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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Buying & Wearing Shapewear

    How to wear shapewear: tips and tricks

    Everyone from red carpet celebrities to working moms are using shapewear to look their sexiest, whether at home posing for Instagram or at special events. But there’s a difference between trying out shapewear without any knowledge about how it works and then totally rocking it like a Kardashian.

    To get the most out of your shapewear, it’s crucial to have some basic knowledge about what works…and what doesn’t. Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.

    Do: learn how to put it on. This one is simple, but so important. Shapewear needs to be tight in order to work! Don’t stretch it out or warp it because you don’t know how to use it. Some general rules:

    • Step into it; don’t pull it over your head.
    • Be patient; don’t tug or stretch with excessive force.
    • Think about how you wear pantyhose: bunch it up, and then work it on slowly.

    That leads to the next point…

    Don’t: wear shapewear that doesn’t fit. Follow each garment’s sizing guidelines very carefully. Also make sure you’re knowledgeable about how to take your measurements. If the garment doesn’t fit, it is not going to be flattering—especially if it’s too small.

    Do: select shapewear for your body type. Not every piece will work on every body. You should be picking a garment based on your target areas. Know your body type and the solutions you should focus on.

    Don’t: expect to transform your figure without working on your fitness. For the best results, you absolutely have to work out and eat well! Wearing shapewear and waist training are supplemental to a fitness regimen (check out these tips for making it all work).

    Do: get advice from the experts for inspiration. Check out this post from one of our favorite fashion bloggers. You can also contact our customer service team for advice for your specific style and fitness needs. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for continuous inspiration, tips and trends. 

    Don’t: feel like you’re doing it alone! Thousands of women are on this journey already, so use our resources to connect and learn (and invite your friends!).

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  • Waist Training 101: Which Fabric Is Best?

    The ideal fabrics for waist trainers

    Not every waist trainer is made alike. Some of the more obvious variations include style, size and color. One of the less obvious variations is the type of fabric used, but this factor can make a big difference in your waist training experience.

    Wondering which fabric is best for you? Here are the differences.

    Metallic Edition Waist Cincher 3-Hook By Ann Chery 2045 Classic Waist Cincher By Amia

    Latex: Most high-quality waist trainers, also called cinchers, are infused with this stretchy but firm material. The reason is that latex is pretty unbeatable as far as the amount of compression it provides and its durability. If you take care of your latex waist trainer (clean but don’t put it in the washing machine!), it will maintain its high-performance structure for many months of everyday wear.

    Compression Cotton Shaping Vest By Flakisima FLK782 Firm Control Cotton Waist Cincher By Flakisima

    Cotton: Some cinchers use a higher percentage of cotton in their construction for a softer, cooler feel – particularly in the exterior lining. This can be more comfortable to wear in warm climates. The Compression Cotton Shaping Vest By Flakisima has a lightweight feel but still contains a latex interior for maximum compression.

    Curvaceous Advanced Waist Training Cincher By TrueShapers 1052 Max Fashion Workout Waist Training Cincher By TrueShapers 1062

    Latex-Free Blend: Currently we carry a line of waist trainers called True Shapers that are 100% latex-free yet are extremely effective at providing firm compression for the best waist training results. The hypoallergenic design feels lightweight and wicks away moisture. This is our recommended solution for anyone who has a latex sensitivity or for women who simply want to experiment with various styles of waist trainers to find their favorite.

    Defining Moment No Closure Waist Cincher By Leonisa 18450MSculpt ActivWear Belt By Shape And Slim

    Seamless Design: This is a very important feature if you are planning on wearing your waist trainer under any thin fabrics that might reveal your slimming secret! Choose a seamless design for an invisible finish.


    Steel-Boned Corsets: Classic corsets differ quite a bit from modern corsets—for starters, they are reinforced with steel! The boning is what provides the firm shape, while ribbons pull them tight in the back. Corsets are not typically constructed with latex. The materials are usually satin, polyester or cotton. Cotton can feel a bit cooler on the skin than the other fabrics. Corsets are very beautiful and can last longer than latex cinchers, but some are also a bit pricier.

