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  • How Many Pieces of Shapewear Do I Need?

    Essential Shapewear

     

    Getting The Most Out of a Shapewear Wardrobe

    Once you discover how shapewear can transform the way you look, you'll probably be eager to get more. But if you're on a tight budget or have limited storage, you may be wondering what you really need.

    While we don't think you can ever have too much shapewear (there are pieces for every occasion, every day of the week), it's helpful to know the basics.

    It all depends on your individual lifestyle, but here are some pieces we think every woman should have for a flawless look every day.

    1. Alternating waist trainers

    Do you love waist training? If you want to wear a cincher or corset daily, you need at least two to alternate. This allows your waist trainers to rest and regain their shape after you've worn them all day, which is critical to maintaining their slimming power.

    1. Shaping slip

    For professional attire as well as special occasions, a slip can be everything you need to create a slim and smooth foundation. There are a variety of styles including full body slips and slip skirts – use a specific dress or your entire formal wardrobe to determine which slips you need and how many.

    1. Bodysuit

    For a quick and easy full body makeover, try a bodysuit. They flatter every body type, create a smooth foundation for a variety of outfits, and are easily hidden. Choose from styles including butt-lifting, thong back and thigh shaping.

    1. Performance workout attire

    Say goodbye to baggy gym clothes and say hello to compression activewear that will have you maximize your workouts and look sexy while you do them. We think everyone needs at least a pair or two of compression leggings, as well as quality sports bras and tanks.

    1. Shaping panties

    Whether you're dressing for work or casual events, shaping panties are a simple way to transform your appearance every day by flattening your belly and creating a smooth midsection all around. You may want to ditch regular panties altogether.

    1. Shaping apparel

    Sometimes you might not want to bother with shapewear at all—and you don't have to with shaping apparel. Try butt-lifting jeans, camisoles and leggings and for effortless perfection.

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  • How To Find The Perfect Size For Your Waist Trainer

    How to determine you waist trainer size

    Tips on How & Where to Measure Your Body

    If you're interested in waist training, you can look forward to some exciting changes in your figure whether you choose to do it during your workouts or with your everyday attire. One of the questions we receive regularly is how to find the perfect size. This is an important step if you want to achieve the best results and stay comfortable.

    Follow these tips to find the exact fit you need.

    1. Consult the sizing chart for the product

    There is a sizing chart specific to each brand and product. Please note that every product is different! Don't rely on what you think your standard size is, and don't assume that you'll be the same size in every product. This is why tip #2 is so important…

    1. Take accurate measurements

    Taking measurements is easy, quick and should help you find the size you need, if you do it right. For waist trainers, the most important measurement is your natural waist.

    -Measure about two inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your waist; pull the tape taut but don't stretch it tight. If you are full figured and have trouble determining the natural waist, bend from side to side to find it.
    -Some waist trainers also list a hip size; measure around the fullest part of your hips.
    -In all measurements, use a mirror to ensure that the tape covers a horizontal plane and doesn't sag. Also be sure you're wearing nothing heavier than your undergarments; bulky clothing can give you an inaccurate measurement.

    1. Err on the larger size

    If you're in between sizes, we recommend choosing the larger one. If the waist trainer is too tight, you may find it uncomfortable and unflattering. Remember that most cinchers are adjustable so you can choose the tighter fit if needed.

    1. Try it on

    Once you receive your waist trainer, gently fasten it on over a light tank top. It should fit snugly but not pinch or ride up. You may also want to put some clothes over it to ensure you're getting the desired results. If the fit isn't quite right, you can return or exchange the garment.

    1. A note on corsets

    Sizing for a lace-up corset works slightly differently. You should still use your natural waist measurement but subtract three to four inches from it to determine the best corset size. For example, if you have a 30-inch waist you should consider a size 26 corset.

    By following these you should find your ideal sizing. For further advice about taking and understanding measurements for different types of garments, see our Shapewear Size Guide and our Sizing FAQ.

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  • How To Find the Perfect Wedding Dress & Shapewear for Your Body Type

    Enhance your body type with your wedding dress and shapewear

    Bridal Gown & Shapewear Pairings

    If you're on the hunt for the dress, you have a lot of factors to consider. Before you even step foot into a bridal boutique, start by finding out the most flattering types of dresses for your body type. Then, go a step further and consider what kind of shapewear will work with your body and your dream dress.

