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  • Explore the History of Shapewear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    "Fashioning the Body" displays the history of shapewear.

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

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

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  • How to Build a Shapewear Wardrobe

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

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

    1. Shaping Briefs

    P1P2When you're building some of your staple outfits, it just makes sense to have panties that are working for you. You can regularly go to a pair of shaping briefs like the Poupoupidou High-Waist Control Briefs by Prima Donna for comfortable slimming and control for your midsection, rear and thighs. And you'll never have to worry about the dreaded muffin top again.

    2. Shaping Vest 

    p3P4We've got your back—literally. Sometimes you need to smoothen your bra line, and this is where a shaping vest like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia works beautifully. It's ideal for your slimmest styles and lightweight fabrics, so your back can look sleek and smooth. It also provides firm shaping for your whole midsection and enhances your bust, for an all-over torso makeover.

    3. Waist Cincher

    P6P5Pretty much everyone wants a slimmer, firmer waistline, especially in form-fitting or formal attire. That coveted hourglass shape is possible with one of our most popular styles, waist cinchers like the Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia. Wear it regularly to look stunning every day, or just pull it out for special occasions.

    4. Shaping Leggings

    p7P8No wardrobe is complete without a few pairs of leggings. This is great news because with the right leggings you can shape up and smoothen your figure from your midsection down to your calves. The Rachel Shaper Leggings By Yummie By Heather Thomson are great for casual wear and are also perfect for layering under professional or dress-up attire.

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  • How to Give Yourself a Body Makeover

    Get a full-body makeover with shapewear

    Shape, Enhance and Transform Starting at the Foundation

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

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

    1. Waist cinchers and corsets

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

    1. Bodysuits

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

    1. Shaping panties

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

    1. Shaping slip

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

    1. Shaping camis

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

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  • 5 Waist-Cinching Bodysuits that Reshape Your Whole Figure

    Bodysuits with built-in midsection panels

    How to Transform Your Silhouette in a Bodysuit 

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

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

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

    1. Vedette Gitta Strapless Bodysuit With Front Closure

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

    1. Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit With Front Closure

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

    1. Mia Corselette Body Shaper By Vedette

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

    1. Ann Chery Powernet Bodysuit

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

    1. Exquisitely Chic Black Body Shaper By Ann Chery

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

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  • How to Eat Properly when Wearing Shapewear

    Healthy eating choices with compression garments.

    5 Healthy Eating Habits to Complement Your Slimming Goals

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

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

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

    Put your health first.

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

    Keep it on for small meals and snacks.

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

    Keep it on for a waist-training regimen.

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

    Loosen it when you need to.

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

    Take it off if you want to.

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

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

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  • 4 Easy Fixes for Formal Dresses

    Figure fixes for formal attire

    Enhance Your Figure for Weddings, Proms & Special Occasions

    Formal season is about to be in full swing, and it's a time to make memories and look your finest. Finding that perfect dress for your special event doesn't have to be stressful. We all have our little "problem areas," but there is a shaping solution for each one. If you know where you need a little help, you'll want to have what you need as a staple in your formal wardrobe. For the best results we recommend taking your favorite shapewear along with you for your fittings.

    Here are four easy fixes for common issues in formalwear:

    Need #1: Fuller Bust

    Solution: Invisible Breast Enhancers

    It can be frustrating to try on a dress that is loose around the bustline, even if it's the right size. Ideally you can simply wear your favorite push-up bra, but with some dress styles that's all but impossible. Enter one of our favorite products for formal attire: breast enhancers like Magicups by Braza and NuBra Invisble Breast Enhancer. These adhere to your breasts and give them a natural boost without revealing any straps or seams. These are especially useful for plunging necklines and backless styles.

    Need #2: Slimmer Midsection

    Solution: Waist-Slimming Corset

    When you want to look stunning in a gown, you don't want to draw attention to any bulk in your midsection. Nothing works like a classic corset, which pulls tight to make your waist slimmer, while smoothing out bumps. You may even find that while wearing a corset you drop a size or two in the dress! For bridal gowns and other special occasion attire we recommend the All Laced Up Underbust Corset by Timeless Trends, which can be paired with the bra style of your choice. This is a great option for a form-fitting dress style like mermaid; it can also help if you're trying to fit into a smaller size.

