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Shapewear 101

  • 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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  • How to Order Shapewear Online for the First Time

    Tips for online shapewear orders

    When it comes to ordering shapewear online, some of the most common questions are related to how to get your order right. We understand that the choices can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to shapewear.

    But don’t worry! By doing a little homework you can get exactly what you need with an online order—even if it’s your first time. Pay special attention to these tips to ensure that you’re choosing the right garment in the right size. Our goal is to help you love the way you look, and it all starts with your foundational garments.

    1. Choose the Right Size

    Shapers are precision-fit garments. If they don’t fit, they don’t work! Some of the common feedback we receive is when shapewear doesn’t fit correctly, and it's almost always because the garment is the wrong size. There are several ways to avoid this.

    • Follow our sizing charts exactly. Every single item in our shop has been carefully curated and tested, and we’ve altered the brands’ size charts to reflect any nuances in sizing (if they tend to run small, for example).
    • Don’t get a smaller size in an attempt to get a firmer fit. The results will be uncomfortable and unflattering (think: spillover effect). Instead, choose a garment with firmer compression to achieve maximum sculpting power.
    • Take accurate measurements! Don’t rely on your dress, bra or pant size. Use a fabric or vinyl tape measure and make sure that the tape lays flat against your skin—the fullest areas of your bust and thighs, and the slimmest part of your waist. See here for more measurement instructions.
    1. Shop for Your Body Type

    Just because your BFF loves a particular shaper doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you. If you never have before, take some time to consider your body type and what areas you’d like to target. For example…

    • If you’re curvy on top, you may want a garment that provides extra bust support and has adjustable straps.
    • If you’re straight-figured, you may want shapewear that helps create curves in your butt rather than slim them.
    • If you’re tall or have a long torso, you may want to consider waist trainers and other shapewear designed for taller women.
    • If you are curvy on bottom, you may want a shaper that provides fuller butt and thigh coverage and control.

    To help you find the perfect garment for your body type, try shopping by solution:

    1. Choose Your Compression Level

    As mentioned above, the amount of compression you choose affects how much sculpting your shapewear can do.

    High-compression garments produce the most dramatic results through contouring and sculpting your curves. They include waist training cinchers and corsets, as well as many body shapers designed for formalwear. These garments usually contain higher levels of spandex and/or nylon for the firmest results (latex waist trainers and steel-boned corsets generally produce maximum slimming power).

    Medium compression garments are ideal for everyday use and are comfortable yet effective. A lot of compression activewear like leggings fall into this category (although some of the high-compression activewear like workout bands will help you sweat harder).
    Shapewear with light compression is effective primarily for smoothing you out but not necessarily helping you drop a few inches from your waistline. Light compression garments include shaping camis and other shaping apparel, which add a nice finishing touch to your look.

    1. Pick the Right Material

    This can be one of the more difficult decisions online, simply because you can’t touch the garments before you order them. But no worries—here are the most common preferences when it comes to material.

    • Latex or no latex: waist trainers are our most popular sellers, and they work because of the firm compression that latex provides. But some people have sensitivity to latex. That’s why there are alternatives like steel-boned corsets and latex-free waist cinchers.
    • Heavy or lightweight: some of the firm compression shapers work because they make you sweat more, but if you’re in the dead heat of summer, this might not be ideal for you. Choose a lightweight option instead, often constructed with cotton.
    • Style: do you want to show it off or keep it secret? Some women love our workout bands, which come in a variety of Instagram-worthy colors and prints. But if you want your shapewear to be more discreet, choose a color that you can hide under clothing. Check also to see if it is designed to be “seamless,” so that you won’t have any lines showing underneath your tighter outfits.
    1. Dress for the Occasion

    Some shapers can create the wow factor for weddings and formal events, but unless you’ve got a very particular lifestyle they’re not really designed for everyday use. However, many of our shapers provide incredible results, yet are comfortable enough to be worn every day. The best example is our waist trainers. With daily use they can help you lose inches from you waistline, yet they are durable and can be worn every day (although there is an adjustment period to help you get used to them).

    Also consider that there are many shapewear options designed especially for workouts. From workout bands to shaping leggings, they help you get the most out of your fitness routine and look your best at the same time.

