A waist cincher (sometimes referred to as a waspie) is a belt worn around the waist to make the wearer's waist physically smaller, or to create the illusion of being smaller.
During chillier seasons, one may feel constricted by layers of sweaters, coats, scarves and other accessories designed to keep us warm and comfortable.
A Corset or Cincher was a Undergarment worn throughout ages, to redefine the shape of a woman's body(mostly into an hourglass); usually by cinching the waist, and pushing up the breasts. Originally lined with whale bone for support, and laced up the back; now is available in many different styles, materials, and shapes. Current-day it is no longer JUST worn as an undergarment, but is commonly worn as part of an outfit usually durring the nocturnal hours. Favored garment by the goth or gothic genre.
During different eras, multiple shapes were achieved. i.e. Edwardian, Elizabethan, Victorian, Valentine, exc.. Also in Overbust (to cover the breasts) or Underbust (stops below breasts). The tighter the better.
For dress reformists of the late 1800s, viewed tight lacing as vain and, especially at the height of the era of Victorian morality, a sign of moral indecency. corsets were a dangerous moral ‘evil’, promoting promiscuous views of female bodies and superficial dalliance into fashion whims. The obvious health risks, including damaged and rearranged internal organs, compromised fertility; weakness and general depletion of health were also blamed on excessive corsetry.
The corset would enjoy a small comeback in the 1950's, when the 'New Look' style once more emphasised the hourglass figure, but it has been largely ignored until its recent reintroduction as an 'alternative' fashion for evening and club wear and sexual adventures.
Kristina J My kind of corset xx