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  • Your Shapewear Questions Answered

    Q&A About Fashion and Shapewear

    So you've got questions about shapewear. There are hundreds of pieces to choose from; where do you begin? What shapers, bras and panties are ideal for different types of outfits? What will show through and what won't? What's the most flattering choice for your figure?

    At Hourglass Angel we get a lot of these types of questions, and we have the answers! Here are some of the most frequent questions we get, followed by our recommendations:

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What type of bra can I wear with a low-cut dress?

    A. A deep plunge bra.

    This type of bra, designed for your sexiest styles, will provide the lift and support you need in your bust without revealing any part of the bra's cups on your lowest necklines. The Secret Boost Deep Plunge Bra by Fashion Forms features a U-plunge underwire and it is also backless – no one will ever know it's there.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What type of shapewear should I use with a sweater dress or jersey knit dress?

    A. A shaping slip.

    With clingy dresses you'll want an all-over smoothing effect, and nothing does that better than a shaping slip. One of our favorite options is the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up, which has a unique hooking system design to work with any bra so you won't have to fuss with it slipping or pinching above the waistline. Another option is the Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie by Heather Thomson, which has a built-in bra.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What can I wear under a short dress?

    A. A corselette

    Short dresses can be tricky with certain girdles because you don't want anything to poke out underneath. A lingerie style corselette like the Corselette by Amia provides powerful shaping and smoothing for your hips and your midsection while looking like sexy boycut shorts on the bottom.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What shapewear can I wear under pants without showing any lines?

    A. Mid-thigh shaping shorts.

    You don't want to give a visible panty line a second thought if you're wearing tight pants or light fabrics, so choose a shaper that sculpts through your thighs. The Second Skin ActivWear Bike Shorts by Shape and Slim firm up your waistline, hips and thighs. If you want a style that lifts your butt while slimming your waist and thighs, try the Amie Mid Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What type of bra should I wear under form-fitting shirts and sweaters?

    A. A t-shirt bra.

    There's a type of bra designed just for this purpose: to provide a curvy, smooth, seamless look under t-shirts and light sweaters. The Porcelain Lace Molded Seamless Underwire T-shirt Bra by Panache is one of our favorite solutions for full-figured women, as the cups won't spread apart and you'll see nothing but smooth through your favorite tops.

    These are just a few of the questions we receive. If you're looking for shapewear for your unique fashion needs refer to our FAQ page or contact our customer service for personalized support.

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  • 5 Ways to be Santa's Sexy Helper

    Romantic holiday lingerie

    Sexy Tips for a Romantic Holiday Season

    When you think of the holiday season, romance isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. It's often too easy to get caught up in all the shopping, traveling, cooking and parties. But with a little thought it can be one of the most romantic times of year with your significant other!

    At this time of year, don't forget that some things lend naturally to romance, like a cozy fire, exchanging gifts, and mistletoe of course. Take the opportunity and make the most of your holidays together. Here are some fresh ideas to make those cold nights a little sexier, with some lingerie to match the occasion.

    1. Make a creative Christmas card

    Instead of buying some cheesy card at the store, put a little more effort into it. Make your own and make it sexy, maybe detailing how you'd really like to spend your Christmas Eve. For a bold statement, include a photo of yourself in something festive. The Santa's Helper Chemise and Thong by Spree might give you some ideas. If you're not a fan of taking photos of yourself, you can always just give your S.O. the card while wearing the lingerie.

    2. Cozy up by the fire

    Get a roaring fire going, pour some wine, share a little chocolate. Cut the lights so that the room is lit only by the fireplace and the Christmas tree. Since you'll be extra cozy with that added heat, you probably won't want to be wearing much. The Midnight Affair Chemise with Matching Thong by Seven 'til Midnight adds some classy, sexy Christmas spirit.