    Still not sure which is right for you? Let's chat! Our shapewear stylists will be happy to go over these options with you to help determine the right style for your body and goals.

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  • When to Size Down Your Waist Trainer / Hourglass Angel

    How to know when to get a smaller waist trainer size

    4 Signs It’s Time To Size Down Your Waist Trainer

    So, you started waist training…and it’s working! Perhaps you’ve also been losing weight and your waist trainer isn’t feeling as snug as it did when you first started. So the question is…when are you ready to size down?

    First, you should know that the waist trainer is going to fit better with time—even after the first time you wear it. Part of the reason might be because your waist is naturally slimming down. But you are also breaking in the garment as your body becomes accustomed to it over time.

    You don’t want to size down too soon because one of the most important factors in waist training is using a cincher that fits correctly. If yours is too small, it will not give you desirable (or comfortable results). On the other hand, a waist trainer that is too loose won’t give you the maximum benefits.

    So how do you know that you’re ready? Here are the signs.

    1. The cincher isn’t as tight.

    If your garment is on the tightest fit and it just doesn’t feel as tight as it used to, it’s probably time. When you’re wearing it day after day with ease, or if the cincher is sliding around at all, it’s probably too big. It should be snug.

    1. You don’t feel the compression.

    One of the ways waist training works is by making you sweat more around your midsection because of the compression. If you’re not feeling the heat, it’s not working the way it should.

    1. You don’t feel the support.

    Are you able to slouch? You shouldn’t in a waist trainer that fits. Any time you’re wearing it, you should feel like your posture is straight and tall.

    1. There’s a visible difference in your figure.

    You’ll notice big-time when your figure has changed drastically enough for you to order a smaller size. Not only will the waist trainer be loose, but your clothes will be too.

    If you think it’s time, the sure-fire way to know is to simply take your waist measurement and check out our sizing chart! If you’re on the fence between two sizes, we recommend wearing the larger size for just a little longer. But if you’re comfortable within the smaller size range, go for it!

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  • Top 10 Waist Trainers Our Customers LOVE / Hourglass Angel

    Hourglass Angel customer-favorite waist trainers

    Top 10 Waist Trainers this Month

    When it comes to picking out the best waist trainer, why not listen to those who use them the most? Hourglass Angel customers can't get enough of these high-quality waist trainers this month – all designed to help you slim down, get in shape, and look your best in any attire. Here's what our customers love right now and why:

    1. Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    “Addicted…I can't get enough of my waist trainer! After seeing the amazing results in less than 2 months, I'm hooked! (Get it, hooked, cause of the hooks...I'm funny I know) … I lost not only inches, but I also lost my pooch from after my pregnancy, back fat, love handles and gained an even curvier shape than I already had!” —Lillie H.

    This is an Instagram favorite at the gym…it's unbeatable when it comes to quality, control and style for your workouts.

    1. Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    “Amazing…Lost 2 inches off my waist and I'm the happiest with my body then I've ever been in my life! I love it! I wish I had taken a before picture to show how amazing this waist trainer works!” —Nicole W.

    A must-have for daily waist training: wear this under virtually anything for a flawless shape.

    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia

    “Exactly what I wanted… It's comfortable, holds every part of your waist in place. The fabric is breathable and doesn't stretch out. You can wear a dress and no one would know you have it underneath. Well worth the money. It's fast and easy to wear and washable.” —Cat V.

    That about says it all! This is one of our most versatile shapers.

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

    “In love!!! Just got mine today and I couldn't be happier! I was worried about the sizing at first because I was recommended the XXXL/42 size. I am 5'9" and 180lbs. But it fits me perfectly! Can't wait to progress with this and become a new healthier fitter me! Back support is GREAT btw and fits my long torso. Would highly recommend it! You won't be disappointed! Especially if you are a tall person with wide hips.” —Kerston

    This is another great option from Ann Chery—with an extra row of hooks so you can keep it tight as you slim down.

