Author Archives: hourglass

  • Most-Desired Spring Denim

    How Butt-Lifting Jeans Flatter Your Figure

    Every woman should have a favorite pair (or three) of trusty blues—or pinks, blacks or greens. You can find the latest fits in a range of shades from light to bright. Plus, there’s no age limit on wearing this stylish denim; anyone can pull them off.

    We love our jeans; not only do they come in an array of shades, they have have a special stretch for an ultra flattering fit. The jeans lift and shape your derriere, slim your tummy and smooth your thighs. Be warned—you may want them all.

    If you haven't heard about butt-lifting jeans, you may be surprised about the way they work. No, you won't find a single stitch of padding in there. Instead, these jeans are stitched in a particular way that enhances your curves naturally. The diagonal heart-shaped stitching rounds out the hips and rear, giving your rear an effortlessly flattering shape.

    Butt-lifting jeans are also known as Brazilian jeans, jeans levanta coloa or push-up jeans. They're a big hit in Latin America, and ladies farther north now get to enjoy the benefits.

    Browse our collection to find your favorite cut, color and style. These jeans are especially ideal for naturally curvy women. Check out the size charts to find the perfect fit for your body type. And as always, our customer support specialists can help you with any questions or assist in your decisions and you find the perfect jeans for spring.

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  • Want a Bootie Boost?

    Define your derriere.

    There’s never been a better time to define your derriere so if you weren’t blessed with Jennifer Lopez bootie genes, you’re in luck. The lifting, shaping, rounding trend has been popular in South America for decades but has only hit America in recent years. Women are craving a fuller, rounder bootie and finally have simple solutions at their fingertips. After all, why consult a plastic surgeon when you can just slip on a pair of shapewear?

    Here are a few perky bottom must-trys:

    The Butt Lifter Panty by Fullness 8011

    Choose from three levels to customize your curves: level one for a natural lift, level two for a fuller lift and level three for a maximum lift. The curve creating panty also features a high-waist design that flattens your tummy and whittles your waist.

    Magic Benefit Derriere Enhancing Panty by Leonisa 012688

    Constructed from soft microfiber, these padded panties increase volume in your rear and slim your tummy. Plus, the pads are removable for versatility. 

    Roundabout Booty Booster String Bikini Panties by Fullness 8015

    Silky smooth to the touch, they look and feel just like regular panties but have pads hidden in strategic places. Plus, the adjustable string bikini sides stay in place no matter which way you move or bend.

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  • Here Comes the…Shapewear

    Shapewear for wedding dresses.

    On your big day, the last thing you should be thinking about is what’s under your dress. You need reliable shapewear that supports, slims and smoothes so you can focus on what’s important. Here are 4 must-haves to keep you looking and feeling your very best.

    1. Goal: Conceal

    If your dress is on the slinky side, you need a lightweight layer that prevents show-through without adding bulk. This shaping slip by Va Bien smoothes your silhouette in barely-there style. Plus, it won’t bunch, shift or ride-up (especially key for the reception!) This must-have even lifts and enhances your bust.

    Smooth Solutions Slip by Va Bien

    1. Goal: Shape

    Shape and smooth from your torso to your mid-thigh with this sleek bodysuit. The underbust construction means you can pair it with your favorite bra. Adjustable and removable wide-width straps create a flawless fit and the feminine lace lays flat against your skin. Plus, it has a convenient bathroom opening—a critical detail, especially with full-skirt wedding dresses.

    Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

    1. Goal: Style + Support

    This stunning style serves dual purposes: it creates a beautiful hourglass shape under your dress and doubles as jaw-dropping bridal lingerie for later than night. This longline convertible bustier is guaranteed to make you feel 100% sexy and look 100% unforgettable.

    Graceful Bride Longline Convertible Bustier by Va Bien

    1. Goal: Style + Conceal

    Hand-cut in Italy, this soft, low-rise microfiber thong provides minimal coverage for no panty lines. If you’re wearing a silky gown that clings to your figure, you'll want every inch of you to be flawless.

