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Finding the Right Shapewear After Your Cosmetic Surgery

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Bikini season is around the corner, ladies. If you take the opportunity during the colder months to surgically fix up your midsection or backside, you’re going to need some compression shapewear to help your body heal and look its best.

Don’t just grab any type of shapewear. You’ll find that many pieces on the market are designed for “stage one” and “stage two” after surgery. You will need both for the duration of your recovery.

Initially after a cosmetic surgery like a liposuction, tummy tuck or buttocks lift, you’ll experience swelling and drainage, depending on the type of surgery done. During those tender first days post-op, a stage one compression garment will help your body drain the fluids that collect beneath your skin. This is important because it minimizes bruising and the chances of infection. Compression flushing will also reduce swelling as your tissues heal, reducing the amount of pain you feel and leading to a shorter recovery period. Stage one garments are different from stage two because they provide gentle pressure and are sized slightly larger.

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For stage one, we recommend the First Stage Marena Suit with Suspenders and No Leg by Comfortwear FBA. This comfortable garment provides the gentle compression you’ll need to recover immediately after surgery. It zips on and off easily and has a hook-and-eye closure gusset for bathroom convenience. Constructed from F5 certified (high quality compression) fabric, its durability will last through the duration of your early recovery.

Once most of your post-op swelling has reduced, you can switch to a stage two compression garment. The stronger compression and tighter fit will contour and shape your body, helping your tissues to adhere properly in their new positions. As scar tissue forms, particularly following a liposuction, ongoing compression will help subcutaneous tunnels stay collapsed – maintaining a smooth contour on the surface of your skin.

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For stage two, we recommend our best-selling Contour Shaper by Leonisa. This comfortable shaper provides moderate control from under your bust to your hips. Since you’ll be returning to your normal lifestyle during this phase of your recovery, this garment goes on and off easily, is breathable, and provides smoothing and control in all the right places.

Ask your doctor about any compression specifications you’ll need following your cosmetic procedure. After surgery and using the right shapewear, you’ll feel more confident than ever in your own skin.

 

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5 Oscar Worthy Shapers

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With the Oscars around the corner, many stars are waiting for all of their hard work to pay off. They’re hitting the gyms and trying last minute diets to counteract the plumping effects of red carpet cameras, but they have a secret weapon ready. Shapewear is every girl’s best friend at the Academy Awards. Try any of these five shapers to instantly take 10 lbs. off your frame and enhance your best features. Perfect for the Oscars’ red carpet… or the red line train to a movie.

5. Achieve Amanda Seyfried’s stunning red carpet look with our Shapeband!

For a statuesque abdomen free of bumps and bulges, try the ShapeBand by Squeem. This discreet shaper instantly carves up to four inches from your midsection, visibly reducing the waistline so you appear up to three sizes smaller. It also supports the back to reduce pain and invoke confidence through corrected posture.

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4. Jennifer Lopez’s flawless look was completed with our Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit!

When you need to look your best from head to toe, turn to the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette. This all-body shaper targets the abdomen while giving special attention to the hips, thighs, and legs down to the ankle. Love handles disappear! The strong hold does not come at the expense of comfort – this light weight shaper slims the silhouette without being too warm or constricting. The underbust design, which lifts and rounds the bust, makes this the perfect shaper for a plunging neckline.

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3. Set the right foundation to achieve Beyonce’s red carpet look with our Mia Corselette Body Shaper!

The perfect hourglass silhouette is at your fingertips (and hips) in the Mia Corselette Body Shaper. Its tri-layer lining and latex core visibly reduce the waistline so you instantly look up to three sizes smaller. It flattens the midriff and whittles the waist while shaping the hips. Viola! Your natural curves are instantly enhanced. The underbust design lifts the bust for a voluptuous look to please any diva.

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2. Octavia Spencer’s sophisticated and elegant look was enhanced with our Strapless Slimming Shaper!

For a firm, all over hold and contoured curves, slip into the Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Chery. This shaper instantly reduces the waistline, firms the abdomen, trims back bulge, and smoothes bumps throughout. This shaper enhances and celebrates your natural curves with a unique stretch material over the rear, and an underbust design that gives the bust a little lift.

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1. For a curvaceous red carpet look like Jennifer Lawrence’s you’ll need the Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper!

The Alexandra Butt Lifting Shaper by Vedette has a strong hold around your curves while enhancing them. It whittles the waist down and makes you instantly look several pounds lighter. This shaper doesn’t make you pick between a toned tummy and a round derriere. The open-back design and special bands boost, lift, and round the rear without padding. The underbust design and removable straps make this a versatile number you can wear anywhere. Unmissable, irresistible curves anytime you want a no-wait tune-up for your tush and waist.

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

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

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

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

Shop featured styles;
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

 

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Va-va-voom! This way for a seductive Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly, but there’s still enough time for HourGlass Angel to help you give the best gift to your partner – yourself! Wrapped in beautiful, soft, and sexy shapers.

The Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear by Scandale gives you strong abdominal control while sculpting the waist. This piece blends seamlessly under clothes, but you’ll definitely want to show off this shaper. The Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear has an old Hollywood feel with lace panels on shimmering satin and infuses your night with glamour!

