Hourglass Angel

  • How Activewear Can Maximize Your Workout

    6.18.2015

    Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Routine

    Think it doesn't matter what clothes you exercise in? If you're just slipping on an old baggy t-shirt and gym shorts, you might not be getting the most out of your workouts.

    Do your body a favor and try working out in some clothes designed to amp up your routine. Not only will you look great in women's activewear, but you'll be maximizing your workouts too. More sweat and more heat means higher intensity.

    Here are some of our favorite choices for maximizing your workouts:

    A110- Active-Band

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Adding a waist trainer to you workouts could be just the thing you need to amp up your intensity. The Active Band instantly slims your midsection by up to several inches while increasing thermal activity in your core and ramping up your perspiration. Who says you can't look good while working up a sweat? And, by giving you an instant glimpse of your slimmer figure, it helps to keep you motivated and on-track to your long-term fitness goals.

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    While your workout is heating up, you'll want a top designed to handle your sweat. This tank absorbs sweat and odor and then dries quickly so you can stay comfortable. We actually recommend wearing it underneath the Active Band so you don't have to wash your waist trainer as frequently.

    Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa

    Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa

    Great leggings are a must-have for your workout attire. These capris are designed to hide trouble spots by instantly smoothing your silhouette around the tummy, thighs, hips and legs while you wear them. They also intensify your workouts by stimulating thermal activity and perspiration.

    Sweat it Off Tank by Delfin Spa

    Sweat it Off Tank by Delfin Spa

    If you're not using a waist trainer, you'll want a compression top like this tank, with an open bust designed to pair with your favorite sports bra. The unique materials in this racer back tank reflect your body's heat, helping to increase perspiration, so that you know you're working up a sweat. You'll also love the way it shapes your body so you can feel more confident at the gym.

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  • How to Choose the Right Shapewear Foundation

    Shapewear tips for every occasion

    5 Tips for a Flawless Look Every Day

    Newsflash: every woman can benefit from shapewear. Don't believe us? Even celebrities with fabulous figures rely on shapers to perfect their look on the red carpet. Shapewear isn't just for special occasions; with the right piece you can create the most flattering looks for your body every day.

    While the use of shapewear is growing in popularity and acceptance, many women are still skeptical or not exactly sure how to use it. Remember this key purpose: no matter what you're wearing, no matter what size you are, you want your foundation to be smooth, like a mannequin.

    If you want to look flawless in every outfit, then you should have several types of shapewear rotating through your wardrobe. Ready to take the plunge? Here are some ways you can ensure you're choosing the right shapewear for your needs.

    1. Choose the right size

    We can't stress enough the importance of following our size charts when selecting a garment. It's tempting to want to go smaller, especially if you're trying to lose weight, but don't do it! Shapewear that is too small is actually unflattering and will not provide the ideal results. In the case that you're in between sizes, choose the larger one.

    1. Choose a target area

    Everyone has different "problem areas," so choose which one you want to focus on. The midsection, thighs and rear are some of the most common. You can also use garments for all-over shaping.

    1. Dress for the occasion

    You're not going to wear the same shaper at work that you are for a wedding. For special occasions you'll probably want shapers that are designed to wear under gowns, while for everyday work attire you'll want comfortable all-day solutions.

    1. Choose a compression level

    How dramatic do you want you're results to be? Maximum control shapers like waist trainers can help you slim down instantly by a size or more, while lightweight shapers provide smoothing with the most breathability and comfort. 

    1. Try on and wear correctly

    Always try on your shapewear before removing the tags and be sure that you're putting it on correctly (wear panties underneath during a fitting). You should always step into it, even some camis and tanks. Be sure you've adjusted any straps; if there are hooks, be sure they are secured firmly and comfortably. Try on your clothes over your shapewear too, to ensure you're getting the results you want. Remember, you can always exchange a garment that doesn't fit quite right.

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  • 5 Essential Plus-Size Body Shapers

    Must-Haves for the Full-Figured Woman

    Beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. Shapewear should be an essential part of any stylish wardrobe, and if you have a full figure, you may want to know which types are best suited for your curves.

    Here are our five favorite plus-size shapers that are effective, comfortable and high quality. You'll want these to smooth your silhouette, help you stand up straighter and make all of your attire more flattering.

