Waist Cinchers

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Waist cinchers have a very long history. Corsets were the original waist cinchers, and have been around for thousands of years. With the demise of the corset in the early 1900s, and the ascendancy of the bra and girdle, cinching the waist seemed as if it might go out of style.

Boyish, beanpole figures became very popular in the 1920s. With the flapper singled out as the feminine ideal, women were less concerned with creating tiny waists, and more interested in flattening their breasts. In the late 1940s, Dior famously revived the ideal of the full bust and small waist, and waist cinchers were back in fashion again!

Waist Cinchers Today

Today, cinchers come in a very wide variety. Some cinchers, like today's corsets, are lingerie intended to be seen and enjoyed. These romantic corsets often come with attached stocking garters, and are meant to be worn with thigh high stockings. These corsets do, in fact, cinch the waist, but their purpose is perhaps more one of nighttime frivolity than everyday utility.

One can still find cinchers for practical, everyday use, and they are more comfortable than ever before. Some are high waisted briefs, where the waist cinching and tummy slimming paneling is attached directly to the panty. Others are tube-shaped girdles, intended to be worn separately over the mid-section.


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