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Waist Training

  • What It’s Like to Wear a Waist Trainer

    What it's like to wear a waist trainer

    Wearing a waist trainer is a different than any other type of clothing. If you’ve never done it before, you might be surprised by several aspects of the experience

    We thought it would be helpful to put together a post that sets the right expectations, so you won’t have any surprises! With the right waist trainer and the proper fit, you can have a waist training experience that is comfortable and effective, no matter what your goals.

    Waist trainers can be a challenge to put on the first time.

    One of the most frequent comments we hear from new waist training customers is how it was a little tricky to put on their waist trainer for the very first time. Some have even questioned whether it was too small because of how tight it was.

    If you have taken correct measurements and followed the garment’s size chart, it shouldn’t be too small. In fact, you want it to fit tightly because that’s how you’ll know that it is doing its job!

    The trick to putting on a waist trainer with hook and eye closures is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Pull the lowest hook and eye on the garment together around the narrowest part of your waist and start fastening up. You can pull the garment down as you go. You should not have to yank or pull hard in order to make it fit. If you feel any pain, pinching or trouble breathing, take off the waist trainer right away—it may be too small. Waist trainers should feel tight, but they shouldn't hurt!

    If you happen to have a steel-boned corset as your waist trainer of choice, the process is completely different. Step into your corset with the steel busks in front. You’re then going to fasten the laces in the back from the top and bottom towards the middle, similar to the way you might tighten shoelaces. For the first few times you will probably need help with this, or at least a mirror. Tie off the corset in the middle of the back. However, don’t tighten your corset all the way the first time you wear it. It should hug your torso gently. You should wear it loosely like this for about an hour or two a day for at least a week in order to season it, or break it in. Otherwise you risk warping the corset. Once it’s seasoned, you can pull the laces as tight as you like.

    It will take time to get used to it.

    Firm compression around your torso can feel a little strange—you may sweat more, and it may feel different holding your back so straight.

    For this reason we highly recommend that you ease your way into waist training, especially if you plan on doing it every day. Start out wearing it for just one hour, and then incrementally add half an hour to an hour each day. If you do this consistently, you should feel comfortable wearing your waist trainer all day after a few weeks. If you’re planning on wearing a corset, you’ll want to do this anyway while you’re seasoning it.

    Even if you don’t plan on wearing a waist trainer every day as part of an ongoing regimen, you’ll still want to give your body as well as the garment itself an adjustment period. If you’re planning on wearing it for a special event like a wedding, work your way up to it. Otherwise you might be pretty uncomfortable on the big day, especially if it’s an all-day event.

    You will perspire and feel warm.

    One of the reasons waist training is effective is because it stimulates heat around your core and helps you sweat. This is particularly effective during workouts, as it will increase the intensity.

    For this reason, some women prefer to wear a light tank top underneath their waist trainer, to absorb the extra perspiration. You will also want to keep your waist trainer clean and dry, especially after hard workouts when you sweat a lot. If you plan on daily wear, we recommend having at least a couple of waist trainers to rotate. Many people like one for working out in and one for casual or professional wear. Spot clean or gently handwash the waist trainer you are not wearing and hang to dry.

    If you want to wear a waist trainer in a warmer climate, you might prefer a lighter constructed with cotton.

    You may eventually need to size down. (That's a good thing!)

    One of the benefits of wearing a waist trainer daily is that it can supplement you're other long-term slimming goals. If you are committed to daily wear and a healthy lifestyle, you may find that you will need to tighten your waist trainer or corset after a few weeks or months.

    Eventually you might even find that you need a smaller size garment, which is a reason to celebrate! If you plan on losing a lot of weight during your waist training journey, you might prefer a waist trainer with three rows of hooks or a steel-boned corset, both of which have more room for adjustment if you size down your waist by several inches.

    Note that over time with regular use, the latex in a waist trainer can start to lose its elasticity. This is another reason to size down eventually, as well as keep two waist trainers rotating through your wardrobe.

    Not all are the same.

    Beautiful women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so do waist trainers. That’s why we strive to keep a wide selection, to meet as many needs as possible. You may even find that what works well in one stage of your waist training experience isn’t as effective in other stages.

    Results with waist training can also vary quite a bit. Some women see dramatic results with regular waist training after just a few weeks, while for others it can take a long time before they see substantial changes. Having said this, anyone who tries on a waist trainer that fits and is well suited for their body type will see results of a flatter tummy and a reduced waistline of 1–3 inches with the garment on—instantly!

