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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Sexy + Lingerie = Scandale

    Scandale shapewear. Is there anything better than wearing truly beautiful shapewear? We don't think so. And one of our all-time favorites for doing the job: Scandale. Every piece is exquisitely crafted with impeccable attention to detail using the most innovative fabric. The result is effortless elegance and timeless femininity you’ll adore. Almost like wearable art. Scandale pieces are an easy (and gorgeous) way to infuse every day with confidence.

    Founded in 1932, the French lingerie label and shapewear pioneers have pushed their heritage alongside sophisticated technology. The result is love-worthy, lust-worthy lingerie that will shape and sculpt your body with sleek paneling and a light-to-the-touch finish. The brand believes the art of dressing well begins with the first layer you put on—and it shows.

    Try this covetable lingerie when you want to wow behind closed doors or slip it on when you need an extra dose of confidence for that big presentation. Either way, you’ll feel cool and completely confident. Plus, the luxurious shapewear not only looks pretty, it works hard to smooth, slim and support your curves where it matters most. Designed for the modern woman, Scandale takes everything to the next level of irresistible. Wear it as shapewear by day and lingerie by night.

    Ready to experience it for yourself? Here’s one we extra (extra) love: Le Belle bodysuit.

    Inspired by vintage elegance and designed with surround control panels, it sculpts your tummy and cinches in your waist,. The bodysuit also features smooth molded cups, sheer lined lace and soft boning for extra support if you wear it strapless.

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  • 7 Simple Ways to Feel Sexy

    7 ways to feel sexy.  Have a case of the ho-hums? Maybe it’s the winter slump (too many grey days and not enough Vitamin D) or it’s just been too long since you did something solely for yourself. It’s time to break the spell. Here are 7 small ways to get back on track. After all, feeling good and feeling sexy go hand-in-hand.

    1. Indulge in the small stuff.

    Whether it’s a mani/pedi or a long bath with candles, little pampering moments can go a long way. If nothing else, they’re a reminder that you deserve it. And confidence equals sexiness.

    2. Slip on some high heels.

    Pumps can give you a lift in more ways than one. Whether you wear them with jeans, a dress or lingerie, high heels will boost your sprits. Next step? Strut your stuff.

    3. Exercise in nature.

    Get endorphins pumping and you’ll feel better in an instant. These chemicals alter your mindset, refresh your senses and give you a burst of feel-good energy.

    4. Repeat a mantra.

    Sometimes you need to fake it ‘til you make it. And the best part? It works. Stand in front of a mirror and say nice things to yourself—all the things you’d say to a good friend or sister. For example: “I am beautiful. I am confident. I am loved.” 

    5. Laugh.

    Laughter releases the good chemicals in your brain. Pull up YouTube or go to a comedy club for some guaranteed giggles. Smiling and laughing causes a ripple effect…next thing you know, you’ll feel back to your sexy self.

    6. Switch things up.

    Routines can be the enemy. Try something novel, like a cooking class (many are free at cooking stores) or a day trip to stimulate your mind, body and life.

    7. Try new shapewear.

    Create an hourglass shape with stunning shapers and lingerie. You’ll love the way you look. And a little lace never hurt anything either. Even if you keep it a secret, wearing a seductive corset under your clothes is a surefire way to feel sexier instantly.

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  • What’s Your Style: Overbust or Underbust

    Overbust and underbust corsets.

    Curious about corsets but not sure where to start? Like the name implies, overbust corsets cover your bust while underbust corsets hit right below, so they need to be paired with your own bra. To figure out your best path to hourglass, answer these three questions.

    1. Do you own the perfect bra?

    Both overbust and underbust corsets will cinch your waist and create an hourglass shape, which automatically makes your bust look bigger. If you already own the perfect bust-boosting bra, then simplify your look with an underbust corset.

    If not, opt for over. Additionally, overbust corsets have more coverage, which in turn provides more shaping and controlling. They also tend to create a more slimming, balanced look of your chest and waistline. Pick something with a straight bust line or a subtle sweetheart shape if you don't want too much cleavage. Both come with an array of closure options, from seductive lace-up to hook-and-eye.

