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    8 Reasons to Own Leg Shapers

    08.25.2014-Blog-Redesign

    Did you know your legs can be one of your most attractive assets? Even if you don’t naturally have long and slender legs, shapewear in combination with flattering attire can do wonders for your lower half! And if you do have long and slender legs, shapers can help you best emphasize that feature. So quit hiding behind baggy pants and feel confident and comfortable in fitted outfits.

    Here are eight reasons why you should have leg shapers in your wardrobe.

    Slenderize Your Legs

    When it comes to legs, you want to emphasize everything slender and trim. Shapers do just that, no matter what size or shape your legs are. You may even drop a size or two in an instant.

    Support and Sculpt Your Legs

    Not only do legs shapers make your legs look leaner, but they sculpt and support them as well. You’ll have a great shaped legs, and they’ll feel less fatigued at the end of a long day.

    Shape Your Silhouette

    When it comes to the figure of your silhouette, your legs make up about half of it! Your sexy figure wouldn’t be complete without sculpted legs at the base.

    Support Your Lower Abdomen, Thighs and Hips

    Most leg shapers have the added benefit of providing support and shape for these other essential parts of your figure. You’ll have an all-around shapelier look for your lower half.

    Be Long and Lean

    You don’t have to be a runway model to achieve that long and lean look for your legs. Use a legs shaper underneath high-waisted pants or skirts and immediately look like your legs and long and slender.

    Look Taller

    You don’t have to be tall to look tall. Use the slenderizing effects of leg shapers to create a longer, leaner figure. You’ll look inches taller and slimmer in an instant.

    Eliminate Muffin Top

    With most leg shapers, you won’t have to worry about what goes on above your waistline. Choose a shaper with midsection control, and enjoy a curvy and smooth look like an hourglass, without muffin top.

    Correct Your Skin

    Some leg shapers are designed to battle cellulite by increasing perspiration in target areas. So you can look great even when the shaper comes off, with improved appearance on the surface of the skin.

    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

      The Best Activewear for an Active Life

      Fashionable & Effective Apparel in the Gym and Out

      If you’re an active woman, what you wear during your workouts is just as important as your professional, dressy, or casual attire. Activewear that effectively enhances your performance is essential, and it’s all the better if it’s stylish and highlights your body’s best features.

      We’ve got what you need to be fashionable at the gym as well as at the park, on the trail, or anywhere else you want to show off a sporty look. Plus, you’ll be working your muscles to their fullest potential and targeting stubborn body fat.

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      Sweat It Off Anti-Cellulite Tank by Delfin Spa paired with Ultimate Performance Racer Back Sports Bra by Game Gear HT260

      A good workout can turn into a great one when you have upper body support that aids with your form and posture. This anti-cellulite tank helps you amp up your perspiration so you can make the most out of your workout, while the sports bra keeps your chest area feeling dry and your back muscles uninhibited. Together they provide ultimate shaping and support for your torso so you’ll look hot no matter which way you move.

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      Bio-Ceramic Calf Sleeves by Delfin

      Are you envious of women with great calves? These sleeves will help you maximize the effectiveness of your calf workouts by creating compression and thermal activity. These are a great option whether you’re an avid runner or gym-goer and you want to improve your performance.

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      Curve Appeal Black Body Shaping Leggings by Bon Bon Up

      Your collection of activewear wouldn’t be complete without a pair of great leggings. These shaping leggings discreetly sculpt your waist, hips, butt and thighs so you’ll feel confident and attractive. They’re ideal whether you’re lifting, running, doing yoga, or even running errands.

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      Mineral Motion High-Waisted Capris by Delfin Spa

      Boost your workout with mineral-infused fabric! The unique compression technology helps you sweat, which can improve circulation. You’ll also look smooth and shapely from above your waist down to mid-calf, making these capris ideal for casual wear as well.

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      Toning Shorts by Amia

      Work out harder and increase your caloric burn with these cutting-edge compression shorts from Amia. You’ll feel the burn and look fantastic by shaping your waistline, butt, hips and thighs.

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      Essentials Crop Shapewear Pants Plus Size by Miraclesuit

      If you’re tempted to go to the gym hiding your figure in baggy clothes, these pants were made for you! Enjoy a smoothly contoured body including your waist, butt, hips and thighs, while benefiting from compression fabric to increase caloric burn. The control waistband keeps everything in place so you’ve got no worries no matter which way you bend and twist.

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      Weather Endurance Compression Pants by Game Gear

      If you’re inspired to work up a sweat when the outdoor elements aren’t so inviting, these compression pants are a must-have. They’ll keep you warm and dry while improving your circulation. Rain, snow or shine, you’ll be ready to gear up and enjoy the weather.

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

        8 Reasons to Own a Rear Shaper

        08.18.2014-Blog-Redesign

        No matter what your shape or size, chances are you have wrestled with your wardrobe to make your butt look it’s best. It’s difficult because everyone is shaped differently. Unless you have a personal tailor, few articles of clothing are naturally going to fit well.

        That’s why every woman can benefit from a rear shaper. If you don’t have one in your dresser, here are some reasons that may convince you that you’re missing out:

        Enhance Your Rear

        Even if you work out every day, it’s difficult if not impossible to change the shape of your butt. Since very few women are naturally endowed with a perfectly round and firm shape, a rear shaper can save you a lot of fuss and make your butt look perfect in an instant.

        Shape Your Silhouette

        Your hourglass figure wouldn’t be complete without a round and smooth bottom half! A rear shaper completes the shape of your feminine silhouette.

        Help Your Clothes Fit Best

        Have you ever had the perfect pair of jeans that was comfortable and also highlighted your best features? With a rear shaper, you might discover that a lot more of your clothes fit like that! Clothes are designed to look good on mannequins, and a shaper can help your body be smooth and contoured in the same way.

        Slim Your Lower Abdomen

        One of the peskier areas in women’s figures is the lower abdomen, even if you’ve been diligently going to the gym. With most rear shapers, you’ll get the added benefit of slimming for your front too. Instant results, without the workout.

        Shape Your Hips

        It’s all part of the same package. A shaper that creates a firm and round butt also creates firm and curvy hips.

        Trim Your Tummy

        To provide a lift for your butt, many rear shapers provide coverage all the way to your waistline. So you’ll also enjoy smooth control for your tummy and midsection, for an all-around sleeker figure.

        Support Your Rear

        Let’s face it, for many women the butt can droop simply because it’s made of fattier tissue. It may not matter how firm your glutes are. Use a rear shaper and put aside your insecurities.

        Eliminate Muffin Top

        Complete your look from top to bottom with a rear shaper that provides smooth shaping starting at your midsection. You’ll never worry about any unsightly muffin top above your pants’ waistline again.

        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

          8 Reasons to Own a Hip & Thigh Shaper

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          Whether you’re already familiar with the benefits of shapewear or you’re just starting to discover them, make sure you’ve got your wardrobe stocked with hip and thigh shapers. These garments are an indispensable part of perfecting your figure, whether you’re going to the gym or you’re dressing up in a formal gown.

          Here are eight reasons why these shapers should be an essential part of your collection:

          Slim Your Silhouette

          Having trouble squeezing into that cute skirt or those tight pants? Watch your lower half shrink a size or more in an instant with a hip and thigh shaper. You’ll enjoy an overall slimming effect.

          Support Your Lower Body

          Whether you spend all day on your feet or sit in an office chair, you can put a lot of stress on your pelvis, thighs and lower back. Work to fix that problem with compression fabrics that can provide support all day long. You might end the day feeling more energized and able to do what you love.

          Shape Your Thighs and Hips

          As the name suggests, these shapers mold your thighs and hips into an ideal shape. So whether you need to size down and smoothen your thighs, or give your hips a little more curve, there’s a shaper that can meet your body’s specific needs.

          Contour Your Figure

          Your figure won’t be flattened in a quality hip and thigh shaper. On the contrary, with the right shaper you’ll achieve a contoured figure with curves in all the right places. Your silhouette will never look sexier.

          Put an End to Thigh Rubbing

          Nothing makes a workout or time spent on your feet worse than the misery of chafing thighs! The solution to your discomfort is as simple as a thigh shaper.

          Slim Your Lower Abdomen

          Many hip and thigh shapers provide benefits all the way up to your waistline. Unlike some midsection shapers, these lower body shapers provide ultimate slimming effects for that pesky area in the lower abdomen.

          Correct Visible Panty Lines

          Never worry about bending over again, because with a seamless hip and thigh shaper, there’s no panty line to reveal.

          Enhance Your Rear

          You give attention to your bustline with nice bras; so why not do the same for your backside? Many hip and thigh shapers are designed to give the rear a firm and round lift. You’ll enjoy a sculpted look you might not have thought possible, perfect for those fitted pants and skirts.

          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

            The New Rules for Party Dressing

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            Dressing Your Best for Any Night Out

            It used to be that when you went out to party, you could only wear sexy apparel if you had the right body type. And unless you were a runway model, your selection of party wear might have been limited (unless you simply chose to wear an unflattering outfit!).

            These days, more people recognize that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and shapewear enhances all of them! No matter what your body type, the key to sporting a fashionable party outfit is setting the perfect foundation with the right shaper. Here are some rules you should follow every time you dress up.

            1. Choose the Right Shaper According to Your Outfit

            Some of your sexiest apparel naturally isn’t going to work with every type of shaper. For example, if you’re wearing a halter-top, a shaper with straps isn’t going to work. If you’re going low back or backless, you may run into to problems with a lot of midsection shapers with back coverage. But don’t give up on that cute dress yet! Many shaping garments are specifically designed for wearing under those fashionable types of apparel. For your more revealing outfits, try shapers that are backless, thong, plunge bra, or strapless.

            2. Try Different Materials

            Modern shapers utilize a variety of different materials, and not all function the same way. For maximum shaping effectiveness you might want to try a garment with high compression material and side boning for extra shaping and support through the midsection. If you would rather have more comfort and flexibility while you make your moves on the dance floor, a light compression cami or high-waisted panty might be better suited for your needs. If you’re planning on wearing a tight outfit, one quality you’ll always want to look for in the fabric is a “seamless” design, so nothing shows through.

            3. Find the Right Color

            No matter what type of shapewear you’re using, you’ll always want it to be invisible. You wouldn’t wear a black bra under a white t-shirt, so don’t sport a black cincher under a light-colored top. If you’re wearing a separate bra and panties, wear a shaper of the same color. You usually can’t go wrong with nude-colored undergarments if you’re trying to be discreet.

            4. Enhance Your Best Assets

            Know yourself and learn which of your features you can show off! Shapers aren’t just made for hiding your less flattering features; they’re made for enhancing what you’ve got. Match the shaper that features your curves with an outfit that emphasizes those curves. Use cleavage-boosting undergarments for low-cut tops, butt-lifting shapers under tight skirts and pants, and torso-lengthening midsection shapers for dresses that emphasize the waistline.

            Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

              8 Reasons To Own a Midsection Shaper

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              Every fashion-conscious woman knows that a midsection shaper is a key component to a tasteful wardrobe. But many don’t know that midsection shapers go way beyond just making you look slimmer around the midsection. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy from a midsection shaper. Once you add this essential shapewear to your wardrobe collection, you may wonder why you ever went without one!

              Posture Correction

              Midsection shapers help your spine to stand straight and tall. Straight posture is essential to your short- and long-term back health! When standing with good posture, you’ll not only feel more energized, but you’ll look more poised. A midsection shaper may transform the way you look and feel with posture correction alone!

              Postpartum and Postsurgical Support

              Midsection compression can be an integral part of recovering from childbirth or abdominal surgery. It can reduce swelling and aid your abdomen in regaining its shape.

              Waistline Enhancement

              This may go without saying, but nothing works better than a midsection shaper in enhancing a feminine waistline and eliminating any problem spots like love handles and muffin top. You may drop a couple of sizes as well!

              Thermal Activity

              One of the primary benefits of compression technology in shapewear is that it stimulates thermal activity in your target areas. This in turn increases perspiration and can maximize the effectiveness of your workouts!

              Back Support

              Many modern women spend long hours every day in an office chair, on their feet, and/or carrying children around on their hips. While you might be tempted to just “tough it out” when you experience the back pain that naturally results from these activities, you can instantly ease some of the stress on your body with a midsection shaper.

              Reduction of Overeating

              When you have firm compression all the way around your midsection, your stomach isn’t going to expand the way it might otherwise when you eat a lot. That means that you will notice more easily when you are full, and you won’t want to overeat.

              Building Confidence

              You know how great it feels when you know you look good. When you’re not constantly worried about how your body looks, you can focus your attention on other things.

