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  • Interview: How Long-Term Waist Training is Helping this Mom Regain Her Pre-Baby Figure

    Waist Training Transformation with Denice

    Denice is a mother of three, a medical-office receptionist and a full-time student who is studying to become a Medical Assistant. Back in 2014, Denice was pregnant with her first son and had gained 80 pounds. Like many new moms, she struggled to get pre-baby figure back after childbirth. Additionally, she began having issues with self-confidence, which created even more roadblocks.

    It wasn't until she tried waist training that things started to turn around. The immediate slimming effect gave her the confidence she needed to pursue her weight-loss goals and amp up her workouts. She has tried a few garments over the last several months, as well as waist training gel, and she's seeing the results of these long-term efforts. Today, everyone is noticing Denice's transformation, including her husband, who told her, "I didn’t think that waist training thing was going to work, but you look amazing!"

    Denice’s story is an inspiration for anyone who has started out waist training with big goals. Her perseverance shows that even when life circumstances make it difficult, waist training will pay off in the long run. In this inspiring interview, Denice reveals how she did it—plus check out our tips after the interview about how to overcome your own obstacles and get into an effective groove.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a Receptionist for the Consulting Nurse Service for Kaiser Permanente of Washington. I am also a full-time student, currently studying to get my AAS (Associates of Applied Sciences) as a Medical Assistant. I also have three little boys at home. Two biologically and one foster child, it can be tough at times but my husband and I make it work.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    When I became pregnant with my first son I weighed 131 pounds. Fast forward 9 months, I was 210 pounds. This was my first pregnancy and I gained 80 pounds! I thought that once I had him all the weight would just fall off. Boy was I wrong because it did not, my son was 8 months old and I still weighed 195 pounds! I couldn’t believe it! I did not know how big I was until I saw a graduation picture of me after I completed my CNA course; this was unacceptable for me as I have never been a big person.

    I knew I needed to change. I had heard of corseting but I did not think I was ready for that so I decided to give waist training a try. I searched and searched for a reputable website to purchase from and I found Hourglass Angel. It was even more awesome when I saw they carried the Ann Chery brand everyone raved about so I thought “Why not give them a chance.” My goal was to get my waist from 33 inches back down to the 25-26 inches it used to be, while losing weight and trying to burn off this “mommy pouch.”

    I also decided to give waist training a try because I developed diastasis recti after having my second son. Diastasis Recti is when your abdominal muscles separate during the gestational period and stay separated postpartum. I had a four-finger gap with a hernia, it hurt tremendously not to have something supporting my stomach and a waist trainer was a cute way for me to do that! I had no clue at that time it would help me close the diastasis recti gap.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I have used a few garments, most being Ann Chery. The first I used was the Animal Instincts because it was big enough for me at the time and was cute! :)

    The other garments I purchased were the Ann Chery Latex 3 row hook-and-eye closure and the Amia Workout Cincher in pink. I purchased both of those because I realized quickly with the Animal Instincts that I needed one I could workout in and another one to wear all day. I used these because I have a medium length torso and they fit me well enough not to dig into my hip bones when I sat down or leave my bottom belly fat out. The hook-and-eye closure was also built sturdy so I wasn’t afraid I would pop them at all.

    Then I tried the Amia Vest which I actually LOVE mostly because it covers the back fat and has a tight hold. It did make me nervous to put it on because of the hook-and-eye closure. The hook-and-eye is sewn in cloth and I’m used to it being in the latex so it made me nervous to put on and to my surprise it never popped or lost a stitch and it shrunk my waist by over an inch.

    Most recently I tried the Hourglass Angel brand, Core Slim Latex Waist Trainer with Zipper and the AMP Your Curves Waist Training Gel. I was asked by Hourglass Angel if I would be willing to try both and of course I said YES! Especially to the gel, I needed something to help my sagging and I hoped the AMP Your Curves gel would.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    My first time putting on a waist trainer I thought, “Oh no! I ordered the wrong size” and measured my waist another two times just to make sure I did it correctly. I took me a good minute but I got it on. At first I felt like I thought, “There is no way I am going to be able to wear this ALL day!” So I wore it for a few hours at home on my day off. Once I finally got it on I could not help but notice how gorgeous and curvy I looked! I was no longer embarrassed to be 190 pounds; I was happy. I started to love myself again and that made me go even harder when it came to waist training and getting results.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    When I first received my first garment I could only muster 2 to 4 hours in it. I did that for about 3-4 days. After that time I was able to wear it anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. And at this time I was able to work out while I wore it. After about two weeks I was able to increase my wear up to 8 hours a day. Eventually I wore my garments up to 12 hours a day, never less than 10 hours a day. I purchased a separate trainer for working out as you sweat a lot in the abdominal area while working out and I don’t like to put the damp trainer back on.

    Most recently I have not been able to work out or be active, as I had foot surgery prior to wearing the garment so the entire time I was using crutches to get around or just sitting. I tried to wear the Hourglass Angel brand garment every day but I did miss a few. My goal was to wear the garment at least 10 hours a day. In the beginning, I could only wear it about 4 hours and gradually it increased to 8 hours, I never got to the 10 hours I hoped to reach but there is still time.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    My first waist training garments exceeded my goals. I expected to lose maybe an inch off my waist, nothing more. But this garment has shrunk my waist over an inch after a few weeks.

    With my most recent experience with the Core Slim waist trainer, in terms of the look and feel I think the garment exceeded my expectations. Its soft on the outside and the zipper gave me the extra confidence I needed in the garment. Sometimes I wonder if the hook-and-eye closures will hold for me, having the zipper gave me that extra security. The gel went ABOVE and BEYOUND all I could have imagined! I had sagging on the right side of my belly, much more than the left side. After 1 week of using the gel every day while waist training I could see an enormous difference. I am still amazed with how well the gel works with consistency.

    1. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    I am a terrible eater. I cook almost all of my meals so I am not the type to eat out a lot, but I did not stop eating my lumpia, adobo, teriyaki chicken or rice. I did use coconut oil to fry any foods that required frying. I did however incorporate more fruits into my diet.

    When I first started waist training, my goal was to workout at least 5 days a week, but I only managed to get a one hour workout in 3 times a week steadily, at times I would do more but never less than 3 times a week. I wore it around the house while cleaning and playing with my boys as well.

    Most recently, my diet has been basic. Because I am not able to work out like I want to I try to stick with eating healthy but it doesn’t always work. Even with all that I was able to maintain my waist measurement at 26” AND I managed to gain a pound or two. Lol

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss or fitness?In the past I have never had any weight issues, I was always a small girl. After my first son in 2014 I suffered from insecurity due to the weight I gained and never lost. Purchasing a waist trainer made me feel beautiful again. It gave me the confidence I once had and showed me no matter what size I am, I am still the same beautiful woman I was before the weight. It motivated me to lose the weight because of what I thought about me, not anyone else’s opinion. Today I am still on that journey and I am WINNING!
    1. When did you start seeing results?

    Once I put my first garment on I immediately say a 2-inch decrease in my waist measurement. My curves were more pronounced and no longer hidden. Through taking photos in the long-term I can most definitely see results, my waist is noticeably smaller, I feel sexier. Also when I don’t wear the garment for a couple days the results are still there and noticeable! J

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My husband has noticed my results and he loves them. He actually said “I didn’t think that waist training thing was going to work, but you look amazing!” My mommy friends and sisters-in-law always ask what I’ve been doing. As a matter of fact one of my in-laws asked if I got lipo! I laughed and lifted my shirt to show my “mommy pouch” and told her it’s my waist training routine!

