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  • How to Build a Shapewear Wardrobe

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

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

    1. Shaping Briefs

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

    2. Shaping Vest 

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

    3. Waist Cincher

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

    4. Shaping Leggings

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

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  • Sexy Shapewear You’ll Want to Show Off

    Sexy Shapewear to Show Off

    Not all shapewear is created equally.

    Who said shapewear is for hiding? These sleek styles slim and smooth your silhouette in an instant. Plus they’re so stunning and flirty, they double as lingerie too. Here are 4 to try for your next special night.


    The Bust Shaping Slip by Nancy Ganz

    Soft and silky, you’ll love the way this slip feels against your skin. This feminine favorite sculpts and smoothes your tummy in seamless style. And the two contour cups along the bust adds the perfect touch of ooh-la-la.


    The Glamorous Shaping Slip by Bodyhush

    Designed to highlight your curves, this body-loving style features elegant lace inserts and a luxurious satin finish. A flattering way to dial up glamour, the sensuous slip has an interior tummy panel that slims your midsection and creates an hourglass shape. Pair it with your favorite black bra and prepare to wow.

    The Elegant Bustier by Felina

    This seamless style takes glamour to the next level of irresistible. The feminine sweetheart neckline and low back create flattering lines you’ll love. Plus the padded bust gives you a beautiful décolletage boost. This tantalizing lingerie even improves your posture so you’ll look as confident as you feel.


    The Lacy Bodysuit by Vedette

    Seduction is guaranteed in this jaw-dropping style. This corset-inspired shaper delivers strong control throughout your waist, tummy and hips. It’s the lust-worthy details that set this one apart, like romantic Valencia lace panels and seductive front closures. Plus, it comes with a matching boy short panty with a hook-and-eye opening.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  • 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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  • 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.


    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

    Dos and Donts of Waist Training Dos and Donts of Waist Training

    How To Start Waist Training Safely and Effectively to 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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  • Steel-Boned Corsets Vs. Cinchers: What's the Difference?

    Corsets vs. Cinchers

    Two Ways to Train Your Waist

    If you're curious about the modern waist training trend that is sweeping Hollywood and transforming everyday women, one of the first questions you'll encounter is whether to use a traditional steel-boned corset or a cincher. Both are effective at training your waist, so does it matter which type you use?

    Some women swear that corsets are the only way to go, while others wouldn't try anything other than their favorite compression cincher. Which option is best for you depends on your waist training goals and ultimately what feels best.

    Corset Basics

    Corsets are designed to provide the most dramatic waist-slimming effects. They are typically constructed with 25 columns of steel boning for the firmest hold. Most lace up the back so you can achieve that hourglass look by lacing and pulling to your desired tightness. Many corsets will take multiple inches off your waistline instantly while you wear it. With time and dedication, waist training with a corset can produce impressive results.

    Corsets can be uncomfortable after wearing for a few hours, although you may get used to the way they feel. They also don't always provide a seamless look under clothing, particularly where the laces are. If you're going for a smooth, invisible look under your clothes, a corset might not always be your best choice.

    The Nude Sand Underbust Corset is a classic corset design that works fabulously as a waist trainer.

    Cincher Basics

    Cinchers are like corsets in that they target and visibly shrink your abdomen while wearing them, but their construction is different. They may use a combination of spandex and/or latex with fewer steel columns of boning. Don't be fooled just because they don't have as many columns of steel boning; these modern materials provide ultimate compression and firm shaping and can instantly reduce your waistline by several inches.

    Another big difference between cinchers and corsets is that cinchers don't use lacing. While they will look smoother under clothing, they won't give the same precision fit that corsets do. However, you may find that they're more comfortable for extended use.

    The Cincher by Amia is everything you need in a cincher, with PowerLatex and Flexiboning technology for maximum shaping power.

    The Best of Both Worlds

    You don't have to choose either/or when it comes to corsets and cinchers. They're so versatile, you might just want to have both! For they days you want dramatic slimming or a vintage look, wear a corset – under or over your clothes. For long days at the office, wear your cincher. Or, if you want the effects of the corset and the smoothness of your cincher, wear a cincher over your corset! With two or more waist trainers in your wardrobe, the only thing you will lose is inches off of your waistline.

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  • How Long Until You See Waist Training Results?

    Real Waist Training Results

    Real Answers From Real Women

    So you've heard the news – the effects of waist training are inspiring women everywhere. Do you have your waist trainer yet? Are you anxious to know when you'll see the results?