    If you’re wondering which options are right for you, here are a few to consider, no matter what stage you’re in during your personal waist training journey:

    • Workout bands: as was mentioned above, these are ideal for making you sweat harder and getting a more effective workout. They come in a variety of selfie-worthy colors and styles.
    • Everyday waist trainers: these are designed to wear…wherever you want! They can be worn for 8–12 hours comfortably and they come in black or tan, so they can be easily concealable under your clothes.
    • Vest-style: these are ideal if you desire extra support and lift for your bust or coverage for your back. If you have a high bust-to-waist ratio, be sure to get adjustable straps for the ideal fit.
    • Steel-boned corsets: these create a “wow” factor whether you use them as outerwear or conceal them under your clothes. Laces and steel boning create the most dramatic waist slimming results.
    • Long torso: if you’re a taller woman you might require a waist trainer that provides more coverage, particularly through the lower abdomen.
    • Petite: likewise, if you’re on the shorter side, you may prefer shorter cuts that won’t pinch at your ribs or your hips.
    • Three rows of hooks: if you expect to size down considerably with your waist training regimen, three rows of hooks will give you more room to size down using the same garment.
    • Plus size: these are designed with the full-figured woman in mind, with stunning hourglass results.
    • Seamless: When you need invisible slimming, these are the best options to hide underneath your clothing.
    • Latex-free: if you have sensitivity to latex or just don’t prefer using the material, there are multiple waist trainer options constructed without latex.

    You will look amazing—and people will notice.

    Time and again, we hear from our customers how their waist training transformations have caught the attention of their friends and family. You don’t even have to lose weight in order to achieve an hourglass waistline and a flat tummy, free of love handles and muffin top. In fact, that is how a lot of people get started with waist training; they see the results of someone they know.

    That’s why we highly encourage you to share your results—whether on Instagram or your other favorite social media platforms, or even just among your closest friends and family. Take progress photos and waist measurements and prepare for everyone to be amazed at the changes in your figure. You never know who you might inspire!

    We hope this gives you a little vision about what it’s like to wear a waist trainer. Ready to get started? Check out this guide along with the other resources we have on our website. You're going to love your new curves!

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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 body shapers.

    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!


    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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  • 5 Benefits of Wearing a Waist Trainer

    waist training benefits

    By now you’ve probably heard about waist training, whether you’ve seen celebrities sporting their workout bands on social media or your friends have started wearing them. Waist trainers look cute and appear to make you slimmer, but perhaps you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about.

    Some people love their waist trainers because they do so much more than just make you slimmer for that one Instagram pose. Many of our customers are pleasantly surprised when they discover the unexpected results of our most popular waist-slimming garments. If you’re trying to decide whether to give waist training a try, consider these five benefits.

    1. Immediate Slimming Results

    When you first put on a waist trainer that is fitted properly, you’re going to see results immediately and anytime you're wearing the garment. You’ll notice an hourglass curve at your waist that eliminates muffin top and prevents your belly from sticking out. If you take measurements, you waist could be up to 4 inches slimmer instantly.

    For this reason, waist trainers make excellent special occasion garments, as they can help you fit effortlessly into tight-fitting or flowing dresses, pants and skirts. Every body type benefits from having a more defined waistline.

    In order to achieve the best results when you first try on your waist trainer, it’s important that you garment fits correctly and is a style ideal for your body type and lifestyle. Check out our complete guide to help you determine your ideal waist trainer. Also be sure that you are sizing your waist trainer correctly by following the sizing chart for the garment of your choice and taking accurate waist measurements.

    1. Enhanced Workouts

    It’s a good idea to work on strengthening your core when you’re wearing a waist trainer for the best results. A waist trainer should not take the place of strong core muscles; rather they should complement each other.

    A workout band can be an indispensable part of your workout wardrobe, which is designed to provide firm compression during vigorous movement and will help you sweat harder for a more effective workout.

    The garment stimulates thermal activity, literally increasing your body's natural heat. This makes you perspire more in the areas where you're trying to slim down—so you're getting more from your workout without the extra effort.

    Some women prefer using a waist trainer exclusive for working out in. In fact, our most colorful, selfie-worthy waist trainers are ideal for this purpose and are meant to be shown off!

    Wearing a workout band can complement a number of exercises, including but not limited to running, walking, racquet sports, aerobics, circuit training and strength training. We highly recommend you incorporate strength-building workouts for your whole body, but especially your core. Check out these workout recommendations if you need inspiration.

