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  • Hungry Girl's Weight Loss Rules for 2017

    How to lose weight without a crash diet

    It’s goal-setting time, and if you’re like a lot of people around the time the New Year’s ball drops, then you’re hoping to shed some pounds over the next few months. But if you’ve ever dieted before, you know that one of the biggest challenges is always feeling hungry!

    Want some advice? Stop dieting. If you’re like most people who try crash diets, you’ll only bounce back to your former eating habits after you’ve had a short period of success. According to "Hungry Girl" foodologist Lisa Lillian, hunger and cravings are not your enemy—you just need to plan ahead and set yourself up for success when they strike. Here are several of Hungry Girl's rules, along with our own expert tips, to help you curb your cravings, feel satisfied with your meals, and stick to your weight-loss goals for 2017.

    1. Be Diligent About Daily Waist Training

    While wearing a waist trainer should not be the only strategy you use, firm compression around your midsection can be extremely helpful aiding your portion control. Your stomach won’t be able to expand as much as it normally would, so you will feel full after consuming a smaller meal. Waist training works well with a lifestyle that includes five to six small meals a day, instead of three large ones.

    For the best results, wear your waist trainer for eight to twelve hours a day. You might want to take note of the times of day you’re most likely to succumb to unhealthy cravings, like the mid-afternoon slump. Be sure you’re wearing your waist trainer when cravings strike, as well as when you consume your meals to prevent overeating.

    1. Boost Your Metabolism with Strength Training

    You don’t have to feel guilty about eating when those calories go towards building muscle! Strength training is a surefire way to boost your metabolism because even when you’re resting and recovering, your body is hard at work rebuilding muscle tissue. Add strength training to your fitness routine about three days a week and you’ll be amazed at the results, especially if you’re not already doing it (don’t forget your workout band!). While a great exercise program isn’t a blank check to eat whatever you want, it is a vital part of a sustainable healthy lifestyle. 

    1. Eat More “Pasta” with Less Guilt

    Pasta is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to delicious but high-calorie food that doesn’t make you feel great. Eat a bunch of it and you’ll feel full and heavy after lunch, only to crash a couple of hours later. But it’s difficult to consider giving it up altogether! Here’s the trick: expand it with veggies. Spiralizers are easy to find. The next time you’re craving pasta, use one with whole grains and then make your plate bigger with spiralized veggies like zucchini, or skip the spiralizer altogether and use spaghetti squash. You may find that you want to leave the wheat pasta out altogether once you discover how satisfying and delicious the veggie alternatives are. 

    1. Get to Know Your Cauliflower

    Have you discovered this magical vegetable yet? It works in many dishes as a creamy yet guilt-free substitute. Try swapping out some of your mashed potatoes for steamed and mashed cauliflower and see if you notice a difference. You’ll have fewer calories and much better nutrition without sacrificing taste. You can also use cauliflower in creamy dishes like baked macaroni and cheese. No prep for this: simply add some frozen cauliflower to your favorite dish.

    1. Speaking of Frozen Vegetables…

    You should always have these on hand! Even when you’re strapped for time and have to grab a convenient frozen meal, you can double the size of your meal by adding the veggies. Many are simple to prepare and can be steamed right in the bag. These should make a hefty side dish at any meal.

    1. Get Smart about Your Sweets

    One of the most difficult things to give up when you’re trying to lose weight is dessert. But you don’t have to feel bad about indulging every now and then if you don’t go overboard. Here are a couple of satisfying desserts that won’t wreck your calorie intake:

    • Apple pie in a mug: cut up an apple and place it in a coffee mug. Put a handful of Red Hot candies on top and microwave for 2 minutes. Add a little cinnamon and crushed graham crackers on top for a gooey (but not too indulgent) gooey treat.
    • No-guilt chocolate cake: take any brand of chocolate cake mix, but instead of adding fats, pour a can a club soda into the mix and bake as directed. The result is a moist and delicious cake with a fraction of the calories.
    1. When You Can’t Avoid Packaged Food

