Compression Goes Beyond Just Helping You Look Great
Do you enjoy the benefits of wearing midsection shapers or are thinking about getting one? Midsection shapers are known to make you look even more stunning for a big event or help you lose a couple of inches from your waist. But did you know that compression technology does more than make your dress fit better?
The various definitions for midsection shapers can be confusing, so here are a few terms sorted out. Fajas and cinchers are waist-slimming bands with various levels of compression; they sit below the bust and certain designs may have shoulder straps. Girdles, while very similar, are generally longer than cinchers and provide shaping from your bust to your hips. Waist-trainer garments are designed to be worn regularly to sustain loss in the waistline.
Midsection Shaper Benefits
1. Improved Posture
One instant benefit you’ll notice any time you’re wearing a midsection shaper is that you’ll automatically be sitting and standing straighter. Not only will you look more poised, but you’ll alleviate back pain by stabilizing weak muscles in the lower back and abdomen. A shaper can be a life-changing garment if you experience a lot of pain in your occupation – particularly if you do a lot of static sitting or standing.
2. Semi-Permanent Reshaping
Many women don’t know that some shapers have the power to reshape their figures over time. With regular use in as little as 30 days, regular wearers have reported sustained losses of one to four inches in their waistlines!
3. Abdominal Strengthening
Midsection shapers give your abs a little workout all day long. Firm compression engages your core and helps you strengthen your abdominal muscles. This muscle building also contributes to benefits 1 and 2 listed above. This can be a huge benefit if you’re in postpartum recovery!
4. Fat Mobilization
Many compression shapers are designs with thermal panels that increase the flow of heat in your midsection. Boosting thermal activity in your core increases blood flow and helps eliminate toxins – which with regular use means less amassed fat.
5. Mental and Emotional Boost
Compression around the midsection feels like a constant hug and may provide the emotional benefit of decreased generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression. This is called deep pressure therapy. Women who wear shapers and experience the physical benefits like better posture also enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem.
As you browse all of your midsection shaper options, consider all the surprising ways that you could benefit!
How to Shape and Flatter Your Natural Curves
Every body is beautiful. That’s right; every single curve in your body is naturally gorgeous. Do you agonize over getting your body to look proportionally like an hourglass? If you do, you should understand that very few women naturally have that shape.
Stop agonizing and take a look at your body just as it is. Even if you want to lose weight, you can identify what natural body type you have.
Instead of trying to squeeze and hide parts of your body to look unnatural, emphasize what you do have! You can feel confident in your own skin with the right attire, including shapers designed for your natural shape.
To determine your body type, stand naked in front of a mirror or grab some measuring tape to measure your proportions. Refer to these guidelines whenever you shop and you’ll look ravishing for every occasion!
If you’re a natural hourglass, your shoulders and hips are proportionally the same size while your waistline is smaller. Your waist is eight to ten inches smaller than your bust and hips measurements.
When you dress, you’ll want to emphasize your narrow waist without adding too much extra bulk or attention to your bust or your bottom. Clinging and wrapping tops work well, as well as soft fabrics and solid colors. Wear attire that lengthens your torso and legs like high-waisted pants and skirts, and form-fitting jackets. You may also want extra length to your legs by wearing heels.
For shapers that lengthen your look and emphasize your slim waist, try the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia and Corselette by AMIA. The Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit will also slim the waist, abdomen, and hips, creating a beautiful, voluptuous shape.
Inverted Triangle Figure
If you have prominent shoulders that are wider than your hips, you’re an inverted triangle. You most likely have a large chest and a straight waist.
Your main objectives when dressing are defining your waist and softening your shoulders. Avoid embellishment around the shoulders and neckline and try to add emphasis to your hips with designs like pocket details and pleats.
Shapers that work well wonderfully for inverted triangles figures include the Vest by Amia, the Lilian High Back Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette, and the CoCoon Perfect Fit Braless T-Shirt, all of which firmly shape your waistline and providing extra support for your bust.
As a rectangle shape, your shoulders, waist, bust and hips are all relatively close in size. Your waist is less than 25 percent smaller than your bust or hips.
Your goal in styling is to emphasize your feminine curves. Wear cuts that are interesting and draw attention to your bust and hips.