    Need #3: Fuller Butt

    Solution: Padded Panties

    Many form-fitting dresses give you the opportunity to show off your backside. Think you don't have the curves to pull it off? You do now with some padded panties that will round and lift your rear. The Roundabout Booty Booster String Bikini Panties by Fullness will provide the curves to fill out your dress.

    Need #4: Slimmer Thighs

    Solution: Thigh-Slimming Bodysuit

    Dreaming of smooth and sexy legs as part of your silhouette under your gown? Even if your thighs are a problem area, you can tame them with the right thigh-smoothing bodysuit. We recommend the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia, which creates a slimmer, smoother silhouette from above your waistline to mid-thigh. It ends in lace that lies flat, so you can feel feminine and not worry about revealing any lines.

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  • How Long Does it Take to See Waist Training Results?

    Key factors for waist training results

    3 Key Factors in the Waist Training Process 

    One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from customers who are buying corsets or cinchers with the intention to do waist training is, "How long until I see the results?" The short answer to that question is: it depends.

    Think about the type of results you'd be expecting if you were starting to work with a personal trainer. How long it took to achieve the body results you wanted would depend on several factors: 1) what kind of shape you were already in, 2) how hard and how often you worked out, 3) your diet, and 4) genetic factors like your metabolism.

    In the same way, there are several factors (three, in fact) that play a key role in determining what kind of results you're going to see in your waist training.

    1. Lifestyle

    A lot of women who start waist training use it as part of an overall health and lifestyle makeover. In other words, they supplement their fitness routine and healthy diets with the practice of waist training. This gives them the immediate results of having a slimming figure while wearing the garment, plus the satisfaction of knowing that the garment is ramping up their perspiration while they work out. Win-win.

    Like all fitness goals, no one can say exactly how long it will take to achieve any results. But chances are you'll be on a better track if you are using your waist training garment in conjunction with a fitness routine, rather than not working out at all.

    Keep in mind, some women who start waist training are already in good shape and may already be exercising and eating well. Their goal isn't necessarily to lose weight, but rather to reshape their midsection while wearing the garment – and that's another great benefit of waist-cinching shapewear.

    1. Waist Training Commitment

    You should have a general idea of what your commitment level is in your waist training regimen in order to determine what kind of results you'll see. Again, everyone is different. But in general, the more you wear your waist trainer in conjunction with a workout, the better. We recommend wearing one for eight or more hours a day, every day. Some women wear one around-the-clock, even at night!

    1. Genetics

    In some ways your body is what it is, no matter what sort of training you do. If you happen to be fairly soft around your midsection and retain a lot of water in general, that could be good news. That's because many waist trainers are designed to increase perspiration around your midsection, particularly while you work out. But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll see quick results either. It all comes down to genetics. You can do your part to overcome such genetic challenges by staying committed and supplementing your waist training with a healthy diet and consistent workout regimen.

    We hope this gives you at least a general idea of what to expect when you start waist training. Just remember that it's a process and every body is different.

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  • What's the Difference? Understanding Waist Trainer Options

    4 Waist Training Garments, Their Similarities and Differences

    So you've decided to try the waist training trend that is sweeping the nation. But if you're like most women, you are probably wondering how to begin.

    One of the first decisions you'll have to make is which waist trainer to use. There are quite a few available, so the choices can seem overwhelming at first. But once you look closer, you'll see that certain styles are better matched to your needs

    Which waist trainer is right for you?

    1. Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    This versatile garment is best for everyday use, wherever you are. It is one of our best transformational waist trainers designed to sculpt your waistline, create an hourglass silhouette and regain your figure after pregnancy.

    Which waist trainer is right for you?

    1. Ultimate ShapeBand Waist Cincher by Squeem

    This cincher works ideally as an everyday piece. Wear it daily for eight or more hours for the best results (you may have to work up to this if waist training is new to you!). It will keep your belly flat and your midsection tightened under a variety of outfits and clothing.

    Which waist trainer is right for you?

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    The Workout Band is a go-to piece for a lot of women to enhance their shape at the gym. This super-slimming garment provides maximum control for your midsection so you can get the most out of your workouts and increase perspiration.

    Which waist trainer is right for you?