    Talco Low Rider Thong by Cosabella

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  • Spring Clean Your Lingerie Drawer

    Spring clean your lingerie drawer.

    Out with the old, in with the new.

    Cleaning out your closet is a given this time of year, but don’t forget another often-overlooked area: your lingerie drawer. Here are a few rules to help decide which items to keep and which to purge (and if it’s on the border, err on the side of purging). Unlike your closet though, panties don’t get donated—they get tossed. Only recycle bras and lingerie that doesn’t involve nether-region coverage.

    Tips for Bras

    Toss anything that has lots its shape or elasticity. This includes worn straps, stretched-out bands, misshapen cups or exposed underwires (ouch!). Another category worthy of tossing? Ill-fitting bras. If it’s new, sexy and beautiful, it’s still time to let it go if it doesn’t fit correctly (but these are great candidates for recycling). You need bras that support, lift and flatter your bust. Also, if you have a larger bust and you’re experiencing neck, back or shoulder pain, your bra might be the source. Lastly, you should never have red marks on your shoulders or strap dig-in—another sign you’re wearing the wrong size or style.

    Now, the fun part! Time to replace everything you threw out. Try this strapless bra for a superior stay-put fit:

    Seamless Molded Cup 5 Way Convertible Bra by QT

    Tips for Panties

    This is an easy one: If your underwear sags or the elastic in the waistband is shot, it’s time to say adios. Another thing to look for: any sign of holes, fading or stains. And why not replace your standard panties with shaping pieces for adding body-defining benefits? A few we love:

    Starlet High-Waisted Brief by Jennifer

    Simply Sleek Boyleg Shapewear 2-Pack by Cass Luxury

    Tips for Nylons

    Toss anything that doesn’t have a supportive waistband. And of course, any pairs with tears, snags, runs or pilling. New nylons and tights go a long way in sprucing up your look. The opposite is also true: an old pair of tights can sabotage a great ensemble. Replace your old nylons with ones that have shaping benefits and fun lace details:

    Women's Opaque Control Top Tight by HUE

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  • Why You Should Waist Cinch

    Try a waist-cinching corset.

    Why You Should Waist Cinch

    More and more women are learning about the many benefits of waist cinching. Corsets have been used for hundreds of years to create a whittled middle and even more surprising beauty benefits. Slip one on and you’ll love the way your clothes fit, feel and drape. Whether you opt for an overbust or underbust style, here are three reasons you should try one, stat.

    Define Your Waist

    The number one reason to reach for a waist cincher? To create a sleek physique. A waist-cinching corset will reduce inches from your waistline in an instant. You’ll enjoy a slimmer, smoother silhouette, which also visually enhances your bust and hips for the ultimate in hourglass.

    Improve Your Posture

    Well-made corsets help keep your spine straighter which improves your posture. Make sure your corset is made of several layers of strong fabric and stay away from plastic boning. Choose a corset style with flexible spiral steel stays, steel busk closures, lace-up ties and/or hook-and-eye closures for optimal results. You’ll soon by standing tall.

    They’re Fun

    Waist cinchers can be a seductive way to spice things up after dark. For special occasions or any Friday night, the right waist cinchers will help you look and feel your best—and it will show. Choose a figure-flattering style with playful embellishment or lust-worthy lace. You can stick with classic black or try a vibrant color for even more ooh-la-la. And don’t forget to complete your look with matching panties (many corset styles come with a coordinated one), thigh highs or fishnets and your highest heels.

    A few to try now:

    Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    SlimVest Waist Cincher by Squeem

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    Brocade Design Underbust Corset by Bonitaz

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  • Back to Black

    Background on black lingerie

    Tantalizing yet timeless, black lingerie has become synonymous with seduction. But this wasn’t always the case. Black clothing and lingerie has an interesting history dating back to the Victorian Era. Curious?

