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  • How To Wear This Fall Color Now

    Colors for fall 2015

    Fashion Tips for Favorite Fall Colors 2015

    Welcome, fall!

    Who doesn't love the crisp air, the seasonal flavors, and of course the fashion that goes with it? While sipping on pumpkin-flavored everything, we're dreaming about all the colors we get to explore in our fall wardrobes.

    To stay current with trends, we recommend trying some of these crisp color combinations this fall. Pair them with shapewear for a head-turning look this season and beyond.

    Neon colors this fall

    1. Neon

    If you loved the 80s, then you are probably excited: hot electric shades are returning. Your best bet for pulling off flashy shades of pink and green without making an overstatement is at the gym. Add fluorescent hues to your workout band collection and you'll definitely turn heads.

    Brown Color for Fall

    1. Brown

    This fall favorite looks good on pretty much everyone. But to avoid looking bland, liven it up with richer colors like maroon or copper. For invisible shaping under neutrals, choose a nude color shaper or waist trainer; no one will ever suspect how you look so good.

    Winter Florals For Fall

    1. Winter Florals

    Florals in late fall and winter work well when rendered against a regal teal or red background. Pair with a firm compression shaper to ensure that your foundation is smooth and that the print lies perfectly on your figure.

    Winter cream for fall

    1. Winter Cream

    The latest take on winter white is a creamier version of one of the fashion world's favorite shades. White can be tricky to pull off, however, so you'll want to make sure your figure is slim and smooth. Your best bet is a nude all-over shaping garment like the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Black and White Graphics

    1. Black & White Graphics

    Black and white prints are genius because they can create an optical illusion. Wear this bold, street-savvy style so that it brings attention to the smallest part of your waist. Add a waist trainer to further emphasize the waistline.

    Brenton Stripes for fall

    1. Breton Stripes

    This can be a flattering form-fitting style if worn correctly. However, if the horizontal stripes emphasize the wrong areas, they can make you look larger. Choose a fitted garment that draws in at the waist, paired with a maximum compression shaper. This way the stripes highlight your curves in all the right places.

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  • Cincher or Corset?

    Choosing a cincher or corset depends on your goals and needs.

    Understanding the Difference Between Waist-Training Garments

    One of the most common questions we receive is whether it is better to use a cincher or a corset when waist training. The answer is…it depends! While they can both be used effectively for waist training, they are two very different types of garments, because of the materials inside.

    Corsets are traditional waist-slimming garments, reinforced with steel boning and sometimes tightened with laces. They can produce very dramatic results (multiple inches instantly) and are designed to create a pronounced hourglass waistline.

    Cinchers are modern waist-slimming garments, constructed with synthetic materials like nylon, spandex and/or latex as well as plastic boning. Like corsets they instantly slim the waistline, although not as dramatically (generally 1-3 inches).

    A corset might be appropriate when:

    • You are interested dramatically reshaping your midsection. Wearing a corset for multiple hours a day will "train" your waist, similar to how gauges would reshape your earlobes or braces would shift your teeth.
    • You like the style of a corset. Unlike cinchers, many corsets look phenomenal when worn as outerwear.
    • You plan on slimming down quite a bit. The laces are easily tightened as your waistline shrinks.
    • You need to drop lots of inches from your waist on the spot. The corset gets the job done.

    A cincher might be appropriate when:

    • You want to work out. Workout cinchers are a great way to increase the intensity and burn more calories.
    • You want to hide your shapewear under your clothing. Unlike bulkier corsets, many cinchers are designed to be invisible under your outerwear, making everyday use more realistic.
    • You want to eliminate "bulging." Some styles of corsets are just not flattering on all body types, while cinchers can be more effective at hiding unwanted bulge.
    • You want to waist train while sleeping. If you're that serious about your waist-training regimen, a cincher can be a more comfortable way to relax.

    Some women find it very useful to have both cinchers and corsets in their wardrobe, so if you can't decide, try both to find the best fit for different outfits and occasions.