    Workout waist trainers are great on their own, but if you want to follow an everyday waist training regimen, we highly recommend that you also use your favorite everyday waist trainer for the best results and to keep your workout band fresh and clean.

    1. A Supplement to Your Long-Term Slimming Goals

    Many people use waist trainers to supplement their other slim-down goals. And because of the heat-stimulating properties, the more you use your waist trainer, the more you’ll know your efforts are working. For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer 8–12 hours a day, but keep in mind that results will vary depending on your lifestyle, goals, body type and other factors.

    If you’re new to waist training, we recommend starting out slowly. Wear your waist trainer for just an hour or two for the first couple of days and then slowly wear it for a little longer each day. You can take a break in the middle of the day if needed, or even take a day off. But stick with it and be consistent. After 2–3 weeks it will feel totally natural to wear your waist trainer all day.

    Be sure to check out some of our customer stories to discover what real women’s results can look like. These are everyday women of all shapes and sizes who have benefitted tremendously from wearing a waist trainer.

    1. Corrected, More Confident Posture

    One of the unexpected benefits of wearing a waist trainer is better posture. It’s something that many of our customers have been pleasantly surprised to discover, and it’s one of their favorite benefits. Professional women who sit at a desk all day tend to slouch, which is a big no-no for your back. While wearing a waist trainer, the compression forces to sit up straighter and thus provides more support to your back.

    The corrected posture is good news for your back, but that's not the only benefit. You’ll look and feel more confident simply by the way you carry your torso. It's a look of confidence. Nonverbally you can send a powerful message just by standing a little taller.

    1. Motivation for a Healthier Lifestyle

    Sometimes one of the biggest hurdles to losing weight or getting healthy is the motivation to get started and keep going. Sticking to a healthy diet and going to the gym day after day can be difficult to keep up, especially if you hit a hurdle or a plateau in your progress.

    That’s where waist training can really benefit you—by keeping you going. Many of our customers have testified that they didn’t start out with healthy lifestyle changes when they started waist training, but once they got a vision for what their bodies could look like, they were more motivated to stick with it.

    It’s tough to make major changes to your lifestyle, but the first start is to just do something. And that something leads to other changes, until you find that being healthy is just a part of who you are. Waist training is just one piece of the puzzle, but for many women it has been exactly what they have needed to get started and stick with it.

    It’s evident that, while a waist trainer can provide instant results in slimming and enhancing your figure, it does a whole lot more. Not only will you love the way you look and feel, but your close friends and family will probably start noticing how you're changing and will wonder what your secret is!

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  • How Effective is Waist Training?

    Does waist training work?

    If you’re completely new to waist training, it’s normal to be a little curious and maybe even a little skeptical about how well it works. Is it really possible to slim down your waistline simply by wearing a band around your waist?

    Actually yes—that's exactly what happens as soon as you put on a waist trainer. Some high-compression waist trainers instantly shrink your waistline by up to four inches!

    But, what about when you take the garment off? That's a whole different side of waist training. There are a lot of nuances that can affect your long-term waist training experience.

    If you’re new to waist training and wondering what to expect and how effective your experience will be, here are some possibilities.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Waist Trainer

    Like many health and fitness practices, what you get out of waist training largely depends on what you put into it.

    First, we recommend doing your homework about which waist trainer, or combination of waist trainers, is going to be right for you. Factors to consider include your size and shape, your lifestyle, and your slimming goals. The most important thing is that your waist trainer fits correctly.

    Check out this complete guide for more tips on choosing your waist trainer.

    Once you have the ideal waist trainer and have confirmed that it is a great fit, the next step is to wear it—often. For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer at least eight hours a day.

    What to Expect When Putting It On

    Eight hours a day may sound daunting at first, especially since you may find it a bit uncomfortable the first time you try your waist trainer on. But don’t worry; it’s a practice you can learn slowly.

    • We recommend starting out wearing your waist trainer for just an hour or two and then incrementally adding a little more time each day.
    • This gives your waist trainer the opportunity to break in, and it also gives your body the opportunity to adjust to the way it feels.
    • You can take breaks if you need to; skip a day once a week when you first start out if you want, or break up your wear into two shorter sessions in the same day.
    • Generally, with dedication, most people are able to comfortably wear their waist trainer from 8–12 hours a day after about a month.

    Don't Forget to Eat Well

    The final piece to making your waist training experience most effective is to complement your waist trainer use with proper diet and exercise. If this is personally a challenge for you, remember that you can make incremental changes in this area as well. In fact, wearing the waist trainer can even motivate you as you start to see results.