    1. Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    This cincher comes with slimming power ideal for daily use. Use it to sculpt your midsection at work or dressing up. It has a latex exterior for a sleek and smooth look with increased perspiration in the midsection.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Waist Training

    Increase the intensity of your workouts with waist training
    Workout Waist Training Basics

    It's no secret anymore that celebrities and everyday women alike are jumping into the waist training trend in order to increase intensity during their workouts. The goal is a reduction in the waistline and a toned midsection.

    Haven't heard of this increasingly popular trend? Here are the basic principles behind the practice and some of our most popular garments to help you get acquainted with it:

    A. About Waist Training

    The basic idea behind this exercise trend is to wear a latex corset or a waist cincher during your workouts. When you do this regularly, you will increase perspiration on your front and lower abdominals and obliques.

    One of our most popular garments is the Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery, which comes in several colors to brighten your gym experience. Try the Animal Instincts Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery for a sexy print alternative.

    B. Benefits of Waist Training

    There are several benefits to using a waist trainer during your workouts. First, it helps you maintain good form when weight lifting or doing cardio. It works similar to a weight lifting belt in that it will support your core. Finally, the main objective for many women who choose to waist train is that it helps mold your midsection into that covetable hourglass shape. It will increase your body temperature and perspiration while you exercise.

    The Latex Waist Cincher Vest by Ann Chery is an alternative to the traditional corset-style trainer and provides additional support through the back and shoulders.

    C. Combining Waist Training with the Right Exercise and Diet

    Using a waist trainer during workouts isn't the only method you should be using to slim your waistline. The technique works best, of course, when used in conjunction with fat-burning, muscle-building exercises and a clean, nutrient-dense diet. If you're not already working out regularly and you want to start waist training, get accustomed to doing some high-intensity cardio exercises first. A good exercise regimen will help you burn fat and increase your metabolism. You may also need to alter your diet for best results. Choose unprocessed foods and avoid sugar as much as possible. And don't forget; stay hydrated!

    For you taller ladies, the Long Torso Sporty Exercise Band by Caribbean Shape might be the waist trainer for you.

    If you're convinced that waist training might be just the step you need to take to boost your fitness level, you can choose from a variety of options. Don't miss our next post, in which we'll explain the differences between the various types of waist trainers we offer.

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  • 3 Garments to Aid the Postpartum Journey

    Effective postpartum recovery garments

    Must-Have Shaping Solutions for New Moms

    If you're currently pregnant or have recently given birth, you may have been amazed at the way your body can change to accommodate the needs of a new life. Your hips and abdomen may have stretched out, your breasts have grown, and of course you've put on some pregnancy weight. This is completely normal and expected, and you should be proud of what your body is capable of doing so that your little one can thrive.

    However, when it comes to postpartum recovery, most women don't just snap back into their pre-pregnancy shape. It took nine months for your body to change, so it won't change back overnight. However, there is a lot you can do to aid your body's recovery and get into shape. To start, take care of yourself by eating right, getting sleep when you can and exercising.

    Did you also know that there are some great postpartum shapewear options that can support your body's transition after pregnancy? Here are three of our favorite garments designed to aid you on your journey to being a healthy, happy and sexy momma.

    1. The Original Belly Bandit

    Used for centuries across different cultures, belly banding is a tried and true method to helping new mothers compress their postpartum bellies and aid recovery following birth. Compression helps retrain your midsection so that it goes back into place after being stretched out. The Belly Bandit also does a great job concealing a postpartum belly while you're recovering; wear it under some of your pre-pregnancy clothes and start feeling like yourself again. It's no wonder it's a customer favorite among new moms.

    1. Post Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    Many moms expect their bellies to expand during pregnancy, but they're surprised to find that their hips end up a little wider too! You have stretchy ligaments to thank for that, which allow your body to accommodate a larger abdomen and push a baby out. If you're not quite squeezing into your favorite jeans yet, try this hip-slimming solution that will help train those hips back into place.

    1. All-In-One Hands Free Pumping Bra & Nursing Tank By Rumina

    One great way to lose pregnancy weight is to breastfeed, as it will naturally help shrink your uterus as well as burn a lot of calories. If you're breastfeeding and you don't have a quality nursing tank, this item is an absolute must-have. It's designed for comfort, style and convenience—and if you're planning on pumping, you can do it conveniently hands-free.

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