    Everyone knows that home-cooked meals, cooked from whole, unprocessed ingredients, are the best options, but in real life you are always on the go. While it’s still best to prep your snacks and meals ahead of time so you’re not in a nutritional bind, from time to time you might have to spring for some prepared food. When you do, pick brands that are limited on empty calories and weird ingredients. Here are some suggestions for various times of day:

    • VitaMuffins Vitatops: each snack pack is only 100 calories and is packed with whole grains as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Grab these to power through your morning.
    • Evol Mini Burritos: This all-natural, organic product delivers a tasty meal for under 200 calories with several varieties.
    • LesserEvil’s Baked Veggie Krinkle Sticks: Instead of reaching for the chips for an afternoon snack, get a satisfying crunch for few calories, plus the added nutrients of whole grains and veggies.
    • Amy’s Toaster Pops Pizza: for those evenings you only have time for a quick bite, grab one or two of these at only 200 calories a pop (plus you can satisfy your pizza craving!).

    Losing weight takes work, but it’s not as hard as you think. Don’t go hungry—make these smart lifestyle choices and get the long-lasting results you really want.

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  • The Most Amazing Waist Trainer Results Our Customers Have Shared with Us

    We love hearing stories about waist training success, and none tell it better than some of our very own customers. We’ve heard some incredible before and after stories over the past year. If you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation to slim your waistline in 2017, check out these great stories.

    1. Desire
    Desire 8 Week Waist Training Transformation

    Desire is a full-time nanny. With a demanding schedule, she had always struggled to fit in time to lose weight and exercise. She knew she had to try something different if she was going to make a lasting lifestyle change.

    Enter waist training. Desire tried the Clasica by Ann Chery as her first cincher. Once she saw just how effective it was at slimming her waist, it helped motivate her on her weight loss journey to move past her psychological hurdles.

    She decided to try waist training after seeing on social media just how much it was changing lives. She had nothing to lose! Immediately she started seeing changes in her trouble areas: the waist, lower abdomen and back.

    She chose the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery after extensive research. She decided that whatever she used should have latex in it, as it would boost perspiration for maximum effectiveness. Here are more reasons why she loved this particular garment:

    “Personally, I love the latex feeling because it's tight and doesn't more around. I also love this cincher because it comes with 3 bracket levels. As you begin to lose inches from your waist, your cincher becomes looser. With the 3 rows of hook-and-eye closures, I was able to find more use it in rather than purchase a new cincher every couple of months.”

    Starting to wear a waist trainer can be a bit of an adjustment if you’ve never done it before. When Desire first tried on her cincher, she immediately thought that she had order the wrong size! There is a trick to getting it on: start by attaching the lowest hooks around the narrowest part of your waist. Work your way up the garment and then pull it down over your lower abdomen.

    “After finally putting the trainer on, I felt like a million bucks. I loved how it enhanced my waist and how much slimmer I felt.”

    She was motivated to make it a part of her daily lifestyle. At first she only wore it at the gym for 1–2 hours a day, but eventually she worked up to 8 hours a day and more. She found that she could wear it effectively during her 9-hour work days. After two months of waist training, Desire met her goals and tightened her cincher to the next row of hooks.

    In the meantime she has been trying to improve her lifestyle all around by eating clean and working out for at least 30 minutes daily. Waist training has transformed the way she looks at herself:

    “My first garment mentally helped me feel better about myself. I started loving what I saw in the mirror when I had the garment on. It was like I couldn't go anywhere without my waist trainer on.”

    Her friends and family started noticing a positive difference in her as well. Desire highly recommends trying waist training if you’re a skeptic. After all, what do you have to lose?