    High Waist Shaper

    1. Firm Control Plus Size High Waist Brief By Miraclesuit

    If you've never experienced a shaping panty, you're missing out on comfort, convenience and a great looking figure. This high waist brief flattens your tummy and smooths your entire waistline, giving you a sleek look from your bra to your hips. Firm control ensures that everything stays in place all day long, perfect for work or leisure.

    Extra Firm Control Brief

    1. Simply Seamless Extra Firm Control Brief 2 Pack By Bali

    This shaper brief slims, shapes and supports where it matters most. Designed with four-way stretch for seam-free comfort, the firm-control brief shaper slims your tummy with a front panel design while also lifting your rear. Wear this simple everyday shaper with jeans, slacks, skirts, dresses and more for all-day comfort and support.

    Tummy Control Long Leg Shaper

    1. Lace Band Tummy Control Long Leg Plus By QT Intimates

    The medium-control compression of this piece makes it a great option for shaping throughout a work day and into the evening. Shaping support continues down to the mid thigh, sculpting the tummy, hips, buttocks and thigh. The lace band gives extra control with some feminine flair. Wear this garment with a skirt or dress or under a sleek pair of slacks.

    Molded Strapless Bra

    1. Molded Strapless Bra By Elila

    Full-figured women sometimes avoid going strapless, but with the right bra you can enjoy all of your favorite dresses and tops in comfort. The support and staying power in this piece comes from several key features, starting with a comfort underwire, which rests on a wide elastic base. This anchors the whole garment and gives it overall structure. Side boning increases the stability and holds the garment in place. Covered elastic continues at the top of the bra, ensuring a great fit and hold.

    Underwire Bra

    1. The Betty Underwire Plunge Bra By Elomi

    Your bust may be one of your most flattering features, so make sure you have the support and comfort you need, especially for lower necklines. This sexy underwire plunge bra offers exceptional support and style. The embroidered mesh bra features four-part seamed underwire cups, side support panels and a plunging front ideal for low-cut necklines. It also has an arched underband, leotard back and covered elastic trim for a customized fit and feel.

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  • Be Cool and Confident in Summer Shapewear

    Shapewear Perfect For Summer and Warm WeatherGarments That Shape You Up Without Weighing You Down

    Summer is here. If you're a shapewear fan, don't just assume that you're going to be extra sweaty – or that you'll have to go without a shaper to be comfortable. With all of the parties, festivals and other summer activities, you want to look your best, and there are plenty of cool, lightweight shapers available.

    Cotton material shapewear is a great solution for summertime shaping needs. These garments have all the power to make your figure slim and smooth with a seamless finish that looks great under light clothing. Yet the light material will keep you cool, making it the perfect solution for even the hottest days.

    Here are some of our favorites:

    Cool Definition Shape Tank by Wacoal

    If there's one item you need in your closet during the summer months, it's a shaping tank like this favorite from Wacoal. Giving a very wearable balance of control and comfort, this shaping tank trims your entire torso. This is one piece that holds its own and is also a great foundation for layering.

    Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher by Flakishima

    This is one of our most comfortable waist-shrinking midsection shapers, ideal for those long and warm summer days. It combines powerful shaping with cotton so you'll feel slim, smooth, confident and cool all day long.

    Shape Cotton Shorts with High Waist by FarmaCell

    If you love flowing summer dresses, these cotton shorts are a must-have for smoothing out your figure underneath. They tuck your tummy, slim your thighs and create top-to-bottom smooth look.

    Smooth Couture Bodysuit by Va Bien

    For special occasions that required your hottest attire, a bodysuit can create a flawless foundation underneath. This garment from Va Bien is ideal for dramatic shaping without dramatic sweating.

    Smooth Couture Shaper By Va Bien

    Summertime means light tees and tanks, which are notorious for revealing figure flaws. Never worry about muffin top or your tummy again simply by choosing this lightweight everyday brief. You might never go back to regular panties again.

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  • Discover Denim That Acts Like Shapewear

    Sexy butt-lifting jeans

     

    Find Your New Favorite Pair of Jeans

    Have you ever had the perfect pair of jeans? The ones you go to again and again because they're comfortable, stylish and enhance your figure in all the right places? If you don't have this feeling about any of the denim in your drawers, you are missing one of the most essential pieces in any woman's wardrobe.

