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  • 6 Easy At-Home Exercises for Busy People

    Accelerate Your Training Efforts in a Few Minutes a Day

    Spend a few minutes a day working out at home

    Trying to lose weight and build muscle, but you just don't have the time to make it to the gym? Getting an effective workout at home in a short period of time is easier than you think. Whether you're a student, a mom and/or you have a demanding job, these are exercises anyone can squeeze into their day.

    It's ideal to do these in succession so you can keep your heart rate up, but if you're really in a time crunch you can even break these up into different parts of your day. These are also equipment-free, so you can do them anywhere (even when catching up on your favorite shows!). And don't forget to optimize your performance with your favorite activewear.

    1. Tricep dips

    3 sets of 15 reps

    Take a seat in your favorite chair and place your hands facedown just outside of your hips. Now slide forward so that your hips are hanging over the ground and your weight is supported by your palms on the chair. Bend your elbows and dip your body, slowly and with control, and rise up again. This exercise can also be completed on the floor, although it will give you less range of motion.

    A must-have for any exercise routine is a high-quality sports bra like the Make An Impact Maximum Control Sports Bra by Anita so you can be supported while staying cool and dry where it counts most.

    1. Pushups

    3 sets of 15 reps

    There's a reason this exercise remains a favorite among athletes; it works your whole upper body as well as your core. If a full pushup is too hard, start with incline pushups, with your hands on a chair and your feet on the floor. Keep your body flat like a board as you use your arms to move it up and down. Once you've mastered the incline try doing pushups from your knees and then fully on your toes – again keeping your body in plank position, straight like a board.

    Accelerate your training in the Sweat It Tank by Delfin Spa, designed to increase your perspiration and caloric burn while wicking away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable.

    Bicep curls

    3 sets of 15 reps

    If you have a pair of dumbbells, grab them; otherwise you can use anything from your kitchen with a little bit of weight, like cans of food or saucepans. Stand with feet flat and shoulder-width apart, making sure your knees aren't locked. Holding the weights with arms facing forward, bend your elbows and lift your fists up to your shoulders and then back down. Keep the motion in control and don't let your elbows slide forward.

    1. Squats

    3 sets of 15 reps

    Squats effectively work your legs, butt and core in a short period of time. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees as far down as you can, keeping your back flat, your chest high and shoulders relaxed. Return to standing with control. For an added challenge, hold weights in both hands.

    You can maximize your efforts with Toning Shorts by Amia, which use compression technology to increase your sweating and caloric burn.

    1. Crunches

    3 sets of 10 reps

    Focus on your core with this classic move. Lie on the floor – or even better, a mattress, so you have to work harder to maintain your balance. Bend your knees and fold your hands behind your head or across your chest. Use your core (not your neck) to lift your head and upper torso, then lower.

    1. Star jumps

    3 sets of 15 reps

    Get your blood pumping and energize your day with this fun exercise. Stand with feet together and jump vertically as high as you can. Extend your feet and hands out so that your body is in a star shape while in the air, then return your feet together when you land.

    One of our favorite ways to get moving is in the Jade Blue & Black High Waisted Leggings By Bon Bon Up, designed to keep you cool while focusing your workout efforts on your thighs, butt and midsection.

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  • How To Stay Healthy Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Tips for staying healthy over a holiday

    4 Ways To Avoid Overeating During a Holiday

    The grills are firing up; the party supplies are coming out of storage. Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and also a time to celebrate the beginning of summer across America. Unfortunately, many succumb to the temptation to eat junk food – and a lot of it.

    While it's okay to have a little indulgence every now and then, don't let the party atmosphere wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle plan. In general, allow yourself one or two small treats like half a piece of cake instead of a whole one, or one drink instead of two. Beyond that, follow these four tips and help curb your appetite while still enjoying the holiday weekend.

    1. Eat healthy snacks.

    Don't make the mistake of starving yourself before the big meal and then chowing down; you'll be so hungry that you'll want to go overboard on your calorie intake. Instead, have a couple of light nutritious snacks with protein and healthy fats every two to three hours before the big event. This way your metabolism will be going steady and you'll be less tempted to overeat.

    1. Watch portions in a smart way.

    When faced with a large variety of food items, don't take the same size portion of each option. Add larger servings of high protein foods followed by vegetables. Add small portions of starchy and sugary foods last.

