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  • How Can This Activewear Amp Up Your Workout?

    Discover how activewear can stimulate your workout

    Workout clothes are just workout clothes, right? Does it really matter whether you head into the gym with an old t-shirt or something a bit more put-together?

    Actually, yes. It does matter.

    If you think about it, your favorite professional athletes and others who are doing serious training probably aren’t wearing performance gear simply because it makes them look good. While wearing performance activewear doesn’t replace actually going out and doing some focused exercise, it can make a big difference in how effective that workout can be. Great gear can also help you stay focused and motivated. See why our maximum compression workout waist trainer is a customer favorite.

    If you’ve never experienced what it’s like to complete your workouts in quality compression activewear, here are several benefits to consider.

    Compression Gear Provides Optimal Support and Comfort

    Have you ever had a worn-out or cheap sports bra, but you wore it anyway because it was all you had at the moment? Then you know that a bad bra is pretty much the worst, especially if you’re doing any sort of workout that involves rigorous movement. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can even distract you from giving your workout your full effort.

    It goes without saying that a great sports bra should be the foundation of your workout wardrobe. But that’s just the beginning. In the same way, compression apparel can provide the support you need all around.

    For starters, a compression top will supplement the support of your sports bra with additional compression around the bust. It will also hug your torso to keep everything in place while you move, so you don’t have to worry about jostling or jiggling, even when jumping around.

    You might also love the support that a workout waist trainer provides. Not only will it slim your waist and keep your abdomen firmly in place while you work out, but it can provide additional support for your bust. In particular, a vest-style waist trainer pairs perfectly with a sports bra for optimal bust and back support and coverage.

    And support shouldn’t just stop above the waist! You’ll be way more comfortable in compression shorts and leggings than baggy sweat pants or shorts, particularly if you’re doing any interval training, dancing, or something similar with quick movements. Women love having curves, but they need to be kept in check when you’re working up a sweat!

    Compression Gear Helps You Sweat Harder

    The old saying goes that women don’t sweat; they “glisten.” Hardly! Sweat is what you want during workouts because it means your heart is pumping, you’re burning calories and you’re getting stronger.

    Boosting perspiration is one of the best benefits of compression apparel, and it’s definitely a difference you’ll notice.

    Here’s how it works: by pressing against the skin, it stimulates thermal activity and blood flow, which in turn signals to your body that it needs to cool off. Your sweat indicates that you’re working hard and ultimately means you’re getting an effective workout (that’s one reason why going for a run out in the heat feels a lot harder than going for a run when it’s cooler).

    Don’t resist sweat; embrace it! In particular, waist trainers will help you sweat a lot more around your core, even when you’re not doing an intense workout. In other words, you can exercise more effectively without actually putting in more effort (although you may feel the extra intensity).

    And if you think all that sweating sounds uncomfortable, don’t worry. Much of our workout apparel is also designed to prevent you from feeling hot and sticky by using lining that wicks away the moisture from your skin. So you can keep your workout’s momentum going without worrying about chafing or sticky discomfort.

    Compression Gear Targets Your Trouble Areas

    No matter what body type they have or how good of shape they’re already in, everyone has trouble areas on their figure. Knowing which workouts to do in order to build muscle and burn fat is the most important factor when targeting your trouble areas, but the right gear can help keep you focused.

    Compression apparel keeps your target areas firm, so you can work on strengthening them further during your workouts. For example, waist trainers help you keep your tummy tucked and your back straight, encouraging you to focus on holding those planks. Compression leggings keep your butt, thighs and hips firmly in check, whether you’re running or doing squats, so you won’t be distracted by anything bouncing around. While the compression material itself isn’t what makes you exert yourself, with smart training it can greatly enhance your workout experience.

    Compression Gear Makes You Look Great

    Okay, we admit this shouldn’t be the only thing that matters when it comes to your workout gear, but flattering apparel can be a huge motivator when it comes to getting up and getting exercise! Whether you’re at the gym, on a run or taking selfies during your home workouts, knowing that you look your best can make you more excited to do it.

    Compression apparel not only intensifies your workout, but also slims your figure in all the right places. Wearing a waist trainer can help you take at least an inch off your waistline immediately. Compression shorts and leggings help smooth out and lift your butt and thighs, and may also help slim your waist depending on which one you use. Certain slimming, butt-lifting leggings like these from Bon Bon Up are even constructed with an internal girdle that is both comfortable and effective.

    You Can Mix and Match for a Customized Experience 

    One of the most enjoyable qualities of workout apparel is that you don’t have to pick just one piece. Mix and match your favorite compression tops, workout bands, butt-lifting leggings or toning shorts for a customized experience each time you work out. Your preference might change depending on what you’re doing or whether you’re indoors or outdoors. And of course, there are many varieties of colors and patterns.

    Here are a few ideas for your inspiration:

    • Try going for a long run in cooler weather wearing long leggings and a workout band.
    • When you’re in a time crunch but want to fit your workout in quickly, strap on a Velcro closure workout band, paired with your favorite shorts or leggings.
    • Doing crunches or serious abdominal work? Switch out your waist trainer for some compression tanks.
    • When working up a sweat doing a lot of squats or other legwork, get the most out of it with high waist shaping shorts and your favorite waist trainer.

    What Features To Look For

    There are many options when it comes to compression apparel, so here’s what you need to know when browsing through different garments.

    • Bio-ceramic material: The Delfin brand carries a unique fabric that provides instant smoothing, increases perspiration and keeps you feeling cool and clean with a breathable design and anti-microbial additive.
    • Butt-lifting construction: Bon Bon Up leggings are designed to firmly tighten your butt and control your thighs using an internal girdle.
    • Breathability: Leggings, shorts and tops come in a variety of fabrics, all of which can provide compression but will have different degrees of breathability. Lighter fabrics like nylon will feel light and cool, while fabrics like polyester and neoprene will not feel as light, although they may effectively make you sweat harder.
    • Moisture-wicking: Look for this description in garments to determine if they will transfer the sweat away from your skin. Most of are garments do this to some degree.
    • Latex: Most waist trainers are able to effectively provide compression through the use of a latex core. There are several, however, with a latex-free blend.
    • Waist trainer length options: Not all waist trainers are one style fits all. Check out different lengths that can be suitable if you have a long or short torso.
    • Waist trainer closure options: Most workout bands come with hook-and-eye closures, but we do carry several that zip up for extra support, as well as those with a Velcro closure for easy on and off and a customized fit.
    • Flexible steel boning: The Hourglass Angel brand waist trainers are uniquely constructed with steel instead of plastic in the bodice, for durable maximum compression.

    In general, you might find that different features work better during different kinds of workouts and workout environments, which is why mixing and matching is highly recommended, as described above.

    We hope you’re inspired by the many options available to you that can help you start and continue working out effectively. We carry high-quality apparel that will help you stay motivated and get the most burn out of your workouts. As always, if you have any questions about waist trainers or any other compression apparel, our expert stylist are waiting to hear from you.

    And don’t forget to get social! We love seeing you in your workout gear on our social media channels. On Instagram or Twitter you can tag us at @hourglassangel and use #BeTheHourglass to let us know how your workout goals are going. Be sure to track your progress and take before and after photos. You’ll be an inspiration to us as well as your friends!

