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  • Wedding Next Month? 8 Ways Get Your Figure Ready Fast

    Wedding waiting training plan

    June is just around the corner, which more than likely means you are getting ready for some big summer events! Whether you're a bride, in the bridal party or even a guest at a wedding or other formal event, you want to look incredible and confident for the whole event.

    It's not too late to start a waist training and fitness regimen to get your figure ready for the big day! Even if you only have a couple of weeks to slim down, try these tips to help you slim down and tone up:

    1. Cut out refined carbs: this includes sugar, pasta, white rice and most types breads. If you absolutely can't say no to bread, stick with 100% whole grain—try Spelt, rye or other grains besides wheat.
    2. Veggies should be the base of your diet: at least 50% of every meal. Get creative by replacing starchy carbs with versatile veggies like cauliflower or spiralized zucchini.
    3. Say no to read meat. Only consume lean, skinless meats like chicken and fish, or even better, go 100% plant-based.
    4. Ditch the alcohol. You can reward yourself by toasting on the big day.
    5. Drink TONS of water. We're talking about 12+ cups a day (at least eight glasses). To mix it up, try infusing your water with lemon, cucumber, or other citrus fruits.
    6. Work out 30+ minutes a day, five days a week, balancing cardio and strength training. We've got videos to help inspire you.
    7. Wear a waist trainer every day! Ideally, you should wear it 8-10 hours a day for the best results, but work your way up to that in small increments if you're just starting out. Don't forget to wear a workout band during your workouts!
    8. Get enough sleep! We know it's tempting during this busy time to sacrifice the night hours, but your body will respond so much more efficiently to when you are taking care of it. Plus you'll have more energy, and you'll be less tempted to reach for carbs for an energy boost.

    Have a fantastic event and let us know how your waist training goes! #BeTheHourglass.

    Get started waist trainingNude Sand Underbust Corset

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  • 7-Day Slim-Down Cleanse For Your Summer Body

    7-day waist training detox diet and exercise plan

    Are you starting to stress because bikini season is just around the corner? No need to worry—we've got a quick slim-down plan that will jumpstart your fitness for the summer.

    This is a great way to start off the season because it helps your body detox. It might be a little challenging for the first day or two, but it will help you stop relying on caffeine, sugar and refined carbs for energy. Don't give up—you'll be amazed at how good you feel by the end! And then you can continue your slim-down all summer long as you keep up with your healthy habits.

    Ready? All you need is your waist trainer and to stock up your home with whole, unrefined food.

    Here are the rules:

    1. No added sugar (check labels!). This includes regular AND diet soda. Your beverages should be limited to water and only FRESH juice that you squeeze yourself.
    2. No bread—if you love sandwiches, use non-bread substitutes like cabbage leaves.
    3. No read meat: this includes all pork and beef.
    4. No alcohol.
    5. No caffeine.
    6. No pasta or white rice—try spiralizing your veggies instead!
    7. Eat citrus fruit daily to bolster immunity.
    8. Drink at least 96 ounces of water a day (6 bottles). It's a lot, but it will feel good!
    9. Work out for 30 minutes a day, mixing up cardio, strength training and stretching. Check out these videos for inspiration!
    10. Wear your waist trainer for at least 6-8 hours a day. Break the time up into shorter sessions if you need to.

    For additional detox power, try infusing your water or seasoning your food with any of these add-ins:

    • Black pepper: breaks down fat cells
    • Apple cider vinegar: aids digestion and fat burn
    • Cucumber: tastes great and low calorie
    • Cranberry juice: aids in fat burning (just a dash in your water!)
    • Green tea: helps release excessive fat cells
    • Cardamom: fat burning power
    • Cumin: prevents the storage of excess fat
    • Parsley: helps flush out fat

    For the most effective ab-strengthening workout, do an 8-minute routine with each of the following exercises. Complete each move for one minute, doing as many reps as you can within that period. Take a short break after the first 4 minutes and then repeat the whole sequence one more time:

    1. Side-crunch leg extension
    2. Leg extension crunches
    3. Plank twists
    4. Leg lifts

    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!

