Every woman wants to show off her curves and a cinched waist is one way to do that. There are several variations of clothing with a cinched waist depending on how much attention you want to draw to your waistline. Some cinched waist articles only hint at your waist while other make it the focal point of your whole outfit. Let’s explore some of the different options.
Cinched Waist Blouse
The pictures above show what most people mean when they say cinched waist blouse. These garments usually have some kind of elastic or tie sewn into the waistline of the blouse that can be cinched at whatever tightness you find most comfortable. It makes the shirt more flattering because it gets rid of the boxy shape that might exist with a loose fitting top without the cinched waist. Generally, but not always, the cuffs of these blouses also have cinched fabric so that there is continuity in the garment. THe fabrics in these cinched waist tops are usually lightweight and breezy making them perfect for the warmer weather of spring and summer.
The Wrap Dress
Another way that women fit the cinched waist into their wardrobe is with the wrap dress. A wrap dress is just what it sounds like. They are a large piece of fabric with sleeves that wraps around your body and is tied at the waist. Because there is usually no other way to keep the garment on your body, the waist tie is usually pretty tight resulting in a great waist cinch.
Cinch It Up With a Belt
Most women achieve a cinched waist with belts. The width of the belt depends on what you are wearing it with as well as how much of your middle you need to hide or cinch out of sight. Wider belts that are 3-6 inches in width come in two different varieties. They will sometimes have one piece that is quite large and then a thinner layer over top that actually includes the belt buckle. This style looks great if you really want to accentuate your waistline and you are wearing a dress or skirt and top combination with the top tucked in like Sandra Bullock in the picture above. Wide belts that are just one piece are a great choice for plus sized women or women who want to hide some of their middle. Thinner belts are usually worn more with pants, but also look good over form fitting dresses.
A trend that was pretty big on the runways for Spring and Summer 2017 was the waist cincher or the corset belt. These garments take the concept of belting up a notch and you appear to be wearing a corset over top of your clothing. These waist cinchers can be quite sculpted and architectural or they can be more simple with just a few laces. They typically come in rather neutral or classic colors such as black, white, navy, khaki, etc. You usually wear them over top of a blouse or dress with fabric sticking out below the waist cincher as well as over. We have seen them a lot lately over top of shirt dresses. You can see images of waist cinchers on the runway this season above.