    You'll save yourself a lot of time and hassle this way…so you can finally relax about the dress and move on to planning the rest of the wedding.

    Here are some suggestions that pair your body type with the ideal gown plus the ideal shapewear

    1. Rectangle Shape

    If you are tall and lean, with minimal curves, your ideal dress should help create curves. A gown with contouring seams can create an illusion of curves so that your silhouette looks more like an hourglass. You'll also benefit from a curve-boosting shaper like the Corselette by Amia, which pulls in your midsection while lifting your bust and your rear.

    1. Hourglass Shape

    With your coveted shape, you will want to emphasize that narrow midsection. Belts and other waistline details, as well as fit-and-flare looks can highlight your enviable curves. Your shaper should provide a smooth foundation for your midsection, rear and hips. The Vedette Gitta Strapless Bodysuit with Front Closure works beautifully with a number of hourglass styles.

    1. Inverted Triangle Shape

    If you have broad shoulders, the key to looking gorgeous walking down the aisle is finding balance in your shape. A voluminous skirt on your dress can do just that. If you're not interested in the ball gown look, you may want to try a flirty short dress instead. When it comes to shapewear, again focus on finding balance. Choose a garment that minimizes your waist and enhances your rear such as the Ann Chery Alexa High Compression Bodysuit.

    1. Apple Shape

    Your challenge as an apple shape is finding balance and creating more of a waistline. A-line cuts are always flattering, just be sure that the bottom half of your gown is balanced with the top. For shapewear, a waist-minimizing garment like the Satin & Lace Torsolette By Dominique will slim your middle dramatically.

    1. Pear Shape

    Curvy hips can look phenomenal in the right dress. Choose a cut that emphasizes your natural waist and draws attention to your top half for balance. You'll want shapewear that keeps your curvy hips and thighs smooth and under control, particularly if you choose a figure-hugging gown. We recommend the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Remember that there's an ideal look for you. For more ideas, check out our bridal collection.

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  • 6 Ways To Waist Train During Your Workouts

    Our Favorite Waist Trainers & Workout Bands

    Our Favorite Workout Bands

    One of the most popular trends we see thanks to celebrities like the Kardashians is workout waist training. In fact, when many of our customers share their shapewear transformations on social media, workout bands are what we see the most.

    Aside from the slimming power and sweat-boosting benefits, another reason everyone loves workout bands is because they look great on just about anyone! There are a variety of colors and styles to choose from, and they are flattering for any shape or size. Once you start using one, it's hard not to add more to your shapewear wardrobe.

    Can't decide which waist trainers to choose? We'll help you out. Here are six of our favorite workout bands.

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    1. Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    This is the newest addition to our collection of workout bands. It embodies everything that Amia is known for: innovative approach to design and an unwavering attention to quality.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The durable latex core is specially designed to increase thermal activity and stimulate perspiration in your midsection, making it the perfect complement to your workout wardrobe. You can also wear the Active Band like as a waist slimming corset underneath other clothing for work or weekend-wear.

    Athletic Corset Waist Trainer by Fajate

    1. Athletic Corset Waist Trainer by Fajate

    From the women's shapewear experts at Fajate, this premium waist cincher corset uses firm compression to instantly slim your midsection by up to several inches.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Like all good waist trainers, it is designed to increase thermal activity in your core, stimulating perspiration during exercise, sports, walks, runs, and at-home physical activity. It comes in several bright colors, making it perfect for showing off at the gym.

     Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    This is perhaps one of the most well-known garments in the world of waist training, and it's one that our customers adore. Take it to the gym or for a run outside and let it add impact to your healthy lifestyle routine.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: It provides ongoing compression around your core, which stimulates thermal activity and ramps up perspiration. Put simply, the band helps ensure that your workout is working for you.

    Sporty Exercise Band by Caribbean Shape

    1. Sporty Exercise Band by Caribbean Shape

    This workout band provides instant results and can help increase the intensity of physical activity.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: As a thermal control waistband, it responds to your body heat. Use it as a sport waistband if you want some extra support and fat-blasting help during your workouts.

    Animal Instincts Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    1. Animal Instincts Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    For you fashion lovers, this waist minimizer is a must-have. You don't even need to break a sweat to look hot, although it is ideal for workouts. The Ann Chery brand is known for maximum quality, and this workout band is no exception.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Showcasing two fun animal prints, it is an effective and stylish way to achieve the figure of your dreams. Crafted from natural latex rubber with a soft stretch cotton interior lining, this cincher features lightweight, flexible boning and two columns of comfortable hook-and-eye closures.

