Is Waist Training a Fad?

Is Waist Training a Fad?

To answer this question as intellectually as possible, the word fad should be defined first. The official definition is as follows:

  • A temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.
  • A personal idiosyncrasy or whim

underGiven the definition of the word, the answer to “is waist training a fad?” is no. While many critics would debate this furiously, let’s take a look at why waist training is here to stay.

Is waist training a temporary fashion? Well, not really. It is a self-improvement tool used for slimming the body instantly, helping lumbar support, motivating towards bigger body toning goals, and a self-confidence booster. It is followed enthusiastically by a group, and while some may drop off after awhile, there will be others crazy to try waist training, especially after witnessing so many before them have such incredible results.

Is it a notion or manner of conduct? Perhaps. Perhaps it is the desire to present to the world a better version of ourselves. The benefits of this could radiate to the professional arena and how our business peers see us. After all, it has been proven time and time again, appearance is one of the first judgments made during interviews, meetings and even for promotions.

Personal relationships can be affected by this as well. How we make that first impression does count. Visually how a person walks into a room, carries themselves, looks, and speaks are indicators of how they will be perceived—positively or negatively.

Is waist training a personal idiosyncrasy or whim? For some it is a short-lived journey. For others, it is their go-to garment every day. And yet for others, they fall in love so much with the results that they move on to corsets and change their lives completely.

When you think of a fad, you think more about people jumping in on something which is cool, or cutting edge. Waist training may be cutting edge but there are so many layer behind the concept that it is pointless to weigh in on whether or not this is a super craze. Some people would claim Kardashians as a fad, and there may be truth to this, right along with beards and ’50 Shades of Grey’. The value of cool is diminished after mainstream uses up the ‘fad’.

So how is waist training any different? For one, waist training has been around throughout history, just as compression garments have. Whether you want to call out the brutal history of corsets, or linger a minute on the ideas of mom’s girdles and full-on Playtex undergarments, you will realize in some shape, way, or form, the idea has evolved, not diminished. Another great example is compression garments used medically, for post pregnancy or surgery. Surely these cannot be considered fads.

onlyAnother reason for waist training not to be considered a fad is because it falls into a much bigger category which has reinvented women’s undergarments completely—shapewear. Have you dug recently into the plethora of shapewear products available in the marketplace? Chances are you know someone who advocates these products completely.

In fact, the first shapewear I was privy to know about actually was for a man. He used a popular man’s compression shirt to hold his bulging tummy in. When asked why he did this, he simply answered “I feel better about myself and I look better”.  Almost 6 years later and he still loves his tummy shapewear. Do you think he saw this as a fad or an opportunity to improve?

If waist training was to be deemed a fad, it would be because of the wolves of judgment, ranting against health costs which have yet to be proven. Much poor opinions of waist training come from school day images in books of the corsets, where you couldn’t move your eyes beyond this girl’s 18 inch waist. Yes, conditioning does play a huge role in how we perceive our world and everything in it. Thankfully, we don’t live in those ages anymore, and we have evolved with better notions of body and health.

The bottom line is perhaps a waist trainer is not your cup of Starbucks, and maybe Starbucks is even a fad (could America ever find it ‘no longer cool’?).  A fad washes away when interest fades. It is difficult to believe waist trainers would fade away given that women thrive in all ways by wearing one. So, hey, if it makes them feel good, look good, and then let the endless waves continue.

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Marcel Aronson

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