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  • Gift Guide for the New Mom—Hourglass Angel

    New mom gifts: Hourglass Angel fitness products will be adored and used by the new mom-to-be.


    Baby Shower Gifts for the New Mom

    New mom gifts are a lot of fun to shop for—after all, those little onesies and socks are so adorable! But have you thought about what mama herself might want? Besides a backrub…get her something that will help her regain her figure (and her self-confidence) after pregnancy!

    Shapewear is the perfect way to mix it up and help her feel great after birth. Here is our most popular postpartum shapewear at Hourglass Angel, which is sure to be a hit:

    Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    1. Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    Following childbirth, new moms need gentle support as their bodies heal. Postpartum belly wrapping is a time-honored tradition practiced in cultures around the world (it's surprising that not everyone does it!). This twelve inch elastic band provides gentle pressure to the abdominal area and fits easily around post-baby bellies. The Velcro closure panel allows you to adjust it as your body changes.


    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia

    Once past the initial postpartum period, new moms will want to start providing firmer compression as they continue on their journey to their pre-pregnancy shape. We recommend regular use of a waist trainer like the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia. This best-selling waist-shrinking garment is the ultimate everyday midsection shaper. Wear it under almost anything with the bra and panty styles of your choice.


    1. Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest

    For extra support, especially for breastfeeding mamas, a vest-style waist trainer is ideal. This latex shaper vest uses firm compression shapewear technology that smooths your figure and visibly reduces inches from the waist, abdomen, and the back while you wear it. It is supported with two reinforced columns of hook and eye closures down the center of the abdomen.


    1. Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Of course, and active lifestyle goes a long way in helping mamas regain their shape! This workout band is designed especially for use during exercise, to maximize the intensity and help you reach your fitness goals. (Can we add that it pairs perfectly with a jogging stroller?)


    1. Corselette by Amia

    Sometimes a mama just needs to look glamorous. This beautiful shaper will instantly make you look and feel sexy—perfect for boosting confidence at any special event. The Amia corselette hugs your hips, supports your bust, and slims your waist, all in one elegant package.


    1. Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel

    New moms can see dramatic results with daily waist training—but you can assist that process even further with this specially formulated gel. It targets imperfections around your waist, hips, and thighs with powerful, clinically proven body contouring ingredients, so moms can feel more confident in their own skin.

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  • How Customers Really Feel About Their Shapewear

    Does shapewear really work?

    How Customers Really Feel About Their Shapewear

    Honest Reviews on Waist Trainers, Shapers and More

    Thinking about getting into shapewear but not sure if you'll get dramatic results? Are you wondering what your waist cincher before and after pics might be like?

    Don't take our word for it. Here are genuine reviews from customers, describing what they love about shapewear and how these products works to enhance their curves.

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    A premium latex waist trainer that enhances any workout. It increases your perspiration while slimming the waist line at the same time.

    What our customers say:

    I love it love it love it!

    I put this on and instantly shaped my figure to the way I wanted it...I felt more confident and secure in my clothing. My muffin top wasn't visible any longer. My boyfriend gave me plenty of compliments which made it worth it even more.


    Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

     Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

    An essential piece, giving everyday mid-weight shaping from the torso to the mid-thigh.

    Amazing product!!!!!

    This product is amazing! I put it on and it instantly took inches off my waist, hips and thighs! It allowed for the perfect slimming look for my formal evening wear and everyday wear! This product has made me a customer for life and I can't wait to try more items! I am so beyond pleased that I will never purchase shapewear from any other company and now my friends and family are hooked! Thanks Hourglass Angel for making me look as fabulous as I feel!

    —Shahana A.

    Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette

    Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette

    Offers the benefits of a waist-shrinking shaper while also boosting your backside. A special open-back design lifts and rounds your rear to make it look fuller and perkier.

    Well worth the money

    I've purchased a few products from this site and each product has delivered but this product delivered ON-TIME! I've been working out for months doing squat after squat to lift my rear. I decided to try the Alexandria because it was on sale and I figured if it didn't do the job I could use it as a shaper, well to my surprise IT WORKS. I haven't seen my butt this round and perky since my high school years.


