It’s almost time to blow a kiss over those cool autumn winds to summer’s warm weather styles. With hot weather on the wane we wanted to show you some of the the coolest fashions for fall. Take a tour through some of our favorite shaping apparel, accessories and body shapers that are fit for the season!
One of fall’s forever essentials is the chic and sleek legging! So why not wrap your shaping into this super accessory? High Waisted Legging by Lyssé 1208 has a wide and very effective shaping band built right into the waist. The legs of the garment shape you, but don’t look any different from a standard high waist legging. Wear them under a sweater dress or on the go with a hoodie when the thermometer drops. They’re your expressway to lovely legs.
Another of autumn’s must have accessories is a perfect pair of tights. One of the coolest ways to stay warm is the Berkshire Cozy Hose Tights – 4755. These fleece lined tights are completely opaque, with no skin showing through at all. Your legs will look and feel amazing in these chilly weather standouts.
And you love those, just wait till you try the Footless Get Fit Tight by ShaToBu 12709A. This product is unique because inside this ordinary looking hosiery, resistance bands give your legs an extra workout, increasing your caloric burn as you go about your regular activity.
And of course, who couldn’t make it through the season without the perfect pair of jeans. For fall, dark washes are in and one of our favorites has a bonus for your booty built right in. The Butt Enhancing Starlight Jeans by Verox 1045 are a south of the border sensation that raises and rounds your rear without additional padding. They must be tried to be believed.
And last but not least, a great shaper is the foundation of a flawless figure. In cooler weather you can easily extend your coverage without heating up too much. One of the best shapers for fall is the Corset Styled Body Shaper by Vedette #342. Extending all the way to the knee, this pretty body suit shapes your midsection and smoothes out cellulite and that’s a look we love no matter what the season!
We all know that summer is the season of love and from the first blossoms of May to the indian summers of August, weddings abound. And of course the ultimate symbol, the crescendo of the big day comes when “the dress” is revealed. But choosing the perfect gown is only half the battle. The beginning of a flawless frock is the foundational garment you wear underneath it. And that’s just what we’re here to explore. We’ve chosen the essential garments to get you ready for the first day of the rest of your life and help your wedding gown look its very best.
One of the most common garments requested by brides to-be is a bustier. A bustier is one of the classic shaping and support garments. With its boning and structure, this is an ideal garment for all kinds of formal-wear, as it easily accommodates strapless designs. One of our favorites is the Strapless Convertible Bustier Bra by QT (1100). With its smoothing featherweight foam, seamless design and underwire cups, you can create a great shape under most gowns.
If you’re looking for all torso and thigh control with a few additional “perks” the High Waist Mid Thigh Shaper by ShaToBu (12706A) is a perfect option. This is a lightweight shaper that packs a lot of punch. But a slimmed midsection, hips and thighs is only part of why we love this shaper. Resistance technology is built right into the garment, helping you burn more calories with your regular movements, making this a favorite for wedding days and every other day.
If you’re looking for powerful curve creation that revamps the rear, we have a seamless shaper that will hide under your dress, while you show off your gorgeous silhouette. The Alexandra by Vedetteslims the waist, hips and thighs, while lifting and rounding the rear with its unique open bottom lifting design. Plus you can remove the straps altogether for a foundation fit for all things formal.
And last but not least, we love the bust lifting look of the Lavonne Bustless Slip by Yummie Tummie YT4-012. This moderate control shaping slip is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of looks and gives breathable control for your curves so you can dance the night away in comfort.
At Hourglass Angel, we often talk about wearing shapewear as outerwear. We love creating a sexy silhouette and showing it off with a bustier top or letting a bit of a longline bra peek out from a shirt. But sometimes shapewear is outerwear! We call these kinds of garments “shaping apparel” and they’re one of the coolest ways to create curves without wearing an additional shaper. They’re also quickly becoming one of the most popular kinds of garments we work with. So let’s take a look at a few of the highlights from our shaping apparel selection to find out what the buzz is about.
The brand that really kicked off the shaping apparel movement was Yummie Tummie. This brand exploded in popularity when they introduced their original, classic Yummie Tummie Tank. Looking like a layering tank, but working like a body shaper, women loved the ease of this garment. The Yummie Tummie technology has been expanded to encompass a whole line of shaping garments.
It might be said that hosiery is one of the originators of shaping apparel. Women have long loved the lean look a great pair of hose gives their legs. And of course, you may have guessed that a brand like Calvin Klein Hosiery makes some of the finest garments of this kinds. We love the Matte Sheer Total Shaper Pantyhose by Calvin Klein 544N for the way it gives great shaping under dresses and skirts.
One of the real breakthroughs in shaping apparel has come along with a style of garment that shapes with ruching rather than compression. These are garments that create a lovely silhouette visually, flattering your figure. The Essential Womens 3/4 Sleeve Slimming Shirt by Slimmerz by Terri Gillespie® is a great garment that works in this way. This versatile piece is perfect for the office and travels beautifully with its no wrinkle fabric.
And lastly, “bringing up the rear,” as it were, we have the South American sensation, Verox Jeans. Denims like their Heartstrings Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox 7047 have the rear rounding built right in without the use of additional padding. The secret is in the seams, which are shaped to create lift so your behind always looks its best.
Check our our entire selection of shaping apparel here and find out how you can add a lot of shape without adding a shaper today.
With another hot month ahead of us, the dare to bare temperatures of summer bring an added emphasis to skincare. Radiant, rejuvenated skin is the one accessory no woman should do without. But where to begin? From your face to your feet, we have the perfect solutions (and serums!) for summer skin. So let’s start at the top and work our way down! Without a doubt, the can’t-live-without-it skincare line that you will find in the desk drawers, purses and medicine cabinets of the staff at Hourglass Angel is Mambino Organics. While this is a line that was created to meet the pregnancy pampering needs of new mamas and moms to be be, the appeal and effectiveness of this line immediately eclipsed their target audience. Put simply, we love this stuff! All Mambino products are organic, non-toxic and positively delicious smelling. And our standout favorite from this line is their facial serum, Youth Glow. If you’ve read about facial serums and rejuvenating oils, but fear a greasy-looking face, this is the product that will win you over forever. Use it before makeup and before bed to reveal dewey, renewed skin. And if you love what Youth Glow does to your face, you won’t believe what Mambino’s all-body Moisture Me does to the rest of you. Rich with nutrients from avocado and pomegranate (and at least a dozen other wonderful ingredients), this toning oil creates beautiful, more even looking skin and smells outrageously good.
Yet another crossover from maternity skincare is the Novena line. While Novena was created to address the special needs of pregnant and post-partum users, they have found fans in women from every walk of life, whether they’re moms or or not. Again, as with Mambino, additional attention has been paid by Novena to the safety of the ingredients. One of the stars in the Novena line is most certainly the Organic Cucumber Cranberry Eye Gel. While dark circles are absolutely the bane of moms on the move and missing sleep, they aren’t exclusive to them. The brightening and firming effect of this gel is the perfect primer for concealer and a relief for any pair of tired eyes.
And last, but certainly not least, we can’t talk about summer skin without mentioning a line that we think is the bees knees: Burt’s Bees! And one of the coolest summer-approved products from this produce enriched line is the Rosewater and Glycerin Toner. If you have a tendency to get oily when the thermometer rises, you’re not alone. But many toners overdo it and strip your skin of their natural, age-fighting oils. This is not one of those toners. Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and strong enough for sizzling heat, this is your go-to toner for glowy, clean looking skin.