Invisible Bodysuit by Cass Luxury

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

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

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

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

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

     

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      Tame Your Midsection Once and For All

      Get The SHAPE

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

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

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      1. Cincher by Amia

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

      2. Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

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

      3. Vest by Amia

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

      4. Compression Panty Shaper

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

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

        Getting in Shape & Staying in Shape

        5 Ways Shapewear Helps Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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

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

        1. Shapewear discourages overeating

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

        2. Shapewear motivates you

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

        3. Shapewear boosts your confidence

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

        4. Shapewear paves the way to permanent change

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

        5. Shapewear helps you measure your progress

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

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

          5 Must-Have Shapers for Summer

          Enjoy a Smooth & Slim Figure in Warm Weather

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

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

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          1. Workout Band by Ann Cherry

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

          2. Cincher by Amia

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

          3. Toning Shorts by Amia

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

          4. Firm Up Butt Lift Jeans by Verox

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

          5. Yes Please Firm Control Tank Top by Flexees

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

          Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

            Transform Yourself. Motivate Others

            Inspire Other Women with Your Shapewear Success

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

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

            Pay It Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

            How To Get Involved

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

            Bonus: Win Free Shapewear!

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

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

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              Shaping and Support for New Moms

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              The Best Postpartum Shapers for the Summer Months

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                An Elegant and Graceful Figure for Your Wedding Gown

                Shapewear Advice to Achieve the Perfect Look on Your Wedding Day

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

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

                1. Look for “seamless.”

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

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

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

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

                3. Try shaping briefs.

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

                4. Practice wearing your undergarments.

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

                5. Take undergarments to fittings

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

                 

                Posted in How To Wear, The Wedding

                  Discovering Everyday Burlesque Fashion

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                  5 Tasteful Ways to Wear Burlesque Every Day

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

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

                  1. Accessorize with Flair

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

                  2. Command Your Makeup

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

                  3. It’s All About The Corset

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

                  4. High, High Stockings

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

                  5. Customize Your Clothes

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

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                    Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party

                    Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party

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                    Our Top 10 Shapers for Bridesmaids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      Celebrate Burlesque With Us!

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                      Join Hourglass Angel at the Windy City Burlesque Festival

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

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

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

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

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