    1. When in Doubt…

    Every now and then, what looks like the perfect garment online doesn’t work out in person. No worries! We have a 100% guarantee: if it doesn’t work out, you can return or exchange it.

    To ensure that we are able to process your return, your order needs to come back in its original condition. You can try your garment on but don’t wear it for more than 5–10 minutes. For hygienic reasons, always wear panties underneath. Start your return within 30 days of purchase, using the original packaging to send it in. See here for more information about our return policy.

    Please note: any item marked “final sale” does not qualify for exchange or return.

    1. Any Other Questions?

    We want to help you get it right! Our customer service team consists of stylists who are passionate about helping you look your best. They are shapewear experts who only recommend products they would use themselves. Hourglass Angel stylists will help guide you in your shapewear purchase decisions, so don’t hesitate to start a chat or give us a call.

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  • A New Mom's Guide to Shapewear & Waist Training

    Shapewear Guide for New Moms

    Creating a new life is a beautiful thing. But unfortunately, most women are unhappy with their bodies—and a lot of times it’s because of the weight gain, the stretch marks and other changes that come with pregnancy.

    A lot of new moms turn to shapewear and waist training after pregnancy as a way to boost their confidence. Obviously, we are in favor of that and we want to provide you with the inspiration to feel great about yourself. But before we delve into some ideas to inspire you, there’s one caveat: true confidence and beauty starts from the inside out. We hope you love and embrace your post-pregnancy body no matter what stage you’re at, because your body has done a miraculous thing. True beauty has no size or number on the scale.

    Having said that, shapewear and waist trainers are a fast, simple and effective way to enhance your natural beauty and confidence—not to mention be a part of your health and fitness journey after baby.

    So if you’re ready to take control of your health and feel great about yourself, here are the best tips to help you get started. We’ve included inspiration from celebrities who embrace their post-baby bodies and have unabashedly used shapewear to help them do it. Use this guide to inspire and motivate your personal journey.

    Crash Course in Postpartum Waist Training

    If you’re not up to speed on this method, a waist trainer is a waist-cinching garment that instantly slims your waistline while you wear it and can be used in conjunction with your post-baby weight loss journey.

    New moms love waist trainers because they conceal the “baby pooch” while they get back into shape—they also improve posture while you wear them and provide great motivation to eat well and work out.

    For a waist trainer to be most effective, you should aim to wear it daily for at least eight hours. While we recommend the gentle compression of a postpartum belly binder for the first several weeks postpartum, you can switch to a firm compression everyday waist trainer once the initial swelling following childbirth has decreased (check with your doctor).

    If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you might be surprised by just how tight it feels when you first put one on. But as long as there’s no pain or pinching, there’s no cause for alarm—it just means that it’s working! The firm compression will stimulate thermal activity in your core and help your midsection sweat more.

    Daily waist training requires an adjustment period, so we recommend that you start out wearing your garment for an hour or two a day at first, slowly adding a little more at a time. You should be able to wear a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day after about 3 or 4 weeks of dedicated wear.

    We also recommend using a workout band during your fitness routines in addition to your everyday waist trainer. You’ll find that you’ll maximize the effectiveness of your workouts by sweating hard—which is what you want in order to effectively lose weight! Be sure you’re doing extensive core-strengthening exercises to make the most out of your workouts.

    Most waist trainers are constructed with 2–3 rows of hook-and-eye closures so that you can size down as you slim down. If you’re in the early postpartum period and still have a lot of weight to lose, you might prefer three rows so that you have more room to size down. Always make sure that your waist trainer is properly sized. If all goes well, you may need to order a smaller one after a few months.

    Get the Look: Celebrity Mom Waist Training Inspiration

    The stars are unashamed when it comes to waist training, and why wouldn't they be? In additional to all the belly-shrinking benefits, waist trainers are seriously hot! Here are our favorite looks (and how you can imitate them).

    1. Kim Kardashian and the Workout Band

    Kim Kardashian Waist Training Ann Chery

    This pic is almost iconic now: the blue workout band on this mama with those incredible curves. You can imitate Kim’s look with the Workout Waist Trainer by Ann Chery 2026

    1. Jessica Alba and the Waist Cincher

    Jessica Alba waist training corset

    Jessica wasn’t shy admitting that she loved wearing waist trainers to help her maintain that tiny waist after baby. You can get her look with the Classic Waist Cincher by Amia.

