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  • The Truth About Waist Training and Pregnancy

    Maternity shapewear tips

    Shaping and Supporting Your Midsection Before, During and After

    Do you love waist training, but are concerned about how safe it is before, during and after pregnancy? The time you're trying to conceive, the pregnancy itself, and the postpartum period are all vital times for your health and your baby's health. Learn the truth about waist training and your reproductive health so that you can feel confident about your shapewear decisions at every stage.

    1) Waist training before pregnancy

    Whether you want to get pregnant in the near future or later, there is no evidence that waist training causes any difficulty with conceiving. Have you ever heard it promoted as an effective method of birth control? Of course not. Consider the Western women of the 19th century who wore corsets regularly from the time they were adolescents. Many of them had no problem getting pregnant 10 or more times over the courses of their lifetimes!

    You can safely wear a great waist trainer like the Cincher by Amia for your routine, even if you want to get pregnant at some point. For optimum health, be sure to continually eat nutritious foods and do regular core-strengthening exercises. When you do become pregnant, you'll be in the habit of taking care of yourself and will have a strong body ideal for carrying a baby.

    2) Shapewear during pregnancy

    Once you confirm that you're pregnant, we recommend switching out your favorite waist trainers for maternity shapewear. You'll want to give your belly room to expand, but you can still wear garments that will support your abdomen and back and help you look smooth and fabulous. Maternity bands, tops and shaping panties are all safe options for this exciting stage. And while you're at it, don't forget to get some quality maternity bras!

    3) Postpartum belly binding

    Once you've given birth, you might be eager to get back into your waist training regimen. Women have been using postpartum binding techniques for centuries in cultures around the world. Binding can help reduce swelling and may help guide your uterus and internal organs back into their proper place. Talk to your physician to get the green light before trying postpartum binding, particularly if you had a difficult delivery or c-section.

    For effective and safe postpartum binding, choose an adjustable garment designed to provide comfortable compression during those tender weeks following childbirth. The Original Belly Bandit is a great option to help you heal. Once you've completely recovered and you've cleared your follow-up appointment with your physician, you can safely transition back to your regular waist trainers once you're ready.

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  • 5 Ways to Shape Up Your Figure for the Holidays

    Holiday shapewear essentialsBarely There Holiday Shapewear Essentials

    Can you believe that the holiday season is almost here? As you're getting your festive wardrobe lined up for the season, you'll want to be sure that your figure looks its very best.

    Whether you're dressing up for a formal event or just want to look sexy in your favorite sweater, here are five essential items for a holiday wardrobe. These seamless shapers look and feel like they're barely there, so you can use them with a variety of outfits without worrying about revealing your secret.

    1. Seamless Bodysuits

    Need a quick and easy makeover for all of your curves? Bodysuits do it all: a lift in the bust, a flat tummy and sculpted hips and butt. Some provide shaping power for your legs as well, so all anyone sees is a smooth and sexy silhouette from head to toe. Bodysuits work well with formal attire or anything that is form-fitting or clinging.

    2. Rear Enhancement Shapers

    We could all use a little help with our backside, right? To look great in that sexy skirt or pants, try a butt-lifting shaper that lifts and sculpts for a firm and round finish. You can choose a shaper designed to address your body's specific needs; some will help minimize and tone, while others will help boost and lift. And don't forget that a seamless design is essential for avoiding visible panty lines.

    3. Waist Cinchers

    There's never a better time than now to achieve a narrower, smoother waistline! You'll love having that slim hourglass shape and definition whether you're in a casual sweater or a little black dress. There are a variety of waist minimizers that can be worn every day!

    4. Shaping Panties

    If you haven't experienced the confidence-boosting power of a shaping panty, you might be missing out! You're going to be wearing panties anyway, so why not use some that perfect your waistline, rear and hips? Never again worry about muffin top or how your midsection looks!

    5. Tights and Leggings

    Cold weather means it's time to cover up those legs, but the current fashion trend is to show them off with sexy tights and leggings! You can feel beautiful and confident in so many festive outfits with shaping and control for your midsection and lower body. So join the trend and pair tights and leggings with your favorite dresses and sweaters.

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  • Say "I Do" to a Flawless You

    Top 5 Bridal Shapewear CombosTop 5 Bridal Shapewear Combos

    For your big day, all attention is on you as you walk down the aisle. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you chose the right undergarments! For every style of dress, there's an ideal shaper designed to lift and sculpt your figure in all the right places.