Shapers can be very helpful in creating curves. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear, the Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper, and the Vedette Dayanna Open Bottom Body Shaper with Front Closure are all fabulous butt-enhancing options.
If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, you’re a pear shape. You may enjoy the benefits of a well-defined waistline and rounded hips and bottom.
Your main style objective is to lengthen your silhouette so you’ll look balanced from top to bottom. Highlight the top half of your body to contrast the lower half. Draw the eye to your neckline and shoulders, while emphasizing your slim waist. Wear dark and plain on your lower half to elongate your legs.
You may benefit from a garment like the Backless Body Shaper with Bikini Bottom by Fullness, which creates a smooth curve throughout your torso while giving your bust a nice lift. For slimming and control of your hips, thighs and butt, try Stephanie by Vedette or High Waisted Shaping Shorts by MeMoi.
If you’re an apple, your shoulders and hips are about the same size. Your bust and waist measurements are similar, while your hips are about six inches smaller than your bust.
Women with apple silhouettes typically have lovely busts, so wear tops with low necklines or small collars. Your challenge is the lack of a waistline, so choose styles that draw attention away from your tummy and emphasize your arms, legs and chest. Empire cuts, flared and trouser legs, and wrap dresses are all great examples.
Shapers that work for apples include the Cincher by Amia and Evonne by Vedette, which create a smooth waistline and lift the bust. The Vedette Dayanna Open Bottom Body Shaper with Front Closure also shapes a waistline while giving your butt and hips a nice lift as well.
Congratulations to Jasmine @cupinjer, winner of the 31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge! This lucky lady gets to enjoy over $500 in fabulous AMIA shapewear! Check out her inspiring images of success on Instagram, as well as submissions from many other women of greatness.
Did you take the challenge? What an inspiring month! Everyday women answered the question through images: what shapes your success? We enjoyed seeing what gets you up in the morning, who your cheerleaders are, what gets you through the workday and what motivates you to be women of greatness.
Thank you to everyone who participated, for sharing your inspiration with others. We had 781 submissions — it was a rousing success!
We’re also thrilled to announce that because of your Instagram submissions, Hourglass Angel will be donating $781 to the Women’s Alliance! These funds provide disadvantaged women and their families with tools, education, and support they need to attain economic self-sufficiency through employment.
We hope that you’ll continue to follow @hourglass_angel on Instagram and keep the inspiration coming, all year long!
Top 5 Discrete Shapers for Formal Wear
Want to look killer in that sexy dress for the big event this season? Don’t let your dress’s revealing style prevent you from shaping and supporting your figure!
There’s a shaper that can shape your silhouette and give your curves an extra boost no matter what you’re wearing. Here are our top five customer favorite shapers for special occasion dresses.
Need some all-over torso control? This shaper provides a smooth and contoured foundation using tummy control panels and gives your bust a boost with soft padded cups. And since it’s a strapless, backless thong, it will always be your little secret! This is one of our most versatile garments, as it works with multiple dress styles. It will be best friends with your “little black dress.”
The maximum-strength latex in the simple, seamless design of this compression thong will instantly take one to four inches off your waistline (use it every day for a month and you may sustain that slimming!). A flat tummy and smooth back are essential for all of your form-fitting attire. The adjustable, convertible straps make this garment versatile to wear with a variety of tops. Pair it with your bra of choice for a perfect fit and flawless shape under that stunning dress.
For those tight skirts and dresses that are designed to show off your feminine curves, you’ll want a shaper that gives your butt a boost without flattening it. This shaper lifts and firms your rear while tightening and controlling your midsection and hips. You’ll enjoy a smooth and seamless silhouette from bust to thigh. You can also pair this garment with the bra of choice, so you have a custom fit and lift for all of your strappy or strapless looks.
Three invisible slimming layers on this firm control midsection shaper create a smooth and sexy silhouette without revealing a seam or pantyline. The comfortable thong makes it versatile for any number of styles, even your most flattering rear-clinging dresses. Use it with your favorite bra and feel confident in your shape in all of your strapless and form-fitting looks.
Whether you’re flaunting that clingy short skirt or a long mermaid cut gown, you’ll want you derriere to stand out and not fall flat. This simple brief is an essential piece for form-fitting dresses. It clings smoothly and won’t reveal so much as a hint of a seam. Enjoy a flattened tummy, a rounded butt and curvy and smooth hips. No one will know your secret!