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    If you are thinking about waist training go ahead and try it! It can change your life like it has positively changed mine. Some trainers are a little pricey but it is worth it to invest in yourself, you get what you pay for and they hold up FOREVER! Keep in mind everyone is different and it takes time but with hard work and dedication you will see the benefits. Oh, and take pictures! I cannot stress this enough, a lot of the time I don’t see changes and it is discouraging for me, makes me think why am I doing all this?! Then I go back to my pictures and do a side by side from the beginning until now, and let me tell you, you can see the magic! Most importantly do this for YOU because you want to better YOU! 😊

    How to Overcome Waist Training Obstacles

    Everyone’s results are different with waist training, so it’s possible that you’ll be frustrated if you hit a plateau or circumstances prevent you from meeting your goals. Here are several tips for getting back into a groove with waist training, even when you hit obstacles.

    1. Try a different waist trainer: If you’re not getting the results you want, you might consider trying a different brand or material that is better suited for your body type. Talk to our customer service team to get the best advice.
    2. Try a different workout routine: if you’re not in a regular workout habit, this can make a huge difference in your results. In particular, do strength-building exercises two to three days a week, which will boost your metabolism and help you get stronger.
    3. Keep progress photos: as Denice mentioned, these can be a huge motivator when you see how far you’ve come.
    4. Start over when you have to: if you’ve fallen off the wagon with waist training every day, start over. Wear your waist trainer for a few hours a day at first and then gradually increase wear.
    5. Get a waist training buddy: this is a fun and effective way to stick with the habit, when you have a friend who is going through the process with you.
    6. Implement gradual lifestyle changes: remember that waist training is most effective when done with healthy diet and regular exercise. But if you try to change everything at once, it can be hard to keep up with. Do a couple of small changes in your lifestyle at a time until they are daily habits; then move on to the next step. For example, maybe for the next few weeks you just focus on drinking more water and tracking your steps. In the following weeks you might focus on gradually changing your diet from processed to whole foods. Eventually you start increasing the intensity of your workouts. And so on.
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  • Interview: 'Perfect Curves' – How a New York Model Uses Waist Training to Enhance Her Figure

    Waist Training Journey with Ruby J.

    Ruby is a New York model who understands the importance of body image. When she's in front of the camera, she needs to look her best. But that means working even harder at maintaining her figure during her free time. Her biggest obstacle: reducing that pesky water weight around her belly. After other methods did nothing, she finally found a solution that worked: waist training. In a recent interview, she revealed how waist training helped to slim her midsection and reduce her weight when combined with a low-carb diet.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I'm charismatic and I love life. I'm currently working as a model, living in New York. I love to read. I also love the outdoors.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I decided to try waist training to enhance my natural curves. My tummy is my trouble area and I have a lot of water weight in that area.

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I chose to use the Core Slim Latex Waist Trainer with zipper because I liked that it made the belly area so flat.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I put it on for the first time, it was surprisingly more comfortable than I thought it would be. I felt good and resumed my normal daily activities. I did have to use a mirror to put the garment on each time.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    I would wear the garment for several hours a day after my morning shower. I then began to incorporate the slimming gel in my routine and that gave me even better results! Over time I did increase usage, and I also wore the garment during workouts.

    1. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    The garment exceeded my goals and expectations. I have tried other brands and they were too uncomfortable to continue use, but this garment is lightweight, breathable, and I can move very comfortably. I have received many compliments on my new curves!

    1. Describe your diet & fitness habits during your waist training journey.

    I stayed on a low carb diet, and I have lost 7 pounds during my waist training journey!

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Yes, I have received so many compliments, people always say I have the perfect curves, and I'm proportionate as well.

    1. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    I would say that they should definitely try it! And find the right garment for them, because that is so important.

     

     

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  • Waist Training & Corseting for the Plus-Sized Woman

    Waist training for plus sizes

    Anyone can have an hourglass waist, no matter what your natural body shape and size. In fact, if you wear plus sizes, you can get dramatic, curvy results with the right waist training cincher or corset.

    When shopping for a plus-sized waist trainer, there are several options available and things to consider. Here is a handy overview.

    Choosing the Right Size

    Getting your size right is the most important factor when selecting a plus size waist trainer. This will ensure the waist trainer is flattering for your body type and comfortable enough to wear all day.

    It starts with taking your waist measurements:

    • Using a vinyl or fabric measuring tape and keeping it level with the ground, measure the narrowest part of your waist. This is typically a couple of inches above your belly button. If you’re not sure, bend your torso to one side. Where you see a bend is the natural waist. The tape should be pulled firmly but not so snug that you can’t fit a finger underneath.
    • Once you’ve determined your waist measurement in inches, consult the sizing chart for waist trainers closely. Don’t assume that just because you wear a 2XL dress means you’ll need a 2XL waist trainer. Each brand fits slightly differently. We’ve carefully tested fit for every waist trainer on our website, so follow our customized charts.

     

    Note that when you’re measuring for a lace-up corset, the number size of the corset should reflect your waist measurement once the laces are tightened. So the number size should be about 4–5 inches less than your actual waist size; otherwise your corset is going to be too big. Again, trust the sizing charts to get the most accurate fit.

    When in doubt or in between sizes, always go up a size rather than down. You can always tighten a waist trainer more firmly if needed. If the waist trainer fits too small, you will be very uncomfortable and will not get the most flattering results. In fact, you might not even be able to get it on at all.

    Differences in Materials

    There are a couple of noticeably different options when it comes to selecting the type of waist trainer to use. Most waist trainers are either cinchers, which are constructed with spandex and plastic boning, or there are corsets with a non-compression material like cotton with steel boning and a lace-up back.

    Both types of waist trainers can be effective for plus-sized women; what works for you really depends on your personal preference.

    • Latex cinchers are more suitable for workouts (workout bands, in particular) and are generally more versatile for styling underneath a variety of outfits.
    • Steel-boned corsets will give you the most dramatic hourglass curves and tend to be more durable. Some plus-size women prefer corsets because they know they are built to last, have a custom fit and aren’t going to lose their compression power.

     

    We recently introduced the Hourglass Angel Collection of waist trainers, which bring the best of both cinchers and corsets together. You can enjoy the versatility of a latex cincher along with the powerful results and durability of flexible steel boning.

    Choosing the Right Style

    As we discussed in the last section, there are two main categories of waist trainers: cinchers and corsets. Within those two styles there are even more options.

    Latex cinchers come in several styles, including workout bands, everyday wear, and vest. While plus size women can benefit from any of these options, we especially recommend the vest-style waist trainers for them. The shoulder straps provide additional support for the bust as well as coverage for the back.

    Steel-boned corsets come in a variety of styling options that are mostly a matter of personal preference. Some can even be worn as outerwear. Some factors you might want to consider if you are plus size is how much abdomen coverage your corset provides. Unless you’re very short, you may want a longer style corset that provides full coverage for the lower abdomen.

    Other options to consider include material.  Satin, for example, is very smooth and creates a foundation that is easy for clothes to slide over. Cotton and brocade are a little bit thicker, but once broken in they can be very comfortable.

    Lace-up corsets also come in overbust or underbust styles. Generally the underbust is going to give you the best slimming results and be the most versatile for waist training, but you might enjoy the extra support you get from an overbust corset.

    For a bolder look or for costuming, you can use an overbust corset as outerwear. Just note that there is quite a range of quality in this style; many options are designed for style more than function and won’t give you the best waist-slimming results, so be sure to read the product descriptions carefully.

