Waist Cincher

Waist Cincher 101

What is a waist cincher? A waist cincher is a short underbust corset. It’s that simple. They are enjoyed for their cinching of the waist without loss of mobility. Garment ranges in length from 4 to 9.5 inches in length starting under the bust extending above the hips. Waist cinchers are highly recommended for beginners since they are the easiest to manage and most comfortable to wear. It’s very effective for nipping the waist up to 3 sizes.

Types of Waist Cinchers

Vollers Cerise Chinese Waspie V1915u 22" waist pinkThere are various types of waist cinchers. Corset waist cinchers are most familiar. Most people think of the corset type when the topic arises. Made from exotic materials such as satin, jacquard and leather they are unsurpassed in elegance and luxury. New trends in corsets emerged with the discovery of rubber and latex garments.

It is believed that rubber corsets emerged in the 1920s. A Parisian corsetier by the name of Paul Poiret constructed a garment from glue and stitched surgical rubber. It was an instant sensation. They were boneless and easy to slip on. No longer did the lady of the house need the assistance of their maids to cinch up their corsets.  

Latex became popular when Dunlop chemists transformed it into elastic thread in the 1930s. The first latex garments were born and became increasingly popular. Over the years, latex has become a fetish fashion. Used for waist cinchers, the material provides an elastic band that offers high  

Early Rubber Waist Cincher

compression around the midsection.

Rubber had the unfortunate characteristic of degrading with wear. Susceptible to sunlight, perspiration and oil from the skin, they lost their tenacity quickly. Top name brands such as Ann Chery use resistant latex made from polyimide that is known to be resistant to chemical change. Squeem uses 100% natural rubber and cotton fusing them into a single elastic layer. Squeem’s intelligent fabric technology is unsurpassed in craftsmanship and quality.

Early in the 20th century both world wars would eliminate the waist cincher from

society. World War I and World War II required all the available materials to supply thSqueem "Perfect Waist" Firm Compression Waist Cinchere war effort. Steel from the traditional corset was used to build ships and rubber and latex used for other products. In turn, the waist cincher would disappear from society for almost a century.

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