              The Perfect Foundation for Every Outfit

              Have you ever noticed that clothes in a department always look good on a mannequin but don’t fit quite the same way when you try them on? Shapewear turns your body into a smooth, almost mannequin-like shape, so you can look great in every outfit!

              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                Ten Coordinating Shapers for the Perfect Hourglass Figure

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                Surefire Combos for Your Ideal Shape

                Sometimes, obtaining the ideal figure for that special dress or those form-fitting pants requires a little thoughtful preparation when it comes to your shapewear. While many garments are versatile and work well on their own, they work even better when paired with another body shaping product. Try some of these combos for the perfect look in your most flattering outfits. You can also mix and match for your own custom shaping solution!

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                High Waisted Panty by Amia with Vedette Ivana Torsette Waist Cincher

                With these two garments you can enjoy moderate control and shaping for your lower abdomen, hips and butt, in addition to firm cinching at your waistline. This combination is ideal for creating a tight and toned look from below the bust down to your hips. Both pieces are seamless, so they’ll fit together without a problem.

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                Bio-Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Shorts by Delfin with Body Slimming Anti-Cellulite Gel by Co’Coon 

                For your smoothest, firmest skin, sometimes you need to take out the big guns. Delfin’s compression shorts will enhance your workouts by increasing perspiration in your cellulite target areas, while the body slimming gel firms and improves the appearance of the surface of your skin. You’ll enjoy the confidence of having tight and toned skinned in all of your leg-baring attire.

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                Dana Mid-Thigh Buttock Enhancer with Front Closure by Vedette with Strapless Longline Bra by Dominique

                Want a full-body makeover without pulling on a whole suit? Vedette’s buttock enhancer does wonders for your lower half, resulting in a shapely bottom with smooth thighs and hips. When paired with this strapless longline bra, you’ll enjoy extra slimming and support for your waist and torso with a nice boost to the bust. It’s a perfect solution for the little black dress or any form-fitting attire.

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                Vedette Amelie Open Bottom Mid Thigh Shaper with B.Wowd Push Up Bra by Wacoal

                Sexy perfection from top to bottom starts with an incredible bra like this push up bra by Wacoal. Flexible, seamless design creates a lovely lift in the cleavage. Pair that with this mid thigh shaper and you’ll get a smooth hourglass from the bust all the way to mid-thigh, including a head-turning lift in the rear.

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                Toning Shorts by Amia with Workout Band by Ann Cherry

                Your workouts just got a huge boost with cutting-edge compression technology from Amia and Ann Cherry. These shorts with this waistband will maximize your perspiration in your target areas, ensuring that your workout is working for you!

                 

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

                  Tame Your Midsection Once and For All

                  Get The SHAPE

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                  If you’re like a lot of women, some of the most frustrating problem areas in your figure are probably around your waist. This is especially true if you’ve been pregnant, but even if you haven’t, you might still battle with your midsection, day after day.

                  Few things can be more frustrating than trying to look fashionable and attractive when you’re combating an uncooperative tummy, sides and back! But you don’t have to give in to “love handles” and “muffin top.” We have four fabulous midsection garments designed to shrink your waistline, so you’ll always look smooth and slender around the middle – and maybe even drop a couple of sizes!

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                  1. Cincher by Amia

                  There’s a reason this waistline-targeting garment is one of our bestsellers. Wear it and instantly benefit from a flatter tummy and a smooth and trim midsection all the way around, from below the bust to your hip bone. You may be able to wear a size or two smaller just by putting it on. Using Amia’s signature PowerLatex fabric, it provides all day firm control, while FlexiBoning ensures unbeatable comfort. While you’re wearing it, compression technology works to stimulate thermal activity and perspiration.

                  2. Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

                  When it comes to controlling your waist, it doesn’t get much more classic – or effective – than a corset. This customer-favorite corset provides maximum compression all the way around the torso for an all-day tall and lean look. Adjustable lacing ensures a perfect fit every time, while steel boning keeps your figure firmly in place all day long. Customer’s favorite garment to use for waist training, simply tighten the laces as you size down.

                  3. Vest by Amia

                  Unbeatable compression technology meets ultimate comfort and support with Amia’s popular vest. Slim your midsection dramatically in a snap when you put on this maximum strength shaper, complete with PowerLatex fabric. The vest’s design ensures full coverage and support up the back and over the bra line. As with all of our maximum strength midsection shapers, instantly notice a reduction of 1-3 inches in the midsection.

                  4. Compression Panty Shaper

                  For no-fail tummy flattening, this panty shaper provides slimming and coverage from above the waist to down over your pelvis, which is particularly effective at taming your lower abdomen or love handles in the back. Maximum compression ensures that you’ll enjoy a smooth and slim silhouette from from your hips up to below the bust.

                  Posted in How To Wear, Maternity, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                    Getting in Shape & Staying in Shape

                    5 Ways Shapewear Helps Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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                    You already know that quality shapewear can make you look great, as it discreetly shapes your figure to look like an hourglass. But did you know that certain shapers can contribute to an all-around healthier lifestyle?

                    In fact, shapewear encourages a healthy lifestyle and promotes weight loss in five key ways! If you’re trying to eat better and get more active – while ensuring you look great at the same time – be sure to include shapewear in your routine. Here’s why:

                    1. Shapewear discourages overeating

                    You’ll notice that when you’re wearing a garment that provides firm compression around your midsection, your stomach can’t expand as much. And that means you’ll eat less. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be hungry, but it does mean that you can have a stronger handle on compulsion eating, which is key for healthy weight loss. You’ll be more likely to simply eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re full. This is an essential component to long-term weight loss and lifestyle change.

                    2. Shapewear motivates you

                    One of the great benefits of compression technology is that it produces noticeable results instantly! If you’re using a midsection shaper, you’ll quickly notice a reduction in inches. Nothing motivates to keep you going like real results.

                    3. Shapewear boosts your confidence

                    Even if you haven’t met your fitness goals yet, shapewear helps your clothes fit better, so that you look great no matter what your current size is. Feeling positive about your self-image is key to sticking with your lifestyle changes. With the ongoing confidence boost that shapewear provides, you’ll want to stay on track and see your goals to the end.

                    4. Shapewear paves the way to permanent change

                    If you’re serious about transforming your lifestyle habits, lasting change takes a lot of time and patience. Shapewear helps you enhance whatever progress you’ve made, whether you’ve got one more size you want to drop or four. You might want to be in a size 6 someday, but in the meantime you can still look fabulous in a size 8, size 14 or higher.

                    5. Shapewear helps you measure your progress

                    Speaking of sizes, did you know that shapewear helps you drop a size or two instantly? So go ahead and buy those smaller size clothes. You’ll enjoy fitting into them more naturally as you progress with your fitness plan. And if you’re wearing your shaper on a regular basis, your weight loss will be even more obvious to you. Those “Wow!” moments are super motivating!

                    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                      5 Must-Have Shapers for Summer

                      Enjoy a Smooth & Slim Figure in Warm Weather

                      It’s summer and you know what that means: showing more skin and more of your figure. But that doesn’t mean you have to stress about it! Don’t waste the long days hiding indoors behind baggy clothes. The secret to looking great and feeling great this season, whether you’re walking the beach, lounging at a backyard barbecue or checking out the summer nightlife, is wearing pairing the right shapewear with your favorite summer outfits.

                      Today, we’re featuring 5 hot shapewear styles that are must-haves for warm-weather attire. Grab these shapers and love the way you look this summer!

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                      1. Workout Band by Ann Cherry

                      Planning on making the most of the warm weather with some great outdoor workouts? You won’t want to leave your door without this incredible workout band under your fitness top. Not only will you look killer in form-fitting workout attire and turn a few heads while you’re out, you’ll also be maximizing your workout’s intensity. The firm compression around your midsection redirects the heat back onto your skin, which in turn helps increase perspiration in the target area!

                      2. Cincher by Amia

                      This is one of those garments that you’ll wonder what you ever did without. It’s a must-have foundation garment under any summery top or dress, whether it flows or clings. With this best-selling cincher, you’ll immediately notice a reduction in inches around your waist and enjoy a smooth and flawlessly shaped midsection.

                      3. Toning Shorts by Amia

                      Wouldn’t you love to have smoother thighs under all of your skirts, dresses and shorts? If you’re living an active lifestyle and want to give your lower half a bit of a lift, these toning shorts will be your best friend. Compression technology increases perspiration in the target area so that you can benefit from them whether you’re doing intense workouts or simply walking.

                      4. Firm Up Butt Lift Jeans by Verox

                      You just can’t do summer without some great skinny jeans to go with your best shoes and tops. With these jeans you don’t have to worry about how your rear end is holding up. They instantly shape and lift your butt so it will always be round, firm and smooth from every angle.

                      5. Yes Please Firm Control Tank Top by Flexees

                      Want to always look fabulous in your summer tops? Yes, please! Layer every look starting with this customer favorite shaping cami. You’ll get instant slimming and smoothing from your bust to below the waistline – so no more worries about how your figure looks under even your lightest and tightest summer apparel.

                      Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                        Shaping and Support for New Moms

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                        The Best Postpartum Shapers for the Summer Months

                        If you’re a new mom, one of the big questions you may be wondering is, “When am I going to get my body back?”

                        While moms are beautiful just the way they are in every stage of postpartum recovery, you can use a shaper to help your midsection as it shrinks to its pre-pregnancy size and regains muscle strength. These garments are designed with the mom in mind and will keep you cool, comfortable and beautiful during the warm summer months.

                        The Cincher by Amia is one of our top-selling garments for new moms! Its revolutionary compression technology firmly pulls your midsection into shape using comfortable FlexiBoning and PowerLatex. Wear it for an instant reduction of one to three inches. It’s versatile and comfortable enough to use every day with every style, even during those warm summer months.

                        The Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher by Flakisima combines effective slimming with ultimate comfort. Pair it with your bra of choice, nursing or otherwise, and you’ll enjoy an instant smoothing and slimming of your tummy, sides and back. You’ll feel like you’re just wearing a snug tank top and no one will know your secret to looking so great postpartum!

                        Support your back and aid your postpartum recovery with the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks. This garment provides gentle compression and support for those delicate first weeks following your delivery. The compression strength is adjustable, so you can tighten it as your abdomen heals and shrinks.

                        A great cami is essential for the new mom in the summer months. Look no further than the Mother Tucker Compression Tank by Belly Bandit. It provides comfortable slimming and smoothing for your tummy, sides and back, while staying in place with a no slip, anti-roll bottom. Adjustable straps and a supportive top provide a lift for your breasts without flattening or squishing them.

                        The Post-Surgery Panty by Leonisa is a great choice more midsection support whether you had a C-section or vaginal delivery. You’ll enjoy gentle shaping and compression support around your tender midsection and pelvic floor. An adjustable flap sits just above the belly button, and Velcro sides enable you to increase compression as your body heals. The light and breathable fabric blend moves with your body, providing ultimate comfort even on those hottest days.

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                          Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party

                          Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party

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                          Our Top 10 Shapers for Bridesmaids

                          Stand at the bride’s side in confidence and style! Historically, bridesmaid dresses have a bad reputation for being unflattering, but you can buck the trend with the right shaper underneath. Check out our top ten shapers for bridesmaids, perfect for a variety of figures and dress styles.

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                          The Thong Shaper by Amia is a versatile garment that you can go to for special occasions, time and again. It’s ideal for any form-fitting bridesmaid dress with or without shoulder straps. You’ll notice an instant reduction in your waistline and achieve a smooth silhouette from your bust to your hips. Use it with the bra best suited for your bust in your dress. And no need to worry about panty lines, of course, with a comfortable thong back.

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                          If you’re looking for a lace-detailed corselette that inspires confidence in all of your bridesmaids try the Corselette by Amia. The Amia corselette hugs your hips, supports your bust, and slims your waist all in one elegant package. Three slimming layers will immediately and beautifully sculpt 1-3 inches from your waist. And because it’s seamless, the corselette makes sure that you’re comfortable and confident in your most curve-fitting fashions.

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                          The Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette is a sexy laced garment that will provide the shaping and support you need for your midsection and hips. Convert the straps for extra support with strapped dresses, or simply remove them for strapless styles. This shaper is ideal if you need some extra control and smoothing around your hips, whether your dress clings or flows.

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                          If you want a little boost in your rear, try the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper. This shaper will define your waist while rounding and lifting your butt. This provides a fabulous foundation under many dress styles and helps your dress fall the way it should on your backside.