    Celebrity Style Body Shaper By Leonisa 018674

    Celebrity Style Body Shaper by Leonisa

    This bodysuit ends just above the knee, taming the tummy and trimming the thighs and hips. It also provides control around the lower abdominal area and rear.

    Excellent Feeling

    I ordered my body shaper and it came just in good time I wore it the next day to a party it was so comfortable. I dance all night with it on.


    Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit With Front Closure

    Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit With Front Closure

    A stylish all-over shaper that slims the waist and hips while also lifting the rear.

    The Perfect Postpartum Shaper!

    I’ve had my bodysuit for almost two weeks and it works great! I just had my first child a little over three months ago and am in the process of trying to lose the excess weight I gained during my pregnancy. It’s been hard trying to find clothing to wear postpartum that’s not too baggy or too tight. I originally just wanted a corset, but realized that a corset wouldn’t necessarily cover my lower belly. I decided to try a bodysuit instead. This shaper cinches my waist perfectly! Before I made the purchase, I could not fit any of my pre-pregnancy clothes (only maternity wear which made me look frumpy). Once I got my shaper in the mail (just a few days after ordering) and tried it on, I could fit almost all of my pre-pregnancy jeans. About a week after wearing the bodysuit for 8-10 hours each day, I could fit those same jeans even without putting on the bodysuit (all without exercising or dieting)! Features that I love are the hook and eye front closure and the removable straps that allow me to wear the bodysuit with a variety of clothing styles. Initially, I was confused as to what size to order as my height/weight/measurements would put me under the L size, but closer to XL and my dress size is a 10 (XL). I ultimately went with size L and it fits perfectly. It did take a day or so to get used to the tightness of the shaper, but after wearing it for a while it became very comfortable. Overall, it was a great purchase as it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. I love it and would absolutely purchase another!

    Does shapewear really work? What do you think? Let us know in the comments or leave a review on your favorite product to help other customers see the results they can experience!

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  • 13 Essential Facts about Waist Training

    Waist training questions and answers

    The Answers to Your Questions

    It seems like waist training is showing up everywhere these days, from your Instagram feed to the nightly news. While many people love it, some are still skeptical or uncertain about how it works. We're here to give you the facts, so you can feel confident about what you're doing when you try it.

    1) What is waist training?

    Waist training, by definition, is the practice of wearing a corset or waist cincher regularly to instantly slim your waist, while also supplementing a fitness goal of reducing your natural waist size. However, just because you're wearing a corset or cincher doesn't mean that you are waist training. You can also wear waist trainers for fun, fashion and dramatic slimming under a dress, work clothes, exercise gear or everyday attire.

    2) How long has waist training been around?

    Waist training has been a practice for both men and women for thousands of years! It has evolved throughout history. Over the last few hundred years women have used it fashionably, and in the last several years it has been an extremely popular trend, thanks in partly to high-profile celebrities touting the benefits of wearing a waist trainer.

    3) Why is waist training popular now?

    Several key celebrities including the Kardashian sisters, Beyoncé and Nikki Minaj have brought the voluptuous figure with a small waist and big curves back into fashion. The Kardashians have publicly attributed their figures to waist training, and everyone else has followed.

    4) What's involved?

    Waist training involves wearing a waist cincher or corset somewhat regularly—daily if possible. Some women choose to do it only when working out, because man styles are designed to increase perspiration and maximize any physical activity. Others wear a waist trainer for long hours every day. The more you wear it, the more dramatic the results.

    5) How do you start?

    If you're not sure how to use a waist trainer, it's best to start gradually and work your way up a little each day. For example, start with an hour the first day, two hours the next day and so on. You can also break up the time into smaller increments over the course of a day. Ideally for the best results you'll want to wear your trainer ten to twelve hours a day.

    6) What are the benefits?