    Brand Quality

    As a plus-sized woman, the quality of the brand is a very important factor when choosing your ideal waist trainer. Generally the cheap waist trainers just aren’t going to cut it when it comes to creating that gorgeous hourglass shape, as they either won’t last or won’t fit quite right.

    For plus sizes, we recommend several brands of products:

    • Amia offers several styles in multiple size ranges. We especially recommend the workout band.
    • Ann Chery is a customer favorite brand. For plus sizes we especially recommend Velcro closure or three rows of hooks.
    • Squeem carries both classic and vest styles of cinchers in sizes up to 5X.
    • Hourglass Angel brand waist trainers are constructed with steel boning for effective slimming, up to size 5X.

     

    How to Start a Waist Training Regimen

    Usually when people talk about waist training, they’re referring to the practice of wearing a cincher or corset for at least eight hours daily with the goal of long-term slimming. We recommend this practice as part of a holistic healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise that emphasizes core strength as well as a nutritious diet.

    If you’ve never tried waist training before, you must ease your way into it. Your body needs an adjustment period, and your waist trainer also needs to be worn a few times before it is broken in. Corsets in particular need to be seasoned, which means that you should only wear them loosely for about an hour a day for at least a week before fully tightening the laces.

    A good rule of thumb when starting a waist training regimen is to start at one hour and then add a little time—no more than an hour—each day. If desired, once you start wearing your waist trainer for three to four hours, you may find it more comfortable to break up your wear into two smaller sessions. You can also take a break for a day no more than once a week.

    If you’re committed to slowly increasing how long you wear your waist trainer, you’ll find that it will become natural to wear it all day after a few weeks.

    • TIP: Be sure to take before and after measurements and photos in order to track your progress. How quickly you see results depends on a variety of factors including your diet and activity level, as well as your natural shape. But in general, you’ll find if you stick with it, you’re going to love the results.

     

    How to Style Your Waist Trainer

    One of the most common questions we get is whether waist trainers can be worn under clothes…and the answer is yes!

    How well it works depends on what you’re wearing and what kind of waist trainer you have, but there are an endless number of ways to style a waist trainer. Here are a few ideas:

    1. The workout queen: show off your workout waist trainer at the gym along with your favorite sports bra or top and compression leggings.
    2. The office professional: show off those curves in a sleek and professional way by wearing and everyday waist trainer or corset underneath stylish tops and fitted suits.
    3. The corset fashionista: style your corset over a thin top for an edgy or flirty look. We recommend choosing a top that draws emphasis to your shoulders.
    4. Flowing dresses: whether you’re dressing up for a formal event or just want to wear something light and fun, wear dresses that emphasize the waist such as A-line cuts. You can also wear flowing fabrics that cling or tunics. For added emphasis, try a belt that hugs your natural waist.

    These are just a few styling ideas. Have some of your own or want to get some inspiration? Check out #BeTheHourglass on Instagram.

    It’s a great time to be a plus-sized woman because there are so many ways you can look curvy and confident with the help of your favorite waist trainer and the style of your choice. And stay tuned, because we'll soon be expanding our plus-size options in our carefully curated collection of waist trainers and shapewear for every women.

    Check back soon, and don’t hesitate to contact our expert stylists if you need more styling or fitting advice.

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  • Shapewear 101 - Your Guide to Secret Shaping Solutions

    Shapewear FAQs and tips

    At Hourglass Angel we’re proud to be known for our waist trainers, but what you may not know is that we have a whole lot more. Waist-slimming cinchers and corsets are just one type of a broader selection of items every woman needs to have in her wardrobe: shapewear.

    Shapewear isn’t just for special occasions. When you know how to use it, it can be an essential part of your wardrobe, each and every day, no matter what your age, your personal style preferences, your size, or your body type. Celebrities aren’t ashamed to use shapewear, and neither should you be!

    Shapewear is useful anytime, anywhere, because it enhances your figure’s silhouette in all the right places. Every woman deserves to feel confident about her body. With the right shaping pieces you can build a foundation for any outfit. Your clothes will fit better and you won’t have to worry about whatever tends to make you self-conscious. You can discreetly hide, slim or enhance pretty much whatever target area you want.

    There is so much to know about making shapewear work for your wardrobe, and that’s why we put together this guide. When it comes to body shaping, there’s something for everyone.

    Waist-Slimming Solutions

    No matter what your body type, anyone can benefit from a slimmer, smoother waistline and flatter tummy. You may already know about our waist trainers, which are best sellers for good reason. We talk a lot about how to make cinchers and corsets work for your style and your shaping goals. Be sure to check out our latest guide.

    But wearing a waist trainer isn’t the only way to slim down your waistline. Here are a few other ways that you can enhance any outfit using shapewear:

    • Shaping panties: One of the most common styling issues that women face is preventing muffin tops and love handles. High waist shaping panties are a no-brainer, comfortable way to control your waist. They provide firm hold from your lower abdomen up to below the bust. You might even wonder why you ever wore anything else.
    • Bodysuits: Whether you’re dressing up for a special event or you just need some extra slimming power for your everyday attire, all-in-one bodysuits typically emphasize slimming the waist while providing additional shaping power for the target areas of your choice.
    • Jeans and leggings: High waist cuts are in style right now, and they can be very flattering for anyone wanting to emphasize a thinner midsection. Some leggings provide slimming compression up to right beneath the bust, while some just provide extra control for the lower abdomen, in essence eliminating muffin top.
    • Shaping camis: These are more no-brainer solutions every woman should have in her wardrobe, because they work with so many different styles, especially in layers. You can choose one with a built-in bra for convenience or with an open bust to pair with your favorite bra for optimal shaping and support.

     

    Thigh-Slimming Solutions

    We love curves, and we know how to enhance and control your hips and thighs exactly where you want to. You can find many thigh-slimming shapers that also slim the waist. These styles can be worn for dressing up or for everyday apparel. Here are a few of the options you should know:

    • Long leg: These shapers provide slimming and control from the waist down to your calves.
    • Mid thigh: These easy-to-wear shapers are popular for their versatility. They’re short enough to wear under dresses without revealing your secret, while providing powerful contouring for slimmer, smoother thigh and hips.
    • Full thigh: These options are slightly longer than the mid thigh styles, perfect if you want coverage and control down to the knee.

     

    You can also get thigh control from a variety of bodysuits and slips, depending on what kind of coverage you want.

    Butt-Enhancing Solutions

    Believe it: you can have the perfect butt, no matter what your natural body type is. The key to making it work is to enhance what you’ve got and draw attention to the right parts. Our shapewear and shaping apparel can help you do just that. Here are the options:

    • Padded enhancement: There’s no shame in having a padded bra, so neither is there any shame in having padded panties and shapers. These options will help you get balance in your figure if you lack curves on your backside.
    • Butt-lifting shapers: Another way to enhance your butt is with an open-bottom or butt-lifting option that takes your natural curves and makes them rounder and fuller.
    • Butt-lifting leggings and jeans: Sometimes it just takes the right bottoms to show off the perfect butt. Shaping jeans and leggings are specially cut and constructed to create a lifted, fuller look for your backside.

     

    Back Coverage and Support

    No one likes to talk about “bra bulge” but it can be a very common issue. In addition to having a great bra that fits, there are a few shapewear options that can smooth out your upper back and even support better posture.

    • Vest style waist trainers: These offer all the benefits of waist training bands with the additional support of shoulder straps. They cover your bra line so no need to worry about what’s showing.
    • Strapped bodysuits and slips: These shapers slim and sculpt wherever your target areas are with the added benefit of back coverage over the bra line.