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                          The Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem gives your whole midsection a quick makeover, instantly creating a smooth and defined waistline and back. It also controls your hips and your butt, so your silhouette is completely smooth under many dress types. Pair with your bra of choice and wear with convertible straps or strapless.

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                          For a sexy feel with powerful shaping for your midsection and hips, the Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher by Vedette is a great choice. The FlexiBoning design provides strong control while being comfortable so you can dance the night away. Feel beautiful and confident in a variety of dress styles.

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                          For dresses that emphasize your lower half, try the Amie Mid Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette. This garment creates a smooth silhouette from above your waist to your mid thighs, while providing your butt with a sexy lift.

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                          The High Waisted Panty by Amia is a simple piece that provides effective slimming for your midsection so you can enjoy a flat tummy and a smooth waistline underneath any style dress. This garment is one of the most comfortable you can use, making it ideal for those long wedding celebrations.

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                          For plus-size shaping and support without a lot of weight, the Catwalk Firm Control High-Waist Long Leg by Body Wrap is the ideal choice. You’ll enjoy effective control from beneath your bust to the thigh, so your silhouette is beautifully shaped and smooth.

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                          Sometimes nothing does it better than a slip. The Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie instantly shapes your figure from your bust to your thighs. The microfiber is lightweight and comfortable and stays in place with the help of silicone lining. This is the ultimate shaping piece for any figure-hugging dress.

                          Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                            Target Your Problem Areas

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                            Finding Shapers Designed Just for Your Body

                            Every woman is beautifully different. You have diverse shaping needs, which is why you have hundreds of options in shapewear to choose from!

                            Here are some tips to help you find the ideal shaper depending on your goals and trouble areas.

                            Midsection

                            The options for trimming your waistline are almost endless. For a basic start, try a cincher that provides compression all the way around your torso and a smooth silhouette between the bustline and hips. You can also try one of our many selections of waist-training garments that are designed for sustained slimming with regular use. Body shapers and corsets also effectively flatten your tummy and slim off inches. For more casual control, try shaping camis or high-waisted shaping pants and leggings.

                            Shop: Midsection Shapers

                            Back

                            You don’t have to worry about a pesky muffin top or any other embarrassing bulges on your back with the right smoothing shapewear. Try a bodysuit, corset or cincher with a high back so you can look smooth all the way around your torso. If you’re choosing a below-the-bust or open bust shaper, make sure the back goes over your bra line for completely smooth coverage.

                            Shop: Back Shapers

                            Hips and Thighs

                            Curvy hips are something you should flaunt confidently with the right smoothing and control. Try a bodysuit that extends to the thighs. You can also try compression panties, shorts or pants/tights. For dressing up, a shaping slip can do just the trick! We also have a variety of anti-cellulite garments that use compression technology to visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

                            Shop: Hip and Thigh Shapers

                            Rear

                            Need a boost in the rear? Try a variety of butt-lifting products including jeans, shorts and panties with extra support and padding for that round and lifted look. Many of our bodysuits also have rear-enhancing features that will provide your natural curves with a lift. If you want to decrease the attention to your rear, choose a garment with full coverage compression around your rear.

                            Shop: Rear Shapers

                            Legs

                            Compression pants come in a variety of lengths so you’ll enjoy long and sexy legs. Choose from garments that go to mid-thigh, knee, calf, or ankle. Anti-cellulite shorts and pants can also do wonders. Finally, have your tried working out in compression pants? It’s a great way to provide your muscles and skin with some extra toning.

                            Shop: Leg Shapers

                            Arms

                            Yes, we have solutions for arms too! Try a bodysuit with arm coverage, or shaping sleeves or bands. We also carry anti-cellulite and body-firming products.

                            Shop: Arm Shapers

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                              Five Incredible Facts About Midsection Shapers

                              Compression Goes Beyond Just Helping You Look Great

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                              Do you enjoy the benefits of wearing midsection shapers or are thinking about getting one? Midsection shapers are known to make you look even more stunning for a big event or help you lose a couple of inches from your waist. But did you know that compression technology does more than make your dress fit better?

                              The various definitions for midsection shapers can be confusing, so here are a few terms sorted out. Fajas and cinchers are waist-slimming bands with various levels of compression; they sit below the bust and certain designs may have shoulder straps. Girdles, while very similar, are generally longer than cinchers and provide shaping from your bust to your hips. Waist-trainer garments are designed to be worn regularly to sustain loss in the waistline.

                              Midsection Shaper Benefits

                              1. Improved Posture

                              One instant benefit you’ll notice any time you’re wearing a midsection shaper is that you’ll automatically be sitting and standing straighter. Not only will you look more poised, but you’ll alleviate back pain by stabilizing weak muscles in the lower back and abdomen. A shaper can be a life-changing garment if you experience a lot of pain in your occupation – particularly if you do a lot of static sitting or standing.

                              2. Semi-Permanent Reshaping

                              Many women don’t know that some shapers have the power to reshape their figures over time. With regular use in as little as 30 days, regular wearers have reported sustained losses of one to four inches in their waistlines!

                              3. Abdominal Strengthening

                              Midsection shapers give your abs a little workout all day long. Firm compression engages your core and helps you strengthen your abdominal muscles. This muscle building also contributes to benefits 1 and 2 listed above. This can be a huge benefit if you’re in postpartum recovery!

                              4. Fat Mobilization

                              Many compression shapers are designs with thermal panels that increase the flow of heat in your midsection. Boosting thermal activity in your core increases blood flow and helps eliminate toxins – which with regular use means less amassed fat.

                              5. Mental and Emotional Boost

                              Compression around the midsection feels like a constant hug and may provide the emotional benefit of decreased generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression. This is called deep pressure therapy. Women who wear shapers and experience the physical benefits like better posture also enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem.

                              As you browse all of your midsection shaper options, consider all the surprising ways that you could benefit!

                               

                              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                What’s Your Natural Body Type?

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                                How to Shape and Flatter Your Natural Curves

                                Every body is beautiful. That’s right; every single curve in your body is naturally gorgeous. Do you agonize over getting your body to look proportionally like an hourglass? If you do, you should understand that very few women naturally have that shape.

                                Stop agonizing and take a look at your body just as it is. Even if you want to lose weight, you can identify what natural body type you have.

                                Instead of trying to squeeze and hide parts of your body to look unnatural, emphasize what you do have! You can feel confident in your own skin with the right attire, including shapers designed for your natural shape.

                                To determine your body type, stand naked in front of a mirror or grab some measuring tape to measure your proportions. Refer to these guidelines whenever you shop and you’ll look ravishing for every occasion!

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                                Hourglass Figure

                                If you’re a natural hourglass, your shoulders and hips are proportionally the same size while your waistline is smaller. Your waist is eight to ten inches smaller than your bust and hips measurements.

                                When you dress, you’ll want to emphasize your narrow waist without adding too much extra bulk or attention to your bust or your bottom. Clinging and wrapping tops work well, as well as soft fabrics and solid colors. Wear attire that lengthens your torso and legs like high-waisted pants and skirts, and form-fitting jackets. You may also want extra length to your legs by wearing heels.

                                For shapers that lengthen your look and emphasize your slim waist, try the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia and Corselette by AMIA. The Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit will also slim the waist, abdomen, and hips, creating a beautiful, voluptuous shape.

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                                Inverted Triangle Figure

                                If you have prominent shoulders that are wider than your hips, you’re an inverted triangle. You most likely have a large chest and a straight waist.

                                Your main objectives when dressing are defining your waist and softening your shoulders. Avoid embellishment around the shoulders and neckline and try to add emphasis to your hips with designs like pocket details and pleats.

                                Shapers that work well wonderfully for inverted triangles figures include the Vest by Amia, the Lilian High Back Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette, and the CoCoon Perfect Fit Braless T-Shirt, all of which firmly shape your waistline and providing extra support for your bust.

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                                Rectangle Figure

                                As a rectangle shape, your shoulders, waist, bust and hips are all relatively close in size. Your waist is less than 25 percent smaller than your bust or hips.

                                Your goal in styling is to emphasize your feminine curves. Wear cuts that are interesting and draw attention to your bust and hips.

                                Shapers can be very helpful in creating curves. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear, the Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper, and the Vedette Dayanna Open Bottom Body Shaper with Front Closure are all fabulous butt-enhancing options.

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                                Pear Figure

                                If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, you’re a pear shape. You may enjoy the benefits of a well-defined waistline and rounded hips and bottom.

                                Your main style objective is to lengthen your silhouette so you’ll look balanced from top to bottom. Highlight the top half of your body to contrast the lower half. Draw the eye to your neckline and shoulders, while emphasizing your slim waist. Wear dark and plain on your lower half to elongate your legs.

                                You may benefit from a garment like the Backless Body Shaper with Bikini Bottom by Fullness, which creates a smooth curve throughout your torso while giving your bust a nice lift. For slimming and control of your hips, thighs and butt, try Stephanie by Vedette or High Waisted Shaping Shorts by MeMoi.

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                                Apple Figure

                                If you’re an apple, your shoulders and hips are about the same size. Your bust and waist measurements are similar, while your hips are about six inches smaller than your bust.

                                Women with apple silhouettes typically have lovely busts, so wear tops with low necklines or small collars. Your challenge is the lack of a waistline, so choose styles that draw attention away from your tummy and emphasize your arms, legs and chest. Empire cuts, flared and trouser legs, and wrap dresses are all great examples.

                                Shapers that work for apples include the Cincher by Amia and Evonne by Vedette, which create a smooth waistline and lift the bust. The Vedette Dayanna Open Bottom Body Shaper with Front Closure also shapes a waistline while giving your butt and hips a nice lift as well.

                                Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                  Shapers for Your Most Revealing Styles

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                                  Top 5 Discrete Shapers for Formal Wear

                                  Want to look killer in that sexy dress for the big event this season? Don’t let your dress’s revealing style prevent you from shaping and supporting your figure!

                                  There’s a shaper that can shape your silhouette and give your curves an extra boost no matter what you’re wearing. Here are our top five customer favorite shapers for special occasion dresses.

                                  1. Backless Body Shaper with Thong Bottom by Fullness

                                  Need some all-over torso control? This shaper provides a smooth and contoured foundation using tummy control panels and gives your bust a boost with soft padded cups. And since it’s a strapless, backless thong, it will always be your little secret! This is one of our most versatile garments, as it works with multiple dress styles. It will be best friends with your “little black dress.”

                                  2. Compression Thong Shaper by Squeem

                                  The maximum-strength latex in the simple, seamless design of this compression thong will instantly take one to four inches off your waistline (use it every day for a month and you may sustain that slimming!). A flat tummy and smooth back are essential for all of your form-fitting attire. The adjustable, convertible straps make this garment versatile to wear with a variety of tops. Pair it with your bra of choice for a perfect fit and flawless shape under that stunning dress.

                                  3. Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Cherry

                                  For those tight skirts and dresses that are designed to show off your feminine curves, you’ll want a shaper that gives your butt a boost without flattening it. This shaper lifts and firms your rear while tightening and controlling your midsection and hips. You’ll enjoy a smooth and seamless silhouette from bust to thigh. You can also pair this garment with the bra of choice, so you have a custom fit and lift for all of your strappy or strapless looks.

                                  4. Convertible Thong Shaper by Vedette

                                  Three invisible slimming layers on this firm control midsection shaper create a smooth and sexy silhouette without revealing a seam or pantyline. The comfortable thong makes it versatile for any number of styles, even your most flattering rear-clinging dresses. Use it with your favorite bra and feel confident in your shape in all of your strapless and form-fitting looks.

                                  5. The Hippie Hip and Butt Padded Brief by Bubbles Bodywear

                                  Whether you’re flaunting that clingy short skirt or a long mermaid cut gown, you’ll want you derriere to stand out and not fall flat. This simple brief is an essential piece for form-fitting dresses. It clings smoothly and won’t reveal so much as a hint of a seam. Enjoy a flattened tummy, a rounded butt and curvy and smooth hips. No one will know your secret!

                                  No matter what the occasion, there’s a shaper designed to make you look your best. Feel sexy and confident in our selection of discrete shapers for virtually any formalwear.

                                  Posted in Formal Events, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                    How to Look a Size Smaller in an Instant

                                    Using Firm Compression to Drop Several Inches from Your Waist

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                                    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.

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                                      What Hourglass Angel Customers Really Think

                                      Shaping Success Stories from Real Women

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                                      Happy Customer Appreciation Week here at Hourglass Angel! We love helping women look incredible and feel confident about their self-images. That’s why we are absolutely thrilled any time one of our customers shares a success story with us.

                                      Each woman has her own unique story. Here are some of our favorite comments from ladies who came to Hourglass Angel for their body shaping needs.

