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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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  • How and When to Start Postpartum Belly Binding

    Postpartum belly binding for new moms

    How and When to Start Postpartum Belly Binding

    If you're pregnant or you've recently had a baby, you're probably wondering: "When am I going to get my body back?"

    Don't be misled by a few celebrities who appear to bounce back the next day. It took nine months for your body to change, so it will take time to go back to its pre-pregnancy shape.

    Fortunately, there is a way to get that pre-baby silhouette back after childbirth, while also ensuring your body is healing naturally and comfortably on its own. Whether you deliver naturally or by C-section, belly binding and waist training are time-tested ways to help you regain your tummy's shape.

    Postpartum belly binding is often considered another form of waist training. It all depends on who you ask and which garments you're using. In general, we don't recommend using an ultra-high compression corset in the days immediately following childbirth. It can be very uncomfortable and put a lot of pressure on your abdomen. What's more, you will probably size down very quickly in the first few weeks as your body naturally flushes out the fluids it has been retaining, so you would need to get a smaller size garment relatively quickly.

    Instead, we recommend that new moms use belly wraps and everyday waist trainers that are designed especially for the postpartum body. Here are the features of postpartum girdles that differ from waist trainers:

    • Gentle fit: you can adjust your girdle or waist trainer to a perfect and comfortable fit, whether you're one day or several weeks post delivery.
    • Gentle compression: A postpartum waist trainer provides enough pressure to support your weak abdominal muscles as they heal, without restricting your breathing or putting two much pressure on delicate areas. This is especially important if you are healing from a C-section.
    • Comfortable materials: Postpartum belly wraps and waist trainers are soft to touch and typically use a cotton so you'll enjoy maximum comfort.

    Wondering how and when to start postpartum belly binding? You can do it from day one following your delivery. You may find that it provides immediate comfort and support during an otherwise uncomfortable time when your body is adjusting post-pregnancy.

    In the weeks that follow, adjust your garment so that it is always providing compression as your belly shrinks. Speak to your doctor about when you should start working out again – in many cases, you don't want to do any abdominal exercises during those delicate weeks when your core muscles are healing and regaining your shape.

    Not only will a postpartum belly binder support your body as you heal, you'll find that you start fitting in to non-maternity clothes much sooner! That can be a huge confidence boost during a period when you're probably going to feel exhausted taking care of a newborn.

    Generally, once you get the go-ahead from you doctor, you can start exercising again at about six weeks after childbirth. We recommend that you continue wearing the garment until you're feeling more like yourself, about two or three months after childbirth. By then you might not have lost all of the baby weight, but the postpartum girdle will be looser. This is a great time to then switch to a high-compression waist trainer.

    As with waist training, postpartum belly binding is most effective if you're eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and staying active—again, with the approval from your doctor.

    Remember, after childbirth, the female body needs many months to get back to its pre-baby shape. But by wearing the right postpartum shapewear, you can create the appearance of an instantly slimmer waistline and increase your comfort, too.

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  • What Makes Butt-Lifting Jeans Better — Hourglass Angel

    How butt-lifting jeans work
    What's the difference between butt-lifting jeans and regular jeans?

    You've probably heard the buzz about butt-lifting denim, but perhaps you're wondering about what the big deal is. How are they different from regular jeans? Can they make your butt look that much fuller and rounder?

    The answer is yes!

    Whether you have an already curvy bottom or you need some shaping helping, butt-lifting jeans make a huge difference, especially when compared to heavy, straight denim. Don't fall victim to "mom jeans" or worn-out denim; you can look hot for any event in this miraculous denim innovation.

    Still need convincing? Here's why butt-lifting denim is better:

    Innovative seaming

    Most traditional jeans have a flat seam above the rear. But butt-lifting jeans use a heart-shaped seam across the back to emphasize a round bubble look. So your butt can look fuller without any effort on your part. This seaming actually lifts and sculpts your bottom, making it look firmer, fuller and perkier.

    Small, angled pockets

    This is a simple detail that goes a long way. When you have smaller pockets sitting on the fullest part, the natural curves of your butt are going to look bigger, naturally. And when they're angled slightly inward, they create an illusion of fullness. The pockets on regular jeans can actually contribute to your bottom looking flat or saggy – who needs that?

    Stretch cotton denim

    For a truly sexy look, your jeans should cling to your rear. It doesn't work well with heavy denim, nor is it very comfortable. Stretch denim hugs your butt and emphasizes your curves, while allowing more free movement.

    Flashy detailing

    Tasteful studs, strategically placed stitching and other embellishments help draw attention to the most flattering places on the upper part of your butt. These accents make the jeans chic and on-trend, but they also help to flatter your fanny.

    Strategic fading

    Fading on the rear will draw attention to your curves in all the right places.

    Once you try butt-lifting denim, the difference is obvious, especially compared with jeans that are worn out, sagging and simply not designed to flatter your backside. For the latest in butt-lifting innovation, we recommend that you check out Amia's new line of lift-and-sculpt jeans. You're going to love your new butt!

