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Formal Events

  • Shapewear For The Little Black Dress

    The holidays are quickly approaching which means, holiday parties and functions!  From office parties, to holiday gatherings and even school holiday shows, we, at Hourglass Angel, are true believers that you are never over dressed or underdressed in a little black dress. So to help you look your best in your LBD wherever you're going this holiday season, we've paired each style below with our favorite shapewear.  If you don't know your body type, take our Online Stylist Quiz to find out.

    Peplum Dress

    LBD Peplum

    Peplum style dresses give the illusion of bottom curves, so this type of dress is great for women who are not as curvy on the bottom, which means they are great for people who are Straight-Figured or Shapely on Top.  The mini flare at the hips will make the waist look smaller and the hips look bigger.  If you're already Curvy on the Top then the peplum will help give you that Hourglass shape.  Now, if you're Straight-Figured you can either enhance your bust or stay with the more slender look (like our model to the left).  The peplum will also work on women who are Round Figured because of it's waist cinching feature as well as Hourglass, as long as you don't mind having enhanced curves! Because Curvy on the Bottom bodies are already curvy below the waist, the peplum with fitted skirt would only accentuate the hip area giving you a bigger bottom than you may desire.

    Shapewear Pairings:

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    Left to right:  Amia Classic Waist Cincher, Lovely Shapes Mid-thigh Shapewear by Hooked Up, Va Bien Formal Chic Ultra Lift Seamless Bustier

    The goal here is to create curves at the waist line since the peplum is already taking care of the hip area.  Pair the peplum with the Amia Classic Waist Cincher for an even more stunning silhouette. If you want even more control, say in the thigh and hip area, then check out Hooked Up's Lovely Shapes Mid-Thigh Shapewear, which also provides tummy control and, it hooks to your bra so the shapewear stays in place. To enhance your bust, a strapless bustier is what you'll want. Try Va Bien Formal Chic Ultra Lift Seamless Bustier .  If you're going for the slender look, wear an eye catching statement piece on top, that should balance out your new curves!

    A-Line Dress

    The A-line dress is the go-to dress for all body shapes because no matter what your body shape is, you can't go wrong with this flattering cut.  Fitted to your natural waist line, the dress slowly fans out towards the bottom of the hem, creating a triangle shape or an "A" shape.  This style draws attention to your waist line and away from your chest or hips, so is great for those who are Shapely on Top or Curvy on the Bottom.  For those who are Round Figured or Straight Figured, the A-line dress gives the appearance of curves by cinching at the waist.  If you have an Hourglass, the waist line will appear even smaller.

    A modified A-Line or Trapeze dress is very similar, but instead of flaring out from the waist, the dress starts to flare out from the shoulders and drapes over your body.  This modified A-Line is great for someone who is tall and lean with a Straight Figured body type as they won't get lost in a shapeless cloth but rather have the dress drape beautifully over the body.

    Shapewear Pairings:

    Left to right: Miracle Vest by Squeem, Lilian Highback Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette

    Round and Straight Figured bodies have a relatively undefined waist line, so these body shapes may need a little more help in defining their waist lines.  The Miracle Vest by Squeem is a great piece of shapewear because it not only cinches at the waist but also reduces bra bulge and lifts the bust, which creates an even more drastic difference between your bust and waist. For less waist cinching and more overall shaping and control, the Lilian Highback Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette provides all over shaping while giving your bust a little lift.

    Sheath & Shift Dresses

    Little Black Dress Sheath

    Both are very simple and similar dresses with the only difference being that shift dresses are less fitted than sheath dresses.  Sheath dresses uses V-shaped tucks to help shape the fabric to the contours of the body.  They are most commonly used around the bust and waist areas.  Sheath dresses look best on people with an Hourglass shape or who are Shapely on Top as the form fitting cut highlights a body's proportions.

    Shift dresses, on the other hand, look best on Straight Figured body types (who can appear a little taller because of their slenderness) as they can pull off the flowy look better without seeming like they are drowning in the dress.

    Shapewear Pairings:

    Left to right: Vedette Irina Mid-thigh Full Body Shaper, Amia Workout Band

    For the sheath dress, having a well fitted foundation piece is important to help smooth out any bulges.  While the Lilian Highback Underbust mentioned above is great, so is the Vedette Irina Mid-thigh Full Body Shaper.  This garment also has removable straps in case you decide on a strapless sheath dress.  Now, if you really want to cinch that waist so your proportions are more drastic, then try a workout waist trainer like the Amia Active Band. Workout bands have higher compression (read: fits more snuggly) than regular daily waist trainers, so you may see greater waist slimming results. However, with workout bands, we don't recommend wearing them for more than 4 hours, so time wisely if you decide to go this route.

    Drop Waist Dress

    LBD Drop Waist

    This silhouette has a low horizontal waist line that usually falls just below the hips which gives the illusion of an elongated torso. This style of dress was very popular back in the 1920's when "flapper" dresses were all the hype and women shifted away from the corset style dresses that was made popular during the Victorian era. Similar to the shift dress, the drop waist dress has a relaxed and comfortable fit; it is great for Straight Figured or Round Figured body shapes as it drapes smoothly over the body and waist area.

