Hourglass Angel

  • 3 Garments to Aid the Postpartum Journey

    Effective postpartum recovery garments

    Must-Have Shaping Solutions for New Moms

    If you're currently pregnant or have recently given birth, you may have been amazed at the way your body can change to accommodate the needs of a new life. Your hips and abdomen may have stretched out, your breasts have grown, and of course you've put on some pregnancy weight. This is completely normal and expected, and you should be proud of what your body is capable of doing so that your little one can thrive.

    However, when it comes to postpartum recovery, most women don't just snap back into their pre-pregnancy shape. It took nine months for your body to change, so it won't change back overnight. However, there is a lot you can do to aid your body's recovery and get into shape. To start, take care of yourself by eating right, getting sleep when you can and exercising.

    Did you also know that there are some great postpartum shapewear options that can support your body's transition after pregnancy? Here are three of our favorite garments designed to aid you on your journey to being a healthy, happy and sexy momma.

    1. The Original Belly Bandit

    Used for centuries across different cultures, belly banding is a tried and true method to helping new mothers compress their postpartum bellies and aid recovery following birth. Compression helps retrain your midsection so that it goes back into place after being stretched out. The Belly Bandit also does a great job concealing a postpartum belly while you're recovering; wear it under some of your pre-pregnancy clothes and start feeling like yourself again. It's no wonder it's a customer favorite among new moms.

    1. Post Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    Many moms expect their bellies to expand during pregnancy, but they're surprised to find that their hips end up a little wider too! You have stretchy ligaments to thank for that, which allow your body to accommodate a larger abdomen and push a baby out. If you're not quite squeezing into your favorite jeans yet, try this hip-slimming solution that will help train those hips back into place.

    1. All-In-One Hands Free Pumping Bra & Nursing Tank By Rumina

    One great way to lose pregnancy weight is to breastfeed, as it will naturally help shrink your uterus as well as burn a lot of calories. If you're breastfeeding and you don't have a quality nursing tank, this item is an absolute must-have. It's designed for comfort, style and convenience—and if you're planning on pumping, you can do it conveniently hands-free.

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  • The "Corset Diet": Fact or Fiction?

    The truth about waist training & weight loss

    As waist training has surged in popularity, there's been a term going around that has left a few people confused and possibly disappointed: a weight-loss method called the "corset diet." Is it an actual diet? Does it work? Is it healthy?

    Let's take a moment and dispel some of the rumors about what's realistic when it comes to weight loss and waist-training.

    Waist Training and Your Appetite

    Will wearing a corset daily really help you lose weight? Maybe. Maybe not. If you are trying to eat while wearing a corset, your appetite may be reduced simply because your gastrointestinal tract is compressed. You may eat smaller portions when you sit down for a meal.

    So, if you're someone who naturally has difficulty with portion control, you may very well lose some weight because you're taking in fewer calories.

    However, not everyone will necessarily have these results.

    If the corset diet is your one and only strategy for weight loss, you are probably going to be disappointed with the results in the long run. Just because you are eating smaller courses when you are wearing the corset doesn't mean that you'll be making healthy eating choices. Furthermore, you may be more susceptible to binge eating when you take the corset off; or you might just take in more calories by snacking a lot.

    You might experience temporary weight loss with the corset diet, but without sustainable lifestyle changes, it will probably bounce back. The last thing you want when you're trying to become healthier is for your weight to bounce up and down like a yoyo.

    Waist Training with a Healthy Lifestyle

    Remember that wearing a corset or other waist trainer will reshape your waist the way women have been doing for hundreds of years, but it will not necessarily help you lose weight.

    The way to drop the pounds and keep them off is to alter your lifestyle. The truth is, there's no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. If you want to get serious about waist training, we strongly recommend that you do it while making healthy food choices and exercising regularly. Not only will this combination produce the best results, but you'll feel more energetic and confident about your body, no matter how many inches you drop from your waistline.

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  • It’s Party Season!

    Shapewear pieces for your dress.

    Make sure you’re ready with the right shapewear for all of your special occasions.

