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Shapewear 101

  • 5 Ways to Create a Smooth Silhouette

    How to wear shapewear

    Looking your best, whether dressing for a formal event, for work or for casual attire, starts at the foundation. With the right shapewear you can create a smooth silhouette, which makes your clothes fit better and flatters your figure.

    Here’s why: most clothing looks best on a flat, smooth surface like a mannequin, but few women are actually built this way! A silhouette perfected by shapewear is such an important piece to your look. No matter what your body type, when your clothes are lying over a smooth foundation they will fall in the right places and highlight your curves.

    Which shapewear is best for you depends on several factors including your trouble spots and the occasion you’re dressing for. Here are five different ways you can get the effect of a smooth silhouette by using shapewear.

    1. All-In-One Shapewear

    All-over body shapers are the best way to create a smooth silhouette from top to bottom. They combat a number of trouble areas in one simple piece, including taming the tummy and lower abdomen. They smooth the whole midsection, lift the bust and control the hips. Some bodysuits slim the thighs as well, depending on how long the cut is in the legs.

    Slips are another style of all-in-shapewear that provide uniform coverage and smoothing for the torso and hips.

    All-in-one shapewear is an ideal choice for formal attire because gowns and dresses fit and flow better. All-over shapers also stay in place and can usually be adjusted for the best fit. Some women also prefer this style of shaper under professional office attire for the same reasons. Suits, trousers, pants and skirts all fit well and look good over top of a smooth shapewear foundation.

    Some different options for all-over shapers include overbust and underbust, removable or adjustable straps, open bottom, slips and varying degrees of thigh coverage. You will also find that they come with different levels of compression. High compression garments create the most dramatic shaping and slimming results, while garments with less compression provide all-over smoothing and are typically a bit lighter and more breathable.

    While we love all-over shapers for many occasions, there are a few downsides (which is why it’s important to have other styles of shapers in your closet, which we’ll talk about below). They are not easy to get on and off, which makes getting dressed take longer. Some styles can also be quite warm, which isn’t ideal in warmer climates—although there are some lightweight options. And depending on the compression level, some garments might restrict your movement, which is not ideal when you’re working out or on the move.

    For those occasions when you want simple shaping solutions that are less restrictive and a bit more breathable, you may want to consider some alternative options for a smooth silhouette.

    1. Panty Shapers

    You’re going to be wearing panties anyway, so it only makes sense to wear a panty that doubles as shapewear. Shaping panties tame the tummy and lower abdomen, prevent muffin top and can also enhance your rear. They are ideal for everyday use and create a smooth foundation whether you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt or are dressed up.

    There are several types of shaping panties that can work for you depending on your needs and the occasion. Here are some of our favorites:

    • High-Waist Control Panties By Spanx 2746: With these high waist panties you’ll eliminate tummy pooch and muffin top immediately. They are ideal under skirts, dresses, work attire and everyday outfits. Spanx is known for being lightweight but powerful; you’ll be comfortable all day while controlling these common trouble spots.
    • Cassandra Thong Back Waist Cincher By Rago 801: Do you prefer a thong back for your panties? Say goodbye to the visible pantyline with this panty shaper that slims the waistline and flattens the tummy. With moderate compression, you’ll get a comfortable but firm hold and an hourglass waist.
    • The Butt Lifter Panty By Fullness: This versatile garment enhances your natural curves. It sculpts your tummy and smooths your midsection while instantly boosting your rear (without padding!). This is the ideal option for your most fitted skinnies, skirts, shorts and dresses.
    1. Waist Trainers

    We’d be remiss not to mention our customer favorite waist trainers as essential parts of creating a smooth silhouette! These garments pack a powerful punch and can help you drop several inches from your waistline. They also lift the bust and eliminate muffin top, so you can easily achieve that hourglass waistline. Here are some of our favorites:

    • Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102: This is the classic latex style waist trainer with hook-and-eye closures that instantly slims and smooths. With maximum compression you’ll love how dramatically it slims your waist and creates an hourglass look. This piece works well for casual, professional and even formal attire.
    • Zipper Latex Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA104: With this slimming garment you’ll get extra hold and slimming power. It fastens with hook-and-eye closures and is reinforced with a zipper to make it tighter and even more seamless under tight clothes. You’ll instantly look up to three sizes smaller.
    • Petite Latex Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA100: This waist trainer is designed for shorter figures so you can get waist-slimming power that is comfortable. You’ll instantly drop 1–3 inches from your waistline when you put it on. It also makes a great workout piece that will let you move while working up a sweat.
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    1. Corsets

    You can kick the slimming power up a notch with corsets designed to provide maximum sculpting for your whole midsection. While they are similar to latex waist trainers in the effects, steel-boned corsets use laces and steel boning to provide a customized fit and dramatic slimming of up to several inches. We carry corsets that are comfortable and sexy:

    • Nude Sand Underbust Corset TUB-210: This classically designed corset rests just below the bust. There are 26 spiral steel stays, a steel busk closure and flexible steel boning to provide maximum slimming effects. Laces in the back provide a tight, custom fit. Use this corset for everything from formal wear to everyday waist training.
    • Underbust Waspie Mesh Corset By Hourglass Angel HA201: Get breathable but firm slimming and support with this mesh-style corset exclusively from our shop. Don’t let the flirty material fool you; it packs a slimming punch with steel boning and a tight-lace back. And it effectively keeps all of your trouble spots around your midsection under wraps so you can achieve a smooth foundation under a variety of apparel.
    • Underbust Cotton Corset By Hourglass Angel HA202: This is our most comfortable corset, constructed with cotton for breathable all-day comfort. It smooths trouble areas on the belly, hips and back and can be used as part of an everyday waist training regimen, or for special occasions.
    1. Thigh Slimmers

    If you want to slim and control your thighs and hips while also tucking in your tummy and smoothing your waistline, these everyday thigh slimmers are the way to go. You’ll get many of the same effects you’ll find in an all-over bodysuit in comfortable, breathable material that you can incorporate into your everyday wardrobe, including casual, dressy and professional styles.

    • Naomi & Nicole Unbelievable Comfort High-Waist Thigh Slimmer 779: This moderate compression garment is so comfortable, you may even forget that it is there. It is seamless and invisible under clothing, while it effectively keeps your tummy and lower abs under control while keeping those thighs and hips smooth and firm.
    • High Waist Spandex Shorts By Spanx 2745: There’s a reason the Spanx brand is so popular: you can enjoy effective and comfortable all-day control around all of those pesky trouble spots. These shorts not only slim your waist and control your hips, but they also lift and firm the butt for a perfectly curvy hourglass silhouette. While these are comfortable enough to wear every day, they also work well as special occasion wear.
    • Best Body Shaper by Vedette A104: Get a beautiful figure, all over, in this easy-to-wear garment that slims from below the bust to the mid-thigh. This moderate compression garment will be your secret weapon under skirts, dresses and suits for a flawless silhouette. You can also it with your favorite bra and get an extra lift from the adjustable straps.

    Between all of these options you can find the best shaper for pretty much any occasion. If you really want to have a versatile wardrobe, we recommend that you have several shaping garments that you can rotate through your wardrobe. With proper care, they will last a long time, and you will feel confident and beautiful every time you get dressed for the day.

    Need help to select the perfect shapewear for your body type or a particular occasion? That flawless silhouette is just a click or call away! Our team of expert stylists would love to help you find the best style and size based on your unique shaping needs.

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  • The Best Shapewear for Formal Occasions: Q&A

    Formal gown shapewear pairings

    We’re heading into wedding season and other opportunities for formalwear. One of the questions you should be asking is which shapewear is going to be ideal for your event, your dress and your body type.

    We thought it would be helpful to compile some frequently asked questions and recommendations about how to get the most out of your formalwear this season. Here’s everything you need to know, whether you’re going to a wedding, gala, or other formal event where you want to look your best.

    Q: What type of shapewear would you recommend to hide a midsection problem area?

    Many mothers of the brides/grooms, and others, tell us their problem area is their midsection. We have several styles that will do the trick under your formal attire:

    1) Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102 - One of our most popular styles, this waist trainer instantly slims your waist by 1–4 inches. Using the power of latex and held secure with hook-and-eye closures, you’ll get an instant hourglass effect.

