Shaping a Stronger You
We think it’s safe to say that waist training is here to say. For that last several years, more and more women have discovered how easy it is get the figure they've always wanted, while enjoying numerous other benefits—not the least of which is a huge boost in confidence.
We love providing waist training tips so that our customers can get the most out of their experience. Here’s everything you need to know.
How to Find the Perfect Waist Trainer
One thing you might notice when you start browsing is just how many options there are when it comes to waist training! There are a variety of materials, styles and colors. How do you determine which on is right for you?
There are a few factors you should consider when you’re picking out your ideal waist trainer including:
- Waist training goals
- Are you wanting to wear your waist trainer exclusively during workouts or do you want to wear it every day as part as an ongoing routine (or do you want to do both)?
- Are you looking for a special occasion piece?
- How much weight are you planning to lose?
These questions can help you narrow down your choices. For example, to work out in your waist trainer you’ll definitely want a workout band (be sure to check out three new styles in our Hourglass Angel signature collection). There are many other styles designed for everyday use. You can use many of them for special occasions, but depending on your needs, you might enjoy the dramatic results you get from a steel-boned corset. And if you’re planning to lose a lot of weight (more than 5–10 pounds, for example), you’ll want to choose a waist trainer that has the ability to size down dramatically, such as a lace-up corset or a cincher with three rows of hooks.
- Body type
While everyone wants to end up in that hourglass shape, your natural shape and size can influence your best style choices. If you’re particularly tall and have a long torso, you might want to choose from these longer styles for fuller coverage. Or, if you’re short or short-waisted, these styles designed for petite women will give you the maximum results and comfort.
If you prefer to have more support for your bust and coverage for your back, be sure to try one of our vest-style waist trainers. And if you’re plus-size, there are options for you too!
- Style and material preferences
Once you’ve determined your waist training needs, it comes down to what you want. You can pick out a garment based on the colors and patterns, whether you want to show it off our keep it discreet.
Some women prefer the maximum results they get from a steel-boned corset, while others like the versatility of a latex cincher. For a couple of unique options you might like this Velcro closure waist trainer for ease of use or a no-closure option for when you need a seamless solution. And if you can’t use latex, be sure to look for our latex-free options.
How to Get the Right Size
The correct sizing is one of the most important factors in choosing a waist trainer that is ideal for your shape and size. Once you’ve chosen the ideal garment, be sure that you take accurate measurements right before you place your order.
For waist trainers, the most important measurement is your waist.
- Using a vinyl or fabric measuring tape, hold it level around the narrowest part of your waist.
- This is a few inches above your belly button, where you’ll see a natural bend if you lean to one side.
- Lay the tape flat, but don’t pull it tight. You should be able to slip a finger underneath.
It’s very important, once you’ve taken your measurement, to follow the sizing chart for your chosen garment precisely.
Every brand fits a little bit differently, and we have adjusted accordingly on our customized sizing charts. Do not simply choose a size based on what your shirt or dress size is.
One thing worth noting if you’re ordering a steel-boned corset that uses number sizes is that the numbers don’t represent your waist measurement. Instead, they are 4–5 inches less that your waist measurement (approximately what your waist will be once you tighten the corset).
If you’re ever in doubt about your size, always go up a size up rather than a size down for the best results. Otherwise, your waist trainer will be too small. Remember that they are designed to be adjusted—you can tighten a loose waist trainer, but you can’t make a tight waist trainer bigger than its design.
When you receive your waist trainer in the mail, try it on carefully. When fastening the eyes and hooks, start from the bottom and work your way up, using the loosest setting of hooks. A useful technique we’ve found is fastening it around the narrowest part of your waist and then working down the garment. Once it’s on it should feel very snug, but it shouldn’t pinch. You should be able to fasten it without yanking or pulling with excessive force, which can cause damage. If you can’t get it on, it’s probably too small.
Steel-boned corsets lace up in the back instead of the front. Handle a new corset gently, fastening the laces towards the middle (you’ll probably need a friend or a mirror to help). The first time you try on a corset, don’t tighten the laces fully because it needs time to be seasoned, or broken in. Tie the laces when the corset is firmly in place but isn’t tight enough to create any dramatic slimming. It should still look flattering even when it’s not pulled tight. Wear it for a couple of hours a day for at least a week before pulling the laces tight.
