Practical and Helpful Tips: Fashions

Training Your Waist with Corsets

Wearing a corset on a regular basis to emphasize curves and reduce the waistline is called waist training. The good news is this trick can work for any body type or size.

On top of accentuating that waist, corsets can also compress your core muscles such that your midsection’s thermal activity and perspiration increase as you work out. They also improve your posture instantly and take inches off your waist while you’re wearing them. And because it will be uncomfortable to overeat with something wrapped around your tummy, it will be easier to control your food portions. Of course, we know exactly what that means – you become more confident and more motivated to keep looking fit.

If you’re looking to buy a corset, you will find many out there online, but are they all they same? Most certainly not, and the following are what you should consider when you go shopping:

Your Lifestyle

Do you plan to use your corset during your workouts? Buy a workout band, which helps pump up your sweat in all the right places as you exercise. Want to look sharp and sexy at the office? Buy an everyday cincher in a neutral tone so that it’s easy to hide under your clothes. Trying to burn off postpartum weight? Get a corset with three rows of hook – you’ll need lots of space to size down).


Most waist trainers these days are made of latex, which is durable and gives solid compression all day. If you’re sensitive to latex, don’t worry. You can always buy traditional lace corsets, and make them steel-boned for a more dramatic effect. If you want something light and comfy, you can also get a no-closure cincher or a cotton corset.

Your Body Type

Your body type will obviously affect which corset is best for you. For instance, you should buy a shorter corset if you’re petite.

If you need more bust support, get a vest style; if your bust-to-waist ratio is larger than usual, buy something with adjustable straps. If you have a particularly longer torso, you can easily buy a longer waist trainer.

How to Order the Correct Size

When buying a corset, your waist is of course the most important measurement you should take. Using a measuring tape, get the circumference of your waist’s narrowest part – about two inches on top of your navel where your torso makes a natural bend. The tape must run flat against your skin and parallel to the floor. Don’t wrap too tight and always leave enough space to slip a finger underneath. If it’s too tight, you could end up buying a corset that would be too uncomfortable to use.

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