Loads of words on AMIA presently, darlings. Must do the math first. You see, I had been lusting for some time after a clingy frock from Ronny Kobo, pictured below on someone who gets paid to look great. Me, well like most of us, I have to pay to look good, and pay more to even approach great. Now, at $300 I was not going to nibble. But the dress, Cameron by name, stalked me online. It went down to $150, and I played hard to get for a change. Finally 2 weeks ago, MyHabit, an Amazon fashion affiliate whispered $60 and free shipping in my online ear, and I stalked back, striking like a Scorpio with a hot spot. Score! Cameron fits like a glove and feels like a creamy desert.
Truth is though, this glove makes me look like I have flabby hands which have been grabbing far too many creamy deserts.
Back to the math: $60.00 (80% discount from retail) = A+. Divide by ballooning ruching around my handles and belly pooch, and score a D-. The math does not work and the dress goes back up the Amazon river.
Enter new friends from AMIA with the Supreme Panty Shaper and some remedial math work. The Supreme is a wear-your-own-bra, pull up-and-over super-slimmer that brings a lot of traditional Latin American Faja feel to the equation, but has some very comforting contemporary qualities that me and my Cameronboth love.
The traditional elements include a serious natural latex middle layer which very much compresses and smooths out some of my lifestyle lumps – I lost a full 2 inches around the middle. Good stuff, the dress is not so stuffed all of a sudden.
Now to the contemporary elements, and the real bonus of wearing AMIA. First off, I am sitting down right now as I type this review. Yes, my hemline is at a practically scandalous altitude ( I still love my thighs but I am just not sure if I will sit down in a public setting in this super short frock …), but I can breathe! Yes, there is a pronounced improvement in my silhouette, but I just do not feel all hemmed in, tight-laced and gasping for breath. In fact, I think I could eat desert. It is not noon yet, so I will hold off and finish the review.
There is a very cool and easy feel to this shaper which makes me feel as good as the dress looks. The coolness comes from a couple of elements. First off, no seams, stays or evident structure. None of the hardware that makes a hug feel like it is coming from a distant planet or a creepy uncle. I feel very embraceable, all toned up, and not at all boned up. This is super important to me. We pull our underthings from the lingerie drawer, not the Hurt Locker after all.
Thin Nylon/Spandex inner and outer layers make for cool comfort, easy on and off and perfect surface for body-con dresses, tops and over-the-top club wear (for those of you who stay out after 11:00). High cut at the hips, full bum coverage, clean seams through the seat, hook and eye gusset for simple wriggle-free pee-breaks, functional, comfy and effective all around.
I love this piece because it really threads the needle – too many pieces in my drawers either smooth but do not shape or go to the other extreme, with me left gasping for air and incapable of charming cocktail chit-chat. You see, I do not look like 25” waist-girl. Without the chit-chat, I am not all that.
The AMIA line is the exclusive creation of long time shapewear specialists, Hourglass Angel. The Angels have been merchandising a vast array of figure fixing under-fashions online and in their Chicago based retail venue since 2007. I was able to count 148 unique brands, which has to be some sort of world record. This suggests a couple of things to me.
First off with over 20 years in business, clearly they are making customers happy. Second, the Angels have no doubt seen their own figures and required fixes change with the years. The team has years of first-hand, first-gland experience. Having a real boutique with real women to work with is a great thing too. To my experience, women who fit women day in, day out have a real advantage over pure online vendors. You just can’t hear a happy fitting room squeal in cyber-space after all.
It is clear to me that the Hourglass Angels have taken great notes on the squeals of delight and (moans of despair) that come out of any warren of fitting rooms. All those notes and product refinements are in the AMIA line.
AMIA is custom specified and exclusively available through Hourglass Angels. The AMIA line features a line of cinchers that take the same approach as the Supreme. Small contemporary tweaks on tried and true recipes. Apart from the super, superficial changes in outward appearance that I can truly squeal about here, there are a few inner upsides promised by AMIA. Now, darlings, I am not a physician, I simply do not have the right shoes to be a Doctor, so I am a little out of my depth here. Nonetheless, here is the claim:
Weight loss, reduced back pain and improved posture are longer term benefits from loving, correct use of AMIA garments. These things may all be true, and I hope so. Everything else that the Angels told me about my pieces has held true so far, and so I do remain hopeful. At the very least, any garment that makes us look great, that puts a smile on a strangers face or gently urges us to throw our shoulders back and stand up straight and proud, well that is a garment that makes me smile, and that for certain is good for one’s health, yes?
And now, we finish off the math. The $60 dress + the $60 shaper looks like $600. Killer shoes, and I feel like a million dollars. A++. Let us know when you visit the Hourglass Angels, what sort of figures you put into your figure, and the grade you give your own math.