    Check out what Carla Snuggs of PoshBeautyBlog has to say about this garment:

    "If your goal is a slimmer, firmer waistline, especially in form-fitting or formal attire, a waist cincher is your go to shaper. That coveted hourglass shape is possible with one of Hourglassangel.com's most popular styles: the Amia Classic Cincher waist trainer. Pull it out for special occasions or wear it regularly to look stunning every day. It will instantly slim down and define your waistline, while also enhancing and lifting your bust. With a firm shaping for your whole midsection, it provides an all-over torso makeover under curve hugging dresses."

    2) Underbust Waspie Mesh Corset By Hourglass Angel HA201 - This is a powerful and sexy waist-slimming corset that will instantly sculpt your waistline into an hourglass shape. It uses flexible steel boning and a lace-up back for a customizable slimming effect. Another benefit is the mesh bodice that is not only flirty, but also breathable so you can stay cool while you dance the night away.

    3) Mia Corselette Bodyshaper by Vedette 136 - If you need extra support for the lower abdomen and hips along with maximum slimming power for your waist, a corselette style shaper is the way to go. You’ll instantly slim up to three sizes smaller. We also love how this shaper looks less like a girdle and more like sexy lingerie.

    4) Seamless Firm Control Body Shaper by Ann Chery 4012 - For all-over midsection slimming that will tuck the tummy and smooth out the sides and back, we love this firm control shaper that keeps all of your curves in check.

    Q: What are your recommendations on the best shapewear to pair with special occasion dresses?

    Strapless or sheer sleeve/neckline gowns: for these styles you’ll want a strapless style shaper. If you have a gown with an A-line waist a lot of fabric or ruching around the hips and thighs, you’ll probably want a bustier or longline bra like the Torsolette Satin & Lace By Dominique 8949. This bridal garment lifts the bust while smoothing the midriff and gently correcting your posture, providing a smooth foundation for your gown.

    For a dress that fits your form more through the waist and hips, a shaping slip will offer smoothing and slimming for your whole torso. The Naomi & Nicole Firm Control Bra Slip With Built-In Panty 7777 is a strapless slip with a comfortable hold that provides smoothing from the bust to the thighs. Silicone around the edges ensures that it won’t slip or roll.

    Form-fitting bodices: Any dress that hugs around the midsection, tummy, hips, butt and thighs will look best over a smooth foundation. The Best Selling Contour Shaper By Leonisa 018678 is a minimizer bodysuit that tames the tummy, trims the hips and controls the lower abdominal area. A zip-up front closure provides maximum slimming power and a firm hold. At the same time it is breathable, making it a more comfortable option for long events.

    For a smooth shaping option from bust to thighs (ideal for longer gowns), the Best Body Shaper By Vedette 104 provides moderate compression with a comfortable, firm hold. It controls the abdomen, mid thighs and back while reducing the waistline. Overall it can slim up to two dress sizes, while remaining invisible under form-fitting dresses including mermaid cut. The open bust lets you pair with your favorite bra, while the adjustable straps ensure a custom fit with lifting and enhancement of the bust.

    Lastly, we recommend the Best Shapewear Mid-Thigh Bodysuit By Amia A107 as an all-around versatile shaping option for formalwear, with removable straps. This garment will slim 1–2 inches and provides mid-weight shaping from beneath the bust to mid-thigh.

    Here’s what Carla Snugs of PoshBeautyBlog says about it: "This type of garment is designed to provide smoothing so you can look flawless under your sexiest clothes. It provides slimming and shaping for the midsection, hips, butt and thighs. Often your best bet is a bodysuit like the Amia Mid-Thigh Lace Trimmed Bodysuit, which will slim your midsection while helping to emphasize your curves, all with a sexy-smooth finish. This garment provides firm coverage from over your bra line to your thighs. Nothing but smooth from top to bottom!”

    Q: What size should women purchase their shapewear in?

    When it comes to formal attire, it’s very important that your shapewear fit correctly in order to get the most flattering results.

    While it might be tempting to use a smaller size to look your best, we highly recommend that you avoid this! There are several problems with wearing shapewear that is too small. First, it will be very uncomfortable and may pinch you and even restrict your breathing. In fact, you might not be able to get it on at all without damaging the material. And even if you get the garment on, it will not be flattering for your figure. Shapewear that is too small tends to squeeze in the wrong places and you may have a “spillover” effect or a garment that rolls down.

    Our collection of shapewear has been carefully curated and tested and will look best if you follow our sizing charts. To get the correct size, take measurements before you order the garment. Measure the fullest part of your bust, the narrowest part of your waist, and the fullest part of your hips. No matter which part you’re measuring, be sure that the measuring tape is level with the ground to get the most accurate number. You should use soft vinyl or fabric measuring tape for the best results. It should lay flat and snug against your body, but it shouldn’t be stretched so tight that you can’t fit a couple of fingers underneath the tape. (See more about sizing help.)

    Helpful tips:

    • Once you’ve taken your measurements, be sure to follow the size chart for your specific garment. Just because you wear a particular size dress or jeans does not mean that you will wear the same size in shapewear. Sizes can even vary between shapewear brands.
    • If you are in between sizes on the chart, we always recommend that you go with the larger size. Most garments have adjustable straps and other features to help you customize the fit where needed.
    • A shaping garment that fits correctly will be snug but not uncomfortable. When trying it on, step into it gently, without hard tugging or pulling. When it is fully fastened and in place, you should love the way you look and achieve an hourglass-like result.
    • We recommend ordering your shaping garments well in advance of your formal event. In this way you can ensure not only that the shapewear will fill correctly, but also that you’ll be able to size your formalwear precisely. Brides and bridesmaids should do their final dress fitting while wearing their shapewear so that they can get the best fit possible.

    We've got you covered!

    No matter what your formal event, we’re confident that you can find exactly what you’re looking for at Hourglass Angel. Beauty blogger Carla Snuggs of PoshBeautyBlog.com says, “My go-to shapewear retailer is Hourglass Angel. Not only because they are effective, they last forever, and they have a wide variety of shapewear styles to meet my needs, but because I love that you have an option to chat with a stylist to find the right shapewear for you.”

    When picking out your perfect garment, consider the cut, fabric and color of your dress, as well as your problem areas. Higher compression garments will give you the most dramatic results and provide the most slimming power, while garments with less compression will generally provide all-over smoothing that creates the ideal foundation for formalwear. Be sure to follow our sizing charts, which have been customized for each garment in our shop. You may also found our verified customer reviews of each garment helpful, especially those that are specific about their size and body shape and how the garment helped them.

    If you have any more questions about which shaping garments are best for your formal event, contact our team and we’ll be glad to help.

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  • 10 Helpful Tips for Hiding Trouble Spots with Shapewear

    How to Use Shapewear

    Did you know that when it comes to concealing your trouble spots, shapewear is just the beginning?

    While we love the power of shaping undergarments to help you slim, smooth and enhance for that hourglass look, we also love the way that shapewear can help you redefine your figure.

    As the seasons transition, you’re probably thinking about how to update and fill out your wardrobe. Don’t forget that there are many ways you can effortlessly enhance and slim your figure using the right apparel. Shaping garments are easy wardrobe solutions because they’re like shapewear and outer garments, all in one.

    Here are some quick tips about four types of shaping garments and how to make them work for you.

    Butt-Lifting Jeans

    Everyone wants the perfect pair of jeans to flatter their body, hide trouble spots and enhances their curves. Well, stop "fighting" with traditional denim and discover the shaping power of butt-lifting jeans, which are designed in the Brazilian style for maximum butt-lifting effect.

    1. Enhance your natural curves

    Once you try butt-lifting jeans you might wonder why you ever wore anything else! The unique seaming makes your rear look round and full, while the back pockets are strategically placed to draw the eye to the fullest parts of your curves. Stretchy denim creates a custom, flattering fit for a variety of body types.

    These are an effective butt-shaping option whether you want to create a fuller look for your rear without using padding, or if you want to lift and control the curves you already have.

    1. Control love handles

    Another benefit of butt-lifting jeans is their waist-slimming effect. Love handles are a very common problem with jeans, especially figure-hugging jeans. What sets these jeans apart is their higher-waist cut, which slims and conceals, rather than squishing up and out.

    Shaping Leggings

    No wardrobe would be complete without a few pairs of fashionable leggings. You can feel confident in your own skin by choosing leggings that provide powerful slimming, lift and control.

    1. Smooth your thighs

    Thigh control is a huge concern we hear from women. A no-brainer solution is shaping leggings! These will effectively slim and smooth your thighs, especially in the inner thigh area that tends to rub together. The result is a very comfortable and stylish look that you can wear in a number of stylish outfits.