For more tips on steel-boned corsets see Corsets 101: Basics You Need To Know.
How to Start a Waist Training Regimen
Once you’ve found the perfect waist trainer and ensured that it fits, you’ll want to get used to it—not to mention break it in. Wear it for just an hour or so the first day and then slowly work your way up over the next several weeks. Add no more than an hour a day. You can take a break for a day if needed, or break up your wear into two short sessions over the course of a day rather than one long one.
After a month you should be fairly comfortable wearing your waist trainer for at least eight hours a day. By then you may also start noticing results in your waistline even when you’re not wearing your waist trainer! Be sure to track your progress with waist measurements and photos so you can see how far you’ve come.
We highly recommend working out during your waist training regimen for the best results—and the best way to do this is with a workout band. For this reason, we recommend at some point having at least two waist trainers: one for workouts and one for everyday use.
To get the most out of your experience we also recommend trying out waist training gel and other accessories.
What Results to Expect
This is the question everyone asks! Here's the simplest answer: Everyone’s results will differ depending on several factors including your dedication to waist trainer, your natural shape, your goals, your lifestyle and even your genetics. So while we can’t guarantee exactly what your experience will be like, we can provide a few examples based on other women’s experiences.
We’ve heard back from many happy customers through surveys, in product reviews and even on social media. Here are just a few of the results:
Desire, Full-Time Nanny
With a demanding schedule, Desire was having a hard time finding the time to make a healthy lifestyle. She heard about waist training through her friends on social media and thought she had nothing to lose by trying it out, using the Clasica Black 3 Hook Waist Trainer by Ann Chery.
After just a few weeks, she started noticing big changes, as did her friends and family. In fact, she was more motivated to eat clean and start working out for 30 minutes every day. It just goes to show that waist training not only produces results in and of itself, but it helps you stay motivated!
Ana, Soldier Mom
As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Ana has been in shape for much of her life. But she struggled to lose the pregnancy weight after her first child. She finally started seeing results once she started wearing the Amia Sculpting Vest 8–10 hours a day. The results speak for themselves!
What will your story be? The only way to find out is to try waist training for yourself. We hope we’ve painted a picture for how you can get started with transforming your figure and your confidence. Contact our expert stylists if you need any additional guidance on getting started with your waist training journey.
At Hourglass Angel, we strive to make our shop the ultimate waist training destination. We’ve carefully curated the best brands and we carry multiple sizes, styles, fabrics and even colors of waist trainers.
But we still felt that we could offer more, and that’s why we worked tirelessly to produce the perfect waist trainer.
The perfect waist trainer is designed to create your ideal curves. It provides firm compression all day, no matter what your body type is. It can withstand heavy workouts while being soft and comfortable enough to wear no matter what the occasion. It works effectively and fast. And it is built to last so that you can continue using it throughout your slim-down journey.
We held nothing back when designing the Hourglass Angel waist trainer collection. We wanted to create products that would help you meet your goals with comfort, durability and flair.
And now, we’ve gotten feedback to affirm what we had hoped. Check out what our customers are saying about the Hourglass Angel Collection of elite waist trainers.
Fast Results Workout Waist Trainer
The Curve Creator Latex Workout Band was designed with the busy woman in mind. We know that getting a good workout in can be a time-crunch, and that’s why we developed a Velcro closure workout band that you can put on in a snap.
Not only does it make waist training convenient and easy from the very first time you try it on, we think you’ll start seeing fast results because you can customize the workout band to the exact compression you need. But don’t take our word for it.
Check out what customer Lakimyon had to say:
“I love it! I have see results in less than a week!”
It just goes to show that with dedication, you can start seeing results from waist training very quickly.
Other features we love about this waist trainer are two layers of thick Velcro to provide a strong, secure fit. No matter how intense your workout is, this band is not going anywhere. It will cause you to sweat harder, so you can maximize your workout with less effort. It comes in four bright colors including lime green, blue and purple; or to stay discreet you can stick with classic black.
Real Waist Training Solutions for Petite Women
One of the struggles we hear frequently is how few options petite women have when it comes to waist trainers. If you’re 5’2” or shorter, you may find that many regular sized waist trainers just don’t fit quite right. Because of their length, they can jab into your hips, your ribs or both. Not only is it uncomfortable when you have this kind of fit, it’s not going to give you the results you want.