    Are the RSVPs pouring in? Between parties, weddings, birthdays and every type of shower, spring is jam-packed with formal events. Of course, choosing the just-right dress or gown takes a lot of thought and planning. After logging all your shopping hours, make sure you haven’t overlooked one very critical element of your ensemble: what goes under the dress. You can find the most perfect look in the prettiest shade but if the fit isn’t flattering, then all your hard work has gone to waste.

    To keep you picture-perfect and feeling confident, we’ve rounded up these shapewear essentials ideal for every dress style.

    1071 What: Lovely Shapes Mid-Thigh Shapewear By Hooked Up 1071

    Why: With this shaper that provides coverage to the mid-thigh, you can sport a flawless figure under even the most form-fitting dresses. Hooked Up features a unique design that allows you to hook the garment into your bra of choice, so you never have to worry about bra bulge or muffin top.

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    What: Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear By Scandale SC01S-0001

    Why: If you have a vintage style dress, this bodysuit will add a finishing touch of class that will make you look and feel flawlessly feminine. Firm control panels keep your midsection in place while convertible/removable straps allow you to use this piece with most styles.

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    What: Beige Body Girdle With Rear Enhancement By Verox Slim 1207

    Why: In a long dress, you want to emphasize a long a lean figure, while drawing attention to your curves. This garment does it all, comfortably keeping your midsection and thighs slim and smooth while enhancing your rear and bust.

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    What: Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper By Vedette 504

    Why: This fan favorite shaper is a must-have if you want a versatile, figure-flattering garment that works well with a variety of party styles. Slim your waistline and give your rear a natural boost for an undeniably flirtatious silhouette.

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    What: Lilian Strapless Body Shaper By Vedette 123

    Why: When you're going strapless, you want your dress to fit smoothly like a glove. With this garment you will your whole torso instantly and drop a couple of inches from your waistline. This body shaper will make your dress feel like it was made for you – although you may want a size smaller!

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    What: Naomi & Nicole Firm Control Bra Slip With Built-In Panty 7777

    Why: Whether it's time for the little black dress or something more colorful, this all-in-one slip simplifies your undergarments by including a built-in strapless bra and panty. It looks and feels like it's barely there, with powerful smoothing and shaping.

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    What: High Waist Slip Shaper By Julie France JF018

    Why: Never again worry about what position your slip might shift into with this innovative high-waist design. It attaches to your bra so there's never any roll-down; enjoy a slimmer, smooth silhouette from the bust down.

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  • Most-Desired Spring Denim

    How Butt-Lifting Jeans Flatter Your Figure

    Every woman should have a favorite pair (or three) of trusty blues—or pinks, blacks or greens. You can find the latest fits in a range of shades from light to bright. Plus, there’s no age limit on wearing this stylish denim; anyone can pull them off.

    We love our jeans; not only do they come in an array of shades, they have have a special stretch for an ultra flattering fit. The jeans lift and shape your derriere, slim your tummy and smooth your thighs. Be warned—you may want them all.

    If you haven't heard about butt-lifting jeans, you may be surprised about the way they work. No, you won't find a single stitch of padding in there. Instead, these jeans are stitched in a particular way that enhances your curves naturally. The diagonal heart-shaped stitching rounds out the hips and rear, giving your rear an effortlessly flattering shape.

    Butt-lifting jeans are also known as Brazilian jeans, jeans levanta coloa or push-up jeans. They're a big hit in Latin America, and ladies farther north now get to enjoy the benefits.

    Browse our collection to find your favorite cut, color and style. These jeans are especially ideal for naturally curvy women. Check out the size charts to find the perfect fit for your body type. And as always, our customer support specialists can help you with any questions or assist in your decisions and you find the perfect jeans for spring.

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  • Want a Bootie Boost?

    Define your derriere.

    There’s never been a better time to define your derriere so if you weren’t blessed with Jennifer Lopez bootie genes, you’re in luck. The lifting, shaping, rounding trend has been popular in South America for decades but has only hit America in recent years. Women are craving a fuller, rounder bootie and finally have simple solutions at their fingertips. After all, why consult a plastic surgeon when you can just slip on a pair of shapewear?

    Here are a few perky bottom must-trys:

    The Butt Lifter Panty by Fullness 8011

    Choose from three levels to customize your curves: level one for a natural lift, level two for a fuller lift and level three for a maximum lift. The curve creating panty also features a high-waist design that flattens your tummy and whittles your waist.