    Favorite waist slimming garmentsAnn Chery Clasica 2025

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  • 12 Must-Do Postpartum Waist Training & Fitness Tips

    Hourglass Angel postpartum fitness and waist training advice

    Ready to get back in shape, mama? If you've been wondering how to use waist training as part of your postpartum shape-up, then look no further. Here are twelve simple ways for new moms to get back in shape after baby.

    1. Start with a postpartum belly wrap after birth.

    You can begin postpartum belly binding almost immediately after childbirth, even while you're still in the hospital. A postpartum belly wrap provides gentle compression as your body heals. Women have been using this practice around the world for centuries to provide support during the recovery process.

    1. Drink lots of water.

    Following the birth, your body will be flushing out all the extra fluid it has been carrying, but it will still need to take in a lot. In fact, a lot of women find that they're very thirsty after birth! You might be tempted to grab the caffeine when you're so exhausted, but try to resist the urge. You should keep up staying hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day throughout your postpartum recovery — and beyond!

    1. Try to rest.

    Everyone knows that it's really difficult to get rest with a newborn around, but you should at least try. Nap when the baby naps and get a lot of help. Don't push yourself too hard for at least the first 6 weeks postpartum.

    1. Start exercising when you get your doc's approval.

    Once you've passed the 6 week mark, ask your doctor if you are approved to start exercising. You may have to wait a bit longer if you've had a C-section.

    1. Eat well from the start.

    Even if you're trying to lose weight, your body needs nutritious food during this period. Get a healthy balance of carbs, proteins and fats—and don't hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance! Stock up on small, healthy whole food snacks like unsweetened yogurt, fruit, raw veggies, nuts, etc.

    1. Use a workout band.

    Once you're healed up and you get the go-ahead to exercise, a workout band can provide slimming and support during your workouts. Here are some exercises to get your started.

    1. Work up your intensity.

    Start out slow in your workouts—you know your body best. Slowly increase the intensity while you build your strength and stamina. In the long run you should aim for workouts five days a week, 30 minutes each day. Get a good mix of cardio and strength training.

    1. Wear a waist trainer daily.

    In addition to your workout band, you'll love the shaping and support you'll get from an everyday waist trainer. You can wear one under just about anything and conceal the baby weight while you're working it off.

    1. Increase waist trainer use gradually.

    Start out wearing your waist trainer for an hour or two the first day, and then gradually add a little more time each day. You can break it up into smaller sessions if desired. For the best results we recommend you aim to wear your cincher at least 8 hours a day.

    1. Get active with your baby.

    It can be difficult to meet your fitness goals with your little one in tow, so get creative about how to bring them along. You can do a lot of stretches and workout mat exercises with your little one right next to you. Invest in a jogging stroller and go for walks and runs. See if there are any stroller fitness classes offered in your community. Or you can always find a gym that offers childcare.

    1. Size down your waist trainer!

    One of the most exciting parts about a waist training journey is the day when you discover that your first waist trainer is too loose, even when it's fastened its tightest! Celebrate by treating yourself to a smaller size and keep up the good work.

    1. Take progress photos and share them.

    If you stick to a healthy lifestyle and a dedicated waist training plan, you are going to love the results and should share them to inspire your friends! We'd love to see your stories as well so be sure to tag us on Instagram @hourglass_angel #BeTheHourglass.

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  • True or False? The Facts About Corsets, Waist Training & Your Body

    As waist training grows in popularity, there are a lot of myths circulating about whether or not a corset or waist trainer has the power to reshape your body. Specifically, you may have heard crazy rumors about how steel-boned garments in particular can damage your rib cage or break your bones. Is it true or nonsense?

    We thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the rumors out there and set the facts straight.

    It's important to understand, first of all, how corsets and latex waist cinchers work and what the difference is. Corsets are used in the traditional method of waist training that goes back hundreds of years (they were once constructed with whale bone, prior to steel). Corsets lace up in the back and provide dramatic waist-slimming power.