    Results vary from person to person, but waist training has several benefits. The biggest one: you get an instant hourglass shape the second you put it on. It's also a great complement for a healthy lifestyle that can help you feel confident and keep you motivated with your diet and fitness. Another big one: many waist trainers stimulate thermal activity in your core, so you sweat harder during runs, workouts and other exercises. In other words, you get more from your workout, with less effort!

    7) Is it a replacement for fitness?

    No! We absolutely recommend waist training as a complement to healthy diet and exercise. While a waist trainer can help you instantly look slimmer and help keep you motivated, you won't see lasting results without a healthy lifestyle.

    8) How long do results take?

    It depends on several factors including how much you wear it, your lifestyle changes and the shape of your figure when you start. If you wear a waist trainer as part of a dramatic lifestyle change, you are going to see results fast. If you are already fit and simply want to enhance your figure, your results won't be as pronounced.

    9) Do you have to keep it up to maintain results?

    Yes. Remember, waist training is part of a lifestyle. If you stopped eating healthy food and exercising, you wouldn't maintain your body's shape. The same goes for a waist training regimen.

    10) If you stop waist training, how long will it take for your body to return to the way it was?

    Again, your body requires maintenance if you want to retain a certain shape—with diet, exercise and waist training. How long it takes depends on a lot of factors, like how much your body has transitioned and how long you've been doing waist training.

    11) Is a custom corset worth it?

    We don't think so. Our cinchers come in a variety of adjustable sizes, and if you plan on losing a lot of weight anyway, you don't want to invest in a corset that will be too big in a few months.

    12) How do you pick the right waist trainer?

    We recommend starting with the basics: an everyday cincher and a workout waist trainer. Be sure to follow our sizing charts. Most waist trainers feel very snug at first, but your body becomes accustomed to it very quickly. However, wearing a waist trainer should never be painful or restrict your breathing – if it does, take it off immediately and consider another size.

    13) Any other advice?

    For the best results, you want a waist trainer that fits well and is made with quality material. Please talk to our shapewear specialists if you have any questions, and they will help you find the perfect match!

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  • The Complete Outfit for the Perfect Workout

    3 workout shapewear garments to help you get fit

    3 Pieces to Help You Get Fit Like Never Before

    When it comes to getting the most out of your workout, what you wear is vitally important. If you want to get the most results from your efforts while staying comfortable with maximum support, you'll need apparel designed for your body and goals.

    Women who work out are typically looking for three things: back support, bust support and shaping/support for the midsection and lower body. Compression workout shapewear is ideal because it stimulates more heat and perspiration for maximum intensity. Quality material is also important because it keeps you feeling dry even while you sweat hard.

    You can have it all during your exercise routines! If you need workout outfit ideas, try combining these three items:

    1. Faja Deportiva 3 Hook Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    No workout is complete without your gym waist trainer! This garment maximizes any fitness routine by increasing thermal activity in your core and ramping up your perspiration. You'll sweat more with minimal effort during exercise. Since it dramatically sculpts your waistline, you'll get an instant glimpse of your slim new figure, motivating you to stay on-track to your long-term goals.

    1. Supreme Support Back Posture Sports Bra by Leonisa

    This might just be the most comfortable bra you've ever owned. The X-shaped reinforcement on the back creates effective posture improvement and sturdy support for your bust. Leonisa's flexible Powernet fabric molds with your body to provide a perfect fit and lasting, comfortable support. Made of breathable microfiber, it also keeps you feeling fresh throughout your workout.

    1. Slimming Black & Pink Leggings by Bon Bon Up

    Slip on these sporty leggings and enjoy a slimmer tummy, fuller rear and a hot look for the gym and beyond. The high-waist design features an internal girdle to provide slimming power around your midsection, as well as butt-lifting benefits. And thermal reduction technology in the fabric helps to make your skin feel cooler when you're exerting yourself.

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  • How Do Butt-Lifting Jeans Really Work?