    1. Go slow and pay attention to your appetite.

    You're more likely to overeat if you mindlessly shove food into your mouth while chatting with friends and family, especially if they're eating too. Try to eat slowly and don't overload your plate. Once you've finished your plate, wait about ten minutes before you go back for seconds and then determine if you're really still hungry after all. You may find that you're really not.

    1. Burn extra calories

    Start your day off right with a workout and then add physical activity when you can throughout the day. Get up on your feet by going for walks, tossing a Frisbee around or helping to clean up.

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  • 3 Must-Have Postpartum Shapers

    Essential Shapewear for New Moms 

    Summer is just around the corner, and if you're a new mom that means it's time to get lots of fresh air and some pool or beach time with your little one. This is definitely not the time to feel insecure about your post-pregnancy body.

    Here are three must-have shaping items every new mom should have in her closet. Having these on hand will help you get that pre-pregnancy body back and help you feel comfortable and confident no matter where you go this summer.

    Essential shaping garments for new moms

    1. Original Belly Bandit

    Postpartum wrapping is a no-brainer way to visibly reduce a swollen belly and aid your body in its recovery. Designed exclusively with the postpartum body in mind, the Belly Bandit provides gentle, adjustable compression to reduce water retention and help pull in loose tissue. It looks great under almost anything – making everyone wonder where that baby belly went.

    Look and feel great for summer with postpartum shapers

    1. Post-Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    If you're eager to fit back into your normal size pants and shorts, losing the baby weight isn't your only obstacle. Thanks to the pregnancy-induced hormone called relaxin, you may find that your hip joints got pretty loose during the pregnancy and your stance is a bit wider as a result. This hip compression belt helps gently guide your hips back into place, taking advantage of the relaxin that remains in your system postpartum, keeping your joints malleable. Get back into your favorite clothes (in comfort) in no time.

    Look and feel great for summer with postpartum shapers

    1. Stretch Nursing Tank Top By Yummie By Heather Thomson

    A great shaping cami is essential in every woman's wardrobe, whether you're new mom or not. So if you're a nursing mom, this is the perfect garment as it provides support for your breasts, slimming and smoothing all over, and easy access for nursing or hands-free pumping. It's the natural choice whether you want to layer over it or use it on its own.

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  • 3 Celebrities Reveal Their Shapewear Secrets

    Keeping Up with the Stars Who Shape

    Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of the trending shapewear news in Hollywood! Recently we've seen several mega stars show off how they maintain their gorgeous figures.

    Tina Fey

    As a farewell tribute to David Letterman on the Late Show, Tina Fey ditched her dress all together and revealed how she attained those elegant curves using compression shapewear.

    Kim Kardashian West

    Hollywood's gorgeous stars use shapewear to enhance their figures.

    Kim Kardashian West isn't shy about sharing her waist-training results on Instagram. For some #tbt fun, she decided to pull up some old photos from about a year ago, demonstrating how waist training helped her regain her figure after having a baby.

    Khloe Kardashian

    Tina Fey and the Kardashian sisters are just a few of the celebrities who love shapewear.

    It must be a Kardashian thing. Khloe Kardashian showed off a dramatic hourglass waistline on Instagram in her waist-training corset.
    The Secret to Successful Waist Training

    You don't have to be a star to look like one. You can use a waist-training garment at the gym to complement your workouts, or wear one all the time for visually dramatic waist-slimming under any outfit. The Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery is one of our best sellers for the gym. For anytime waist training try the Ultimate ShapeBand Waist Cincher By Squeem 26PW.

    There are several benefits to using a waist trainer during your workouts. It helps you maintain good form and prevents from putting strain on your back while targeting your midsection. It also helps you increase perspiration and body temperature during exercise to make the most of your time at the gym.

    If you're looking beyond the immediate slimming effects, the key is to use your waist trainer in conjunction with fat-burning, muscle-building exercises and a clean, nutrient-dense diet. If you're not already working out regularly and you want to start waist training, get accustomed to doing some high-intensity cardio exercises first.

    For you ladies looking for a more traditional, everyday waist trainer, one of our customers' all time favorites is the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset. The Classic Cincher Waist Trainer By Amia A102 is an alternative to the traditional corset-style trainer and provides additional support through the back and shoulders.