    3. Dress up like Santa

    We're not talking about a heavy red overcoat with a stuffed belly. For a sexy Santa all you need is some red lingerie and a Santa's hat. The Satin and Sparkle Overbust Corset and Thong does the trick beautifully. Who ever said Santa couldn't sparkle?

    4. Get a hotel room

    If you're planning on traveling and visiting family, staying in the spare bedroom across the hall from your parents can really dampen the sexy spirit. If you can get away for a night somewhere private, make the most of it! A getaway like this calls for some exciting lingerie like the What's Cookin' Fantasy Apron by Skinnygirl Smoothers.

    5. Start your own holiday tradition

    It's a busy time of year, so make a special time just for the two of you. Spend a few hours alone exchanging gifts, having a special meal and making the holiday memorable. We love the Red and Black Silk Underbust Corset as Christmas lingerie, perfect for your alone time together.

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  • Crank Up the Heat with Thermal Shapewear

    Slim down with thermal shapers

    8 Shapers That Visbily Slim You Down and Warm You Up

    You may have noticed that many shapewear products, particularly those that focus on the midsection, work by stimulating "thermal activity." Why is that good and how does it work?

    Your body stores a lot of water, but some of it is right in the pesky trouble areas around your waistline. That's where the power of thermal shapewear comes in. By heating up your core and stimulating perspiration around your midsection, you can ensure you're getting the most from your shapewear. This is also why many women wear thermal shapers while exercising: so they know their workouts are really working for them. With thermal shapewear, you'll experience a visibly reduced waistline instantly from the compression alone and the added perspiration around your waistline.

    If you haven't tried a thermal shaper yet, here are some options that will warm you up this winter.

    1. Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima

    Inside the lightweight fabric of this shaper, the natural latex tummy panel provides extra slimming and stimulates thermal activity in your core, ramping up perspiration in the target area. The open bottom design of this item also creates a lifting effect that rounds the rear into a perfect shape.

    2. Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex by Leonisa

    This vest's compression is designed to increase thermal activity in your midsection when you wear it for at least three hours per day. A high back smoothens you and corrects posture. FlexiBoning anchors the garment and creates a slim but flexible shape. And last but not least, a cotton lining is included for your comfort.

    3. Full Body Thermal Braless Short by Co'Coon

    The lightweight construction of this piece makes it a breeze to wear under almost anything. Special rear lifting bands ensure that your bum won’t be flattened as you flatter the rest of your figure. And the thermal tummy panel cranks up the perspiration where you want it.

    4. Kimmie Thermal Full Body Braless Shapewear by Co'Coon

    Designed with an abdominal thermal zone featuring latex Rubberflex, the innovative capri shapewear slims your midsection while shaping and smoothing your silhouette for stunning results. Lightweight, comfortable and easy-to-wear, the sleek strap structure supports your bust, lifts your derriere and even improves your posture.

    5. Thermal Latex Compression Body Shaper by Flakisima

    While you stay absolutely cool and dry in this lightweight, breathable bodysuit, a thermal abdominal zone activates heat in your core. With this shaper's invisible, all-over reduction and support for the waist, abdomen, back, and hips, you'll be amazed at how easily your body can transform in an instant.

    6. Daisy Thermal Slimmer Shorts by Co'Coon

    These lovely shaping shorts trim your tummy right where you need it most while shaping and smoothing your waist, hips, butt and thighs. A special band lifts and defines your derriere for the ultimate combination of sleek and sensuous.

    7. Thermal Bodysuit Plus by Co'Coon

    This hip-hugging, booty-boosting shaper for full-figured women tames your tummy without putting a damper on your shape. A thermal latex panel is perfectly placed to increase thermal activity in your core.

    8. Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose

    This strapless hip-hugging shaper’s special booty lifting bands allow it to tame your tummy without flattening your backside. It has terrific all-over torso slimming, plus a thermal latex tummy panel that can reduce your midsection up to two dress sizes.