    Other big names rumored to love their waist trainers after pregnancy include Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Garner and Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Crash Course in Postpartum Shapewear

    In addition to waist-slimmers, new moms also love the variety of body-shaping options available. Unlike waist training, you don’t need to follow a regimen to get the most out of other shapewear. Instead, we recommend you understand your body type and focus on getting shapers that target your specific trouble spots. Here are some suggestions for different target areas:

    1. Tummy-slimming: besides waist trainers and corsets, you can create a smooth midsection with shaping camis.
    1. Butt-enhancing: to add some more curves to your backside, try butt-lifting shapers and panties.
    1. Bust support: to enhance and support your breasts, try cincher vests, which also work as waist trainers. You might also enjoy braless shaping tanks and camis.
    1. Thigh-slimming: Control your thighs and hips, while eliminating muffin top with thigh-slimming shapers.
    1. All-over enhancement: for special occasions you might love the all-over support and slimming you get from full-body shapers.

    Get the Look: Celebrity Mom Shapewear Inspiration

    It’s no secret that celebrities loooooove their Spanx. Here’s how you can pull off some of their stunning styles:

    1. Tyra Banks: “You put 'em on, it sucks you up, baby.”

    Tyra Banks in shapewear

    Try these: High Waist Spandex Shorts by Spanx

    1. Carrie Underwood: Her secrets? “A stylist and Spanx!”

    Carrie Underwood in Shapewear

    Try these: High Waist Control Panties by Spanx

    1. Tina Fey: “Spanx are a gift from God.”

    You may recall her hilarious strip-down to her Spanx as she said farewell to David Letterman. No shame!

    Tina Fey in Shapewear

    Try these: Tummy Control Shorts for Everyday Wear by Spanx

    We hope this guide has gotten you motivated and inspired to embrace your post-baby body and boost your confidence! Be sure to check out more tips on our blog or contact our customer service team to guide you through your post-baby slim-down journey.

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  • 25-Day Slim Your Waist + Love Handles Challenge

    How to get rid of love handles

    Love handles: they have a cute name, but no one wants them hanging around! We all know that love handles—those pesky bulges of excess fat around the waistline—are one of the most challenging “trouble spots” to slim down. But we’ve come up with a 25-day challenge to help you finally kick those love handles to the curb.

    The key to getting a trim look around your whole midsection is dedicated waist training in combination with a core-strengthening routine that blasts fat and builds up your abdominal muscles. Follow this waist training regimen and do the following workout three times a week (you can do additional cardio on the off days). And of course, stick to a healthy diet of natural, unprocessed food.

    Ready to say goodbye to those love handles? Let's get started, and be sure to take before-and-after photos—we’d love to see your results on Instagram! #bethehourglass

    Waist Training Routine

    Week 1

    For the first week, aim to wear your waist trainer for five days, at four to six hours a day. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll get. Don’t forget to wear a workout band when you’re doing your core-strengthening routine in order to maximize the effectiveness (workout waist trainers heat up your core, making you sweat more with less effort when you exercise).

    Week 2

    By now you can wear your waist trainer for eight hours a day, split into two four-hour sessions. Do this for five days this week, keeping up your diet and exercise routine.

    Week 3

    Eight hours should feel great by now; see if you can do it all in one stretch. Aim for 5–7 days this week.

    Week 4

    Push through this final week at 10 hours of daily wear in your waist trainer! (By now you’re probably wondering how you ever got dressed without one.)

    Core-Strengthening Fitness Routine

    This routine will have you sweating hard and your abs burning (see more details at Change in Seconds). Do this entire circuit three times (resting up to 60 seconds between intervals to catch your breath), three days a week.

    1. 20 Burpees

    Drop into a squat, then kick back into a plank. Return to a squat, then jump straight up, reaching towards the sky with your hands. Repeat.

    1. 20 Dumbbell Side Bends

    Standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell in each hand. Keeping your hips steady, lean with your torso to one side and then the other. Repeat 20 reps on each side.

