Create Hourglass Curves With a Waspie
Christian Dior launched his 'New Look' collection in 1947, and it presented an hourglass figure that would remain the height of fashion for the next 15 years. WWII was over, rationing was coming to an end, and the healthy, well nourished female figure; full breasts and hips, combined with a small waist; was celebrated. During this era women naturally had more hourglass figures, although they still regularly turned to Waspies and Waist Cinchers to nip in their waists. Today, where a lot of us have more 'straight up and down' figures, a good waist cincher is even more essential to gain a 1950s hourglass silhouette.
Waspies are like mini waist cinchers. They only cinch a small part of your torso, which does make them extremely comfortable to wear, especially during warmer weather when you don't want to be too covered up.
Our Cabaret Waspie is our newest waspie. Made from a combination of sheer fabric and powermesh, don't let its' delicate looks deceive you. Inside you'll find spiral steel boning which flexes comfortably as you move, and an elastic waist tape to add definition to your waist. This waspie does not feature garter straps, so if you like to wear stockings will have to be worn with a separate belt: may we recommend the matching sheer Cabaret 6 Strap Garter Belt. Rachel, who manages our London Boutique, often wears our Cabaret Waspie as outerwear: it looks lovely when worn over a black pencil skirt.
The second of our Waspies is our Glamour Waspie. This Waspie is made from a double layer of corsetry powermesh with an extra band of powermesh positioned at the waist to cinch. Just like our Cabaret Waspie it incorporates spiral steel boning, and in addition, features 4 detachable garter straps which makes it very versatile.
A Waist Cincher is longer than a Waspie, covering more of the torso. Our Glamour Waist Cincher is designed to start at your bra band, and finish at mid hip, which means you don't have to worry about any flub that might appear in any gap between your cincher and bra band. This Cincher is made from a double layer of powermesh, with an additional powermesh waist shaping band. It includes 6 garter straps that are attached: it's not possible to remove these straps as the cincher might roll up.
With a powermesh corset you can expect to cinch your waist by an inch or two, depending on how squishy you are! For more dramatic results you will need to look at a steel boned Waspie Corset like our Baby Corset. The Baby Corset was actually inspired by the Waspies Christian Dior used under his New Look gowns: the waspies he used were extremely firm control.
A Note On KIm Kardashian Type Waist Training
There has been a media frenzy recently about waist training corsets, and although we can't blame Kim Kardashian for all of it, she's certainly had a lot of press! The waist cinching corsets used by celebrities like Kim Kardashian are not what we'd class as 'corsets' at all. In fact, they're more like 'fajas': powermesh or rubberised waist cinchers. While these cinchers do compress the torso, they do not feature any additional shaping at the waistline, so won't help give a retro 1950s hourglass shape.