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.
Sexy and Confident Style for the Wedding Party
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Compression Goes Beyond Just Helping You Look Great
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using Firm Compression to Drop Several Inches from Your Waist
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
Shaping Success Stories from Real Women
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!