    Shapewear Pairings:

    Left to right: Perfect Curves High Waisted Brief by Hooked Up, Alexa Bodysuit by Ann Chery

    While this type of dress is great for those with a Straight or Round Figure, as it hides the lack of curves on those body shapes, it doesn't mean you should forgo curves. After all, as you move, your dress will glide along with your silhouette.  A great piece that will smooth out any imperfections as you move is the Alexa Bodysuit by Ann Chery.  For ladies with a little more loving, the Perfect Curves High Waisted Brief by Hooked Up is simply amazing and goes from size S to 3XL.  Now you definitely won't have to worry about the dress tugging and pulling around the hip and waist areas.

    Empire Waist Dress

    LBD5 - Empire Waist

    This style can be traced back to the 18th century, but the term "Empire" was not used to describe this silhouette until it was popularized by Napolean's first Empress, Josephine de Beauharnais.  Empire dresses look best on people who are curvier on the bottom because the high waist line, which starts just underneath the bust line, highlights the smallest part of the figure while the rest of the dress helps to lengthen the body.  For those with a Straight Figure or Round Figure, the Empire silhouette will add more curves.

    Shapewear Pairings:

    Left to right: Felina's Essential Seamless Bustier, Irena strapless Push Up, Stay Put Seamless Strapless Bra

    Whether the dress is long or short, the Empire waist will cinch just below the bust line, so to enhance this silhouette, a good push up bra, long line bra or bustier will do just that.  Try Felina's Essentials Seamless Hidden Wire Bustier Bra for a seamless look. If you're looking for just a bra, then try the Irena Strapless Push-Up Bulge-Free Bra by Leonisa, it comes in black and brown and starts at 36B.  If you're looking for a smaller size, the Stay Put Seamless Strapless Bra by Dominique starts at 34B.

    Enjoy your holiday parties and soirees.  We're sure you'll look fabulous!

    Looking for more information to how to best dress for your body shape? Check out our How to Choose Shapewear for Your Body Type blog post.

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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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  • Your Sweet and Sexy Date Night

    Fabulous Fashion Ideas for Sweetest Day

    Do you celebrate Sweetest Day? If you're not familiar with it, it's kind of like Valentine's Day in fall, with sweet treats strongly encouraged. What better way to express your love and affection than a sweet and sexy date?

    Whether you're planning a special date for Sweetest Day or for any special day, you'll want to look your best. Pair a sweet outfit with a sexy shaper and you've got a combo that will keep your date's undivided attention the whole evening.

    One of our favorite date night shapers is the Hi-Waist Firm Control Brief by Va Bien. You'll enjoy powerful shaping and control for your midsection and rear with a steamy lingerie look.

    Looking for some new ideas for how to dress up for your night out? Check out some of these trendy styles:

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    Polished separates: Pair your favorite striped tee with a blazer for a stylish yet carefree evening look. Push up your sleeves and half-tuck your shirt to look laid back.

    Leather: Try leather leggings or a pencil skirt with some strappy shoes and a sexy tank for a look that really turns heads.

    Concert casual: If you're planning on something low-key, you can't go wrong with your favorite skinny jeans and a vintage concert tee. Make your outfit sexier with your favorite pointy heels.

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    Little black dress: This classic never fails. For a sweet twist, wear colored heels.

    Bold print: If you like to have fun, show it off! A boldly patterned dress will make an attention-getting statement.

    Printed leggings: Make this girly look super sexy by pairing it with a sheer top and matching bra.

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    Crop top and high waist: You can really dress up a crop top with a high-waisted midi-or maxiskirt. Just show a little skin and leave the rest to the imagination.

    Sundress and jean jacket: A casual dress transforms into a great date night look with a cute jacket and booties.

    Colored denim: This is a great way to draw attention to your legs. Don't forget your heels!

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    V-neck jumpsuit: Did you know that your collarbone is extremely sexy? Wear a v-neck jumpsuit to draw more attention to your neckline, which will look even better with your cinched midsection.

    Bright-colored dress: If the date involves dancing, try a flashy color that compliments your skin tone.

    Jeans and a striped shirt: With an outfit that's fitted and comfortable, you can look perfectly casual and perfectly sexy.

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    Flirty floral top: Wear a tasteful lingerie-inspired top for some classy flirting.

    Strategic cutouts: For a riskier but gorgeous look, try a dress with sheer illusion panels or cutouts. 

    Miniskirt: Make your legs look long! Try pairing with a tank and a blazer, along with some tall booties to add to the length.

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    Matching separates: Visually tantalizing and powerfully magnetic. The latest trend to come is the game of matching separates. Try print or pattern corresponding top to bottom for a trendy look.

    Have fun, get a little flirty and enjoy your Sweetest Day!

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  • Ten Coordinating Shapers for the Perfect Hourglass Figure

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    Surefire Combos for Your Ideal Shape

    Sometimes, obtaining the ideal figure for that special dress or those form-fitting pants requires a little thoughtful preparation when it comes to your shapewear. While many garments are versatile and work well on their own, they work even better when paired with another body shaping product. Try some of these combos for the perfect look in your most flattering outfits. You can also mix and match for your own custom shaping solution!