    1. Lillie

    Lillie Hall Beautiful Waist Training Journey

    Lillie is a stay-at-home mom of a one-year-old boy and was preparing for her wedding day. She thought she’d give waist training a try in order to get her pre-baby body back. She chose Ann Chery Workout Trainer and documented her journey on Instagram. If Lillie looks familiar, you may recognize her from MTV's "Made," in which, as a teenager, she she received help from a UFC fighter to make her into beauty pageant queen.

    Lillie decided to try waist training after seeing the Hourglass Angel Instagram account. She had been frustrated ever since her son was born because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t tighten up her abdomen and lose 20 pounds of baby weight. Desperate to try anything, she did extensive research and ordered the Ann Chery Workout waist trainer due to its multiple positive reviews and the bright colors.

    Like many people who try waist training for the first time, she had difficulty getting it on in the beginning. But she was amazed at what she saw:

    “I saw an immediate difference. I was standing in front of my mirror so that I could see the difference after getting it on. I instantly saw my waist shrink and was so thrilled! I ran to find a cute fitted shirt to put on over it and was so happy to see how amazing my body looked wearing the waist trainer. I knew at that moment that, once I got used to it, I would want to wear it all the time.”

    She started to wear the waist trainer every day, working up to 8–12 hours daily. Lillie had it on whether she was working out, cleaning, running errands or relaxing. After wearing the waist trainer for some time, she continue to be amazed at the results:

    “The waist trainer absolutely met my expectations and then some! I honestly had a curvy hourglass shape naturally and didn't think it was going to make a huge difference in that area. Turns out that there was a wonderful difference made that I am beyond excited about! I am not only tiny all around, having almost completely lost my belly pooch, back fat, and side fat, but I'm also so much curvier than I ever thought I could be!”

    Lillie was motivated to maintain and active lifestyle and worked out 5 days a week with online exercise videos. She ate a nutrition shake in the morning a few small snacks a full meal at dinner—something she calls “the mom diet” because it’s all you have time for as a mom!

    She started noticing changes in her body after about 2–3 weeks and was able to size down after a month. Many of her friends and family have noticed her results and have asked her for her secrets. She’s been told that it doesn’t look like she ever had a baby at all! She encourages anyone who is thinking of trying waist training to go for it because everyone deserves such a boost in body confidence.

    1. Suzie

    Suzie Waist Training Transformation

    Suzie is an interior designer with an eye for fashion. She is very conscious of how she looks because it can give an impression about her work. Waist training seemed like a good way to firm up her midsection and emphasize her curves…but she was surprised that it did much more!

    Initially, Suzie started with a popular basic waist cincher: Perfect Waist by Squeem. Once she grew accustomed to wearing it, she wanted to take her training a step up and ordered the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery.

    When she first tried on her waist cincher, Suzie loved the way it felt: it was firm, snug and kept her warm. She had difficulty at first sitting with straight posture all day, but soon she learned to love the feeling. It had the added benefit of helping her control her eating habits.

    After waist training for over six months, Suzie was transformed:

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

    Suzie supplements her waist training routine with an active lifestyle; with her job she walks 4–7 miles a day. The waist trainer helps her have better portion control and healthier food choices. Sometimes she’ll indulge herself after a very active week.

    Another reason waist training has been a life-changing practice is because it helps her stay driven to put her health first:

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

    It didn’t take long for Suzie to start seeing results, and her friends saw it too. After just a month of daily waist training she put before and after photos together and was completely shocked. If you’re thinking about waist training, she highly recommends it but also cautions to be realistic: true lifestyle change requires proper diet and exercise as well as shapewear. Another little tip: wear lotion to keep your skin hydrated while waist training.

    We’re hope you’re inspired to commit to a healthy lifestyle in 2017. If you want to start a waist training regimen, be sure to track your progress and be amazed at the before and after results.

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  • Our Top Waist Training Tips

    Best waist training tips for beginners

    Around here we love waist training! If you’re new, getting started can be a little overwhelming. We thought it would be helpful to compile all of our best waist training tips in one place. Whether you’re new to waist training or just need a little advice to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, there’s something here for you.