    Learn more about jeans that lift your bottom

    The Secrets Behind Seriously Curvy Style

    Butt lifting jeans are the new must-have for any stylish woman's wardrobe. If you're already curvy, these jeans help lift, shape and enhance your rear in all the right places so you can show it off confidently. Even if you're naturally slimmer around your backside, these jeans help add volume and definition.

    Wondering how they work? Here's what sets buttlift jeans apart from everyday denim.

    1. Material

    To enhance your curves to their fullest potential, you need to start with a fabric that fits perfectly. The best jeans cling to your figure and smooth your hips and thighs. Stretch cotton fabric in Amia Lift and Sculpt jeans does it all, for a flattering and comfortable fit, available in three different denim washes.

    1. Leg cut

    For the sexiest look, a skinny design enhances your legs and makes them look long and lean. Add heels for the perfect touch, although casual flats look nice as well.

    1. Strategic seaming

    Here's where the butt-lifting effect comes in: unique seaming in the rear, inspired by popular Brazilian styles. A diagonal seam extends in a heart shape around the rear and hips. This results is naturally enhanced curves—for a round and full buttocks. Your bottom looks perkier and perfectly curvy. 

    1. Attention-grabbing detail

    The signature design on back pockets is to draw attention to those curves. The Amia design is subtle and stylish.

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  • #NoExcuses: Waist Training Exercise Regimen

    Waist training exercise tips from MizzFitGet Fit with Tips from MizzFit

    Fess up, ladies. How are you 2016 fitness goals going?

    If you're looking for an opportunity to jumpstart your waist training exercise regimen, we've got some great tips from popular fitness blogger Bianca Jade, a.k.a MizzFit.

    Below, MizzFit provides a detailed demonstration of six different muscle-toning exercises that pair perfectly with a waist trainer and other recommended fitness apparel. If you're not sure what exercise you should be doing while wearing a waist trainer, these videos are extremely helpful.

    Join the movement and get fit this year! Here are recaps of the six videos available:

    Leg Lifts + Active Band Waist Trainer By Amia/Tight Ankle Legging By Lyssé

    Engage your core and feel the heat as your shaper helps keep your back flat and maximizes the intensity of your leg lifts.

    Bridge Pose + Faja Deportiva 3 Hook Workout Waist Trainer By Ann Chery

    Do hip thrusts to work your core and your glutes; the waist trainer keeps your back flat and helps you sweat harder.

    Plank Twists + Ultra Sweat Reversible Sport Thermal Shorts

    By wearing compression shorts during this exercise, you'll be maximizing the thermal activity in your core, for more of that burning feeling as you twist.

    Leg Extension Crunches + Fantastik Shaping Tank by Body Hush

    This top is perfect for this leg extension bodyweight exercise because you'll stay cool and dry even while you sweat.

    Oblique Hop Plank Hold + Leggings and Waist Trainer

    With the waist training/leggings combo you'll keep good form and sweat hard while also feeling dry and comfortable.

    Side Crunch Leg Lift + Waist Belt

    You'll love the waist belt because it intensifies the heat and the perspiration in your core while helping you maintain good form during this core exercise.

    We'd love to hear how your waist trainer exercises are going! Use #noexcuses and tag us to let us know on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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  • How Do Postpartum Waist Trainers Work?

    Use compression garments to aid in your recovery and slim-down following pregnancy.

    Guide to the Best Postpartum Compression Garments

    For years, abdominal wrapping has been a regular practice following childbirth in countries around the world. For some reason, it has only recently gained momentum in the U.S.

    Wondering if postpartum waist trainers really work? Here's what happens to your body following childbirth:

    During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that help it to stretch out to accommodate for pregnancy and childbirth. After you give birth, these hormones remain in your bloodstream for several months while you recovery your pre-pregnancy shape. Combine this with abdominal muscles that are stretched out and weak, and you have a pretty loose midsection after baby. It's no wonder most women still look pregnant for quite some time after delivery.

    What's more, you retain a lot more fluid when you're pregnant (1.5 times your normal fluid)—this is why many women experience a lot of swelling in the hands and feet. If you receive an IV during your delivery, you'll also experience maximum fluid retention.