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  • A New Mom's Complete Guide to Postpartum Waist Training

    Carrying a baby is one of the most beautiful experiences women have. But it can also be one of the most challenging—not just during the pregnancy, but in the postpartum period as well.

    Whether you’re just a few weeks postpartum or it has been quite a few months since you had your baby, some of your challenges might include exhaustion, weakness in your core, breastfeeding around the clock, and struggles with your post-baby weight. And while having a little one around is certainly a delight, it can feel a little bit like your body has been hijacked!

    Some of our happiest waist training customers have been new moms—because there are so many benefits to doing it in the postpartum period. It’s not just about losing weight and getting your body back; it’s about feeling strong, confident and healthy. In other words, you want to be the best mom you can be.

    Do you know all the benefits of postpartum waist training? You just might be surprised…

    Belly Binding Can Aid in Postpartum Recovery

    It’s not as common a practice in the U.S. these days, but “belly binding” has been practiced for centuries around the world in the immediate days and weeks following childbirth. It’s the practice of providing gentle compression around the abdomen while the uterus and the rest of the belly contract back to their normal size.

    One of the benefits of compression is the added support you get for your back and core while your body is healing naturally. This can also aid in your recovery by increasing blood flow and reducing scar tissue. A wrap can be helpful whether you’ve undergone a C-section or vaginal birth. Get the go-ahead from your doctor, and go ahead and start wrapping within hours after birth.

    We carry several products designed exclusively for the immediate postpartum period including the Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks and the Bamboo Belly Bandit. These are soft and gentle, designed to keep dry, and will not irritate your skin following a C-section. They are also customizable so that as your abdomen shrinks, you can adjust them accordingly to provide ongoing compression.

    After a few weeks of belly binding, if there are no complications in your recovery, you can start the transition into waist training garments with firmer compression like our shapewear girdles.

    Waist Training Provides Extra Back Support

    A common complaint among new moms is back pain. And it’s no wonder; after childbirth your core is stretched to the max. Instead of relying on your core muscles, your torso might compensate and put uncomfortable pressure on different parts of your back or hips. While some women can snap back pretty quickly, everyone is different. You might especially have difficulty regaining your core strength after multiple pregnancies.

    Some women also experience back pain if they’re breastfeeding due to the extra weight they’re carrying in their breasts. If this is the case with you, you might prefer the extra bust support and back coverage that a vest-style waist trainer will provide.

    By wearing a waist trainer, you’ll be improving your posture every time you put it on. This will take the pressure off the wrong places in your spine when you’re tempted to hunch over because of your weak core. A waist trainer is especially helpful if you have to go back to work at an office job, where you’ll likely want to slouch in front of your desk. You’ll feel much more energized and experience less pain with a straight posture—not to mention feel confident with your postpartum figure, which just might make you stand a little taller anyway.

    Of course, you don’t want to rely entirely on your waist trainer to improve your posture. The most effective way to prevent back pain is to rebuild your muscle strength, especially in your core, and also in your shoulders and upper back. We recommend using a workout band during strength training to help you make the most out of your workouts. Use resistance exercises or weights several times a week to work on all of those weak muscle groups, and you’ll almost certainly see improvement. Check out some of our workout suggestions here. Be sure to get the go-ahead from your doctor before you do any exercise, especially in that early postpartum period. You’ll want to make sure you are completely healed before you start strengthening your core.

    Waist Training Helps You Be More Confident and Motivated

    When you’re juggling a newborn or even an older child, making your health and fitness a priority can be a real challenge. Wearing a waist trainer daily can help because it gives you a vision for what you can accomplish.

    First of all, you’re going to see immediate results when you put on a waist trainer that fits well. Your belly will be flatter (perhaps for the first time in a long time!) and you’ll see what it looks like when you have an hourglass shape to your midsection, without any muffin top or love handles. We highly recommend taking photos and waist measurements so you can see just how dramatic the effect can be.

    Ultimately we believe you should have body confidence no matter what stage you’re at in your fitness journey. The choice you get to make is whether or not you’re going to invest in yourself. By wearing a waist trainer and dressing in clothes that make you feel and look good, you can check off a box on your self-care checklist. This is soooo important as a mom, because a happy mama can contribute to a happy family.

    Waist Training is a Stepping Stone To a Healthier Lifestyle

    Many women who waist train find that when they see the possibilities while wearing their waist trainer, they have vision to meet their goals. Once they start seeing the long-term results over the course of several weeks or months, they continue to stay motivated. Some people who try waist training don’t incorporate healthy diet and exercise into their routines at first, but eventually it feels so good to see results that they make those changes later. We think that’s pretty inspiring! Check out this story from a new mom to see how it worked for her.

    You might also find that when you are wearing a waist trainer for at least 8 hours a day, you’ll be more likely to maintain portion control while you eat. Since the waist trainer constrains your midsection, you’ll find that your stomach won’t comfortably be able to expand when you eat a large meal. In this way you’ll be encouraged to eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than 2–3 large ones. Many doctors and nutritionists recommend this approach to eating as it can help you maintain a steady energy level and avoid overeating.

    Lastly, simply having some great workout gear like a brightly colored waist trainer can inspire you to get up and move. Since workout bands intensify your workouts by making you sweat harder, you’ll get more results from your efforts. Whether you’re just getting out and walking with the stroller or you’re doing some serious training, you may find exercise more enjoyable and effective.

    Waist Training Can Help Firm Up Your Skin

    Here’s a little known secret: when you waist train regularly, particularly while using our specially formulated waist training gel, you can smooth your skin through a combination of increased thermal activity and microcirculation. This can be a huge benefit if you suffer from saggy, stretched out skin, which is all too common among new moms (or even older ones, years later!). While waist training can’t replace the dramatic effects of surgery, if you practice it regularly you might be pleasantly surprised!

    It Is Possible To “Get Your Body Back”

    While your life will never be the same after you have a baby, it is possible to feel sexy and confident in your postpartum body. Depending on genetics, how much your weight has fluctuated, skin elasticity and other factors, you might not look exactly like you did prior to pregnancy. But just give it time. With determination, a healthy lifestyle, realistic goals, and a waist trainer, you can achieve postpartum body confidence that you can be proud of in just a few months—and beyond as well. And chances are, others will notice and wonder how you got your body back. Most importantly, when you’re taking care of yourself and feeling great about your health, you’re going to be much more equipped to be the best mom you can be.

    What are some of your postpartum struggles? Chances are, you’re not the only one who has them. If you need help picking out the perfect waist trainer to help you meet your goals, be sure to check out this waist training guide as well the most current information on our blog, which has many practical tips to make it work. And of course, we have expert stylists waiting to respond to your questions via phone, chat or email. Happy waist training, mamas!

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  • Everything You Need to Know about Corseting Before You Begin

    Everything that you need to know about corseting

    It’s no secret that corseting is in! Thanks to celebrities like the Kardashians and Jessica Alba showing off their tiny waists in their waist trainers, ordinary women are loving the dramatic slimming results you can get from this classic style of garment.

    But with so many styles of corsets to choose from, finding your style can seem daunting at first (browse our best selling body shapewear). Today, we break it down so that you know exactly how to make it work for you.

