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  • Back to Black

    Background on black lingerie

    Tantalizing yet timeless, black lingerie has become synonymous with seduction. But this wasn’t always the case. Black clothing and lingerie has an interesting history dating back to the Victorian Era. Curious?

    After her husband passed, a woman was expected to be in mourning for over two years. An important part of this ritual was wearing black clothing head to toe, including accessories and underwear. She was also expected to live a secluded, celibate life—yet a widow could move more freely in society more than an unmarried woman (one of the many paradoxes of this time). During this period, some widows opted for more on-trend, of-the-moment black fashions including lace and silk. And with these styles came matching black corsets and undergarments. This behavior created the link between black lingerie and deviance. The next step? Black lingerie and sex appeal.

    This association was further solidified in movies of the early twentieth century, and later with film noir and femme fatales of the 40s. Usually black lingerie was part of a dangerous woman’s plans of seduction—and a visual reminder of dominance and sexual power.

    In the 50s, lingerie began to look refined and chic to match the quintessential little black dress of the times. Fast-forward to today and black lingerie is a given in women’s top drawers. It’s the ultimate way to flatter your figure and feel unstoppably confident.

    Black lingerie is equally perfect for everyday wear and special behind-closed-door moments. Celebrate black lingerie with these stunning styles.

    Black Leather Overbust Corset by Hourglass Angel

    Corselette by Amia

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette

    Silk Floral Brocade Corset

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  • Sexy + Lingerie = Scandale

    Scandale shapewear. Is there anything better than wearing truly beautiful shapewear? We don't think so. And one of our all-time favorites for doing the job: Scandale. Every piece is exquisitely crafted with impeccable attention to detail using the most innovative fabric. The result is effortless elegance and timeless femininity you’ll adore. Almost like wearable art. Scandale pieces are an easy (and gorgeous) way to infuse every day with confidence.

    Founded in 1932, the French lingerie label and shapewear pioneers have pushed their heritage alongside sophisticated technology. The result is love-worthy, lust-worthy lingerie that will shape and sculpt your body with sleek paneling and a light-to-the-touch finish. The brand believes the art of dressing well begins with the first layer you put on—and it shows.

    Try this covetable lingerie when you want to wow behind closed doors or slip it on when you need an extra dose of confidence for that big presentation. Either way, you’ll feel cool and completely confident. Plus, the luxurious shapewear not only looks pretty, it works hard to smooth, slim and support your curves where it matters most. Designed for the modern woman, Scandale takes everything to the next level of irresistible. Wear it as shapewear by day and lingerie by night.

    Ready to experience it for yourself? Here’s one we extra (extra) love: Le Belle bodysuit.

    Inspired by vintage elegance and designed with surround control panels, it sculpts your tummy and cinches in your waist,. The bodysuit also features smooth molded cups, sheer lined lace and soft boning for extra support if you wear it strapless.

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  • 7 Simple Ways to Feel Sexy

    7 ways to feel sexy.  Have a case of the ho-hums? Maybe it’s the winter slump (too many grey days and not enough Vitamin D) or it’s just been too long since you did something solely for yourself. It’s time to break the spell. Here are 7 small ways to get back on track. After all, feeling good and feeling sexy go hand-in-hand.

    1. Indulge in the small stuff.

    Whether it’s a mani/pedi or a long bath with candles, little pampering moments can go a long way. If nothing else, they’re a reminder that you deserve it. And confidence equals sexiness.

    2. Slip on some high heels.

    Pumps can give you a lift in more ways than one. Whether you wear them with jeans, a dress or lingerie, high heels will boost your sprits. Next step? Strut your stuff.

    3. Exercise in nature.

    Get endorphins pumping and you’ll feel better in an instant. These chemicals alter your mindset, refresh your senses and give you a burst of feel-good energy.

    4. Repeat a mantra.

    Sometimes you need to fake it ‘til you make it. And the best part? It works. Stand in front of a mirror and say nice things to yourself—all the things you’d say to a good friend or sister. For example: “I am beautiful. I am confident. I am loved.” 

    5. Laugh.

    Laughter releases the good chemicals in your brain. Pull up YouTube or go to a comedy club for some guaranteed giggles. Smiling and laughing causes a ripple effect…next thing you know, you’ll feel back to your sexy self.

    6. Switch things up.

    Routines can be the enemy. Try something novel, like a cooking class (many are free at cooking stores) or a day trip to stimulate your mind, body and life.

    7. Try new shapewear.

    Create an hourglass shape with stunning shapers and lingerie. You’ll love the way you look. And a little lace never hurt anything either. Even if you keep it a secret, wearing a seductive corset under your clothes is a surefire way to feel sexier instantly.

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  • Valentine's Day Gift Trend: You!

    Flirty Boudoir Photography

    A present he’ll love to unwrap? Your boudoir photos.

    A provocative new trend, boudoir photography has become especially popular with brides-to-be as a wedding present for their groom. Why not take this intimate idea and apply to another romantic occasion: Valentine’s Day.

    The suggestive photos are usually taken wearing elegant lingerie or nothing at all. However the style is far from X-rated, more in the realm of PG-13. Usually with a pinup-inspired look and feel, the tasteful photos often show implied nudity—meaning you're not wearing anything, but also not revealing anything. For example, the artistic photos might be shot from the back or lying on your stomach so key areas are strategically hidden.

    When choosing what lingerie you want to wear for your photo shoot, the most important thing is that you feel 100% comfortable and confident. If you’re hesitant about your ensemble, it’ll show in the photos.  A general rule is to bring lingerie in different styles and shades. Try something in softer hues (whites, ivories or pinks) something black (ideally with lace) and something unexpected for variety. Also don’t forget to accessorize with jewelry, stockings and heels.

    Where to start? These 4 stunning Hourglass Angel corset-and-thong sets flatter your figure in ultimate style—and they’ll make for unforgettable photos.  Have fun!

    All the Frills corset and thong set

    A showstopper with a gorgeous neckline and dramatic lace accents.

    Ribbons and Bows corset and thong set

    Sensuous satin and oversized bows create a sexy-sweet vibe.

    Go For The Gold Overbust corset and thong set

    Ravishing ruffles set a romantic, European-inspired tone.

    Cream of the Crop corset and thong set

    Rich gold accents and opulent lace? Jaws will drop.

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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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  • 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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