    1. Lift your butt

    Butt-lifting jeans aren’t the only solution when it comes to enhancing your backside. With butt-enhancing leggings you can create a fuller, rounder look effortlessly. Choose from options that can smooth and control, as will as lift and enhance.

    1. Smooth your midsection

    Shaping leggings not only smooth the butt and thighs, but are also an effective solutions for your midsection. Look for a style with a compression band at the top like these Booty Leggings with Waist Trainer by Bon Bon Up that flattens the tummy and smooths around the waist. Shaping leggings can also keep help control the lower abdominal area.

    Camisoles

    Layering your tops is simply a smart way to dress in every season. Whether you’ve got a sweater or a jacket, or just a lighter button-down top, you can lay a perfect foundation with a shaping cami that helps create a smooth, hourglass shape.

    1. Enhance your bust

    We love the versatility of shaping camis because they are an easy layering solution for enhancing your breasts. Use an open-bust cami with your favorite bra for additional lift and support of your bust.

    Shaping camis are an easy grab-and-go solution under your favorite tops and sweaters, and over-the-bust styles with seamless support like this V-Neck Slimming Tank by TrueShapers also function as a casual stand-alone tank.

    1. Slim and smooth your torso

    A shaping cami is an all-in-one torso-smoothing option. An over-the-bust tank functions as a standalone option that creates a slim, smooth figure from bust to hip.

    Open-bust options like the Control Camisole by Amia pair seamlessly with the bra of your choice. Another benefit is that most shaping camis provide coverage for your upper back, preventing wardrobe problems like back bulge and armpit fat.

    Activewear

    Never work out in unflattering, baggy clothes again! Not only does compression activewear help you look your best whether you’re posing for selfies or going to the gym, but you’ll also get the most out of your workout by sweating harder. Some styles are also designed to wick away the sweat so you’ll remain cool and comfortable even when your workout cranks up the heat.

    1. Control your butt and hips

    With compression leggings and shorts, you’ll get firm lifting and support through your most vigorous workouts, ensuring your rear stays in place. You’ll not only get a great workout, but you’ll feel more confident knowing how good you look from behind and from the side.

    1. Slim your thighs

    Comfort is key when you’re sweating hard, and that’s why compression workout shorts and leggings are going to be your best friends when you go to the gym. They’ll prevent rubbing and chafing, while stimulating more thermal activity so you can get a more effective workout.

    1. Minimize your waist

    Last but not least, it almost goes without saying that a high-quality workout band is a must-have for your workouts. For starters, you’ll instantly look slimmer by up to three inches around your midsection. Our waist trainers are also known for providing maximum compression and thermal activity around your core, ensuring that you are getting the most burn out of your workout. Many people also enjoy wearing their workout bands outside the gym because of the way they feel (although we highly recommend switching to an everyday waist trainer for all-day wear).

    We hope you’re inspired to fill out your wardrobe this season with shaping apparel that lifts, slims and smooths in all the right places for your unique needs! Need help figuring out which pieces are suited to your body type and trouble spots? Check out more info on our blog or contact our professional stylists for advice.

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  • How to Solve the Biggest Wardrobe Problems with Shapewear

    Target Trouble Areas with Shapewear

    Everyone has trouble areas when it comes to their figures, which means that wardrobe options that look stunning on someone else might not be flattering for you.

    While you can’t do a lot to change your natural body type, the good news is that you can go a long way to enhancing your best features and concealing your trouble spots. The trick is knowing how to dress—especially with shapewear.

    Shapewear can be pretty miraculous when used well! You just have to know which type is ideal for your trouble spots.

    Here are some of the most common wardrobe problems women encounter, as well as how to fix them with the right shapewear and style choices.

    Problem: Turkey Neck

    Turkey neck is wrinkly skin in the neck and chin area. You might be tempted to wear turtle-neck sweaters year-round, but those make the problem worse!

    Shapewear solutions:

    Since you want to draw attention away from your neck and chin, use shapewear that enhances the bust and slims the torso. We recommend the V-Neck Slimming Tank by TrueShapers 1370 for providing the best foundation for all of your tops with low necklines. For a more sculpted look for your whole figure, try the Smooth Couture Bodysuit by Va Bien. This piece firmly slims your whole figure and can be paired with your favorite bra for optimal shaping and support.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    Go for tops and accessories that can camouflage the problem: necklines that draw attention away from the chin and neck and towards the collarbone such as V-necks and scoop necks. A button-down shirt with the collar popped can draw the eye down. If you want to conceal more, try light scarves in soft colors.

    Turtlenecks, mock necks, chokers and dark colors near the face all draw the attention toward the neck, so avoid these styles as much as possible.

    Problem: Muffin Top

    This is one of the most common wardrobe problems women encounter: when the waistband of your pants or skirt squeeze against your midsection, causing excess tummy, hip and back chub to spill over.

    Shapewear solutions:

    You can prevent this problem by choosing shapewear with a high waist. This ensures that you’ll have a smooth surface under your clothes, even above the pant line.

    The Best Shapewear Mid-Thigh Bodysuit By Amia A107 is one of our favorite solutions for muffin top. It creates a smooth foundation for your figure from just below the bustline all the way down to mid-thigh. Removable, adjustable straps provide additional support and prevent the garment from rolling down or slipping.

    Bodysuits like the Sculpt ActivWear Body Shaper by Shape and Slim are also effective at preventing muffin top. And if you’re wearing a dress or skirt, try a compression slip for all-over shaping.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    In addition to the right shapewear, high waist pants and skirts can serve you well in preventing muffin top—not to mention drawing emphasis to the narrowest part of your waist rather than the trouble areas. Try shaping apparel like Butt-Lifting Leggings With Leather Sides By Bon Bon Up 1056 for your workouts and New Dawn Lift and Sculpt Jeans for everyday attire. Both of these garments not only conceal muffin top, but they also lift and shape your butt.

    You’ll also want to avoid styles that emphasize rather than conceal the problem, including low-rise jeans, cropped tops and any waistband that squeezes around your squishy area.

    Problem: Pooch 

    This is another wardrobe problem located at the midsection. The difference between a tummy pooch and muffin top is that the pooch is below the belly button and is located primarily in the front, while a muffin top can occur higher up around the whole waist. Flabby abs can happen to anyone but are commonly an issue if you’ve had your belly stretched out by pregnancy.

    Shapewear solutions:

    To pull those abs in, pick shapewear that provides firm compression in your abdominal areas. Firm compression waist trainers are among our most popular shaping options that can eliminate that pooch belly and shrink your waist by an inch or more.

    For everyday, powerful slimming, try the Zipper Latex Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA104. This garment features flexible steel boning and a strong zipper closure over three rows of hooks, for maximum compression. And if you’re plus size, you’ll love this Plus Size Latex Waist Trainer HA102.

    If you’d prefer an alternative to a waist trainer, shaping panties with elastic panels in the front will do the trick. And we’re not talking your grandma’s panties; Cassandra Thong Back Waist Cincher By Rago 801 is a sexy option that hardly looks like shapewear at all, while Sexy Shapewear with Lace and Garters by Vedette 132 looks like lingerie. For everyday slimming under casual and professional attire, you might like the High-Waisted Panty Shaper with Booty Lift by Leonisa 022239 or the High Waisted Panty by Amia A109. We recommend rotating several shaping panties like these through you’re wardrobe so you’ll always have options.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    While your shapewear should be cut high waist, we recommend that you actually avoid high waist pants and skirts, and especially tucking in your shirt into a high waist. This can accentuate the problem. Other than that, if you’re wearing the right shapewear underneath, you’ll have a lot of freedom to try a variety of styles.

    Problem: Armpit Fat

    This is excess flesh in the underarm area that is often worsened by strapless dresses and tank tops.

    Shapewear solutions:

    In order to correct the appearance of fat under the arms, you’ll want to wear bras with side slimmers and vest style waist trainers. These not only cinch in the waist but also provide optimal support for the breasts and coverage for the back.

    For a supportive bra, we recommend a shaper like the Lacy Love Push-Up Brassalette by Dominique 7759. This is an especially great option for when you want to go strapless. When you’re not going strapless, vest-style waist trainers like the Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest 2027 for everyday and special occasion use or the Latex Waist Trainer Vest by Hourglass Angel HA103 for plus sizes will provide the coverage and support you need.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    Avoid strapless dresses that cut straight across the chest and opt for sweetheart necklines instead. You’ll also want to steer clear of tube tops and tanks that are too tight.

