Waist Training Through The Centuries - A Historical and Common Sense Guide To A Narrow Waist
Corsets have been used for centuries, though the name and the formation of these devices has changed several times. At times it was referred to as stays or a pair of bodies, and a stiff bodice among others. At times they were worn by men as well!
While the origins of the corset are not definitively known, they can be traced back to around 1530 through the appearance of females in paintings. In the 17th and as early as the 16th century, the corsets (or stays) were often integrated into the dress itself and the garment was also used to compress the breasts rather than accentuate them.
By the 18th century the garment had moved firmly into the role of underwear, but the purpose seems to have stayed the same throughout most of history of the garment no matter what its name was - compressing and narrowing the waist to accentuate the curve of the hips.
In the late 1700's and the 1800's, cups were integrated into the garments for the first time. There have been times in history when the corsets became to tight for either comfortable wear or safety, but this has happened only rarely.
By the time the 1900's arrived, corsets had lowered and became more elastic than before. For a time the hourglass shape was hidden, but by the 1950's it had gained a resurgence largely through the styles designed by fashion great Dior, and they once again began accentuating the hourglass figure and the bust to varying degrees.
A narrow waist and wide hips have been a sign of female sexuality and sensuality for many centuries. Although at certain times dress styles have hidden the female figure, that is out of the norm, and now the garments are almost never referred to as corsets or girdles as they were in the mid 1900's, but as a waist trainer or by their action, waist training.
Of course, this look cannot be achieved by garments alone - being fit is an essential element of controlling the look of anyone's body whether they are male or female, and will only make the modern waist trainer more effective. And of course, that means controlling your diet and getting proper exercise.
Unlike previous times, though, the idea of what a proper diet consists of has changed somewhat - there is evidence now that a no fat diet is not nearly as effective as a diet that contains a sensible amount of fat (even animal fat!). All diets have a few things in common - a well-rounded variety of healthy foods, including lots of vegetables, especially green vegetables, and moderate portion sizes.
Our bodies, though, can still be stubborn in losing fat in certain areas and this just gets worse as we get older. This is where the modern waist training garments can become extremely effective in giving that narrow waist, hourglass shape which so many modern fashions depend on!
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Submitted on: 2015-09-27 02:30:30