• Waist Training Facts & Myths

    Posted: Dec 01 2015

    Just like any other popular trend, there’s a lot of information out there about waist training, and not all of it is reliable. Today, we’ll fill you in on the truth behind three common myths about waist training.

    Myth: Waist training damages internal organs and has no health benefits.

    This is the most widely-spread myth about waist training, and it’s simply not true. The idea that waist training damages internal organs is fueled by a few extreme examples from the past of women who laced their corsets too quickly and too tightly. This practice is practically unheard-of today—even waist trainers who practice so-called “tightlacing” typically do so safely and see few detriments to their health.

    Waist training with a trainer or cincher from InstaCurve is completely safe and, as long as you select the correct size, comfortable. In fact, waist training tends to have only positive health benefits: wearing a cincher gently compresses the stomach, which encourages wise diet choices, and improves posture by supporting the back.

    Myth: Waist trainers only achieve temporary shaping, and you won’t see permanent results unless you use a steel-boned corset.

    For centuries, corsets were the preferred and most effective option for re-shaping the waistline. However, updated waist trainer technology means that you don’t have to invest in a costly, customized corset to get your desired hourglass figure.

    InstaCurve offers affordable trainers and waist cinchers designed to not only give you instant curves but also help to re-shape and compress your waistline. When worn consistently, an InstaCurve shaper gradually re-shapes the waistline, especially when combined with exercise. Our cinchers also automatically encourage healthy eating so you’ll see a healthy, fit figure emerge naturally.

    Myth: You must be below a certain dress size to waist train.

    You don’t have to be naturally slim to see waist training results or to start your waist training journey. Anyone of any shape or size can waist train and see beautiful results. We offer a wide range of trainer and cincher sizes to fit your beautiful form. Men have also been waist training since the practice began, and we offer a waist cincher specifically designed for the male body.

    Have more questions about waist training? Contact us, or visit our FAQs for the straight facts.

  • Three Iconic Eras of the Hourglass Figure

    Posted: Nov 05 2015

    Beauty standards fluctuate, but throughout history, the hourglass figure has consistently been coveted and revered. Characterized by wide hips, an ample bustline and a narrow waist, the hourglass figure symbolizes femininity and sexuality. Throughout the centuries, the shape has had constant appeal, but three recent eras in particular were essential to developing the hourglass figure as the ultimate standard for sex appeal.

    1880s: Victorian Femininity

    Corsetry has been in existence since the Renaissance, but corsetry to attain an hourglass figure didn’t reach peak popularity until the Victorian era. Women wore tightly-laced corsets with steel and whalebone stays to compress their middles and create a “wasp waist” effect. Their dresses exaggerated the ultra-feminine shape with wide shoulder lines and voluminous skirts.

    Although legendary, the Victorian figure has led to some unfortunate misperceptions of corsetry, such as that it is inherently damaging. While some women did suffer injuries from lacing too tightly, modern corsetry has progressed significantly.

    1950s: The “New Look” and Va-Va-Voom Style

    The hourglass became less prominent starting in the 1920s, when the flapper era ushered in an age of boxier, more androgynous silhouettes. This trend continued until the end of World War II, when Christian Dior’s so-called “New Look” blew up the runway with an ultra-feminine silhouette. Most iconically, this collection is remembered for the “Bar” suit, which featured a very small waist offset by a tailored top and wide skirt. The hourglass was officially back, and remained the pinnacle of beauty aspirations through the early sixties.

    The fifties were a peak era for the hourglass silhouette, which was epitomized in the form of screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and pin-up girls like Bettie Page, plus the popular pin-up illustrations of artists like Gil Elvgren. During the 60s, Mod culture shook up the fashion world and the pendulum swung back to straighter silhouettes.

    2010s: Contemporary Curves

    Nick Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce: these are the iconic women of our era. Aside from each being totally fabulous in her own way, they have another trait in common: their voluptuous curves. The 2010s are undoubtedly the era in which women of all sizes have shaken off their body insecurities and declared that their curves are beautiful and sexy. Instead of covering up their shapes, many women are openly flaunting their femininity by using waist trainers to exaggerate their curves. If you’re one of them, Instacurve has a huge range of products that can help, from waist cinchers to full body shapers.

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