     

    Other Target Areas

    The above categories literally cover most shaping needs, but there are a few remaining options that might be important to you:

    • Lower ab control: This can be a very stubborn target area that not every waist-slimming shaper will cover. If this is a concern of yours, choose a shaper designed to cover well below the waistline.
    • Bust enhancement and support: Filling out and supporting your breasts starts with a great bra, but there are other ways to support them further. Many waist trainers and body shapers provide the added benefit of more lift and control.
    • All-over shaping: Hopefully by now it’s obvious that there are many shaping solutions that enhance all over! Note that the stronger the compression, the more dramatic results.

     

    Workout Shapewear

    Don’t hide behind baggy pants and t-shirts when you're at the gym or out on a run! We have a wide selection of attire that is designed to make you look hot while working out, plus compression apparel that helps you sweat harder for a more effective workout.

    • Workout bands: This style of waist trainer is fun to show off and can be an effective part of an ongoing waist training regimen.
    • Compression leggings and shorts: These workout bottoms will effectively slim your hips, waist and thighs whit intensifying your workouts.
    • Compression tops: You can sweat hard while feeling cool and looking great in supportive, waist-slimming tanks.

     

    Shapewear for Special Occasions

    Whether you’re dressing up for a wedding, dance or some other formal event, you can perfect your formal look by setting your gown’s foundation in shapewear. If you’re getting custom alterations (such as for bridal attire), you’ll actually want to wear your shapewear when you’re doing your final fitting.

    Which shaper is ideal depends on your dress as well as what you want to conceal or enhance. Here are a few go-to items for everyone in a bridal party:

    • Bustiers and longline bras: These are classic garments for strapless gowns that provide a firm lift for the bust while whittling in the waist.
    • Corsets and cinchers: A slim waist is flattering on everyone. Use a corset or cincher to accentuate an hourglass waist, perfect for A-line dresses and other styles that bring in the waist.
    • Seamless bodysuits: These are ideal for creating a smooth foundation for sheath dresses and other clingy styles. You can choose from styles that lift or minimize the rear, including thong back options.
    • Shaping slips: Get an all-over smoothing effect with slips that either have a built-in bra or can pair with the bra of your choice.
    • Backless support: Yep, you can get figure shaping and bust support even in a low-back or backless top or dress.

     

    Check out The Best Shapewear for Wedding Dresses for even more tips.

    As you can see, the options are pretty much limitless when it comes to shaping and sculpting your figure, so you can feel confident in your own skin. Whether you like dressing up to impress or you’d just like to feel more comfortable and sexy when you’re in casualwear, rotating several pieces of shapewear through your wardrobe can have a transformative effect.

    Here at Hourglass Angel, our team loves helping women of all shapes and sizes discover the perfect look—and to get it right when ordering online. After you’ve browsed our selection and taken a peek at the advice we’ve posted on the website, you can also contact our expert stylists to answer any further questions and find exactly what you want.

    No matter what your natural size and body type, we believe that everyone can #BeTheHourglass and feel great about the way they look.

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  • How To Waist Train Daily – Discover the Styles that are Right for Your Lifestyle

    How to wear a waist trainer: style inspiration

    Wearing a waist trainer every day can completely transform the way you look. It takes time, with dedication to daily wear and a healthy lifestyle, but pretty much anyone who wants to try can do it.

    In fact, we have multiple testimonies from women of various lifestyles who have been thrilled with the results. You can read some of their stories in this post: New and Improved 2017 Waist Training Guide.

    Since everyone is different, we’ve found that women who are serious about waist training approach it a little bit differently. We’ve gathered some tips to make it work depending on your goals and your personal lifestyle.

    First Things First: Defining Waist Training

    Before we talk about the different options with waist training styles, it’s important to be clear about what waist training is. Some women like to wear cinchers and corsets as a way to slim down or make a statement for special occasions. This is not the same thing as daily waist training.

    Waist training is the practice of wearing a corset or cincher every day (recommended for at least eight hours). The goal is to “train” your waist. It works by helping you perspire more, hold a straighter posture, and in some cases manage your portion control during meals. It works best when paired with regular exercise and a nutritious diet so that you are building lean muscle and burning fat while slimming your waistline.

    Since waist training can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, here's how you can make it work for your specific needs.

    Best for Under Clothes: The Everyday Waist Trainer

    Most women are going to want a waist trainer that can be hidden under clothing if they are going to successfully wear one for at least eight hours a day. Our everyday waist trainers provide compression through latex panels that can be easily concealed under most clothing. The exception is if you’re wearing a very thin shirt, revealing dress a crop top, in which case you might want to choose a different style of seamless shapewear for the day.

    We recommend having at least one waist trainer in a color that can blend with your skin tone and the colors you wear on top.

    The only time we don’t recommend wearing an everyday waist trainer is during workouts, as they aren’t designed for rigorous movement. There are waist trainers designed specifically for that, which we’ll discuss next.

    Work Up a Sweat in Workout Bands

    Workout waist trainers are the types that everyone likes to show off because they’re often brightly colored and fun. These are designed to make you sweat harder and get better results out of your workouts, without worry about damaging them.

    If you’re serious about waist training, we highly recommend that you have at least one workout band, because you’ll be getting the best results with regular exercise.

    Some women starting out with waist training actually begin with just a workout band to wear all the time. While this can work for a little while, we recommend that you eventually have another waist trainer in your wardrobe. Workout bands are constructed more sturdily, which means that for long days you may be more comfortable in a different style. Ideally you should only wear a workout band for a couple of hours. They are often cut a little bit shorter than other styles of waist trainers to give you more freedom of movement during exercise. You may find that under your casual or business attire you prefer more coverage, particularly for the lower abdomen.

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    For Dramatic Slimming: Underbust Steel-Boned Corsets

    Another style of garment for waist training is a steel-boned corset. These come in a variety of styles and fabrics. The underbust style focuses on the waist and provides the versatility to be pair with your own bra.

    Corsets can be very effective for daily waist training. They are different than cincher waist trainers in several ways. They fasten in the front with steel busks and are tightened in the back with laces. Their bodices are constructed with flexible steel boning, some if it spiral and some of it flat. This combination of materials results in a precision fit and dramatic results when the laces are tightened. Because of the way they are built, corsets provide a dramatic hourglass cinch at the waist and can help you drop several inches instantly. Long term, you may also find that a corset provides more slimming power.

    Some women prefer corsets as a matter of style preference. In general it is slightly more difficult to conceal them underneath clothing; however, they can be used as outerwear in a way that latex cinchers can’t. If you want to wear your cincher underneath your clothing, we recommend satin or brocade. Cotton can be worn under clothing as well, but it is a little thicker and can be more difficult to conceal.

    Another reason women prefer corsets is because they are latex-free. What is more, since they rely on steel boning rather than latex to provide compression, they can be more durable and last longer.

    For Fun and Fashion: Overbust Corsets

    For effective waist training purposes, underbust corsets and cinchers are better designed to give you the best results. However, from time to time you might want to make a fashion statement with an overbust corset. They are often used for lingerie and costumes. Depending on your personal style, an overbust corset top can be used as outerwear, either for dressing up or for some sassier everyday style. You can also wear some underbust corsets underneath clothing in place of a bra and underbust corset.

    Overbust corsets provide the same effect of dramatically slimming your waist while providing extra lift and support for your bust. In effect they substitute the need for a bra. However, most women don’t wear them every day, which is why we don’t recommend them for waist training.