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  • Best Tips for Buying the Right Body Shaper

    Shapewear Selection GuideShapewear Selection Guide: The Basics 

    Welcome to the world of shapewear! Whether the concept is new to you or you already have your favorites, there's always more to learn when it comes to how to look your slimmest and sexiest, and strengthen your confidence every day.

    This selection guide will help you determine which garments meet your unique needs, for any outfit. Choose your ideal shaper based on the following guidelines.

    First, you'll want to consider what occasion you're dressing for:

    Special Occasions

    For special occasions, there are a variety of shapers designed to transform your whole silhouette so you can look spectacular in formal apparel. Often your best bet is a bodysuit like the Vedette Scarlette Strapless Shapewear Body With Lace Trim 134, which will slim your midsection while helping to emphasize your curves, all with a sexy-smooth finish. A shaping slip like the Contour Slip Dress By Prima Donna can produce similar results for a slimmer finish around your rear and hips. If you really want to slim down and define your waistline, try a maximum compression shaper like the Geraldine Bodysuit By Ann Chery 1018. We also have a selection of bustiers and other shapers ideal for brides and bridesmaids.

    Everyday Enhancements

    If you're looking to perfect your everyday look, some essential items to keep in your closet include panty shapers like the High Waisted Panty By Amia A109 and shaping camis like the Candace Custom Lift Camisole By Flexees. These are comfortable solutions that layer well, and you'll never have to worry about muffin tops or other lumps and bumps showing up.

    Many women also like using shapewear to enhance their professional wardrobes. There are many options for the career woman depending on your style and how much enhancement you want, but you usually can't go wrong with the basic shaping panties and slips.

    And if you're interested in started a waist-training regimen, we have a wide selection of waist training corsets to meet your needs.

    Working Out

    Whether you're an athlete or are just beginning to get in shape, there are many shaping options designed to intensify your workouts by increasing your perspiration, including workout bands like the Workout Band Waist Trainer By Ann Chery 2026, toning shorts like the Toning Shorts By Amia A105 and shaping leggings like Jade Blue & Black High Waisted Leggings By Bon Bon Up 1066. Plus, these garments make you look great at the gym!

    Next, you'll want to consider your personal preferences and your body's shaping needs:

    Body Type

    We all have different target areas, so choose a garment that focuses on yours. If you need some guidance for your body type, choose "Shop by Solution" on the "Shapewear" tab at the top of the page.

    Be sure to pay close attention to sizing if you're browsing full-body shapers. If your top is a dramatically different size than your bottom, consider looking at separates or focusing on shapers that you can pair with the bra of your choice.

    Compression Level

    The more compression, the more dramatic the results. The less compression, the more flexible. High-compression garments include cinchers and girdles, while low-compression garments include hosiery-weight items like the Women's Opaque Control Top Tight By HUE.

    Full Figure

    We have a great selection of styles created especially for women with full figures. Find styles for your individual needs and goals: bust support, controlling curves, perfecting your hourglass figure and other solutions.

    By now you may have figured out that if you want to revolutionize your wardrobe, you'll want to have several types of shapers on regular rotation. So go ahead; take the shapewear plunge and watch your figure transform in every outfit, on every occasion.

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  • Explore the History of Shapewear

    Explore the history of shapewear in this Bard Graduate Center Gallery exhibit

    We were excited to learn that a new exhibit visiting the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York is displaying one of our favorite subjects: shapewear, as it has been used through history.

    In modern times we have manufactured materials that are extremely effective at helping women achieve that timeless look: the hourglass figure. But did you know that the ideal shape has been culturally influenced and fashioned for hundreds of years? The exhibit entitled "Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette" explores the different ways women (and men!) have been reshaping their figures since the 1600s.

    Curator Denis Bruna says in the Wall Street Journal, "The body is a reflection of the society that presided over its creation." This is evident in the history of shapewear. For example, wealthy women at the turn of the seventeenth century sought to make their figures look like an inverted cone from the waist up using multiple linings of stiff linen. Nobody naturally looked like a cone, but this shape of silhouette represented beauty at the time.

    As the centuries passed, the "cone" transformed, but generally the waist stayed narrow and the posture stayed very straight. In the 1700s a flattened chest and a V-shaped torso was in vogue, made possible with whalebone stays.