For more coverage and support, turn to the Glamour All-In-One Shaper by Bodyhush. This beautiful shaper visibly reduces the waistline and can help you appear up to three sizes smaller. Perfect for a seductive Valentine’s Day, the shaper tightens you up for an elegant hourglass silhouette while featuring fashionable details like elegant lace and sophisticated satin touches, and an underbust design that pushes up the chest.

Not feeling Valentine’s Day? Take on the day with confidence, grace, and beauty no matter what the day brings or what you bring to it with the Diva Corselette by AMIA. This best selling shaper visibly reduces the waistline, shapes the hips, trims the tummy, and supports the bust and back via the PowerLatex Core. Never sacrificing form for function, the Diva Corselette by AMIA is adorned with a lace boyshort trim and has an overall lingerie appearance with the strength of a first-class shaper.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hot Mama! Everything a postpartum mommy needs

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Being a mom is great. Dealing with postpartum body changes – not so much. HourGlass Angel offers a wide assortment of shapers that slim and also support the tummy and abdominal muscles while they heal and reform. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA is a best seller because it visibly reduces one to four inches instantly while boosting thermal activity and firming the midsection for long-term results.

In a time when everything is sore and swollen, make sure to breastfeed in ease with the Smooth Soft-Cup Nursing Bra by Anita. Its molded, wireless cups support and shape the breast while the nursing flap clasp can be effortlessly opened and closed with one hand. The Stretch Nursing Tank by Yummie Tummie also allows for comfortable, discreet nursing, but also provides tummy control that you can pair simply with jeans. For an especially sensitive chest, try the Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows, which calm swelling and discomfort with two-sided, temperature control pads with all natural flaxseed filling.

While you and everyone else dotes over the new baby, don’t forget about yourself! Mommies need some extra TLC while they’re taking care of everyone. The Mommy Care Pack by Mambino, often seen at baby showers, includes belly butter, face cream, aromatherapy for both mommy and baby, and toning oil that are safe for nursing moms to use to look and feel great. A happy mom means a happy baby!

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The Long and Short of It: Shapewear for Every Torso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Bombshell Burn: Shape up your workout!

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Mustering the desire to go to the gym is a workout in itself – too bad it’s not exercise. And you’re not helping your cause by utilizing old summer camp t-shirts. You go to the gym to feel great and look your best, so why not exercise in clothes that look good, feel good, and actually contribute to your effort? Hourglass Angel is your home for hot workout gear that will make you want to exercise just to wear it!

The Workout Band by Ann Chery is an Hourglass Angel best seller. The workout band offers midsection control instantly via FlexiBoning while also promoting long-term results. The workout band is safe to wear during exercise in order to increase thermal activity in the core. This mobilizes fat cells and stimulates perspiration to whittle inches off your shape.

The Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa is also an exercise aid that tones the tummy. This adjustable workout band features bio-ceramic material and neoprene construction that reduces stretch marks and visibly minimizes the appearance of cellulite. It detoxifies the skin and increases thermal activity via infrared technology. The Tummy Tightener can help women heal after a c-section, and similarly supports a changing abdomen during weight fluctuation. Delfin also created matching Bio-Ceramic Anti-Cellulite Capris to extend these revolutionary results to the hips, rear, thighs, and legs for a fully effective gym session.

Proper workout apparel is important to focus on the exercise and prevent discomfort. Just like you need proper athletic shoes to workout you need a quality exercise bra! The Full-Busted Underwire Sports Bra by Panache was designed for the full figured athlete and therefore accommodates a larger bust for maximum bounce reduction. This clinically proven bra has wide non-stretch straps that won’t cut into your shoulders, and moisture wicking fabric so you can comfortably keep going, and going, and going!

The Roll Down Layering Leggings by Hard Tail Forever are capri length leggings found in yoga studios and workout facilities across the globe. These leggings feature a roll down waist, which may be worn up or down. The close fitting shape hugs the silhouette perfectly, ideal for layering or stand-alone activewear. The soft stretch cotton is a joy for practicing yoga or running, and anything else you do to get healthy.

 

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Taking shapewear to the next step this year!

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Confidence is a major factor in success, don’t overlook your outlook when you set out to achieve your goals. Whether you’re striving for weight loss or a job promotion, the right shaper can boost your confidence and support you physically.

The Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper provides maximum control and maximum curves as it slims the midsection, smooths the back, whittles the waist, and may even take you down a clothing size. Your phenomenal silhouette via this double layer waist cincher can do wonders for your attitude, but the real power comes from its rod boning and underbust design. This cincher supports the spine and improves posture while gently lifting the bust so you can take on the day looking tall, shoulders back, and best of all, at ease!

Step in to the firm control of the Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit also by Vedette for a helping hand from top to below the bottom. This all-body shaper lets you look your best by controlling the hips and lower tummy, eliminating love handles, and creating lean legs and thighs. The underbust design supports the chest, but still lets you wear the bra that you feel flaunts you best. Polish up and smoothen out your look to put the very best, toned foot forward.

Revolutions succeed when you make a commitment and work for it each day with a positive attitude, confidence, and self-assurance. Slip into an Hourglass Angel shaper to go after what you want!

 

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