    So, let’s dig in!

    Choosing the Best Waist Trainer for You

    The first step to getting the most out of waist training is making sure that you’re picking the right one for you. Some questions to consider when selecting the ideal  waist trainer should be:

    Body type: are you tall, short, curvy or narrow-figured? Knowing your own shape and what type of shaping and support you need is important to helping you select the best option.

    • Petite figures: you may need a shorter waist trainer, so that it doesn't sit uncomfortably on your hips.
    • Tall and plus-size figures: you may need a longer waist trainer that provides more coverage on the abdomen, or a style that runs in larger sizes.
    • Curvy figures: if you need extra support in your bust or coverage for your back, consider a vest-style trainer. If you have a large bust-to-waist ratio, make sure you get straps that are adjustable so that you still get maximum compression around your waist and optimal support for your back.

    Waist training goals: are you trying to lose a lot of weight (following a pregnancy for example)? Do you want to wear a waist trainer when you work out? Are you planning on wearing a waist trainer daily?

    • If you plan on losing a lot of weight, we recommend either a three-row hookeye waist trainer or a lace-up corset so that you have more room to size down before replacing your waist trainer.
    • We highly recommend using a waist trainer during your workouts to maximize your efforts. Be sure to use a workout band designed specifically to hold up during intense movements.
    • If you plan on wearing a waist trainer daily, we highly recommend rotating at least two through your wardrobe. For some women it works to alternate between a workout band and everyday trainer, although others may also prefer to have several colors and styles to choose from.

    Style and material: do you have a sensitivity to latex? Do you like bright prints and colors? Would you prefer a lace-up style?

    • Our most popular waist trainers are constructed from latex, due to the material’s effectiveness in providing maximum compression for long hours of use. If you have a sensitivity or dislike of latex, you may prefer a latex-free cincher or a steel-boned corset.
    • There are endless styles available when it comes to colors and prints. Most of our brightly colored waist trainers are designed for workouts (great for showing off at the gym), but some women simply prefer wearing them every day because they are so much fun. However, if you’re wearing light colored clothes, you may prefer the more subtle black or nude options.
    • Some women prefer corseting as their type of waist training—using a steel-boned corset instead of a latex waist cincher. It’s really a matter of preference…a corset can be more durable and may provide more dramatic results when you’re wearing it. It’s also perfectly customizable since you can tighten it to the exact compression you want.

    Getting Your Size Right

    Some of the most frequent questions we get about waist training are about sizing. We’ve carefully curated and tested all of our waist trainers and know all the nuances when it comes to sizing and fit. So even if you can’t try one on before ordering, you can ensure that you get your size right if you follow these essential tips:

    Make sure you have the right style for your needs: sometimes customers mistakenly think they have a sizing issue, when really the issue is more with the style they have selected. Find the right type of garment first. Then be sure to get the right size.

    Take accurate measurements: it’s vitally important that you take measurements whenever you are ready to order a waist trainer, even if you think you know your size. Here’s how to get it right:

    • Use a vinyl or fabric tape measure. Anything else just won’t be as accurate.
    • Your most important measurement is your waist. You might find on some shapewear garments that you need to take measurements for the bust, hips and waist, but for waist trainers, the waist is the only measurement that really matters.
    • Measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is about two inches above your belly button—where there is a natural bend in your torso.
    • Be sure you’re holding the tape measure level when you take your measurement. We recommend doing it in front of the mirror.
    • The tape should lie flat against your skin or a narrow tank. Don’t pull it so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath, and don’t let it be loose so that it droops. 

    Follow our sizing charts exactly. We have tested every garment and adjusted the size charts accordingly. Do not simply rely on what you think your size is, as each brand can vary. Take your waist measurement and then line it up according to a specific garment’s chart. Note that some waist trainers have number sizes, but these numbers aren’t the same as your waist measurement. For example, on most steel-boned corsets, the number is 3–4 less than your waist measurement in inches.