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  • Spanx: What is it and What Does it Do? / Hourglass Angel

    What does Spanx do? Find out from Hourglass Angel

    We're thrilled to announce that Hourglass Angel now carries Spanx shapewear! But, what is Spanx and what does Spanx do? If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, here's the scoop.

    Spanx shapers are typically lightweight garments that help to control trouble areas and make your silhouette look slim and streamlined. The layers are designed to be thin, so that they're unnoticeable under close-fitting dresses and other attire.

    Very few women have a "flawless" figure. Spanx makes it possible for virtually every woman, regardless of their shape or size.

    Spanx offers a variety of garments, including bodysuits, shaping panties, camis and other styles, each designed to target and enhance different areas of the body.

    Here are some of the features found in select Spanx garments:

    • Tummy sculpting power: Spanx shapers use a bonded tummy panel to flatten your tummy and give you a smooth midsection.
    • Lightweight design: Spanx uses a unique spandex/nylon blend that is comfortable and feels like it's barely there.
    • Pocketed rear: As Brooke Shield says, no more uni-butt! Enhance your and support your curves.
    • Side panels for ultimate slimming power without uncomfortable squeezing.
    • Paper thin leg openings for a seamless look under show-stopping styles.

    These are just a few of the benefits of Spanx, but don't just take our word for it. Check out what some celebrities are saying this beloved shapewear:

    "You guys have no idea how many friends I've turned on to the Bra-llelujah!"
    Jennifer Garner

    "Every celebrity walking down the red carpet. You think she's all just naturally like 'shooop.' A lot of them have Spanx on. They're these tight little tights. You put 'em on, it sucks you up, baby. No matter what red carpet, I got 'em on. I look like a granny before I put the dress on, but I put on the dress, and it's like, 'palow!'"
    Tyra Banks

    "Spanx are my best friend!"
    Kim Kardashian

    "Spanx—it's all hidden and squashed!"

    Sienna Miller

    "I love Spanx, I love Spanx. I wear Spanx every single day. I've given up panties. I wear Spanx!"

    "I wore Spanx under my Fantastic Four costume. I love them! Spanx are the only thing that smooths out all of my lumps and bumps."
    Jessica Alba

    "Spanx are a gift from God!"
    Miley Cyrus

    "Style secret? Definitely Spanx. That's every girl's secret, but most don't talk about it. You don't have to think about sucking it in—they do the work for you." —Miranda Lambert

    "There's a little thing called Spanx...they suck it all up! They're the first ones that actually have butt indentations, so they don't give you uni-butt!"

    Brooke Shields

    Ready to check out Spanx? Get your celebrity figure now - shop the Spanx collection.

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  • How To: Waist Training After Pregnancy | Hourglass Angel

    Tips for waist training after pregnancy

    How to Waist Train After Pregnancy with Postpartum Trainers

    One of the burning questions new moms face is, "When am I going to get my body back?"

    Your body has worked hard growing a baby for nine months, and it's only natural to want to regain your pre-baby fitness level and shape. Waist training after pregnancy is a simple way to get you on track to getting into the shape you want to be in.

    Here are our top tips on how to use postpartum waist trainers so that you're feeling like yourself again in no time:

    1. Start with gentle support.

    Following a natural birth or a C-section, your body has been through a lot of trauma. Now is not the time for a super tight steel-boned corset! We recommend using a postpartum wrap designed especially for those tender weeks following birth. It will provide the support your midsection needs as your abdominal muscles heal. Compression shorts also feel great, as they will help support your hips and pelvic floor muscles.

    1. Support your workouts.

    Once you get the go-ahead from your doctor (usually around 6 weeks postpartum), exercise is essential to strengthen all of those weakened muscles in your core, as well as to burn away the extra fat that your body accumulated during pregnancy to support your growing baby. Using a workout band is a fabulous way to intensify those workouts and help you maintain good posture. Be sure to balance strength training with cardio (we've got some great videos that can help you get started!)

    1. Gradually increase your time waist training.

    In addition to a workout band, we recommend using an everyday waist trainer that you can wear under your outfits. These can especially be a huge help if you're going back to work so you can fit into your pre-baby clothes sooner!  Start with just an hour or two a day and slowly increase the time you wear your waist trainer each day—up to about 10 hours a day.

    1. Size down when needed.

    Cinchers are designed to adjust to your changing body. As your midsection sizes down, pull the clasps tighter. Eventually you will probably need a size smaller—and that is cause to celebrate!

    1. Complement waist training with a healthy diet.

    We hope this goes without saying, but you're really working against yourself if you're not eating well during your waist training. Plus, you're not doing your recovering body any favors. We know it's hard when you have a newborn to care for, but make it a priority to prepare healthy meals with a balance of carbs, proteins and fats. Use whole ingredients and avoid processed meals; limit caffeine and alcohol as well. Before long you'll be looking great and feeling great—helping you be the best mom you can be.