    Waist Cincher or Steel-Boned Corset: What’s the Difference?

    The first thing you might notice when you start browsing waist trainers and corsets is that there are some very different styles available. The two main categories you should be aware of are 1) cinchers, usually constructed with latex, and 2) corsets, which are constructed with flexible steel boning and a lace-up back.

    The term “waist trainer” can be used interchangeably with either style of garment, although usually when someone says “waist trainer” they’re referring to latex cinchers.

    Cinchers slim the waistline, typically with compression material and plastic boning. You fasten them by using hook-and-eye closures, which either come with two or three rows of hooks.

    In contrast, lace-up corsets provide slimming power with the tightening of the laces as well as the steel boning within the bodice. They can provide dramatic results and provide maximum slimming power when fully tightened.

    Which one is best for you is a matter of preference for most women, as both are effect garments for waist training. Waist training is the practice of regularly wearing a corset or cincher as a part of an ongoing slim-down regimen that ideally includes healthy lifestyle choices.

    So, which one is for you? Identify your waist trainer personality profile to find out!

    Your Waist Trainer Personality Profile

    Here are several common “profiles” that you might identify with when selecting your perfect waist trainer.

    Note: It's okay if you don't fit perfectly in any of these profiles – everyone is unique, after all. But as you read through, you'll get an idea of how your lifestyle may overlap in ways that will make your ideal corset obvious.

    1. Workout Queen

    Your second home is the gym (or perhaps the running trail). You are always training for something, whether it’s a 5k, a marathon or perhaps a Tough Mudder competition or triathlon. Mediocre activewear and equipment just doesn’t it cut it; you need the top-of-the-line gear or else you’ll wear right through it. You also might take a flexing selfie from time to time.

    Your obvious choice is a workout band, which will help you sweat harder and intensify your workout program. This might not be your only waist trainer, but will certainly be your favorite for looking great while being active.

    1. Working Professional

    You work the 9-to-5 grind, plus a commute and a busy social or networking life. Since you sit at a desk (or stand on your feet) for most of the day, you’re prone to back pain. With a life always on the run but without a lot of movement, you tend to grab a lot of convenience food and are constantly watching your weight.

    A great solution for you is an everyday waist trainer that will help you improve your posture, get control of your food portions, and generate more self-confidence as you see how great you look. You might also prefer the extra support of a vest-style trainer.

    1. Busy Mama

    You’ve got little ones at your feet, demanding attention all the time. You’ve struggled to shed the baby weight—perhaps it’s only been a few months since or your pregnancy, or perhaps it’s been more. Your diet consists of leftover crackers, boxed macaroni and cheese, and juice.

    Any style of waist trainer can give you a big boost in self-confidence and motivation in your post-baby slim down journey. You might like an everyday waist trainer with three rows of hooks that gives you the space to slim down as you meet your goals. You might also love the durability and customizing fit of a steel-boned corset.

    1. Fashionista

    Maybe you fall into any of the above personas, but additionally you love bold, sexy style. You want to look good and feel good whether you’re running errands or dressing up for a formal event. You like dramatic curves and tight dresses, but you’re not sure if you can pull off such daring styles with your figure.

    For you, the solution is obvious: go with the steel-boned corset! The lace-up design will give you the most dramatic results instantly, and you’ll be able to continue tightening it as you size down. What’s more, you can wear a corset as outerwear over a thin top, giving you a show-stopping, vintage touch to your style.

    Maybe everyone has a little bit of inner fashionista. Remember that you can definitely have more than one style of waist trainer, depending on the occasion and your mood!

    Getting Started with Your Corset

    When you get a steel-boned corset, there are a few things to know before you start wearing it.

    1. Try on and season your corset.

    Corsets are a little bit tricky to try on. The steel busks should be in front; step in carefully. You may need help or a mirror to guide you as you tighten the laces. Pull the Xs the way you would with shoelaces, only you’re going to tie them off in the middle of the bodice.

    The first time you wear your corset, don’t tighten the laces all the way. Tie them off when it is snug but not cinching your waist. The bodice should sit comfortably between your ribs and hips. In order for the corset to mold to your body, you’ll need to season it. Wear it for an hour or two a day for at least a week before pulling the laces tight. It should fit like a glove, with no gaps.

    1. Wear every day for the best results.

    Once your corset is seasoned, start wearing it a little more each day, until it’s on for at least eight hours. In a few weeks, you should be comfortable with all-day wear. Keep track of your progress with photos and waist measurements and prepare to be amazed!

    So do you know your waist training profile? Now matter what your waist training personality profile, be sure to check out our full collection and let our professional stylists know if you have any questions.

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  • New & Improved 2017 Guide to Waist Training

    2017 Waist Training Guide

    We think it’s safe to say that waist training is here to say. For that last several years, more and more women have discovered how easy it is get the figure they've always wanted, while enjoying numerous other benefits—not the least of which is a huge boost in confidence.

    We love providing waist training tips so that our customers can get the most out of their experience. Here’s everything you need to know.

    How to Find the Perfect Waist Trainer

    One thing you might notice when you start browsing is just how many options there are when it comes to waist training! There are a variety of materials, styles and colors. How do you determine which on is right for you?

    There are a few factors you should consider when you’re picking out your ideal waist trainer including:

    1. Waist training goals
    • Are you wanting to wear your waist trainer exclusively during workouts or do you want to wear it every day as part as an ongoing routine (or do you want to do both)?
    • Are you looking for a special occasion piece?
    • How much weight are you planning to lose?

    These questions can help you narrow down your choices. For example, to work out in your waist trainer you’ll definitely want a workout band (be sure to check out three new styles in our Hourglass Angel signature collection). There are many other styles designed for everyday use. You can use many of them for special occasions, but depending on your needs, you might enjoy the dramatic results you get from a steel-boned corset. And if you’re planning to lose a lot of weight (more than 5–10 pounds, for example), you’ll want to choose a waist trainer that has the ability to size down dramatically, such as a lace-up corset or a cincher with three rows of hooks. 

    1. Body type

    While everyone wants to end up in that hourglass shape, your natural shape and size can influence your best style choices. If you’re particularly tall and have a long torso, you might want to choose from these longer styles for fuller coverage. Or, if you’re short or short-waisted, these styles designed for petite women will give you the maximum results and comfort.

    If you prefer to have more support for your bust and coverage for your back, be sure to try one of our vest-style waist trainers. And if you’re plus-size, there are options for you too! 

    1. Style and material preferences

    Once you’ve determined your waist training needs, it comes down to what you want. You can pick out a garment based on the colors and patterns, whether you want to show it off our keep it discreet.

    Some women prefer the maximum results they get from a steel-boned corset, while others like the versatility of a latex waist cincher. For a couple of unique options you might like this Velcro closure waist trainer for ease of use or a no-closure option for when you need a seamless solution. And if you can’t use latex, be sure to look for our latex-free options. 

    How to Get the Right Size

    The correct sizing is one of the most important factors in choosing a waist trainer that is ideal for your shape and size. Once you’ve chosen the ideal garment, be sure that you take accurate measurements right before you place your order.

    For waist trainers, the most important measurement is your waist.