                                      This cincher really WORKS. It holds up over time and stays in place right where it belongs. I will be ordering again!” -Amy N., Ann Chery Workout Band 2026

                                      I get the most compliments when wearing these jeans, and best part is…they’re comfortable!!! Just ordered my second pair by Xexy. I followed what most comments have said about ordering a size up and they fit perfectly.” –Leah, On Powder Puff Butt Enhancing Jeans by Xexy 9001

                                      “I love this product! It’s perfect for helping to lose weight.” -JeTwauwn G., Shapeband 26C

                                      “I purchase the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset and absolutely LOVE it. I wear it every day for 8-10 hours and I have experienced amazing results after only a couple weeks. I also exercise daily…nothing extreme… just walking and sit-ups. I’m a satisfied customer!” -Patricia Y., Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

                                      Excited for my summer body! I Love it and it’s working wonder’s for me.” -Towana P., Slimvest by Squeem 26J

                                      “Great Investment! My vest is a major reason that I can see results with my weight loss!” -Yalawa Q., Slimvest by Squeem 26J

                                      “This is the second shapeband that I bought and I love it. They really do what they say I wore it eight hours a day and I went from an XL to a medium. They are made from quality material and very sturdy. I LOVE IT!” -Jackie M., Shapeband by Squeem 26C

                                      “This thing is wonderful! I wear it all the time with the exception of showers. It’s only been a few days and I swear my skin is tighter. I have lost 57 pounds and still have a lot to lose. I turned 40 this year, and my skin is not snapping back, so I made this purchase with the hopes of preventing loose skin. I wish I could buy one for my chin!” – Michelle M., Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa DS-TUMMY

                                      ” I Absolutely love my cincher!!!!!! I have lost so many inches in two weeks. It’s time to get a smaller size. Thank You–Azure P., Almighty Cincher by AMIA

                                      “I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this shaper. It has instantly made me look 10 pounds smaller, I am in love with it and I never take it off.” -Shamorea W., Shapeband by Squeem 26C

                                      We hope you’ll have a success story too! Talk to one of our representatives to determine your needs and find the perfect shaper for any occasion. And, be sure to submit your review, so other women can benefit from your feedback as well!

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                                        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.

                                         

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                                          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!

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                                            Ahead of the Curves: New York Fashion Week runway debuts shapewear

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                                            This year’s New York Fashion Week kicked off with Spanx taking over the runway. Models strutted their shapers up and down the runway, showing off boy shorts, Wonderbras, and other shapewear. Some fashion and news sites have shown shock that traditional models were chosen to market shapewear, but this event goes to show that shapewear is for anyone regardless of body type. Movie stars love their shapers, and now so does the couture scene.

                                            This comes as a surprise to some, but shapewear has been an important part of a polished look for a long time. Shapers can be used to provide a tuck and lift, but can also be used to create a smooth, fresh canvas for clothes. It’s like applying primer to your face before applying makeup. Shapewear was the best kept secret in Hollywood and among the fashion elite, but not any more. Designers, actors, celebrities, musicians, models, and fashionistas alike are publicly recognizing that shapewear makes an outfit pop, and has its own place in fashion.

                                            Lingerie and intimate lines have long had a presence in the fashion world and now shapewear is boldly joining them on the runway. Hourglass Angel was ahead of the curve, selling beautiful shapewear for every body and lifestyle for years. Shop our extensive inventory of elegant and comfortable thigh, waist, butt, leg, and tummy shapers – from the runway to your home, before they were even on the runway!

                                            Shop featured styles;
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                                            Bottom right Almighty Vest by AMIA

                                             

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                                              Squeem Review: The Squeem Compression Panty Shaper Delivers on its Promises

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                                              A few months ago, I began to think about my New Year’s resolution and how I would go about achieving my goals. I have never kept a resolution – so this year I started planning early and thought of practical and realistic methods to achieve what I want. Right around that time, I invested in my first shaper. My New Year’s resolutions include changing my eating habits, develop a fun and productive exercise regimen, and simply feel better!

                                              I stand at 5’3”,weigh 135 pounds, and consider my trouble area to be around my belly. I decided to incorporate an abdominal shaper into my plan simply because it provides instant results. Select shapers contribute to long-term weight loss results, and the only reason I didn’t have one yet was due to a ridiculous notion that it is for older women.

                                              I selected a best-selling garment from Hourglass Angel, the Squeem Compression Panty Shaper. This is a maximum compression shaper infused with latex, and the inside is lined with cotton so it makes the shaper very comfortable. It’s a step-through garment that I will say is difficult to get on the first time, and can even leave you feeling that you ordered a size too small a size. That feeling goes away quickly as you become accustomed to the compression.

                                              The Compression Panty Shaper really feels comfortable and fitted while you’re actually wearing it, snug like a glove. My first day of ever wearing a shaper was Thanksgiving Day while I ate a large meal with family. Best or worst day to try it? I cannot complain, I must say it did not interfere with my indulgences, but did help me control the amount that I ate. The compression of the garment helped me in that it left me feeling full once I had ate a sufficient amount.

                                              The Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem was designed with adjustable and removable straps for extra support, and the whole thing stays in place no matter what I did in it (cooking, working, cleaning, shopping, dancing, walking the dog, and everything else). The underbust design gently pushes up the bottom of my bra and gives me the lift of wearing a pointed bra without the pointy shape. Otherwise, it is completely invisible under clothes so the shaper is my little secret. I look naturally leaner and toner!

                                              Simply put, Squeem delivers on its promises! I wore the Compression Panty Shaper as instructed, about 8-10 hours a day and my waist has reduced by 1.75 inches. This is due to garment increasing your thermal activity that helps you burn off extra calories. I did not feel hot or sweaty what so ever, which was a concern of mine. The Compression Panty Shaper pulls in the waist and flattens the tummy, which helped me keep my abdomen engaged all day working my core muscles. It also corrected my posture, which is not only for appearances, but relieves back pain. I feel stronger and more confident, and it shows!

                                              I feel confident about my resolutions this time because I have already invested in a helping hand to get me where I want. – M. James

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                                                The Long and Short of It: Shapewear for Every Torso

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                                                Every body is different and while we use shapewear to enhance our shapes and get extra support, there are some things that we cannot change. When the distance between your shoulders and your natural waist is shorter than average, you are short-waisted. The opposite is true for those with a long torso. Luckily there is perfect shapewear for your long or short torso so you can get what you need and get out the door looking great!

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                                                Women with long torsos have a hard time finding shapewear or other tops that reach down to the waist, making tucking in a shirt nearly impossible – and don’t even get started on low-rise jeans. This poses a problem when selecting a midsection shaper because many women seek to control the lower tummy, which is often left exposed in this situation. Most enhancing bodysuits don’t fit because they do not stretch enough vertically  and will end up being too tight in the gusset.

                                                The Glamour Shaping Camisole by Bodyhush reaches down past the hips for full coverage. It is a long camisole perfect for those with a long torso, and it does not sacrifice form for function. This beautiful control top slims the tummy and waist while functioning as a sexy top. The Firm Control Waist Cincher by Flakisima is also a long shaper that whittles the waist while providing firm coverage throughout the entire torso.

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                                                Dealing with a short torso is like conducting a magic trick – success can be achieved via optical illusions. The torso can appear elongated by wearing smooth, one-piece shapewear that gives your chest a little lift. Shapewear that smooths out your midsection while supporting the chest emphasizes the waistline.

                                                The Lilian High Back Underbust Body Shaper by Vedette provides a midsection makeover that also gives special attention to the hips and back. Its underbust design provides a light lift that opens up the torso. The one-piece body suit design camouflages it under your clothes as to avoid any creases or bunching at the waist, which in turn would have shorten the torso. The Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters by Vedette trims the midsection and lower abdomen with FlexiBoning. The shaper comes up only to the ribs, perfect for a short torso.

                                                Whatever category your torso falls in to, shop Hourglass Angel to find the perfect shaper for your perfect shape.

                                                Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                  Are you a cincher or a vest-er? Tips on the right midsection shaper for you

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                                                  HourGlass Angel sells a large variety of shapewear and so many options can make it all confusing. What is the difference between these products, and which is best for you? If you’re looking for a slimmer waist and tighter tummy with posture support, try a cincher or vest (especially if you’re a postpartum mommy looking for extra support for a changing body).

                                                  For women with long or short torsos, you should stick with a cincher. Although vests come with adjustable straps, most are unable to accommodate atypical torso sizes and can end up riding up and shifting. Cinchers are typically the more versatile choice. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA slims the tummy and waist while lifting the chest with its underbust design. Its FlexiBoning supports your back, improves posture, and elongates the torso. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA provides long-term results with customers reporting a one to four-inch waist reduction after wearing the shaper eight hours per day for 30 days.

                                                  Vests can also provide instant slimming while delivering long-term results. Shaping vests provide extra support via its straps and gives your bust an extra lift. In addition to smoothing out any back or underarm bulges created by a bra, vests can prevent rolling or sliding. Vests are also a wonderful tool in supporting a large and back for the ultimate relief during a long day. However, vests cannot be worn with strapless or thin-strapped tops like the cincher.

                                                  The Almighty Vest by AMIA uses PoweLatex and FlexiBoning to sculpt inches from your midsection by increasing thermal activity in your core. This also supports long-term results, as customers have reported dropping up to four inches from their waists after a month of wearing as instructed. The Almighty Vest has extra fabric at the armholes to prevent any spillage or bulge from the bra.

                                                   

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

                                                    What’s A Faja?

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                                                    The south of the border silhouette sensation is here! Fajas are one of the most exciting trends in shapewear. Even the New York Times has taken notice of this worldwide phenomenon. You may have heard this word, faja but if are not a native Spanish speaker, you may be wondering what a faja is? The word literally means belt or wrap in Spanish, but it refers several kinds of shapers that were popularized in Latin America.

                                                    Latin America has a long tradition of shapewear. While girdles and other shapers haven risen and fallen in popularity in the United States, south of the equator the love affair with shapewear has remained consistent. Generations of women have used these garments to create curves and show them off. And that’s just what the word faja refers to.

                                                    Most often faja shapers are a cincher style of garment, wrapping tightly around the waist to create a beautiful hourglass shape. One of our favorite faja creating companies, Leonisa makes several of these. The Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex and the Slimming Waist Cincher With Latex are both excellent options if you’d like to add a faja to your figuring fixing collection. And if you’re a future faja wearer with a latex allergy the Anti-Allergic Shaper Vest by CoCoon, is a great place to start your journey with this style of garment!

                                                     

                                                    Posted in Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                      Gimme Five! Five Tips To Trimming With Shapewear

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                                                      1. Choose an underbust style garment with a strapless option: Underbust shapers like the Almighty Cincher by AMIA Shapewear rise to the area just below your bra. This style of shaper has several benefits that you might not have thought of. First, because you wear your own bra, you can adapt to a variety of necklines. This is a very versatile design! Secondly, the shaper supports your bust, giving lift. The result is an overall leaner and longer look.

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                                                      2. For maximum curve creation, look for latex: Again, the Almighty Cincher or its counterpart, the Almighty Vest by AMIA, is a great place to start. The PowerLatex core of these garments creates maximum compression in your midsection. Of course, many garments also use varying amounts of latex to create shaping, so looking for this in the construction of a garment is a good place to start.
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                                                      3. Flatter your fanny: Compression is a good thing, when you’re shopping for a shaper, but one area you may not want to compress is the bottom. In fact, many shapers feature special rear rounding designs that are meant to create lift in the area of the bottom, while trimming the tummy. The Alexandra by Vedette is one of our favorites

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                                                      4. Built-in weight loss support: Love the way that latex shapes your silhouette? Choose the right garment and the shaping may last longer than you think. Garment with thermal latex panels or designs can increase thermal activity in the core, increasing blood flow and moving toxins. Studies have shown sustained loss of inches with long-term use. Check out The Ann Chery Chaleco Latex Vest.

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                                                      5. Lose the lumps and bumps: Some of the most effective non-surgical treatments for cellulite come in the form of garments you can wear. Anti-cellulite shapers use techniques like micro-massage and enfused garments to smooth and create more even toned skin. The Dangerous Curves Capri Smoother Kit by Skineez Shapewear is a great place to start.

                                                       

                                                       

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

                                                        A Complete Plan Of Attack: Combining Shapewear With Your Healthy Lifestyle

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                                                        The time has finally come and you know that you’re ready to change. Your body. Your exercise plan. Your life.

                                                        What you may not know is that shapewear can play a huge influence in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and long term weight loss. Adding a shaper with support for weight loss is one of the most powerful tools you have at our discretion when you’re trying to make a commitment to changing your shape.

