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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspire Other Women with Your Shapewear Success
Do you absolutely love what high-quality shapewear does to your body image? If you’re like most women, you could probably rave about the instant boost in self-confidence you experience when you look at yourself in the mirror. You feel sexy and feminine from every angle, with every movement.
Once you figure out the ways you can shape up your silhouette, it’s hard to imagine dressing without your favorite shapers! And sometimes it’s hard not to share about your little secret with your best friends. After all, doesn’t it feel great to help them out – so they can feel the way you feel?
Pay It Forward
Imagine sharing your shapewear success not just with your best friends, but with many women. Just like you, they might need a little midsection support, a little boost in the chest, or a little control in the thighs. Wouldn’t you feel great knowing that your transformation could help motivate other women to transform themselves too?
Now is your chance! The world wants to see your success!
- For the month of July, we’re inviting you to motivate and inspire other women with your incredible before and after photos.
- All you have to do is send photos of your transformation: your silhouette before shapewear and after.
- We may share your inspiring images through our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.
We can’t wait to see the way shapewear is transforming the way women look and feel!
How To Get Involved
Simply email your before and after photos to email@example.com. Don’t be shy! We’re looking for submissions from lovely women of every size and background. We know you’ve got the curves; now flaunt them!
Bonus: Win Free Shapewear!
Just for participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free shaping garment from Hourglass Angel. We’ll draw five winners at random on August 5, 2014.
So what are you waiting for? Share your transformation with the world and inspire others to achieve their own!
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.
Shapewear Advice to Achieve the Perfect Look on Your Wedding Day
For your upcoming wedding, one of the most essential pieces of the whole day is the dress. Once you’ve found the perfect wedding gown, you’ll want to make sure that your figure is shaped into an ideal foundation. Your dress should fit like a glove, emphasize your best features, and flow the way it was designed to, from top to bottom.
We have a wide array of shapewear options that can work under wedding gowns. Here are five valuable tips for choosing and using the ideal shapers for your body and your dress.
1. Look for “seamless.”
Any bridal shaper needs to be completely invisible beneath your dress, and for this reason some of the best bridal undergarments come in a seamless design. This means that it has no visible seams or ridges that can appear underneath the fabric of the dress, so you won’t have to worry about visible bra lines or panty lines.
Most seamless garments are constructed with hi-tech microfiber fabric that is effective at shaping and smoothing. Microfiber is also very lightweight and comfortable, which is essential on the big day.
2. You can’t go wrong with classic bustiers and corsets.
Bustiers and corsets are classic shaping undergarments that have made women look stunning in gowns for generations. And there’s a reason they’re popular: they work! These traditional strapless long-line bras give your breasts support and shape while slimming your midsection and straightening your posture, using boning and stretchy fabric. If you can’t decide where to begin when shopping for undergarments, start with these, as they work with most styles.
3. Try shaping briefs.
If you don’t think you need or want a corset or bustier, a high-rise shaping brief is another effective midsection-shaping option. Not only will it control and shape your waistline, it will keep your hips and rear in place too. A shaping brief may be an ideal choice for any dress that is more fitted around the hips. And it’s one of the most comfortable shaping options for your big day!
4. Practice wearing your undergarments.
Not sure what undergarments you’ll like best? Try wearing them around for a day before you make the final decision. You’ll get a good feel for what’s the most comfortable and effective option for your body and style.
5. Take undergarments to fittings
Before you have your dress fitted and altered, make the final selection of your undergarments and bring them along. This is vital to ensuring that your dress has the best fit, particularly in the bodice.
5 Tasteful Ways to Wear Burlesque Every Day
Burlesque fashion is sexy and fun, and you don’t have to wait for a special event to pull it off. As we celebrate everything burlesque this weekend at the Windy City Burlesque Festival, we encourage everyone with a taste for this type of style to discover new ways to enjoy it.
Did you know you can tastefully incorporate an authentic burlesque look into your wardrobe every day? Here are five tips to express burlesque fashion outside of a special burlesque event.
1. Accessorize with Flair
While burlesque fashion is anything but subtle, you can show it off with a little restraint. Take one vintage burlesque accessory and combine it with your casual wardrobe. Examples include a peacock feather, a sparkly hairpiece, or a glitzy scarf or boa. This kind of accessorizing adds a huge pop to your everyday jeans, strappy tops and dresses.
2. Command Your Makeup
A big part of the burlesque look is the bold makeup. While you may not want to paint your entire face like you’re about to perform a Broadway show, you can express hints of burlesque style on your face—just don’t do it all at once. Practice showing off some cat eyes, sparkly eye shadow, dark and defined eyebrows, gorgeously long and thick lashes, lusciously rouged cheeks or deep red lips. Choosing just one of these techniques when you go out will make a statement without going over the top.
3. It’s All About The Corset
Few people know how versatile corsets can be! You can wear them under almost anything, with the benefit of having a killer waistline and outstanding posture. Many burlesque corsets are also designed to look fabulous as outerwear, so pick your favorite to wear with an open jacket. Some underbust corsets can be worn over thin fabric tops as well.
4. High, High Stockings
One of the most familiar burlesque looks is wearing thigh-high stockings, complete with a garter belt and straps. While this fashion statement is most commonly associated with the burlesque stage or the bedroom, there’s no reason you can’t rock high stockings under a variety of skirts and dresses. If you’ve got a thirst for burlesque expression, this can be your little secret.
5. Customize Your Clothes
You don’t need to be an expert seamstress to add some burlesque glamour to the clothes you already have. Change the buttons on your jacket or blouse, sew glitzy patches to your jeans or purse, or add a little burlesque flair to your collar. Everyone expresses burlesque different, so choose the style that is uniquely yours and go with it!
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.
Join Hourglass Angel at the Windy City Burlesque Festival
Hourglass Angel is excited to announce that we are an official sponsor of the Windy City Burlesque Festival, June 18-21! This is an occasion to celebrate a unique artistic culture, and we are eager to join in the festivities.
The Windy City Burlesque Festival’s mission is to celebrate the present, honor the past, and showcase the future of burlesque performance, in all of its multidisciplinary expressions, through local, regional, national, and international perspectives. The festival presents and produces performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing burlesque artists.
This is the fourth annual celebration, jam-packed with feathers, rhinestones, fans, sparkle, sass and sexy fun. Performers from all around the world will descend on Chicago for a sensational weekend. The burlesque community is confident in its identity and knows how to party with sexy style and flair. This festival proudly celebrates a diversity of performers, styles, body types, sexual identities and topics.
If you’re near the Chicago area, we hope you can join us for this phenomenal celebration! If not, you can still celebrate on your own by enjoying 20% off our authentic burlesque styles, from 6/20-6/22!
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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.
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.