    • Using a vinyl or fabric measuring tape, hold it level around the narrowest part of your waist.
    • This is a few inches above your belly button, where you’ll see a natural bend if you lean to one side.
    • Lay the tape flat, but don’t pull it tight. You should be able to slip a finger underneath.

    It’s very important, once you’ve taken your measurement, to follow the sizing chart for your chosen garment precisely.

    Every brand fits a little bit differently, and we have adjusted accordingly on our customized sizing charts. Do not simply choose a size based on what your shirt or dress size is.

    One thing worth noting if you’re ordering a steel-boned corset that uses number sizes is that the numbers don’t represent your waist measurement. Instead, they are 4–5 inches less that your waist measurement (approximately what your waist will be once you tighten the corset).

    If you’re ever in doubt about your size, always go up a size up rather than a size down for the best results. Otherwise, your waist trainer will be too small. Remember that they are designed to be adjusted—you can tighten a loose waist trainer, but you can’t make a tight waist trainer bigger than its design.

    When you receive your waist trainer in the mail, try it on carefully. When fastening the eyes and hooks, start from the bottom and work your way up, using the loosest setting of hooks. A useful technique we’ve found is fastening it around the narrowest part of your waist and then working down the garment. Once it’s on it should feel very snug, but it shouldn’t pinch. You should be able to fasten it without yanking or pulling with excessive force, which can cause damage. If you can’t get it on, it’s probably too small.

    Steel-boned corsets lace up in the back instead of the front. Handle a new corset gently, fastening the laces towards the middle (you’ll probably need a friend or a mirror to help). The first time you try on a corset, don’t tighten the laces fully because it needs time to be seasoned, or broken in. Tie the laces when the corset is firmly in place but isn’t tight enough to create any dramatic slimming. It should still look flattering even when it’s not pulled tight. Wear it for a couple of hours a day for at least a week before pulling the laces tight.

    For more tips on steel-boned corsets see Corsets 101: Basics You Need To Know.

     How to Start a Waist Training Regimen

    Once you’ve found the perfect waist trainer and ensured that it fits, you’ll want to get used to it—not to mention break it in. Wear it for just an hour or so the first day and then slowly work your way up over the next several weeks. Add no more than an hour a day. You can take a break for a day if needed, or break up your wear into two short sessions over the course of a day rather than one long one.

    After a month you should be fairly comfortable wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours a day. By then you may also start noticing results in your waistline even when you’re not wearing your waist trainer! Be sure to track your progress with waist measurements and photos so you can see how far you’ve come.

    We highly recommend working out during your waist training regimen for the best results—and the best way to do this is with a workout band. For this reason, we recommend at some point having at least two waist trainers: one for workouts and one for everyday use.

    To get the most out of your experience we also recommend trying out waist training gel and other accessories. 

    What Results to Expect

    This is the question everyone asks! Here's the simplest answer: Everyone’s results will differ depending on several factors including your dedication to waist trainer, your natural shape, your goals, your lifestyle and even your genetics. So while we can’t guarantee exactly what your experience will be like, we can provide a few examples based on other women’s experiences.

    We’ve heard back from many happy customers through surveys, in product reviews and even on social media. Here are just a few of the results:

    Desire, Full-Time Nanny

    With a demanding schedule, Desire was having a hard time finding the time to make a healthy lifestyle. She heard about waist training through her friends on social media and thought she had nothing to lose by trying it out, using the Clasica Black 3 Hook Waist Trainer by Ann Chery.

    After just a few weeks, she started noticing big changes, as did her friends and family. In fact, she was more motivated to eat clean and start working out for 30 minutes every day. It just goes to show that waist training not only produces results in and of itself, but it helps you stay motivated!

    Ana, Soldier Mom

    As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Ana has been in shape for much of her life. But she struggled to lose the pregnancy weight after her first child. She finally started seeing results once she started wearing the Amia Sculpting Vest 8–10 hours a day. The results speak for themselves!

    What will your story be? The only way to find out is to try waist training for yourself. We hope we’ve painted a picture for how you can get started with transforming your figure and your confidence. Contact our expert stylists if you need any additional guidance on getting started with your waist training journey.

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  • What Our Customers Think of the New Hourglass Angel Collection

    What customers think about Hourglass Angel collection

    At Hourglass Angel, we strive to make our shop the ultimate waist training destination. We’ve carefully curated the best brands and we carry multiple sizes, styles, fabrics and even colors of waist trainers.

    But we still felt that we could offer more, and that’s why we worked tirelessly to produce the perfect waist trainer.

    The perfect waist trainer is designed to create your ideal curves. It provides firm compression all day, no matter what your body type is. It can withstand heavy workouts while being soft and comfortable enough to wear no matter what the occasion. It works effectively and fast. And it is built to last so that you can continue using it throughout your slim-down journey.

    We held nothing back when designing the Hourglass Angel waist trainer collection. We wanted to create products that would help you meet your goals with comfort, durability and flair.

    And now, we’ve gotten feedback to affirm what we had hoped. Check out what our customers are saying about the Hourglass Angel Collection of elite waist trainers.

    Fast Results Workout Waist Trainer

    The Curve Creator Latex Workout Band was designed with the busy woman in mind. We know that getting a good workout in can be a time-crunch, and that’s why we developed a Velcro closure workout band that you can put on in a snap.

    Not only does it make waist training convenient and easy from the very first time you try it on, we think you’ll start seeing fast results because you can customize the workout band to the exact compression you need. But don’t take our word for it.

    Check out what customer Lakimyon had to say:

    “I love it! I have see results in less than a week!”

    It just goes to show that with dedication, you can start seeing results from waist training very quickly.

    Other features we love about this waist trainer are two layers of thick Velcro to provide a strong, secure fit. No matter how intense your workout is, this band is not going anywhere. It will cause you to sweat harder, so you can maximize your workout with less effort. It comes in four bright colors including lime green, blue and purple; or to stay discreet you can stick with classic black.

    Real Waist Training Solutions for Petite Women

    One of the struggles we hear frequently is how few options petite women have when it comes to waist trainers. If you’re 5’2” or shorter, you may find that many regular sized waist trainers just don’t fit quite right. Because of their length, they can jab into your hips, your ribs or both. Not only is it uncomfortable when you have this kind of fit, it’s not going to give you the results you want.

    The solution for petite women is simple: wear a waist trainer with a shorter cut! And that’s exactly what the Petite Latex Waist Trainer does.

    Here’s what Emma C. had to say:

    “Love how it fits. Love how it snuggles my belly and still able to work out with trainer.”

    We wanted to create a product that would fit petite women well without sacrificing effectiveness. Since it is cut shorter than most other waist trainers, this petite garment will hug to your waistline, creating and instant hourglass effect unlike what you might have been able to achieve before. This can create a stunning effect on women who have short waists because your curves will look very dramatic.

    Like most of this product line, this waist trainer is constructed with flexible steel boning, providing the ultimate waist slimming experience. In combination with a latex high compression latex core, this garment will not only take inches off of your waist immediately, but it will help you sweat harder around your midsection. This results in more effective workouts, whether you’re in hard core training or just taking a brisk walk. It really benefits everyone!
    Firm Compression for All Curves

    So many of our customers have told us that they wanted a better waist trainer for their unique curves. You asked, and we listened! We’re proud of this signature product that is designed for durability, maximum effectiveness and comfort in your busy lifestyle.

