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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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  • Best Shapers that Shape and Enhance Your Butt Seamlessly

    Best butt-enhancing shapewear

    Want a great butt? Who doesn't!

    While we highly recommend having a butt-enhancing workout plan to help you with that, you can also get a round, full and smooth rear by using the right shapewear.

    There is a wide variety of butt-enhancing shapers available, and what is best for you depends on several factors, including your natural shape, the results you desire and the occasion you’re dressing for.

    Here are four types of butt-enhancing shapers and some of our favorite recommendations that will give you a seamless finish. For the best results, we recommend having several shapers that you can have ready in your wardrobe so you’ll be best dressed for any occasion.

    Shaping Panties

    We’ve heard many people say that once you try shaping panties, you won’t want to wear anything else. It just make sense: you’re going to be wearing them anyway, so why not choose a pair of panties that lifts and rounds your butt? Many styles also create a slimmer, smoother midsection, in addition to lifting your behind. Choose from panties that enhance with padding, or for a natural look you might try and an open-bottom design.

    For effortless, natural enhancement of your backside, we recommend the Butt Lifter Panty by Fullness. It is comfortable and easy to wear and comes in three different levels of enhancement—making it no-brainer solution for everyday wear or for special occasions and nights out. Adjust the straps based on your mood and the occasion you’re dressing for. The high waist design also flattens and slims your midsection for a smooth, hourglass silhouette. This style of panty pairs well with skinny jeans, skirts, shorts and dresses, as it enhances your natural curves with an open-bottom design.

    Don't just take our word for it. One customer said, “Am using this daily. Makes me look great in my jeans and dresses!” As we said, once you find a butt-lifting panty you like, you won’t want to wear anything else!

    Shaping Shorts

    For a little extra smoothing and sculpting, shaping shorts might be just what you need. Most styles come in a high-waist slimming design that prevents muffin top and flattens the tummy. As with shaping panties, butt-enhancing shaping shorts can enhance your rear through a combination or a selection of padding, stitching and an open-bottom design. Some are designed for workouts and others are ideal for everyday wear. Pick yours (or more than one!) based on your personal needs.

    Our recommendation for simple and natural butt enhancement is the lightweight Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima. It combines control and comfort with maximum curve creation with its stunning open-bottom design. The hosiery weight makes it comfortable enough year-round, making it ideal for a variety of styles from summer dresses to your favorite tight pants. It also uses a thermal tummy control panel to provide extra slimming and stimulate thermal activity in your core with it targeted compression. Once customer said, “This is the best I've tried so far. Looks so beautiful in dresses. OH MY GOODNESS! You will be amazed! unlike some that show the seams... no.. these do not.”

    The thermal pant is ideal under a variety of outfit styles, both formal and casual. It is a seamless design, which makes it ideal even under light materials.

    Bodysuits

    When you’re needing all-over slimming, sculpting and enhancement, a bodysuit can do just the trick. There are a variety of styles you can try. Some of the options you may want to consider include compression level, type of coverage and enhancement, whether or not you want straps, and how much butt enhancement you desire. Most bodysuits have an open-bust design and pair well with your favorite bra. If you’re on the fence about whether to try a bodysuit versus a shaping slip, bodysuits generally provide more butt lifting and enhancement.

    Hands-down, when it comes to butt enhancement one of our favorite bodysuit selections is the Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette. You can feel confident in your own shape and skin with the open-bottom design. It is ideal under dresses, skirts and slacks. While it naturally firms and lifts the butt, it also provides firm slimming compression for your waist, hips and thighs. You might easily fit into a smaller size outfit (although that depends on how tight your outfit is around the butt!).

    This bodysuit is not only effective at creating an hourglass figure, but it’s comfortable. It uses a cotton inner lining that feels soft and cool against the skin—which you’ll definitely want for all-day wear. As one customer said, “This is exactly what I was looking for! Great quality shaper, very comfortable, after having a baby my body hasn't looked the same as it did but with this shaper I really gained some self esteem!” We’re so glad to hear it!

    Leggings

    No wardrobe is complete without a few pairs of leggings, and shaping leggings are a convenient way to combine sensible, comfortable style with figure-enhancement. We love leggings because of their versatility; they can be used for casual or dress-up attire, and are especially comfortable and effective during workouts. They’re a go-to style choice year-round no matter where you live!

    For everyday wear and powerful figure-sculpting we highly recommend Vedette Rachel Shaping Leggings. These are a perfect combination of form and function, as they can be used as shapewear underneath dresses and skirts or add an extra layer of warmth under your favorite denim or slacks. Their design utilizes a combination of cotton, rubber, latex, spandex and nylon. The result is compression throughout the pant that slims the waist, hips and thighs while rounding and lifting the butt. Grab your pair in black or nude, depending when you want to wear them.