    1. Clasica Black 3 Hook Latex Waist Trainer By Ann Chery

    “Love it so far! I have been wearing my waist trainer for a week now and I absolutely love it. I ordered a work out trainer from Hourglass Angel before but I was disappointed because it only had two hooks and it was a size too big for me. This time around I went for this lovely 3 hook design and a size down. When I first got it I couldn't fasten it because I was bloated. The next morning I put it on right when I woke up so my stomach was at its flattest and it fastened perfectly on the first latch.” —Alana

    Sometimes finding that perfect fit is a little bit of a process, and we're glad to share that this 3-hook trainer has been a success for Alana and many others!

    1. Miracle Vest Waist Cincher by Squeem

    “Amazing and really works. I contemplated a year before buying this from another site because it was so expensive. So I finally bought it from here and its great! I haven't worked out in it just yet to get a permanent result but there are instant results to my horrible love handles. I've bought stuff like this from local stores and they never really seem to work they always slide or they are uncomfortable to wear and don't actually work. THIS DOES.” —Lexi21

    The quality is definitely worth it when you're investing in a garment that is going to be effective! Customers also love the extra support and coverage that the vest style offers.

    1. Perfect Waist by Squeem

    “Get it!... I never thought it was going to make me lose weight, I just wanted to look better in my new outfits. I LOVE did everything I wanted made me look about 7 lbs or one size smaller. It's a shaper so it's a bit tight and don't think you can put this on in 30 seconds it takes a little patience to get on but it's worth it. I doubt I will wear it every day but when I want to look just a bit smaller a bit smoother and make my friends a bit jealous I'm putting this on.” —Kerry

    If daily wear isn't your preference, you'll still want one for those occasions when you want to look flawless!

    1. Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    “I was always skeptical of a waist trainer and never actually believed it would help. After thinking about ordering one for so long I finally did and I'm so happy I made that choice. I only wear it for cardio but it makes such a difference. It forces me to keep good posture and my core tight which has resulted in me sweating a ton more and my midsection actually being sore and more toned. So happy I made this purchase!” —Samantha22693

    This is why a waist trainer is a must-have at the gym! You'll notice the difference—even with just cardio.

    1. Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest

    “Loving my new waist!!! I have gone from a 42 to a 38. Wearing the waist trainer also teaches you to eat smaller portions hence changing you eating habit. My aunt and sisters have notice the changes Now they are also wearing them.” —Trena

    And that's why waist training is so popular! Your friends and family are bound to notice the change…and try it themselves.

    1. Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel

    “Great combo with my Amia cincher. I got this cream about 2 weeks ago along with a new Amia and I can already see the difference. My waist has lost 1 inch since I started and I notice a difference in my cellulite appearance too.” —gertrude911

    You don't want to forget the gel! Remember your midsection will be sweating a lot, so be sure to keep the skin hydrated and improve its appearance as you slim down.

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  • Is This Normal? What To Expect When You Start Waist Training

    What to expect: first impressions of waist training

    We get a lot of feedback from our customers about our waist trainers, and one of the most common questions we hear is, “Is this normal?”

    Waist training is best seen as a journey, and it might have a few surprises along the way! Based on what customers have told us, as well as our stylists' own experiences, here's what to expect as you begin your waist training journey – and how to fix some common issues.

    The waist trainer is difficult to put on the first time. This can be frustrating and may make you wonder whether you ordered the right size. But don't worry; if it's snug, that means it's working! There's a bit of a technique to fastening it. Start by fastening from the bottom up, but holding it above your waistline. Pull the waist trainer down over your waist as you fasten each hook. It will be tight, but it shouldn't pinch or cause discomfort. (If it does, take it off and consider going up a size). Your body will become accustomed to it surprisingly fast, and pretty soon will feel more natural every time you put it on.

     It's easier to put on after you've worn it once. The first time is always intimidating. Don't worry. You'll quickly figure out how to put it on and the garment will start "breaking in" and feeling more comfortable on your body. 