    The Hourglass Latex Waist Trainer is constructed with flexible steel boning for an unbeatable firm hold, but unlike a steel-boned corset, it is versatile enough to use during workouts. The boning, in combination with a latex core, will stimulate thermal activity around your abdomen for more effective exercise. You can also wear it around the clock as a part of your everyday waist training routine.

    The perfect fusion of materials and design lead to fast results.

    Listen to what our customer Yasmin had to say:

    “It hold my core tightly throughout the day but flexible enough for exercise. Immediately saw results after 3 days of use. The rows of hooks are a perfect distance apart so you get the most out of your waist trainer. The overall integrity of this product is great and I don't go a day without using it!”

    Thanks for sharing, Yasmin! It thrills us to hear how high-quality waist trainers can create a difference so quickly.

    One of our favorite features in this product is the three rows of hooks, as Yasmin was referring to. As your waist slims down you can tighten it up for the custom fit that continues to create the “wow” factor in your figure. And while it provides firm compression and maximum results, the cotton lining absorbs moisture and provides all-day comfort.

    These are just the beginning!

    Check out our full Hourglass Angel Collection shapers and accessories – and be sure to leave your own review if you're already wearing one!

    We hope that you fall in love with Hourglass Angel waist trainers as much as these customers have. These are ideal for use as part of an ongoing waist training regimen, so be sure you are following our tips for making it work. If you have any questions about finding your perfect product and perfect fit, be sure to contact our team of expert stylists who are eager to help you meet your goals and achieve the figure of your dreams.

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  • How to Waist Train for Your Wedding Day

    Waist training for brides

    Wedding season is upon us, and that means that brides and bridesmaids are going to be working hard to slim down and look their best for the big day. Waist training can absolutely be a part of your daily strategy for a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer figure.

    We get a lot of questions about how to best prepare for weddings. So as summer approaches, we decided to compile some of the best tips for effective waist training in time for optimal results for your wedding day.

    Let's get slim!

    Waist Training Timeline

    The first thing you’ll want to consider when planning out a waist training timeline before the wedding day is how long it will take to achieve the best results.

    Obviously, the more time you have to slim down, the better. We recommend waist training for six months or more. However, even if the wedding is only a month away, it’s better to do some waist training than none at all.

    Here are some recommendations based on how much time you have:

    The six-month timeline (ideal)

    • Month 1:
      Begin waist training! Be sure to take a “before” photo as well as waist measurements so that you can track your progress. Start out at just an hour or two a day and gradually work your way up to at least eight hours a day. For a daily commitment we recommend having at least two waist trainers in your wardrobe: one for everyday use, and one for workouts.
    • Month 2:
      By now, you should be aiming to be wearing your waist trainer all day, up to twelve hours. It should feel like a second skin, and you may even be able to tighten it to a different setting because of the results you are already achieving. If you’re not already, aim to be working out with a mixture of strength training and cardio, four to five times a week. Don’t forget to take progress photos and measurements!
    • Month 3:
      Are you noticing taller posture and more confidence in the way you look? You may have even dropped a pant size by now. Continue to strive for your goals with a nutritious diet and lots of water intake.
    • Month 4:
      How is that first waist trainer fitting now? If it doesn’t feel as tight as it used to, even when on the tightest setting, it may be time to size down! You’ve been working hard, so go ahead and treat yourself. If you’re planning on wearing a bridal corset under your wedding dress, take that into consideration as you pick it out (see more tips below).This is also about the time you’re going to have your dress fitted and altered. The bodice should be measured and the dress hemmed. Be sure to wear the waist trainer or shapewear that you plan to wear on your wedding day during your fitting for the most accurate measurements.
    • Month 5:
      You’re hitting the home stretch and it should be an easy and natural part of your routine by now. Keep tracking your progress!
    • Month 6:
      This is it! Aside from all of the last minute preparations and celebrations, you’ll want to be sure everything about your overall look is perfect. Break in your shoes as well as your corset if you’re going to wear one. Go in for the final fitting to make minor adjustments to your gown. Don’t forget to take your final progress photo and measurements of your waist! Then go celebrate in a big way! You’ve earned it.

    The one-month countdown
    Whether you’ve been waist training for months or you want to get serious at the last minute, this one-month plan that includes a core-strengthening routine will get you fast results:

    • Gradual waist training:
      If you haven’t been waist training regularly, don’t jump into it full force. You still need to work up your endurance. Wear your waist trainer for no more than two hours the first time and then gradually work your way up each day. You can take a break once a week if desired. You should be able to wear your waist trainer for up to twelve hours a day after a couple of weeks. If it helps while you’re adjusting, break up your training into two shorter sessions each day.
    • Core strengthening routine:
      By adding a little bit each day, you can focus on your core each day. Start with 15 crunches, 6 leg raises, and 10 seconds holding a full plank on day 1. Add 5 more crunches, 2 more leg raises, and 5 seconds to the plank each day. In addition to these exercises, we recommend doing cardio and additional strength training several days a week.
    • Want to try a different approach that focuses on strengthening and toning all over? Try this 20-Day Full-Figure Sculpting Challenge.
    • Nutrition and self-care tips for the final weeks:
      Avoid refined carbs, sugar, red meat and alcohol. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Eat tons of vegetables; they should represent about 50 percent of every meal. And try your best to get eight hours of sleep a night!

    What Results To Expect
    This is a big question that brides ask a lot, because of course they are going to be picking out a dress months in advance and are wondering how waist training might affect the fit. Here are some general hints and guidelines:

    • Everyone’s results are different. Factors that affect how drastically waist training will affect your figure depend on how dedicated you are to doing it, how long you do it, other lifestyle factors and how much you change them while waist training, your body shape and composition, and even your genetics!
    • Check out other women’s real results. While your results are going to be unique, check out these results from women who dedicated themselves to waist training to get an idea of what you might expect depending on your situation.
    • Waist training won’t change your natural body type. While you can get more of an hourglass shape while wearing one, it’s not going to change your body’s ratios so much that you fit into a different category altogether. That’s why it’s important to choose a dress that flatters your natural features. If you want to show off some cleavage or your backside, do it. Every body type benefits from a slimmer waistline.
    • Remember that you should do final alterations for a custom fit. This should be done a couple of weeks before the big day, so that if you have lost a lot of weight, the dress won’t be too loose. Remember that it is vital to bring the undergarments you plan on wearing to this appointment so that the alterations will be accurate.

    Finding the Perfect Fit

    Your waist training routine is only half of the equation when it comes to the perfect look on your wedding day. The other half is choosing a dress and the accompanying shapewear that flatters your features. While a waist trainer can also be worn as a wedding day shapewear, it might not be the best choice for every style. You can work with your dress stylist and use the information here to find the perfect pairings.

    The A-line dress

    This classic cut is flattering on every body type and accentuates the waist. It can pair well with a waist trainer. Alternatively, you might find that a shaping slip works well to smooth out your entire figure, while still showing off all the waist-slimming you’ve accomplished with your waist trainer before the wedding day. 