No matter what the occasion, there’s a shaper designed to make you look your best. Feel sexy and confident in our selection of discrete shapers for virtually any formalwear.
Using Firm Compression to Drop Several Inches from Your Waist
Sometimes we all need a little help looking our best, whether dressing up in a formal gown for the big event or dressing sharp for that big presentation. If you need a dramatic effect around your waistline, firm control shapewear is the surefire way to get that hourglass figure in an instant.
Not only will firm compression garments provide immediate results as foundation pieces, but with regular use they can target your weight loss! Firm compression stimulates thermal activity and perspiration, which is an effective way to mobilize the fat and toxins that are hanging around your midsection.
There are several approaches to slenderizing your silhouette with maximum control. The most basic option is to use a band or cincher, which wraps around your waist beneath your bust. The Shapeband by Squeem and the Almighty Cincher by AMIA are two customer favorites that have proven results. Wear them around your waist for eight to ten hours a day every day, and you may drop one to four inches from your waistline! These shapers are ideal following pregnancy and are effective for getting rid of the pesky “pooch!”
Another option is a vest style cincher like the Almighty Vest by AMIA and the SlimVest by Squeem. These foundations pieces effectively provide instant slimming while contributing to long-term weight loss through compression. They utilize shoulder straps for extra support and control through the bust.
For a full-body makeover, try a firm compression shaper with extended coverage such as the Love Your Body Slimming Shaper by Leonisa and the Ann Cherry High Compression Bodysuit. You’ll get that effectively slimming firm compression in your waist as well as around your hips, butt and thighs.
And of course, you can’t beat the classic look and effectiveness of a corset as a foundation piece. We have a wide selection of these sexy shapers, including practical pieces like the Vedette Valerie Firm Compression Girdle, as well as a sexy look like the Slimming Waist Cincher with Latex by Leonisa.
So whether you’re trying to lose weight or you need a dramatic instant fix for your figure, we have the perfect firm compression shaper for your needs. Browse our maximum control selection or talk to a representative for more information.
Maternity Shaping Options for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy
Relieving Discomfort and Looking Fabulous in Through Pregnancy
Congratulations, mom-to-be! Whether this is your first pregnancy or a later one, you’re undoubtedly full of a range of emotions as you anticipate the growth of your belly and your family.
One of the fun parts of pregnancy is deciding what you’re going to wear! Just because you’re going to be much rounder in the coming months doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable and sexy, while staying comfortable.
Before you go on a maternity shopping spree, consider that a huge factor in looking and feeling great during pregnancy is what you’re wearing underneath your maternity outerwear. Maternity shapewear and support garments are designed for maximum comfort and help your growing body look smooth and attractive. They can even do wonders relieving common aches and pains you may experience during the later months.
Maternity Bras: Giving the Ladies a Lift
One of the first things you may notice within days of discovering you’re pregnant is tenderness and swelling in your breasts. Supportive maternity bras are an investment worth making early in the pregnancy because your breasts are only going to get larger and heavier. In fact, they’re a major contributor to back and shoulder pain if you wear the wrong bra.
Good maternity bras have wide, comfortable straps and full, supportive cups. Whether or not you should use bras with underwires is a personal preference. If your breasts are particularly tender, you may want to do without them.
Camis can be your best friend when you’re layering your outfits during pregnancy. A quality top provides enough compression to give your bust and your belly a lift and smooth your bump, without sacrificing comfort. If a top is long enough, you may even be able to pull it over your unbuttoned non-maternity pants and provide shaping and support for your hips.
Compression tops are also a must-have during the postpartum period. They’ll pull in all of the stretched out areas of your belly and provide light abdominal support while you heal and regain your pre-pregnancy shape. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll love wearing compression nursing tops around the clock!
As your belly grows, you’ll discover just how taxing a tiny baby can be on your body. Stretching ligaments and extra weight can cause a variety of aches and discomforts, including low and middle back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, varicose veins and swelling in your legs.
Support bands and belts can provide instant relief to some of these common conditions, particularly if you’re on your feet a lot. These garments come in a wide range of designs and strengths. Strong support belts effectively redistribute the weight of your belly to lessen whatever strains you’re experiencing. Some bellybands function fashionably, enabling you to wear your unbuttoned non-maternity pants under them.