    By the 1800s, women's shapewear had evolved to the corset, which stayed popular for a century. The bustle went in and out of style, giving women a voluminous lift at the backs of their skirts.

    The twentieth century and onwards has seen a variety of styles, including the rectangular style of the flapper, the girdle and bullet bras following World War II, up to current day in which body shapes are largely influenced by diet, exercise and shapewear constructed from high-tech material.

    "Fashioning the Body" displays the history of shapewear.

    It's a fascinating journey through time to take, and this exhibition beautifully displays what is indeed a very intimate history.

    Have you seen the exhibit or do you plan on visiting it? We'd love to hear what you think of it – let us know via our social media channels! Catch it while it's available, until July 26 this year.

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  • How to Build a Shapewear Wardrobe

    4 Essential Shapers Every Woman Needs

    Having a stylish, flattering wardrobe starts at the foundation. You wouldn't wear the same panties or top every day, so why would you wear the same shaper? If you want to perfect your look on a daily basis, you need to establish a versatile shapewear wardrobe.

    Don't know where to start? With these four shapewear essentials, you're well on your way to looking slimmer, sexier and more poised, whether you're at work, at a picnic or at a party. Start building your shapewear wardrobe so you can look flawless in every outfit, every day.

    1. Shaping Briefs

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    When you're building some of your staple outfits, it just makes sense to have panties that are working for you. You can regularly go to a pair of shaping briefs like the Poupoupidou High-Waist Control Briefs by Prima Donna for comfortable slimming and control for your midsection, rear and thighs. And you'll never have to worry about the dreaded muffin top again.

    2. Shaping Vest 

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    We've got your back—literally. Sometimes you need to smoothen your bra line, and this is where a shaping vest like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia works beautifully. It's ideal for your slimmest styles and lightweight fabrics, so your back can look sleek and smooth. It also provides firm shaping for your whole midsection and enhances your bust, for an all-over torso makeover.

    3. Waist Cincher

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    Pretty much everyone wants a slimmer, firmer waistline, especially in form-fitting or formal attire. That coveted hourglass shape is possible with one of our most popular styles, waist cinchers like the Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia. Wear it regularly to look stunning every day, or just pull it out for special occasions.

    4. Shaping Leggings

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    No wardrobe is complete without a few pairs of leggings. This is great news because with the right leggings you can shape up and smoothen your figure from your midsection down to your calves. The Rachel Shaper Leggings By Yummie By Heather Thomson are great for casual wear and are also perfect for layering under professional or dress-up attire.

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  • How to Give Yourself a Body Makeover

    Get a full-body makeover with shapewear

    Shape, Enhance and Transform Starting at the Foundation

    We like to talk a lot about getting makeovers; there's something refreshing and exciting about changing your whole look. While on some occasions you might go for new makeup, a new hairstyle or a new style of clothing, when it comes to your body you need to start at the foundation.

    A shape makeover might be just the thing you need to transform you figure, your posture and your confidence. If you really want to look and feel great day after day, there are a variety of options that are ideal for every occasion.

    1. Waist cinchers and corsets

    Items that target the waistline like the Ultimate ShapeBand Waist Cincher By Squeem are great for everyday use and help you define your waist and improve your posture. You'll also want one of these if you're interested in daily waist training. And if you want to mix it up, try a vest style like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia. 

    1. Bodysuits

    On some occasions it's helpful to have all-over body slimming and smoothing, and this is when bodysuits like the Stephanie Bodysuit by Vedette are helpful. The all-over compression is ideal for use under form-fitting styles including dresses and suits.

    1. Shaping panties

    If you're someone who wrestles daily with a belly or muffin top, the solution can be as simple as switching to different panties like the Wacoal Womens Sensational Smoothing Shape Brief. Smooth away that midsection just like that. You might never go back to regular panties again.

    1. Shaping slip

    For those evenings you're going out, it's especially important that you feel confident in your attire. There are a variety of shaping slips available that provide all-over smoothing and shaping under your favorite dresses. The Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up hooks directly into your bra for reliable coverage and comfort.

    1. Shaping camis

    When you want to be casual and relax, there's no need to worry about letting too much of yourself go. A shaping cami can be just what you need for comfortable shaping and support. The CoCoon Perfect Fit Braless T-Shirt is a great option for pairing with your own bra so you can enjoy comfortable yet reliable waist slimming.