    Problem: Mom Butt

    It can happen whether you’re a mom or not: a flat, elongated backside, without any shape or definition. It can be particularly noticeable when wearing jeans, especially ill-fitting ones.

    Shapewear solutions:

    Look for panties with posterior padding or shapewear with butt-lifting properties to fill out your rear. The Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette 504 is a popular shaping option with an open-bottom that firmly lifts your butt’s natural shape to create an hourglass shape. The Dayann Butt Boster Body Suit by Vedette 913 is another open-bottom option with all-over shaping power. If you’d prefer padding to an open bottom design, the Butt Lifter Panty by Fullness 8011 creates a natural-looking, full shape.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    The right jeans go a long way in preventing mom butt. Be sure to avoid jeans with small back pockets and high waist paints, which elongate the butt even further. For this problem, butt-enhancing jeans are especially effective at creating a rounder, fuller shape using rounded seams and strategically-placed embellishments that enhance the right curves.

    Problem: Chub Rub

    You know it when you’ve got it: thighs that rub together while walking, causing clothing in that area to become worn and pilled.

    Shapewear solutions:

    Thick tights and bike-short-style shapers help relieve chafing and provide control in the thigh region. You’ll be much more comfortable and save your clothes! Several of our most recommended thigh shapers include the High Waisted Thigh Shaper By Slim Me MSM-108, High Waisted Spandex Shorts by Spanx and the Naomi & Nicole Unbelievable Comfort High-Waist Thigh Slimmer 779 for comfortable, moderate compression that slims the tummy through the mid-thigh. For coverage that focuses primarily on the upper thighs and lower abs, try the Thinstincts Slimming Girl Shorts By Spanx 10004R.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    You’ll have a lot of wardrobe options when you’re wearing shaping shorts. Avoid pants made of thin, draping fabrics.

    Problem: Back Fat

    This often goes hand in hand with armpit fat and is characterized by rolls of flesh around the shoulder blades, often worsened by bra straps.

    Shapewear solutions:

    Having a well-fitting bra with the straps adjusted so they are not too tight is your first line of defense. A slimming camisole or a compression waist trainer can also help reduce the appearance of back fat. Try the Waist Trainer Corset Vest by Amia A103 to provide extra coverage for your upper back, or the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset for unbeatable support. For shaping camis we recommend the V-Neck Slimming Tank by Trueshapers 1370 for an all-in-one solution that prevents back fat, or the Control Camisole by Amia A108 to pair with your own best-fitting bra.

    Wardrobe solutions:

    Once you’ve got the problem under control with the right shapewear, you’ll also want to avoid thin fabrics like charmeuse or jerseys.

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  • 5 Styles of Invisible Shapewear that Will Make All Your Clothes Fit Better

    The Best Shapewear to Make Your Clothes Fit Better

    Spring is almost here!

    As the seasons change, you’re probably thinking about how to update your wardrobe. But have you considered updating your shapewear wardrobe? This is the best place to start, because having the right shapewear can help you rediscover the clothes you already have.

    The right shapewear can make your old favorites fit well again. When you have the right piece as a foundation, all of a sudden that top or dress that didn’t lay quite right over your figure will suddenly look much better. Shapewear can smooth out your trouble areas and enhance your curves so that clothing can fit the way it was designed to.

    Whether those jeans from last year are a little tight or you don’t like the way that sweater fits, don’t throw it into the donation pile just yet. Update your shapewear collection first, and then build your new wardrobe from there.

    Here are a few styles of invisible shapewear that can help you refresh your whole look, plus tips on how to wear it best so that it doesn’t show through.

    The Shaping Panty

    You’re going to be wearing panties every day anyway, so why not wear some that double as shapewear? A shaping panty will slim your waist, flatten your tummy and prevent muffin top. You may find that your jeans fit in a much more flattering and comfortable way when they have a smooth foundation underneath.

    Check out the Perfect Curves High Waist Brief By Hooked Up 1070. This garment provides firm control for your whole midsection, ensuring that you have a smooth waistline all around and flat abdomen. What makes this particular panty unique is that it actually hooks into your bra! So it essentially acts like a full-body shaper, but it’s easier to get in and out of, and it pairs easily with your favorite bra. And you’ll never worry for a second about rolling or sliding because the top is securely in place.

    For invisible shaping with this or other style of panty shaper, make sure that you use a color that matches your skin tone or matches the fabric that you’ll be wearing over it. Most panty shapers provide slimming and coverage to at least the natural waist, so no one will suspect your secret.

    The Shaping Tank

    This is a staple wardrobe piece, especially for seasons when you’re going to be wearing layers. As with shaping panties, you’re probably going to be wearing a light tank under your tops anyway, so why not wear one that enhances your figure?

    The Thermal Control Tank, By Diane 2205 provides firm slimming for your figure with the no-fuss style of a tank. Its open bust design allows you to pair it with your favorite bra, so you can provide extra support and lift for your bust while slimming and smoothing your waistline. This particular tank is ideal for fitted sweaters and thin tops.

    For invisible shaping in any shaping tank, your shaping tank and bra should be similar in color. Also make sure that you’re aware of your straps and what kind of coverage your top provides if you don’t want them peeking out. Otherwise, a shaping tank should be invisible under most outfits, especially seamless tanks like the one by Diane.

    The Thigh-Slimming Shaper

    When you’re wearing tight pants or dresses and skirts, you want to have smooth, slim thighs and a round, lifted butt. You can also get great results with a thigh-slimming shaper.

    The Vedette Amelie Open Bottom Mid Thigh Shaper 914 is a versatile shaper that can be a staple in your wardrobe, especially for days you want to wear a skirt or dress. With an open-bottom design you’ll get a natural, firm lift to your butt along with smooth slimming from your waist to the mid-thigh. The open bust and adjustable shoulder straps provide extra lifting and support with your favorite bra.

    Check the length of any skirts or dresses your wear with your thigh shaper to make sure it won’t poke out (if you have a particularly short skirt, try a body shaper, below.) Also choose a color that is close to your skin tone or the fabric of the outfit you’re wearing. Otherwise, you can feel confident that your shapewear will not create a visible panty line because of its longer length.

    The Body Shaper

    Anytime you want some all-over slimming for a dress, jumper or other outfit that shows off your silhouette, an all-over shaper is an obvious choice. You can slim and control your midsection, lift your butt and support your bust with one piece.

    The Seamless Firm Control Body Shaper by Ann Chery 4012 is a powerful piece that creates a smooth foundation using three latex slimming layers do to all of that. This is a must-have for any figure-hugging outfit. This garment is also completely seamless, making it invisible under your outfits. If you’re using any lighter colors or fabrics, this feature is important to consider.

    The Bustier

    Lastly, for all of your strapless outfits, and especially strapless dresses, you’ll want a quality bustier in your wardrobe. It’s like a cross between a strapless bra and corset; you’ll get unbeatable bust support along with slimming and smoothing for your waist.

    The Formal Chic Ultra Lift Seamless Bustier By Va Bien 1503 is a classic piece that is ideal for bridal and other formal attire. This garment provides firm slimming from the bust to the hip. It works well under strapless dresses, particularly a-line and other styles that emphasize the waist. It is also seamless, meaning it will remain invisible under lighter fabrics.

    Whatever bustier you choose for your strapless looks, it’s always a good idea to try it on well in advance of your event to makes sure it fits correctly. This will ensure that you experience the most flattering results (this is actually true of any shapewear style!).

    We hope you’re inspired to give your wardrobe a shapewear makeover, so you can rediscover what you have and feel confident in whatever you’re wearing!

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  • The Best Plus Size Shapewear of 2018

    High Quality Plus Size Shapewear

    Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and that’s why we are big advocates of high-quality plus-size shapewear. One of the top expressed needs of our customers is shapewear that accommodates curvier figures. And we agree—you should expect waist slimming, thigh slimming, posture-support and all-over smoothing and contouring, no matter what your size.

    While there were a few good options for plus size shapewear, we noticed that there was room for improvement, particularly with waist trainers. And that’s how the Hourglass Angel private label shapewear collection was conceived! Between our private label and the best options from other brands, you’re not going to find a better selection than our plus size shapewear collection.