    Magic Benefit Derriere Enhancing Panty by Leonisa 012688

    Constructed from soft microfiber, these padded panties increase volume in your rear and slim your tummy. Plus, the pads are removable for versatility. 

    Roundabout Booty Booster String Bikini Panties by Fullness 8015

    Silky smooth to the touch, they look and feel just like regular panties but have pads hidden in strategic places. Plus, the adjustable string bikini sides stay in place no matter which way you move or bend.

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  • Here Comes the…Shapewear

    Shapewear for wedding dresses.

    On your big day, the last thing you should be thinking about is what’s under your dress. You need reliable shapewear that supports, slims and smoothes so you can focus on what’s important. Here are 4 must-haves to keep you looking and feeling your very best.

    1. Goal: Conceal

    If your dress is on the slinky side, you need a lightweight layer that prevents show-through without adding bulk. This shaping slip by Va Bien smoothes your silhouette in barely-there style. Plus, it won’t bunch, shift or ride-up (especially key for the reception!) This must-have even lifts and enhances your bust.

    Smooth Solutions Slip by Va Bien

    1. Goal: Shape

    Shape and smooth from your torso to your mid-thigh with this sleek bodysuit. The underbust construction means you can pair it with your favorite bra. Adjustable and removable wide-width straps create a flawless fit and the feminine lace lays flat against your skin. Plus, it has a convenient bathroom opening—a critical detail, especially with full-skirt wedding dresses.

    Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

    1. Goal: Style + Support

    This stunning style serves dual purposes: it creates a beautiful hourglass shape under your dress and doubles as jaw-dropping bridal lingerie for later than night. This longline convertible bustier is guaranteed to make you feel 100% sexy and look 100% unforgettable.

    Graceful Bride Longline Convertible Bustier by Va Bien

    1. Goal: Style + Conceal

    Hand-cut in Italy, this soft, low-rise microfiber thong provides minimal coverage for no panty lines. If you’re wearing a silky gown that clings to your figure, you'll want every inch of you to be flawless.

    Talco Low Rider Thong by Cosabella

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  • Spring Clean Your Lingerie Drawer

    Spring clean your lingerie drawer.

    Out with the old, in with the new.

    Cleaning out your closet is a given this time of year, but don’t forget another often-overlooked area: your lingerie drawer. Here are a few rules to help decide which items to keep and which to purge (and if it’s on the border, err on the side of purging). Unlike your closet though, panties don’t get donated—they get tossed. Only recycle bras and lingerie that doesn’t involve nether-region coverage.

    Tips for Bras

    Toss anything that has lots its shape or elasticity. This includes worn straps, stretched-out bands, misshapen cups or exposed underwires (ouch!). Another category worthy of tossing? Ill-fitting bras. If it’s new, sexy and beautiful, it’s still time to let it go if it doesn’t fit correctly (but these are great candidates for recycling). You need bras that support, lift and flatter your bust. Also, if you have a larger bust and you’re experiencing neck, back or shoulder pain, your bra might be the source. Lastly, you should never have red marks on your shoulders or strap dig-in—another sign you’re wearing the wrong size or style.

    Now, the fun part! Time to replace everything you threw out. Try this strapless bra for a superior stay-put fit:

    Seamless Molded Cup 5 Way Convertible Bra by QT

    Tips for Panties

    This is an easy one: If your underwear sags or the elastic in the waistband is shot, it’s time to say adios. Another thing to look for: any sign of holes, fading or stains. And why not replace your standard panties with shaping pieces for adding body-defining benefits? A few we love:

    Starlet High-Waisted Brief by Jennifer

    Simply Sleek Boyleg Shapewear 2-Pack by Cass Luxury

    Tips for Nylons

    Toss anything that doesn’t have a supportive waistband. And of course, any pairs with tears, snags, runs or pilling. New nylons and tights go a long way in sprucing up your look. The opposite is also true: an old pair of tights can sabotage a great ensemble. Replace your old nylons with ones that have shaping benefits and fun lace details:

    Women's Opaque Control Top Tight by HUE

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  • Why You Should Waist Cinch

    Try a waist-cinching corset.

