We are often asked what are the quick and cost-effective means of obtaining an hourglass figure.
The use of shaping garments is very common for both genetic girls and CD and TG woman. These garments can become very costly however, we have some products that can save you from spending the big bucks for great shaping garments. Focus on the 3 features below to achieve a perfect hourglass figure.
- Bust – round and in proportion to the chest
- Waist – thinner than hip and bust
- Hips – larger measurement than the waist and nicely rounded
Breast Enhancement: The least expensive methods of enhancement includes the use of medical tape or simple cleavage enhancers. If you are blessed with loose flesh or developed pectoral muscle, then this can be a cost-effective solution for the bust area. The image to the left is a photo of a typical cleavage creator. It sticks to your skin and pushes the flesh together making it look like you have natural cleavage.
However, some cleavage enhancers will need the aid of some sort of breast form. This is so the chest looks natural and has not only cleavage but width from the side profile. In order to be most passable and to ensure garments are filled out correctly buying breast form might be your best option. These days you can also find many vendors offering breast forms specifically for crossdressers and transgenders looking for non-surgical enhancement with prices well under $100 a pair.
Waist Reduction: To compliment your new rounded bust and to further emphasize a female shape, you may need to cinch your waist. Your waist needs to be several inches less than your bust or even bra strap measurement to create a true hourglass figure. Simple and inexpensive solutions here include simple cinchers and girdles that you can purchase for $20 or more. These will reduce the waist by 1 to 2”. Always remember that if you are naturally slim in the hip area you should choose a size of cincher or girdle that is 1 size lower than your actual waist in order to compensate – most garments are sized in waist or panty sizes. If you need to reduce the waist by more than an inch or two then a traditional steel boned corset is the best option available. Tight lacing corsets can reduce the waist by 2 to 4″ on average. Buying the correct size can be tricky for some. But, if you buy a corset 4″ less than your actual waist size you should be fine. For example, on GlamourBoutique.com the size drop-down does it for you – if you are a 34″ waist then the drop-down will say: 30″ corset for an existing 34” waist.
If you have never worn a traditional corset before then we always recommend you choose an underbust corset first. These are typically 10 to 13 inches in length and stop just underneath the bust so are easier to size. Overbust corsets are more difficult to size as the bust area comes into play. Contact us on 1-888 721 8688 if you need to talk to us about sizing and we’ll be glad to help. Be warned that many lingerie retailers sell fashion garments that they call ‘corsets’ however if it does not have steel boning it is not a true tight lacing corset.
Hip Enlargement: To complete a classic hourglass figure most dressers will also need the addition of several inches around the hips. If you don’t have time to go to the gym to build that booty, you can always buy some Padded Panties in the meantime. These panties have padding that increases the hip and booty area to as much as 2″ to 4”. Some panties are made of girdle material and so give compression/support to the lower abdomen/waist as well as adding to the hip area. Padding tends to be foam or for a more expensive option, there are silicone pads. Make sure, before buying, that the silicone is not too heavy for the panty, causing them to get pulled down. Silicone also tends to make you perspire as it does not let the skin breathe. Affordable Padded Panties start from $20 and go up to prices well over $100 for those that have silicone padding.
Try to keep everything in proportion and choose a padded panty that gives nice rounded curves to the hip area rather than sudden bumps of padding. It is also possible to create your own version with sponge padding and a tight compression panty or girdle.
In Conclusion, be realistic in your desired shape and what you can achieve within the constraints of budget and your own body-shape. Study your body-type in the mirror and think of building a proportionate shape in the bust, waist, and hip area. If you are able to visit a specialist boutique to try on garments then, that would be ideal. If not, shop with a retailer online that has live phone service where you can ask questions to informed assistants who can advise you appropriately.
Check out our ‘Padded Panties & Silicone Hips for Crossdressers’ video on Youtube.com for more assistance and details on our products.