Product Review: Rago Waist Cincher 721

Hello Everyone,

In the past, I have mentioned I am not one for shapewear since I don’t like the squeezy/bindy feeling of having all my tissue and organs sucked inward.  It doesn’t help I find most shapewear pretty ugly with its strictly utilitarian “There’s a job at hand” feel, stubbornly making no concessions toward color, texture, or attractiveness.  If Bridget Jones had a pair of black shaping knickers with pink lace color blocking panels and detachable garter straps, the whole functional vs. sexy debate would never have happened.  While known for having some pretty industrial, totally unattractive but effective shapewear, Rago also knows how to blend form and fashion perfectly to create a piece that provides hold without seeming like actual shapewear, like the 721 Waist Cincher.

721 Waist Cincher:  $47 Available in sizes: XS to 6XL
721 Waist Cincher: $47
Available in sizes: XS to 6XL

Rago entered our quaint little shop because I received request upon request from desperate brides and bridesmaids who wanted a shapewear piece that practically reshaped their bodies, dropping a size and pulling in the waist.  After some investigation, the brand constantly recommended was American-made and designed Rago Shapewear, which proudly carries the torch for girdles, cinchers, and even bullet-bras, and the company certainly lives up to its reputation.  Many of the Rago pieces offer superior hold to products like Spanx or Yummie Tummie, particularly because Rago often utilizes rigid tummy panels, flexible boning, and/or heavy powernet mesh.  In the coming weeks, I will review the 6101 as well as the 821, which definitely fall on the traditional side of the spectrum, but today, I want to showcase the sexy, flirty, and surprisingly comfortable 721.

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Bra in photo: Anna Pardal FiFi

In contrast to Rago’s heavy-duty pieces, the 721 uses a softer, smoother fabric with more give to contour to curves, but the side boning keeps the stretchy fabric stabilized to prevent rolling.  Front hook-and-eye closures make the 721 easy to put on by yourself too.  Sizing is pretty flexible here and more about personal preference. For the photos, I am wearing a size medium, which I like because it offers hold and shaping without feeling too binding.  (Note:  My weight has been a source of struggle lately, and my waist/hip measurements are currently at 31″/42″.)  In fact, I found it to relieve pressure on my back and improve my overall posture while sitting, so this is not a piece best worn when you’ll be standing/walking only.  However, be forewarned this is one of Rago’s stretchier, more forgiving pieces.  In nearly everything else I have tried, I need the XL/32.   

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While the comfortable hold and shaping is wonderful, what I really love is the vintage flair.  The heavier front panel has a pink underlay to contrast the black back and sides, and the soft, flat-laying lace adds texture without being disruptive under clothes.  Furthermore, the 721 doubles as a very sturdy suspender belt.  The snaps on the legs are fully-adjustable and utilize metal closures which grip and last longer than cheaper plastic models.  However, if you aren’t a fan of stockings or prefer holdups, they are totally removable too.

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The overall quality of the piece is impressive, and you can see the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into the construction.  This is not something that will fall apart on you.  Because the quality blends perfectly with the attractive design, the 721 is certainly a wearable piece—and a piece way hotter than Spanx.  Of course, the downside here is that the 721 does have the boning and the seaming, so dresses made from very thin materials are not ideal to wear over it.  Rago does have smooth options too, but the 721 has that gorgeous vintage appeal which makes it so special.  Not to mention, buying from Rago means you are supporting American design and manufacturing, thus sending more money into our economy.

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Overall Grade:  A

Erica

P.S.  I bet this would totally work as an outerwear piece too, perhaps layered over a button-front or sleek black dress?

Product Review: Rago Waist Cincher 721
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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8 thoughts on “Product Review: Rago Waist Cincher 721

  • January 10, 2015 at 11:08 am
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    This is surprisingly pretty, and I can definitely think of a few skirts/dresses in my closet that would be more flattering if I wore this beauty underneath!

    Also: Yay for American-made clothing! My grandmother and great-aunt on my mother’s side were proud garment workers for years and told me a lot about how to recognize well-made clothes.

    Finally: I totally have to show this to my mom! She said she wore a girdle at her wedding even though she weighed 95 lbs. (!) and had no need of a girdle. In the intervening 50 years, Mom has been known to say: “Now that I actually need a girdle, nobody wears them anymore!”

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    • Erica
      January 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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      Hi Sarah! I was pleasantly surprised by this piece, and I definitely recommend it for people like myself who find traditional shapewear pretty meh but may have occasional need of it. Wait until I do the reviews of the 6101 and the 821 . . . they may be the actual girdles your mom wore to her wedding. Like, seriously. But, they certainly shape and work. They also do some panties and smoother options too that your mom may like.

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    • February 1, 2018 at 8:34 pm
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      My Mum weighed 105 and stood nearly 5’ 11”. Wore a girdle all her days. Funny part: Latterly, I used to take her to an old-style foundationwear shop. The place shut up shop within a year of Mum passing. I think she was keeping them in business

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  • January 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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    I bought this from Morgana (the model) in one of her Facebook sales some years back, I didn’t realise they were still making it! I wouldn’t say it did any cinching on me, but it’s nice and smoothing under tight-fitting clothing and definitely way prettier than most shapewear.

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    • Erica
      January 13, 2015 at 10:52 am
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      Hi Estelle! I definitely think Rago has some better cinching models (like 821 or their true girdles like 6101), so this one to me is kind of like “light/moderate hold plus some smoothing.” It’s super comfy though which was a shock, and it’s a heck of a lot prettier too. Also, I don’t think Rago turns over older styles very often. They seem to have a “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of attitude, so I’m not surprised you bought this item a few years ago.

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      • January 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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        Ha, I bought the right item by them then. I like the look of girdles, but I don’t find shapewear particularly comfortable. I must dig this out from wherever it’s been hiding, I forgot I owned it until I saw your blog post 🙂

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  • February 1, 2018 at 8:40 pm
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    Lots of women don’t realise that there are pretty and indeed, sexy yet still practical alternatives to the rather, to use a favourite word of mine, “utilitarian” Spanx-type shaping garments. As a long-time wearer, I encourage giving the Rago range a try, there’s something there for everyone!

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    • Erica
      February 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm
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      I totally agree! Plus, I think they can give more sculpting than smoothing pieces, and to be honest, Rago is often more plus-size friendly too. It astounds me how many shapewear companies are only available in S-XL.

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