    Sometimes you need shapewear for that perfect look in combination with your denim, but with shaping jeans you can look flawless without any extra help. They look like regular jeans but act like shapewear!

    Here are several ways you might just love shaping denim:

    1. Lift and shape your rear

    Butt-enhancing jeans are aptly named. Without any padding, these jeans enhance the curves you already have through innovative stitching and shaping. They lift your derriere, making it look rounder, fuller and perkier. They are sometimes called "Brazilian jeans" and are incredibly popular in South America for the way they highlight sexy curves.

    1. Slim your hips and thighs

    Do you steer away from a skinny cut because you're self-conscious? No need to worry in shaping jeans, which create slimmer, smoother legs and hips. Try any slimming jeans from Caribbean Shape for a slimmer, firmer look.

    1. Control your tummy

    Nothing's worse than muffin top or a poochy belly when wearing otherwise fabulous jeans. Shaping jeans jeans come with varying degrees of high waist finishes, helping you create a slimmer waistline and emphasizing an hourglass shape.

    1. Be sexy AND comfortable

    Think those loose, baggy jeans are your best option for the weekend? Just try shaping jeans for a day and you'll change your mind. Not only will you look much more attractive in jeans that enhance your figure, you may just find that they way they mold to your shape makes you feel more comfortable too.

    1. Choose your style

    At Hourglass Angel, we have multiple washes, colors and styles of denim to choose from, so you can customize your look for any day of the week. You might just want to have a few so you can look your best in any outfit.

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  • 6 Types of Shapewear Designed to Target Problem Areas

    Choose the right shaper for your body type.

    Choose the Right Shaper for Your Trouble Spots

    Everyone has a different body type and different trouble spots based on their genetics. You might have an enviable waistline but wider hips, or you've got great legs but you carry your weight around your middle.

    That's why we have so many options in shapewear! Everyone is unique; therefore everyone should choose shapewear based on the problem areas they want to address. Here are six types of shapers designed to target common issues.

    1. All-Over Shaping

    Sometimes one garment is all you need for a flattering result from top to bottom. Bodysuits are designed to provide smoothing so you can look flawless under your sexiest clothes. They also provide slimming and shaping for the midsection, hips, butt and thighs.

    1. Butt-Lifting

    Most of us could use a little help when it comes to getting that perfectly round rear, which is why we carry a wide selection of shapers design to lift and sculpt. You can choose from shapers that enhance your natural curves or those that add padding. Many rear enhancing shapers also slim the waistline and hips while providing lift in the back.

    1. Waist-Slimming

    There are hundreds of options to help you attain that flat tummy and hourglass shape. For dramatic results or to start a waist training regimen, try a cincher or corset; for flattering everyday results without pinching or binding try a high waist panty shaper or shaping cami. If you want to work on your waistline while working out, try a workout band or high-waisted shaping leggings.

    1. Bust-Enhancing

    Whether you need extra support and shaping every day or you need something extra special for a formal event, there are a variety of bras and shapers that can shape, lift and support your breasts based on your needs. For low-cut, backless and strapless dresses you will want a special bra, bustier or adhesive solution. For everyday support you'll want a great bra as well as a shaper like a vest-style cincher that provides extra lift and support while slimming your midsection, for a more pronounced feminine shape.

    1. Thigh-Slimming

    Slim, smooth and sexy thighs are an option for everyone with the right thigh slimming. Many bodysuits extend to the thighs as part of the whole shaping package. You can also choose garments that focus more on your thighs, while also providing smoothing for your hips and waist. To look your best during your workouts, choose from one of our many thigh-slimming leggings, shorts and capris.

    1. Skin-Smoothing

    You can be in great shape and still have dimpled skin; for someone women it's just unlucky genetics. These shapers are designed to cover up, smooth or reduce the visibility of skin imperfections for a smoother butt, thighs and other areas when combined with exercise and a healthy diet.