    After her husband passed, a woman was expected to be in mourning for over two years. An important part of this ritual was wearing black clothing head to toe, including accessories and underwear. She was also expected to live a secluded, celibate life—yet a widow could move more freely in society more than an unmarried woman (one of the many paradoxes of this time). During this period, some widows opted for more on-trend, of-the-moment black fashions including lace and silk. And with these styles came matching black corsets and undergarments. This behavior created the link between black lingerie and deviance. The next step? Black lingerie and sex appeal.

    This association was further solidified in movies of the early twentieth century, and later with film noir and femme fatales of the 40s. Usually black lingerie was part of a dangerous woman’s plans of seduction—and a visual reminder of dominance and sexual power.

    In the 50s, lingerie began to look refined and chic to match the quintessential little black dress of the times. Fast-forward to today and black lingerie is a given in women’s top drawers. It’s the ultimate way to flatter your figure and feel unstoppably confident.

    Black lingerie is equally perfect for everyday wear and special behind-closed-door moments. Celebrate black lingerie with these stunning styles.

    Black Leather Overbust Corset by Hourglass Angel

    Corselette by Amia

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette

    Silk Floral Brocade Corset

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  • Look Slimmer Without Losing Weight

    How to look slimmer

    With warmer weather comes less layers and more skin. Make sure you’re springtime-ready with the right shapewear styles that stay invisible under paper-thin tops and flowy dresses. Shapers should smooth out bulges, eliminate love handles and give you that coveted hourglass figure—regardless of your body type or weight.

    Here are 3 tips for choosing the right style so you can feel cool, confident and carefree this season.

     Go nude. Nude-colored shapewear, that is. This neutral shade practically disappears under most types and colors of clothing. Even white undergarments can show through, so opt for nude and you’ll enjoy barely-there results every time.

    One We Love: Nude Sand Underbust Corset

    1. Swap out your bra for a cami.

    These comfy, form-fitting tank tops provide torso support, minimize bumps and bulges and help create an elongated torso without adding bulk. Make sure to choose one with a built-in bra and adjustable straps—you’ll get more coverage and support.

    One We Love: Simply Strappy Nylon Tank by Yummie by Heather Thomson 

    1. Try a panty shaper with dresses and skirts.

    Whether you’re wearing a long maxi dress, a short mini or a body-hugging pencil skirt, panty shapers hold everything in and help create a polished look in an instant. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them peeking out when you sit down or cross your legs. Choose a seamless style with tummy control and butt shaping so you can feel completely confident from all directions.

    One We Love: Panty Shaper by Amia A100

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  • Covetable Co’Coon Shapewear

    4 shaper essentials

    Shapewear has become a go-to secret weapon for many women, including celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria. Co’Coon, a well-adored brand with a cult following, delivers sleek body-defining styles that lift, shape and slim in all the right places. Make sure you have these 4 Co’Coon styles in your top drawer so you’re covered for every outfit and occasion.

    #1 The Bodysuit
    Why: The full-coverage fit makes them ideal for dresses, gowns and special occasions.

    Katrina Invisible Powernet Body Shaper
    Powernet reinforcement shapes and smoothes your tummy, hips and thighs—plus it gives your bootie a boost.

    Plus Size: Long and Lean Strapless Full Body Shaper
    Double layers of bi-directional fabric keep you svelte from every angle.

    #2 The Camisole
    Why: It provides coverage from the waist up, making it ideal for eliminating love handles under your favorite tees and tops. Wear it with your own bra.

    Perfect Fit Braless T-Shirt
    Trims your waistline and tummy while also being comfortable and flexible.

    Plus Size: Simply Smooth Cami
    Bi-directional fabric targets your tummy area and creates a smooth shape.

    #3 The Mid-Thigh Shaper
    Why: The perfect pick to slim your legs, butt and stomach. You can wear it with dresses, pants and skirts—pretty much everything in your wardrobe!