    Remember: a smaller size does not mean better results! Some people mistakenly think that getting a size smaller will make them look better. But you’ll be in for a shock; when a waist trainer is too small, the results are extremely unflattering and uncomfortable. Stick to your size; and when in doubt (or in between sizes), go with the bigger size. Otherwise you risk having a “spillover” effect, being uncomfortable, and potentially damaging the garment.

    Trying Your Waist Trainer On

    If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you might be in for a bit of a surprise when you try it on for the first time! When it fits correctly, a waist trainer will feel very tight; you should not be able to bend at all at your torso. However, it should not be so tight that it is pinching or restricting your breathing at all. When fully fastened, it should be very flattering for your figure; as mentioned above, there should be no “spillover,” which would indicate that the waist trainer is too small. Never try to force the clasps! If you do, they may break. You shouldn’t have to yank on the garment in order to get it to fit.

    How to fasten a hook-and-eye cincher:

    • Start at the bottom of the garment, pulling together the hook and eye at the narrowest part of your waist. Use the loosest setting.
    • Work your way up the garment, fastening from bottom to top, always at the narrowest part of your waist.
    • Pull the garment down over your abdomen as you fasten it.
    • By the time it is all fastened your waist trainer will be very snug! But it shouldn’t pinch or cause pain. 

    How to put on a steel-boned corset:

    • Make sure the clasps on the front are fastened. Never yank on these, as you can cause damage.
    • Use a mirror or ask a friend to help as you tighten the laces in back.
    • Tighten the loops the same way you would tighten your shoelaces, only starting from the outside and working your way in. You will tie the laces at the middle, at the narrowest part of your waist.
    • A corset needs to be seasoned before you can tighten it all the way. For the first several times you wear it, fasten it snugly but not as tight as it will go. Wear it about an hour a day for a week or two until it molds to your shape. Then you can start pulling the laces as tight as you want. 

    Following a Waist Training Regimen 

    For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day. However, you will have to work your way up to that goal, as there is a bit of an adjustment period. Here’s how to get started:

    • Start by wearing your waist trainer for an hour or two a day. It should be on a looser setting when you start out.
    • Add a half hour to an hour of wear each day. If needed you can break it up into two sessions a day. In the beginning you can also skip a day if desired.
    • You should be up to at least eight hours a day after you have been wearing your waist trainer for about two weeks. From there on out you can adjust your plan according to your needs.
    • Remember that waist training works best with a healthy diet with nutritious whole foods, and regular exercise. You should especially be working on strengthening your core (here are some great moves to get you started).
    • We highly recommend having at least two waist trainers to rotate through your wardrobe so that they can rest, be cleaned and perform optimally.
    • Be sure to take progress pictures and take your measurements so that you can see the progress you’re making!
    • Once your waist trainer is starting to feel loose even when fastened to its tightest setting, it’s time to order a smaller size! Celebrate!

    Good luck! Be sure to bookmark this page or print it out, so you can easily refer back to these tips when you need them. And don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about waist training.

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  • How to Wear a Waist Trainer Under Your Clothes

    Wearing waist trainers under clothing

    A waist trainer is a must-have piece of your holiday and winter wardrobe (actually, it’s a must-have for all year!). But can it work well under every type of outfit?

    To understand how to make the most of your waist trainer for everyday use, it’s important to have a good grasp on several factors that will help you enhance your look for any season:

    • How committed you are to a waist training regimen
    • Choosing the right waist trainer for your body type
    • Your personal style and fabric preferences

    Once you know your preferences and needs when it comes to these factors, working waist trainers into your wardrobe is much easier. Use this handy guide to see how these factors play a distinct role, and then find our specific tips for how to wear waist trainers discreetly underneath your clothing.