    Latex cinchers are becoming popular alternatives to traditional corsets. They work the same way, but they are constructed with plastic boning (sometimes called flexi-boning) instead of steel and are slightly more flexible—although still effective in dramatically slimming your waist.  The latex also helps to stimulate heat, which is great if you want to work up more of a sweat around your belly, sides and back when working out.

    Now let's dive into the facts and fiction about waist training:

    Some people get their ribs removed to get a tiny waist: False

    We haven't met anyone who has had a rib removed, have you? And we know many women who waist train! Think about it: waist training goes back hundreds of years. While women definitely coveted and achieved a tiny waist during the Victorian era, there is no way they would have elected for such a risky and painful surgery. Even the "Corset Queen," Cathie Jung, has a world record 17-inch waist and hasn't needed to any procedures to attain it.

    Waist training reshapes your ribs: False

    You would have to do some pretty drastic casting to reshape your skeleton. If you're wearing a waist trainer for our recommended 8-12 hours a day, those ribs aren't going anywhere.

    A young woman who is not done growing could potentially affect the shape of her growing ribcage by tightly corseting every day. This is why we don't recommend waist training until you're at least 18; and we also recommend mixing in some "rest days" when you're wearing a garment regularly. Hypothetically even as an adult your lower "floating ribs" could shift slightly with intense, around-the-clock compression from a rigid steel-boned corset. But no one is suggesting you do that, and there's also no reason to. Also, keep in mind that if you stop corseting, your body shifts back to its natural form. For more information about the physiology of waist training, check out The Corset, A General History. 

    Waist training can break your ribs: False

    We don't know of anyone who broke a rib waist training, do you? It takes a lot of force to break a bone inside your torso, and the narrow boning in even the tightest steel-boned corset is not going to do that. This myth may have started because the whale bones in Victorian corsets may have broken when they were laced too tightly. Get that: whale bones, not human rib bones. Besides, you should not wear any garment that causes discomfort. Today's latex waist trainers allow you to dramatically slim your waistline without compromising your comfort. If you feel any discomfort or pinching, you're doing something wrong – you probably need to go up a size with your shaper. 

    Waist training can reshape your waist: True

    We love hearing the many stories from people who have been very happy with the results of their waist training. Wearing a cincher or corset immediately makes you look slimmer and creates that hourglass shape. Over time, when complemented with healthy lifestyle changes, waist training can assist in your slim-down journey.

    Corsets-We-LoveNude Sand Underbust CorsetSilk Floral Brocade Corset

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  • Wedding Day Countdown: Your Waist Training Timeline

    Wedding Day Countdown: Your Waist Training Timeline

    It's almost here: the big day! If you're two months or less away from your walk down the aisle, you want to make sure that your dress fits absolutely perfectly.

    Are you on a waist training regime? Even if you haven't had a perfect record, the last couple of months is the time to really focus on the discipline, so that you can look your best for your wedding day. Here's what to expect during the final countdown:

    6-8 Weeks Out

    Now is the time to schedule your appointment to have your dress fitted. Have the bodice measured and the length hemmed. It is very important to bring along your bridal shapewear to this appointment! Otherwise, it may be too loose on the big day. Don't forget your shoes as well, so your seamstress can adjust accordingly. You'll be fitted again in a few weeks to make any final alterations.

    Is your waist trainer not feeling as tight as it used to? Don't hesitate to order a smaller size so that you can continue to fine-tune your figure!

    You might be enjoying a bridal shower around this time. Wear a dress that really shows off your waistline.

    4-5 Weeks Out

    While you're waiting on the alterations, it is very important that you continue to keep up your waist training regime on a daily basis, as well as a healthy diet and exercise. For the next few weeks, you may want to especially focus on toning your arms so that you can show them off.

    If you have been waist training for a few months, you should be comfortable with wearing your garment 10-12 hours a day.

    2-3 Weeks Out

    If you haven't already, now is the time to break in your shoes. Practice wearing them for a few hours at a time. Your waist trainer will help you maintain good posture.