    To sum it up, there’s really no reason you can’t have a great butt, no matter your body type. Which style of butt-lifting shaping do you want to try? If you have any questions, especially about styles and sizing that are ideal for your needs, our expert stylists are available to make recommendations just for you. Also be sure to check out our other articles on butt-enhancing shapers and apparel on our blog.

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  • How to Choose the Right Shapewear for Your Trouble Spots

    Shapewear for Different Body Types

    When you’re trying to get a flawless look, whether or not you should use shapewear isn’t even a question. Stunning celebrities—like the Kardashians, Halle Berry, Oprah, Jessica Alba and more—swear by it, so there’s no reason to be bashful. The question is, which is the right shapewear, especially when you consider your own personal trouble spots?

    While the options might feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re not accustomed to wearing shapewear, finding your perfect shaping solution online is not as hard as you think.

    Step 1: Identify Your Trouble Spots

    Do you know what body type you are? That’s usually a helpful place to start when identifying your trouble spots. Women’s shapes can fall into several categories:

    • Round figured (apple): You have a fuller bust and midsection, with narrow shoulders and hips. Your challenge is defining your waistline.
    • Straight figured (rectangle): Your shoulders, waist, bust and hips are all close in size. Your challenge is adding curves in the right places.
    • Hourglass: Your figure resembles an hourglass: the waistline is smaller than the hips and bust. Your challenge is curve control.
    • Curvy on the bottom (pear): Your hips are wider than your upper half. Your challenge is enhancing your bust or controlling those hips and thighs.
    • Shapely on top (inverted triangle): Your upper half is noticeably larger than your hips. Your challenge is defining your waist and softening your shoulders.

    You can determine which of these shapes best describes you by taking measurements of the bust, waist and hips. But chances are, you probably already know what you are. Based on your body type, you can figure out which areas on your figure need some shaping, slimming, and smoothing with the help of shapewear.

    Step 2: Know Your Occasion

    Once you know your trouble spots, next decide what occasions you will want to use shapewear for. Here are some factors to consider:

    • Formal vs. everyday: Generally you’re going to want a lot of compression and shaping power for formal events like weddings. You may want something a little more breathable for everyday use, whether you’re at home or at work.
    • Workout apparel: What you wear during your workouts is going to be different than what you wear to the office. Workout shapewear is designed to make you sweat for a more effective workout but can also be breathable and is designed to retain its shape during vigorous movement.
    • Temperature: You may want to select your shapewear depending upon the weather and what you’re planning on wearing over the top. In hot weather when you’re wearing very light tops, some shapers might be uncomfortable and hard to hide. In cooler weather you won't mind some heavier shapers.

    Step 3: Know Your Shaping Options

    There are many options when it comes to shapewear, but they generally fall into a few categories. Choose your category based on your trouble spots and the occasion.

    • Bust shapers: There are two ways to enhance your bust: with a great bra or with open bust shapers. The right bra will fill out and support your breasts. Bust shaperwear like longline bras, torsolettes and bustiers have the cups built in and provide firm support. These options are ideal under strapless styles like formal gowns.
      Open-bust shapers are useful for everyday style and can provide an additional boost to your bra. These include strapless styles like waist training bands and corsets, as well as a variety of versatile strapped styles.
    • Bra bulge solutions: Anyone can suffer from bra bulge, no matter what your size. These shapewear bras provide coverage for the back and the support you need for the bust.
    • Shaping panties: These are an easy choice for everyday shapewear. Shaping panties flatten the belly and eliminate love handles and muffin top effortlessly. Choose a style based on how much coverage you want—some cover the lower abdomen, while some are high-waist. Some shaping panties are also designed to enhance the rear and control the hips, depending on the cut.
    • Thigh shapers: Thigh shapewear takes shaping panties to the next level. In addition to waist and rear coverage, these shapers provide slimming and smoothing for the thighs. These work beautifully under dresses and skirts as well as tight pants. And if you like to wear leggings, make sure they are shaping leggings that provide targeting smoothing of your thighs, waist and rear.
    • Butt enhancement: Rounding and lifting your rear is easy and looks stunning. Many of these butt-enhancing shapers also slim the waist for a more pronounced hourglass effect. Try an open-bottom design for natural enhancement of your curves, or padded options. Or, select from thong backs to prevent visible panty line. And if you like denim, check out the natural enhancement of butt-lifting jeans. These are specially designed to create a rounder, fuller look using unique stitching and cuts.
    • Waist minimizers: Every body type can benefit from a slimmer waist and a more pronounced hourglass shape. Some of the most popular waist-slimming options are waist trainers, but there are many others to choose from. Check out bodysuits, shaping camis and more with reinforcement at the midsection to ensure a smooth, flat tummy and flawless hourglass shape.
    • Lower ab coverage: This can be a tricky area to target. If this is a trouble spot for you, you’ll want a shaper that is long enough and strong enough to provide the support you need. Choose from longer waist trainers or shapers that have a panty built in and reinforce the lower abdominal area.
    • All-over shapers: One and done. That's the convenience of bodyshapers. Bodysuits and slips are designed to give full coverage where it counts. These work especially well under dresses and flowing materials, as they provide a smooth foundation for the fabric to fall over.