    Your Waist Training Commitment

    Knowing how often you’ll be wearing a waist trainer can greatly affect your wardrobe decisions. To wear a waist trainer under your clothes, it’s helpful to know how often you’ll be wearing one and thus how many you should own. Not all are created alike, and the more frequently you wear one, the more likely you’ll need to have multiple options in your closet.

    To get the maximum results from waist training, we recommend following a plan in which you wear a waist trainer for about 8–12 hours a day. This ensures that you’re getting maximum compression around your core, which stimulates thermal activity and contributes to your waist-slimming effort. (Not sure how to begin? Start here.)

    If you’re committed to an everyday plan, you will want at least two waist trainers to rotate through your wardrobe, in order to alternate them and let them rest. Giving your waist trainers a break allows them to contract and breathe for the best results—and you can also keep them clean. It also gives you the opportunity to try different colors and materials. At the very least you should have a workout band for when you’re exercising and then an everyday trainer for the rest of the time.

    On the other hand, if you’re not entirely committed to a daily waist training practice yet, you might only have one waist trainer in your wardrobe that you pull out for workouts or special occasions. In that case, you might want to make that selection carefully depending on when you want to wear it.

    Choosing the Right Waist Trainer for Your Body Type

    Do you know what your basic natural body type is?

    In order for your waist trainer to look its best under your clothes, it absolutely has to fit correctly, so that it enhances the curves you have. Otherwise, no matter what you wear on top, you’re not going to get the most flattering results. Knowing your body type when choosing a waist trainer is vital.

    Every body type is naturally beautiful, and each comes with its unique shaping challenges. But in general, every body type can benefit from wearing a waist trainer. If you need to create curves, cinching of the waist can better emphasize your hips and your bust. Conversely if you are already very curvy, a waist trainer can help you smooth and control those curves. And pretty much everyone benefits from a slimmer, flatter tummy and smaller waist measurement.

    Knowing your body type helps you select the best waist trainer for your needs. For example, if you need extra bust support you may want to choose a vest-style waist trainer. If you are on the short side you may choose a petite waist trainer; conversely if you’re tall, you may need a long torso variety.

    Once you’ve selected the ideal waist trainer for your body type, make sure you know how to put it on and that it fits correctly. Follow our sizing charts posted on the product descriptions. We have carefully curated each garment on our website and have adjusted the sizing charts accordingly. Make sure that you have measured the narrowest part of your waist, about two inches above the belly button, and that you’ve chosen the matching size on the chart. Choosing a garment that fits perfectly will ensure that your clothing falls in a flattering way over the top.

    Here are some trying-on tips for when you receive your order:

    • If you have a hook-and-eye closure waist trainer, start fastening from the bottom of the garment around the narrowest part of your waist. As you work your way up the cincher, pull it down over your abdomen.
    • If you are using a lace-up corset, use a mirror or find a friend to help you try it on. Make sure the front is clasped first. Tighten the laces in back by starting from the top and bottom and working your way towards the center.
    • Never force what doesn’t fit. While your waist trainer should be tight, you shouldn’t have to yank on it to put it on—otherwise you risk damaging the garment.
    • Be sure to break in your garment before you start a waist training regimen. Wear a latex waist cincher for an hour or two at a time for a couple of days before you start wearing it for longer hours. A steel-boned corset needs to be worn several times, loosely, for about an hour at a time, before you can tighten it all the way.

    Planning for Your Personal Style

    How you prefer to dress is a huge variable when it comes to how a waist trainer will work underneath your clothes. Some questions to ask yourself when pairing your clothes with a waist trainer include:

    • Fabric: will you be wearing thick or thin materials? Note that if you wear very light materials, the hooks on a waist trainer may show through.
    • Color: are you wearing light or dark? If you’re wearing light or sheer fabrics, a colorful print or dark colors on your waist trainer can show through.
    • Cut: are you wearing fitted tops or dresses, particularly those with lighter fabrics? It’s possible for the seams on a waist trainer to show. And obviously crop tops don’t pair well.

