Waist training has become a popular trend in the world today. But, in fact, it was a trend hundreds of years ago. It originated in 1730-1740 with corsets. Corsets were first popular in the 16th century Europe. The corset being used as an undergarment was originally from Italy. It was introduced to France in the 1500s by Catherine de Medici. Corsets of that time were worn with a farthingale that held out the skirts in a stiff cone. These corsets had shoulder straps and ended in flaps at the waist. They were made out of layered fabric, stiffened with glue, and were tightly laced. They were and are vastly popular as outer garments in the gothic genre. However, corsets reached their peak of popularity in the Victorian era. They were usually worn while sleeping or under their everyday clothes to train the waist to be slimmer.
In Depth Look into Corsets
Garments gradually began to make corsets with the use of a busk, a long flat piece of whalebone or wood that was sewn into a casing on the corset in order to maintain its stiff shape. Over the years, corsets were designed to be less restricting. Although it was just a fashion trend, the gothic genre has held onto that trend and made it their own. You can see a lot of vampires, goths, and witches still wearing them in movies. Real life goths still wear them as well. Lately, the trend has started coming back. Waist training has become a trend again. From normal people to celebrities like: the Kardashian sisters, Jessica Alba, Lily James, Kim Zociak, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Amber Rose, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.
Waist Trainers and Health Problems
Young girls and women everywhere are being influenced to buy these waist trainers to get a more feminine figure. Little do they know, the waist trainers can cause organ trouble. Some of the vital organs get pushed and moved around inside the body. This can cause serious pain and serious health problems. You can experience lack of breathing, acid reflux, heartburn, and overall discomfort. Not only are there health problems, but the waist trainer is only for a temporary fix. You should wear them to look slimmer in your new outfit. Doctors recommend that you do not exercise in them as well.
There are a lot of waist trainers out there. All of them range in the prices of $11 to $3,000. That’s a hefty price to pay for something that is only temporary. In my personal opinion, I don’t believe we should have waist trainers. Every woman has natural curves. Some are more noticeable than others but they are still there. I think we should focus more on important things in the world than how small our waists are. Being in a world where image is everything really stinks, especially for women. If we don’t have curves, where a certain bra size, or wear a certain size of jeans we are automatically overlooked and not considered beautiful. I’ve seen naturally beautiful women get botox because that’s what society was telling them. I believe that everyone is beautiful in a way all their own.
Healthy Side of Waist Training
Fashion is the first thing that people think of when they hear the word: “corset”. For hundreds of years, doctors have prescribed corsets to people with back problems. Specific spinal issues, like scoliosis, could be cured by wearing a corset for a certain period of time. Modern waist trainers are supposed to help do the following: instantly take 3 inches off your stomach area, reduce love handles and fat around your waist, flatten your tummy, suppress appetite, increase thermal activity to stimulate sweating during a workout, help with posture, and give you the hourglass figure you want. All of the women throughout the years have been able to maintain the hourglass figure they’ve always wanted. This ancient practice is not going anywhere and may improve in the future.
Changing of Corsets
Over the years of waist training, tons of women including celebrities have shaped their bodies into the “perfect” shape. Waist training was especially popular from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. The invention of the movie was very helpful to the corset business. Actresses from around the world wore corsets in movies. In the 1930’s, corsets played an important role in movies. The outfits back then were very tight and form fitting. The corsets flattened every roll and fat lump on your waist. Styles in the 1940’s were influenced by World War II. It was huge skirts, tiny clinched waists, and army uniforms. Women were all over the corsets. By the 1950’s, Dior’s New Look brought back popular trends like the hourglass figure. But it was a more extreme and glamorous version than in 1940. In the 1960’s, girdles and very tight tights took over. Many models, pin-up girls, and burlesque dancers today still use the old methods of waist training.
Buying Waist Trainers and the Power to be Yourself
You can buy waist trainers from any of these sites: Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Overstock.com, Hourglassangels.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, Kohls.com, and many other stores carry them as well. So if you are looking for a way to get an hourglass shape, I would recommend a waist trainer or a corset. I would not recommend them to exercise in. They make sweat bands and things like that to help you lose weight. I, personally, do not agree with waist trainers. I think that most of the people are uncomfortable in them. I believe that a lot of celebrities were forced to wear them back in the 50’s. They were under this tremendous pressure to appear as a perfect person. Between makeup and waist trainers, they weren’t really themselves anymore. But they sent out this image to the world showing that they were perfect. These younger girls and women watching were under this impression that they had to look that way too or they weren’t perfect. That’s not the type of image I want younger girls to see. I want them to see beautiful, powerful women who are happy and proud to be themselves. Women that are beautiful with their own bodies and aren’t afraid to show it. My favorite is Maya Angelou. She knew how to be herself and show off her natural beauty. Women throughout the years have been waist training and they will continue to. The future may hold a more efficient way of waist training or it may just become a thing of the past.