    Step 4: Choose Your Support Level

    Once you have some options in mind, the next factor you’ll want to consider when targeting your trouble spots is the level of control those options provide.

    Contrary to what you might think, the key to powerful shaping is not a smaller shaper (proper sizing and good fit is imperative—see below). Rather, the level of compression your garment offers is what’s going to determine your results. Check out garment descriptions to determine the level of shaping power.

    • Light shaping: these are thin garments that provide smoothing but don’t offer a lot of extra support or figure contouring. These are most comfortable for casualwear and warm weather.
    • Moderate shaping: these provide firmer smoothing and light shaping by using firm materials like light spandex and tummy control panels.
    • Firm compression: these type of garments provide figure contouring and firm support and can help reshape your figure. They are typically reinforced with extra control panels and firm spandex.
    • Maximum compression: this is as good as it gets when it comes to shaping and control. Powerful shaping materials like latex are typically used and can be reinforced with plastic or steel boning.

    Step 5: Determine Your Size

    This is a vital step in finding the right shapewear for your trouble spots. Our shaping garments have been tested and each one has a custom sizing chart. Do not simply guess what size you need. Using a soft vinyl or fabric measuring tape, take measurements before placing any order to ensure the best fit.

    When it comes to shapewear, the most important sizes are your bust, waist and hips. Your measuring tape should lie flat and firm against your body, but it shouldn’t be stretched tight. Also be sure that it is level with the ground when you take your measurements (use a mirror or a friend for assistance).

    • Bust: measure the fullest part of your bust.
    • Waist: measure the narrowest part of your waist where there is a natural bend, typically two inches above your belly button.
    • Hips: measure the fullest part of the hips.

    Once you have taken your measurements and consulted the custom sizing chart for your garment, choose the closest fit. For waist trainers, the most important measurement to go by is your waist. For other garments that provide shaping for multiple target areas, always go with the largest measurement.

    When in doubt or in between sizes, always go a size up, rather than down. Not only can garments that are too small be uncomfortable, but they won’t provide the most flattering results. Remember, firm compression is the key to shaping power, not garment size.

    A little tip if you have a larger bust: stick with open-bust garments with adjustable straps for the best-fitting and most flattering shaping results.

    Step 6: Trying It On and Looking Fabulous

    Once you receive your shapewear in the mail it might be a little tricky to try it on at first. Step into it carefully and fasten slowly from the bottom up, adjusting as you go. You should not have to yank, stretch or pull hard on garments that fits correctly, or you risk damaging it. Shapewear that fits should look flattering instantly; put on garments over it just to make sure.

    And that’s it! Now you know the secret to targeting your trouble areas. If you have any questions, contact our professional stylists who will be happy to assist you.

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  • Plus Size Shapewear: Get Everything You Need for Your Body Type

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    At Hourglass Angel we believe that true beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, which is why we strive to provide a great selection of plus-size shaperwear.

    We love curves, but it's no secret that they can create some unique shaping challenges. Shapewear designed with plus-size curves in mind takes into account the support you may want for your bust and back as well as contouring and smoothing for other target areas.

    Here are our favorite selections of plus-size shapewear, with tips for making it work for your unique styling and shaping needs.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Waist Trainers

    A waist trainer is hands-down one of the most flattering types of shapewear you can use to enhance any body shape. Firm compression around the core flattens the tummy while creating hourglass curves and a tiny waistline. If you have curvy hips and a full bust, the power of a little waist can be stunning—and it’s very easy to attain with a high-quality waist trainer. Plus-size waist trainers are designed with the curvy woman in mind and will provide full coverage for the torso without leaving gaps or causing pinching and discomfort.