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  • 6 Easy At-Home Exercises for Busy People

    Accelerate Your Training Efforts in a Few Minutes a Day

    Spend a few minutes a day working out at home

    Trying to lose weight and build muscle, but you just don't have the time to make it to the gym? Getting an effective workout at home in a short period of time is easier than you think. Whether you're a student, a mom and/or you have a demanding job, these are exercises anyone can squeeze into their day.

    It's ideal to do these in succession so you can keep your heart rate up, but if you're really in a time crunch you can even break these up into different parts of your day. These are also equipment-free, so you can do them anywhere (even when catching up on your favorite shows!). And don't forget to optimize your performance with your favorite activewear.

    1. Tricep dips

    3 sets of 15 reps

    Take a seat in your favorite chair and place your hands facedown just outside of your hips. Now slide forward so that your hips are hanging over the ground and your weight is supported by your palms on the chair. Bend your elbows and dip your body, slowly and with control, and rise up again. This exercise can also be completed on the floor, although it will give you less range of motion.

    A must-have for any exercise routine is a high-quality sports bra like the Make An Impact Maximum Control Sports Bra by Anita so you can be supported while staying cool and dry where it counts most.

    1. Pushups

    3 sets of 15 reps

    There's a reason this exercise remains a favorite among athletes; it works your whole upper body as well as your core. If a full pushup is too hard, start with incline pushups, with your hands on a chair and your feet on the floor. Keep your body flat like a board as you use your arms to move it up and down. Once you've mastered the incline try doing pushups from your knees and then fully on your toes – again keeping your body in plank position, straight like a board.

    Accelerate your training in the Sweat It Tank by Delfin Spa, designed to increase your perspiration and caloric burn while wicking away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable.

    Bicep curls

    3 sets of 15 reps

    If you have a pair of dumbbells, grab them; otherwise you can use anything from your kitchen with a little bit of weight, like cans of food or saucepans. Stand with feet flat and shoulder-width apart, making sure your knees aren't locked. Holding the weights with arms facing forward, bend your elbows and lift your fists up to your shoulders and then back down. Keep the motion in control and don't let your elbows slide forward.

    1. Squats

    3 sets of 15 reps

    Squats effectively work your legs, butt and core in a short period of time. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees as far down as you can, keeping your back flat, your chest high and shoulders relaxed. Return to standing with control. For an added challenge, hold weights in both hands.

    You can maximize your efforts with Toning Shorts by Amia, which use compression technology to increase your sweating and caloric burn.

    1. Crunches

    3 sets of 10 reps

    Focus on your core with this classic move. Lie on the floor – or even better, a mattress, so you have to work harder to maintain your balance. Bend your knees and fold your hands behind your head or across your chest. Use your core (not your neck) to lift your head and upper torso, then lower.

    1. Star jumps

    3 sets of 15 reps

    Get your blood pumping and energize your day with this fun exercise. Stand with feet together and jump vertically as high as you can. Extend your feet and hands out so that your body is in a star shape while in the air, then return your feet together when you land.

    One of our favorite ways to get moving is in the Jade Blue & Black High Waisted Leggings By Bon Bon Up, designed to keep you cool while focusing your workout efforts on your thighs, butt and midsection.

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  • How To Stay Healthy Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Tips for staying healthy over a holiday

    4 Ways To Avoid Overeating During a Holiday

    The grills are firing up; the party supplies are coming out of storage. Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and also a time to celebrate the beginning of summer across America. Unfortunately, many succumb to the temptation to eat junk food – and a lot of it.

    While it's okay to have a little indulgence every now and then, don't let the party atmosphere wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle plan. In general, allow yourself one or two small treats like half a piece of cake instead of a whole one, or one drink instead of two. Beyond that, follow these four tips and help curb your appetite while still enjoying the holiday weekend.

    1. Eat healthy snacks.

    Don't make the mistake of starving yourself before the big meal and then chowing down; you'll be so hungry that you'll want to go overboard on your calorie intake. Instead, have a couple of light nutritious snacks with protein and healthy fats every two to three hours before the big event. This way your metabolism will be going steady and you'll be less tempted to overeat.

    1. Watch portions in a smart way.

    When faced with a large variety of food items, don't take the same size portion of each option. Add larger servings of high protein foods followed by vegetables. Add small portions of starchy and sugary foods last.

