If you keep up with fashion trends, chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about waist cinchers. Many women have embraced the revival in corsets and waist trainers today! They have been around for 500 years or more… they’re not exactly new! Back in the day, women fought for the right to go without wearing them. Now, they’re back in style! Before you join in the fun, keep these things in mind.
What is a Waist Cincher, Exactly?
A waist cincher can also be known as a corset or waist trainer. It’s an undergarment that wraps around the waist to give it shape. It has vertical steel boning in it to provide the contouring. It will have a laced-up portion, usually in the back, that can be used for adjusting the level of tightness on the waist.
When Did We Start Thinking that this was a Good Idea?
Between 1500 and 1550, they made corsets with whale bone instead of steel boning. They called them “bodices”. By 1796, the high Empire waist came into style. With it, corsets didn’t need to be as tight and restricting as they had been. They followed the more natural curve of a woman’s body.
During the Victorian era, the Empire waist was gone and corsets were back with a vengeance. They added different materials into the build. Can you imagine a corset made of steel or wood? During the 1920’s women started to rebel against wearing the uncomfortable contraptions.
The Dior couture look has been credited for bringing back the hourglass waist look in 1947. In the fifties, girdles did the job of keeping the average woman looking pretty in her A line dresses.
The sixties and seventies… well, we know what happened there. Women didn’t even want to wear bras, let alone girdles or corsets. Fast forward to now. Spanx are in, waist trainers and corsets are back on the scene. It’s interesting to wonder what comes in the future for underwear.
How a Waist Cincher Works
While you are wearing it, you may have a tiny waist. It works by pushing the water weight out of your waist. It can bend your ribs and shift your organs too. Some people talk about a lasting effect, but evidence shows that it’s not true. The results will only be temporary, as it all goes back to normal shortly after you remove the cincher.
Some women love the look of tight lacing. This is just what it sounds like, and involves tightening up the lacing incrementally. Although this may be painful, it gives you the tiniest waist. Experts warn against lacing too tightly, and breaking a rib. Bruising in the ribs is not uncommon in women that choose to engage in tight lacing.
Do Cinchers Offer a Shortcut for Body Shaping?
We are all hoping for a shortcut… a pill, ointment, or device such as the waist cincher to help us have a nicer shape. It news is in – it’s still diet and exercise that needs to be in place to lose weight and shape up. Always keep in mind that the shape of your waist is going to be directly related to your genetics. If hourglass waistlines run in your family, you’ve got a better chance than most of having one. Heredity is your best chance at a slim waist… or not!
Now, some women will swear by them. They insist that they’ve been proven for centuries. And that they definitely work in getting you the body shape you’re looking for. It’s true that women have depended on them through the ages. It’s also true that women have suffered the effects on their bodies. Bruised and cracked ribs, organ damage, and fainting spells are the tradeoff for the perfect figure in waist cinchers.
Of course, plastic surgeons would argue that a better, safer result could be realized through surgery. Tummy tucks offer a way to immediately trim fat from the midsection. In cases of obesity, bariatric surgery will get the weight off, but under medical supervision.
For long term weight loss and body shaping, particularly in the waist, core exercises will do the trick. Add in some good aerobic exercise on a regular basis, and you’re on your way to a slimmer waist.
Are Cinchers Safe to Use?
Aside from the questionable benefits, there are some real health dangers. Relying on a corset or waist cincher to trim those inches can cause damage. Here’s the lowdown.
Using these things will cause problems with your breathing. This may lead to lung problems. This may lead to damage to the lungs. When you deprive your body of oxygen, you set yourself up for metabolic problems. These metabolic problems can lead to weight gain.
So, you may get the opposite effect from the results you set out to achieve.
I Still Want to Try It… What Should I Watch Out For?
What if all this information hasn’t swayed you away from waist cincher and waist trainers? If you’re going to go ahead with it anyway, keep the following in mind:
- Only wear the waist cincher for a few hours at a time.
- Wear one that fits properly – not too loose or too tight
- Stop and take it off if you feel any numbness, tingling, breathing trouble, or stomach pain
NEVER work out in a waist cincher- that’s very dangerous. You must be able to breathe during your workout!
Wearing a waist cincher continuously will cause damage to your health and body. Your ribs may shift and become bruised. Your organs will most likely become redistributed or damaged.
Are There any Advantages to Wearing a Waist Cincher?
Actually, there is one. Looking on the bright side, there is a benefit for those who have had back pain, injury, or back surgery. Wearing a waist cincher or corset while recuperating may help. They can offer support and pain relief to those dealing with back issues.
Now, there is a fashion element to waist cinchers and corsets. Some women wear them outside their clothes to show them off.
I hope you found this information useful. Waist cinchers aren’t for everyone, but make sure you have the facts before you start a waist training program!