    One of our favorite plus-size waist training options is our very own Best Waist Trainer by Hourglass Angel. It takes up to three inches off your waistline instantly and creates an hourglass shape. The reason it works so effectively is because of the flexible steel boning inside the bodice, combined with the compression of a latex core. While steel like this is typically reserved for lace-up corsets, we decided that we’d combine the best of two styles—and this is what we came up with. Waist trainers work by providing long-lasting maximum compression around the core, which stimulates perspiration and thermal activity. For this reason, this waist trainer is also ideal as a workout band.

    Since we recommend having at least two options if you’re serious about a waist training regimen, check out another workout band ideal for plus sizes, the Latex Workout Band Curve Creator by Hourglass Angel. It offers the same benefits as the Best Waist Trainer, with the convenience of a Velcro closure for when you’re on the go. You’ll experience superb compression during your workouts, which will increase the effectiveness of your exercise program. You can wear this during a variety of cardio and strength training exercises, or even on walks if you want to kick the intensity in your core up a notch.

    We also recommend vest-style waist trainers for plus sizes, particularly if you want additional support for the bust and coverage for the back. The Latex Waist Trainer Vest by Hourglass Angel is a waist-slimming, bust-enhancing everyday waist trainer that will also slim your waist up to three inches in an instant. It also combines the compression power of latex with the durability of light steel boning for maximum waist-slimming power. And of course, it eliminates any fear of back bulge, with more coverage for the upper back, and offers extra support for your bust.

    These waist trainers all run from size XS all the way to 5X, making them effective slimming options for anyone. The Best Waist Trainer and the Latex Waist Trainer Vest utilize three rows of hooks, so if you plan on sizing down, they will adjust to a perfect fit. And the Workout Band easily adjusts to the exact size you need with its adjustable Velcro closure.

    (And here’s a little bonus hint: it’s hard to pick just one, so why not try all three?)

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Body Shapers

    If you’re looking for a full-body makeover, we highly recommend bodysuits. These are ideal for special occasions or anytime you want to make a lasting impression. Bodysuits can hide invisibly under gowns, skirts and suits. Remember that for the most dramatic slimming and body-contouring results, you want high compression, not necessarily a smaller size.

    We have a couple of plus-size options that we love. Which one is right for you depends on your target areas as well as what you’re wearing on top.

    The Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose 4505 By Co'Coon will slim your tummy, midsection and hips into an hourglass shape without flattening your rear. Its special booty-lifting band is unique and works seamlessly with the other components of the garment, including thermal latex tummy panel that keeps the lower abdomen in check. You can instantly reduce your waist and hips by up to two sizes. This garment comes exclusively in sizes 2XL–5XL, so you know it will flatter a curvy woman in all the right places.

    The Leonisa Celebrity Style Body Shaper is another option that provides all-over slimming, with added full thigh control. While it’s powerful enough to wear for special events, it’s also lightweight and comfortable under everyday attire. You’ll experience a trimmed tummy, hip control, thigh-slimming, elimination of back bulge, and all-over smoothing in one simply zip-up garment. It also uses an open-bust design with straps for added support to the bust.

    Both of these options are designed to be invisible under your attire, so be sure to choose the color that suits your wardrobe best!

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    Plus Size Shaping Panties and Thigh Shapers

    One of the best benefits of quality shapewear is that it makes getting dressed in the morning easy! So many of your outfits will be much more flattering with a smooth foundation underneath. A must-have in every woman’s wardrobe is a shaping panty.

    The High-Waisted Panty Shaper with Booty Lift by Leonisa uses a high cut waist and compression to create a flat tummy and eliminate all instances of muffin top. In the back, curved seams and specially gathered elastic create a natural rear-rounding effect, without padding. You’ll get firm slimming of 1–2 inches instantly.

    Another option, depending on your body type and what you’re wearing over the top is a panty shaper with thigh control. The High Waist Firm Control Thigh Shaper by Va Bien is our favorite option and comes in sizes up to 6XL. Satin control panels smoothen your trouble areas including the thighs, hips, tummy and rear. And the garment stays firmly in place with a control waistband and flexible boning right at the natural waist.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Slimming Tanks

    Another shapewear must-have in any wardrobe is a slimming tank. This is an easy solution that you can layer underneath almost anything, and a good one will slim and smooth your whole torso.

    Our plus-size recommendation is the V-Neck Slimming Tank by TrueShapers. Our stylists were blown away by how great this tank looks and feels on several different body types. It can be worn by itself or underneath dresses, blouses and other tops and works for casual or athletic looks. The deep V-neck cut makes it extremely versatile under a variety of styles, including plunging necklines. Just step in and out of it for easy-on, easy-off. We also love how comfortable it is and how it can make a seamless, smooth look effortlessly. We carry it in sizes up to 3XL.