    Extra Support: Vest-Style Waist Trainers

    Most waist trainers are designed to sit firmly under the bust, but some women prefer extra support with straps. Waist training vests are ideal if you want extra support for your breasts or coverage for your back. Like other everyday waist trainers, most styles are designed to conceal underneath clothing and can rotate through your everyday wardrobe.

    Take note if you have an unusual bust-to-waist ratio: we recommend that you choose a style with adjustable straps so that you can customize your fit. Otherwise you may find that either the straps or the bodice of the waist trainer don’t hug your figure firmly, which isn’t the way it is designed to fit.

    Styling Suggestions

    Now that you know your options, here are a few ways you can use various styles of waist trainers in your wardrobe.

    • Working professional: Wear an everyday waist trainer or lace-up corset underneath professional button-down tops and suits for a classy, curvy feminine look.
    • Keep it casual: Everyday waist trainers and vests work beautiful under jeans and t-shirts or other feminine tops.
    • Play dress-up: Get a stunning hourglass shape under your favorite dresses and gowns using a cincher or corset. A-line dresses or any styles that emphasize the waist are particularly stunning.
    • Gym hottie: Show off your workout band by pairing it with your favorite sports bra and shaping leggings. You can also wear it over a moisture-wicking top.
    • Corset diva: There are multiple ways to wear an underbust corset over your clothing. Wear a satin or brocade corset over a thin top to create a classy Victorian or gothic look. We also recommend wearing tops or dresses that show off your shoulders—fabrics that flow, or even off-the-shoulder styles.
    • Overbust options: While you might like to keep your flirty overbust corsets for private use, as mentioned above they can also be fashioned as outwear. Wear them like a tank top and layer with a jacket, or over frilly tops and dresses to create a nice contrast between your tiny waist and your shoulders and hips. Overbust corsets also make sexy options for costumes around Halloween or other dress-up occasions.

    Once you start experimenting, you’ll find that the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling your waist trainer!

    The most important thing to remember when starting your daily waist training routine is to stick to it. The longer you do it, the more confident and comfortable you’ll feel wearing a cincher or corset in any number of ways, from casual wear to professional attire, to at the gym and when dressing up to go out.

    Looking for more waist training style inspiration? Be sure to follow us on Instagram or check out our boards on Pinterest. Or see what other people are wearing by checking out #BeTheHourglass. We also have an expert team of stylists waiting to help you find the perfect waist training solution for your style, your body type and your personal needs.

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  • What to Expect When Wearing a Postpartum Waist Training Corset

     

    Postpartum waist training tips

    New moms are discovering a secret to slimming down their post-baby bodies quickly and effectively: daily waist training.

    Celebrities and everyday women alike are showing off their post-baby figures at the gym, on social media, and even dressed in casual clothes.

    Note that your body should be completely healed from childbirth before you start wearing a high compression waist trainer (prior to this we suggest a gentler post delivery girdle or even a post-surgical girdle). A good indicator is when your physician gives you the go-ahead to start exercising again.

    Your body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy, so reshaping your figure is going to take time and dedication to a healthy lifestyle and wearing a corset every day. If you think waist training is a good fit for you as a new mom, here are several things to expect when you get started.

    It Will Feel Very Tight

    Many women can be quite surprised when they try on a waist trainer for the first time. It should feel very snug, will trim a couple of inches from your waist measurement, and will hold your back in a very straight posture. You may even be tempted to think that it’s too small. However, these are all signs that it is working just the way it is supposed to.

    A waist trainer that is too small will be very difficult to get on. When you try on a waist trainer, fasten it at the narrowest part of your waist, working your way from the bottom up and pulling the garment down over your lower abdomen as you go.

    While it will feel tight, you shouldn’t have to yank on the hooks or pinch any part of your body. Severe discomfort is not normal. If you have trouble breathing, take off the garment. Otherwise, if it fits and creates a flattering hourglass silhouette, you’re good to go!

    It Will Take Time to Adjust

    After seeing the results for the first time, you may be tempted to keep your waist trainer on forever. But we recommend that you ease your way into a routine gently. Your body will need some time to adjust to the way it feels, and the garment will need to be broken in as well.

    Start out wearing your waist trainer for just an hour or two, and then slowly add a half hour to an hour every day after that. Once you’re up to several hours a day, you may even want to break it up into a couple of sessions. You should be comfortable with wearing your waist trainer every day for at least eight hours once you’ve been incrementally adding more time for a few weeks.

    Everyone’s Results Vary

    Women want to know: how long before they see results? That can largely depend on where you start from. If you’re still just a few weeks out from birth and still have a lot of baby weight to lose, you might see some drastic results in just a few weeks. If it has been a few months since you delivered the baby, or if you’ve already shed a lot of your baby weight, your results might not be as drastic.

    There are a variety of other factors that affect your results, including your lifestyle. If you are working hard to stay active and eat nutritious food in sensible portions, you can be sure your hard work is going to pay off. Other factors that can affect your results are your natural body size and shape, your skin’s elasticity, and how dedicated you are to your waist training practice.

    We strongly encourage everyone who tries waist training to keep track of their own results—so you’re really only competing against yourself. Take photos of yourself as you progress, as well as waist measurements. When you compare where you are to where you’ve been, it can be very motivating to see your progress. Remember it’s not a race; be proud of however far you’ve come!

    You Can Customize Your Fit As You Go

    We get a lot of sizing questions about waist trainers, which is great because using the right size is critical if you want to get the best results. Some women wonder if they should order a smaller size if they have drastic goals.

    Our answer to most sizing questions is this: take accurate measurements and follow each garment’s sizing chart. Do not ever get a size smaller than you measure. As you progress towards your slimming goals, remember that most waist trainers are designed to be able to size down with you; in fact, that’s part of the fun. Being able to tighten your waist trainer to the next row of hooks is a reason to celebrate, and ordering a whole size smaller once you’ve sized down is a reward in itself.

    If you plan on losing a significant amount of weight during your waist training journey, you may want to consider a waist trainer that is even more customizable. Three rows of hooks give you more rooms to be able to tighten the same garment; while lace-up corsets and even Velcro closures can be adjusted as tight as you need them.

    If you’re considering the ways you can work on working off the baby weight, waist training might be just the thing you’re looking for.  Not only will it help you stay motivated and help you reach your goals in the long run, but you’ll start looking slimmer immediately, as waist trainers pull in your waist and eliminate muffin top and love handles simply by putting them on. While you will undoubtedly be busy and tired taking care of your new little one, we think that waist training is a no-brainer for the new mom. You’ve worked hard to bring life into the world and care for it; do yourself a favor so that you can look great, feel great, and be the best mom you can be.

    Be sure to ask our team of expert stylists if you have any questions about sizing or style. We’d be happy to help!

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  • 5 Ways To Measure Waist Training Progress

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    When you start a waist training regimen, one thing you’ll want to know is how your progress is coming along. Here's how to tell.

    Along with most healthy lifestyle changes, it’s a long-term process rather than an overnight gain. While you’ll notice immediate slimming when you wear your waist trainer, you probably aren’t going to see much change in your natural figure day by day.

    However, that doesn’t mean that change isn’t taking place. That’s why we strongly encourage anyone who is trying waist training to keep track of their progress over the long term; the results can, in fact, be quite drastic when you compare week by week or month by month.