                                                        Let’s talk about how these work. Weight loss shapers use the science of compression to support a shift in your shape. Compression amps up thermal activity in your core, which has several important effects. Increased activity in the core means increased perspiration. When you sweat more you mobilize fat and toxins away from your midsection, which allows you to slim down faster.

                                                        Most shapers of this kind also encourage better posture. As you use your own muscles to sit up long and lean, those muscles are activated. When you slouch those muscles are not activated. Better posture leads to a stronger core overall.

                                                        Of course a shaper is only one piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Eating right with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits is essential. Lean protein is a must when you’re trying to build muscle and lose fat. Walking 10,000 steps a day with a pedometer to track your progress is a great move. But adding a shaper to your overall plan is a great way to insure success in the next stage of your plan!

                                                        Note: We do not advise working out in the garments mentioned above. Exercise in these garments will lead to unnecessary wear and tear. Garments damaged due to improper use may not be returned.

                                                        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                          The Season’s Ups and Downs: What To Wear When The Weather Is Changing

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                                                          In these last days of summer, when the thermometer seems particularly indecisive, it’s hard to know what to wear. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite pieces that are versatile enough to take you through the transition from summer to fall.

                                                          When a warm summer day can turn to a chilly night, leggings are the look you need. One of our favorite pairs of leggings is the Tight Ankle Legging by Lysse. This shaping legging can be paired with a dress during the day and dressed up with a jacket at night.

                                                          Add a little flair with the signature look of the Corduroy Leggings by Hue. This fit for fall style can layer under almost anything to add a little warmth when you need it. Whether you top them with a sweater dress or a lighter tunic and sandals, this is a look that goes well from season to season.

                                                          In late summer where a full legging may be a little heavy for the heat, you can transition from a warm day to a crisp night with a sheerer piece of legwear such as the Women’s Opaque Control Top Tight by Hue. These go well with shorts or skirts. Find the look that’s right for you.

                                                          And if you want to turn up the volume on your legwear style, add the Mesh Super Suspender Tights by House of Holland for Pretty Polly. This eye popping design has showed up on celebrities all over the world and is a great transitional piece for the season.

                                                          And last but not least, the Bodyslimmers Firm Control Slimtastic Camisole by Nancy Ganz can be a starting foundational piece that you cover with a layer once the temperature drops. This a garment that definitely goes from the warmth of the sun to the cool of the night.

                                                          Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips, What's New

                                                            Cellulite: You Don’t Have To Like It Or Lump It

                                                            The little lumps and bumps of cellulite. Yes, you have them…so do we. And thanks to supermarket magazines, we know that every female celebrity in the world has cellulite too! In fact, the vast majority of women, regardless of their size, will develop some cellulite in their lifetime.

                                                            Now that we’ve established that we’re all in the same boat, let’s get to the good news! In recent years, the first truly effective at home solutions for cellulite have begun to appear on the market. While these products may not permanently erase cellulite, they do reduce its appearance effectively.

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                                                            Most anti-cellulite products fall into one of two categories. The first of these is topical treatments. Topical treatments are usually creams or oils that you vigorously massage into the skin to create a smoother look with time. One of our favorite topical treatments is the Cellufit Body Contour Oil by Mambino Organics. Mambino in an incredible company, offering a complete line of safe, delicious-smelling products for new moms, moms to be, or anyone who wants effective and safe skincare. Pair this oil with a handheld cellulite massager after a shower and massage the affected areas to reduce lumps and bumps and create more even toned skin.

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                                                            But one of the most exciting developments in anti-cellulite technology is the creation of special toning garments that use their construction to reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. These can work in several ways. Often massage is a key factor… or should we say micro-massage. For example, Wacoal, one of your most trusted brands, has developed their iPant line, which uses Novarel Slim® nylon microfiber infused with microcapsules of caffeine to micromassage and mobilize fat. Add in vitamin E, ceramides, retinol and aloe vera and you’re left with smoothed moisturized and firmed skin. Their iPant Anti-Cellulite Cupless Cami and iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper make a perfect set!

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                                                            And if you’re looking to add anti-cellulite technology to your workout, one of the biggest breakthroughs in this field can be found in Delfin Spa’s activewear line, which uses Bio-ceramic material. This composite reflects your body’s Far Infrared Rays, the part of the light spectrum that generates heat. These rays are redirected deep into the tissues that contain cellulite. Increasing thermal activity in this layer of skin maximizes the work your muscles are already doing, improving circulation, breaking down toxins and mobilizing fat cells.

                                                            Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips, What's New

                                                              7 Ways To Look Thinner When Sitting Down

                                                              Stand up straight! When we pose in front of a mirror, preparing for our day, we assess our look when we’re standing tall, looking our very longest and leanest. But for many of us, the majority of our day is spent sitting down. Sitting dramatically changes our shape. Often our posture shifts, as we sit in the most ideal pose in our chairs, spines lengthened. Sometimes when we sit, all of the sudden our beautiful standing shape takes a backseat too!

                                                              Fortunately we have some tools that can help create a better sitting shape, correct your posture support a slimmer midsection.

                                                               

                                                              Looks 1&2 Power Up Your Back!

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                                                              First, consider your back. Choosing a shaper with a high back will encourage you to sit straight in your chair, slimming you immediately. Many of our most popular products have this feature incorporated. In particular, our vest style garments are particularly effective in posture correction. For example, a maximum compression vest-style shaper like the SlimVest by Squeem or the Almighty Vest by AMIA supports the back, extending all the way over the shoulders, creating a gorgeous sitting shape. Both of these garments support weight loss when worn for over 30 days as well and may even help relieve back pain in some wearers.

                                                               

                                                              Looks 3&4 Strengthen Your Posture!

                                                              Part-2If you like the control and posture correction of a maximum strength shaper, but want it packaged in something a little more pretty, consider adding a genuine steel boned corset to your collection. Start with something basic like the Silk Floral Underbust Corset by Timeless Trends. This piece can be worn under or over your clothes, trimming your tummy and supporting your back while sitting. If you’d like a splash of color in your curve creation, try the Purple and Black Silk Underbust Corset.

                                                               

                                                              Looks 5&6 Reinforce Your Abdomen!

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                                                              If a post-pregnancy poochie belly makes an appearance whenever you sit down is a concern, a body suit is a great place to start your search. The Diva Corselette by AMIA gives control from the underbust to the lower abdomen and comes with enough lingerie look detailing to make sure you feel as pretty as you look! And the pretty feminine detailing continues in the Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette. Adorned with Valencian lace, this bodysuit is a great option with full midsection control.

                                                              Look 7 Fortify Your Every Day Appearance!

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                                                              But if a bodysuit is more shaper than you’d like to wear on a daily basis, a brief may be the best option for you. A high waisted shaping brief, such as the Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette, trims your midsection and lower abdomen, while raising high enough over the waist to encourage better posture while sitting.

                                                              Take your best shape everywhere, whether you’re standing at a concert or sitting in the office. With the right shaper your midsection will always look slim and trim!

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

                                                                The Top 11 Shapers To Make His Eyes Pop

                                                                Why do you love your shaper? Of course we all love the way we feel with the curve creating power of a great piece of shapewear. But the beauty of shapewear is also in the eye of the beholder. If you’re trying to create an eye-popping shape for the apple of your eye, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list! Here are the Top 11 Shapers To Make His Eyes Pop!

                                                                11. Compression Thong Shaper by Squeem

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                                                                Ready to slip into something slinky, but concerned that your panty bottom shaper might make a surprise appearance? Capture his eye and his heart in anything you dare to wear, while creating a beautiful hourglass waist with this piece. The Compression Thong Shaper, combines powerful midsection shaping with an invisible thong back so you can wear the sheerest fabrics without worry!

                                                                 

                                                                10. All the Frills Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

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                                                                Corsets are the classic curve creators. If you love showing off the beautiful shape a corset creates, why not show of the corset itself? This is a flirty and feminine look that you’ll love sharing. This complete set shapes your figure and comes with a matching thong.

                                                                 

                                                                9. Supreme Thong Shaper by AMIA

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                                                                Corsets are the classic curve creators. If you love showing off the beautiful shape a corset creates, why not show of the corset itself? This is a flirty and feminine look that you’ll love sharing. This complete set shapes your figure and comes with a matching thong.

                                                                 

                                                                8. Brocade Styled Waist Cincher by Squeem

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                                                                This pretty pink piece brings a much desired touch of class and style to this powerful design. It’s pretty look resembles a lovely patterned tank top under your regular clothes. But don’t let that fool you! This cincher is one our most effective tools for sculpting your midsection into a curvy shape he won’t be able to stop staring at.

                                                                7. Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters by Vedette

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                                                                What man could resist the look of beautiful lingerie? But this is no ordinary garter set! This gorgeous piece with Valencian lace is a powerful waist shaping cincher, trimming and toning your midsection into the shape of both of your dreams. Pair it with your favorite thigh-highs and all eyes are on you!

                                                                 

                                                                6. SlimVest by Squeem

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                                                                One of our most popular items, the SlimVest is easily among the most dramatically effective shapers in the marketplace today. This all-torso shaper radically reforms the midsection and back, completely renewing your shape and catching his eye!

                                                                 

                                                                5. Dana Mid Thigh Buttock Enhancer with Front Closure by Vedette 507

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                                                                Don’t neglect your bottom when shaping your waist. The Dana Mid Thigh Buttock Enhancer With Front Closure insures that his eyes will be firmly planted on your beautiful, rounded bottom. Valencian lace detailing is a treat for the eyes as well!

                                                                 

                                                                4. Second Skin Leather Corset by Eurotique

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                                                                You’ll look positively purr-fect in this underbust style corset, which looks as good as outerwear as it does when you wear it under your clothes. This is one of our sexiest and most versatile shapers. Whether you keep it behind closed doors or take it out on the town, you’ll both adore the look of this piece!

                                                                 

                                                                3. Almighty Cincher by AMIA

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                                                                The name says it all when it comes to this mighty little piece. Trim inches from your midsection and sculpt your waist into a gorgeous curvy shape. The strapless design of this garment makes it ideal under your sexiest looks. One shoulder, strapless, plunging necklines? The Almighty Cincher will have you looking your most adorable!

                                                                 

                                                                2. Caboost Padded Panty

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                                                                Make your curves go pow with this bottom boosting panty. This rear rounding piece creates a gorgeous apple bottom shape that goes perfect with jeans and skirts alike. Simply pull on the panty for a beautifully shaped bum!

                                                                 

                                                                1. Diva Corselette by AMIA

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                                                                This lingerie look shaper is the ultimate in eye-catching. With its corset inspired front and lace detailing, you’d hardly expect it to be as effective as it is in creating a sexy shape. But don’t underestimate this boyshort bottom piece just because it’s pretty. Your curves (and his eyes) crave the sexy shape this corselette creates!

                                                                 

                                                                 

                                                                Posted in How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                  Poochie Bellies and Fast Feeding: Our Top Tips For New Moms On The Go!

                                                                  Nine months have come and gone and the new person you waited on so patiently is here. Now what? New moms face a whole host of issues in the days after their bundle of joy makes their big debut. From feedings on the go, to a body that doesn’t quite look like the one you were in before you were pregnant, there are a lot of factors you may be facing after baby arrives. Fortunately we have a whole section of products dedicated to making this transitional time a little bit easier.

                                                                  One of the superstars of the post-partum world is the Belly Bandit line. We stock a wide range of Belly Bandit products, which have found fans in celebrity moms and regular moms alike. Belly Bandit became famous for their line of compression belly bands, which help you heal and allow your midsection return to its normal shape after pregnancy. With the popularity of their bands, Belly Bandit introduced a whole line of pre and post-partum products, including nursing wear. Two of our favorites from this line are the Original Belly Bandit and the Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top. The Belly Bandit, their original and most popular product wraps around the midsection, adding compression to belly and waist. One of the nicest features of the band is that it adjusts with you as you size down. And the Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top is a compression tank top with a wonderful secret built right in. Nursing access makes this an essential piece for any stylish mom on the go.

                                                                  And last but certainly not least, the Almighty Vest by AMIA Shapewear is a maximum compression vest-style garment that aids in weight loss. Stimulating thermal activity in the core with its latex layer, this is an essential shaper for new moms or anyone trying to reshape their midsection.

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Posted in How To Wear, Maternity, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                    Show Off Shapewear: Flauntable Figure Fixes

                                                                     

                                                                     

                                                                    You’re not alone. Oh, yes. We’ve all done it.