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    High Waisted Panty by Amia with Vedette Ivana Torsette Waist Cincher

    With these two garments you can enjoy moderate control and shaping for your lower abdomen, hips and butt, in addition to firm cinching at your waistline. This combination is ideal for creating a tight and toned look from below the bust down to your hips. Both pieces are seamless, so they'll fit together without a problem.

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    Bio-Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Shorts by Delfin with Body Slimming Anti-Cellulite Gel by Co’Coon 

    For your smoothest, firmest skin, sometimes you need to take out the big guns. Delfin's compression shorts will enhance your workouts by increasing perspiration in your cellulite target areas, while the body slimming gel firms and improves the appearance of the surface of your skin. You'll enjoy the confidence of having tight and toned skinned in all of your leg-baring attire.

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    Dana Mid-Thigh Buttock Enhancer with Front Closure by Vedette with Strapless Longline Bra by Dominique

    Want a full-body makeover without pulling on a whole suit? Vedette's buttock enhancer does wonders for your lower half, resulting in a shapely bottom with smooth thighs and hips. When paired with this strapless longline bra, you'll enjoy extra slimming and support for your waist and torso with a nice boost to the bust. It's a perfect solution for the little black dress or any form-fitting attire.

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    Vedette Amelie Open Bottom Mid Thigh Shaper with B.Wowd Push Up Bra by Wacoal

    Sexy perfection from top to bottom starts with an incredible bra like this push up bra by Wacoal. Flexible, seamless design creates a lovely lift in the cleavage. Pair that with this mid thigh shaper and you'll get a smooth hourglass from the bust all the way to mid-thigh, including a head-turning lift in the rear.

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    Toning Shorts by Amia with Workout Band by Ann Cherry

    Your workouts just got a huge boost with cutting-edge compression technology from Amia and Ann Cherry. These shorts with this waistband will maximize your perspiration in your target areas, ensuring that your workout is working for you!

     

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  • Shapers for Your Most Revealing Styles

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    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.

    1. Backless Body Shaper with Thong Bottom by Fullness

    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."

    2. Compression Thong Shaper by Squeem

    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.

    3. Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Cherry

    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.

    4. Convertible Thong Shaper by Vedette

    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.

    5. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear

    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.

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  • Day 31 - 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

    Shapely and Beautiful Inside and Out

    Using a Gorgeous Shaper to Polish Your Complete Look
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    Want to feel sexy underneath your gown as well as look fabulous while you’re wearing it? The Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette combines function and fashion, so you can feel pretty with every layer of your outfit. It works well with a variety of styles, including this classy strapless feature from Brideside. You'll instantly achieve a lifted bust with a slim and smooth waistline and tamed hips. Pair this foundation piece with the best bra for your dress, and you'll have a flawless figure finish, perfect for any special occasion.

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  • Day 30 - 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

    Finding Your Inner Goddess

    Showing Off Chic, Sleek and Sexy Styles
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    To look like a goddess in a flowing gown like this one from Brideside, you'll want a shaper that sculpts your midsection all the way around without revealing a seam or line anywhere. The Supreme Thong Shaper by Amia uses three slimming layers and a PowerLatex core to take inches off your waist in a comfortable thong. With a slim midsection and a longer torso, you'll have a breathtaking foundation ideal for a number of chic, sleek and sexy styles.

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  • Day 29 - 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

    Your Confident and Comfortable Style

    Looking Hot While Keeping Cool
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    When you're dressed to impress in a glamorous gown like this feature from Brideside, you'll want to draw attention to smooth curves in your feminine figure. Yet you don't want to sacrifice comfort, particularly if you plan on dancing in warm weather. In the Yumme Tummie Coleen Skirt Slip, you'll instantly slim your waist and smooth out your hips, thighs and rear. The silicone lining keeps it in place and the thin fabric keeps it breathable, helping you feel confident but comfortable no matter how hot it gets.

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  • Day 28 - 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

    Sexy Little Numbers

    Shaping Up With One Simple Piece 

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    In a short and sexy dress like this lovely feature from Brideside, the attention should be on how stunning you look. You can instantly make your silhouette sleek and smooth with just one piece: the Sensual Shaper High-Waist Slip by Flexees. Trim your waistline, flatten your tummy and tuck in your hips, with firm control support panels lining the tummy and the bottom. Pair it with your best bra for custom all-around perfect fit.

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  • Day 27 - 31 Dresses + 31 Shapers = 31 Ways to Fabulous You!

    Seamless Transformation

    Finding Your Perfect Shape With Invisible Help

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    Once you find that perfect little dress, you'll want to feel beautiful and confident the entire time you're wearing it. In a stylish piece like this feature from The Frock Shop, you can look and feel fabulous by using a seamless slimming bodysuit. The Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness Hidden Wire Body Briefer trims your waist, flattens your tummy and lifts your bust. Complete with hidden underwires and breathable fabric, you'll be trim, smooth and lifted without betraying a line or seam anywhere.

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