The under-bust corset is one of many specific styles of corset. It covers the area from just under the breasts, thus the name, to the hips. They are sometimes also referred to as waist cinchers, or waspies, which have a slightly different design. But the basic purpose of the garment, to cinch the waist and create an hourglass shape, is consistent for this important fashion item.
Style guru Gok Wan sums up the role of the under-bust corset in modern fashion very nicely: “Very rarely you meet a woman that’s got 34/24/34 – which is basically the typical hourglass shape. If you haven’t got it – don’t worry about it, all you need to do is get a waist cincher. It nips in the waist and gives you that instant hourglass shape.” With sturdy boning throughout and lacing in the back, the underbust corset can redefine the shape of your waist, and your entire figure as a result.
Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ line of clothing in 1947 launched the waist cincher into popular culture. His desire for “hand-span waists above enormous spreading skirts” could only be achieved with this important foundation garment. Fast forward to today and the underbust corset is now equally at home when worn over a top with anything ranging from jeans to a sexy skirt. Creating the all-important ‘womanly curve’ is no longer limited to catwalks and designer fashions.
The under-bust corset is a garment that’s both stylish and useful. It can redefine your waistline and transform your entire appearance in the process. Whether you wear it on it’s own or with something underneath, the transforming effect is the same. For a sexy variation, take a look at the Anais Black Under-Bust Waspie Corset. Made of black laqué with PVC highlights, it’s a sleek and sexy way to make sure your curves don’t go unnoticed.