    Why You Should Waist Cinch

    More and more women are learning about the many benefits of waist cinching. Corsets have been used for hundreds of years to create a whittled middle and even more surprising beauty benefits. Slip one on and you’ll love the way your clothes fit, feel and drape. Whether you opt for an overbust or underbust style, here are three reasons you should try one, stat.

    Define Your Waist

    The number one reason to reach for a waist cincher? To create a sleek physique. A waist-cinching corset will reduce inches from your waistline in an instant. You’ll enjoy a slimmer, smoother silhouette, which also visually enhances your bust and hips for the ultimate in hourglass.

    Improve Your Posture

    Well-made corsets help keep your spine straighter which improves your posture. Make sure your corset is made of several layers of strong fabric and stay away from plastic boning. Choose a corset style with flexible spiral steel stays, steel busk closures, lace-up ties and/or hook-and-eye closures for optimal results. You’ll soon by standing tall.

    They’re Fun

    Waist cinchers can be a seductive way to spice things up after dark. For special occasions or any Friday night, the right waist cinchers will help you look and feel your best—and it will show. Choose a figure-flattering style with playful embellishment or lust-worthy lace. You can stick with classic black or try a vibrant color for even more ooh-la-la. And don’t forget to complete your look with matching panties (many corset styles come with a coordinated one), thigh highs or fishnets and your highest heels.

    A few to try now:

    Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    SlimVest Waist Cincher by Squeem

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    Brocade Design Underbust Corset by Bonitaz

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  • Back to Black

    Background on black lingerie

    Tantalizing yet timeless, black lingerie has become synonymous with seduction. But this wasn’t always the case. Black clothing and lingerie has an interesting history dating back to the Victorian Era. Curious?

    After her husband passed, a woman was expected to be in mourning for over two years. An important part of this ritual was wearing black clothing head to toe, including accessories and underwear. She was also expected to live a secluded, celibate life—yet a widow could move more freely in society more than an unmarried woman (one of the many paradoxes of this time). During this period, some widows opted for more on-trend, of-the-moment black fashions including lace and silk. And with these styles came matching black corsets and undergarments. This behavior created the link between black lingerie and deviance. The next step? Black lingerie and sex appeal.

    This association was further solidified in movies of the early twentieth century, and later with film noir and femme fatales of the 40s. Usually black lingerie was part of a dangerous woman’s plans of seduction—and a visual reminder of dominance and sexual power.

    In the 50s, lingerie began to look refined and chic to match the quintessential little black dress of the times. Fast-forward to today and black lingerie is a given in women’s top drawers. It’s the ultimate way to flatter your figure and feel unstoppably confident.

    Black lingerie is equally perfect for everyday wear and special behind-closed-door moments. Celebrate black lingerie with these stunning styles.

    Black Leather Overbust Corset by Hourglass Angel

    Corselette by Amia

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette

    Silk Floral Brocade Corset

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  • Look Slimmer Without Losing Weight

    How to look slimmer

    With warmer weather comes less layers and more skin. Make sure you’re springtime-ready with the right shapewear styles that stay invisible under paper-thin tops and flowy dresses. Shapers should smooth out bulges, eliminate love handles and give you that coveted hourglass figure—regardless of your body type or weight.

    Here are 3 tips for choosing the right style so you can feel cool, confident and carefree this season.

     Go nude. Nude-colored shapewear, that is. This neutral shade practically disappears under most types and colors of clothing. Even white undergarments can show through, so opt for nude and you’ll enjoy barely-there results every time.

    One We Love: Nude Sand Underbust Corset

    1. Swap out your bra for a cami.

    These comfy, form-fitting tank tops provide torso support, minimize bumps and bulges and help create an elongated torso without adding bulk. Make sure to choose one with a built-in bra and adjustable straps—you’ll get more coverage and support.

    One We Love: Simply Strappy Nylon Tank by Yummie by Heather Thomson 

    1. Try a panty shaper with dresses and skirts.

    Whether you’re wearing a long maxi dress, a short mini or a body-hugging pencil skirt, panty shapers hold everything in and help create a polished look in an instant. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them peeking out when you sit down or cross your legs. Choose a seamless style with tummy control and butt shaping so you can feel completely confident from all directions.

    One We Love: Panty Shaper by Amia A100

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