    In other words, you can feel like a squishy, stretchy balloon after your baby is born.

    Here's where postpartum waist training comes in.

    The gentle compression of a postpartum waist trainer or girdle has several benefits.

    Getting Your Pre-Baby Body Back

    Waist trainers compress your belly to conceal post-pregnancy weight and restore your silhouette to its pre-baby appearance. You don't have to wait for your figure to naturally change on its own. You can use a postpartum waist trainer to create the appearance of slimmer, firmer waistline instantly.

    Maximizing Workouts

    Waist trainers also help you deal with all of that extra water. While your body is naturally going to flush it out anyway, a waist trainer helps stimulates heat in your core, especially while you work out. This helps increase perspiration during exercise, so you know your workouts are really working.

     Supports Your Core and Back

    Another benefit of wearing waist trainers after giving birth is the gentle support it provides to your abs and back. Wearing the garment feels good, especially if you've been carrying baby all day.

    C-Section Coverage

    If you underwent a C-section, a waist trainer can also help you move about more confidently without worrying about aggravating the incision, since it will be covered snugly by the garment.

    Corrected, More Confident Posture

    A compression garment will give you corrected, more confident posture – which is not only good for your back, but also provides a boost to your self-esteem.

    Now the fun part: which option is best for you?

    Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks 3732

    1. Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks 3732

    We recommend this option for those immediate days following your birth, for gentle compression support.

    Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia A102

    1. Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia A102

    After the first few weeks, switch to firmer compression. Adjust the clasps as you continue to size down.

    Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia A103

    1. Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia A103

    Get the same benefit as a cincher, with extra support for the bust and back.

    Perfect Waist by Squeem 26PW

    1. Perfect Waist by Squeem 26PW

    If you enjoy the feeling a waist trainer provides, you may continue wearing it even after you've lost your pregnancy weight. This cincher works beautifully under professional attire.

    Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    Once you have the okay from your doctor, you'll want to start working out again following the delivery of your baby. Try this workout band, designed to help you sweat harder and intensify the thermal activity in your core.

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  • Get Back on Track with Your New Year's Resolution

    Get your New Year's health and fitness resolutions back on track with this 7-day waist training challenge.

    7-Day Waist Slimming Challenge

    Hello, angels! How are your New Year's resolutions going?

    While we get excited at the beginning of January, regular life kicks in after the holidays and we all too easily start to slide back into our unhealthy habits. If this is you, don't give up! It's not too late to get back on track with your health and fitness goals.

    One of the best ways to get a clean start is to detox your system. While it might be a little rough for the first day or two as your body stops relying on caffeine, sugar and refined carbs, you'll be amazed at how energized you feel once you stop relying on these unhealthy stimulants.

    If you need a jumpstart to get back to your goals, try this 7-day waist slimming challenge!

    All you need is a waist trainer, healthy whole foods and some space to work out in (if you need some inspiration for how to work out, check out our tips from Mizzfit!).

    Here's what to do:

    • Wear a waist trainer for 6-8 hours a day. If it's too difficult to do it all at once, break it up into small increments.
    • Eliminate all soda (even diet!).
    • Eliminate all bread (eat sandwiches made with lettuce leaves instead).
    • Avoid all red meat (get your protein from lean chicken, fish, beans, lentils, etc).
    • No alcohol.
    • Avoid pasta (try spaghetti squash instead).
    • No sweets—check for added sugars in the foods you're eating. You'll do best to avoid items like breakfast cereal and sweetened yogurt.
    • Eat citrus fruit daily for a vitamin boost.
    • Drink 6 or more bottles of water a day.
    • Workout for 30 minutes a day (check out this post for ideas).

    Let us know how it goes!

    Be sure to take before and after pictures—you might be amazed at the results in such a short period of time. Tag us and use hashtag #bethehourglass on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so we can see your progress!