                                                                    No matter how much you love shapewear, you’ve probably slipped into a bathroom to slip out of your body shaper. From the wasp waist to the boosted bust, body shapers perform mini-miracles when we wear them, but many of us live in fear that these flattering undergarments will be seen by someone else. If you’ve ever wished that your shapewear could be as pretty as the lacy, lovely things in your lingerie drawer, we have good news for you.

                                                                    Lingerie-styled body shapers are one of the biggest trends in shaping garments. With shapewear growing in popularity, the demand for delicate detailing and all the beautiful bells and whistles you see in lingerie design has been met. And no matter what your preference is, from maximum compression curve creators to easy-wearing pieces with a little power and a lot of pretty, there is a garment for you.

                                                                    One of the most exciting collections of lingerie inspired shapewear comes to us from va-va-voom enhancers, Vedette. And believe us, from items like the Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters to the Katia Lace Body Suit With Semi Sheer Thong, one look and you will know that this is not your mother’s body shaper. The lace and garters and fancy details will have you daring to share your shaper in ways you never imagined.

                                                                    And if you love these pieces, just wait till you get a hold of the Diva Corselette by AMIA. The pretty boyshort with lace and ribbon detailing are all that you need to bring out your inner diva and show her off!

                                                                    But the original in sexy shaping is of course the all-time classic: the corset.

                                                                    Corsets come in many styles and control levels, but whether you choose underbust or overbust, tight-laced or something with a lighter touch, you can be sure that your curves will look their best. If you’re looking for a corset for a special night with a loved one, when perhaps you don’t need as much compression, Hourglass Angel has many fine pieces to choose from. Consider an overbust design and eliminate the need for a bra.

                                                                    However if you want the maximum curve creating power of a potent tight-lacing corset, you’ll find those too. Genuine corsets with steel busk and stays last for years and serve a variety of needs.
                                                                    Whether you want something basic or bold, you’re sure to find what you need in the Timeless Trends collection.

                                                                    Posted in How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                      Just as Nice: Recreate Your Favorite Fashion Icon Looks

                                                                      Rihanna. Jordin. Cassie. Keri.

                                                                      These first names in fashion are so famous that they don’t need a last name to inspire and enthrall. Every month, we flip the pages of magazines to see what these ladies will dare to wear next, only to have our hopes of copying their stylish curves dashed when we read the pricetag on their pretty looks.

                                                                      If you’ve ever wished you could recreate your fashion she-roe’s look at a fraction of the cost, you’re not alone. And that’s why we created this guide to getting the style of the stars on a real-world budget. So let’s dig right in!

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                      Cassie: The centerpiece of her structured menswear look is its bustier-typer base. Re-create Cassie’s look with a bold blazer, slacks and the Satin and Lace Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel.

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                      Jordin: Maximize your curves like Jordin by pairing a similar on-trend maxi skirt and the Satin and Sparkle Overbust Corset and Panty Set by Hourglass Angel 5206-2.

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                      Keri: Create Keri’s corset-inspired look with the Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique and a satiny capri and cardigan.

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                       

                                                                      Rihanna: Redo Rihanna’s red-hot look with the Nightflower Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel, a pencil skirt and nude pump.

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                                                                        Holi-dazzling Gift Guide is Here!

                                                                         

                                                                        The holiday season is here and it’s time to make your list and check it twice. But don’t fret our Holi-dazzling Gift Guide is Here! So without delay let’s take a look at some of the highlights!

                                                                        If you’re one of the many gentlemen, who have joined us in your search for something lovely for the lady in your life, or perhaps something perfect for mom, the For Her section of the store is a great place to start.

                                                                        Looking for a sexy Stocking Stuffer? Look no further than the Stocking with Lace Garter by Calvin Klein. This piece has the added advantage of a built in garter, so she can create this flirty look without the need for an additional garter.

                                                                        New moms will marvel on Christmas morning when they receive the Mommy Care Pack by Mambino. This everything-you-need kit has her covered from head to toe with all the delicious smelling and effective organics she needs when the bundle of joy has just arrived or when the stork is still en route.

                                                                        It seems every year that there are more and more people to buy for. If you’re like most of us, you’re giving this season on a budget. That’s why the Under $30 section of our store was created. And here are a couple of our favorites from this category.

                                                                        With winter on the way, boots become the go to for girls in low temperatures who love high fashion. And once she’s experienced the convenience of Boot Straps, she’ll never “weather” this season again without them.

                                                                        And of course, a cool price doesn’t mean you can’t give her a hot gift. The Lace and Mesh Merry Widow is one piece of lingerie you’ll both fall in love with. With its flirty floral lace and criss cross front, this is a gift for lovers… we cross our hearts.

                                                                        Perhaps you want a sure thing this holiday season. We’ve compiled our Top Rated gifts section from the best reviewed products. There’s a lot to choose from here with the feedback you trust.

                                                                        One of the most exciting and best reviewed lines at Hourglass Angel is AMIA. Some real standouts from this line can be found here. One of our favorite pieces from AMIA is the Diva Corselette. This lingerie look shaper makes a great gift, combining pretty ribbon detailing and lace boyshort with powerful shaping. And for fans of a cincher style garment, you’ve got to see the Almighty Cincher from this line.

                                                                        And what holiday guide would be complete without a Stocking Stuffers section. One of our most popular lines is Burt’s Bees so it’s no surprise that a couple of the delights from this brand found there way here. Ladies love the beautiful balms from this line. So perhaps you should pick the Honey Lip Balm from Burt’s for her this year or the Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil! And last but not least is the Never Say Cutie Thong from Cosabella. This hand cut lace delight hails from Italy and makes a super sexy addition to any stocking!

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                                                                          Seriously…EVERYBODY has it: Truth and Tips for Cellulite

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          Looking through the pages of magazines, you might find yourself momentarily convinced that cellulite is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to women’s bodies. But don’t be fooled. The first thing to know about cellulite is that from large to small, women of every size and shape live with the little lumps and bumps of cellulite. That’s right. Everyone from the voluptuous Kim Kardashian to the athletic Hillary Swank has what you have in one form or another. It’s a biological fact. The second thing to realize about cellulite is that there is no “cure.”

                                                                          But neither of the above facts mean that you have to live with cellulite the way that it is. There are many things you can do to address the visible appearance of this natural and near universal phenomenon. As cellulite is one of the most common complaints of our clientele, we offer many ways to address unevenness in the skin caused by this normally occurring process.

                                                                          One of our favorite companies is Mambino Organics, so when they introduced a cellulite treatment to their already awesome line of all natural, organic botanical solutions, we decided to try it without a second thought. And boy were we right to try it. The combination of their Cellulite Body Massager and their Cellufit BodyContour Oil was the one-two punch we were looking for. Use the serum and massage vigorously to reduce the look of dimpling.

                                                                          But cosmetic solutions are only the beginning when it comes to this shaping science. We are incredibly excited by the results we’re seeing with anti-cellulite garments. Lytess was a real innovator in this field and their active ingredient micro-encapsulated Corrective High-Waist Push-Up Shaper and their Slimming Leggings remain two of the most effective tools in the war on cellulite. Active ingredients like caffeine and shea butter have been shown to treat the look of lumps and bumps. Simply wear the garments and the combination compression, micro-massage and the active ingredients in the fabric do the work.

                                                                          And if you like Lytess, you’ll love the Thigh Slimmer Kit by Skineez. This complete treatment includes an infused garment that treats the look of cellulite (while helping you to lose inches in the thigh area) as well as a re-charger spray so that your garment will always be its most potent.

                                                                          While there is no cure for cellulite, we are pleased and hopeful about the breakthroughs in cellulite reduction and adding more tools of the trade as they are innovated.

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                                                                            What’s Underneath It All? What to Wear with the Freshest Fashions!

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                             

                                                                            1. The Mia corselette

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                                                                            3. High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu

                                                                            4. Brifie High Waisted Shapewear Brief by Yummie Tummie

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                                                                              Summer Skin Is In!

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                              With another hot month ahead of us, the dare to bare temperatures of summer bring an added emphasis to skincare. Radiant, rejuvenated skin is the one accessory no woman should do without. But where to begin? From your face to your feet, we have the perfect solutions (and serums!) for summer skin. So let’s start at the top and work our way down! Without a doubt, the can’t-live-without-it skincare line that you will find in the desk drawers, purses and medicine cabinets of the staff at Hourglass Angel is Mambino Organics. While this is a line that was created to meet the pregnancy pampering needs of new mamas and moms to be be, the appeal and effectiveness of this line immediately eclipsed their target audience. Put simply, we love this stuff! All Mambino products are organic, non-toxic and positively delicious smelling. And our standout favorite from this line is their facial serum, Youth Glow. If you’ve read about facial serums and rejuvenating oils, but fear a greasy-looking face, this is the product that will win you over forever. Use it before makeup and before bed to reveal dewey, renewed skin. And if you love what Youth Glow does to your face, you won’t believe what Mambino’s all-body Moisture Me does to the rest of you. Rich with nutrients from avocado and pomegranate (and at least a dozen other wonderful ingredients), this toning oil creates beautiful, more even looking skin and smells outrageously good.

                                                                              Yet another crossover from maternity skincare is the Novena line. While Novena was created to address the special needs of pregnant and post-partum users, they have found fans in women from every walk of life, whether they’re moms or or not. Again, as with Mambino, additional attention has been paid by Novena to the safety of the ingredients. One of the stars in the Novena line is most certainly the Organic Cucumber Cranberry Eye Gel. While dark circles are absolutely the bane of moms on the move and missing sleep, they aren’t exclusive to them. The brightening and firming effect of this gel is the perfect primer for concealer and a relief for any pair of tired eyes.

                                                                              And last, but certainly not least, we can’t talk about summer skin without mentioning a line that we think is the bees knees: Burt’s Bees! And one of the coolest summer-approved products from this produce enriched line is the Rosewater and Glycerin Toner. If you have a tendency to get oily when the thermometer rises, you’re not alone. But many toners overdo it and strip your skin of their natural, age-fighting oils. This is not one of those toners. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and strong enough for sizzling heat, this is your go-to toner for glowy, clean looking skin.

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                                                                                Light Shapewear Looks for Summer

                                                                                Even if you love the look that comes with a great shaper you may not love the idea of adding another layer on a long hot day. Fortunately there are many options for shaping and sculpting curves that ensure you won’t be sweltering in these hot months. Choosing the right lightweight shaper for summer fashions will help you keep your confidence and cool no matter how high the thermometer rises. Here are a few of our favorites!

                                                                                Proving that shaping can be sexy and easy-wearing, the Glamouflage Luxurious Shaping Slip by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers 7070, is a perfect piece for smoothing out little lumps and bumps under your favorite sundress. It’s pinup pretty styling and airy mesh make it a fan favorite in any season.

                                                                                When temperatures rise, many of us turn to sheer fabrics to beat the heat. If you want all-torso smoothing without worrying about show through, the Bodysuit With Thong by SlimMe MSM-120 is a wonderful option. This seamless shaper is light enough to wear comfortably and eliminates lines under delicate fabrics.

                                                                                Need a little easy trimming up top? The Braless Seamless T-Shirt by Co’Coon 2477 is a tank style shaper that’s perfect for warm weather. Its underbust style design allows you to wear your own bra and makes it the perfect accessory for a variety of necklines.

                                                                                And last but not least, the feather light High Waisted Thigh Shaper by Slim Me MSM-108 is a shorts style shaper that would work beautifully under anything from a breezy skirt to a delicate linen pant.

                                                                                Don’t skip the shaper when it heats up. These airy accessories are all you need to smooth and slim no matter what temperature you’re in.

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                                                                                  Making Waves: Silhouette Solutions for Summer

                                                                                  If the words, “swimsuit season” strike a little fear in your heart, you’re not alone. Many of us worry that wearing a bathing suit means shedding the slimming secrets and enhancements that we turn to daily to feel our best. Fortunately, there’s a whole class of swim specific products, custom created to trim and tone, while adding oomph when it’s time for fun in the sun.

                                                                                  When you’re ready to shape up at swim time, the place to begin is your suit. And when it comes to slimming garments you can take to the pool, there’s one name you absolutely need to know: Miraclesuit. While there are many variations and styles available from this line, we’d like to highlight a couple of our favorites. The Rialto Swimsuit by Miraclesuit (80960) is a one piece with softcup bra, that uses ruching to visually slim you. But that’s not the slimming secret of this suit. This piece uses Miraclesuit’s patented Miratex fabric, which contains three times the Spandex of normal swimwear. That means your shaper is built right in. If you prefer a little more support the Escape Swimsuit by Miraclesuit (81166) has a built in underwire bra, which creates lift right where you want it.