    Your dress should now be ready for the final fitting. Again, bring your bridal shapewear to wear underneath. At this appointment, the dress should fit perfectly or be very close. Bring along a friend who can help create the bustle.

    You might be feeling the stress of the upcoming event—don't let it get to you! Keep up your healthy lifestyle, especially getting enough water so you can really glow on your wedding day.

    1 Week Out

    This week will be a blur! Take lots of pictures, including an "after" picture so you can see your waist training results! Keep that waist trainer on hand—you'll definitely want it on for the rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party, and any other special events.

    We hope you enjoy a very special wedding day, full of joy and confidence in your own skin. Waist training is just one part of the journey. If you're a bride or a bridal party member who has benefited from waist training, we want to know about it! Tag us and share it using #BeTheHourglass #HourglassBride #HourglassBridesmaid.

    Styles for the waist training brideAmia Active Band A110Ann Chery Clasica 2025

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  • Choosing the Right Shapewear for Your Wedding Dress

    Perfect shapewear pairings for different types of wedding dresses.So you've found it the perfect dress. Or at least you think so…but how will it really fit after alterations? You want it to look more than just "good." You want it to be absolutely stunning on the big day.

    We always recommend taking shapewear with you when you go in for dress fittings so that your final look will be flawless. After all, it's the foundation of your entire look. But which shaper is right for your gown? Use this simple guide

    Perfect Bridal Shapewear Pairings

    Strapless dresses

    Strapless Dress + Bustier

    You definitely don't want to be that girl who is constantly tugging at the top of her dress to keep everything in place. When it comes to strapless dresses, bust support is absolutely vital. That's why we have several options constructed just for the occasion. You'll want a bridal bustier or longline bra that provides firm support and lifts your bustline. These garments go further than a regular strapless bra because of the supportive and slimming boning in the bodice. Everything stays in place, perfect for a long wedding day.

    Mermaid dress

    Mermaid Dress + Bodysuit

    Ladies with curvy hips can look fabulous in a mermaid dress—but you want to make sure all those curves are in check. A firm compression bodysuit will accentuate all the right areas by flattening your tummy and smoothing out your hips and thighs.

    A-line dress

    A-Line Dress + Waist Cincher

    Pretty much anyone can look great in an A-line dress because it creates a waistline. Enhance that effect even further with a waist cincher that will draw in and flatten your midsection while providing the support you need under your bust. Your gown will fit and drape over your figure flawlessly.

    Seath dress

    Sheath Dress + Thong Shaper

    If you are tall and slender, you can turn a lot of heads with a sheath dress that drapes over your figure and delicately highlights your curves. Smooth everything out with a thong shaper that will keep your midsection in check without revealing a pantyline. Or, if you want more shaping for your butt and thighs, choose and open-bottom shaper that will give you a natural lift.

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  • How Waist Training Transformed My Post-Baby Body

    Ciera waist training fashion

    Today, we're excited to feature a special guest post by style expert and blogger Ciera Hudson from Ciera is known for her expertise on everything from fashion and fitness to beauty and hair styling. Read her post and check out the photos as she reveals her secret to looking incredible after childbirth. (Hint: she's wearing the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia!) Here's her story:




    While I was pregnant with my daughter Marloe, my mom told me that after her pregnancies she wore a girdle for weeks after giving birth to help train her stomach to go back to its normal state/size.

    I looked everywhere in stores and online for something. I bought a couple of girdles before giving birth and after I had Marloe and I used them right away. But, I honestly just wasn't happy with them. It felt like they weren't really doing their job. They were so bulky and uncomfortable, you could tell I was wearing one, and I couldn't stop itching from them too!

    That's when I discovered the Amia Classic Waist Cincher from Hourglass Angel. It's my little secret under EVERYTHING I wear! I love how it smooths down my post baby pooch, and it has tremendously shrunk down my waist size. The best part about it is that no one can tell I'm wearing it! It goes well under everything, and I got the nude colors, so that they don't stand out under my clothes. I even sometimes wear them to bed! :)

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  • Say Yes to the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

    If you're a bride-to-be, undoubtedly you're searching for THE DRESS. The perfect dress.