    2. What’s your end use?

    For a Renaissance Fair or period piece, an underbust corset is the way to go (paired with a puffy cinched shirt). For a burlesque costume, a colorful overbust corset, fishnet stocking and high heels will do the trick. For some boudoir fun, go for either. Overbust corsets are the most popular choice but underbust styles can be a lot of fun—especially when worn with pasties.

    3. Which one makes you feel the most confident?

    This is the most important question. If you feel sexy, you’ll exude confidence and your partner will feel that energy too. Choose a corset style YOU love and it’ll show.

    Ready to whittle your middle? Here are four favorites:

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  • Valentine's Day Gift Trend: You!

    Flirty Boudoir Photography

    A present he’ll love to unwrap? Your boudoir photos.

    A provocative new trend, boudoir photography has become especially popular with brides-to-be as a wedding present for their groom. Why not take this intimate idea and apply to another romantic occasion: Valentine’s Day.

    The suggestive photos are usually taken wearing elegant lingerie or nothing at all. However the style is far from X-rated, more in the realm of PG-13. Usually with a pinup-inspired look and feel, the tasteful photos often show implied nudity—meaning you're not wearing anything, but also not revealing anything. For example, the artistic photos might be shot from the back or lying on your stomach so key areas are strategically hidden.

    When choosing what lingerie you want to wear for your photo shoot, the most important thing is that you feel 100% comfortable and confident. If you’re hesitant about your ensemble, it’ll show in the photos.  A general rule is to bring lingerie in different styles and shades. Try something in softer hues (whites, ivories or pinks) something black (ideally with lace) and something unexpected for variety. Also don’t forget to accessorize with jewelry, stockings and heels.

    Where to start? These 4 stunning Hourglass Angel corset-and-thong sets flatter your figure in ultimate style—and they’ll make for unforgettable photos.  Have fun!

    All the Frills corset and thong set

    A showstopper with a gorgeous neckline and dramatic lace accents.

    Ribbons and Bows corset and thong set

    Sensuous satin and oversized bows create a sexy-sweet vibe.

    Go For The Gold Overbust corset and thong set

    Ravishing ruffles set a romantic, European-inspired tone.

    Cream of the Crop corset and thong set

    Rich gold accents and opulent lace? Jaws will drop.

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  • Introducing: The New Hourglass Angel

    Hourglass Angel Shapewear

    Get ready – we're introducing exciting changes! We're unveiling a brand new Hourglass Angel. You'll find the same great selection of premium-quality shapewear and apparel – but with a whole new look and new features that we think you're going to love.

    What's changing?

    • -New logo, new image. We're revealing the single biggest transformation in our history! Our new look is designed to better reflect the confident, poised and refined style of customers like you. 
    • -New site design. HourglassAngel.com is being completely overhauled with a clean new design that makes shopping even easier and more enjoyable. 
    • -New fit & sizing information. On product pages, you'll now find more detailed information on how each garment will fit your body, based on real fit sessions we conducted with women of all sizes.
    • -New expanded categories. Our 100+ categories will make it even easier to find the products you're looking for, based on style, intended body type, shaping power, popularity with other shoppers, and numerous other attributes. 
    • -New, stronger YOU. Above all, we are dedicated to creating a seamless shopping experience that helps women redefine their body image while staying true to who they are. Hourglass Angel. Shaping a stronger you.

    On behalf of everyone at Hourglass Angel, we want to thank you for your business and wish you a happy, healthy new year.

    Warmest wishes,
    The Hourglass Angel Team

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  • Sexy Shapewear You’ll Want to Show Off

    Sexy Shapewear to Show Off

    Not all shapewear is created equally.

    Who said shapewear is for hiding? These sleek styles slim and smooth your silhouette in an instant. Plus they’re so stunning and flirty, they double as lingerie too. Here are 4 to try for your next special night.

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    The Bust Shaping Slip by Nancy Ganz

    Soft and silky, you’ll love the way this slip feels against your skin. This feminine favorite sculpts and smoothes your tummy in seamless style. And the two contour cups along the bust adds the perfect touch of ooh-la-la.

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    The Glamorous Shaping Slip by Bodyhush

    Designed to highlight your curves, this body-loving style features elegant lace inserts and a luxurious satin finish. A flattering way to dial up glamour, the sensuous slip has an interior tummy panel that slims your midsection and creates an hourglass shape. Pair it with your favorite black bra and prepare to wow.