After pregnancy you might also benefit from a postpartum belt or cincher to help you regain a slender shape as your body heals.
Depending on the season and how much extra support you want, you may benefit from maternity compression panties or stockings. Most provide the same benefits as abdominal bands but go a step further with support around your pelvic area and thighs. Stockings will also provide instant relief for swelling and varicose veins in your lower extremities.
Like much maternity shapewear, compression bottoms additionally work well in the postpartum period, improving your circulation and providing support as your body regains its shape.
Mom Bloggers Share Personal Success with AMIA’s Almighty Cincher.
Are you among the ranks of moms who experience endless frustration trying to regain their pre-pregnancy bellies? Whether your child is six months or six years old and beyond, regaining your figure and your self-confidence after childbirth can be downright difficult.
Diet and exercise are essential, but sometimes you need a little boost. These mom bloggers tried on The Almighty Cincher by AMIA and experienced incredible results! Here are their stories:
Manhattan mom Bryce from The Luxury Spot writes in “New Mom Essential for Every Stage” lists the Almighty Cincher as an essential item for new moms:
“Consider it a mommy corset that you wear around the house, while grocery shopping, breast feeding, whatever… It requires no real effort, and doctors have long suggested corseting to help train the uterus to more rapidly return to its upright and original position (with its tray table also stowed).”
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Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review shares her personal success in “The Corset Diet: Does it Work?”:
“OK, this is the part where I tell you how utterly smitten I am with the Cincher. As soon as I put it on, I looked MAD FOIN – seriously, I looked teeny tiny, and every piece of clothing I tried on while wearing it looked super flattering. It gave me a delicious hourglass shape, like va va voom to the max!”
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Ilaria from AKAMom writes about every mom’s battle in “The Return of the Waistline!”
“Luckily, finding a corset that works for you doesn’t have to feel like rocket science. With a mission to promote self-esteem and a positive body image, HourglassAngel.com not only sells corsets and cinchers that are quality, they also help sustain weight loss, improve posture, and boost overall confidence.”
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Thanks to these moms for sharing their success with others! Have you tried a cincher like The Almighty Cincher by Amia after pregnancy? Let us (and other moms) know in the comments how it helped you regain your pre-pregnancy silhouette.
Guide for Slimming Down after Pregnancy
Are you expecting a little one or have that bundle of joy in your arms already? Congratulations! First things first; enjoy that little darling in those first short weeks postpartum.
As your baby grows, you may be wondering: when is my belly going to shrink? While you have to be patient as nature does it work, you can use a postpartum shaper to speed the process a bit. Compression can help your uterus shrink back down to its regular size and guide your body into regaining its shape. You’ll also benefit from better posture, which will help prevent postpartum aches and pains and help you heal more quickly!
If you’re pregnant and want to order a compression garment in advance, one rule of thumb is to order one size larger than your pre-pregnancy size. Yet you might need to factor in other considerations, especially if you’ve put on a lot of extra weight.
While every woman (and every pregnancy) is different, you can expect to lose a good chunk of weight immediately after birth. Twelve pounds is typical, if you consider seven or eight pounds for an average baby, a pound or so for the placenta, and another few pounds of blood and amniotic fluid. You can expect to lose another four to six pounds in fluid within a week or two following delivery.
After that, the weight comes off a little more slowly, about a pound a week, so this is the size you’ll want to plan for. When ordering your postpartum shaper, try to estimate your weight for about two weeks after birth: sixteen to eighteen pounds less than your full term weight. After subtracting that weight, add a dress size for every ten pounds above your pre-pregnancy weight. For example, if you weighed 125 pounds and wore a size 4 pre-pregnancy and weighed 150 pounds full-term, you can expect to weigh about 135 pounds two weeks after the birth. You’ll want about a size 6 shaper for that period (see product size charts for precision sizing).
Keep in mind that if you are ordering your garment during the second or third trimester, you will likely be gaining one pound per week for the remainder of your pregnancy.
Good luck and best wishes as you embark on the incredible journey of motherhood!