    Don't stress! You can make your search a lot easier by knowing which styles are most flattering to your unique body type. We've got all the tips you need, plus which types of shapewear are a must-have for each style of dress.

    Bustier or cincher

    Body Type: Curvy on Bottom

    Flattering dress type: A-line

    Shapewear pairing: Bustier or cincher

    You know you're curvy on bottom when you have a defined waistline and your hips are wider than your bust. In a wedding dress you really want to emphasize that waistline and choose a dress that flares over your hips. A bridal bustier or a waist cincher will pull in your waist dramatically and support your bust, giving you elegant balance in your figure.

    Body Type: Shapely on Top

    Flattering dress type: Modest scoop or V-neckline

    Shapewear pairing: Bustier or longline bra

    The mistake that a lot of busty women can make when shopping for a wedding dress is trying to conceal everything—which has the unintended effect of making your chest look bigger. Choose a scoop neck or modest V-neckline that shows a little bit of cleavage (but not too much) and opens up your face. When it comes to shapewear, bust support is key so choose a longline bra or bustier that provides a firm lift while cinching your waist.


    Body Type: Hourglass

    Flattering dress type: Mermaid

    Shapewear pairing: Bodysuit

    We'll bet you have fun trying on wedding dresses because you have a figure that you'll want to show off. A mermaid cut captures all of those gorgeous curves. Keep them in check with a body suit that pulls in the waist, lifts the bust and the butt, and keeps those hips and thighs smooth.

    Body Type: Round

    Flattering dress type: V-neck, textured A-line

    Shapewear pairing: Cincher or corset

    If you're a round body type, your midsection measures wider than your bust and hips so your main objective is to create a waist. When you shop for wedding dresses, select a style that cinches at the narrowest point of your waist and then flares into a gradual A shape. A V-neck will also draw eyes vertically instead of horizontally. Pick a fabric with texture like ruche or lace detailing, which will help camouflage your middle. Shapewear is also essential in creating that waistline—and a maximum control cincher or corset will work wonders in transforming your whole look.

    Body Type: Straight

    Flattering dress type: Sheath, low cut, backless

    Shapewear pairing: Plunge bra, specialty backless thong, or open-bottom shaper

    If you have a long and straight shape, you want to go for elegance. Choose a dress that drapes over your figure but is cut to emphasize curves—side seams, plunging neckline or backless and create this effect. Specialty shapewear designed for formal occasions like a plunging bra or backless shaper will smooth out your figure without exposing your undergarments.

    Follow these guidelines and you're sure to pick a dress that is a perfect match for your figure. Congrats and enjoy this special time!


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  • How to Make Your Butt Look Bigger According to Body Shape

    Butt-enhancing shapewear

    Beyonce, the Kardashians—everyone wants that tiny little waist and that big round booty.

    Don't have the naturally curvy body type? Or maybe you do but you just need some smoothing and support? Don't worry. When it comes to your perfect butt, we've got you covered!

    Many styles of butt-lifting jeans and leggings can provide the extra oomph you'll looking for. These garments use special seaming and other smart design features to make your butt fuller, rounder and perkier—instantly. But depending on your figure, you may need some other garments to provide the enhancement you need

    Here's how to choose butt-enhancing shapewear based on your unique body type.

    Round Figure

    If you have this common body type, your waistline is wider than your bust and your hips. When it comes to your butt, you want slim down your waist so that your rear's natural curves can stand out. We highly recommend any of our maximum compression waist trainers or corsets. If you want a little extra support and smoothing for your thighs, butt and hips, try the Bio-Ceramic Capris by Delfin Spa. These pair perfectly with a workout waist trainer.

    Straight Figure

    You have a shape that is long and elegant, but you probably desire more curves. We have a lot of great butt-enhancing options to help you get the look you want. You'll love the benefits of an open-bottom shaper like the Amie Mid Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer By Vedette. We also recommend any of our waist trainers and corsets, which help bring in your waistline and create curves.