    Best shapewear recommendations for plus sizes

    Plus Size Slips

    The final piece of shapewear to complete a plus-size wardrobe is a shaping slip. Whether you’re an office professional who likes to dress to impress or you prefer more casual dress and skirt styles, a slip will ensure that your dress or skirt falls beautifully over your curves, the way it was designed to.

    Our favorite slip for plus-size figures is the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up. What makes it work so beautifully is its unique design that hooks into your bra. You can customize it to your unique shape by pairing it with your favorite bra, without worrying about any pinching or spillover effect. And back bulge—be gone. The body of the slip is also very effective, as it is designed to slim the waist and hips while providing all-over smoothing. The bottom of the skirt is finished with a lacey, silicone-backed hem that won’t ride up. To sum it up, your dress can flow the way it was designed to, over an hourglass-smooth silhouette.

    Inspired yet? Let us help you find the right shapewear for your body! We’re passionate about helping women of every shape and size find the right shapewear that will make them feel beautiful and confident, no matter what they’re wearing. From special events and weddings to everyday apparel, you can look fabulous every day, no matter what your body type. You just need to start with the right foundation underneath.

    We know the unique challenges that come with each body shape, and that’s why we have expert stylists who are prepared to answer your questions and help you find the perfect shaping garment for your needs. If you’ve done your homework and want some extra assistance putting that perfect outfit together, contact our customer service team and we’ll be happy to answer questions and provide recommendations.

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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 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 shapewear 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 butt lifter 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 sexy bra that fits, there are a few back control 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 workout shapewear 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 Your Shapewear Should Fit & Feel

    What shapewear should feel like

    Shapewear and waist trainers aren’t your average underwear. While most women know this when they're placing their order, many are quite surprised to discover just how tight their garments can feel. They can even question whether or not they actually fit.

    Having the right expectations is crucial. To avoid doubt after you’ve placed an order, here are some tips to help you know if a shaping garment fits correctly, or if it should be exchanged for something different. 

    1. Waist Trainers

    These are by far our most popular sellers here at Hourglass Angel—and of course, what’s not to love? Virtually any body shape and size can benefit from slimming the waistline and creating hourglass curves.

    If you’re a first-time waist trainer wearer, the most surprising thing you may encounter is how tight a waist trainer feels the first time you put it on. But before you give up and decide to order a larger size, consider these factors:

    • Did you take accurate measurements?
      The most important measurement for a waist trainer is your waist size. You should measure the narrowest part of your waist, about two inches above your belly button, using a vinyl or fabric tape measure. Make sure that the tape is level with the ground and that you do not pull it too tight. You should be able to slip a finger underneath without difficulty.
    • Did you read the size chart correctly?
      It can be a little confusing at first glance. Be sure you order the size that corresponds with your waist measurement, which isn’t necessarily the same number. For example, on the Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery, a size 30 is made for a 23–24.5-inch waist (not a 30-inch waist!). Our size charts have been thoroughly tested and they reflect the most accurate size. So be sure to stick to the guidelines. When in between sizes, pick the larger one. Remember that waist trainers are adjustable, so you can put a larger one on a tighter setting for the best fit.
    • Did you put it on correctly?
      Waist trainers are a bit tricky if you’re not used to putting them on. We recommend starting with the bottom hook-and-eye closure on the garment, clasping them across the narrowest part of your waist. Gently work your way up the row of hooks, and finally pull the garment down over your lower abdomen once it’s completely fastened.
    • Did you choose the right garment for your body type?
      In some cases you might technically have the right size, but it just isn’t the ideal piece for your body type. This is especially common in women who are petite, tall or curvy. For petite women we recommend a regular everyday cincher with only two rows of hook-and-eye closures, or even one of our workout bands, which are typically not as long as other options. For women with long torsos we recommend waist trainers designed with more coverage. And for curvier women we recommend the Squeem brand as well as vest-style trainers with adjustable straps for maximum bust support.

    With all of those factors considered, here’s what to expect the first time you wear your waist trainer.

    Normal

    • It should feel very tight. You probably will not be able to bend very much at the waist.
    • You will sweat more around your core (this is one the reason that waist training is effective). If this makes you uncomfortable, you might want to try a cotton blend or latex-free waist trainer.