    You can only wear it for a few hours at a time to start with. We always recommend easing your way into waist training. Start out with just an hour or two a day. No need to overdo it, especially when your body is still getting accustomed to the garment. At about three weeks in you can start wearing it all day. If you need breaks, wear the garment twice a day for shorter intervals.

    You will notice fast results. The slimming is instant – you'll notice that your waistline is dramatically smaller (sometimes up to 3 sizes smaller) as soon as you put on your waist trainer. What about long term? That's trickier to estimate, because results are different for everybody. But if you want to experience results even when you're not wearing the garment, our advice is to waist train consistently and supplement it with a consistent workout routine and healthy diet. 

    You will be less likely to overeat. You may find that your stomach cannot expand as much when your waist is cinched, making uncomfortable to eat more than you really need. Rather than consolidating your eating into 2-3 big meals, we recommend eating 5–6 small meals a day, which is healthier for you anyway!

    You'll wonder how you ever dressed without one. It's true! Aside from the awesome slimming, wearing a waist trainer is also a major confidence-booster. You'll look and feel so good, you won't be able to imagine any other way to get dressed!

    We hope this answers your questions about starting waist training. Need more advice? We're here for you! As always, feel free to contact our customer service team if you ever have questions or concerns.

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  • Get the Hourglass Look without the Latex—Introducing TrueShapers

    TrueShapers: a latex-free waist trainer that works!

    Do you love waist trainers but could do without the latex? Many women have latex sensitivities, which can make typical waist trainers uncomfortable or even impossible to wear.
    However, there haven't been many alternatives to latex available that provide the same level of compression and dramatic slimming effects—until now.

    We're excited to introduce you to TrueShapers – a line of latex-free waist trainers that provide the maximum slimming power without the latex.

    Just what makes TrueShapers different?

    • Unique fabric blend: an alternative to latex that works! It blocks sweat and repels odor while being silky soft and lightweight. Wear it day or night.
    • Instant shaping: unlike off-the-rack waist trainers from the department store, you’ll notice that your TrueShaper will fit like a glove and create an instantly sexy figure—perhaps even a size or two smaller!
    • Stimulates perspiration comfortably: waist training works because it helps you sweat harder, but TrueShapers will wick away the excess moisture so you won’t feel hot and sticky.
    • All-day hold: for the most effective results in waist training, you need to wear your garment at least eight hours a day. TrueShapers is up to the task; flexibly internal steel boning keeps the firm compression up all day long.
    • Easy to clean, hypoallergenic: without the latex you’ll find that this garment won’t irritate your skin and will wash up easily.

    If you’ve been wanting to try waist training but the latex in most designs just isn’t an option for you, your answer is here. You can try out these TrueShapers options here at Hourglass Angel:

    Curvaceous Advanced Waist Training Cincher By TrueShapers 1052

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  • 6 Easy Secrets To Looking Like a Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian Waist Training with Ann Chery Cincher

    Is it really so hard to keep up with the Kardashians? Not really!

    It’s actually no secret by now that the Kardashians and Jenners looooove their shapewear. Can you keep up with all of their styles? Here’s a cheat sheet for all of their looks, and how you can copycat them!

    1. Kim and the Workout Band

    Copycat shapewear: keep up with the Kardashians' hourglass figures

    This is one of Kim’s most famous looks: the workout waist trainer. She wears one every time she goes to the gym—or at least when she shares about it on Instagram! If you decide to try it yourself, it's perfect for cardio and strength training (just not crunches!). Besides the amazing, instantly slimming, you're going to love how it intensifies your workout

    Get the look: Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    1. Kim and the Waist Trainer

    Kardashian shapewear tips

    To get those coveted curves, Kim reportedly uses a strict daily waist training regimen. It’s so easy to imitate. Wear one under pretty much anything for 8–10 hours a day to keep up with Kim.

    Get the look: Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    1. Kim Rocking the Bodysuit

    Kim Kardashian in a shapewear bodysuit

    It just works: the bodysuit paired with a pencil skirt, jeans, you name it. Kim not only uses bodysuits to shape her silhouette, but also isn't afraid to reveal she's wearing it!