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  • Prepping for Wedding Day Waist Training Regime

    Bridal Shapewear & Waist Cinchers

    The five-month waist training plan for brides and bridesmaids

    The weather's warming up and wedding season is right around the corner. If you're a bride-to-be, you're probably keeping busy with planning…and getting your figure ready for the big day!

    Aside from bridal shapewear that you wear under your gown, a waist training plan is a sure-fire way to make sure you're looking your best as you walk down the aisle (whether bride or bridesmaid!). For the best results, we recommend starting at least five months out. However, if it's a little late in the game, you can still start a waist training regime and see results in just a few weeks.

    Here's our five month plan: the bridal waist cincher slim-down.

    Month 1

    First and foremost, take a "before" picture! You might be surprised just how much your body changes in the coming weeks.

    For some extra fun, get the whole bridal party in on the challenge! You can hold each other accountable along the way and celebrate your results together.

    You'll want to ease your way into waist training during this month. We recommend starting at just four hours a day and gradually adding an hour each day until you're waist training 10-12 hours a day. If you start to feel uncomfortable, break it up into smaller increments throughout the day.

    Don't forget that an essential part of effective waist training is a healthy diet and exercise! We know you're busy, but trust us—if you can keep up the habit now, you'll thank yourself later. Be sure to have a workout band to make your workouts more effective.

    Month 2

    By now you should feel more comfortable wearing your waist trainer for long hours. You can expect to pull the cincher tighter this month, which is exciting because it means that it's working.

    You may be excited to start seeing noticeable results, but don't let that be an excuse to let up on your healthy lifestyle. Continue to stay hydrated around the clock—your body, skin and hair will benefit. How's the bridal party doing? Be sure to check in with one another.

    Month 3

    Waist training should feel almost second nature now! You'll notice that you're standing taller and feeling more confident because your posture is being corrected when you wear your waist trainer. This is great news for your wedding pictures! Keep up this habit and you'll naturally want to stand tall all the time.

    Month 4

    It's time to start serious countdown in the final weeks to the wedding! At this point, if you've been sticking to your healthy eating and exercise goals, you may have noticed that you need to size down your waist trainer. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new garment, which will likely be the one you wear on your Big Day. Make an event of out this milestone – celebrate a little bit with the girls!

    Month 5

    This month will be a whirlwind, so keep up the discipline with your waist training. Don't forget to keep up with your healthy diet and exercise in preparation for the big day! Be sure to have any final alterations on your dress (and the bridesmaid dresses!) completed so you can really rock it in your slim figure.

    And while you'll have plenty of wedding photos, don't forget to take an "after" waist training picture so you can see just how far you've come!

    We hope you find this timeline helpful as you prepare for your wedding! Make it a day you'll cherish forever…and hopefully you'll be in the habit of looking and feeling great no matter what the occasion.

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  • Waist Trainers for Long & Short Torsos / Hourglass Angel

    Waist Trainers for Long & Short Torsos

    The ideals waist trainers for short torsos and long torsos

    Looking for the perfect waist trainer for your body type? A common question we get at Hourglass Angel is: do we recommend a particular waist trainer for short torsos or long torsos? And the answer is—yes! There are some options you should consider when it comes to a waist trainer's length.

    First, you can determine whether your torso is short, long or average. Use measuring tape to measure the length between the base of your neck (where the shoulders meet the neck) and the base of your spine (rest your hands on your hips and note where your thumbs meet in the back).

    For women, a torso measurement between 15 and 17 inches is average; less than that is considered short and more than that is considered 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. But be sure to measure.

    Now the fun part: what garment is best for you?

    Long Torso

    One of the frustrations of a longer torso is that some waist trainers don't cover your lower abdomen. In particular, workout bands are shorter because they are designed to give you more range of motion during your workouts. This is not actually a bad thing, so consider whether it's a real problem or not!

    If you're concerned about lower abdominal coverage, you might like the Long Torso Sporty Exercise Band for your workouts. Or, pair the waist trainer of your choice with shaping leggings for more coverage.

    If you have a long torso you may want to consider different types of material and compression levels. Tight-fitting spandex and high compression might be unflattering and uncomfortable, while lighter compression cotton cinchers will provide much better results.

    Short Torso

    The main problem with a shorter torso is that some garments just don't fit correctly, and depending on how they are constructed they could even jab a little at your ribs or your hips.

    You might find that a workout waist trainer fits you well because of the narrower design—if you're interested in ongoing waist training, wear a workout band under your everyday clothes. You might like our versatile Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia that transitions from workout band to an every day waist trainer.

    And like women with long torsos, you might also find that lighter compression cotton cinchers will be more comfortable and flattering for everyday use.

    We hope you find these tips useful as you find the perfect waist trainer for your body type. As always, contact our customer service team for more specific recommendations.

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