    What Makes the Hourglass Angel Plus Size Collection Different

    If you have a plus size figure, your shaping needs are slightly different. While everyone benefits from slimming the waist, smoothing curves, support and enhancement, you will also want to be sure that your shapewear has:

    • A comfortable fit
    • Durability
    • Support in all the right places

    Our plus size collection has been independently tested on countless real women to ensure a precise fit and optimal support. We made slight modifications in the material as well as the cut. The results are products that are constructed for fuller figures that will remain supportive and provide full coverage.

    These accommodations make more effective shapewear garments than other plus-size shapers on the market!

    We also wanted to provide our plus size customers with variety, because different women of different shapes on different occasions have different shaping needs! This plus size collection meets a variety of needs including targeting different areas and providing support.

    Hourglass Angel Private Label Waist Trainers for Plus Sizes

    To start, check out our newly released private label collection of waist trainers:

    Latex Workout Band Curve Creator By Hourglass Angel HA101

    When it comes to a plus size workout band, we wanted a product with the highest integrity and firm, customizable fit. A Velcro-closure is an ideal option for workouts because it is quick and easy to put on and can instantly adjust to your size. This fitband comes in sized up to 3X and provides full coverage for the torso.

    We also took inspiration from steel-boned corsets to maximize the compression level and durability of this garment. Most workout bands are reinforced with plastic boning to maintain their shape, but this one uses flexible steel. In combination with the high-compression latex at the garment’s core, this waist trainer achieves unbeatable compression, ensuring that you get the most out of your workout each and every time. Maintaining firm compression is what stimulates perspiration and makes the waist training process effective.

    Lastly, you won’t sacrifice comfort in this garment. While the compression is firm, you won’t have to worry about it digging in or causing discomfort in places it shouldn’t, since it has been tested on real women.

    Customer Billie V. says, “I’m a taller girl (6ft) and this shaper still fit great! I wear it to the gym while running and lifting heavier weights, helps not only with holding my shape and sweating but with back support too!”

    Best Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA102

    Hook and eye are some of our most popular products because they are versatile and virtually every body type benefits from them. They instantly create a slimmer, smoother waistline and an hourglass shape. They can also be used as an ongoing waist training regimen as a part of a smart waist slimming plan. This particular garment uses three rows of hooks, so it naturally sizes down with you, providing a snug, custom fit.

    This Hourglass Angel waist trainer is ideal for workouts and comes in up to size 5XL. The latex core stimulates heat around your midsection and increases your perspiration. So you sweat harder during any exercise, whether it's a gentle walk or high-intensity physical activity.

    Finally, this garment is also reinforced with flexible steel boning, giving it superior durability and maximum compression.

    This review from a Guest customer (1/4/18) says it all: “I ordered 2 XL waist trainers to begin with and in a little over a month am needing the next size. I wear them alternating every 2 days and worked my way to 8 hours a day. I workout in them and man even just looking at the sweat made me feel like I was doing something and then to be able to see the results with the tape measure made me feel like gold! I would recommend these to ANYONE and EVERYONE.”

    Latex Waist Trainer Vest By Hourglass Angel HA103

    One of the biggest needs that plus size women express is having more support and coverage for the bust and back. A vest-style waist trainer is the way to go, so we had to include one in our private label collection.

    You’ll instantly lose 1–3 inches off your waist when you put on this latex waist trainer. With thick support straps, you’ll also get optimal support for your breasts. And with a high back design, you can say goodbye to any concerns you have about bra bulge, not to mention love handles and muffin top. It also provides optimal posture support over a long day.

    This vest waist trainer comes in up to size 5XL. Three rows of hook-and-eye closures ensures it’s going to provide a custom fit even as you slim down. And like our other signature waist trainers, this garment is reinforced with flexible steel boning for unbeatable durability and maximum compression—for the best results.

    Hourglass-Effects Waist Trainer By Hourglass Angel HA105

    We were giddy to introduce this stylish waist trainer to our plus size market because we know how you looooove to post selfies and feel confident and sexy during your workouts. Not only does the superior construction and cut provide the coverage and support ideal for curvier figures, but the curvy design of the color and fabric creates a slimmer hourglass appearance.

    Like our other signature products, high quality latex is reinforced with flexible steel boning for maximum compression that will have your midsection sweating hard during your workouts. You can wear this waist trainer under your everyday clothes, or keep it exposed at the gym. It comes in up to size 5XL, so we’ve got you covered!

    We see the word “love” a lot in this products reviews! Tara B. says, “I recently bought the Hourglass-Effects waist trainer and I am loving it. I have only worn it so far for about 7 days but can already see the difference!! I am looking forward to starting my intense work outs and really seeing a dramatic difference in the weeks to come!! Thank you Hourglass Angel!! I recommend to everyone :)”

    Additional Recommended Plus Size Shapewear

     In addition to our private label collection, you can round out your wardrobe with other high-quality shapers for all occasions.

    High Waist Spandex Shorts By Spanx 2745

    When it comes to all-over coverage and support, no one does it better than Spanx. These high waist shorts come in up to size 3XL, providing smooth control without squeezing or causing discomfort. It controls the waist, butt, hips and thighs while providing flexibility and freedom of movement. This is an ideal choice for a night out or formal occasion.

    Sculpt ActivWear Body Shaper By Shape And Slim

    This innovative bodysuit slims and shapes the torso, back, tummy and upper thighs. It weaves natural ingredients, including shea butter, brown algae oil, and caffeine combined with Cedrol into the fabric to help your skin look and feel smooth and soft. It provides moderate compression and looks great under pretty much anything!

    Squeem Waist Cincher 26PW

    Squeem is one of our top recommended brands for plus sizes including this classic every waist cincher that comes in up to size 5XL. Include it in your everyday waist training regimen and wear it under most styles of clothing.

    The Catwalk Firm Control High-Waist Long Leg Plus Size By Body Wrap 55821

    If you’re looking for a lighter feel with a comfortable but effective slimming effect, this wrap provides coverage from below the bust to just above the knee. It comes in up to size 3XL and is one of our top recommendations if you’re looking to get smooth control of your hips and thighs.

    Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose 4505 By Co'Coon

    Constructed exclusive for plus sizes 2XL–5XL, this body suit combines maximum compression with zipper closure for superb slimming power. You’ll also love the lingerie look and feel of the lacy leg openings that also provide slimming and control for the hips and thighs. Finally, it lifts and rounds the rear so you can enjoy full, firm curves in all the right places along with a slimmer, smoother waist and thighs.

    We hope you learn to embrace your curves in 2018 no matter what your size! It’s a great time to have a curvy figure and we hope to offer even more of the best options in the future. Don’t hesitate to contact our shapewear specialists with your questions or recommendations about all of our plus size shapewear.

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  • Shapewear 101: How to Use Shapewear for Special Occasions

    Shapewear 101: How to Use Shapewear for Special Occasions

    You probably already know that shapewear is useful for any occasion. But let's face it: one of the best times to wear it is for special events.

    Whether you’re a bride looking for a bridal corset, or dressing your best for a gala or other formal event, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your gown. The right shapewear is a key to getting your look just right.

    If you’re not so sure if shapewear is for you, take note that most celebrities on the red carpet rely on it unabashedly and without hesitation. The Kardashians, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry are just a few who have gone public about their love of shapewear.

    Choosing the right garment will depend primarily on the “trouble spots” you want to target as well as what style of gown you’ll be wearing. Here are the basics when it comes to using shapewear to slim, support, lift and sculpt for any formal event.

    Waist Slimming Shapers

    Perfect dress pairings for waist cincher: a-line, ballgown

    Pretty much everyone can benefit from a slimmer waist and flatter tummy. For this reason, you’ll have a lot of options for waist enhancement in formal attire.

    For the most dramatic waist sculpting, we recommend a waist trainer or corset. The Classic Waist Cincher by Amia 102 creates a firmer, flatter midsection and can help you lose 1–3 inches from your waist measurement as soon as you put the garment on. It also eliminates love handles, so you’ll have a smooth, flawless foundation for the dress to lie over.

    Waist-slimming shapers are especially flattering for dress styles that accentuate the waist, including a-line and ballgown styles. And they can enhance any body type, so you really can’t go wrong.

     Thigh Slimming Shapers

    Perfect dress pairing for thigh shaper: clinging or pencil skirt

    One of the biggest concerns women have in formal attire is their thighs. Whether you have a tight-fitting gown like a mermaid cut, or you have a flowing gown and just don’t want to show any bumps, you’ll want a thigh-slimming shaper.

