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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.


    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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  • Love Your Derriere

    4 Ways to Flatter Your Bottom with Butt-Lifting Jeans

    Ever wonder why jeans are so difficult to shop for? It's because everyone's booty comes in a different shape and size! If you don't know what you're looking for in a pair of jeans that flatters your natural shape, you'll spend a lot of hours in shopping frustration. Or worse, you'll just give up and buy a pair of jeans that doesn't look good on you!

    It doesn't have to be that hard. By knowing what type of jeans flatter your butt shape, you can cut down on your shopping time and frustration. Follow these basic tips and you'll always have a pair of jeans that your derriere will love.

     Butt-lifting jeans for any body type

    1. Jeans for a Flat Butt

    Does your butt have a sheer drop-off? To look fabulous instead of flat, choose jeans that are designed to shape and lift. Wide-set pockets with eye-catching stitching and embellishments will help break up the flat appearance.

    The Skinny Lift Butt Lift Pants by Verox are jeans that will transform a flat butt into one that helps you feel curvy and confident.

    2. Jeans for a Bubble Butt

    You might have enviable shape to your butt, but that doesn't make your selection of great jeans any easier! You probably run into the problem of covering your backside properly without having a gaping waistline. They solution to your problem is higher seams so that your booty has some extra room. You'll also benefit from a stretchy fit to avoid bagginess and sagging.

    The Firm Up Butt Lift Jeans by Verox will highlight and lift your naturally round figure with a stretchy and comfortable fit, while the high seams will provide the coverage you need.

    3. Jeans for a Wide Butt

    To manage that extra width, it's important to know what to avoid: wide leg pants, which will make your whole lower body look wide instead of long. Your best bet for jeans are straight leg or boot cut with closely set pockets that draw the eyes to the center. The less fabric the better – you'll want to highlight your curves.

    The AM to PM Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox have a straight leg, with pockets and seams that draw attention inward, giving your butt a firmer, narrower look.

    4. Jeans for a Triangle Butt

    If your butt is widest where you hips meet your thighs, you'll want a pair of jeans that helps create balance. Heavyweight denim with minimal stretch is the best type of fabric. Choose pockets that are diagonal or set high toward the waist, focusing attention on the center and not the outside.

    The Sexy Nightingale Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox are the solution to the triangle butt by giving providing balance with strategic seaming and high-set diagonal pockets.

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