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  • The Ultimate Christmas Wish List

    Top shapewear and lingerie of the season

    5 Must-Have Garments of the Season

    These days there is so much phenomenal shapewear and lingerie to choose from. And even if you know what type of garment you want, which brand do you choose? Which features? Researching and making the right decisions might be a little stressful!

    You can relax when it comes to your Christmas wish list because we've got you covered (literally!). Our expert staff at Hourglass Angel know what you simply must have. While we go to great lengths to offer the best garments available site-wide, the styles below are some are our personal favorites right now. Check out these fabulous options for every type of fashionista.

    Here are our staff picks for your 2014 Christmas wishlist!

    1. Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    Simply put, this piece is a classic. From the black tie to the little black dress, so many foundations of fashion start with basic black. A corset is the original route to the hourglass waistline, and this garment will never disappoint. Whether you’re a tight-lacing pro or you just want something extra special to shape your figure for your form-fitting dresses, you'll find all the shaping power you need with steel boning construction and lace-up back.

    2. Cincher by Amia

    Say hello to one of our most popular, highest rated items. With this cincher you can have a flat tummy and a slim and smooth midsection whenever you want. It's the ultimate everyday shaper. This piece provides powerful shaping and control yet remains flexible with its unique FlexiBoning and PowerLatex construction. And if you're curious about waist training, there's no better way to start than with this must-have garment.

    3. Ribbons and Bows Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

    Flirty, fun and feminine: what's not to love about this gorgeous little lingerie set? An overbust design in the corset construction gives you that very nice lift in the bust, and the ribbons and bows just invite admiration. It's more comfortable than a traditional corset, as it's constructed with flexible boning. This set works as an intimate lingerie piece but also works nicely as a costume foundation (you just might be inspired to throw a Burlesque New Year's party!).

    4. Satin and Sparkle Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

    If you couldn't tell, we love flirtatious lingerie! You will look hot and feel cool in this satiny-smooth corset. No need for a bra with the cleavage-boosting overbust design. The corset is soft-boned so it will create an hourglass shape without restricting your movements. And obviously, it sparkles. Great for a costume or anytime you want to step up your level of sexy in an intimate setting.

    5. Red Hot Romance Bustier and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

    This bustier will be as much a gift for your significant other as it is for you! It doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination, but it secretly tightens your midsection and enhances your curves. Add garters and a G-string, and you have a red hot look you'll love during those cold winter nights.

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  • 4 Fun Stocking Stuffers for Friends and Family

    Ladies' accessories: great for gifts

    Accessories Your Girlfriends will Love

    Are you browsing for the perfect shapewear for all of those holiday events coming up? There's hardly a better time of year to buy shapewear, but while you're at it, why not knock out some of your holiday shopping for the ladies in your life? Did you know we carry some amazing little accessories?

    Besides, who doesn't love to have a little fun when giving gifts to your girlfriends during the holidays? Whether you're searching for a clever Secret Santa gift at the office or you want to make your sister or mom smile on Christmas morning, we've got some fun little items that every woman can appreciate.

    1. Cranberry & Pomegranate Bee Pampered Spa Set by Burt’s Bees

    Do you have a friend with a taste for the luxurious things in life? Give her a little taste of a luxury spa in the comfort of her own home. This set makes a great gift and includes the following fantastic products: Cranberry & Pomegranate Body Butter, Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub. The scrub gently polishes skin with its deliciously aromatic formula, while the body butter naturally moisturizes for a silky and soft finish.

    2. Strap Ease

    If you've got a friend with an enviable bra size, she has probably told you that the downside is that her bra straps dig painfully into her shoulders by the end of the day. That extra weight, while lovely in the front, comes at a cost! If she complains about it a lot, take note. Surprise her with a little relief, with these simple little cushions for her shoulders.