    There are a few options when it comes to thigh shaping. The main question is how much coverage you want. Some thigh shapers primarily shape the upper thighs and hips, while others provide coverage all the way to the knee. If you’re wearing a shorter skirt, you’ll want to take note how much coverage you can have.

    A good all-around thigh shaper is the Best Shapewear Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia. It offers slimming and sculpting from just below the bust to mid-thigh, providing a smooth foundation for multiple dress styles. With a lacy bottom at the opening of the legs, it lies flat while holding firm. You’ll get the double benefit of a controlled, flat tummy and smooth, sexy thighs.

     Butt-Lifting Shapers

    Perfect dress pairing for butt-lifting shaper: mermaid cut

    While you want your shapewear to slim your trouble spots like your waist, hips and thighs, you don’t want it to flatten your butt. In fact, you may want it to lift and enhance your backside so that you can fill out your gown.

    Whether you need to create more curves or control the ones you already have, a butt-enhancing shaper is the way to go. Many of them also slim your waist so you can fully accentuate all of your curves in the right places.

    The Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette 504 is one of our most popular butt-enhancing shapers. The open-bottom design firmly squeezes and lifts your natural features, while the rest of the garment creates a smooth waistline and hips. This is a great option if you are concerned about visible panty line; you get the invisibility of a thong back with a lot more “oomph.” We recommend this shaper if you have a narrow body shape or a curvy top and need to create balance with a fuller bottom.

     All-Over Shaping

    Perfect dress pairing for bodysuits: sheath

    Most of us have more than one trouble spot. For formal occasions it often works best to address all of them with one garment. An all-over shaping garment is built to create an hourglass by lifting the bust, slimming the waistline, firming up the rear and smoothing out your hips and thighs.

    The Amie Mid-Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette 911 does it all. The high waist design will flatten and slim your torso below the bust, and continues to provide coverage and sculpting through the thigh. But with an open-bottom design, you’ll also benefit from a curvier butt.

    Say goodbye to the whole gamut of trouble areas, and say hello to smooth thighs, a slim waist and a round butt. This garment is lightweight and will keep you cool and comfortable for long events.

    Lower Abs

    Perfect dress pairing for corselettes: cocktail

    This is one of the peskier trouble spots for a lot of women. Even if you are slim at your natural waistline above the bellybutton, this lower abdomen area can look unflattering if you’re not wearing the right kind of shapewear under your dress.

    The key to controlling this area is using shapewear that is long enough and firm enough to get the job done without revealing any bumps or seams underneath your dress fabric. A firm compression bodysuit like the Mia Corselette Bodyshaper keeps your whole tummy safely tucked in and secure using tri-layer lining and a latex core.

     Bra Bulge

    Perfect dress pairing for vest style waist cincher: strapped and sleeved looks

    No one likes to talk about this trouble area, but the truth is, anyone can suffer from bra bulge, or a less-than-smooth upper back area. Your first line of defense is, of course, a bra that fits well, which is why many of our garments are designed with an open bust—so you can pair them perfectly with your favorite bra.

    But if you’re still battling the bulge, even with a great-fitting bra, you’ll want shapewear that provides more coverage for your back, preferably over the braline. Choose a vest-style waist trainer or a bodysuit with straps to get adequate support and coverage for your bust.

     Bust-Lifting

    Perfect dress pairing for bust-lifting longline bras: strapless.

    Some formal dresses make it difficult to get breast support and enhancement with a normal bra, but sometimes a standard strapless bra just doesn’t get the job done. A longline bra or overbust corset provides firm lifting and support for strapless styles as well as light smoothing of the upper waist to create a smooth finish underneath your dress. The Longline Smooth Strapless Bra by Dominique 8541 is a favorite choice for bridal and other formal attire.

     Posture Support

    One simple thing that anyone can do to improve their appearance in formalwear is stand with a straighter posture. This can make you look thinner and more confident, even if you have not physically changed anything else (just ask any photographer!).

    Did you know that many styles of shapewear can provide posture support? In particular, firm compression waist trainers and bodysuits will not only pull in your waist but straighten your torso while you wear them. So while you might, in your natural state, want to slouch and hunch your shoulders, with the right shapewear you’ll naturally sit and stand a little straighter—creating a big difference in your overall appearance.

    More Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Formal Shapewear

    The most important factor in using shapewear for special occasions is choosing the right garment for trouble areas and dress style. Once you have that picked out, the next step is making a few tweaks so you get everything right:

    • Take accurate measurements! Our shaping garments have been carefully curated and tested, so follow the sizing charts precisely. If you’re not sure how to measure, check out this guide.
    • Try on your shapewear well in advance of the event to ensure that it fits correctly. Step into it gently and fasten where needed. You shouldn’t have to yank or pull to get a good fit, but it should be snug and create a flattering finish. If it pinches or is very uncomfortable, it doesn’t fit. If it’s not quite right, exchange for a different garment or different size. See here for our return and exchange policy.
    • Also try on your dress with the shapewear underneath before the event to make sure that they work well together. If you’re having your dress altered, remember that when you’ll want to wear your shaper when you trying on your dress for the final fitting.
    • Practice wearing your shapewear and break it in before the event, just as you would with a new pair of shoes. Not only does the garment need to break in, but your body needs time to grow accustomed to the way it feels. This is especially important in maximum compression garments like waist trainers. If you’re wearing a waist trainer for a longer event, be sure to work your way up to it. Start out by wearing it for an hour at a time and then gradually increase the amount of time you wear it until the day of the event.

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  • Best of 2017: How Our Top-Rated Products Helped Thousands of Women Shine and Slay with Confidence

    The highest rated waist trainers

    Here at Hourglass Angel, we’re proud to have a carefully curated selection of waist trainers, shapewear and accessories that make you love the way you look and feel. We’ve seen thousands of women transform their figures, shine with confidence and slay their body image insecurities.

    As 2017 comes to a close, we're excited to share our customers’ top picks for the year. So with no further ado, here are our top ten body-sculpting products!

    1. Amp Your Curves Waist Training Gel

    We’re thrilled to see this recent addition to our collection of accessories top the list. This special formulated gel pairs perfectly with any waist trainer and will tighten, tone and smooth your skin.

    Customer Suzy N. says, “Bought this and [was] kinda skeptical but the result is amazing! I used to buy similar gel that I used with waist training and cost me $60 bucks! This gel is way more affordable and works the same! Buying more soon!”

    1. Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel HA102

    We introduced this workout waist trainer this past year with the curvy woman in mind. Many plus-size women wanted more options for waist training, and so we had this garment specially designed! It uses a unique combination of flexible steel boning and high-compression latex to produce maximum results.

    Michaela G. says, “This is by far the BEST waist trainer I have used. I usually wear corsets, but I found Hourglass Angel, and I am HOOKED! (No pun intended!) This trainer is SO comfortable.. you really look forward to putting it on. And the best part— it is invisible under clothing! During all of my daily activities, I am smiling, just knowing that my waist training goals are speedily being met.”

    1. Faja Reductora 3-Hook Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2023

    One of the waist trainer features that more women are loving this year are three rows of hook-and-eye closures. This allows you to use the same waist trainer even when you size down dramatically. And of course, the Ann Chery brand sets the standard for quality and results.

    Celeste E. says the best thing it has given her is confidence: “Amazing!! Yes it does help with slimming the waist and giving it the hourglass appearance. However to be honest the best thing I like about it is that it corrects my posture. I stand and sit taller, making me look taller and leaner and giving a bit of confidence boost. Remember no matter the size confidence is the sexiest feature a woman can have! Love it.”

    1. Cheap Waist Trainer by Pure Shapes PS012

    You don’t have to break the bank to get started with waist training, and that’s why we recently introduced this budget-friendly waist trainer. But just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean it doesn’t work! This is a great option for beginners and provides instant results.

    Customer Inehita N. was hooked: “This waist trainer really exceeded my expectations. It has already been two weeks and I've lost about 1-2 inches off my waist. Comfortable, true to size, and will definitely be ordering another one soon!”

    1. Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest 2027

    This everyday vest-style waist trainer is a customer favorite because of its power and versatility. The underbust design with shoulder straps provides maximum coverage and support for your bust and back, all while delivering the powerful waist compression that you can expect from Ann Chery.