    Slim Sport Girdle by Verox Slim

    1. Slim Sport Girdle by Verox Slim

    Just in case you hadn't seen the color you were looking for yet, this garment might have it. Why keep your shapewear covered up when it looks this good? A must-have for instant slimming around your midsection, this stunning girdle provides superior abdominal control.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: For starters, there are lots of fun color options! The Slim Sport Girdle by Verox Slim is made with resilient latex inside to increase perspiration while wearing it. The girdle comfortably firms the look of your abs, slimming your silhouette and enhancing your curves in all the right places, whether you're at the gym or anywhere else.

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  • What to Wear Under 6 Sexy Summer Outfits

    The Right Shapewear for Summery Silhouettes

    It's no secret that one of the keys to looking sexy is choosing the right undergarments as well as the right apparel. In summer, this is especially true. Think you can't get away with wearing shapewear underneath your light summer clothes? Think again. You can certainly show off your figure without showing off your secret.

    Here are six sexy summer outfits that are made perfect with the right shapewear underneath.

     Shapewear for short dresses

    1. Short skirts and dresses + Corselette by Amia

    If your hemline only reaches mid-thigh, a thong or even a regular panty just won't cut it if you get a warm summer breeze coming your way. The corselette provides a more modest bottom with a feminine touch of lace. It also provides all the power you need to keep your midsection looking smooth.

    Shapewear for pencil skirts

    1. Pencil skirts +Sleek Curves Shaping Slip By Hooked Up

    Get the support and coverage you need with a full-body slip. This garment makes you look 5-10 pounds slimmer and won't slide or roll out of place, which is a particularly comfortable and effective option for career attire.

    Shapewear for midi-skirts

    1. Loose dresses and skirts + Hi Cut Brief Panty by Wacoal

    If you have a lot of loose fabric and there's less to worry about, go for comfort. This panty provides easy everyday coverage and support.

    Shapewear for T-Shirt Dresses

    1. T-shirt dresses + Thong Shaper by Amia

    A t-shirt dress is cute but may seem difficult to pull off. This shaper discreetly provides firm shaping for your waist and back while remaining hidden even under the lightest of fabrics.

    Shapewear for dress pants

    1. Tight bottoms + Dayanna Butt Booster Body Suit by Vedette

    The whole point of tight pants is to show off what you've got. This body suit helps you do just that by lifting and rounding your natural curves, without a visible panty line of course. It also smooths your midsection so you can avoid muffin top too.

    Shapewear for sheer bottoms

    1. Sheer or floaty bottoms +High Waisted Thong

    The key to making a flowing dress look right is to define the waist while creating a smooth foundation. Nothing does it better than a high waisted thong.

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  • 10 Easy Ways to Detox without a Restrictive Diet

    Detox without a restrictive diet

    Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

    Detoxing is popular right now for a reason; it helps flush harmful elements out of your body as part of a healthier lifestyle. It's cleansing, but a lot of people shy away from it because many popular methods involve harsh diet restrictions. And for many of us, that means hunger and grumpiness.

    Fortunately, there are ways to reap the benefits of a detox without the pain. Here are ten simple habits that can improve your health, courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.

    1. Lemon water

    Start every morning by squeezing half a lemon into a glass of room-temperature water (don't make it cold, as this can shock your system). The nutrients in lemons have a lot of benefits including stimulating your liver to flush out toxins. Bonus: immunity boosters and hunger-curbing enzymes.

    2. Activated charcoal

    Look for this super product at any supplement store. The powder bonds with toxins in your body and helps flush them out before they harm you. Mix with lemon juice and maple for a tasty, healthy drink.

    3. Bone broth

    If you have leftover chicken or beef bones, simmer them for up to 24 hours along with carrot, onion, celery, garlic and thyme. The gelatin brings healing and repair to your body's cells. It's no wonder we crave soup when we're sick.

    4. Whole plant foods

    Eating a diet full of organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes instead of processed foods will help you naturally detox—as well as avoid a lot of toxins.

    5. Fennel seeds

    Speaking of seeds, have you tried fennel? Chew on these to access antioxidants, improve digestion and balance blood sugar.