    Not normal

    • While it should be snug, the waist trainer should not pinch or restrict your breathing. Take it off immediately if this is the case.
    • While it can be tricky to put a waist trainer on for the first time, you shouldn’t have to tug or stretch to fasten it. Don’t ever force it, or you risk damaging it, which will render it not returnable.
    • With a properly fitted waist trainer, you should see obvious hourglass curves immediately. If it’s too loose and there’s not a noticeable difference in your waistline, you either need a smaller size or a different style. You should not be able to move it around at all once it’s fastened and in place! 

    Final word: How do you know when to order a new waist trainer? After several months of regular use, waist trainers can lose some of their elasticity—not to mention, your waist might be quite a bit slimmer than it used to be. You know that you’re due for a new one when it just doesn’t feel as snug as it used to, even when on the tightest setting. For most women, this is cause to celebrate! Be sure to take new waist measurements before ordering your next waist trainer.

    1. Shapewear

    Whether you go for a full bodysuit that contours every curve, or you opt for more targeted control, shapewear requires a precision fit in order to function best. Here are questions to consider when finding your perfect fit with most styles of shapewear:

    • Did you take accurate measurements?
      For most shapewear, you need to take accurate measurements of your bust, waist and/or hips. Don’t just rely on your dress size, as shapewear sizes can vary depending on the brand. We’ve tested each garment in our store and have adjusted the sizing charts accordingly. To take accurate measurements, use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape and lay it flat against your skin or over a very thin layer of fabric like panties or a light tank. Keep the tape level with the ground. Take the fullest part of your bust and hips and the narrowest part of your waist.
    • Did you read the size chart correctly?
      This can be a bit tricky, especially if one of your measurements, like your waist, corresponds with a different size than another one of your measurements, like your hips. In these cases, try to think intuitively about the type of garment you are using. What are the body parts that it is most focused on? Go with that measurement. If it’s an all-body shaper, you will probably be most comfortable in the larger size—and it will still produce very flattering results.
    • Did you put it on right?
      Don’t be that person who tries to get spandex on over her head! Shapewear garments are designed to be stepped into. Never force or yank the fabric, as this can stress the material and even damage it. Make sure that all clasps and zippers are completely loosened. Be patient and work the garment up over your curves slowly, fastening carefully.
    • Did you choose the best garment for your body type?
      Women aren’t one-size-fits-all, and they certainly aren’t one-shape-fits-all either! You might have to do a little research to determine what garments are best for your target areas. While all-over shapers are very flattering for many women, they might not be for you if you have unusual ratios between your hips, waist and/or bust. But not to worry! If you’re having trouble finding the best fit, try to pair up more than one garment (for example, a waist trainer plus shaping leggings make a killer pair). You might also want to stick with open-bust garments that can work in conjunction with your favorite bra. Also make sure that if your garment has straps that they are adjustable.

    With all of these factors considered, here’s what to expect when you’re wearing shapewear.

    Normal

    • Most shapewear should feel very tight, especially if it is labeled as high compression. If it covers your core, you might feel quite stiff in the torso.
    • Your skin may feel warm where it is covered by the garment—causing you to sweat more. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider a hosiery-weight garment or a cotton blend.

    Not normal

    • While your movement might feel slightly restricted in a maximum compression garment, you should not feel discomfort or shortness of breath. This indicates that it is too small and you should take it off immediately.
    • You shouldn’t have to force or tug the material in order to put the garment on. If you have been trying to fit into it for more than a few minutes and you’re not making much progress, it’s probably not the right size or fit for you.
    • You should feel outrageously sexy in a properly fitted shaper. If you’re not satisfied with the results it produces, it’s probably not the right size or style for you.

    Final word:Like waist trainers, shapewear can wear out after heavy use. Be sure to care for it properly and rotate several pieces through your wardrobe in order to maximize their wear. Once a shaper starts to feel loose, or if you notice that the fabric rides up or rolls over, it’s time for something new. Be sure to take new measurements every time you order!

    We love helping our customers find the perfectly fitted shapewear or waist trainers. Our stylists are trained and only recommend what they would use themselves. Contact our expert customer service team if you ever have any questions about finding your perfect fit.

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  • Solved! How We Assisted Real Customers with Sizing Problems (and Found the Perfect Garment)

    How to Size Shapewear Properly

    Sizing issues can be a challenge when it comes to intimate apparel like shapewear. No one is shaped exactly alike, which is why it is important not only to find the perfect size, but to find the right-fitting garment for your specific body shape.

    Our shapewear stylists love working with customers and helping them find the perfect match with their shapewear. When we say we're here to help you with sizing questions, we mean it!

    Here are four customers who had sizing issues but ultimately found the perfect garments after a few pointers from our team.
    Case 1: A better understanding of the sizing chart.
    Danielle emailed to let us know she needed an exchange in size. She had used her waist measurement of 36 inches when ordering the Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery—in size 36.