    1. 20 Side Planks

    Lie straight on one side with your feet stacked, holding your weight on one elbow, your hip and your ankle. You can rest your free hand on the floor for balance or on your hip. Keeping your back flat, push your hips straight up until you are in a side plank position. Return to starting position and repeat 20 times on each side for one set.

    1. 20 Russian Twists

    Sit with your feet in front of you and knees slightly bent. Holding your hands in front of your chest, twist your torso to one side and then back to the other to complete one rep. For added difficulty, suspend your feet in the air and/or hold a dumbbell in your hands.

    1. 20 Bicycle Crunches

    Lying on your back, kick your legs in a “bicycling” motion, while keeping your hands behind your head and elbows our. Whenever one knee is closer to your head, crunch up so that the opposite elbow reaches toward the knee. Repeat on both sides to complete one rep.

    1. 20 Hip Bridges

    Lie flat on the ground with your knees bend and your feet flat, as close as possible to your hips. Keeping your back flat, push your hips upward as far as they will go without putting pressure on your neck. Repeat.

    Don’t forget to repeat this entire circuit three times to complete your workout!

    At the end of 25 days you should see a difference! To keep up your results, we recommend that you continue waist training and exercising regularly.

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  • Post-Surgical Shapewear Designed to Support Your Recovery

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    When you have cosmetic surgery, your surgeon will recommend post-surgical compression garments to wear while your body heals. Because of your body’s sensitivity following the procedure, it’s important to have a high-quality shaper that is both comfortable and supportive for whatever stage of recovery you're in.

    We highly recommend Marena products for the post-surgical period, particularly for procedures like liposuction or abdominoplasty – but we have a variety of garments to choose from, so you probably have lots of questions.

    Here are some of the common questions we receive regarding the recovering period:

    Should I measure myself before or after my liposuction procedure in order to size myself for my garment?

    Generally, we recommend that you take measurements before your procedure for the ideal fit. If you’re going to experience major changes, your doctor can guide you in finding the right size and garment based on the expected results of your procedure.

    How long will I have to wear my post-operative garment after surgery?

    That depends on the procedure, so talk to your physician for advice. Generally, most will recommend that you wear a compression garment for at least two months after surgery, as the tissues underneath the surface of the skin will still be healing. You may find that over time the compression feels looser as swelling decreases, in which case you will need a smaller garment.

    How do I know what garment style to choose?

    Post-surgical shapewear: what to expect

    Choose based on the type of procedure you are having. Again, your physician can guide you. Two of our best options that are ideal for surgeries around the abdomen and buttocks are First Stage Marena Suit With Suspenders And No Leg By Comfortwear (FBA), which provides dependable support during your recovery, lessens swelling and may even help reduce pain.

    For the second stage of your recover, we recommend Second Stage Marena Suit With Suspenders And No Leg By Comfortwear (FBA2) – this provides the same great support and benefits as the First Stage shaper, but with a little more compression and a slightly smaller garment.

    What are the benefits of wearing a Marena post-operative, medical-grade compression garment?

    Marena garments are constructed to provide the ideal amount of compression to promote lymphatic stimulation and skin tightening following surgery. In comparison, most non-medical grade shapewear does not provide enough compression to result in the same skin tightness, smoothness and healing.

    What’s the difference between first and second stage?

    First-stage garments are ideal for the first three weeks following your procedure. They are easier to put on with zippers and/or hook and eye closures. Second-stage garments are typically worn during the period following the first stage garment, typically from about three until eight weeks after surgery. A stage-two shaper tends to have more compression and is sized slightly smaller than a stage one garment.

    How do I put on a post-operative compression girdle?

    Open the garment up completely, making sure the sizing label is on the back. While sitting down, put your legs into the openings and gently work the garment up your body. Once it is around your hips, check and make sure it is properly aligned. The inseam should run down the inside of your legs. Fasten any closures carefully, adjusting as you go as needed. Please be careful with fingernails, as they can damage the material.

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  • How to Get Your Shapewear Order Right Online

    Tips for ordering shapewear online

    Ordering something online that should fit your body like a glove can be a little scary, right? Don’t you wish you could try out each garment personally and really know what you’re getting? Oh wait, you can! (In the comfort of your own home, at that.)