    Many people naturally try to track their health and fitness progress in pounds on the scale. While it’s not always a bad thing to track weight, particularly if you are drastically changing your eating habits, using your weight alone can be somewhat misleading. This is especially true if you are working hard to build muscle mass and may actually change your body’s shape without altering your weight at all.

    There are better and more accurate ways to track your progress with your waist training and healthy lifestyle. Here are five practical methods you can start using at any time.

    Waist Measurements

    This is probably the most obvious way to track specifically how effective your waist training regimen is. This is a change that happens gradually, but you will be amazed at just how big of a difference even just a couple of inches will make.

    To track accurately, take your waist measurement before you begin waist training. Using soft vinyl or fabric measuring tape, lay it flat around the narrowest part of your waist, which is above your belly button where there is a natural bend when you lean your torso to one side. Make sure it is level with the ground and not at an angle at any point. While the tape should lie flat, it shouldn’t pinch or be so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath. For these reasons, it’s important to use tape that is designed for body measurements, like the one we provide in our Essential Waist Training Kit.

    You may also want to then take a measurement of your waist while wearing your waist trainer to see how many inches you lose immediately. But the real progress you’ll want to measure is your natural waist.

    Take your waist measurement at least once a month to get an accurate record of how you are progressing with your waist training—and be sure to write it down! We are always thrilled when we hear customers’ results.

    Photos

    We highly encourage you to take photos of yourself throughout your waist training journey. You don’t have to share them with the world if you don’t want to, but they can be very motivating when you see just how far you’ve come.

    To get an accurate record of your progress, take your photos wearing the same clothing, in the same space, with the same lighting. Forward-facing, as well as profile shots, are both useful for capturing your transformations. Take a “before” photo and then weekly “after” photos for at least a couple of months. You can take a photo with or without your waist trainer, but we highly recommend you focus on the photos without so you can see your real results. If you’ve been waist training for a while, try comparing photos several months apart to see the most drastic changes.

    If you do want to share your progress, be sure to use #BeTheHourglass and tag @hourglassangel on Instagram or Twitter so that you can inspire thousands! 

    Clothing Size

    If you are dedicated to waist training every day, we hope you plan on a few wardrobe changes over the months because your old clothes might be too big! In fact, using a smaller clothing size as a target can be a great motivator throughout your journey.

    A good time to go shopping is when you have sized down out of your first waist trainer, which can happen in a few months, depending on your goals. Not only is this a great time to order a smaller waist trainer, but why not reward yourself with some smaller pants, dresses or tops that show off your slimmer figure? And you can’t argue with the numbers when you’re trying to measure your progress.

    Fitness Level

    While everyone’s goals are different, we hope that you incorporate waist training into a fitness routine that burns fat and builds lean muscle. While you’ll naturally see a reduction in your waistline when you’re doing this effectively, you can also measure progress through your overall fitness level.

    Here are some objective ways to test:

    • Endurance: How quickly can you run (or walk) a mile?
    • Core strength: How long can you hold a plank?
    • Upper body strength: How many push-ups can you do in a row?
    • Lower body strength: How many squats can you do in a row? (Use either no weight or the same amount of weight whenever you test.)
    • Test yourself in these areas before you start waist training and then about once a month or every other month after you start. If you are doing effective, smart exercises with your waist trainer, you’ll see noticeable progress!

     

    Ask Your Friends and Family

    This is probably one of the least objective ways to measure your progress, but it is probably one of the more encouraging and motivating ones. You probably won’t even have to ask, because the people who know you well are going to notice changes in your figure anyway. They will probably want to know your secret!

    Remember what they tell you and take it to heart—write it down if it helps. This can help you keep up with your healthy lifestyle routine for the long term.

    Everyone has different goals and progresses at a different rate with waist training. What matters is that you are moving forward. And with commitment and discipline, you will.

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  • How Can This Activewear Amp Up Your Workout?

    Discover how activewear can stimulate your workout

    Workout clothes are just workout clothes, right? Does it really matter whether you head into the gym with an old t-shirt or something a bit more put-together?

    Actually, yes. It does matter.

    If you think about it, your favorite professional athletes and others who are doing serious training probably aren’t wearing performance gear simply because it makes them look good. While wearing performance activewear doesn’t replace actually going out and doing some focused exercise, it can make a big difference in how effective that workout can be. Great gear can also help you stay focused and motivated.

    If you’ve never experienced what it’s like to complete your workouts in quality compression activewear, here are several benefits to consider.

    Compression Gear Provides Optimal Support and Comfort

    Have you ever had a worn-out or cheap sports bra, but you wore it anyway because it was all you had at the moment? Then you know that a bad bra is pretty much the worst, especially if you’re doing any sort of workout that involves rigorous movement. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can even distract you from giving your workout your full effort.

    It goes without saying that a great sports bra should be the foundation of your workout wardrobe. But that’s just the beginning. In the same way, compression apparel can provide the support you need all around.

    For starters, a compression top will supplement the support of your sports bra with additional compression around the bust. It will also hug your torso to keep everything in place while you move, so you don’t have to worry about jostling or jiggling, even when jumping around.

    You might also love the support that a workout waist trainer provides. Not only will it slim your waist and keep your abdomen firmly in place while you work out, but it can provide additional support for your bust. In particular, a vest-style waist trainer pairs perfectly with a sports bra for optimal bust and back support and coverage.

    And support shouldn’t just stop above the waist! You’ll be way more comfortable in compression shorts and leggings than baggy sweat pants or shorts, particularly if you’re doing any interval training, dancing, or something similar with quick movements. Women love having curves, but they need to be kept in check when you’re working up a sweat!

    Compression Gear Helps You Sweat Harder

    The old saying goes that women don’t sweat; they “glisten.” Hardly! Sweat is what you want during workouts because it means your heart is pumping, you’re burning calories and you’re getting stronger.

    Boosting perspiration is one of the best benefits of compression apparel, and it’s definitely a difference you’ll notice.

    Here’s how it works: by pressing against the skin, it stimulates thermal activity and blood flow, which in turn signals to your body that it needs to cool off. Your sweat indicates that you’re working hard and ultimately means you’re getting an effective workout (that’s one reason why going for a run out in the heat feels a lot harder than going for a run when it’s cooler).

    Don’t resist sweat; embrace it! In particular, waist trainers will help you sweat a lot more around your core, even when you’re not doing an intense workout. In other words, you can exercise more effectively without actually putting in more effort (although you may feel the extra intensity).

    And if you think all that sweating sounds uncomfortable, don’t worry. Much of our workout apparel is also designed to prevent you from feeling hot and sticky by using lining that wicks away the moisture from your skin. So you can keep your workout’s momentum going without worrying about chafing or sticky discomfort.

    Compression Gear Targets Your Trouble Areas

    No matter what body type they have or how good of shape they’re already in, everyone has trouble areas on their figure. Knowing which workouts to do in order to build muscle and burn fat is the most important factor when targeting your trouble areas, but the right gear can help keep you focused.

    Compression apparel keeps your target areas firm, so you can work on strengthening them further during your workouts. For example, waist trainers help you keep your tummy tucked and your back straight, encouraging you to focus on holding those planks. Compression leggings keep your butt, thighs and hips firmly in check, whether you’re running or doing squats, so you won’t be distracted by anything bouncing around. While the compression material itself isn’t what makes you exert yourself, with smart training it can greatly enhance your workout experience.

    Compression Gear Makes You Look Great

    Okay, we admit this shouldn’t be the only thing that matters when it comes to your workout gear, but flattering apparel can be a huge motivator when it comes to getting up and getting exercise! Whether you’re at the gym, on a run or taking selfies during your home workouts, knowing that you look your best can make you more excited to do it.