    However, when she took it out of the package, she knew immediately that it wasn’t going to fit. She confirmed this by wrapping it around her waist and seeing that it was several inches short of being able to cover her. No way would she be able to hook this one up; she needed two or maybe three sizes bigger! How did that happen?

    We looked at the size chart together, and she measured her waist again to be sure. It was still just under 36 inches. Then we realized the problem.

    Although Ann Chery has numeric sizes, they are not equal to your waist measurement. The size 36 that Danielle assumed she needed is in fact for someone with a waist of 28.5–31 inches. The size chart shows that size 40, which fits a 34–36 inch waist, was the correct one. So Danielle exchanged her garment for the correct size and was then able to begin her waist training.
    Case 2: Choosing a better waist trainer for a petite body type.
    Jen called in explaining how excited she'd been to try out the Faja Deportiva 3 Hook Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery. But once she had it hooked up, she was disappointed how straight her torso still appeared. Even when the garment was cinched up on the tightest setting of hook and eye closures, she didn’t see the hourglass curves she had expected.

    We explored a couple of solutions based on what Jen told us. First, we had her measure her waist so that she could get the right size. When you start waist training with a new cincher, it’s ideal to have a garment that fits best on the loosest setting so you can size down later.

    Second, we recommended a different style of waist trainer. The 3-hook styles are designed to provide more coverage for longer torsos, but since she is on the petite side, more coverage isn’t what Jen needed. The alternative we suggested was the Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia, one of the shortest styles available. This would provide more targeted control at the small of the waist.

    After exchanging her waist trainer, Jen let us know she instantly got the curves she wanted. And she was eager to see how her waist looked liked once she moved down to the tighter setting of hooks.
    Case 3: When body measurements differ.

    Marilyn started a chat with us because she had an upcoming birthday and wanted to look flawless. Previous body shapers she tried out either didn’t shape her enough or else squeezed her too much and created bulges that weren't there before! All she wanted was to see slimming results without discomfort.

    The key to getting the best results is to choose the right size and garment. We had Marilyn take current measurements for her waist and her hips. She had been looking at various styles by Vedette and narrowed it down to two choices: the Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit with Frong Closure 126 and the Lilian Strapless Body Shaper 123.

    Here is what we discussed with each garment: The latex core in both efficiently compresses the waist and hips by an inch or more. The boy short design shapes the rear, plus the removable straps would work well with her outfit. Marilyn’s hip measurement put her at an XL, but her waist measurement put her at a 2XL. Marilyn was used to ordering size Large clothing and was skeptical that the size 2XL would provide any results. We know that the brand Vedette runs small and further that with all shapewear it is important to go up in size instead of down. She ended up ordering both, one in size XL and the other in the 2XL. When she tried them out, she found she could not put the XL on without a struggle and the 2XL went on smoothly and slimmed her in all the right places!
    Case 4: Sizing butt-lifting jeans.
    Kate was a bit frustrated, as she found herself debating about three different sizes for one pair of jeans, the Midnight Lift and Sculpt Jeans by Amia. She didn’t want to go through the hassle of trying out a pair and returning it if it didn’t fit right. So she called us for answers.

    The size chart showed that her hip size would put her between sizes 11 and 13, but her waist size was in between sizes 9 and 11. She emphasized she needed a tight fit; she didn't want her butt-lifting jeans to be at all baggy. She usually wore a size 11. We assured her that the correct fit in the jeans would indeed give her butt the lift and enhancement she was seeking.

    So what was the correct size? For Kate, the middle ground was the size 11. The jeans have some stretch and were able to accommodate her hips—which worked well considering that she wanted a tighter fit. Unlike shapewear, you do not always have to choose the largest size when fitting jeans. The size also worked because these jeans do not have a high-waist design—so the waist measurement wasn’t as crucial to getting a precise fit.

    Ordering a new brand without having an idea of the sizing can seem more complicated than it is, but we do our best to simplify it for customers like Kate!

    Have sizing questions? We’re here to help you find the best-fitting garment for your body’s needs. Please contact our stylists and we’ll be happy to guide you.

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  • 5 New Lingerie Rules to Live By

    The best lingerie for your figure

    When you take a peek into your lingerie drawer, how does it make you feel? Are you inspired by the possibilities? Do you put much thought into it? Or do you still wear that same pairs of cotton panties that are starting to fringe at the edges?

    Even if no one sees what you’re wearing underneath, your lingerie is the foundation of everything you wear! Whether you’re lounging around at home or dressing to impress, don’t you want to look and feel your very best?