    6. Probiotics

    Cultures around the world enjoy fermented food and the health benefits that come with it. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a good bacteria that lines the gut membranes and helps eliminate toxins. Add it in powder form to juice or shakes, or eat yogurt, kombucha, or any other fermented food.

    7. Regular meals (no snacking)

    Eating all of your food in one sitting and then fasting until your next meal allows your digestive tract to fully process food and then rest and cleanse. It also helps you avoid eating when you're just bored.

    8. Cacao

    The health benefits of chocolate are well-documented. Choose dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage around 70 or 80 percent.

    9. Spices

    Loading your food with a variety of spices instead of salt aids in natural cleansing processes and helps you feel satiated sooner. Ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin and turmeric back a powerful punch.

    10. Chamomile tea

    This drink is not only comforting, but also can help you sleep better. Plus, it aids in digesting your final meal of the day.

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  • 5 Postpartum Shapers That Help You Return To Your Pre-Pregnancy Shape

    The New Mom Guide To Regaining Your Figure

    Return to your pre-pregnancy shape using postpartum shapers

    If you're a new mom or you're going to be one soon, congratulations! Nothing in this world brings more joy. However, it's normal to wonder if and when you'll ever get back into the shape you once were. If you're having that concern, postpartum shapers can play a big roll in helping you feel confident very quickly following pregnancy.

    How quickly your body bounces back after having a baby is largely determined by your genetics and your lifestyle, but postpartum compression garments can aid in the process. What's more, with figure-slimming attire you'll feel sexier right away, even if you're concealing that post-pregnancy belly. Here are some of our favorite must-have postpartum shapers that every new mom should have on hand:

    Post Delivery Girdle

    1. Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    Women have practiced postpartum wrapping across many cultures for centuries, and there's a reason why; it works! Following the delivery of a child, your abdomen is sensitive and swollen. Wrapping it gently provides compression support that will help you ease your way back to into a smaller size. This can make your recovery more comfortable so you can feel like yourself again.

    Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top by Belly Bandit

     

    1. Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top by Belly Bandit

    If you are planning on breastfeeding, you'll want at least a couple of nursing tanks. This nursing top provides convenient access for a hungry little one; it also offers the support and compression shaping you'll want while your body is transitioning after pregnancy. Features include wide straps, an anti-rollup bottom, and three zones of compression ensuring comfort and a smooth figure.

    Hip Slimming Corset

     

    1. Post Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    You may have noticed that your hips are a bit wider during and after your pregnancy. This happens to make room for the baby during the birth, but it's not very comfortable afterwards. You can help your hips come back into place by using a hip-slimming corset. Take advantage of the fact that your joints are still very malleable in the weeks following birth; the hip slimmer will help you return to a smaller size.

    High Waisted Panty by Amia

     

    1. High Waisted Panty by Amia

    When you have a new baby, you shouldn't have to be concerned with a complicated wardrobe. This panty makes you feel comfortable in your postpartum body simply and beautifully. The high waist design with firm compression will flatten your tummy while smoothing your whole midsection. You might fit back into your pre-pregnancy jeans sooner than you thought.

    Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

     

    1. Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    Your body undergoes drastic changes during pregnancy, so you may want some powerful shaping to help recover your waistline. Using a waist trainer like this cincher will dramatic slim and smoothen your midsection while you're wearing it and can aid in your journey to regaining your figure.

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  • 3 Pieces of Figure-Slimming Apparel that Will Revolutionize Your Wardrobe

    Shaping apparel can revolutionize your closet.

    Transform the Way You Look and Feel

    Are you in need of a closet makeover? In your ideal wardrobe, every piece of clothing should make you look great and feel great. The secret to looking like a model everyday isn't having endless drawers of clothes; it's having just a few basic pieces that flatter your figure and can be mixed and matched with almost anything. From there, you can layer on your favorite accent pieces.

    You should look for comfort, style and versatility in those basic garments. A shaping tank for layering, body-sculpting leggings, and of course a flattering pair of jeans are a great start. Here are some of our favorite figure slimming apparel:

    1. The Scoop Skinny Shaping Top by Cass Luxury

    This isn't your ordinary tank top. Seamless stretch microfiber provides extraordinary comfort with moderate slimming that stays in place. Control your bust and midsection, down to just beneath your hips. And whether you wear this tank on its own or underneath other tops, you stay cool in breathable, moisture-wicking side panels. That microfiber also provides odor control, so you can be cool and confident all day long.