Shaping Success Stories from Real Women
Happy Customer Appreciation Week here at Hourglass Angel! We love helping women look incredible and feel confident about their self-images. That’s why we are absolutely thrilled any time one of our customers shares a success story with us.
Each woman has her own unique story. Here are some of our favorite comments from ladies who came to Hourglass Angel for their body shaping needs.
“This cincher really WORKS. It holds up over time and stays in place right where it belongs. I will be ordering again!” -Amy N., Ann Chery Workout Band 2026
“I get the most compliments when wearing these jeans, and best part is…they’re comfortable!!! Just ordered my second pair by Xexy. I followed what most comments have said about ordering a size up and they fit perfectly.” –Leah, On Powder Puff Butt Enhancing Jeans by Xexy 9001
“I love this product! It’s perfect for helping to lose weight.” -JeTwauwn G., Shapeband 26C
“I purchase the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset and absolutely LOVE it. I wear it every day for 8-10 hours and I have experienced amazing results after only a couple weeks. I also exercise daily…nothing extreme… just walking and sit-ups. I’m a satisfied customer!” -Patricia Y., Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03
“Excited for my summer body! I Love it and it’s working wonder’s for me.” -Towana P., Slimvest by Squeem 26J
“Great Investment! My vest is a major reason that I can see results with my weight loss!” -Yalawa Q., Slimvest by Squeem 26J
“This is the second shapeband that I bought and I love it. They really do what they say I wore it eight hours a day and I went from an XL to a medium. They are made from quality material and very sturdy. I LOVE IT!” -Jackie M., Shapeband by Squeem 26C
“This thing is wonderful! I wear it all the time with the exception of showers. It’s only been a few days and I swear my skin is tighter. I have lost 57 pounds and still have a lot to lose. I turned 40 this year, and my skin is not snapping back, so I made this purchase with the hopes of preventing loose skin. I wish I could buy one for my chin!” – Michelle M., Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa DS-TUMMY
” I Absolutely love my cincher!!!!!! I have lost so many inches in two weeks. It’s time to get a smaller size. Thank You–Azure P., Almighty Cincher by AMIA
“I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this shaper. It has instantly made me look 10 pounds smaller, I am in love with it and I never take it off.” -Shamorea W., Shapeband by Squeem 26C
We hope you’ll have a success story too! Talk to one of our representatives to determine your needs and find the perfect shaper for any occasion. And, be sure to submit your review, so other women can benefit from your feedback as well!
Get the best results from your shapers by extending their life.
Once you have some quality shapewear garments rotating through your wardrobe, you’ll wonder how you ever dressed without them. But if you don’t take proper care of them, you may be disappointed to find they start losing their shape and effectiveness.
To get the longest, most effective use out of your shapewear, give them special treatment in the way you wear them and the way you wash them. Just follow these simple tips:
- The best solution to keep your shapewear functioning day after day is to rotate several pieces through your wardrobe! Not only will you always look great, but you’ll feel fresh and clean when you’re regularly washing all of your shapers.
- Your shapewear also needs regular gentle washing to help the materials contract. Avoid wearing the same shaper more than twice before washing for best results.
- Be especially mindful of caring for latex, which can be damaged easily. Always hand-wash in a bucket of warm water, using a mild shampoo or baby shampoo. Rinse well and hang dry. Once it is completely dry, store it in a dark area.
- You can wash non-latex garments in the washing machine using the gentle or handwash cycle in cold water, with a full load. If you are not sure if the product contains latex, review the hangtag for a materials break down. Excessive agitation or hot water can damage the construction of the material. Cold water effectively shrinks the material back into its proper place. Put all of your shapers in a netted lingerie bag with hooks clasped to avoid catching them on anything. If your machine doesn’t have a gentle cycle, wash your garments by hand in a gallon of cold water.
- It’s also important to use the right type of detergent. Specially formulated lingerie detergent works best – any detergents that contain dyes, fragrances, alcohol, softeners or bleach can irreparably damage your shapers by breaking down their construction. Even Woolite can do harm, so stick to lingerie detergent only! Remember to use mild shampoo or baby shampoo for all garments containing latex.
- Finally, always air-dry your shapers flat or hanging.
Make them last!
With the right wear and care, your shapers will give you the comfort and performance you want through many uses. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or contact us with any more questions about proper care for your shapewear.