    We think we have a pretty good system going here at Hourglass Angel – because we're committing to matching every customer with the perfect shapewear for her body and goals. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you can get exactly what you want when you order online.

    Do Your Research

    Before you place your order, we highly recommend browsing our website thoroughly so you know what your options are! For some very helpful tips that you might not have considered, browse our blog and subscribe to our emails. We're constantly releasing new guides to buying and wearing shapewear, waist trainers, corsets and other garments.

    Know Your Body Type

    Do you know your body type? Someone who is a natural hourglass shape is going to have different needs than someone with a "curvy-on-the-bottom" shape. By understanding your body type correctly, you can target which curves you want to enhance and which curves you want to minimize for a balanced look overall.

    Determine Your Shaping Goals

    Do you know your trouble areas and what your shaping/smoothing goals are? This will help you decide what level of compression and shaping power you want. A garment with light compression is effective for smoothing, while maximum compression garments provide firm support and sculpting. Understanding the difference will help you find the shaper that meets your goals.

    Pick the Right Size

    This one is a biggie! It is very important that you take accurate measurements and select a garment in the correct size! Follow our sizing charts for each garment very closely. Remember, if you’re in between sizes, we always recommend going a size up for the best results. To make sure that you’re taking your measurements correctly, please check out our sizing guide.

    Read the Reviews (and Leave Them, Please!)

    All of our shapewear is customer-reviewed. Even if someone has left a negative review, keep in mind that often means the garment wasn’t what they were looking for—but it might still be what you are looking for! Read carefully to help narrow your search.

    Talk to an Expert

    Our stylists love helping our customers find exactly what they need. And they use a lot of the shapewear themselves, so they know what they’re talking about. If you’ve done your research and you still have questions, we’re happy to take your call.

    Try It On

    Be sure to try on your shapewear as soon as you receive it (wearing panties underneath the garment, when applicable). Don’t remove the tag until you’re absolutely sure you want to keep it. Be sure you step into your shaper (don’t pull it over your head) and make sure you’re fastening it correctly. Don’t wear it longer than a few minutes for trying it on—until you’re sure you want to keep it.

    Exchange It

    It happens to the best of us…sometimes an order just doesn’t work out. That’s why we have a guarantee: you can return your order within 30 days of your purchase for an exchange or full refund. See here for our return/exchange policy.

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Corseting

    Beginner's Guide to Corsets

    The practice of corseting has been used by women for hundreds of years. Naturally, we’re thrilled that it's still such a hot trend here in the 21st century – especially as corset designers are constantly releasing bold new styles that are sexier and more dramatic than ever.

    Getting started with corseting is a ton of fun, but there are a few things you should know first. We thought it would be helpful to provide some guidance for beginners, so read on to discover if corseting is for you and how to begin!

    Defining corseting

    Corseting is the process of wearing a corset daily to dramatically slim your waistline– either underneath other clothing or on display as part of a costume or special-occasion outfit. Corseting falls under the umbrella of “waist training,” so it can be used to supplement your long-term slimming regiments (i.e. a healthy diet and exercise), but generally the term refers specifically to steel-boned corsets, as opposed to latex waist trainers.

    What is a steel-boned corset?

    A steel-boned corset is reinforced with—you guessed it—steel boning. This construction ensures that the garment is durable and effective for maximum slimming. It is laced in the back for an optimum fit that provides dramatic results.

    Don’t be intimidated by the word "steel." These thin, rod-like materials still have some flex, so that your midsection is compressed but not constricted. Without the steel boning, those dramatic hourglass curves would not be possible.

    Choosing the right size

    Before you start corseting, you want to be confident that you are using a waist trainer that fits well. See our size guide for instructions about how to take measurements. For corsets you’ll want to subtract 3–4 inches from your waist size to determine the corset size (if your waist is 30 inches, you’ll want a size 26 corset). When in doubt, go a size up, not down.

    How do I put it on?