    Lacy Control Hip Hugger
    Strong control for shrinking your waistline, sculpting your back and slimming your hips. Plus, you’ll love the convenient front zip closure.

    Plus Size: Rubberflex Bodysuit
    Accentuate the curves you want and minimize the ones you don’t (A.K.A. love handles and muffin top). Just pair it with your favorite bra.

    #4 The Shorts
    Why: Most styles will smooth everything and also shape your bootie.

    Daisy Thermal Slimmer Shorts
    They shape your waist, hips, butt and thighs. A special band also lifts and defines your derriere for the total package.

    Plus Size: Thermal Body Suit Shorts
    A full shaping and slimming panty with silicone-lined leg openings and a convenient zipper for easy on and off.

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  • Date Night Looks

    Lingerie beyond the bedroom.

    How to take lingerie beyond the bedroom.

    If you’ve seen red carpet photos lately or snapshots of celebs out and about, you know lingerie-inspired trends are back in the spotlight and sexier than ever. Incorporating lingerie into your look can give any outfit a playful and provocative vibe. It’s all about making a statement, having confidence and wearing what feels right for your body and the occasion.

    The difference between “too much” and  “just right”? Layers. Pair your lacy camisoles and body-hugging corsets with a jacket, blazer or cardigan to keep the look daytime and date-time friendly. This fun combo is the perfect balance of feminine and polished. Plus, the right layer pulls your whole look together.

    4 favorites to try now:

    #1

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    Lingerie love: Leopard Lace Shaping Cami Bustier by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers

    Stretch leopard lace in sheer mesh? Spot-on style that pops day and night.

    Layer with: A crisp black blazer.

    #2

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    Lingerie love: Glamour Shaping Camisole by Bodyhush

    A sleek stretch cami with a beautiful lace border.

    Layer with: A moto-inspired jacket. The tough-girl outer layer creates stylish contrast with the soft and feminine under layer.

    #3

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    Lingerie love: Bodyslimmers Slimtastic Camisole by Nancy Ganz

    The elegant scoop neckline creates a lovely décolletage. Plus, the soft stretch nylon makes it a comfy essential.

    Layer with: A colorful cardigan, buttoned-up half way.

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    Lingerie love: The Candace Custom Lift Camisole by Flexees

    Get ready for a major bust boost: this layering must-have combines a push-up bra and soft stretch top in one.

    Layer with: A denim jacket for casual-cool contrast.

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  • Spotlight on: Plus Size Shapewear

    2.24.2015-Blog-DesignEmbrace your curves in a few of our favorites.

    Shapewear should be equally stylish, functional and help you look your best every time you wear it. This plus size shapewear doesn’t hide your curves—it embraces them. Get ready to flaunt your figure.

    The Catwalk Long-Leg Panties by Body Wrap

    Why we love it: This shaper provides firm control for your tummy, butt and thighs while also being ultra-lightweight and breathable. Bonus: It features an elastic-free woven waistband and leg openings for a comfortable fit with zero dig-in.

    Underwire Bodysuit by Body Wrap

    Why we love it: This sleek style covers all your bases: it’s a shaper, bra and panties all in one. It smoothes your midsection, slims your hips and eliminates back bulge and muffin top. Did we mention it’s comfortable too?

    Sleek Curves by Hooked Up

    Why we love it: This high waist shaping slip stays in place from the moment you put it on. The secret? A patented hooking system that connects directly to your bra. No more bunching or pinching around your waistline! Plus, the silicone-backed lace hem prevents ride up—and looks pretty too.

    Alexandra Shaper by Vedette

    Why we love it: This butt-lifting shaper transforms both your butt and midsection for a stunning silhouette makeover. Enjoy a tight, tucked tummy and a boosted booty instantly—no padding required.

    SlimVest Waist Cincher by Squeem

    Why we love it: This go-to shaper visibly reduces your waistline and corrects your posture. The power latex core sculpts and firms your midsection with firm compr

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