    Compression apparel not only intensifies your workout, but also slims your figure in all the right places. Wearing a waist trainer can help you take at least an inch off your waistline immediately. Compression shorts and leggings help smooth out and lift your butt and thighs, and may also help slim your waist depending on which one you use. Certain slimming, butt-lifting leggings like these from Bon Bon Up are even constructed with an internal girdle that is both comfortable and effective.

    You Can Mix and Match for a Customized Experience 

    One of the most enjoyable qualities of workout apparel is that you don’t have to pick just one piece. Mix and match your favorite compression tops, workout bands, butt-lifting leggings or toning shorts for a customized experience each time you work out. Your preference might change depending on what you’re doing or whether you’re indoors or outdoors. And of course, there are many varieties of colors and patterns.

    Here are a few ideas for your inspiration:

    • Try going for a long run in cooler weather wearing long leggings and a workout band.
    • When you’re in a time crunch but want to fit your workout in quickly, strap on a Velcro closure workout band, paired with your favorite shorts or leggings.
    • Doing crunches or serious abdominal work? Switch out your waist trainer for some compression tanks.
    • When working up a sweat doing a lot of squats or other legwork, get the most out of it with high waist shaping shorts and your favorite waist trainer.

    What Features To Look For

    There are many options when it comes to compression apparel, so here’s what you need to know when browsing through different garments.

    • Bio-ceramic material: The Delfin brand carries a unique fabric that provides instant smoothing, increases perspiration and keeps you feeling cool and clean with a breathable design and anti-microbial additive.
    • Butt-lifting construction: Bon Bon Up leggings are designed to firmly tighten your butt and control your thighs using an internal girdle.
    • Breathability: Leggings, shorts and tops come in a variety of fabrics, all of which can provide compression but will have different degrees of breathability. Lighter fabrics like nylon will feel light and cool, while fabrics like polyester and neoprene will not feel as light, although they may effectively make you sweat harder.
    • Moisture-wicking: Look for this description in garments to determine if they will transfer the sweat away from your skin. Most of are garments do this to some degree.
    • Latex: Most waist trainers are able to effectively provide compression through the use of a latex core. There are several, however, with a latex-free blend.
    • Waist trainer length options: Not all waist trainers are one style fits all. Check out different lengths that can be suitable if you have a long or short torso.
    • Waist trainer closure options: Most workout bands come with hook-and-eye closures, but we do carry several that zip up for extra support, as well as those with a Velcro closure for easy on and off and a customized fit.
    • Flexible steel boning: The Hourglass Angel brand waist trainers are uniquely constructed with steel instead of plastic in the bodice, for durable maximum compression.

    In general, you might find that different features work better during different kinds of workouts and workout environments, which is why mixing and matching is highly recommended, as described above.

    We hope you’re inspired by the many options available to you that can help you start and continue working out effectively. We carry high-quality apparel that will help you stay motivated and get the most burn out of your workouts. As always, if you have any questions about waist trainers or any other compression apparel, our expert stylist are waiting to hear from you.

    And don’t forget to get social! We love seeing you in your workout gear on our social media channels. On Instagram or Twitter you can tag us at @hourglassangel and use #BeTheHourglass to let us know how your workout goals are going. Be sure to track your progress and take before and after photos. You’ll be an inspiration to us as well as your friends!

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  • A New Mom's Complete Guide to Postpartum Waist Training

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    Carrying a baby is one of the most beautiful experiences women have. But it can also be one of the most challenging—not just during the pregnancy, but in the postpartum period as well.

    Whether you’re just a few weeks postpartum or it has been quite a few months since you had your baby, some of your challenges might include exhaustion, weakness in your core, breastfeeding around the clock, and struggles with your post-baby weight. And while having a little one around is certainly a delight, it can feel a little bit like your body has been hijacked!

    Some of our happiest waist training customers have been new moms—because there are so many benefits to doing it in the postpartum period. It’s not just about losing weight and getting your body back; it’s about feeling strong, confident and healthy. In other words, you want to be the best mom you can be.

    Do you know all the benefits of postpartum waist training? You just might be surprised…

    Belly Binding Can Aid in Postpartum Recovery

    It’s not as common a practice in the U.S. these days, but “belly binding” has been practiced for centuries around the world in the immediate days and weeks following childbirth. It’s the practice of providing gentle compression around the abdomen while the uterus and the rest of the belly contract back to their normal size.

    One of the benefits of compression is the added support you get for your back and core while your body is healing naturally. This can also aid in your recovery by increasing blood flow and reducing scar tissue. A wrap can be helpful whether you’ve undergone a C-section or vaginal birth. Get the go-ahead from your doctor, and go ahead and start wrapping within hours after birth.

    We carry several products designed exclusively for the immediate postpartum period including the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks and the Bamboo Belly Bandit. These are soft and gentle, designed to keep dry, and will not irritate your skin following a C-section. They are also customizable so that as your abdomen shrinks, you can adjust them accordingly to provide ongoing compression.

    After a few weeks of belly binding, if there are no complications in your recovery, you can start the transition into waist training garments with firmer compression.

    Waist Training Provides Extra Back Support

    A common complaint among new moms is back pain. And it’s no wonder; after childbirth your core is stretched to the max. Instead of relying on your core muscles, your torso might compensate and put uncomfortable pressure on different parts of your back or hips. While some women can snap back pretty quickly, everyone is different. You might especially have difficulty regaining your core strength after multiple pregnancies.

    Some women also experience back pain if they’re breastfeeding due to the extra weight they’re carrying in their breasts. If this is the case with you, you might prefer the extra bust support and back coverage that a vest-style waist trainer will provide.

    By wearing a waist trainer, you’ll be improving your posture every time you put it on. This will take the pressure off the wrong places in your spine when you’re tempted to hunch over because of your weak core. A waist trainer is especially helpful if you have to go back to work at an office job, where you’ll likely want to slouch in front of your desk. You’ll feel much more energized and experience less pain with a straight posture—not to mention feel confident with your postpartum figure, which just might make you stand a little taller anyway.

    Of course, you don’t want to rely entirely on your waist trainer to improve your posture. The most effective way to prevent back pain is to rebuild your muscle strength, especially in your core, and also in your shoulders and upper back. We recommend using a workout band during strength training to help you make the most out of your workouts. Use resistance exercises or weights several times a week to work on all of those weak muscle groups, and you’ll almost certainly see improvement. Check out some of our workout suggestions here. Be sure to get the go-ahead from your doctor before you do any exercise, especially in that early postpartum period. You’ll want to make sure you are completely healed before you start strengthening your core.

    Waist Training Helps You Be More Confident and Motivated

    When you’re juggling a newborn or even an older child, making your health and fitness a priority can be a real challenge. Wearing a waist trainer daily can help because it gives you a vision for what you can accomplish.

    First of all, you’re going to see immediate results when you put on a waist trainer that fits well. Your belly will be flatter (perhaps for the first time in a long time!) and you’ll see what it looks like when you have an hourglass shape to your midsection, without any muffin top or love handles. We highly recommend taking photos and waist measurements so you can see just how dramatic the effect can be.

    Ultimately we believe you should have body confidence no matter what stage you’re at in your fitness journey. The choice you get to make is whether or not you’re going to invest in yourself. By wearing a waist trainer and dressing in clothes that make you feel and look good, you can check off a box on your self-care checklist. This is soooo important as a mom, because a happy mama can contribute to a happy family.