    The Mermaid Dress

    This figure-hugging style accentuates the hips and an hourglass shape. For the best results in this style, we recommend shapewear that perfects your butt and hips, while also smoothing your slim waist. Your best bet is probably going to be a bodysuit that provides all-over enhancement.

    The Ball Gown

    With the slim cut of the bodice and the flowing gown, this is the perfect dress to wear with a waist trainer to accentuate your waist. For an even more dramatic result, you might enjoy wearing a steel-boned corset, which can also be used in a waist training regimen. Just make sure you’ve broken it in before the big day.

    The Sheath Dress

    This elegant style of dress clings to your figure, so you’ll want to be sure that you’re flawless underneath. You’ll be able to ensure this by using a figure-contouring bodysuit. Be sure to check out backless and low-cut options if needed.

    Are You Up for the Challenge?

    We’re excited to see the results of many brides and wedding parties this season as they prepare for their dream weddings using waist training to achieve the look of their dreams. If you want to participate in a slim-down challenge, we’d love to see your progress and final results! Share with #BeTheHourglass on Instagram and Twitter and tag @HourglassAngel.

    As always, if you have any questions about finding the perfect waist trainer for your needs, be sure to check out our Waist Training Guide or contact one of our stylists.

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  • Your Waist Trainer Didn’t Fit Right? Here’s What We Recommend

    What to do when your waist trainer doesn’t fit

    When you’re ordering a waist trainer online, especially the first time, an understandable concern is whether or not it will fit properly. While we provide lots of tips to help you get your waist trainer order right the first time, we understand that some customers need to try on their garments before they can determine if it's the perfect fit.

    While it can be disappointing when you discover that the size wasn’t quite right, try not to worry. Sometimes it can take a little bit of trial and error to find what exactly you’re looking for. So don’t fret—follow these tips to ensure that you do in fact find the right fit with your shapewear.

    How to Try On a Waist Trainer Correctly

    First, before you convince yourself that your waist trainer isn’t a good fit and send it back, you’ll want to make sure that you’re trying it on correctly in the first place.

    If you are using a latex waist cincher that fastens with hook-and-eye closures, it can be a little tricky to try on for the first time. The hooks should be in the front of the garment. Start with the hook and eye at the very bottom of the garment and fasten them at the narrowest part of your waist.

    Work your way up the front of the waist trainer, pulling it down as you go. It will feel very snug, but you shouldn’t have to yank on the hooks, as you risk damaging them. If you find that you need to use a lot of force to get the garment closed, it is too small and you shouldn’t force it.

    If you have a lace-up steel-boned corset, trying it on is a little different. The steel busks should be in the front and the laces in the back. Loosen the laces generously and then step into the garment. You will probably need help, or at the very least, a large mirror. Pulling the corset up over your waist, slowly tighten the laces from the top and bottom towards the middle, similar to the way you would tie shoelaces. Note that you do not want to pull it as tight as it will go because you will need to break it in first. Tie off the laces when the corset is snug but not constricting in any way.

    How a Waist Trainer Should Fit

    If you were able to try on your waist trainer, you should be able to tell relatively quickly whether or not it fits well. A cincher should feel very tight, but it shouldn’t pinch or cause any discomfort. Ideally it should be on the loosest row of hooks when your first start out so that you’ll have room to tighten it later as your waistline slims down. If the garment doesn’t provide firm compression or provide a flattering hourglass shape, it is either too large or possibly the wrong style of garment for your body type.

    When you’re trying on a corset, it should likewise create a very flattering hourglass shape, even when it’s not tightened all the way. If it sits very awkwardly on your waistline or if it seems very loose even when fastened tightly, these are indicators that it doesn’t fit correctly.

    How to Return or Exchange Your Waist Trainer

    If you’re certain that your waist trainer isn’t a good fit, not to worry—we want to make sure that you are 100 percent satisfied with your order. Within 30 days of your purchase, you have the option to return or exchange it. It must be unwashed and in its original condition, which means that the tags are on and that it doesn’t have any damage, markings or odors. It should also be in its original packaging. To begin the return or exchange process for purchases that meet these conditions, click here.

    How to Take Measurements and Size Correctly

    Once you start your return, it’s back to the drawing board; we want to make sure that you get the right garment this time. First, you’ll want to ensure that you are in fact taking correct measurements and ordering the right size. Here are a few tips we recommend.

    First, the most important measurement for a waist trainer is, unsurprisingly, your waist. Use a soft vinyl or fabric measuring tape and measure at the narrowest part of your waist, a couple of inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your torso when you lean to one side. The tape should be level with the ground, and snug but not so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath (it shouldn’t be digging into your skin).

    Once you’ve taken your measurement, please look closely at the sizing chart for the garment that you want to order. We have carefully curated and tested each and every waist trainer in our shop, including sizing trends. Different brands will fit a little bit differently, and we have adjusted our sizing charts accordingly. Some brands go by number sizes, while others use sizes like S, M, L, etc. Don’t refer to what you think your dress or top size is; go with each garment’s specific guidelines. You might also want to check out customer reviews and see what others are saying about a particular garment’s fit.

    Please note that if you are ordering a steel-boned corset, the number size does not correlate directly with your waist size. Instead, it will be 4–5 inches less (Ideally, what your waist size will be once you are wearing the corset). Again, follow the size chart carefully to determine your exact size. It might not be what you think it is at first glance!

    If you’re in between sizes, whether corset or cincher, our advice is always to go up rather than down. The logic is that when you’re in between, you can always tighten a waist trainer when you need to, but you can’t make it larger. If your garment is too small, you will not have the most flattering results.

    How to Pick the Perfect Waist Trainer

    Sometimes you can technically have the right size waist trainer, but it still doesn’t seem to fit quite right. Here are a few other variables to consider if you’re having trouble finding the perfect waist trainer:

    • Petite: If you have a small build, you might find that certain waist trainers are too long or just don’t look quite right. If your waist trainer is too long, it might pinch or dig into your ribs or hips. Furthermore, if it doesn’t provide a flattering result, it just might not be the right cut for you. For example, perhaps you ordered a cincher with three rows of hooks and shoulder straps. Generally that style is going to work better on a woman with a curvier build. We recommend that if you’re petite, you choose from our selection that tends to fit that body type better here.
    • Tall: If you have an especially long torso (particularly if you’re taller than about 5’8”), you might find that certain styles of waist trainers don’t provide the best coverage, particularly on the lower abdomen. If this is the case with you, look at these waist trainers that come with a longer cut.
    • Curvy: You might find that a vest style waist trainer with straps is a lot more support and comfortable—not to mention, it will provide better coverage for your back, especially over your bra line. If you are planning on losing more than a few pounds of weight, you might also prefer a cincher that has three rows of hooks instead of two, so you’ll have more space for sizing down. Note that depending on how curvy you are, you might prefer a garment with adjustable straps to ensure that you’re getting the tightest fit around your waist.
    • Plus size: We carry a selection of waist trainers that range from 2XL to 5XL. Again, be sure to refer to our sizing charts to determine your best fit.
    • A special note for workout bands: these garments are designed for use during exercise but are not intended to be worn all day. In general, they are cut a bit shorter and provide slightly more freedom of movement in order to optimize your workouts. On the flip side, everyday waist trainers aren’t designed for vigorous movement. These are factors to consider when you order your waist trainer and try them on; imagine how you will feel wearing them for the activity they are intended for.