    Get the look: Bodysuit with Thong by SlimMe

    1. Khloe in the Super-Tiny Cincher

    Khloe Kardashian waist cinching

    You gotta admit, the girl has style. Regular use is the secret to looking this tiny. There are plenty of fun prints to choose from.

    Get the look: Max Fashion Workout Waist Training Cincher by TrueShapers 1062

    1. Khloe with the Slip

    Khloe Kardashian wearing shapewear on the Ellen show

    No shame here…Khloe keeps it classy for TV. What a difference the slip makes!

    Get the Look: Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up

    1. Kylie Jenner and the Booty Booster

    Kylie Jenner Shapewear Must Haves

    Wait, hold up. You mean their infamous rear ends get help too? You better believe it…and now even Kylie shows off her shapewear proudly. No shame in a great pair of Spanx.

    Get the look: OnCore Mid-Thigh Body Shaper Shorts by Spanx SS6615
    Are you keeping up with the girls? Share it with us on Instagram @hourglassangel #BeTheHourglass – or leave a comment below with links to your favorite Kardashian looks.

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  • Shapewear Secrets from a Fashion Expert / Hourglass Angel

    Getting the Most Out of Your Shapewear with Fashion Expert Tatiana

    Shapewear Secrets from a Fashion Expert

    Today we’re thrilled to introduce a very special guest blogger: Tatiana from We Shop in Heels! She is a leading fashion and beauty expert, and she's the founder of her blog, which is a bilingual site that specializes in beauty, fashion, and personal style. Read her Tatiana's post below as she shares her insights into how to make the most out your shapewear:

    Spring is here, and that means it's time to start thinking about flirty dresses and wedding season. There are times when I want to wear a skin-thigh dress to go out with my hubby or girls-night-out, but that’s not all; I want to look perfect every day in my work attire or even in my favorite little black dress.

    Shapewear Secrets from a Fashion Expert

    I know the importance of having shapewear in a women's closet as the best solution to making each dress go from great to perfect. Shapewear is a great choice to slim out your figure, and to wear that beautiful dress with confidence. The great news is that there is an array of styles to choose from that adjust to your lifestyle. For instance: everyday use, night out, or back support. It’s proven that wearing shapewear is not vanity thing anymore, it has become an everyday need.

    Waist Training Secrets from a Fashion Expert

    Therefore, I'm going to mention a couple of tips to get the right shapewear:

    1. The right size matters: Getting the right size is crucial to get the most out of a shapewear piece. Keep in mind that trying to size down will only cause bulges and discomfort, and it make you look bigger. In fact, getting a size bigger won't get the most out of shapewear.
    1. The right style is important: You have to identify the trouble zones you want to smooth out. Look for versatile styles that you can wear with most of your garments, and focusing on the areas you want to shape to always look and feel your best.

    I show you two of my favorite styles from Hourglass Angel that adjust to my lifestyle and the zones I want to shape and enhance in my figure:

    Shapewear Secrets from a Fashion Expert

    The Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia gives me everyday mid-weight shaping from the torso to the mid-thigh (my trouble zone), finishing in feminine lace that lays flat. Due to the lightweight fabric, I usually wear this type of shapewear with sheer dresses and thin fabrics. This way, I avoid showing off my lingerie and smooth out my figure at the same time.

    The Perfect waist by Squeem is another one of my choices because it slims my waistline 2-3 inches. It’s a good fit for any lifestyle and needs waist training, back support, and postpartum to name a few. The smooth and well-constructed compression zones allow me to wear it underneath everyday clothes and even work attire. Discretion is one of the main concerns when wearing shapewear because you don’t want anyone to notice your slim-waist secret! ;) With Hourglass Angel shapewear, you can be sure only your confidence will show through. Check out this waist training guide if you’re curious where to start or how to find the right fit.

    Waist Training Secrets from a Fashion Expert

    It's not a secret that even celebrities on the red carpet take the benefits of shapewear; it's like Photoshop for your body, an instant makeover. Therefore, it's become one of the fashion essentials to accentuate your best features and hide imperfections to get more confidence when it comes to dressing up for a special occasion, professional attire, and everyday clothes. Who doesn’t want to look her best every day, right?!