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  • 5 Waist-Cinching Bodysuits that Reshape Your Whole Figure

    Bodysuits with built-in midsection panels

    How to Transform Your Silhouette in a Bodysuit 

    Having trouble deciding between on a waist-shrinking cincher or corset and a bodysuit that redefines your whole silhouette? Why not have both?

    What we love about many of the bodysuits we carry is that they do the double duty of a waist cincher and a bodysuit. In other words, they have waist-shrinking midsection panels built right in. Put one on and enjoy a smaller waistline with the added benefit of all-over smoothing and shaping.

    Here are some of our favorites that get the job done whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or need some extra support in your office attire.

    1. Vedette Gitta Strapless Bodysuit With Front Closure

    Go for elegance in this bodysuit, which provides firm shaping for your midsection as well as support for your lower abdomen and rear. The result is a smooth and feminine silhouette from your bustline to your hips. This garment is strapless but you can add the straps if desired for additional support.

    1. Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit With Front Closure

    This bodysuit comes with all of the shaping power of a cincher, with the added benefit of a sexy boyshort bottom. Enjoy a flat belly all the way through the lower abdomen, as well as a smooth and slim figure from your bust to the tops of your thighs. Straps are adjustable and removable.

    1. Mia Corselette Body Shaper By Vedette

    This is a favorite piece for graceful shaping , perfect for any special event. The maximum control latex core keeps your midsection in check all the way around and through the lower abdomen, while the lace adds a sexy finishing touch to your silhouette. This piece is ideal for form-fitting attire.

    1. Ann Chery Powernet Bodysuit

    If you want to have just one shaper, this is the one that really "does it all." Using powernet material, it provides firm compression for your midsection and kees everything smooth and in place. It controls the lower abdomen, hips and thighs, while lifting and rounding the natural curve of your rear. You really can transform your whole figure from your bustline to your thighs with just one piece.

    1. Exquisitely Chic Black Body Shaper By Ann Chery

    If you're looking for a versatile and comfortable body shaper, this garment from Ann Chery might be the solution. It focuses moderate compression on your whole midsection for all-day support. The panty bottom keeps your lower torso in check, so nothing is ever out of place.

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  • How to Eat Properly when Wearing Shapewear

    Healthy eating choices with compression garments.

    5 Healthy Eating Habits to Complement Your Slimming Goals

    One of the side effects of wearing a compression garment like a corset or cincher, or even bodysuits or shaping panties, is that you may not feel like you can eat very much. The reason why is pretty straightforward; your GI tract doesn't have as much room to expand! So is it advisable to eat while wearing your shaper?

    The answer is…it depends. It depends on your eating habits and your goals while wearing the shaper.

    Here are some general tips about how to eat when you're wearing a compression garment:

    Put your health first.

    Whatever you decide about your eating habits while wearing a compression garment, make sure that you are putting what your body needs first. If you're not getting enough nutritious calories and water with a constricted midsection, be smart and make the adjustments you need for your health.

    Keep it on for small meals and snacks.

    If you want to eat small meals throughout the day, keeping your shaper on can help you meet that goal. For many people this is an optimal way to reduce portion size and calorie intake. However, be careful – every meal and snack should be full of nutritious food so that you're making the most of small portions. Also be mindful that you are getting enough water.

    Keep it on for a waist-training regimen.

    If you're wearing a cincher or a corset as part of a waist-training plan, then you'll definitely want to keep it on as much as possible. As stated above, however, make sure that you're making the most of those smaller meals and snacks and staying hydrated.

    Loosen it when you need to.

    If you have a lace-up corset or an adjustable cincher, you may want to loosen it up a bit if you are uncomfortable during meals. That way you can benefit from the compression without feeling like you can't move. Tighten it up again an hour or two later.

    Take it off if you want to.

    If you're not seriously waist training and/or you're very uncomfortable, take the compression garment off. This may be difficult to do depending on what kind you're using and where you are, so plan accordingly.

    Remember, wearing shapewear should not be uncomfortable or a hassle. Choose garments that are right for your body and for the outfits you plan to wear them with. And by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen at the same time, you'll be on track to an even greater transformation.

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