    We hope you’ve found these sizing tips and instructions about what to do when your waist trainer doesn’t fit useful. Remember, if you need help or would like to provide feedback, please contact our customer service team and we will be happy to answer your questions. We also encourage you to leave a detailed review about any waist trainers you’ve tried so that you can pass on anything you’ve learned about sizing to other customers who are looking for the perfect fit.

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  • How to Conceal Back Bulge and Create Balance in Your Figure

    3 Tips to Hide Back Bulge

    Back bulge: a super-popular topic, right? We know it’s not something most women enjoy thinking about, letting alone talking about, but nonetheless, most of us struggle with it in one form or another. That’s why we thought it would helpful to pull together some of our best and tips and resources to battle back bulge!

    What is Back Bulge?

    Just as we come in different shapes and sizes, so do the problem areas on our back. Generally speaking, you’re going to wrestle with these two varieties (or both): 

    • Bra bulge: the bra line creates an indent on your upper back, especially at the sides.
    • Muffin top: your get bulging that gathers around the top of the waistline of your pants or skirt, especially around the sides.

    We know you hate it. We hate it too. So here’s what you can do about it:

    1. Get a Great Bra That Fits You Well

    It doesn’t matter what size you are; if you don’t have a bra that fits, you are going to get some unflattering bulging in the back (yes, even if you’re on the slim side!). In some ways, this should be a relief because it’s a relatively easy fix.

    You should measure your bra size about every six months—yes, you read that correctly! Women can go through all sorts of changes, particularly if your weight has fluctuated or you’ve gone through a pregnancy.

    To get an accurate measurement, measure the fullest part of your bust as well as just underneath your bust. For the underbust measurement, round up to the nearest even number; this will be your band size. To get your cup size, subtract the band size from the number of inches of the fullest part of your bust. Each inch of difference represents a letter of cup size, starting with A at 1 inch. So, if your band size is 34 inches and the fullest part of your bust is 36 inches, your bra size is a 34B. If your band size is 40 inches and the fullest part of your bust is 45 inches, your bra size is 40DD. And so on.

    Now, once you have an accurate cup size, we hope it goes without saying that you should invest in a high-quality bra. Not only will you be more comfortable with the ideal amount of support and the most flattering bustline, but you’ll notice immediately that you’ll have less or even no back bulge.

    Check out our collection of sexy bras for all shapes and sizes.

    1. Use Back-Concealing Shapewear

    Once you’ve got a great bra in place, you can further conceal upper back bulge using shapewear that is designed to provide coverage over the bra line. These styles typically provide shaping for the midsection, complete with supportive straps with more coverage for your back. We recommend using open-bust designs because you can customize your fit by pairing them with your favorite bras. What’s more, they provide additional extra support for your bust, making them ideal for women who are extra curvy on top.

    Check out this selection of shapewear bras specially designed to conceal bra bulge.

    Let’s talk about the other type of bulge: the muffin top of the mid to lower back. We’ve got you covered there too. Choose a waist-slimming shaper like a waist trainer, or a high-waist panty shaper to smooth out your whole midsection and create hourglass curves.

    Check out our waist training choices as well as shaping panties. For special occasions, you might also want to check out our collection of full body shapewear that shapes and smooths your whole torso.

    1. Dress for Your Shape

    Once you’ve got the perfect bra and some great shapewear in place, the final touch to concealing back bulge is to create overall balance in your figure. How to do this depends on your particular body shape. Here are some general tips:

    • Shapely on Top: If your shoulders and bust are wider than your hips, you don’t want to draw too much attention to your top (and you probably battle with bra bulge frequently). Wear outfits that define your waist—perhaps with a waist trainer—and try to add volume to your rear, either with a shaper or butt-lifting jeans. 
    • Curvy on Bottom: If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, you’ll want to do everything you can to emphasize your waistline as well as add volume to the top. Choose shapewear that smooths your midsection and enhance your bust. Top it all off with tops that draw attention to your bust to provide that all-over balance.
    • Hourglass: Your main goal is to provide all-over smoothing, especially around your torso. Choose back-concealing and waist slimming shapewear as well as a supportive bra and some fitted jeans or another style of bottoms. Do that and you’ll look good in pretty much anything!
    • Straight Figured: Your objective when dressing is to create curves while still concealing the bulging you’re dealing with. Like every body shape, it starts at the foundation with a great bra and shapewear. You are going to look curvier by using a waist-slimming cincher as well as any butt-enhancing panty or jeans.
    • Round Figured: If you have a small waist-to-hip ratio, you can do a lot of figure enhancement with the right shapewear. A vest-style waist trainer will look very stunning by slimming the waistline while providing extra support for your bust and coverage for your back. Shaping camis and panties also work great with your figure by providing a smooth, controlled waistline and back. Wear styles that draw attention away from your waist—you’ll look especially flattering in skinny jeans and leggings.

    No one likes back bulge, and no one has to put up with it either. Arm yourself with the right shapewear, bra and styling tips, and you’re well on your way to a smooth, sexy silhouette from top to bottom. As always, if you have any specific questions for your shaping needs, contact our customer service team at any time!

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  • How Many Waist Trainers Do You Need to Waist Train Daily?

    Number of waist trainers ideal for every day use

    If you are seriously considering doing a daily waist training regimen, one of the issues that will come up fairly quickly is whether just one waist trainer enough. And if not, how many do you need?

    The answer is: it depends. Here are several factors you should consider when deciding how many and what styles of waist trainers to own.

    1. Resting Your Garments

    If you have a latex-style waist trainer, what makes it so effective at slimming your waist is the maximum-compression material. But in order to work well, the material needs time to “rest” and regain its elasticity. This is especially the case if you’re wearing it all day. While you don’t necessarily have to follow a strict every-other-day rotation, we do recommend that you give latex waist trainers at least a couple of days to rest each week.

    1. Regular Cleaning

    You’re going to notice pretty quickly that your midsection sweats when you’re wearing a waist trainer—a lot. While you don’t have to clean your waist trainer daily, use your personal judgment to decide when it needs some freshening up. Since the latex needs to air dry, you’re going to find that in order to keep it clean, you’ll need at least one other garment to rotate through your wardrobe if you are going to stay committed to a daily plan.

    1. Working Out

    Some of our most popular waist trainers include a variety of styles and colors of workout waist bands. If you plan on using a waist trainer for your workouts (highly recommended!), then you should plan on having at least one of these. But consider this: while these style of trainers are effective at slimming your waistline, you don’t want to rely on them for all-day wear! They are designed to be worn at three to four hours at a time, tops. You’re going to be more comfortable and get better results in an everyday waist trainer for all-day wear. Conversely, don’t work out in everyday trainers, as you risk damaging them or injuring yourself.

    1. Different Occasions

    How many waist trainers you need also depends on how you dress. While most everyday waist trainers work well under casual or professional attire, you may want to have at least one that is in a color close to your skin tone to wear under lighter-colored or thin fabrics. You also might also prefer a no-closure cincher from time to time so that you can truly conceal its presence.