    Don’t just save your pretty panties for special occasions. Know this: beautiful, confidence-building lingerie isn’t just about impressing that special someone. It’s about feeling sexy simply because you love every inch of yourself! That’s empowering to many women, because the way you think about yourself extends to the world around you.

    Not only will you feel more sexy and confident in good lingerie, but your clothes will fit the way they’re designed to, no matter what your body type.

    Oh, and of course, it doesn’t hurt to look good in the bedroom too. J

    If your panty drawer could use a serious overhaul, we’ve got five essential rules you should follow to ensure you’re doing it right.

    1. Sculpt the figure you really want.

    Stop envying the girl with the perfect hourglass figure. As we like to say, be the hourglass. Only a small percentage of women actually have the coveted hourglass proportions—and even those who do can struggle with keeping it all smooth.

    The solution for any body type is a shaping bodysuit that slims, sculpts and lifts in all the right places. Need a little boost in your rear? Try an open-bottom suit to enhance your natural curves. Need more support in your bust? Most bodysuits come with an open-bust design so you can pair them with your favorite supportive bra. Use a garment with straps for maximum support. Other problem areas? Bodysuits target your midsection, hips and thighs as well.

    One reason that some people like to save bodysuits for special occasions is because some styles make you feel warm. So for a lighter option, go with a hosiery-weight bodysuit. And for bedroom-worthy feminine style, a lacy corselette.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re dressing for a wedding or want to wear your favorite casual maxi dress; bodysuits are a must-have for creating that smooth and sexy silhouette underneath it all.

    1. Let your panties work in your favor. 

    Okay, be honest—are you guilty of buying the cheap “pack” panties? You know, the ones that come in five pairs, wrapped in plastic, which you probably found on clearance? They might be comfortable at first, but…are they actually doing anything for you?

    While you’re pondering that, imagine panties that are so much more than a flimsy layer between you and your jeans. Panties that tuck your tummy and eliminate any possibility of muffin top. After you’ve tried shaping panties for the first time, you’ll wonder why in the world you ever wore anything else.

    And contrary to what you might think, these aren’t like your grandma’s girdles. Shaping panties come in a variety of cuts, fabrics and colors, so you can make them work for your personal preferences and shaping needs. Get them in thong styles and varying levels of compression.

    1. Go strapless with confidence.

    Showing off your shoulders can be tastefully sexy—if you do it right. Nothing is more annoying than having to constantly adjust your strapless bra, whether you’re in a gown at a wedding or in a tube top at a summer barbeque.

    Longline bras, also called bustiers, aren’t just for weddings and formals. They provide that extra level of support for your bust as well as tummy-slimming benefits—all in one piece. You can choose a sexier bridal look, or a very functional black or nude-colored seamless bustier that will be your best friend all summer long.

    1. Say goodbye to back issues.

    Curvy girls, we feel your pain. Your back pain, specifically. Being larger chested is a challenge when it comes to lingerie because not only is it difficult to find a comfortable, supportive bra, but even when you do you can still suffer from back pain. Larger breasts can lead to more hunching and slouching, which puts pressure on your back muscles.

    And one more annoying issue: the dreaded “back bulge.” Even if you have a decent bra, the band and straps can dig into your back in an unflattering way.

    The solution to these back issues is relatively simple: a vest-style waist trainer. When most people think of waist trainers they focus on the waist-slimming benefits. But your back will thank you too. The compression around your midsection will help you hold your torso straighter with better posture—which can reduce back pain. And the strapped design will provide additional support for your bust. Finally, vest-style trainers provide full back coverage, meaning whatever issues you might have with the back bulge will be completely concealed!

    We carry several vest styles—and if you’re a curvier girl we recommend the Squeem brand, which comes in plus sizes and has adjustable straps.

    1. Tame your thighs.

    Got curves below the waist? Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you. The must-have pieces in your wardrobe are shaping shorts. Choose a style that either enhances your butt or helps control from waist to mid-thigh.

    Spanx are a customer favorite when it comes to control and slimming your hips and thighs. And if fitness is a big part of your life (which we hope!), then you’ll definitely want a couple of pairs of workout shorts that tone and lift. Maybe they’re not technically “lingerie” in the traditional sense, but they’re a lot sexier than baggy sweatpants!

    Whatever your style, body type, or shaping needs, there is a variety of shaping lingerie suited perfectly for you. Keep these rules in mind as you revolutionize your wardrobe from the inside out. And if you need guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team, which is staffed with expert stylists who are passionate about helping women feel confident and sexy.

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