    1. Go slow and pay attention to your appetite.

    You're more likely to overeat if you mindlessly shove food into your mouth while chatting with friends and family, especially if they're eating too. Try to eat slowly and don't overload your plate. Once you've finished your plate, wait about ten minutes before you go back for seconds and then determine if you're really still hungry after all. You may find that you're really not.

    1. Burn extra calories

    Start your day off right with a workout and then add physical activity when you can throughout the day. Get up on your feet by going for walks, tossing a Frisbee around or helping to clean up.

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  • 3 Must-Have Postpartum Shapers

    Essential Shapewear for New Moms 

    Summer is just around the corner, and if you're a new mom that means it's time to get lots of fresh air and some pool or beach time with your little one. This is definitely not the time to feel insecure about your post-pregnancy body.

    Here are three must-have shaping items every new mom should have in her closet. Having these on hand will help you get that pre-pregnancy body back and help you feel comfortable and confident no matter where you go this summer.

    Essential shaping garments for new moms

    1. Original Belly Bandit

    Postpartum wrapping is a no-brainer way to visibly reduce a swollen belly and aid your body in its recovery. Designed exclusively with the postpartum body in mind, the Belly Bandit provides gentle, adjustable compression to reduce water retention and help pull in loose tissue. It looks great under almost anything – making everyone wonder where that baby belly went.

    Look and feel great for summer with postpartum shapers

    1. Post-Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    If you're eager to fit back into your normal size pants and shorts, losing the baby weight isn't your only obstacle. Thanks to the pregnancy-induced hormone called relaxin, you may find that your hip joints got pretty loose during the pregnancy and your stance is a bit wider as a result. This hip compression belt helps gently guide your hips back into place, taking advantage of the relaxin that remains in your system postpartum, keeping your joints malleable. Get back into your favorite clothes (in comfort) in no time.

    Look and feel great for summer with postpartum shapers

    1. Stretch Nursing Tank Top By Yummie By Heather Thomson

    A great shaping cami is essential in every woman's wardrobe, whether you're new mom or not. So if you're a nursing mom, this is the perfect garment as it provides support for your breasts, slimming and smoothing all over, and easy access for nursing or hands-free pumping. It's the natural choice whether you want to layer over it or use it on its own.

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  • 3 Celebrities Reveal Their Shapewear Secrets

    Keeping Up with the Stars Who Shape

    Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of the trending shapewear news in Hollywood! Recently we've seen several mega stars show off how they maintain their gorgeous figures.

    Tina Fey

    As a farewell tribute to David Letterman on the Late Show, Tina Fey ditched her dress all together and revealed how she attained those elegant curves using compression shapewear.

    Kim Kardashian West

    Hollywood's gorgeous stars use shapewear to enhance their figures.

    Kim Kardashian West isn't shy about sharing her waist-training results on Instagram. For some #tbt fun, she decided to pull up some old photos from about a year ago, demonstrating how waist training helped her regain her figure after having a baby.

    Khloe Kardashian

    Tina Fey and the Kardashian sisters are just a few of the celebrities who love shapewear.

    It must be a Kardashian thing. Khloe Kardashian showed off a dramatic hourglass waistline on Instagram in her waist-training corset.
    The Secret to Successful Waist Training

    You don't have to be a star to look like one. You can use a waist-training garment at the gym to complement your workouts, or wear one all the time for visually dramatic waist-slimming under any outfit. The Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery is one of our best sellers for the gym. For anytime waist training try the Ultimate ShapeBand Waist Cincher By Squeem 26PW.

    There are several benefits to using a waist trainer during your workouts. It helps you maintain good form and prevents from putting strain on your back while targeting your midsection. It also helps you increase perspiration and body temperature during exercise to make the most of your time at the gym.

    If you're looking beyond the immediate slimming effects, the key is to use your waist trainer in conjunction with fat-burning, muscle-building exercises and a clean, nutrient-dense diet. If you're not already working out regularly and you want to start waist training, get accustomed to doing some high-intensity cardio exercises first.

    For you ladies looking for a more traditional, everyday waist trainer, one of our customers' all time favorites is the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset. The Classic Cincher Waist Trainer By Amia A102 is an alternative to the traditional corset-style trainer and provides additional support through the back and shoulders.

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