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  • Detox Naturally with 3 Winter Foods

    Detoxing winter foods

    Seasonal Ingredients that Cleanse and Energize

    Have you recovered from the holidays yet? If you're still feeling a little lethargic, or maybe still eating a little too much junk food, it might be time to jumpstart your health during the new year. You can benefit by incorporating some basic seasonal ingredients into your diet—which provide a natural detox!

    Detoxing your body simply means cleaning your blood. By eating a lot of naturally detoxing foods, you can notice a big difference in your energy level. It's not difficult; even though it's winter, you can find seasonal produce items that taste great and have natural detoxing properties. So let's ditch the caffeine and sugar! Here are three winter staples that can help cleanse the body.

    Beets are a great detox

    1. Beets

    If you're feeling sluggish, beets are a sure-fire pick-me-up. High in fiber, they help increase the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, which in turn helps your body eliminate bile and other toxic substances.

    Beets can be enjoyed best with simple preparation; try them roasted. Wash about a pound of them well and wrap them in two or three packets of foil. Place them in a preheated oven at 425 degrees and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until soft. Let them cool in the foil and then rub off the skins. These are delicious as is and can make an excellent side. For some more flavor, add spicy greens and goat cheese. You can grab some more ideas from


    1. Leafy Greens

    You know that dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale and chicory are good for you. Not only are they full of essential nutrients like vitamins A and C; their high chlorophyll levels help your body detox and alkalize. It's best to enjoy them raw. If you're getting bored with salad, try tossing them into a smoothie, or juice them.

    Try this health-boosting juice: 6-8 leaves kale, 2 green apples, 1 cucumber, peeled, 2-3 stalks celery, 1/2 lemon (no peel), 2 inches fresh ginger, 1 cup water. Check out more recipes at SkinnyMs.


    1. Cabbage

    Like other cruciferous vegetables, cabbage promotes healthy liver function, which stimulates the body's natural detoxification process. Some cultures also believe it has good luck properties!

    There are about a million ways to enjoy cabbage. Throw it into just about any salad or soup. For a simple side, chop it up, discard the core and sauté it in a little butter (not too much!). Season with some salt, pepper or other herbs. See more ideas at

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  • Fashion Tips Every Curvy Woman Should Know

    Fashion tips for curvy women
    5 Secrets for Sexy Confidence Every Day

    We love curves at Hourglass Angel, and that's why we're passionate about plus-size styles. Think that certain styles are off limits because of your dress size? Think again. It's not so much about what you wear as how you wear it.

    Want to have a flattering plus-size wardrobe that makes you excited to get dressed every morning? Here are five fashion secrets every curvy woman has to know, inspired by a great post over at Bustle.

    Curvy fashion in prints

    1. Emphasize With Colors and Prints

    Go bold or go home. What are some of your favorite features? Use bright colors and large prints to draw attention to your curviness. Even just a touch of color at your bust and hips can bring an outfit to life and create elegant lines in your outfit.

    Fall in love with maxis

    1. Fall In Love With The Maxi Dress

    This is a classic style that works anywhere from the workplace to a picnic to a night out. It makes a curvy shape look elegant (especially when you've got some great shapewear as a foundation!). Dress it up or down with your choice of jacket, shoes or accessories.

    Rompers for curvy women

    1. Be Brave With Rompers and Shorts

    While you might instinctively think otherwise, rompers can be very flattering for a curvy figure because they flare at the waist; high waist shorts can also work to your advantage. Clothing retailers are getting smart and offering more of these flirty styles in plus sizes.

    You can wear anything

    1. The Right Fit Is The Key

    If you wear a plus-size, you can wear anything. Really! The key is finding the garments that fit like a glove. Don't settle for something that doesn't flatter your figure. Remember, it can also help to wear shapewear as you shop, so you can get an accurate idea of how great you can look in the right outfit.

    Smile in your clothes

    1. Only Wear What You Love

    Wearing only what makes you feel gorgeous is going to give you a huge confidence lift no matter where you go. This in turn will help you stand up straighter and smile more. Throw out the old styles, the pieces that don't fit right, and invest in the clothes you really want.

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