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    How to Look a Size Smaller in an Instant

    Using Firm Compression to Drop Several Inches from Your Waist

    05.27.2014-Blog-Design

    Sometimes we all need a little help looking our best, whether dressing up in a formal gown for the big event or dressing sharp for that big presentation. If you need a dramatic effect around your waistline, firm control shapewear is the surefire way to get that hourglass figure in an instant.

    Not only will firm compression garments provide immediate results as foundation pieces, but with regular use they can target your weight loss! Firm compression stimulates thermal activity and perspiration, which is an effective way to mobilize the fat and toxins that are hanging around your midsection.

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    There are several approaches to slenderizing your silhouette with maximum control. The most basic option is to use a band or cincher, which wraps around your waist beneath your bust. The Shapeband by Squeem and the Almighty Cincher by AMIA are two customer favorites that have proven results. Wear them around your waist for eight to ten hours a day every day, and you may drop one to four inches from your waistline! These shapers are ideal following pregnancy and are effective for getting rid of the pesky “pooch!”

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    Another option is a vest style cincher like the Almighty Vest by AMIA and the SlimVest by Squeem. These foundations pieces effectively provide instant slimming while contributing to long-term weight loss through compression. They utilize shoulder straps for extra support and control through the bust.

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    For a full-body makeover, try a firm compression shaper with extended coverage such as the Love Your Body Slimming Shaper by Leonisa and the Ann Cherry High Compression Bodysuit. You’ll get that effectively slimming firm compression in your waist as well as around your hips, butt and thighs.

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    And of course, you can’t beat the classic look and effectiveness of a corset as a foundation piece. We have a wide selection of these sexy shapers, including practical pieces like the Vedette Valerie Firm Compression Girdle, as well as a sexy look like the Slimming Waist Cincher with Latex by Leonisa.

    So whether you’re trying to lose weight or you need a dramatic instant fix for your figure, we have the perfect firm compression shaper for your needs. Browse our maximum control selection or talk to a representative for more information.

    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

      Shapewear for the Expectant Mom

      Maternity Shaping Options for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy

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      Relieving Discomfort and Looking Fabulous in Through Pregnancy

      Congratulations, mom-to-be! Whether this is your first pregnancy or a later one, you’re undoubtedly full of a range of emotions as you anticipate the growth of your belly and your family.

      One of the fun parts of pregnancy is deciding what you’re going to wear! Just because you’re going to be much rounder in the coming months doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable and sexy, while staying comfortable.

      Before you go on a maternity shopping spree, consider that a huge factor in looking and feeling great during pregnancy is what you’re wearing underneath your maternity outerwear. Maternity shapewear and support garments are designed for maximum comfort and help your growing body look smooth and attractive. They can even do wonders relieving common aches and pains you may experience during the later months.

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      Maternity Bras: Giving the Ladies a Lift

      One of the first things you may notice within days of discovering you’re pregnant is tenderness and swelling in your breasts. Supportive maternity bras are an investment worth making early in the pregnancy because your breasts are only going to get larger and heavier. In fact, they’re a major contributor to back and shoulder pain if you wear the wrong bra.

      Good maternity bras have wide, comfortable straps and full, supportive cups. Whether or not you should use bras with underwires is a personal preference. If your breasts are particularly tender, you may want to do without them.

      TCompression Tops: Supported and Smooth Torso

      Camis can be your best friend when you’re layering your outfits during pregnancy. A quality top provides enough compression to give your bust and your belly a lift and smooth your bump, without sacrificing comfort. If a top is long enough, you may even be able to pull it over your unbuttoned non-maternity pants and provide shaping and support for your hips.

      Compression tops are also a must-have during the postpartum period. They’ll pull in all of the stretched out areas of your belly and provide light abdominal support while you heal and regain your pre-pregnancy shape. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll love wearing compression nursing tops around the clock!

      SSupport Bands and Belts: For Support and Relief

      As your belly grows, you’ll discover just how taxing a tiny baby can be on your body. Stretching ligaments and extra weight can cause a variety of aches and discomforts, including low and middle back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, varicose veins and swelling in your legs.

      Support bands and belts can provide instant relief to some of these common conditions, particularly if you’re on your feet a lot. These garments come in a wide range of designs and strengths. Strong support belts effectively redistribute the weight of your belly to lessen whatever strains you’re experiencing. Some bellybands function fashionably, enabling you to wear your unbuttoned non-maternity pants under them.

      After pregnancy you might also benefit from a postpartum belt or cincher to help you regain a slender shape as your body heals.

      BCompression Bottoms: Additional Support Down Below

      Depending on the season and how much extra support you want, you may benefit from maternity compression panties or stockings. Most provide the same benefits as abdominal bands but go a step further with support around your pelvic area and thighs. Stockings will also provide instant relief for swelling and varicose veins in your lower extremities.

      Like much maternity shapewear, compression bottoms additionally work well in the postpartum period, improving your circulation and providing support as your body regains its shape.

       

       

      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear, Maternity

        What Size Postpartum Shaper Do I Need?

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        Guide for Slimming Down after Pregnancy

        Are you expecting a little one or have that bundle of joy in your arms already? Congratulations! First things first; enjoy that little darling in those first short weeks postpartum.

        As your baby grows, you may be wondering: when is my belly going to shrink? While you have to be patient as nature does it work, you can use a postpartum shaper to speed the process a bit. Compression can help your uterus shrink back down to its regular size and guide your body into regaining its shape. You’ll also benefit from better posture, which will help prevent postpartum aches and pains and help you heal more quickly!

