At Hourglass Angel, we often talk about wearing shapewear as outerwear. We love creating a sexy silhouette and showing it off with a bustier top or letting a bit of a longline bra peek out from a shirt. But sometimes shapewear is outerwear! We call these kinds of garments “shaping apparel” and they’re one of the coolest ways to create curves without wearing an additional shaper. They’re also quickly becoming one of the most popular kinds of garments we work with. So let’s take a look at a few of the highlights from our shaping apparel selection to find out what the buzz is about.
The brand that really kicked off the shaping apparel movement was Yummie Tummie. This brand exploded in popularity when they introduced their original, classic Yummie Tummie Tank. Looking like a layering tank, but working like a body shaper, women loved the ease of this garment. The Yummie Tummie technology has been expanded to encompass a whole line of shaping garments.
It might be said that hosiery is one of the originators of shaping apparel. Women have long loved the lean look a great pair of hose gives their legs. And of course, you may have guessed that a brand like Calvin Klein Hosiery makes some of the finest garments of this kinds. We love the Matte Sheer Total Shaper Pantyhose by Calvin Klein 544N for the way it gives great shaping under dresses and skirts.
One of the real breakthroughs in shaping apparel has come along with a style of garment that shapes with ruching rather than compression. These are garments that create a lovely silhouette visually, flattering your figure. The Essential Womens 3/4 Sleeve Slimming Shirt by Slimmerz by Terri Gillespie® is a great garment that works in this way. This versatile piece is perfect for the office and travels beautifully with its no wrinkle fabric.
And lastly, “bringing up the rear,” as it were, we have the South American sensation, Verox Jeans. Denims like their Heartstrings Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox 7047 have the rear rounding built right in without the use of additional padding. The secret is in the seams, which are shaped to create lift so your behind always looks its best.
Check our our entire selection of shaping apparel here and find out how you can add a lot of shape without adding a shaper today.
With spring fever in full force, the season’s trends and styles present a whole crop of shaping challenges. Fortunately, we’ve collected our favorite smoothing and curve creating solutions that are positively perfect for the sheer and chic looks we’re looking forward to this spring. With temperatures warming up, you may not want to add a layer to gain some shaping. If staying cool while you’re looking curvy is important to you, then shaping apparel with the slimming built in, is a great option for you. One of our most popular belly trimming brands is Yummie Tummie. Items such as the Yummie Tummie Tank are versatile essentials you can dress up or dress down depending on your look. New moms will love the Mother Tucker Compression Tank’s tummy taming.
And of course, we all look forward to showing a little leg as the days get longer. Hosiery is one of the best lightweight ways to look lean. Items like the Berkshire Trend Floral Vines Pantyhose are a flirty, fresh route to slender looking legs. You’ll be best dress-ed when you add a shaping slip to your dress or skirt. The Slip Overbra and the Shaping Slip by Slim Me are both wonderful options that will lighten your look without weighing you down. But don’t think that this season means you can’t wear your shaper. From lightweight tanks like the Get the Scoop! Wear Your Own Bra Cami by Skinnygirl Smoothers n’ Shapers to bottom enhancing panty girdles like the Alexis, there’s a shapewear option that’s breezy and beautiful.