                                                                                  And speaking of shapes, swim season doesn’t mean you have to abandon your breast enhancers. There are several products that give you the lift and volume you’re looking for and which are absolutely safe to take in the water. Braza Bra Swim Shapers (S2026) are light, airy and look completely natural when you wear them in the cups of your swimsuit. And when you’re done using them, they air dry quickly. Fans of silicone inserts will love the Silicone Breast Enhancers by Hollywood Fashion Secrets. These waterproof enhancers fit easily inside most suits and are completely invisible when you use them.

                                                                                  Don’t skip the shaping and enhancing when it’s pool time. With the selections from our swim collection, your curves will make a splash with confidence and cool!

                                                                                   

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                                                                                    Body Language: Middle Management

                                                                                    At Hourglass Angel, the products we are most frequently asked about address our customers’ desire to shape and sculpt the midsection. In fact, that’s where our name Hourglass Angel comes from: the hourglass shape of a woman’s body that is created when the midsection is highlighted. So we wanted to dedicate a special edition of the blog to this style of product, as there are many kinds of shapers that work on the midsection and choosing the right one to suit your needs is essential to achieving the effect that you’re looking for.

                                                                                    The essential item to consider if you’re looking to combine dramatic results with long-term support for slimming in the the area of the waist is the SlimVest. This runaway best-seller utilizes compression to create thermal activity in the midsection. That means wearers look visibly slimmer the moment they put on their SlimVest and often report sustained loss of inches with extended wear. Follow the instructions to achieve the best performance from this garment and see why so many of our customers rely on this garment on a daily basis.

                                                                                    If you’re a post-partum mom the Belly Bandit is a must-have. This adjustable band wraps around your waist as you recover your pre-pregnancy shape. The pressure created by the Belly Bandit benefits wearers in many ways, from reducing the long-term appearance of stretchmarks and extra skin to aiding in recovery.

                                                                                    If you want to integrate your shaping into a garment you’re not afraid to show off, you will love the Glamouflage Cupped Shaping Cami with Lace by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers. It’s glamorous look and pretty detailing makes it an accessory to style and slimming.

                                                                                    Fans of tight-lacing absolutely must see the Silk Floral Brocade Corset. This is a maximum control garment. When you put it on you will see and feel the dramatic results that come with a genuine steel boned corset. If this is the item for you, give yourself a few extra minutes to dress, as the lacing may take a moment to master. But when you get comfortable with your corset you won’t be able to resist the over the top hourglass shape it creates.

                                                                                    And last but not least, why only enjoy the visual look of a slimmer figure when you can make your shaper workout for you. The High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu actually increase the amount of calories that your body burns as you do the normal activities that make up your day. Just pull on your shaper and watch as it encourages sustained slimming.

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                                                                                      Bra-vo! How to Choose a Perfectly Fitting Bra

                                                                                      At this point it is widely known that many and even perhaps a majority of women wear the wrong size bra. This fact, while often stated, is rarely actually addressed. How do you even know if we’re wearing the wrong size or type of bra for your body shape? There are so many styles and options when selecting a bra that we may fear making a mistake and choosing the wrong bra. It’s important to remember that picking the right garment for you is an art, not a science. And while there are tools that can help you begin the process, the key is actually putting on the bra and seeing how it fits once you think you have a winner.

                                                                                      So let’s start with the basics. You’ll need a measuring tape to get started. Pull the tape around your back towards the front, keeping it under the arms and bringing it to the middle of your chest. Take a snug measurement there under your bust. Insure that the tape measure is flat on your skin and straight across your back. If you get an odd number, round up to the next even number. That number is your band size. Now for the cup: Measure around the fullest part of your bust, but with a slightly looser touch than you used when you measured for the band. Now pull the tape straight around your back, bringing it to the front of your torso. Next, subtract the band measurement that you previously determined from the number you got from the bust measurement. Each inch remaining is one cup size. So if you have 36 inch band size, and a 38 inch cup size, the difference is 2. And that’s a a B cup. 3 inches would be a C cup and so on.

                                                                                      But that’s just the beginning. Now it’s time to choose the right style for you and troubleshoot. Once you’re trying on a bra, you can eliminate a lot of common size issues for yourself. For starters, fit to the loosest hook once you’ve chosen your band size. After you wear a bra, it tends to stretch out. That’s what the extra hooks are for, so prepare in advance for the change in the shape of the garment. Now look at the fit of the cups. If they are overfilled or there is a double bust look when you put your shirt on instead of a nice round curve, consider choosing a full coverage cup or double checking that you have the right cup size. Try a size larger or stay away from demi cup style bras. Now look at the center between the cups. If there is more than one inch there, choose another bra or a smaller band. If you like a little less bra, you don’t have to skip the support. Picking a bra with less space between the cups and a proper band size allows you to look great while keeping a lighter touch. If a minimizer is more your speed, fit is crucial, as flattening breast tissue can actually damage it. Small busted wearers on the other hand may want to explore a side bump to create a natural but round look.

                                                                                      And last but not least, never hesitate to contact us directly. Hourglass Angel created its expert fitting department to insure that you’re always able to benefit from a perfectly fitting foundational garment. We love to answer your questions and will work with you to insure that you look and feel your best at all times!

                                                                                      Bra-vo, bellisima!

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                                                                                        The Hourglass Within: Curves For Every Body Shape

                                                                                        A couple of posts on our Facebook page from this week sparked an interesting discussion. A study recently made the rounds in the press showing that there were far more shapes of women than often thought. Notably (and hysterically), broccoli and butternut squash were added to the list. It’s worth mentioning that we have always known that women come in sizes and shapes a lot more complicated than apple and pear. It’s also worth noting that no matter what shape of woman you are now, you contain within you the potential for an hourglass… your own special hourglass.

                                                                                        We wanted to share an example of this idea of the unique hourglass. Check out this image of Nicki Minaj. Nicki is a natural pear shape. Her bust and waist are proportionally small compared to her hips and bottom: the classic beautiful pear. However, her shapewear inspired bodysuit (and, we suspect, cincher) enhance her figure, while following the lead of her natural body type. And this brings home a point that is crucial when talking about shapewear. Nicki isn’t changing who she is in this image. She is amplifying it. You needn’t completely erase your natural shape (whatever that is) to highlight your hourglass curves. Whatever your shape is, there is a body shaper that is perfect to find your beautiful curves and show them off.

                                                                                        And that’s just what we’re here to do!

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                                                                                          Our SHE-roes!

                                                                                          In March, Hourglass Angel proudly honors Women’s History Month. With our commitment to supporting and serving women everywhere, this is a special time for us. In celebration, we’d like to share a few of our favorite women with you. While they all come from different backgrounds and have very different sets of achievements, these women inspire us each day to be greater and that’s what this month is all about.

                                                                                          Michelle Obama: Raised on the south side of Chicago, first lady, Michelle Obama, has earned the admiration of women around the globe, in addition to, not because of her marriage to the President of the United States. A Princeton and Harvard alumni, Mrs. Obama was already a brilliant attorney, advocate and community organizer when she met Barack Obama. Never satisfied to stand idly next to her husband as built his political career, Mrs. Obama has been an ardent voice for poverty elimination around the globe, women’s rights and public health. She continues her political and community service to our nation with her healthy lifestyle programs and remains one of the most admired women on the globe.

                                                                                          Sara Blakely: This youngest female self-made billionaire and Forbes covergirl has her own vision and perseverance to thank for her incomprehensible success. Starting with one simple idea and a whole lot of elbow grease, this former Disneyland employee, turned her billion dollar idea into a brand that has found fans in women around the world. But Sara didn’t stop there. She continued her legacy as a maverick, retaining ownership of 100% of of the company. That risky move made her a billionaire several times over and one of the richest women in the world. Today she continues her work as a businessperson and philanthropist, encouraging women to follow their dreams by her example.

                                                                                          Maya Angelou: Dr. Angelou’s unforgettable reading at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton was a transformative moment for the public art in the United States. While that morning cemented her as a national treasure in the minds of many, her legacy far exceeds that special event. Memoirist, poet, speaker and activist, her work tackles such difficult subjects as race, class, family, gender and age with deftness and beauty. Her honors include a National Book Award nomination, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Tony Award nomination, three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the longest-running record on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List, service on two presidential committees, the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over thirty honorary degrees.

                                                                                          Aretha Franklin: The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has been called the Greatest Singer of All Time and the the ninth greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She has taken home a whopping 18 Grammys and two honorary Grammys. With a staggering 20 No.1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she boasts a grand total of 45 Top 40 hits. Between 1967 and 1982, she had earned more number one R+B albums than any other and was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1960’s, Franklin’s powerful voice became the sound of the burgeoning civil rights movement and she often joined Dr. Martin Luther King, singing at rallies. And of course, her 2009 performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama was an unforgettable moment for all who watched, as the Queen of Soul once again became the soundtrack to a pivotal moment in American history.

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                                                                                            Shape-Shifters: Adele’s Cinched Look

                                                                                            Adele shows that her curves are as powerful as her voice in this stunning Vogue pictorial. The cinched waist look is a winner for women of all shapes and sizes, highlighting the hourglass shape in dramatic fashion. If you’d like to try Adele’s look, consider investing in a genuine heirloom quality corset such as the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset. You can layer it with a dress or fitted shirt and showcase your stunning silhouette!

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                                                                                              The History of Shapewear: From Ancient Girdles to Modern Shapers

                                                                                              When Spanx were introduced in the year 2000, quickly becoming a sensation around the world, you would have thought that their creator, Sara Blakely invented the whole class of garments that we today call “shapewear.” One could convincingly argue that the brand Blakely founded has become inclusive in our collective consciousness of shapewear in general, but she hardly invented the first shaper. While Spanx have been championed by no less than Oprah Winfrey herself, the explosion of Blakely’s shapers onto the world of fashion certainly heralded a new era for shapewear, but not the first. Humans have been using garments to reshape their bodies for various reasons since the dawn of recorded history.

                                                                                              Many people believe that the first shapers were corsets, but the history of shapewear is far older than that. The first “shapers” were probably girdles, which at that time were woven garments similar to a wide belt. In fact, there is an older garment called also a girdle, which is barely a rope, but it bears no resemblance to the class of garments that we think of as shapers. Ancient girdles were purported to have magical properties. Writings from the Bible to Babylonian texts make references to all kinds of girdles. Ishtar, a goddess of Babylon wore a girdle for fertility. Aphrodite’s girdle was associated with poetry. And some mythological girdles were the key to conquering monsters! While it is wrong to equate these items precisely with what we think of as a more modern girdle, these predecessors are an important part of the long history of garments used to shape, reinforce and strengthen the body. This practice has continued in various ways to the present.

                                                                                              Jump forward to the corset. The innovation of this garment is often mistakenly credited to Catherine de’ Medici, wife of France’s King Henry II, who did however ban thick waists at court during her reign. In fact, the corset itself is much older, dating back to ancient Crete or possibly before. Needless to say, this style of shaper had gone through many revisions over thousands of years. The corset as we know it first begins to take shape in the 16th century, with stays and a busk fashioned from a number of different kinds of animal bones. The steel stays and busk came later, but back-lacing was an early feature of this garment, which was reserved primarily for wealthy wearers. By 18th century, some corsets even had sleeves. At the beginning of the 20th century, women began to demand political power and the restriction of the corset came for many to symbolize social restriction. Many women abandoned the corset as they entered public life more fully. Enter the new and improved girdle!

                                                                                              The girdle, now manufactured with elastic textiles, offered the reshaping that mid 20th women wanted and allowed them to work and travel with ease of motion and relative comfort. This style of garment remained popular through the 1960’s when another seismic shift in women’s societal roles saw a decrease in the girdle’s popularity. And indeed, perhaps the girdle was in hiding long enough that the new generation of Spanx wearers forgot who its predecessors were. But today a whole new generation of women have fallen in love with the way modern, comfortable shapers make them feel and look. With a giant range of shapewear including your favorites from Squeem and Vedette now commercially available and hugely popular, reshaping your body is more popular than ever before.

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                                                                                                Cellulite Solutions that Stick

                                                                                                The Best and Brightest Brands That Actually Work

                                                                                                We’re going to let you in on a secret: we ALL have cellulite. Big and small. Short and tall. Like it or “lump” it, women are almost universally and genetically predisposed to develop the little dimples and dents in our skin that look like orange peel. Almost every woman will experience cellulite to lesser or greater degrees. If you’re one of the majority we describe, you know how difficult it is to reduce the appearance of this stuff. With its resistance to diet, exercise (and wishing), you may have tried one of the off the shelf solutions that are commercially available.  And, there are many. But the real question is, among the fakes and phonies are there any cellulite treatments that work?