    Alexandria K. says, “It looks AMAZING! I have never gotten this kind of shape out of any shaper I've ever owned! While not invisible under tight clothes, the front close is also MUCH less bumpy than other cinchers/shapers. I can't get enough of the hourglass I get in this!”

    1. Waist Trainer Active Band by Amia

    Amia is one of our signature brands and is known for its innovative approach to design and an unwavering attention to quality. This workout waist trainer will maximize your sweat and enhance your workout. And it provides instant slimming of 1-3 inches.

    Many customers are raving about this product. Shelby H. says, “I had a hard time deciding which trainer to buy I'm glad I decided on this one! I'm 5'0 tall and this is perfect for my short torso. I wear it while exercising and to work during my 12 hour shifts. I can tell a huge difference in my posture and definitely increases sweating to my core. Currently getting ready to order a smaller size!”

    1. Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery 2025

    Get instant slimming and lifting in this powerful waist trainer that you can wear every day. This is the garment you want to rotate through your wardrobe along with your favorite workout band. It’s designed to wear under your clothes so you’ll feel comfortable and confident on any occasion. It’s no surprise that this has been a top seller for five years in a row!

    Angela V. says, “I'm seriously in love with this waist trainer. It hugs me in all the right spots and fits so well.”

    1. Clasica Black Latex Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2021

    This newer style from Ann Chery was also a big hit this past year, as three rows of hooks are becoming more popular. Customers love its slimming power and fast results.

    Linda C. says, “I am so obsessed I wish I knew about this a long time ago. I wear it to work for 8 hours and don't even know it's there. So far I've got tons of compliment from my co-workers, friends and family. My jeans and work pants use to be tight on me now they are so loose.”

    1. Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102

    This waist trainer has been a top-seller for five consecutive years because it gets results! Its classic waist-slimming design produces instant results as well as quality you can rely on every day.

    Kristine is one of many people who are thrilled with their results: “I just had a baby 4 months ago and this wrap has helped my confidence so much! I just started using it a week and a half ago and I already notice the difference! I love it.”

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    And of course, it’s no surprise that this renowned workout band from Ann Chery tops the list again for the fifth year in a row. Many women have used this powerful slimming garment as a must-have workout companion because of its unbeatable results.

    Check out Amanda H.’s story: “Though I was in very good shape I could never get rid of some problematic areas. I even had a surgeon say the only way was through lipo! Within two weeks my stubborn areas on my back and flanks were gone and everything was very toned (I don't lift weights, just running). It keeps my posture straight and controls my breathing when running. I've found I can go much harder with my workouts, though it does take a week or two to get used to. If I don't wear it during my workouts now I feel completely off. I swear by this product it's a must have!!”

    That’s a wrap for 2017! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Be sure to capture your own transformation and share with us! #bethehourglass

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  • SOLVED: 6 Most Common Shapewear Problems

    Shapewear Problems Solved

    Is shapewear a part of your wardrobe? If not, you may want to ask yourself why. Celebrities and everyday women alike of every shape, size and background use it daily! Everyone deserves to look and feel their best, so what’s holding you back?

    Unfortunately, since shapewear is so popular, you might run into some lower-quality garments that could jade your experience. But just because something is labeled as shapewear doesn’t mean that it’s going to get the job done for you. In fact, ill-fitting or poorly designed shapewear might make you look and feel worse!

    First, let’s talk about why everyone can benefit from shapewear, and then we'll look at some of the common problems that are easily fixed.

    The Benefits of Shapewear

    A lot has changed in shapewear since the days of your grandmother’s girdles. Modern shapewear is designed for modern women in modern attire. In addition to making you look smoother and slimmer, there are a few other benefits you might not know about.

    Reshaping your whole figure: If you’re less than satisfied with any of your natural curves, shapewear can effectively help you look more like an hourglass, no matter what your shape. Most garments are designed to slim the waistline and flatten your tummy. With a variety of styles you can also enhance your bust, lift your rear and minimize your hips and thighs. The key is choosing a garment with high compression for the most dramatic reshaping results.

    Improving your posture: With a shaper that focuses on the midsection, like a waist trainer, not only will you be reducing your waistline, but you’ll find that you’re forced to sit and stand up straighter. This is better for your back, and you’ll naturally look more energized and confident.

    Creating a smooth foundation: Clothes are designed to lay over a smooth surface like a mannequin, so it can be frustrating when your favorite top or dress doesn’t seem to fit quite right or draws attention to the wrong areas. Shapewear can fix trouble areas like muffin top, love handles and bra bulge instantly.

    Providing motivation and confidence: When you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, shapewear can give you an instant body makeover, which in turn can provide you with the inspiration and motivation that can help you follow through with your goals. Plus, when you drop a dress size instantly, just by putting on the right garment, it’s hard not to feel great about yourself.

    Opening up a world of style options: Think you can’t pull off skinny jeans or tight sweaters? Shapewear makes it possible to wear a variety of fashionable styles without having to worry about revealing any of your trouble spots.

    When Shapewear Goes Wrong

    It is possible to have a poor shapewear experience, which is why some women may turn away from it altogether, and possibly even warn their friends against it! Whether you’ve had a bad experience in the past or you know someone who has, rest assured that every shapewear problem has a solution. Our expert stylists have dealt with just about every issue and know how to get around it:

    1. Rolling up or down: Nothing can be more frustrating than having to constantly adjust your shapewear. The waist of the garment may roll down, or the legs or skirt may roll up. This is a sign that your garment either doesn’t fit well or is poorly designed. The solution is to make sure that you are wearing the right size and that your shaper is designed to stay firmly in place.

    One feature to look for that will prevent rolling is silicone. For example, the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip has silicone in the hem that prevents the skirt from rolling up or shifting out of place. Another feature to look for that prevents rolling is high compression at the top or bottom. Quality waist-slimming garments often have either reinforcement around the midsection or a thick band that ensures the garment will stay in place. If you’re still having trouble keeping your garment up, try a waist minimizer with adjustable shoulder straps. It won't roll down!

    To ensure that your shapewear fits properly, take accurate measurements of the bust, waist and hips. Follow your garment’s sizing chart precisely. Every piece of shapewear in Hourglass Angel’s store has been carefully curated and tested, and our sizing charts have been adjusted accordingly.

    1. Complexity of using the bathroom: Afraid you won’t be able to realistically get in and out of the ladies’ room when you’re wearing shapewear? Quality shapewear is designed with this need in mind.

    For bodysuits and other high compression garments that might seem difficult to get over your hips quickly, there is a very simple solution. Panty-style garments like the Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit typically have an easy-access opening called a gusset that holds in place with a hook-and-eye closure.

    1. Visible lines: Understandably, if you’re wearing shapewear you probably don’t want the world to know what your secret is. When it comes to invisibility, you’ll find a lot of variation in your shapewear options.

    One feature to look for that can help you avoid your shapewear poking through is anything that is “seamless.” Garments with this distinction are constructed so that their seams and closures are in inconspicuous places. These are ideal to wear underneath thin or otherwise revealing fabrics, although they may not offer as powerful compression as other garments.

    The visible panty line can also be a concern, but the trick with shapewear is the same as any other undergarment; choose a thong back or a garment with leg openings that are lower on the thighs instead of right around the seat. Which style you choose depends on how much shaping you want for your hips and thighs.

    Regardless of what type of shapewear you’re wearing, it’s always smart to try it on under the clothes you intend to wear it with before going out in public. Some shapewear works beautifully with some types of outfits and not as well with others. That’s why we recommend having a variety of shapewear that you can rotate through your wardrobe, to ensure that you’ll always have what you need.

    1. Bra bulge: No one likes to talk about this, but it can be a big problem! Women of all shapes and sizes can suffer from bra bulge around their bra strap, particularly in the back.

    The first step to prevention is having the right bra. Make sure that you’re wearing one that fits you well now and that provides adequate support. We recommend measuring your size once a year or so, especially if your weight has fluctuated or if you’ve had a baby. What fit well last year might not work anymore. If you struggle with bra bulge, choose a bra style that uses a thick band.

    When it comes to shapewear, you can further prevent bra bulge with styles that provide more back coverage. If you want to try waist training, consider a vest style that is designed to pair with your favorite bra and provides compression coverage for the upper back.

    1. Bunching up or slipping: Quality shapewear should stay in place all day. If yours is bunching up or slipping around, this may indicate that it doesn’t fit well, is poor quality or is wearing out.