The solution for petite women is simple: wear a waist trainer with a shorter cut! And that’s exactly what the Petite Latex Waist Trainer does.
Here’s what Emma C. had to say:
“Love how it fits. Love how it snuggles my belly and still able to work out with trainer.”
We wanted to create a product that would fit petite women well without sacrificing effectiveness. Since it is cut shorter than most other waist trainers, this petite garment will hug to your waistline, creating and instant hourglass effect unlike what you might have been able to achieve before. This can create a stunning effect on women who have short waists because your curves will look very dramatic.
Like most of this product line, this waist trainer is constructed with flexible steel boning, providing the ultimate waist slimming experience. In combination with a latex high compression latex core, this garment will not only take inches off of your waist immediately, but it will help you sweat harder around your midsection. This results in more effective workouts, whether you’re in hard core training or just taking a brisk walk. It really benefits everyone!
Firm Compression for All Curves
So many of our customers have told us that they wanted a better waist trainer for their unique curves. You asked, and we listened! We’re proud of this signature product that is designed for durability, maximum effectiveness and comfort in your busy lifestyle.
The Hourglass Latex Waist Trainer is constructed with flexible steel boning for an unbeatable firm hold, but unlike a steel-boned corset, it is versatile enough to use during workouts. The boning, in combination with a latex core, will stimulate thermal activity around your abdomen for more effective exercise. You can also wear it around the clock as a part of your everyday waist training routine.
The perfect fusion of materials and design lead to fast results.
Listen to what our customer Yasmin had to say:
“It hold my core tightly throughout the day but flexible enough for exercise. Immediately saw results after 3 days of use. The rows of hooks are a perfect distance apart so you get the most out of your waist trainer. The overall integrity of this product is great and I don't go a day without using it!”
Thanks for sharing, Yasmin! It thrills us to hear how high-quality waist trainers can create a difference so quickly.
One of our favorite features in this product is the three rows of hooks, as Yasmin was referring to. As your waist slims down you can tighten it up for the custom fit that continues to create the “wow” factor in your figure. And while it provides firm compression and maximum results, the cotton lining absorbs moisture and provides all-day comfort.
These are just the beginning!
Check out our full Hourglass Angel Collection shapers and accessories – and be sure to leave your own review if you're already wearing one!
We hope that you fall in love with Hourglass Angel waist trainers as much as these customers have. These are ideal for use as part of an ongoing waist training regimen, so be sure you are following our tips for making it work. If you have any questions about finding your perfect product and perfect fit, be sure to contact our team of expert stylists who are eager to help you meet your goals and achieve the figure of your dreams.
Wedding season is upon us, and that means that brides and bridesmaids are going to be working hard to slim down and look their best for the big day. Waist training can absolutely be a part of your daily strategy for a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer figure.
We get a lot of questions about how to best prepare for weddings. So as summer approaches, we decided to compile some of the best tips for effective waist training in time for optimal results for your wedding day.
Let's get slim!
Waist Training Timeline
The first thing you’ll want to consider when planning out a waist training timeline before the wedding day is how long it will take to achieve the best results.
Obviously, the more time you have to slim down, the better. We recommend waist training for six months or more. However, even if the wedding is only a month away, it’s better to do some waist training than none at all.
Here are some recommendations based on how much time you have:
The six-month timeline (ideal)
- Month 1:
Begin waist training! Be sure to take a “before” photo as well as waist measurements so that you can track your progress. Start out at just an hour or two a day and gradually work your way up to at least eight hours a day. For a daily commitment we recommend having at least two waist trainers in your wardrobe: one for everyday use, and one for workouts.
- Month 2:
By now, you should be aiming to be wearing your waist trainer all day, up to twelve hours. It should feel like a second skin, and you may even be able to tighten it to a different setting because of the results you are already achieving. If you’re not already, aim to be working out with a mixture of strength training and cardio, four to five times a week. Don’t forget to take progress photos and measurements!
- Month 3:
Are you noticing taller posture and more confidence in the way you look? You may have even dropped a pant size by now. Continue to strive for your goals with a nutritious diet and lots of water intake.
- Month 4:
How is that first waist trainer fitting now? If it doesn’t feel as tight as it used to, even when on the tightest setting, it may be time to size down! You’ve been working hard, so go ahead and treat yourself. If you’re planning on wearing your waist trainer under your wedding dress, take that into consideration as you pick it out (see more tips below).This is also about the time you’re going to have your dress fitted and altered. The bodice should be measured and the dress hemmed. Be sure to wear the waist trainer or shapewear that you plan to wear on your wedding day during your fitting for the most accurate measurements.