                                                                                                Being in the business of beautiful bodies (of all sizes and shapes) we’ve had the opportunity to test an unimaginable array of products, potions and lotions that promise to cure cellulite. From the outrageous to the outlandish, virtually every theory of cellulite control has come across our desks. Here’s the truth: while there is no “cure” for cellulite, finally there are some very effective ways of reducing its appearance. After years of searching, and trying just about everything, we’ve finally narrowed down the field of candidates that, when combined with diet, exercise and proper hydration, are great tools that can help you look your best and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite.

                                                                                                These are the products that we rely on to smooth us out and supplement an overall healthy living plan:

                                                                                                Lytess: When we started exploring anti-cellulite products to meet the requests of our customers, Lytess was one of the first brands that actually verified their claims with real clinical data. As this French brand added new items, each was supported with positive evidence for smoothing and reduction of inches by scientific study. The line, which uses ingredients like shea butter, mango and caffeine in the fabric of their garments, has grown in popularity as a result of word of mouth. Lytess customers are loyal and report great results from their microcapsule infused tights, leggings and shapers. This is a great place to start if you want to try an anti-cellulite garment.

                                                                                                Moisture Me by Mambino: Like all Mambino products, Moisture Me was originally formulated for moms, with special attention to their unique skin needs. We suspect this serum’s popularity grew from new mamas who continued using it long after giving birth. Moisture Me is now as popular with non-moms as it is with their original clientele, proving that your smoothest and most radiant skin starts with moisturization. We love this product in our office and can’t keep samples of it in stock, as they always seem to find their way home with our staff!

                                                                                                Delfin Spa: Here is a truly cutting edge anti-cellulite line. Harnessing the technological breakthrough of Bio-Ceramic fabrics, this revolutionary set of workout garments directs your body’s own heat and energy back into the layer of skin that contains cellulite. Earning an incredibly loyal fanbase, we heard about these items from you and had to see what all the buzz was about. We have not been disappointed in their performance and highly recommend all the Delfin items to anyone who is serious about reducing the orange peel effect while you workout or just go about your regular day.

                                                                                                iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper by Wacoal: At Hourglass Angel, we love Wacoal….generally. Amongst our staff, we adore Wacoal’s intimates for their comfort, style and performance. So, when we learned they had created an anti-cellulite shaper, we knew we had to have it. The iPant Anti-cellulite Hi-Waist Long Leg Shaper is every bit as good as we expected. If you’re Wacoal fans like we are, this is an absolute must-have.

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                                                                                                  The Holi-daze Spectacular:

                                                                                                  Great Gifts That Are Awesome, Affordable and Available Now!

                                                                                                  The holidays are, in so many ways, one of the happiest times of the year. Many of us are finally able to spend some much overdue time with friends and family in celebration, creating memories that will stay with us for years to come. But, while the giving that accompanies this special season is a joy, it does not come without challenges. From time management and budget concerns to the pressure of selecting the right gift for someone special, holiday shopping manages to bring many of our biggest sources of stress together!

                                                                                                  With the ability to search easily and bargain hunt from the comfort of home, it’s no wonder that so many savvy shoppers are buying online. Holiday internet sales are expected to surpass all previous years’ records in 2011. So, with that in mind, we thought we’d share some easy, thrifty gifting options to make your shopping list a little simpler. All of these options are affordable, awesome and available at HourglassAngel.com!

                                                                                                  Burt’s Bees Gift Sets: Burt’s gift sets come in a great variety of sizes, shapes and product packages. Whether you’d like something a little more decorative, such as the Tint and Treats set, or prefer a great sampler such as their Essential or Head to Toe kits, there’s a Burt’s gift for everyone. Plus, Burt’s Bees lip balms and lip shimmers make perfect stocking stuffers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                  Frankie and Johnny Pajamas: With cool weather upon us and more of it to come, the time is right to cozy up with someone you love. And there’s no better way to enjoy “visions of sugarplums” as you sleep this holiday season than in a pair of the bSoft Lounger pajamas from Frankie and Johnny. With whimsical patterns and just about the softest fabric we’ve ever come across, once you see and touch this set, we think you’ll have a hard time giving it away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                  Lingerie Gifts: From babydolls to camisoles and even bustiers, lingerie is one of our favorite affordable luxuries. One of our most special and intimate gifts, these garments are a great way to celebrate the season and your love. We have many fine options for intimates in our Gift section now, so why not give something a little naughty to someone that’s been nice this year?

                                                                                                  Wacoal Bras: One of the most trusted names in women’s intimates, a bra from Wacoal is a treat that will last for years and make her feel beautiful every day. Wacoal has a wide range of styling, from straight-forward to sexy. You can count on this brand no matter what her individual style is!

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                                                                                                    Modern Shapewear for Modern Times

                                                                                                    The Classic “Hourglass Figure”…

                                                                                                    …is the envy of women around the world. For years, women have used girdles, corsets, and other undergarments to produce a curvier and more attractive silhouette. These shapewear products can immediately slenderize a woman’s waist through firm compression and will also create a smaller waist size over time through perspiration.

                                                                                                    Thanks to evolving technology in the field of shapewear, body shapers and waist cinchers, Hourglass Angel is proud to announce a more powerfully slimming and enhancing product line. Whether you are interested in shrinking your waistline, increasing your bust, or lifting your butt, we have a full array of shapewear and body shapers to help you achieve the look you desire, and many of our products offer all those benefits and more in one piece.

                                                                                                    Another benefit to shapewear? Many of our shapewear products improve posture, which helps decrease back and shoulder pain. We have shapewear to assist both men and women to improve not only their appearance, but also their overall health, through correcting poor sitting habits and creating an overall awareness of how the body should stand, sit, and move. Our customers often rave about Hourglass Angel’s improvement to their health as well as their appearance.

                                                                                                    Many of our body shapers products are also perfect under-garments for your formal attire, cocktail dress, bridal gown, and other items in your wardrobe that require careful consideration when choosing a bra, corset, or girdle. Let us help enhance your curves and slenderize your figure for both special events and everyday use.

                                                                                                    When your look has to be perfect, Hourglass Angel has the shapewear you need. Our products will make a statement without ever being seen! Best of all, you can count on Hourglass Angel’s designer shapewear to keep from binding, pinching, or bulging, wear after wear. Rest assured, Hourglass Angel will give you support, comfort, and a beautiful figure at the highest quality and a great price!

                                                                                                    Posted in Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                                                                      Shapewear Trends

                                                                                                      cincherShapewear is not what it used to be. These days, women expect a lot from their body shapers! Women want their shapewear to offer support, flatter their curves, and smooth away any bulges. They also want shapewear that looks nice – the kind of undergarment that they won’t feel embarrassed about when they undress.

                                                                                                      As shapewear becomes more and more mainstream, there are trends in shapewear, just as there are in fashion. Here are the top five shapewear trends for fall 2010:

                                                                                                      Pretty and Sexy Shapewear

                                                                                                      As we said above, these days shapewear is not an ugly undergarment that offers support but must be hidden at all costs! More and more body shapers actually look great and are just as sexy or pretty as any other lingerie item.

                                                                                                      Comfortable Shapewear

                                                                                                      Wearing shapewear used to be pure torture. Not anymore! Women now demand comfort, and shapewear designers are happy to oblige. In addition to several enhancement levels, you can now choose shapewear in light, breathable fabrics. Even the light shapers still offer plenty of support and a marked improvement in your appearance.

                                                                                                      Shapewear Has Entered Mainstream

                                                                                                      Women used to hide the fact that they were wearing shapewear, but with more and more celebrities openly talking about wearing body shapers and recommending it, women now realize that there’s nothing wrong with wearing a shaper. Just like wearing makeup to enhance your best facial features and camouflage small imperfections, a good body shaper allows you to do the same for your body – enhance the best and camouflage your problem areas.

                                                                                                      Affordable Shapewear

                                                                                                      While celebrities love and endorse shapewear, body shapers are not reserved for the rich and famous. With fabulous shapewear under $50, anyone can now wear a shaper. There’s absolutely no need to pay outrageous prices to look good.

                                                                                                      Shapewear for Men

                                                                                                      Men want to look good too! Many men have specific problem areas just like women do, in most cases the stomach area and love handles. Shapewear for men targets these areas and helps men look markedly better wearing suits or casual clothing.

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                                                                                                        Common Shapewear Misconceptions

                                                                                                        When you think of body shapers do the words sexy, lacy, and comfortable come to mind? Or do you think of the words boring, old fashioned, and painful? We have come across many shapewear misconceptions over the years. We decided it was time to put an end to all these common shapewear myths!

                                                                                                        First and foremost, the most common shapewear myth is “Always size down when purchasing a shaper. Smaller shapers provide more control.” This is not true! A well made body shaper will shape and form your body without the need to size down. Sizing down means that you will be wearing a shaper that is too small. This may cause the shaper to roll up. It can also cause discomfort, misshape your figure, and damage the shaper. Always make sure to size according to the size chart for each garment and pay attention to fit comments in order to get the best fit.


                                                                                                        Another myth is that “Shapers are uncomfortable and will roll.” If a shaper is uncomfortable or is rolling up or down, there is a good chance that you are wearing a shaper that is not made for your body. It can also mean the shaper is too small. If you are curvy on the bottom, you may want to look for shapers that have a wider leg and more stretch in the thigh to prevent dig in. If you are shapely on top, you’ll want to find a shaper that supports your bust. If you have an hourglass figure or have curvy hips, you should look for shapers that have zippers or hook and eye closures to make it easier to pull up over your hips.

                                                                                                        “Body shapers are old fashioned and out of style” is another common myth. Body shapers of today have evolved into fashionable and dare I say, SEXY undergarments. You can find shapers that look like lingerie, shapers that are built into jeans, dresses and even swimsuits! They come in pretty colors and soft textures. They are also much more functional and go unnoticed under your tightest fitting clothes.

                                                                                                        Lastly, “Body shapers are only for plus size women.” Shapers are great for any size or figure. No matter what your size is, body shapers are available to enhance all figure types. A shaper will slim your thighs, hold your tummy, and make your love handles disappear. Even thin celebrities and men wear them!

                                                                                                        Finding a comfortable and modern shaper has never been easier. If you need a little help, a great place to start browsing is our page with the best selling items. If you have any questions about finding a shaper, you can always send us an email at info@hourglassangel.com. For sizing support, you can use our sizing support page. Once you find the right shaper, words like sexy, lacy, and comfortable will start coming to mind!

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                                                                                                          How To Buy A Shaper

                                                                                                          Body shapers, girdles, and waist cinchers have many features and come in different designs.  To select the correct shaper for your needs, first take a minute to think about the areas on your body that you are looking to target.  You should consider where you will be wearing this shaper.  Is it for a special occasion or for everyday?  Lastly, think about how much control you want?  By answering these questions it will be easier to find a shaper that fits your needs.

                                                                                                          The best way to start looking for a body shaper is to decide which areas you are looking to target.  There are different body shapers that shape, lift, smooth and enhance specific areas.  If you are looking to target your midsection, an item like the SlimVest will be your best option.  An items like the Alexis will lift and enhance your butt.  By knowing your desired target area, you will be able to find a shaper that focuses on these specific parts.

                                                                                                          Next, think about where you will be wearing this shaper and what style of clothing will you be wearing it with.  If you are looking for everyday shapewear, you might want to consider the SlimBand, which can be worn up to 10 hours a day.  If you are looking for a strapless control slip under a dress to a party, you can consider the Full-Body Control Slip.  If you would like an all-over comfortable fit, consider the Katie to accentuate your butt and create a curvy shape.

                                                                                                          Lastly, consider how much control you would like from your shaper.  If you are new to shapers, you may want to begin with a moderate or slight control pieces such as the Mia or the Amber.  If you would like to slenderize all over with maximum compression (cinch the waist, lift the bust and rear, and slim your thighs), you should try the Butterfly.  For moderate compression all-over targeting, consider the Heidi.  For slight control, take a look at the Amanda.  If you wear girdles frequently and would like more compression, you may want to try a maximum compression corset such as the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset.

                                                                                                          When you have found the right shaper, remember to stay true to your size.  Wearing the wrong size will cause the shaper to roll, pinch, and fit poorly.  You can damage the shaper if you size down and you might be uncomfortable.  If you size up, then the shaper will be too big and will not serve its purpose.  The perfect shaper will create smooth curves that will make you feel healthy, happy, and confident.

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