    1. Lala Moderate Control Shaper Leggings by Cass Luxury

    Leggings are a must-have for any modern woman, so why have not some that enhance your figure? Instead of layering your shapewear, sometimes it just makes sense to shape your figure with your apparel. These leggings lift and define your rear while slimming your whole midsection, hiding your muffin top and love handles. Unlike many leggings that can make you feel hot and sticky, these are constructed with moisture-wicking breathable fabric to keep you cool, with a seamless, tagless finish.

    1. Booty-Enhancing Skinny Jeans by Verox Jeans

    It's no secret we love Verox's butt-lifting jeans. They provide lift and enhancement for your backside, while smoothing your hips, thighs and lower abdomen. The secret is the stitching and cut of the pant, which provide perfect shaping. If you think skinny jeans aren't for you, you just haven't tried the right pair yet. These are the pants you'll go to again and again because they're comfortable and they effortlessly make you look sexier the minute you put them on.

    Revolutionizing your wardrobe doesn't have to be a huge process. You don't need to a ton of clothes; you need to be smarter about the basics. We hope these pieces provide the inspiration you need to transform your look every day.

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  • 4 Reasons to Use Shaping Leggings

    Shaping leggings ensure confidence at the gymLove the Way You Look at the Gym

    Don't let your workouts drag just because you're using mediocre fitness apparel. Instead of wearing baggy, unflattering clothes, get motivated by looking and feeling your best. If you're serious about fitness, one of your must-haves is a great pair of workout leggings.

    These leggings are uniquely constructed with an internal girdle, providing firm-compression shaping unlike typical workout pants. Here are four reasons you'll want to have these whether you're out walking, jogging, doing yoga or hitting the gym:

    1. Sculpt your thighs

    Slimming compression around your thighs ensures there's no sagging or dimpling. Your legs will look smooth and firm so you can focus on your performance, instead of worrying about how you look.

    1. Support your glutes

    Push your intensity higher while lifting and shaping your butt. The leggings are have unique seaming that sculpts your backside, making it look rounder, fuller and firmer. You'll feel more confident, and the leggings are so comfortable, you might find yourself wanting to wear them beyond the gym too!

    1. Flatten your belly

    Nothing is worse than muffin top in tight-fitting workout clothes. Look your best with compression in a high waist design that covers and flattens your lower abdomen. Perfect for those gym selfies.

    1. Keep cool

    Bon Bon Up's thermal reduction technology in the fabric keeps your skin feeling cool no matter how hard you sweat.

    Whatever your preferred form of exercise or leisure, these leggings have you covered.

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  • How Activewear Can Maximize Your Workout

    6.18.2015

    Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Routine

    Think it doesn't matter what clothes you exercise in? If you're just slipping on an old baggy t-shirt and gym shorts, you might not be getting the most out of your workouts.

    Do your body a favor and try working out in some clothes designed to amp up your routine. Not only will you look great in women's activewear, but you'll be maximizing your workouts too. More sweat and more heat means higher intensity.

    Here are some of our favorite choices for maximizing your workouts:

    A110- Active-Band

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Adding a waist trainer to you workouts could be just the thing you need to amp up your intensity. The Active Band instantly slims your midsection by up to several inches while increasing thermal activity in your core and ramping up your perspiration. Who says you can't look good while working up a sweat? And, by giving you an instant glimpse of your slimmer figure, it helps to keep you motivated and on-track to your long-term fitness goals.

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    While your workout is heating up, you'll want a top designed to handle your sweat. This tank absorbs sweat and odor and then dries quickly so you can stay comfortable. We actually recommend wearing it underneath the Active Band so you don't have to wash your waist trainer as frequently.

    Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa

    Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa

    Great leggings are a must-have for your workout attire. These capris are designed to hide trouble spots by instantly smoothing your silhouette around the tummy, thighs, hips and legs while you wear them. They also intensify your workouts by stimulating thermal activity and perspiration.

    Sweat it Off Tank by Delfin Spa

    Sweat it Off Tank by Delfin Spa

    If you're not using a waist trainer, you'll want a compression top like this tank, with an open bust designed to pair with your favorite sports bra. The unique materials in this racer back tank reflect your body's heat, helping to increase perspiration, so that you know you're working up a sweat. You'll also love the way it shapes your body so you can feel more confident at the gym.

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