    Wondering where to start when selecting the perfect bridal undergarments? Choose your dress first, and then pick a shaper designed to work with that style. Here are five of our favorite combinations.

    1. A-Line Gown + Seamless Panty Shapers

    The most important feature you'll want in whatever type of panty you choose is something that is not going to slip, bunch or ride up. And depending on your dress, you obviously want to avoid any hint of a panty-line. Choose a panty that smoothens your hips. Many bridal panties and shapers are ideal for smoothing and slimming your waistline too. You can also choose a corselette or bodysuit that gets the job done.

    2. Sheath Dress + Shaping Slip

    If you have a silky gown that clings to your figure, you'll want every inch of you to be flawlessly smooth. The right shaping slip will give your curves a boost and keep everything sleek and smooth so that your dress hangs beautifully. Alternatively you could try a shaping bodysuit for a similar effect.

    3. Plunging Neckline + Plunge Bra

    It doesn't matter how low that neckline goes; there's a bra that will work. Try a wide-set demi cup bra. For super-low cuts, try a U-plunge underwire. You can also pair your favorite bra with a bustless midsection shaper, for a look that lifts and shapes your bust while shrinking and smoothening your waistline.

    4. Backless Dress + Backless Bodysuit

    Complement that gorgeous look that shows off your back with a bodysuit that lifts your bust, holds in your tummy and firms up your butt. The best part is that no one will ever suspect it's there! Your best bet is a backless bodysuit with convertible straps that will work with a variety of dress styles.

    5. Strapless  Gown + Bridal Bustier

    You can't go wrong with a classic strapless look, especially when you have a gorgeous bustier supporting you underneath! There's never a better time to use a bustier for an instant lift in your bust and a perfectly shaped waist, so that gown really flows.

    No matter what your style is on the big day, you can feel confident that your figure is stunning on flawless. Browse our bridal collection for wedding day options

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  • Too Tall or Too Short? Midsection Makeovers for Every Height

    Midsection Shapewear for Long & Short Torsos

    How to Shape A Long or Short Torso

    Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was the same size and everything you wore fit perfectly? Maybe…but then you wouldn't be your beautiful unique self! While it can be frustrating to find garments that fit if you've got a short or a long torso, you can find wardrobe solutions if you know what to look for. In particular, you'll want a midsection shaper that fits well and accentuates your best features.

    Measurement

    Not sure whether your torso is long, short or average? With the help of a friend, take some measuring tape and measure along your spine from the base of your neck (where your shoulders meet the neck) to the base of your back (rest your hands on your hips and note where your thumbs meet in the back).

    Now the diagnosis: if your torso measurement is between 15 and 17 inches, you're about average for a woman. Less than that is short, and greater than that is long. In general, if you're taller than 5 feet 6 inches, your torso is probably long. If you're shorter than 5 feet 2 inches, your torso is probably short.

    If you're in the short or long category, here are some tips to help you shape up your torso to its full potential.

    Long Torso

    If you have a longer than average torso, you might have difficulty finding garments that provide the coverage you want for your lower abdomen. This can be frustrating with shapewear in particular since the lower abdomen is a common problem area. Narrow cinchers and waistbands could leave you feeling a little exposed. You might also find that most bodysuits just don't cut it because they don't stretch far enough and can be uncomfortably tight in the gusset area.

    Fortunately, the solution is simple: use longer midsection shapers. The Long Torso Sporty Exercise Band is a great option for you taller ladies. If you want even more shaping power, try pairing with a panty or shorts shaper. Long camisoles are also designed to provide smooth coverage for your whole midsection.

    Short Torso

    If you're on the shorter side, you might find that certain garments are excessively long – and certain shapers just don't fit right. If you have a long midsection shaper with boning, it will never fit comfortably between your bust and your hips.

    Short torsos need shapers that create a narrower waistline and provide the illusion of more length. The Vedette Ivana Torsette Waist Cincher does just that, shrinking your midsection and providing a lengthening shape. One-piece bodysuits with an underbust design also work well with a short torso, giving your bust a lift while contouring your waist and hips.

    Whether you're short, average or long in the torso, there's an ideal shaper for your unique and beautiful shape. If you're not sure what you need, our customer service specialists can help you find what's best for you.

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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Waist Training

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    How To Safely and Effectively Shrink Your Waistline

    You've probably heard of the waist training trend by now; gorgeous celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian proudly swear by it. Jessica Alba revealed she used a waist-training corset for 3 months after pregnancy to trim off her baby weight. Kim Kardashian admitted she's "obsessed" with waist training and showed off her own shaper on Instagram.