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  • Interview: Food Blogger Finds Slimming Success with Workout Band

    Food blogger Sara Lehman's waist training success

    Sara Lehman is an acclaimed blogger, sommelier and private chef, known for her popular blog "Somm in the City," in which she writes about food, wine and entertaining. As someone whose life "revolves around food," Sara knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – and the unique challenges that come with it. For 4 months, she's been wearing the Workout Band by Ann Chery for one hour a day to help slim her waistline and supplement her fitness routine. Her goal was to smooth her stomach and back while aiming to lose 30 pounds, but she discovered a few other benefits along the way. We recently caught up with Sara to get her thoughts on the cincher and the results she experienced.


    What was your initial impression of the Workout Band?
    I liked it. For the first few tries, I couldn’t get it to hook. It wasn’t until I was speaking with a girlfriend about it that I realized how to pull it, and then I loved wearing it. It felt tight, but my posture was so straight and it made my waist smooth.

    What was your goal?
    I wanted a waist trainer that could be used during workouts, so I choose the Workout Band. I wanted to see if it would help with the stomach area and back area.


    Did the garment meet those expectations?
    YES! I am a food and wine blogger, private chef, and sommelier, so my life revolves around food and wine. I wear this to the gym, and through my weight-loss journey, I have lost weight in my back and my stomach looks smoother, which is great because I had 30+ lbs. to lose.

    Did you conquer any weight-loss challenges that were difficult in the past?
    Physically, yes, the cincher helped because my posture was so much better, which is key when you're working out. Psychologically, it certainly helped at the gym, as having a tiny waist makes other parts of you stand out. And when you're in the right gym outfit, the shaper makes you feel pretty awesome.

    Did your diet change at all during the period you wore the cincher?
    Not much, because my diet is hard to control given my career and all the tastings I do.


    How long have you been wearing the garment?
    One hour a day since January 1, 2015. I do forget some days, but most days I wear it with my workout for the added benefits. I also wear it if I am sitting at my desk a lot and hunch, because it really helps my back stay up straight!

    When did you start seeing results?
    I started seeing results after two weeks. I was losing weight by working out, but the increased sweating mixed with the heat of your core from this cincher was intense. So I never got that stomach-loss cellulite that some women get when they lose weight, which I loved. It kept my stomach smooth which is great. My mom and neighbors noticed the results from the cincher too, and they all wanted one!

    Would you recommend the waist trainer for other women?
    Yes, yes, I would absolutely recommend the Workout Band. Just be sure to go at a steady pace, or a slow pace in the first week when you're getting used to the workout waist trainer, because it’s tight and you want to control your breathing. I know because I was very out of shape when I started mine too, so I started slow, my body adapted and now I love it.

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  • How to Incorporate Shapewear into Fall Fashion Trends

    Fall 2015 fashion trends & shapewear

    New York Fashion Week Recap—The Complete Fall 2015 Trend Guide

    The season is changing and it's time to prepare your fall wardrobe. Want to know what's most stylish this year? New York Fashion Week reveals the hottest trends.

    What you won't learn at Fashion Week is how to incorporate shapewear into your outfits. We're not all fashion models, but that doesn't mean we can't all look as stunning.

    Here is your guide to looking your very best in this season's trends by having the right foundation underneath:

    Fall 2015 Plaid Trend

    1. Plaid

    In a season when black and neutral colors can be dominant, it's nice to see some red to brighten up the mood. Plaid shirts are simple but can be sexy too. They look their best on a smooth foundation. To enhance this look, try a cami like the Control Camisole by Amia. If you want more overall shaping, try the High Waisted Thigh Shaper By Slim Me.

    Fall 2015 High Waisted Trend

    1. High Waisted

    This popular trend continues this year, resulting in an exaggerated hourglass silhouette with a tiny midsection and long, lean legs. No matter what your size, this style helps enhance your midsection. For the best results, pair high waisted pants or skirts with your favorite waist trainer. You can also use a high waisted panty like the Dana High Waist Panty Enhancer With Front Closure by Vedette.

    Short Skirts Fall 2015 Trend

    1. Short Skirts

    It's not too cold yet, so go ahead and show off those legs. This style creates a youthful silhouette, and the leg-lengthening effect is flattering on most body types. The best shapewear with a short skirt is a short leg, high waist shaper. The Daisy Thermal Slimmer Shorts by CoCoon creates a flat tummy, shaped rear and slim thighs.

    Fall 2015 Nouveau Victorian Trend

    1. Nouveau Victorian

    A lot has changed over time, but our Victorian predecessors knew how to dress a woman up in a sexy silhouette. Combine a traditional button-up look with some modern flair. Spice it up with brocade style corsets like the Silk Floral Brocade Corset.