    A shapewear garment that fits correctly should firmly hug your figure without causing discomfort or pinching. You should be able to put on a garment without having to yank it, although it might take some wriggling as it will be tight. If your shapewear slips on a little too easily, chances are it is a bit loose. Again, it is vital that you take accurate measurements and following our sizing charts precisely.

    Over time, shapewear does wear out, especially if you wear it frequently. Be sure to properly care for your shapewear so that it lasts as long as possible! You’ll know its time is up when it has noticeably lost its elasticity and effectiveness. You may also find that your shapewear doesn’t fit as well if your weight fluctuates, in which case it’s also time to get something new.

    1. Bent boning: Some shaping garments contain either plastic or steel boning: long, thin strips that help reinforce shape (similar to underwires in bras). It is possible for them to be bent, in which case your garment may be extremely uncomfortable.

    Usually improper care and use is what causes this kind of warping. Remember to be very gentle with your shapewear! While it is designed to be strong when it comes to slimming power, it is not designed to withstand rough handling. When you are putting on your shapewear, always do it slowly and try to avoid hard yanks and pulls. Most garments are designed to be stepped into, rather than pulled over the head. If you can’t get your garment on without using force, it is probably too small or you are not handling it properly.

    Again, it’s worth noting that you should always take proper care of your shaping garments and replace them after they have worn out.

    Remember, you can eliminate several of the most common problems by choosing high-quality shapewear that fits well and by taking good care of it.

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  • New Mom Guide to Corseting, Waist Training and Shapewear

    What We Recommend for a Speedy Postpartum Recovery

    What We Recommend for a Speedy Postpartum Recovery

    Whether you’re expecting or you’ve already delivered, one of the biggest questions new moms have is when they can get their body back.

    While the answer to that questions depends on a number of factors including the amount of weight you gained during pregnancy, your genetics and your lifestyle, we can definitely recommend waist training as an effective part of your postpartum slim-down strategy.

    Waist training after pregnancy can be safe and effective if you follow these tips. Here’s a comprehensive guide to looking and feeling great at every stage. And be sure to check out all of our postpartum waist trainers and shapewear. As always, consult your doctor before proceeding prior with the tips below.

    Immediately Following Delivery: Belly Binding:

    When you give birth, your whole body goes through a lot of change, and as any doctor will tell you, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get a lot of rest, water and healthy food. Enjoy those early days as you get to know your baby.

    As far as waist training goes, we recommend belly binding for at least the first week. This is actually an ancient method of postpartum recovery: for years, women have used compression on their torsos to ease the swelling as their bodies naturally flush out the extra fluids they were carrying around during pregnancy. The compression helps to gently reshaping your midsection while you wear the garment, and it feels good on the weakened muscles in your core and back.

    We recommend the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks for this purpose. It is soft, gentle, designed to keep dry, and will not irritate your skin following a C-section. As your abdomen shrinks, you can adjust the Velcro to fit.

    First 3 Months: Waist Training

    Once you’re past the first week following childbirth, you can start to explore firmer compression methods. A waist cincher, also known as a waist trainer, is a perfect way to start stepping it up a notch. Try one with a latex core for effective results, or choose from our latex-free materials as well. We recommend a front-closure style with three rows of hooks so you’ll have the most room for slimming down following your pregnancy. You can also try a Velcro-closure option.

    While you might be eager to maximize your routine, be patient and ease your way into waist training. Listen to your body’s cues; if you’re uncomfortable in any way, take a break. Make sure that you have a waist trainer that is fitted to your current size rather than the size you want to be; otherwise you will be extremely uncomfortable and may not even be able to get your waist trainer on properly. Read this guide to learn more about picking the right waist trainer.

    Start out slowly; wear your waist trainer for just an hour at first and then slowly add a little bit of time each day. If you’d like to have continual compression throughout the day, switch back to the postpartum belly binder when you’re not wearing a high-compression waist trainer.

    After several weeks of daily wear, you should feel pretty comfortable with wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours a day. You may also start noticing that it is time to size down, particularly if you’ve been watching your diet and avoiding unhealthy foods. Try fastening the waist trainer to the next row of hooks once it is easy to put it on and off and it’s not feeling as tight.

    Once you’ve passed the six-week mark postpartum, assuming all is well, you should get the go-ahead from your physician about starting to exercise. This is a great time to introduce a workout band into your waist training regimen.

    Wear it whenever you work out or are physically active, whether you’re going for a walk with the stroller or getting your core muscles back into shape at the gym. A workout band is an effective way to boost the intensity of your workouts by helping you sweat harder. Aim to work out in some capacity at least four times a week. At this point you’ll want to rotate between your workout band and an everyday waist trainer in your wardrobe.

    Corseting: 4 Months and Beyond

    At around four months, if you want to take your routine up a notch, now is the time to consider a steel-boned corset. Because of the way it is constructed and its lace-up design, a corset will give you the most dramatic results. By this point you may have already lost several inches from your waistline naturally following childbirth, so you can plan on investing in a corset that will last for many months, depending on how often you wear it.

    Some things to remember if you want to try corseting: first, you’ll want to make sure that you have sized your corset correctly (check out this guide to learn how). Once you have the perfect corset in the perfect size, be sure you season it before tightening it all the way. This means wearing it for an hour or two for one to two weeks so that the corset can mold to your torso’s shape. After that, you can lace it up tightly and see just how dramatic corseting results can be.

    You can use a corset for waist training just like you would with a cincher. For the best results, we recommend wearing it daily for eight to twelve hours. You can also rotate corsets through your wardrobe along with cinchers. Some women like to use corsets for special occasions or for a particular look, while others like to use corseting exclusively for waist training.

    Shapewear: Anytime!

    Waist training isn’t the only way to sculpt your figure and feel attractive during the postpartum period. You can use a variety of shapewear styles as well that can create a slim and smooth midsection, a firmer butt and sculpted thighs. You don’t have to follow any timetable after pregnancy to get the most out of your shapewear.

    You can pair shapewear with a waist trainer, or you can try wearing it whenever you’re not wearing your waist trainer. For example, you might want to switch into a shaping cami after wearing a waist cincher or corset all day. A lot of new moms also love the results they get for the rest of their figure when they wear shaping leggings or butt-lifting jeans with a waist trainer. And don’t forget, if you’re breastfeeding you will definitely want some trendy nursing tanks on hand.

    To get the most flattering results of your shapewear, it is again very important to wear shapewear that is sized correctly for your current size and shape, not your goal size and shape. While it can be tempting to use your pre-pregnancy size, the results will be uncomfortable and unflattering if it is too small. Just remember that, if you do size down, investing in some new shapewear in a smaller size can be a reward you give yourself!

    Lifestyle Tips for Postpartum Waist Training and Shapewear

    As always, what you wear is only part of the picture when it comes to how you look and feel. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way, especially during that postpartum period when you are going to have more demands on your time, your energy and your body.

    Here are some basic tips to follow (which are helpful whether you’re postpartum or not!)

    • Hydration: everyone should watch their water intake, but it is especially important during the postpartum period. First, your body is going through a healing process following childbirth, and adequate water will ensure that you’re flushing out toxins and helping your body repair itself. Make sure you’re getting at least 64 ounces daily. If you’re breastfeeding you’ll need even more—probably around a quart, to stay hydrated and maintain adequate milk production. Finally, if you’re waist training you may want to drink even more because of the extra perspiration it causes. Drink up!
    • Nutrition: just as it needs water, your body also needs vital nutrients to optimize the healing process during childbirth. Stick to whole foods as much as possible and try to avoid added sugars. And while it might be tempting to track your calories so you can lose weight, try not to worry about it too much at this stage. If you’re drinking adequate water, wearing a waist trainer and eating whole foods, you may find that you’ll feel more satiated and the weight will come off naturally. If you’re not seeing results after a few months, then you might want to watch your calorie intake a little more closely.
    • Exercise: follow your physician’s advice; if everything is normal you should be cleared for exercise about six weeks postpartum, or perhaps a little more if you had a C-section. Start out where you left off with exercise before the birth; if you were already pretty fit, you’ll find that you can get into the routine again relatively quickly. But if you’re new to exercise, add it in slowly. Get a mixture of cardio, strength training and stretching and gradually increase the intensity (just like you’re slowly waist training more).

    Remember: it takes time for your body to return to its pre-baby figure. Be patient, stick to your routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle to see the fastest results possible

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