    • Drink more water instead of caffeine and sweetened beverages.
    • Eat more whole ingredients and less processed foods and sugar.
    • Consume smaller portions (which you’ll want to do when wearing a waist trainer anyway).
    • Aim to work out 4–5 days a week, including both cardio and core-strengthening exercises.

    All of these factors working together are what create the most powerful results during a waist training regimen.

    How and When To Expect Results

    This is one of the most frequent questions we receive: “How long until I see results?” We can’t put an exact number on how or when you will see results, because each person is different. But we must emphasize that if you trust the process and stick with it, you’re going to be happy that you did.

    The best way to know if your waist training routine is working is to track your progress. We don’t recommend watching the pounds on the scale terribly closely, as this can be misleading (especially if you’re building more muscle mass through your workout routine). Instead, we recommend taking waist measurements and progress photos.

    • Take a picture of your waistline without your waist trainer on at least monthly, if not weekly.
    • Try to wear the same outfit and take your photo in the same light and angle, at the same time of day.
    • Photos and measurements don’t lie, and we’re pretty confident you’ll be pleased with what you’ll see.

    One thing we don’t recommend is comparing your waist training results to someone else’s. While we love it when women inspire each other, everyone’s experience is different. Lifestyle, shape, size, goals and even genetics are all factors that generate different experiences and results.

    Having said that, we do love showcasing just how effective waist training can be with our customers’ results.

    What Customers Are Saying

    Now it’s time to get inspired! Here are some real results that Hourglass Angel waist training customers have experienced from their waist training routines:

    • “I have gone from a 42 to a 38. Wearing the waist trainer also teaches you to eat smaller portions hence changing you eating habit. My aunt and sisters have noticed the changes. Now they are also wearing them.”
      –Trena, purchased Ann Chery Latex Waist Shaper Vest
    • “Wearing the waist trainer alone gives you an instant 1-2 inches off your waist, but to start seeing a change in my body that started staying more permanent, it took me about 2-3 weeks. My current results are after two months of wearing it. I wore the first set of hooks the first month, then the second set of hooks the second month.”
      –Lillie, read her full story here
    • “I've only been wearing my cincher about a week and a half now but I swear I'm seeing results already! I work 40 hours a week, 5–8 hour days so it is very easy for me to simply wear my cincher to work. On the weekend I just throw it on for a few hours during my day. I currently have a desk job that I have been at for 5 years and have trouble with my posture usually but my cincher has already helped with that immensely! I love it! It's not too uncomfortable to wear... think someone's giving you a tight hug all day long! I'm thinking maybe in another month I'll be able to move over to the next set of hooks! Super excited about it! :)
      –Meagan, purchased Classic Waist Cincher by Amia.


    These are just a few of the many results real women have experienced. You can find more in our Before and After Gallery as well as in the reviews of every waist trainer we carry. And be sure to tell us about your own waist training experience! #bethehourglass

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  • Interview: How Waist Training Fit into My Personal & Professional Routines

    Waist Training Transformation with Gina

    Gina is a promoter and marketing professional who knows that first impressions are everything. Although she was mostly satisfied with her figure, she has always struggled with trouble spots, including her abs and hips. She used waist training to achieve a more toned look, and in the process she improved her posture and started to see more results from her workouts. After eight weeks, she wasn't the only one noticing these results. Her boyfriend, friends, family and colleagues all complimented her on her new look. We recently chatted with Gina for an inside look at her inspiring waist training journey.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    I am a professional promoter/marketing specialist. I have my own promotions company. I am also a published model. I've promoted for clubs, bands, bars, clothing companies, tattoo shops, conventions, jewelry companies, and more recently a hair salon, yoga studio and fitness brands. I aspire to be featured in more magazines and work with other professionals like myself. I try to stay active and healthy and I enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as cooking, swimming, jogging, and reading.

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?Overall I am happy with my appearance, but my trouble spots are my thighs and lower abs. When I started waist training my goal was to tone up and correct my posture. My overall fitness goal is to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle and of course tone my body.
    1. What garments did you use, and why?

    I chose the Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery after speaking with a representative from Hourglass Angel.  I told her my goals and she suggested a few items. I ultimately chose this particular product because of my active lifestyle. It allowed for movement while working out, but also would help to keep good posture. I also knew I would be wearing it over clothing and I found this particular item to be very aesthetically pleasing.