    Waist training can help you drop inches from your waistline when combined with proper dieting and exercising, but it's not magic. It depends on various factors including how frequently you wear your trainer, how long you've been waist training, your lifestyle habits like diet and exercise, and your genetics. Of course, you'll enjoy instant slimming whenever you're wearing a waist-training garment, but you may need to be patient before you notice much difference when the trainer comes off.

    There's no average amount of time it takes to see the results you want, just like there's not average results to healthy eating and exercise. But like any regimen, the more you stick with it, the more likely you'll see what you want.

    If you need some inspiration, look no further than some of these reviews from real women just like you. They've tried some of the best waist training garments available and are thrilled with the results.

    Arlene T. on the Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper:

    "Ordered the Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper 940—loved it. Perfect for my healing post-partum bod. Started wearing it 3 weeks post-partum: it was super snug but definitely expedited the weight loss process. I've already ordered another!"

    Stephanie J. on the Cincher by Amia:

    "Love it! It fits amazing and works! You can wear it all day under your clothes and it's not noticeable. After weeks of wearing it my waist has gotten much smaller, helps your curves stand out. At first I bought a Small and after two months purchased an XS. Love it, and would recommend to others."

    Cindy G. on the Corselette by Amia:

    "Love it!!! Was a little skeptical about actually looking thinner....BUT was I wrong. It actually does give you an hourglass figure. It doesn't show under your clothes and wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it might be. Can't wait to order more!

    Jamila E. on the Workout Band by Ann Chery:

    "Perfect, Perfect, Perfect. I couldn't be more pleased with this item. I received it quickly and couldn't wait to put it on. I am 5'3 with not the longest torso. It fit perfectly. I wear it daily while working (under my clothes) and find it to be very comfortable, yet very very firm. The compression keeps things where they need to be. I have noticed it is becoming easier and easier to get this tight thing on. I have another row of hooks that will be the final phase of contouring my waistline. I can't wait. I love the results. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to minimize their waist. Not to mention the posture that you get when using a corset is priceless. I would order it again and again. Thanks Hourglass Angel."

    Sheena L. on the SlimVest:

    "Great Motivator! I have been wearing the SlimVest for 3 weeks now, and it's time to order the next size down. Can you say AMAZING!!! This is also without any change to my diet or exercise routine. Well to be quite honest, I've slacked a lot as it pertains to exercise, which is all the more reason to believe that it's because of the SlimVest that I've slimmed down. Not to mention I've gotten affirmation from others that I've slimmed down and are now wanting to make a purchase for themselves. It is an investment piece, but one that's well worth it. I highly recommend the SlimVest."

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  • Discover Your Second Skin

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    Are you looking for a way to transform the shape of the silhouette you see in the mirror? There's no need to be frustrated when that dress just doesn't look right or those sexy pants create an unflattering muffin top. If you need a transformation, look no further than these 5 revolutionary body-shaping solutions.

    If you're hesitant about relying on an undergarment to look great, there's nothing to be ashamed of. Most women still have some annoying trouble spots on their figures no matter how much they exercise or watch what they eat. Even the most beautiful celebrities need a little help from shapers!

    All of these shapers are designed to be seamless, so you'll never have to worry about revealing your little secret.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    1. Panty Shaper by Amia

    Watch as up to three inches melt away from your waistline immediately in this customer-favorite shaper. It provides firm shaping and coverage for the entire torso under the bustline, so you'll never worry about love handles or muffin top again. All that shows under your clothes is slim and smooth curves.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette


    2. Vedette Harriet Open Bust Front Closure Shaper in Thong

    Say goodbye to inches on your waistline as well as visible panty lines. In this supremely effective midsection sculpting shaper, you'll never look or feel sexier. It works with any bra, so you can use it with a variety of styles, whether you're dressing up for a night out or you want to look professional and sharp.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    3. Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit

    It is possible to enhance every inch of your figure with a superior bodysuit, and this garment from Ann Chery doesn't disappoint. Zip yourself into this one-piece garment and watch as your midsection, and hips slim down while your butt shapes up. Ladies absolutely love how just one shaper does so much.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette


    4. Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette

    In those clinging skirts and dresses as well as tight pants, you want your legs to look long and sexy. This long leg bodysuit is the solution that adds length to your whole figure with a slimming effect from under the bust to your calves. It's lightweight too, so you won't break a sweat about your sexy little secret.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette


    5. Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie by Heather Thomson

    For many special occasions requiring cocktail dresses and other formalwear, nothing beats a classy slip. This shaping slip does the job, slimming and smoothing down your midsection, butt and thighs, while lifting your bust. And it won't slip or ride out of place. It helps your loveliest dresses fall perfectly into place for your most flattering looks.

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