    One Sleeve Fall 2015 Trend

    1. One Sleeve

    You can get a little adventurous this fall by showing off some shoulder. Your best option for a slim figure with one sleeve is a strapless or adjustable shaper like the Convertible Panty Shaper By Vedette.

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  • 7 Sexy Shapers for Date Night

    Date night shapewear

    What to Wear for a Hot Night Out this Fall

    If you're looking to switch it up this fall as you prepare for your date nights and other occasions, try what celebrities are loving this year: a suited, tailored look. Nothing says "strong and sexy" like a well-fitted blazer and pants. But you need the right foundation underneath.

    The key to pulling it off in a flattering way is choosing fitted apparel that accentuates your curves. And for that you need our special date night shapewear. Here are 7 of our favorites:

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by VedetteSexy meets shaping in a lingerie-look body suit. Get the results you love from a strong-control garment with a great-looking design. Perfect under high waist pants or skirts.

    Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette

    Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by VedetteFor those form-fitting suits, you may want to give your backside a lift. This brief shaper slims and trims the midsection, giving good control around the waist and lower abdomen. The open bottom design lifts and rounds your rear into a perfect full shape, accentuating your figure.

    Glamour Shaping Camisole by Bodyhush

    Glamour Shaping Camisole by BodyhushThis lacy cami is worthy of showing off. Designed to slim your tummy and eliminate love handles, it features an interior tummy panel for firm control. For a sexy chic look, layer it right under your suit jacket.

    Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up

    Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked UpYou'll never have to worry about back rolls or muffin tops again with this high waist shaping slip. It smooths and contours your figure in all the right places, comfortably giving you that hourglass look under your favorite suit.

    Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Chery

    Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann CherySlim up while letting your natural curves shine in this stretchy bodysuit. This light-wearing garment features a flat-belly latex panel to slim, trim and smooth your midsection, while seamless outer lining creates an overall leaner look. This works under most dress-up attire, including any type of suit.

    Geraldine Bodysuit by Ann Chery

     Geraldine Bodysuit by Ann CheryThis popular bodysuit takes inches off the waist, abdomen and hips, creating a beautiful curvy shape. Its natural bust and rear enhancements work beautifully under a pencil skirt or fitted pantsuit.

    Satin and Lace Torsolette by Dominique

     Satin and Lace Torsolette by DominiqueThe torsolette’s moderate midsection control and posture support lengthen the torso and create a slender silhouette while lifting the bust. This piece is ideal under your blouse for a slender torso underneath a suit of your

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  • 6 Ways Good Posture Improves Your Day

    Good posture improves your energy and mood

    Benefits of Posture for Health & Wellness

    Sitting or standing up straight is often undervalued. While you may know somewhere in the back of your mind that you shouldn't slouch, did you know that good posture provides multiple benefits to your health and wellbeing?

    One of the reasons people love waist trainers is that they improve your posture tremendously. Spend a few days in one of our customer favorites like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer By Amia A103 and see how you feel.

    Study after study is revealing that we should be paying more attention to our posture. Here's why:

    1. It affects your confidence.

    You don't just look more confident when you're standing straight; you feel more confident as well. People who are in a straight sitting position are more likely to feel more confident about their qualifications for a job than those who are slouching over a table. In other words, your posture affects the way you think about yourself.

    1. It boosts your energy.

    Forget that afternoon latte; just sit up a little straighter at your desk. How you are sitting or standing affects your brain—in the form of your mood and your energy. Whenever you start feeling lethargic, try getting up and moving around, and then mindfully keep your posture straight if you go back to sitting again.

    1. It reduces stress.

    Pay attention to how you're sitting when you're stressed out. Chances are, you're slumping over. Simply sitting up straight can help you build your perseverance through those tasks and help you filter out negative emotions.

    1. It helps you beat fear and anxiety.

    Noticing a pattern yet? With correct posture you will boost your mood and reduce feelings of fear and anxiety. The way you are sitting affects your physical response to psychological stress. If your body is more relaxed, your mind will follow.

    1. It increases productivity.

    Sitting or standing up straight increases testosterone production (yes, for women too), which helps you focus and get your work done. Better than caffeine if you ask us.