    If you have some clothing styles that might pose some problems with waist trainers, don’t worry. There are some ways to still make it work.

    Sneaky Tips for Wearing a Waist Trainer Discreetly

    If you want to commit to daily waist training, but some of your personal style doesn’t seem to work well, don’t despair. There are some ways to continue wearing a waist trainer without sacrificing your favorite outfits.

    • Use a shapewear alternative on the days when you are wearing thin or light-colored fabric in which a waist trainer might show through. We have a variety of seamless waist-slimming garments that will still provide compression around your waistline without showing. Try shaping panties, bodysuits and high-waist shaping leggings, to name a few. By wearing shapewear instead of a waist trainer on some days, you won’t set your waist training efforts back.
    • Try a no-closure waist trainer, which won’t have any of the seams and hooks that would show through your clothes.
    • Make sure you’re choosing a color and pattern that won’t pop through. Many styles of workout bands are designed for showing off at the gym with colorful prints, but they aren’t ideal underneath a white blouse.
    • As mentioned above, rotate several styles of waist trainers through your wardrobe. Nude and black waist trainers are ideal for everyday use.
    • Incorporate waist trainers into your personal style, rather than trying to conceal them! Many women are embracing the fun prints that you can show off at the gym or out on a run. You might also enjoy the vintage look you can get from a lace-up corset used as outerwear. Simply put it on over a thin lacy blouse.

    Wearing a waist trainer under your clothes can be a little tricky if you’re not accustomed to it, but once you’ve figured out how to make it work, it shouldn’t be difficult to incorporate it into your personal style effortlessly.

    Even if you discover that you’re not wearing certain styles of clothing as often as you used to, you might find that it’s worth it just because of the flattering benefits to your waistline. And don’t forget—it won’t completely set you back to skip a day of waist training every now and then, especially if you’ve been very committed to the practice. After all, why work so hard when you can’t show off your tiny waist off in swimwear or your cute little top?

    Finally, if need more specific style suggestions, particularly for special occasions or simply finding the perfect waist trainer, our customer service team is happy to help. Our expert stylists use waist trainers and other shapewear themselves and can give you the specific advice you need to perfect any look, no matter what your style. Contact our team – we're here to help!

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

    How to stay skinny without waist training

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

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

    • Your diet
    • Exercise consistency
    • Your overall health

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

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

    1. Adequate Sleep

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

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

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

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

    1. Less Stress

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

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

    1. Smart Food Choices

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

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

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

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

    1. The Right Core Exercises

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

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

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

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  • How to Wear a Waist Trainer Correctly

    Waist training beginner plan and tips

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

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

    Defining Waist Training

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

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

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

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

    How to Choose the Right Waist Trainer

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

    Lifestyle:

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

    Material:

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

    Body Type:

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

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

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

    How to Order the Right Size

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

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

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

    Need more sizing help? Check out our sizing guide.

    How to Put On Your New Waist Trainer

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

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

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

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

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

    7-Day Plan to Start Waist Training

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

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

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

    When You’ll See Results

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

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

    Holiday shapewear options

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

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

    Here are 5 easy ways to do it:

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Slim and sexy: the waist cincher.

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

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

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

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

    1. Power curves: the full bodysuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Well, hello curves: the open bottom shaper

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

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

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

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

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

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  • How Your Shapewear Should Fit & Feel

    What shapewear should feel like

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

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

    1. Waist Trainers

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

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

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

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

    Normal

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

    Not normal

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

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

    1. Shapewear

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

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

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

    Normal

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

    Not normal

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

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

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

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

    Suzie Waist Training Transformation

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

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

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

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

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

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

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

    1. What were your first impressions?

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

    1. What was your waist training routine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. When did you start seeing results?

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

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

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

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

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

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

    How to Size Shapewear Properly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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