    But does it really work? Is it safe? Before beginning any waist-training regimen, it's important to first gain an understanding what waist training is, what results to expect, and how to wear the garments properly.

    Waist training can be beneficial to many people. You can reference the hundreds of reviews on our most popular waist trainer, the Cincher by Amia. The key to the best results is to do it consistently. Results will vary depending on your body as well as your dedication to the practice. Note that changes you see in your waistline, which can be dramatic, won't be permanent if you stop wearing your waist trainer. However, if you use a waist trainer to complement a healthy diet and exercise, you may see more lasting results.

    As far as safety is concerned, the science behind modern waist training is similar to sauna suits, which athletes use to sweat off extra weight. The latex in cinchers boosts thermal activity and increases perspiration. Like any fitness regimen, the main safety concern is to stay hydrated and listen to your body's cues.

    Follow these tips in order to safely enjoy the benefits of a waist training regimen!

    Waist Training Dos

    Do start out slowly and work your way up. You might feel very restricted at first, so wear your waist trainer for a few hours at a time every day.

    Do add more time wearing your waist trainer as you start to feel more comfortable. Ultimately you'll want to be wearing it at least eight hours a day.

    Do be dedicated. If you want the most impressive results, commit to waist training daily for a few months.

    Do use a garment that fits! Use our sizing chart to determine what size you need for the best results.

    Do workout your core muscles if you want the best results. Some waist trainers are even designed for exercising in so you can maximize your workout's effectiveness.

    Do eat nutritious food in small portions. With the help of your waist trainer, you'll become fuller faster and with less.

    Do listen to your body. If you're feeling uncomfortable, take your waist trainer off.

    Do stay hydrated.

    Waist Training Don'ts

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you experience any numbness.

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you have sharpness of breath.

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you experience sharp stomach pains.

    Don't continue wearing your waist trainer if you feel any pinching.

    Are you ready to try out what everyone is raving about? Choose from our wide selection of waist trainers to find your waistline's new best friend.

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  • Steel-Boned Corsets Vs. Cinchers: What's the Difference?

    Corsets vs. Cinchers

    Two Ways to Train Your Waist

    If you're curious about the modern waist training trend that is sweeping Hollywood and transforming everyday women, one of the first questions you'll encounter is whether to use a traditional steel-boned corset or a cincher. Both are effective at training your waist, so does it matter which type you use?

    Some women swear that corsets are the only way to go, while others wouldn't try anything other than their favorite compression cincher. Which option is best for you depends on your waist training goals and ultimately what feels best.

    Corset Basics

    Corsets are designed to provide the most dramatic waist-slimming effects. They are typically constructed with 25 columns of steel boning for the firmest hold. Most lace up the back so you can achieve that hourglass look by lacing and pulling to your desired tightness. Many corsets will take multiple inches off your waistline instantly while you wear it. With time and dedication, waist training with a corset can produce impressive results.

    Corsets can be uncomfortable after wearing for a few hours, although you may get used to the way they feel. They also don't always provide a seamless look under clothing, particularly where the laces are. If you're going for a smooth, invisible look under your clothes, a corset might not always be your best choice.

    The Nude Sand Underbust Corset is a classic corset design that works fabulously as a waist trainer.

    Cincher Basics

    Cinchers are like corsets in that they target and visibly shrink your abdomen while wearing them, but their construction is different. They may use a combination of spandex and/or latex with fewer steel columns of boning. Don't be fooled just because they don't have as many columns of steel boning; these modern materials provide ultimate compression and firm shaping and can instantly reduce your waistline by several inches.

    Another big difference between cinchers and corsets is that cinchers don't use lacing. While they will look smoother under clothing, they won't give the same precision fit that corsets do. However, you may find that they're more comfortable for extended use.

    The Cincher by Amia is everything you need in a cincher, with PowerLatex and Flexiboning technology for maximum shaping power.

    The Best of Both Worlds

    You don't have to choose either/or when it comes to corsets and cinchers. They're so versatile, you might just want to have both! For they days you want dramatic slimming or a vintage look, wear a corset – under or over your clothes. For long days at the office, wear your cincher. Or, if you want the effects of the corset and the smoothness of your cincher, wear a cincher over your corset! With two or more waist trainers in your wardrobe, the only thing you will lose is inches off of your waistline.

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  • How Long Until You See Waist Training Results?