    1. It gives you more oxygen.

    Straight posture optimizes the way you breathe; in fact, you will take in 30 percent more oxygen. More oxygen in your blood naturally increases your energy and helps you feel more relaxed.

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  • Interview: Making an impact, one woman at a time

    How Shapewear Donations are Boosting Careers for Women Who Need It Most

    Shapewear donations boost confidence (and careers) for women who need it most

    Hourglass Angel is a proud supporter of The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), formerly known as The Women's Alliance. To date, we have supplied more than $35,000 in lightly used shapewear garments to the organization's Career Wardrobe division, which provides professional clothing, networking tools and other need-based assistance to women pursuing career opportunities. We recently chatted with Carrie Hanson Veurink [Managing Partner] of ACDN, to find out how these shapers were making an impact.

    Please tell us a little about your organization and its mission.

    Career Wardrobe’s mission is to empower women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career. We do this by providing professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities.

    Hourglass Angel has been proud to donate more than $35,000 in shapewear to ACDN. Can you describe how these contributions are making an impact in the lives and careers of the women whom your organization supports?

    Hourglass Angel's contributions have given our clients’ confidence in their appearance, which has given them the ability to present well on interviews and at work.

    Most of the goals of the women who choose to take the garments are for interviews, work attire, and everyday wear. Clients are impressed by the difference the garment makes under their professional attire.

    One client stated that the shapewear made her feel more self-confident and positive about her figure. She wears the garment every day and loves the fact that the garment can help with stretchmarks.

    What is the typical process for women who want to get these garments through your organization? What is the experience like?

    The shapewear is introduced to the client our Dressing Assistants, who will explain the benefits of trying the garment during their fittings for professional attire. Most clients are excited about the look and feel of the garment once they have tried it on.

    What would you say to women who come to your organization and are thinking about trying the shapewear? How would they benefit?

    We would tell the women that trying the shapewear would be a great option if they would like a slimmer look in their professional attire. Women benefit from the self-esteem boost the shapewear could offer.

    For more information on The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits, its programs, and ways that you can get involved, please visit the ACDN website.



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  • 6 Confidence-Building, Body-Sculpting Shapers

    Body sculpting shapewear

    Transform Your Figure Instantly

    For certain occasions, many of us want to do something dramatic so we can look absolutely stunning. While choosing the right outfit plays a big role in the final look, the right shapewear is essential for maximum confidence in sexy attire.

    Maximum support shapewear is the answer when you need that dramatic transformation. Here are six show-stopping shapers that will transform your figure and your confidence – instantly.

    1. Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    The hourglass shape you've always dreamed about is possible with this simple garment. You'll feel confident and poised as you instantly sculpt 1-4 inches from your midsection while wearing it, all while you improve your posture and enhance your curves. This garment is versatile for everyday use or special occasions.

    1. Vedette Madeline Long Leg Control Shapewear With Padded Buttocks

    In this garment you'll have maximum control throughout the abdomen, waist, and thighs while giving your derriere the curves you want. Experience sexy confidence no matter what you're wearing over top.

    1. Cheetah Girdle With Rear Enhancement by Verox Slim

    Love every layer in this stunning backless girdle in hot animal print. Experience full-body slimming along with more shape and volume in your rear. Look like an hourglass and maximize your confidence.

    1. Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima

    Give your butt a natural lift and enjoy a sexy smoothness to your physique in one of our most popular butt-lifting garments. Firm slimming keeps all of your curves in check, and its lightweight fabric makes it ideal for everyday use or a night out.

    1. Smooth Solutions Slip by Va Bien

    Your figure-hugging skirts and dresses require special shapewear, and this slip will get the job done. Make your silhouette smooth and shaped like a mannequin with figure-slimming control, plus the convenience of a built-in bra.

    1. 6. The Closet Maker Singelt Shapewear by Flexees

    This lightweight torsette shaper features a sling neckline that supports your bust, unlike other shapewear pieces that can flatten your cleavage. The two-ply tummy panel firmly slims your midsection and you'll enjoy a smooth finish from top to bottom. This is one of our most versatile shapers, ideal for work or play.

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  • 8 Exercises You Can Do with a Waist Trainer

    Effective workouts for waist training

    Waist Training Workout Tips

    Exercising with a waist trainer like the Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia is great way to intensify your workout. The garment is specially designed to increase thermal activity in your core, so you work up a harder sweat. But the big question is: which exercises are best?