    3. Snap-To-Bra Cami Original

    Plunging necklines can look flattering, but they're not always appropriate for every occasion, particularly professional or religious gatherings. If you've got a friend who likes to wear both a conservative and a sexy side when it comes to her neckline (depending on the occasion), give her this extraordinary little accessory. In a snap, all of her plunging tops can go either way. It attaches to almost any bra. This is especially convenient if she wants to look professional at work but a little sexier after hours, as it comes off in a second.

    4. Bra Extender by Fullness

    Do you have a friend or relative who has recently gone through a pregnancy or a significant change in her weight? She's probably told you how frustrated she is that none of her bras fit quite right anymore! These bra extenders are a lifesaver for anyone who is in a transitional weight. It can also be great for anyone who has a bra size that is hard to find in general! Simply attach one to the back of a bra and instantly have a new band size.

    Those are just a few ideas for the ladies in your life during the holidays. Check out more accessories like beauty products and convenience items here.

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  • The Truth About Waist Training and Pregnancy

    Maternity shapewear tips

    Shaping and Supporting Your Midsection Before, During and After

    Do you love waist training, but are concerned about how safe it is before, during and after pregnancy? The time you're trying to conceive, the pregnancy itself, and the postpartum period are all vital times for your health and your baby's health. Learn the truth about waist training and your reproductive health so that you can feel confident about your shapewear decisions at every stage.

    1) Waist training before pregnancy

    Whether you want to get pregnant in the near future or later, there is no evidence that waist training causes any difficulty with conceiving. Have you ever heard it promoted as an effective method of birth control? Of course not. Consider the Western women of the 19th century who wore corsets regularly from the time they were adolescents. Many of them had no problem getting pregnant 10 or more times over the courses of their lifetimes!

    You can safely wear a great waist trainer like the Cincher by Amia for your routine, even if you want to get pregnant at some point. For optimum health, be sure to continually eat nutritious foods and do regular core-strengthening exercises. When you do become pregnant, you'll be in the habit of taking care of yourself and will have a strong body ideal for carrying a baby.

    2) Shapewear during pregnancy

    Once you confirm that you're pregnant, we recommend switching out your favorite waist trainers for maternity shapewear. You'll want to give your belly room to expand, but you can still wear garments that will support your abdomen and back and help you look smooth and fabulous. Maternity bands, tops and shaping panties are all safe options for this exciting stage. And while you're at it, don't forget to get some quality maternity bras!

    3) Postpartum belly binding

    Once you've given birth, you might be eager to get back into your waist training regimen. Women have been using postpartum binding techniques for centuries in cultures around the world. Binding can help reduce swelling and may help guide your uterus and internal organs back into their proper place. Talk to your physician to get the green light before trying postpartum binding, particularly if you had a difficult delivery or c-section.

    For effective and safe postpartum binding, choose an adjustable garment designed to provide comfortable compression during those tender weeks following childbirth. The Original Belly Bandit is a great option to help you heal. Once you've completely recovered and you've cleared your follow-up appointment with your physician, you can safely transition back to your regular waist trainers once you're ready.

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  • 5 Ways to Shape Up Your Figure for the Holidays

    Holiday shapewear essentialsBarely There Holiday Shapewear Essentials

    Can you believe that the holiday season is almost here? As you're getting your festive wardrobe lined up for the season, you'll want to be sure that your figure looks its very best.

    Whether you're dressing up for a formal event or just want to look sexy in your favorite sweater, here are five essential items for a holiday wardrobe. These seamless shapers look and feel like they're barely there, so you can use them with a variety of outfits without worrying about revealing your secret.

    1. Seamless Bodysuits

    Need a quick and easy makeover for all of your curves? Bodysuits do it all: a lift in the bust, a flat tummy and sculpted hips and butt. Some provide shaping power for your legs as well, so all anyone sees is a smooth and sexy silhouette from head to toe. Bodysuits work well with formal attire or anything that is form-fitting or clinging.