    It’s a little tricky to lace up in a corset, so we advise using a mirror or getting assistance from someone. First, gently unroll the corset so that the laces are facing up. Pull them apart, loosening the X’s starting from the center. When you put it on, you know that the correct side is up when the hooks that clasp in front are on your right. It should be very loose when you clasp it; never pull or tug on the hooks when you fasten the front.

    Next, pull the laces starting at the top and bottom and work your way towards the middle, pulling the loops as you go. The pull loops should be at the natural waist. Tie them when you’ve reached the desired tightness.

    Breaking your corset in

    It’s very important to season your corset, or break it in, before you start wearing it. Put it on gently at first, without pulling the laces completely tight. Wear it for an hour or so each day, or for 2–3 days so that it molds to your figure. Then you can go ahead and lace it tightly.

    How tight?

    You can pull those laces very tightly. One of the first things you'll notice when starting your corseting is how strong the compression is. It may feel tight during the first few wears, but your body becomes accustomed to it quite quickly. Stop wearing it immediately if you start to feel pain, shortness of breath or discomfort beyond the initial tightness.

    Starting a regimen

    After you've chosen your corset and seasoned it, you can start wearing it on a regular basis slowly. Your body needs time to adjust to wearing it. Begin with just an hour or two a day and then work your way up. Once you are comfortable, we recommend corseting for eight hours a day for the best results.

    Results

    Remember that everyone's body is different. If you're using corseting as part of your existing fitness goals, there are several factors that will affect your results: lifestyle, diet, genetics and your commitment to corseting (see this post for more).

    Lifestyle

    We recommend using a corseting regimen with a healthy lifestyle that includes 5–6 nutritious meals a day and working out. While you're wearing your corset you might find yourself eating less because your abdomen is constricted, but it's important to mindfully consume the nutrients your body needs along with lots of water.

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  • A Complete Guide to Waist Trainers, Waist Cinchers, Waist Trimmers and Corsets

    Understanding waist trainers and waist-slimming shapewear

    If you’re new to the world of shapewear and waist training, you may be a little confused by all the different types of garments available. But once you get familiar with how they all work, it’s not too difficult to understand which products and methods are best suited for your body and goals.

    Here's a little glossary to help you understand your core options when it comes to slimming your waist:

    1. Waist Trainer

    This is a general term used to describe a product that can be used as part of a waist training regimen. Waist training, by definition, is the practice of wearing a corset or waist cincher regularly to instantly slim your waist, while also supplementing a fitness goal of reducing your natural waist size.

    High-compression waist trainers, generally constructed with latex and cotton lining, slim your waistline by 1 to 4 inches while you wear them. The latex also stimulates heat in your core, which increases perspiration during physical activity – so it's a great way to maximize workouts.

    If you're considering a long-term waist-training regimen, we recommend creating a daily plan to wear your waist trainer for several hours (ultimately 8–12 hours a day once you’re in full swing).

    1. Waist Cincher

    The term "waist cincher" is sometimes used synonymously with "waist trainer," so be sure to check the product description for specific features. But generally, we use the term "cincher" to describe waist-training garments that are designed for everyday wear: under work attire, with weekend outfits or basically any other clothes. Like workout waist trainers, these too are usually constructed with latex for optimal compression (although we do have very effective latex-free options). They also use flexible plastic boning to stay in place and two or three rows hook-and-eye clasps so you can adjust to the size you need.

    Waist cinchers come in several varieties. Some are more ideal for workouts, while others are designed for everyday activities or special-occasion outfits.

    1. Waist Trimmer

    "Waist trimmer" is a loose term that can describe any type of garment that slims or smooths your waistline. Most of our shapewear options have tummy-trimming features that will eliminate muffin top and create an ideal foundation for your wardrobe. These include shaping camis, shaping panties and a variety of bodysuits and shorts shapers. These garments are generally lighter and thinner than traditional waist trainers and thus provide less compression.

    1. Corset

    A corset is a particular type of waist trainer that is often used as a special occasion garment. Corsets are constructed with steel boning for maximum compression and are tightened with laces. They are often very rigid and produce the most dramatic results. Using a corset versus a cincher is entirely a personal preference.

    Need some help determining which garment is right for you? Give us a buzz! Our Shapewear Stylists are here to help you find the right shapewear for your body shape and goals.

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