    Real Waist Training Results

    Real Answers From Real Women

    So you've heard the news – the effects of waist training are inspiring women everywhere. Do you have your waist trainer yet? Are you anxious to know when you'll see the results?

    Waist training can help you drop inches from your waistline when combined with proper dieting and exercising, but it's not magic. It depends on various factors including how frequently you wear your trainer, how long you've been waist training, your lifestyle habits like diet and exercise, and your genetics. Of course, you'll enjoy instant slimming whenever you're wearing a waist-training garment, but you may need to be patient before you notice much difference when the trainer comes off.

    There's no average amount of time it takes to see the results you want, just like there's not average results to healthy eating and exercise. But like any regimen, the more you stick with it, the more likely you'll see what you want.

    If you need some inspiration, look no further than some of these reviews from real women just like you. They've tried some of the best waist training garments available and are thrilled with the results.

    Arlene T. on the Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper:

    "Ordered the Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper 940—loved it. Perfect for my healing post-partum bod. Started wearing it 3 weeks post-partum: it was super snug but definitely expedited the weight loss process. I've already ordered another!"

    Stephanie J. on the Cincher by Amia:

    "Love it! It fits amazing and works! You can wear it all day under your clothes and it's not noticeable. After weeks of wearing it my waist has gotten much smaller, helps your curves stand out. At first I bought a Small and after two months purchased an XS. Love it, and would recommend to others."

    Cindy G. on the Corselette by Amia:

    "Love it!!! Was a little skeptical about actually looking thinner....BUT was I wrong. It actually does give you an hourglass figure. It doesn't show under your clothes and wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it might be. Can't wait to order more!

    Jamila E. on the Workout Band by Ann Chery:

    "Perfect, Perfect, Perfect. I couldn't be more pleased with this item. I received it quickly and couldn't wait to put it on. I am 5'3 with not the longest torso. It fit perfectly. I wear it daily while working (under my clothes) and find it to be very comfortable, yet very very firm. The compression keeps things where they need to be. I have noticed it is becoming easier and easier to get this tight thing on. I have another row of hooks that will be the final phase of contouring my waistline. I can't wait. I love the results. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to minimize their waist. Not to mention the posture that you get when using a corset is priceless. I would order it again and again. Thanks Hourglass Angel."

    Sheena L. on the SlimVest:

    "Great Motivator! I have been wearing the SlimVest for 3 weeks now, and it's time to order the next size down. Can you say AMAZING!!! This is also without any change to my diet or exercise routine. Well to be quite honest, I've slacked a lot as it pertains to exercise, which is all the more reason to believe that it's because of the SlimVest that I've slimmed down. Not to mention I've gotten affirmation from others that I've slimmed down and are now wanting to make a purchase for themselves. It is an investment piece, but one that's well worth it. I highly recommend the SlimVest."

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  • Love Your Derriere

    4 Ways to Flatter Your Bottom with Butt-Lifting Jeans

    Ever wonder why jeans are so difficult to shop for? It's because everyone's booty comes in a different shape and size! If you don't know what you're looking for in a pair of jeans that flatters your natural shape, you'll spend a lot of hours in shopping frustration. Or worse, you'll just give up and buy a pair of jeans that doesn't look good on you!

    It doesn't have to be that hard. By knowing what type of jeans flatter your butt shape, you can cut down on your shopping time and frustration. Follow these basic tips and you'll always have a pair of jeans that your derriere will love.

     Butt-lifting jeans for any body type

    1. Jeans for a Flat Butt

    Does your butt have a sheer drop-off? To look fabulous instead of flat, choose jeans that are designed to shape and lift. Wide-set pockets with eye-catching stitching and embellishments will help break up the flat appearance.

    The Skinny Lift Butt Lift Pants by Verox are jeans that will transform a flat butt into one that helps you feel curvy and confident.

    2. Jeans for a Bubble Butt

    You might have enviable shape to your butt, but that doesn't make your selection of great jeans any easier! You probably run into the problem of covering your backside properly without having a gaping waistline. They solution to your problem is higher seams so that your booty has some extra room. You'll also benefit from a stretchy fit to avoid bagginess and sagging.

    The Firm Up Butt Lift Jeans by Verox will highlight and lift your naturally round figure with a stretchy and comfortable fit, while the high seams will provide the coverage you need.

    3. Jeans for a Wide Butt

    To manage that extra width, it's important to know what to avoid: wide leg pants, which will make your whole lower body look wide instead of long. Your best bet for jeans are straight leg or boot cut with closely set pockets that draw the eyes to the center. The less fabric the better – you'll want to highlight your curves.