    2. Rear Enhancement Shapers

    We could all use a little help with our backside, right? To look great in that sexy skirt or pants, try a butt-lifting shaper that lifts and sculpts for a firm and round finish. You can choose a shaper designed to address your body's specific needs; some will help minimize and tone, while others will help boost and lift. And don't forget that a seamless design is essential for avoiding visible panty lines.

    3. Waist Cinchers

    There's never a better time than now to achieve a narrower, smoother waistline! You'll love having that slim hourglass shape and definition whether you're in a casual sweater or a little black dress. There are a variety of waist minimizers that can be worn every day!

    4. Shaping Panties

    If you haven't experienced the confidence-boosting power of a shaping panty, you might be missing out! You're going to be wearing panties anyway, so why not use some that perfect your waistline, rear and hips? Never again worry about muffin top or how your midsection looks!

    5. Tights and Leggings

    Cold weather means it's time to cover up those legs, but the current fashion trend is to show them off with sexy tights and leggings! You can feel beautiful and confident in so many festive outfits with shaping and control for your midsection and lower body. So join the trend and pair tights and leggings with your favorite dresses and sweaters.

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  • Say "I Do" to a Flawless You

    Top 5 Bridal Shapewear CombosTop 5 Bridal Shapewear Combos

    For your big day, all attention is on you as you walk down the aisle. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you chose the right undergarments! For every style of dress, there's an ideal shaper designed to lift and sculpt your figure in all the right places.

    Wondering where to start when selecting the perfect bridal undergarments? Choose your dress first, and then pick a shaper designed to work with that style. Here are five of our favorite combinations.

    1. A-Line Gown + Seamless Panty Shapers

    The most important feature you'll want in whatever type of panty you choose is something that is not going to slip, bunch or ride up. And depending on your dress, you obviously want to avoid any hint of a panty-line. Choose a panty that smoothens your hips. Many bridal panties and shapers are ideal for smoothing and slimming your waistline too. You can also choose a corselette or bodysuit that gets the job done.

    2. Sheath Dress + Shaping Slip

    If you have a silky gown that clings to your figure, you'll want every inch of you to be flawlessly smooth. The right shaping slip will give your curves a boost and keep everything sleek and smooth so that your dress hangs beautifully. Alternatively you could try a shaping bodysuit for a similar effect.

    3. Plunging Neckline + Plunge Bra

    It doesn't matter how low that neckline goes; there's a bra that will work. Try a wide-set demi cup bra. For super-low cuts, try a U-plunge underwire. You can also pair your favorite bra with a bustless midsection shaper, for a look that lifts and shapes your bust while shrinking and smoothening your waistline.

    4. Backless Dress + Backless Bodysuit

    Complement that gorgeous look that shows off your back with a bodysuit that lifts your bust, holds in your tummy and firms up your butt. The best part is that no one will ever suspect it's there! Your best bet is a backless bodysuit with convertible straps that will work with a variety of dress styles.

    5. Strapless  Gown + Bridal Bustier

    You can't go wrong with a classic strapless look, especially when you have a gorgeous bustier supporting you underneath! There's never a better time to use a bustier for an instant lift in your bust and a perfectly shaped waist, so that gown really flows.

    No matter what your style is on the big day, you can feel confident that your figure is stunning on flawless. Browse our bridal collection for wedding day options

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  • Too Tall or Too Short? Midsection Makeovers for Every Height

    Midsection Shapewear for Long & Short Torsos

    How to Shape A Long or Short Torso

    Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was the same size and everything you wore fit perfectly? Maybe…but then you wouldn't be your beautiful unique self! While it can be frustrating to find garments that fit if you've got a short or a long torso, you can find wardrobe solutions if you know what to look for. In particular, you'll want a midsection shaper that fits well and accentuates your best features.

    Measurement

    Not sure whether your torso is long, short or average? With the help of a friend, take some measuring tape and measure along your spine from the base of your neck (where your shoulders meet the neck) to the base of your back (rest your hands on your hips and note where your thumbs meet in the back).