    While we don't recommend doing "crunching" abdominal exercises with the restrictiveness of a waist trainer, there are a variety of sweat-inducing, muscle-strengthening techniques you can use that will give you an extremely effective workout. Here are eight of our favorites.

    1. Cardio

    Get on that bike, treadmill, stair stepper or elliptical—or get out and go for a run. That waist trainer will get you sweating even more.

    1. Squat

    You should do this butt- and thigh-strengthening exercise with good form by keeping a flat black, and the waist trainer will help with that. Hold dumbbells for an extra burn. Lower your butt as close to the ground as you can while standing flat on your feet, shoulder-width apart.

    1. Deadlift

    The key to making this glute-sculpting lift an effective exercise is good form: and again that means having a flat back. There are several types of deadlifts like those with knees bent or knees straight. You can do any variety you like best. Lift your weight with both hands from the ground slowly until it is at thigh level; then slowly return to the ground while squeezing your butt.

    1. Plank

    Don't let your abs off easy; be sure to include different types of planks in your exercise routine. Do them from your elbows or with straight arms. Also try side planks. 

    1. Reverse lunges

    From a standing position step back with one leg and bend your knee until it almost reaches the ground. Return to starting position and repeat with the other side. You probably remember this one from gym glass.

    1. Upright row

    You can use a barbell or dumbbells for this shoulder exercise. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, holding the weight in front of you. Bend your elbows and lift the weight up to armpit level. Slowly lower and repeat.

    1. Front raise

    Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, grab two relatively light dumbbells and hold them in front of your thighs. Keeping your elbows straight, lift in front your body until your arms are parallel with the floor. Lower slowly and repeat. You can do both arms at once or one at a time.

    1. Reverse fly

    Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bend your knees, holding two dumbbells. Lean forward and keep your back flat so that it is almost parallel to the ground. Keeping your elbows straight, lift your arms out so that you make a "T" shape. Return to starting position.

    Note: Most of these exercises require repetitions; choose how many you do based on the amount of weight you are using. Generally go for at least eight reps in up to three sets. You muscles should feel fatigued when you're done.

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  • 6 Ways to Lift and Enhance Your Rear

    Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper By Vedette

    Our Favorite Butt-Boosting Garments

    The perfect butt: we all want it, and with a little shaping help, we can all have it. Whether yours needs lifting, sculpting or smoothing, there's a butt-enhancing garment perfect for you.

    Here are six of our favorites:

    Perfect Butt Thermal Pant By Flakisima #078

    1. Shaping Short

    Keep it simple with a short that focuses on your butt like the Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima. You'll be amazed at that transformation of your butt's natural shape with this lightweight shaper. Have these on hand for your favorite tight pants and leggings.

    Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper By Vedette

    1. Full Bodysuit

    We love a shaping piece that transforms your whole body into an hourglass. The Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaping by Vedette does just that, while enhancing your rear's natural shape. This piece is ideal for special occasions so you can really show off those curves.

    Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer By Vedette

    1. Panty Enhancer

    Shaping panties should be flattering, not flattening. The Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer has all the benefits of a waist-slimming shaping panty while providing a boost in the back. You'll want these anytime you want to dress to impress.

    Vedette Anastasia Strapless Waist Nipper 905

    1. Bodysuit

    Some occasions require firm shaping, and the Vedette Anastasia Strapless Waist Nipper is ideal for your form-fitting tops and dresses. Tame that tummy and lift your rear for lasting contouring and control.

    Pretty Perfect Butt-Lifting Jeans By Verox Jeans 1203

    1. Butt-Lifting Jeans

    Sometimes there's no need for a shaper at all—if you use butt-lifting jeans. The Pretty Perfect Butt-Lifting Jeans By Verox Jeans are specially designed from stretch cotton-denim to redefine your derriere and slim your waistline at the same time.

    Royal Blue & Black Leggings By Bon Bon Up 1067

    1. Shaping Leggings

    Leggings are hot, whether you're at the gym or relaxing with friends. These Royal Blue and Black Leggings by Bon Bon Up are engineered with an internal girdle to smooth your figure and lift your butt, for sexy confidence no matter where you're wearing them.

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