    Curvy on Bottom Figure

    Chances are you already have an enviable booty with a great waistline too. To enhance what you've already got, choose a shaper that smooths that waistline and gives control to your hips so your butt can stand out. Try the Lacey Control Hip Hugger by Cocoon for firm control.

    Hourglass Figure

    Congrats, you've got the curves—now make them look flawless. When it comes to enhancing your butt, choose a shaper that makes your waistline smooth and naturally lifts your rear. We think you'll love the coverage and shaping from the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette.

    Curvy on Top Figure

    You already have lovely curves on the top half of your body, so your goal with shapewear is to create a perfect hourglass balance. Look for garments that slim your waistline while adding volume to your butt. The High-Waisted Panty Shaper With Booty Lift By Leonisa does it all perfectly so you can enjoy a perkier butt with more balance in your body shape

    All Figures

    That's right, some garments are ideal for all body types! No matter what size or shape you are, you will look great when you slim and smooth your waist while firming and rounding your butt. That's why we think every woman should have these two things in their wardrobe: waist trainers and butt-lifting jeans! Bigger butt guaranteed.

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  • Step Into Spring: Expert Style Tips From Fashion Blogger Favorites

    Step Into Spring: Expert Style Tips From Fashion Blogger Favorites

    Spring is here, which means it's time for flowy skirts and dresses, floral prints and other flirty styles of the season. Are you wondering how to transition from heavy winter wear to a light and carefree look this year? You can make the transition flawlessly with some great style tips, made complete with high quality shapewear!

    Some of our favorite bloggers and Instagram babes are talking about what to wear this spring. Take a look at their favorite styles and how to pair them perfectly with shapewear.

    How to wear shapewear under tight clothing

    Awed By Monica: New mom Monica looks incredible in her sculpting vest waist trainer. "A smaller waistline and flat stomach will definitely keep heads turning in your outfit of the day."

    New mom clothing tips

    KB Styled: Brooke knows exactly how to rock a flirty spring dress with help from the Amia Mid-Thigh Bodysuit. " What I love most about this particular style is that it shapes my waist all the way up to my bra line and it also has straps to help hold everything up."

    How to dress when you have gained weight

    Style Waltz: McKenna shows us how the Amia Corselette and Mid-Thigh Bodysuit are her go-to items for both casual and dress-up styles. "Not only is this suit super comfortable but I love how it pull everything together and made me look as if I had been hitting the gym!:)"

    Sexy clothing and shapewear

    We Shop in Heels: Tatiana is ready for spring dresses and wedding season with her waist trainer and mid-thigh bodysuit. "It's not a secret that even celebrities on the red carpet take the benefits of a shape wear, it's like photoshop for your body, an instant makeover."

    Butt lifting jeans

    The Samantha Show: Samantha loves using her waist trainer so much, she wish she'd discovered it sooner!  I SO wish I would have had this after having my kids because there is nothing worse than adjusting back to your pre-baby body and the feeling of extra skin just hanging there. This would have been perfect!" She also looks stunning in Amia Shape and Sculpt Jeans.

    Best fitting jeans

    The Fashion Fuse: Angie discovers how butt-lifting jeans can completely transform your look!. She has a thin frame, and she says, "It was fun to have a little more junk in the trunk!"

    Shapewear and fashion

    Yours Truly Ciera: This new mom reveals her secret: wearing a waist trainer under EVERYTHING! "I love how it smooths down my post baby pooch, and it has tremendously shrunk down my waist size! "

    Butt lifting jeans in summer

    Diary of a Debutante: Stephanie shares the easiest way to transition out of winter, even if you've put on a few extra pounds. " Shapewear, ie undergarments for women who want a flawless, bulge-free silhouette while rocking even the tightest of clothing, has become my go-to solution for making my favorite spring trends go from great to perfect, and their sexy, slimming effects help to highlight all of my best features even when I'm not actually feeling my best." Check out her look in Amia Lift and Sculpt Jeans and the Miracle Vest Waist Cincher by Squeem.

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