    Now the diagnosis: if your torso measurement is between 15 and 17 inches, you're about average for a woman. Less than that is short, and greater than that is long. In general, if you're taller than 5 feet 6 inches, your torso is probably long. If you're shorter than 5 feet 2 inches, your torso is probably short.

    If you're in the short or long category, here are some tips to help you shape up your torso to its full potential.

    Long Torso

    If you have a longer than average torso, you might have difficulty finding garments that provide the coverage you want for your lower abdomen. This can be frustrating with shapewear in particular since the lower abdomen is a common problem area. Narrow cinchers and waistbands could leave you feeling a little exposed. You might also find that most bodysuits just don't cut it because they don't stretch far enough and can be uncomfortably tight in the gusset area.

    Fortunately, the solution is simple: use longer midsection shapers. The Long Torso Sporty Exercise Band is a great option for you taller ladies. If you want even more shaping power, try pairing with a panty or shorts shaper. Long camisoles are also designed to provide smooth coverage for your whole midsection.

    Short Torso

    If you're on the shorter side, you might find that certain garments are excessively long – and certain shapers just don't fit right. If you have a long midsection shaper with boning, it will never fit comfortably between your bust and your hips.

    Short torsos need shapers that create a narrower waistline and provide the illusion of more length. The Vedette Ivana Torsette Waist Cincher does just that, shrinking your midsection and providing a lengthening shape. One-piece bodysuits with an underbust design also work well with a short torso, giving your bust a lift while contouring your waist and hips.

    Whether you're short, average or long in the torso, there's an ideal shaper for your unique and beautiful shape. If you're not sure what you need, our customer service specialists can help you find what's best for you.

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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Waist Training

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    How To Safely and Effectively Shrink Your Waistline

    You've probably heard of the waist training trend by now; gorgeous celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian proudly swear by it. Jessica Alba revealed she used a waist-training corset for 3 months after pregnancy to trim off her baby weight. Kim Kardashian admitted she's "obsessed" with waist training and showed off her own shaper on Instagram.

    But does it really work? Is it safe? Before beginning any waist-training regimen, it's important to first gain an understanding what waist training is, what results to expect, and how to wear the garments properly.

    Waist training can be beneficial to many people. You can reference the hundreds of reviews on our most popular waist trainer, the Cincher by Amia. The key to the best results is to do it consistently. Results will vary depending on your body as well as your dedication to the practice. Note that changes you see in your waistline, which can be dramatic, won't be permanent if you stop wearing your waist trainer. However, if you use a waist trainer to complement a healthy diet and exercise, you may see more lasting results.

    As far as safety is concerned, the science behind modern waist training is similar to sauna suits, which athletes use to sweat off extra weight. The latex in cinchers boosts thermal activity and increases perspiration. Like any fitness regimen, the main safety concern is to stay hydrated and listen to your body's cues.

    Follow these tips in order to safely enjoy the benefits of a waist training regimen!

    Waist Training Dos

    Do start out slowly and work your way up. You might feel very restricted at first, so wear your waist trainer for a few hours at a time every day.

    Do add more time wearing your waist trainer as you start to feel more comfortable. Ultimately you'll want to be wearing it at least eight hours a day.

    Do be dedicated. If you want the most impressive results, commit to waist training daily for a few months.

    Do use a garment that fits! Use our sizing chart to determine what size you need for the best results.

    Do workout your core muscles if you want the best results. Some waist trainers are even designed for exercising in so you can maximize your workout's effectiveness.

    Do eat nutritious food in small portions. With the help of your waist trainer, you'll become fuller faster and with less.

    Do listen to your body. If you're feeling uncomfortable, take your waist trainer off.

    Do stay hydrated.

    Waist Training Don'ts

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you experience any numbness.

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you have sharpness of breath.

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you experience sharp stomach pains.

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you feel any pinching.

    Are you ready to try out what everyone is raving about? Choose from our wide selection of waist trainers to find your waistline's new best friend.

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