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!
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;
Top left Supreme Thong Shaper by AMIA
Top right Diva Corselette by AMIA
Bottom left Marylou Shortie by Yummie by Heather Thomson YT2-027
Bottom right Almighty Vest by AMIA
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.