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  • Best Shapewear for Wedding Dresses / Hourglass Angel

    Recommended shapewear for brides

    What Shapewear to Wear on Your Wedding Day

    Staff Picks from Hourglass Angel Stylists!

    You’ve found the perfect dress. Now, it’s time to make the perfect fit.

    Did you know your shapewear can make a HUGE difference when it comes to how well your dress fits (and how stunning it looks)? That’s why it’s so important to wear your wedding day shapewear when you get your dress fitted. But where do you begin? What style of shapewear is right for your type of dress?

    Here’s what our stylists at Hourglass Angel recommend most for each style of wedding gown:

    Recommended shapewear for brides

    The A-Line Dress

    An A-line cut looks flattering on just about everyone with its classic silhouette and subtle, balanced lines. Use a shaping slip to make it even more gorgeous on your body. Our bridal recommendations include the Body Slimmers Bust Shaping Body Slip by Nancy Ganz and Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up.

    Recommended shapewear for brides

    The Mermaid Dress

    This contoured cut emphasizes an hourglass shape, so you’ll want to create a smooth foundation. We recommend making your hips, midsection and rear perfectly shaped and smooth with a bodysuit. Our favorite selections for brides are the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette and the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Recommended shapewear for brides

    The Ball Gown

    Draw attention to your waist with a slim bodice and a flowing gown. Enhance the whole look with a waist cincher or corset. Our favorites for brides are the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia and the All Laced Up Underbust Corset by Timeless Trends.

    Recommended shapewear for brides

    The Sheath Dress

    Sheath dresses and others that highlight each and every curve on your body can be extremely sexy, yet you have to almost be as smooth as a mannequin to pull off this look. To make it work, try an all-over body shaper for control from your bust down to your thighs. We love the Braless Minimizer Bodysuit with Latex by Leonisa and the Cocoon Perfect Fit Strapless Full Body.

    As always, contact our service team if you need help finding the perfect shaping garment for your dress. We want your gown to look perfect on your special day!

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  • Complete Guide to Steel-Boned Corsets / Hourglass Angel

    How to wear a steel-boned corset

    Guide to Steel-Boned Corsets

    Thinking about getting a steel-boned corset? These can make an excellent and highly effective choice for waist training! This classic style produces the most dramatic waist-slimming results. But if you're new to this style of shapewear, you may have some questions about how to wear one.

    We're here to help. Use this guide to help you choose the best steel-boned corset for you and how to wear it.

    How do I choose the right one?

    For waist training, and for the most dramatic results, and underbust steel-boned corset is your best choice. Generally you want to choose a size that is 4-5 inches smaller than your natural waist (if you’re a 27-inchwaist, choose a 22). Your natural waist is where it bends when you bend your torso to one side.

    How do I put it on?

    This can be the trickiest part when you start corseting. When you first open it, gently unroll the corset so that the laces are facing up. Gently pull them apart, loosening the X’s starting from the center. When you put it on, you know that the correct side is up when the hooks that clasp in front are on your right. It should be very loose when you clasp it; never pull or tug on the hooks when you fasten the front.

    How do I tighten it?

    When you first start wearing a steel-boned corset, you will need to “season” it before you lace it too tightly. This means that you wear it snugly but not laced as tight as it will go for the first few times you wear it. In this way, you won’t warp the boning, and it will start molding to your body’s natural shape.

    To tighten the laces, we highly recommend doing it in front of a mirror or having a friend help. The pull loops should be at your natural waist. Pull the laces starting at the top and bottom and work your way towards the middle, pulling the loops as you go. When it’s firmly in place but not tight yet, tie the loops. Once the corset it seasoned you can start pulling the laces tighter.

    What else should I expect?

    You’ll probably find that you love it! The more you wear your corset, the more comfortable you’ll feel with pulling the laces tight.

    We hope you enjoy your corseting experience. As always, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team with your questions!

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