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    The Elegant Bustier by Felina

    This seamless style takes glamour to the next level of irresistible. The feminine sweetheart neckline and low back create flattering lines you’ll love. Plus the padded bust gives you a beautiful décolletage boost. This tantalizing lingerie even improves your posture so you’ll look as confident as you feel.

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    The Lacy Bodysuit by Vedette

    Seduction is guaranteed in this jaw-dropping style. This corset-inspired shaper delivers strong control throughout your waist, tummy and hips. It’s the lust-worthy details that set this one apart, like romantic Valencia lace panels and seductive front closures. Plus, it comes with a matching boy short panty with a hook-and-eye opening.

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  • Strike a (Yoga) Pose

    Yoga poses with animal names.

    Our favorite animal-inspired yoga moves.

    Ever wonder why popular yoga poses have animal names? Early yogis were inspired by what surrounded them, like the behaviors and movements of many furry (and not so furry) friends. Ranging from the cat to the cobra, the illustrative names help modern yoga practitioners capture the essence of the move and delve deeply into a pose. Here’s our top 10.

    Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

    Perhaps the most well known, it’s a staple pose that increases flexibility and helps release tension and stiffness. Place your heels and palms flat on the mat, bending at the waist. 

    Cat Pose (Bidalasana)

    This pose increases spine flexibility and relaxation when paired with deep breathing exercises. It involves tucking your tailbone under, rounding your spin upwards and curling your head inwards—much like a cat. 

    Fish Pose (Matsvasana)

    A back-bending posture that opens up the chest, throat, abdomen and helps relieve nasal congestion.

    Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

    Performed with your stomach on the ground, this is an excellent pose to open your chest and strengthen your spine. 

    Camel Pose (Ushtrasana)

    A kneeling backbend where the hands reach the feet—a great pose for stretching abdominals. 

    Turtle Pose (Kurmasana)

    A favorite pose with many variations ideal for female yogis. It’s recommended for whittling stomach fat and more. 

    Pigeon Pose (Rajakapotasana)

    A sitting pose that stretches your upper legs and increases flexibility.

    Peacock Pose (Mayurasana)

    This advanced pose is ideal for balance, strength and aiding your inner organs. Balance on your hands with your legs extended off the ground. 

    Frog Pose (Bhekasana)

    Your legs are bent and placed on the sides of the body, much like a frog looks when it's ready to jump. Ideal for stretching and opening up your hips.

    Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)

    Want to relieve stress and tension? This restorative pose involves lying on your stomach with your head down on your folded arms.

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  • How to Waist Train Like a Celebrity

    Waist train like a celebrity.The corset craze sweeping Hollywood

    First popular in the 16th century, corsets are back in the headlines and creating plenty of body-defining buzz. Several celebrities have revealed waist training as their preferred way to whittle their waist—for everyday outfits, working out or slimming a post-baby belly.

    One A-lister, who is also a mom of two, recently revealed she “wore a double corset day and night for three months” to get her back into pre-pregnancy shape.

    Another star who's making waves about her midsection said she's “obsessed” with waist training and has made headlines posting pics of her results online.

    These are just a few of the many celebrities who have been reported to rely on some form waist training to keep their hourglass shape.

    Ready to try it for yourself? Thanks to a surge in popularity, there’s never been a better time to redefine your waistline using a corset. You can choose from a wide array of styles that offer different fits and degrees of slimming while you wear them.

    Two things you can count on with a good waist cincher: instant waist reduction and a healthy dose of confidence. Waist binding can even help improve your posture.

    So which waist cincher is right for you? Here are a few recommendations that all create enviable curves from the moment you slip it on.

    Ann Chery Clasica Latex Waist Cincher

    Reinforced hook-and-eye closures and high-compression support.

    Amia Classic Cincher Waist Trainer

    Adored for its simple hook-and-eye design, flexi-boning and targeted mid-section support.

    Squeem SlimVest Waist Cincher

    Maximum-strength cinching with special flex-boning support in a convenient vest-style.

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    The waist cincher that doubles as flirty lingerie for a little ooh-la-la (you’ll make Dita Von Teese proud!).

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