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Shapewear 101

  • 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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  • 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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