    Some women also love the style of classic steel-boned corsets. These create more dramatic hourglass curves than latex cinchers and can also double as vintage outerwear.

    1. Your Waist Training Goals

    Do you plan on losing a lot of weight in a short period of time, or are you looking to stay at relatively the same weight while working on your midsection?

    These decisions can affect how many and which waist trainers you want to own. If you’re planning on dropping multiple sizes, you might not want to invest in more than a couple of cinchers, since you’re going to size out of them anyway. (Another tip: consider getting a waist trainer with three rows of hooks instead of two so that you’ll have more space to size down without getting another garment.) Once you’re closer to your goal weight and size, you might want to invest in several waist trainers or steel-boned corsets that you can use for the long term.

    1. Wear and Tear

    Even the best waist trainers don’t last forever. If you don’t size down out of a waist trainer you wear almost every day, you will eventually wear it out. Latex waist trainers lose their elasticity after a few months of use. You can tell when it’s time to replace one when it doesn’t provide the firm compression it used to.

    Note that steel-boned corsets will not wear out in this way, since they use the tightening of the laces to provide compression rather than latex. You can continue to wear it for as long as the garment lasts.

    Remember, regular cleaning and care of your waist trainers ensures that they will last longer, so you that you won’t have to replace them as often. In addition to cleaning them properly by hand in warm water with gentle detergent, hanging them to dry and giving them rest, be sure to store them correctly by draping over a hanger.

    The Final Word

    In conclusion, we’d say that most women are going to want at least two waist trainers if they are going to be committed to an everyday regimen. This will ensure that they can stay committed to waist training while also taking good care of their garments and making them last. What is more, different occasions call for different styles of waist trainers—like working out, special occasions, or different styles of dress.

    One strategy that works well for rotating different waist trainers through your wardrobe is to stagger when you purchase them. You could start out with just one while you’re adjusting to your waist training routine and then buy your second one after you’ve been wearing it for a month or so. By doing this, you’ll also get a better idea of what your personal needs and preferences are, so you won’t buy a garment that really isn’t what you want. By the time your first waist trainer wears out or you’re ready to size down, you should have one or more other waist trainers you’re also using, so the transition to a new one will just be a part of updating your wardrobe going forward.

    We hope this answers this commonly asked question about how many waist trainers to own! Obviously, the answer will vary from person to person. As always, contact our team of stylists if you need any guidance meeting your personal waist training needs.

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  • Waist Training Essentials: Products That Enhance Your Waist Training Experience

    How to get the best waist training results

    When you just get started with waist training, you’ll quickly find that the journey is about way more than “just” putting on a waist trainer and being good to go. It’s not magic, after all; to get the best results there are definitely some strategies to follow. But don’t worry; they’re not complicated or difficult.

    In order to make your waist training journey a success, we’ve got products that are designed to enhance your experience. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro waist trainer, these products and related tips are for anyone who wants to take their waist training to the next level.

    Waist Trainer Detergent

    Waist trainers are powerful and effective at slimming your waistline because they are constructed with maximum compression latex. But while the latex is very strong when it comes to compression strength, it is also very delicate if not handled properly or cared for in the long term. This gentle waist trainer detergent takes all the guesswork out of taking care of your garment and ensures that it will last longer before losing its elasticity.

    Lusciously scented with lavender, it leaves your waist trainer fresh and clean (which you’ll want, because let’s face it, waist trainers get sweaty!). It also contains lanolin, a gentle but effective oil that will provide additional protection to your waist trainer while it’s in use. Using the detergent is easy; simply add half an ounce to a bucket of warm water and hand wash your garment. Hang the waist trainer over a hanger or chair and you’re good to go. And there’s a little bonus: this detergent also works in cold water for your other intimate garments and shapewear.

    Waist Training Gel

    When you’ve got a waist trainer compressing your midsection around the clock and you’re working up a sweat, the last thing you want to neglect is your skin! That’s why we offer this specially formulated skin-smoothing gel that is ideal for use with a daily waist training regimen.

    Formulated with extracts of Catuaba bark, Pfaffia (Brazilian ginseng), Mara Puama flowers, and a synthesis of caffeine and fat burning lipolytic enzymes, it packs a powerful punch when it comes to reducing the appearance of cellulite and loose skin.  This can be especially helpful when you’re trying to lose weight. The gel also helps your skin retain moisture while stimulating microcirculation, adding to the thermal activity in your core provided by the waist trainer, for an optimal experience.

    To use, put it directly on the skin daily, ideally just after you get out of the shower or bath. Then watch it work with a daily waist training regimen, ideally with a nutritious diet, exercise and adequate water intake.

    Ultimate Waist Training Kit

    Why not just have it all? We’ve bundled the essentials you need for a successful waist training experience (in addition to your waist trainer, of course) into this handy little kit! Our Ultimate Waist Training Kit comes with the gel and detergent mentioned above, as well as:

    1) Garment bag: Have you considered that you might need to travel with your waist trainer? You’ll want to be sure that you’re packing it in a separate bag so that it won’t get any tears or snags, or have anything spill on it. This drawstring bag is an ideal accessory that slips easily inside your gym bag or travel bag, or you can just carry it alone when needed.

    2) Measuring tape: One important component of a successful waist training journey is tracking your progress! This soft vinyl tape is durable and will provide reliable measurements. For the most accurate read, pull it around the narrowest part of your waist while keeping it level to the floor. It should be snug but not so tight that you can’t easily slip a finger underneath. Wear your waist trainer regularly and watch that measurement go steadily down! You might also be curious to see how many inches your waist trainer takes off your waistline immediately after you put it on.

    3) Waist training guide: This is a handy little stylist that you can fit in your purse, offered exclusively in this waist training kit. Get all of your waist training questions answered, including how to put your waist trainer on, how to start an ongoing regimen, what results to expect, and how to properly care for your garment.

    Garment Pairings

    In addition to these essential products, one of the best accessories to a waist trainer is…a second waist trainer. If you’re serious about waist training, you’ll quickly find that you’ll want at least two garments to rotate through your wardrobe.

    The main reason why you’d want more than one is for maximum effectiveness. Your waist trainer needs to rest and be washed so that the latex can contract and maintain its elasticity. Wearing just one garment all day every day won’t allow you to give you much time to do that. What’s more, you might prefer different colors and styles depending on what you’re wearing.

    Here are a couple of options to consider in your waist training wardrobe:

    • Everyday waist cincher: this will be your go-to waist trainer most of the time, as it will be easiest to conceal under most clothing and is designed for all-day use.
    • Workout band: you’ll definitely want one of these as part of your fitness routine. Designed with extra durability and a slightly different cut to allow more freedom of movement, a workout waist band will help you work up a harder sweat and intensify your workouts.
    • Steel-boned corset: some people love the waist training results they get from a corset. This is a durable, latex-free style of garment that will dramatically slim your waistline because of the custom fit you get from tightening the laces as well as the strength of the steel boning. Some corsets also double as very sexy and stylish outerwear.

    As you can see, waist training involves a whole lot more than simply throwing on a cincher, crossing your fingers and hoping it works. We hope you’ll check out all the options available to give you the best experience possible.

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