    1. What were your first impressions?

    When I first tried the garment I was at home. It was easy to put on. I found it to be a bit bunchy in certain places. I felt it was too big by the neck and back and too small by the ribs and hips. It fit well at the waist on the 1st closure. I already have an hourglass shape, so I find it hard to find garments that fit just right in all areas of my body at the same time. It’s either too loose in the waist or too tight on the hips. This item was as close as it was going to get with my body type. I even tried the next size up to make sure of the fit.  The next size up was way too large, so I wound up using the original product.

    1. What was your waist training routine?

    When I first started using the garment I would put it on for a few hours at a time. I used it pretty much every day and increased the amount of time I wore it each week. I also made sure to wear it during workouts that included walking, jogging, running, or any stand exercises. I tried to incorporate it with ab workouts as well. I found over time this became easier.

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

    This garment definitely lived up to my expectations. Overall it was comfortable, easy to put on, easy to clean, and it definitely improved my posture. By the time the 8 weeks were over I was able to work out comfortably while using the middle closure.

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

    I kept my routine the same. I always try to eat healthy and I work out regularly. While waist training, the only thing I did differently was intensify my workouts. I would work out more often, for longer periods of time, or with larger reps.

    1. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss or fitness?I have always been very curvy. My hips are a full foot wider than my waist. It has always been a challenge for me to lose weight in my hips and thighs. My stomach has always been small but sometimes it is hard to tone up exactly where you want to while keeping the parts of your body that you are happy with the same. I feel this garment has helped me to tone up and greatly improved my posture. Just from standing up straight or sitting up straight my professional pictures tend to come out much better and my back pain has subsided greatly.
    1. When did you start seeing results?

    I started to feel results before I could see them. I felt my posture getting better by the second week, and I could see my stomach getting a little smaller and tighter by the 5th week. By the 7th week I was able to move the trainer to the middle closure. When I had first started I was only just able to close it on the 1st closure.

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My boyfriend, friends, family, and photographer have all noticed a difference. They all say my posture has improved and I look “smaller” or that I have “lost weight”. 

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

    First and foremost I would have them speak to Claire Hoffman. She helped me to select the right product for my personal fitness goals. I think it is very important to find exactly what you need to achieve the results you are looking for. I was not looking for undergarments that slim me till I take them off. I was looking for long term results and an improvement in my posture and overall health. I feel because I used the trainer as part of my routine it has helped me to achieve my goals. I will definitely continue to use it regularly and I can't wait to try more products from Hourglass Angel. I represent a lot of fitness brands and shapewear brands and I have to say the quality of the product and the professionalism of the representatives far surpasses any other shapewear company I've worked with.

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

    Waist Training Transformation with Denice

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

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

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

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

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

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

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

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

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

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

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

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

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

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

    1. What were your first impressions?

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

    1. What was your waist training routine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

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

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

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

    How to Overcome Waist Training Obstacles

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

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

    Waist Training Journey with Ruby J.

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

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

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

    1. Why did you decide to try waist training?

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

    1. What garments did you use, and why?

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

    1. What were your first impressions?

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

    1. What was your waist training routine?

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Has anyone else noticed your results?

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

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

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



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  • Waist Training & Corseting for the Plus-Sized Woman

    Waist training for plus sizes

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

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

    Choosing the Right Size

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

    It starts with taking your waist measurements:

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


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

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

    Differences in Materials

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

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

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


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

    Choosing the Right Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brand Quality

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

    For plus sizes, we recommend several brands of products:

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


    How to Start a Waist Training Regimen

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

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

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

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

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


    How to Style Your Waist Trainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How to wear a waist trainer: style inspiration

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

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

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

    First Things First: Defining Waist Training

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

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

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

    Best for Under Clothes: The Everyday Waist Trainer

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

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

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

    Work Up a Sweat in Workout Bands

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

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

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

    Related: How Many Waist Trainers Do You Need To Waist Train Daily?

    For Dramatic Slimming: Underbust Steel-Boned Corsets

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

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

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

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

    For Fun and Fashion: Overbust Corsets

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

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

    Extra Support: Vest-Style Waist Trainers

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

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

    Styling Suggestions

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

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

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

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

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

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  • What to Expect When Wearing a Postpartum Waist Training Corset


    Postpartum waist training tips

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

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

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

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

    It Will Feel Very Tight

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

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

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

    It Will Take Time to Adjust

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

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

    Everyone’s Results Vary

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

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

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

    You Can Customize Your Fit As You Go

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

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

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

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

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

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