        If you’re pregnant and want to order a compression garment in advance, one rule of thumb is to order one size larger than your pre-pregnancy size. Yet you might need to factor in other considerations, especially if you’ve put on a lot of extra weight.

        While every woman (and every pregnancy) is different, you can expect to lose a good chunk of weight immediately after birth. Twelve pounds is typical, if you consider seven or eight pounds for an average baby, a pound or so for the placenta, and another few pounds of blood and amniotic fluid. You can expect to lose another four to six pounds in fluid within a week or two following delivery.

        After that, the weight comes off a little more slowly, about a pound a week, so this is the size you’ll want to plan for. When ordering your postpartum shaper, try to estimate your weight for about two weeks after birth: sixteen to eighteen pounds less than your full term weight. After subtracting that weight, add a dress size for every ten pounds above your pre-pregnancy weight. For example, if you weighed 125 pounds and wore a size 4 pre-pregnancy and weighed 150 pounds full-term, you can expect to weigh about 135 pounds two weeks after the birth. You’ll want about a size 6 shaper for that period (see product size charts for precision sizing).

        Keep in mind that if you are ordering your garment during the second or third trimester, you will likely be gaining one pound per week for the remainder of your pregnancy.

        Good luck and best wishes as you embark on the incredible journey of motherhood!

        Posted in How To Wear, Maternity

          Essential Tips For Shapewear Care

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          Get the best results from your shapers by extending their life.

          Once you have some quality shapewear garments rotating through your wardrobe, you’ll wonder how you ever dressed without them. But if you don’t take proper care of them, you may be disappointed to find they start losing their shape and effectiveness.

          To get the longest, most effective use out of your shapewear, give them special treatment in the way you wear them and the way you wash them. Just follow these simple tips:

          - The best solution to keep your shapewear functioning day after day is to rotate several pieces through your wardrobe! Not only will you always look great, but you’ll feel fresh and clean when you’re regularly washing all of your shapers.

          - Your shapewear also needs regular gentle washing to help the materials contract. Avoid wearing the same shaper more than twice before washing for best results.

          - Be especially mindful of caring for latex, which can be damaged easily. Always hand-wash in a bucket of warm water, using a mild shampoo or baby shampoo. Rinse well and hang dry. Once it is completely dry, store it in a dark area.

          - You can wash non-latex garments in the washing machine using the gentle or handwash cycle in cold water, with a full load. If you are not sure if the product contains latex, review the hangtag for a materials break down. Excessive agitation or hot water can damage the construction of the material. Cold water effectively shrinks the material back into its proper place. Put all of your shapers in a netted lingerie bag with hooks clasped to avoid catching them on anything. If your machine doesn’t have a gentle cycle, wash your garments by hand in a gallon of cold water.

          - It’s also important to use the right type of detergent. Specially formulated lingerie detergent works best – any detergents that contain dyes, fragrances, alcohol, softeners or bleach can irreparably damage your shapers by breaking down their construction. Even Woolite can do harm, so stick to lingerie detergent only! Remember to use mild shampoo or baby shampoo for all garments containing latex.

          - Finally, always air-dry your shapers flat or hanging.

          Make them last!

          With the right wear and care, your shapers will give you the comfort and performance you want through many uses. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or contact us with any more questions about proper care for your shapewear.

           

          Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

            The ABCs of Shapewear

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            How To Use Your Shapewear To Look Your Best

            Are you getting the most out of your undergarments?

            Did you know that there’s a right way to wear shapewear and a wrong way? The purpose of a shaper is to shape your body to look more like an hourglass by smoothing out any awkward lines and lumps in your figure. When your figure is smooth, your clothing will fall on you the same way it does on the mannequins at department stores.

            No matter what body type you have, shapewear can help you look flattering in a variety of clothing. But it takes some know-how to maximize its potential so that you’re always looking your best.

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            A: Know which type of shapewear to use

            It may be likely that you won’t find a single one-piece solution that meets all your shaping needs. In general, it’s best to own several different pieces of shapewear to look your best in different types of outfits.

            In a form-fitting dress or skirt, try a shaping slip to smooth out your waist and hips without showing any lines. For a clean look under white pants, choose nude-colored shaping panties. To look great in a fashionable top, slim your midsection with a cincher. If you’re wearing form-fitting pants or skirts, wear a thong or seamless briefs underneath.

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            B: Use shapewear that fits

            Many women make the mistake of buying shapewear garments that are too small. Not only is it uncomfortable to be in a tiny garment, but a shaper that doesn’t fit right will also look unflattering. Listen to your body, if the garment is not comfortable it may be helpful to compare to a different size. Use our size charts to find the best fit for your body.

            You’ll also want to make sure you’re comfortable in whatever shapewear you use. If you’re having trouble eating or breathing, you’re going to want to rip off that undergarment as soon as possible. You can use high-compression garments for special occasions, but for everyday fashion, choose from a variety of our light-compression garments that are effective but comfortable.

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            C: Wear quality bras and panties

            Wearing undergarments properly takes some thoughtful layering. You may need to experiment a little bit to get that perfect, seamless look with your bras, panties and shapewear. The right bra can also go a long way in perfecting your figure, while a wrong one can ruin it.

            Be fitted for your bra size once a year to ensure you are selecting garments that work best with your current shape. For a smooth look with your shapewear, choose a smoothing bra that minimizes seams and lines.

             

            Hourglass Angel has what you need

            There’s a flattering look for you no matter what your shape or size – with the right shapewear you can always look great. Browse our website or contact our shapewear experts to discover the best shapewear options for you!

            Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

              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.

              Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                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.

                Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                  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.

                  Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                    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.

                    Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

                      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.

                      Posted in 31 Ways to Fabulous You!, Formal Events, How To Wear

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