    Waist Training is a Stepping Stone To a Healthier Lifestyle

    Many women who waist train find that when they see the possibilities while wearing their waist trainer, they have vision to meet their goals. Once they start seeing the long-term results over the course of several weeks or months, they continue to stay motivated. Some people who try waist training don’t incorporate healthy diet and exercise into their routines at first, but eventually it feels so good to see results that they make those changes later. We think that’s pretty inspiring! Check out this story from a new mom to see how it worked for her.

    You might also find that when you are wearing a waist trainer for at least 8 hours a day, you’ll be more likely to maintain portion control while you eat. Since the waist trainer constrains your midsection, you’ll find that your stomach won’t comfortably be able to expand when you eat a large meal. In this way you’ll be encouraged to eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than 2–3 large ones. Many doctors and nutritionists recommend this approach to eating as it can help you maintain a steady energy level and avoid overeating.

    Lastly, simply having some great workout gear like a brightly colored waist trainer can inspire you to get up and move. Since workout bands intensify your workouts by making you sweat harder, you’ll get more results from your efforts. Whether you’re just getting out and walking with the stroller or you’re doing some serious training, you may find exercise more enjoyable and effective.

    Waist Training Can Help Firm Up Your Skin

    Here’s a little known secret: when you waist train regularly, particularly while using our specially formulated waist training gel, you can smooth your skin through a combination of increased thermal activity and microcirculation. This can be a huge benefit if you suffer from saggy, stretched out skin, which is all too common among new moms (or even older ones, years later!). While waist training can’t replace the dramatic effects of surgery, if you practice it regularly you might be pleasantly surprised!

    It Is Possible To “Get Your Body Back”

    While your life will never be the same after you have a baby, it is possible to feel sexy and confident in your postpartum body. Depending on genetics, how much your weight has fluctuated, skin elasticity and other factors, you might not look exactly like you did prior to pregnancy. But just give it time. With determination, a healthy lifestyle, realistic goals, and a waist trainer, you can achieve postpartum body confidence that you can be proud of in just a few months—and beyond as well. And chances are, others will notice and wonder how you got your body back. Most importantly, when you’re taking care of yourself and feeling great about your health, you’re going to be much more equipped to be the best mom you can be.

    What are some of your postpartum struggles? Chances are, you’re not the only one who has them. If you need help picking out the perfect waist trainer to help you meet your goals, be sure to check out this waist training guide as well the most current information on our blog, which has many practical tips to make it work. And of course, we have expert stylists waiting to respond to your questions via phone, chat or email. Happy waist training, mamas!

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  • Everything You Need to Know about Corseting Before You Begin

    Everything that you need to know about corseting

    It’s no secret that corseting is in! Thanks to celebrities like the Kardashians and Jessica Alba showing off their tiny waists in their waist trainers, ordinary women are loving the dramatic slimming results you can get from this classic style of garment.

    But with so many styles of corsets to choose from, finding your style can seem daunting at first. Today, we break it down so that you know exactly how to make it work for you.

    Waist Cincher or Steel-Boned Corset: What’s the Difference?

    The first thing you might notice when you start browsing waist trainers and corsets is that there are some very different styles available. The two main categories you should be aware of are 1) cinchers, usually constructed with latex, and 2) corsets, which are constructed with flexible steel boning and a lace-up back.

    The term “waist trainer” can be used interchangeably with either style of garment, although usually when someone says “waist trainer” they’re referring to latex cinchers.

    Cinchers slim the waistline, typically with compression material and plastic boning. You fasten them by using hook-and-eye closures, which either come with two or three rows of hooks.

    In contrast, lace-up corsets provide slimming power with the tightening of the laces as well as the steel boning within the bodice. They can provide dramatic results and provide maximum slimming power when fully tightened.

    Which one is best for you is a matter of preference for most women, as both are effect garments for waist training. Waist training is the practice of regularly wearing a corset or cincher as a part of an ongoing slim-down regimen that ideally includes healthy lifestyle choices.

    So, which one is for you? Identify your waist trainer personality profile to find out!

    Your Waist Trainer Personality Profile

    Here are several common “profiles” that you might identify with when selecting your perfect waist trainer.

    Note: It's okay if you don't fit perfectly in any of these profiles – everyone is unique, after all. But as you read through, you'll get an idea of how your lifestyle may overlap in ways that will make your ideal corset obvious.

    1. Workout Queen

    Your second home is the gym (or perhaps the running trail). You are always training for something, whether it’s a 5k, a marathon or perhaps a Tough Mudder competition or triathlon. Mediocre activewear and equipment just doesn’t it cut it; you need the top-of-the-line gear or else you’ll wear right through it. You also might take a flexing selfie from time to time.

    Your obvious choice is a workout band, which will help you sweat harder and intensify your workout program. This might not be your only waist trainer, but will certainly be your favorite for looking great while being active.

    1. Working Professional

    You work the 9-to-5 grind, plus a commute and a busy social or networking life. Since you sit at a desk (or stand on your feet) for most of the day, you’re prone to back pain. With a life always on the run but without a lot of movement, you tend to grab a lot of convenience food and are constantly watching your weight.

    A great solution for you is an everyday waist trainer that will help you improve your posture, get control of your food portions, and generate more self-confidence as you see how great you look. You might also prefer the extra support of a vest-style trainer.

    1. Busy Mama

    You’ve got little ones at your feet, demanding attention all the time. You’ve struggled to shed the baby weight—perhaps it’s only been a few months since or your pregnancy, or perhaps it’s been more. Your diet consists of leftover crackers, boxed macaroni and cheese, and juice.

    Any style of waist trainer can give you a big boost in self-confidence and motivation in your post-baby slim down journey. You might like an everyday waist trainer with three rows of hooks that gives you the space to slim down as you meet your goals. You might also love the durability and customizing fit of a steel-boned corset.

    1. Fashionista

    Maybe you fall into any of the above personas, but additionally you love bold, sexy style. You want to look good and feel good whether you’re running errands or dressing up for a formal event. You like dramatic curves and tight dresses, but you’re not sure if you can pull off such daring styles with your figure.

    For you, the solution is obvious: go with the steel-boned corset! The lace-up design will give you the most dramatic results instantly, and you’ll be able to continue tightening it as you size down. What’s more, you can wear a corset as outerwear over a thin top, giving you a show-stopping, vintage touch to your style.

    Maybe everyone has a little bit of inner fashionista. Remember that you can definitely have more than one style of waist trainer, depending on the occasion and your mood!

    Getting Started with Your Corset

    When you get a steel-boned corset, there are a few things to know before you start wearing it.

    1. Try on and season your corset.

    Corsets are a little bit tricky to try on. The steel busks should be in front; step in carefully. You may need help or a mirror to guide you as you tighten the laces. Pull the Xs the way you would with shoelaces, only you’re going to tie them off in the middle of the bodice.

    The first time you wear your corset, don’t tighten the laces all the way. Tie them off when it is snug but not cinching your waist. The bodice should sit comfortably between your ribs and hips. In order for the corset to mold to your body, you’ll need to season it. Wear it for an hour or two a day for at least a week before pulling the laces tight. It should fit like a glove, with no gaps.

    1. Wear every day for the best results.

    Once your corset is seasoned, start wearing it a little more each day, until it’s on for at least eight hours. In a few weeks, you should be comfortable with all-day wear. Keep track of your progress with photos and waist measurements and prepare to be amazed!

    So do you know your waist training profile? Now matter what your waist training personality profile, be sure to check out our full collection and let our professional stylists know if you have any questions.

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