    The AM to PM Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox have a straight leg, with pockets and seams that draw attention inward, giving your butt a firmer, narrower look.

    4. Jeans for a Triangle Butt

    If your butt is widest where you hips meet your thighs, you'll want a pair of jeans that helps create balance. Heavyweight denim with minimal stretch is the best type of fabric. Choose pockets that are diagonal or set high toward the waist, focusing attention on the center and not the outside.

    The Sexy Nightingale Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox are the solution to the triangle butt by giving providing balance with strategic seaming and high-set diagonal pockets.

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  • Discover Your Second Skin

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    Are you looking for a way to transform the shape of the silhouette you see in the mirror? There's no need to be frustrated when that dress just doesn't look right or those sexy pants create an unflattering muffin top. If you need a transformation, look no further than these 5 revolutionary body-shaping solutions.

    If you're hesitant about relying on an undergarment to look great, there's nothing to be ashamed of. Most women still have some annoying trouble spots on their figures no matter how much they exercise or watch what they eat. Even the most beautiful celebrities need a little help from shapers!

    All of these shapers are designed to be seamless, so you'll never have to worry about revealing your little secret.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    1. Panty Shaper by Amia

    Watch as up to three inches melt away from your waistline immediately in this customer-favorite shaper. It provides firm shaping and coverage for the entire torso under the bustline, so you'll never worry about love handles or muffin top again. All that shows under your clothes is slim and smooth curves.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

     

    2. Vedette Harriet Open Bust Front Closure Shaper in Thong

    Say goodbye to inches on your waistline as well as visible panty lines. In this supremely effective midsection sculpting shaper, you'll never look or feel sexier. It works with any bra, so you can use it with a variety of styles, whether you're dressing up for a night out or you want to look professional and sharp.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    3. Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit

    It is possible to enhance every inch of your figure with a superior bodysuit, and this garment from Ann Chery doesn't disappoint. Zip yourself into this one-piece garment and watch as your midsection, and hips slim down while your butt shapes up. Ladies absolutely love how just one shaper does so much.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

     

    4. Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette

    In those clinging skirts and dresses as well as tight pants, you want your legs to look long and sexy. This long leg bodysuit is the solution that adds length to your whole figure with a slimming effect from under the bust to your calves. It's lightweight too, so you won't break a sweat about your sexy little secret.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

     

    5. Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie by Heather Thomson

    For many special occasions requiring cocktail dresses and other formalwear, nothing beats a classy slip. This shaping slip does the job, slimming and smoothing down your midsection, butt and thighs, while lifting your bust. And it won't slip or ride out of place. It helps your loveliest dresses fall perfectly into place for your most flattering looks.

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  • Comfy Compression for Beautiful Curves Every Day

    How To Look Smooth and Shapely with All-Day Comfort

    Modern beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Shapewear is all about taking what gorgeous shape you already have and making it flawlessly smooth and sculpted. While certain occasions call for maximum waist-shrinking compression, many days you may want more relaxed shaping. With a variety of casual, low-compression shapers, you can have a fabulous silhouette and feel wonderfully confortable all day.

    Have you ever tried casual shapers that are both sexy and comfy? Here are just a few of the most comfortable shapewear items you'll ever own!

    Casual, low-compression shapewear

    Shaping Camis

    Having several pairs of great camis is essential to building your wardrobe. They're wonderful on their own for casual wear in warm temperatures, and they also build a great foundation for layering. A shaping cami is a no-brainer because you'll probably be wearing a cami anyway!

    Try the Simply Strappy Nylon Tank by Yummie by Heather Thomson, which will shape and smooth your midsection without riding up.

    Shaping Leggings

    Leggings continue to be a hot fashion item this season. Women everywhere are in love with this comfortable trend. Why not make the most of your leggings; use them to lift your butt, shrink your thighs and flatten your tummy?

    The Lean Mean Legging by Hold Your Haunches will help your legs look long and lean, comfortably keeping your curves in place all day.

    If you need more tummy control, try the High Waisted Legging by Lyssé, which will never roll down or cause an unsightly muffin top.

    And for a cropped look that shows off your calves, there's the Slim Style Denim Knit Capri by Lysse.

    Shaping Denim

    If you have an active lifestyle, sometimes you just need to simplify. Add a pair of butt-lifting jeans to your wardrobe and you won’t have to worry about how your rear end is holding up. They instantly shape and lift your butt so it will always be round, firm and smooth from every angle.

    Find a style that works for you.

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