Fashion Tips

  • How to Waist Train Like a Celebrity

    Waist train like a celebrity.The corset craze sweeping Hollywood

    First popular in the 16th century, corsets are back in the headlines and creating plenty of body-defining buzz. Several celebrities have revealed waist training as their preferred way to whittle their waist—for everyday outfits, working out or slimming a post-baby belly.

    One A-lister, who is also a mom of two, recently revealed she “wore a double corset day and night for three months” to get her back into pre-pregnancy shape.

    Another star who's making waves about her midsection said she's “obsessed” with waist training and has made headlines posting pics of her results online.

    These are just a few of the many celebrities who have been reported to rely on some form waist training to keep their hourglass shape.

    Ready to try it for yourself? Thanks to a surge in popularity, there’s never been a better time to redefine your waistline using a corset. You can choose from a wide array of styles that offer different fits and degrees of slimming while you wear them.

    Two things you can count on with a good waist cincher: instant waist reduction and a healthy dose of confidence. Waist binding can even help improve your posture.

    So which waist cincher is right for you? Here are a few recommendations that all create enviable curves from the moment you slip it on.

    Ann Chery Clasica Latex Waist Cincher

    Reinforced hook-and-eye closures and high-compression support.

    Amia Classic Cincher Waist Trainer

    Adored for its simple hook-and-eye design, flexi-boning and targeted mid-section support.

    Squeem SlimVest Waist Cincher

    Maximum-strength cinching with special flex-boning support in a convenient vest-style.

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    The waist cincher that doubles as flirty lingerie for a little ooh-la-la (you’ll make Dita Von Teese proud!).

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  • Seeing Red

    How to Wear Red Lingerie Under White Clothing

    A fun new way to wear red lingerie. Plus, 4 bras every woman should own. 

    Always thought you needed to pair your white shirt with a nude or white bra? Not true. Turns out, red lingerie is invisible under white clothing—even in photos. You can slip on your whitest white tops, shirts and dresses with your most vibrant red bras, underwear and shapewear and no one will be the wiser. It’s red’s little style secret.

    Need to see it to believe it? Try this Regal Red Corset. It creates a stunning hourglass shape under the most form-fitting tops and dresses—and gives you a healthy dose of confidence. Plus, it may add a little excitement to your day and night.

    When adding color to your top drawer, make sure you have at least one light and dark shade (including red) in these four bra styles. Get these and you’ll be covered for every outfit, mood and moment.

    The plunge bra

    Essential for deep V-necks and wrap dresses. The low bridge ensures it stays camouflaged while you move, reach, dance and more.

    The lace bra

    Pretty and practical, lace styles not only look beautiful but they center and lift your bust for a flattering shape—and prevent pulling across button-downs.

    The strapless bra

    An exceptional fit is extremely important. A great-fitting strapless style will create a smooth, supported bust and won’t slip down over time. Many styles also come with a convertible option for one-shoulder tops or tricky-strap dresses.

    The sports bra

    Go for maximum support while working out (and you should never wear two bras to get it). Look for breathable details, wicking fabric and adjustable fits.

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  • The Dish on Delfin Spa

     Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    Do you know about Bio-Ceramic lined apparel?

    Delfin Spa’s skin-smoothing system is an innovative way to reduce the visibility of imperfections in the skin. This modern approach couples two powerful things: Bio-Ceramic lined gear and specially formulated cream.

    How does it work? The Bio-Ceramic lined apparel acts as a thermal agent to work with your body’s perspiration, which improves the effectiveness of the cream. The apparel also offers light compression. The pieces are comfortable and adjustable so you can wear them during workouts or under your clothing while you go about your daily life. Most of the items even feature an iPhone pocket for convenience.

    First, the lightly scented cream boasts a variety of botanical ingredients. Apply liberally and then slip on your Delfin Spa apparel. The algae, green tea and caffeine help to increase perspiration, particularly when working out, so you know your workout is working for you.

    Which body part do you want to target? All of Delfin Spa’s apparel is designed to:

    • Increase thermal activity and stimulate perspiration while you wear them
    • Offer light compression for instant slimming
    • Be comfortable and lightweight enough to wear during workouts or under your clothing

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The tank top

    This open-bust tank keeps you cool with ventilation panels, moisture management and antimicrobial odor control.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The capris

    These stylish must-haves slim your tummy, thighs, hips and legs in sleek comfort.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The upper arm exercise bands

    The adjustable bands give your upper arms a slimmer silhouette the moment you put them on.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

    The tummy tightener

    Perfect for women who want to target loose skin and stretch marks in their tummy area.

    Delfin Spa Skin Smoothing Cream and Apparel

     The calf sleeves

    Comfortable compression and instant slimming for your calves.

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  • 3 Looks to Bring in the New Year

    New Year's Eve party attireSexy Party Attire for a New Year's Eve Date Night

    The holiday season always comes and goes like a whirlwind, so before you know it, you'll be getting ready to celebrate the New Year! Whether you've been good at all those holiday parties, or even if you've put on a couple of extra pounds, you can still look like a bombshell when it's time to party on New Year's Eve.

    Here are some classic looks that you can't go wrong with this year. If you've got a date night for New Year's, make it an unforgettable one. Customize these looks to your personal preferences, and you'll be ready to party in style.

    1. Little Black Dress

    This one goes without saying on New Year's, but we'll say it anyway. If there is just one day a year where it's a good time to rock the LBD, this is it! For a little personal flair, add some flashy accessories or some brightly colored pumps. If you've got a full figure and haven't found the perfect dress that accentuates your curves, check out the Mae Dress by SWAK Designs. We love the way this dress naturally brings out curves using a combination of compression and ruching, all built right into the dress design.

    2. V-Neck Dress

    Whether it's black or a brighter color, a V-neck dress draws attention to some of the most attractive feminine features: your collarbone and chest. This is an especially breathtaking look if you're a pear shape and need to balance out the curves in your hips. You'll want to be sure you're sporting the right shapewear in order to wear a V-neck tastefully. The Simply Smooth Cami by Co'Coon paired with a plunge bra will create a slim and smooth midsection. If you need smooth control for your hips, thighs and butt to balance out that gorgeous top, the Control Freak Moderate Control Long Pear Leg Shaper by Wacoal is designed to provide sleek curves from your waistline to mid-thigh.

    3. Flirty Top with Leggings

    If your party plans are a little less formal, skip the dress and go for a sexy top with some leather and/or colored leggings. Lacy, lingerie-inspired tops can be flirty but not too racy. Be sure to wear the right bra (especially if you're planning on a lot of dancing). The Molded Strapless Bra by Elila is a great option for anyone full-figured who wants firm support without revealing straps.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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