- Month 5:
You’re hitting the home stretch and it should be an easy and natural part of your routine by now. Keep tracking your progress!
- Month 6:
This is it! Aside from all of the last minute preparations and celebrations, you’ll want to be sure everything about your overall look is perfect. Break in your shoes as well as your corset if you’re going to wear one. Go in for the final fitting to make minor adjustments to your gown. Don’t forget to take your final progress photo and measurements of your waist! Then go celebrate in a big way! You’ve earned it.
The one-month countdown
Whether you’ve been waist training for months or you want to get serious at the last minute, this one-month plan that includes a core-strengthening routine will get you fast results:
- Gradual waist training:
If you haven’t been waist training regularly, don’t jump into it full force. You still need to work up your endurance. Wear your waist trainer for no more than two hours the first time and then gradually work your way up each day. You can take a break once a week if desired. You should be able to wear your waist trainer for up to twelve hours a day after a couple of weeks. If it helps while you’re adjusting, break up your training into two shorter sessions each day.
- Core strengthening routine:
By adding a little bit each day, you can focus on your core each day. Start with 15 crunches, 6 leg raises, and 10 seconds holding a full plank on day 1. Add 5 more crunches, 2 more leg raises, and 5 seconds to the plank each day. In addition to these exercises, we recommend doing cardio and additional strength training several days a week.
- Want to try a different approach that focuses on strengthening and toning all over? Try this 20-Day Full-Figure Sculpting Challenge.
- Nutrition and self-care tips for the final weeks:
Avoid refined carbs, sugar, red meat and alcohol. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Eat tons of vegetables; they should represent about 50 percent of every meal. And try your best to get eight hours of sleep a night!
What Results To Expect
This is a big question that brides ask a lot, because of course they are going to be picking out a dress months in advance and are wondering how waist training might affect the fit. Here are some general hints and guidelines:
- Everyone’s results are different. Factors that affect how drastically waist training will affect your figure depend on how dedicated you are to doing it, how long you do it, other lifestyle factors and how much you change them while waist training, your body shape and composition, and even your genetics!
- Check out other women’s real results. While your results are going to be unique, check out these results from women who dedicated themselves to waist training to get an idea of what you might expect depending on your situation.
- Waist training won’t change your natural body type. While you can get more of an hourglass shape while wearing one, it’s not going to change your body’s ratios so much that you fit into a different category altogether. That’s why it’s important to choose a dress that flatters your natural features. If you want to show off some cleavage or your backside, do it. Every body type benefits from a slimmer waistline.
- Remember that you should do final alterations for a custom fit. This should be done a couple of weeks before the big day, so that if you have lost a lot of weight, the dress won’t be too loose. Remember that it is vital to bring the undergarments you plan on wearing to this appointment so that the alterations will be accurate.
Finding the Perfect Fit
Your waist training routine is only half of the equation when it comes to the perfect look on your wedding day. The other half is choosing a dress and the accompanying shapewear that flatters your features. While a waist trainer can also be worn as a wedding day shapewear, it might not be the best choice for every style. You can work with your dress stylist and use the information here to find the perfect pairings.
The A-line dress
This classic cut is flattering on every body type and accentuates the waist. It can pair well with a waist trainer. Alternatively, you might find that a shaping slip works well to smooth out your entire figure, while still showing off all the waist-slimming you’ve accomplished with your waist trainer before the wedding day.
The Mermaid Dress
This figure-hugging style accentuates the hips and an hourglass shape. For the best results in this style, we recommend shapewear that perfects your butt and hips, while also smoothing your slim waist. Your best bet is probably going to be a bodysuit that provides all-over enhancement.
The Ball Gown
With the slim cut of the bodice and the flowing gown, this is the perfect dress to wear with a waist trainer to accentuate your waist. For an even more dramatic result, you might enjoy wearing a steel-boned corset, which can also be used in a waist training regimen. Just make sure you’ve broken it in before the big day.
The Sheath Dress
This elegant style of dress clings to your figure, so you’ll want to be sure that you’re flawless underneath. You’ll be able to ensure this by using a figure-contouring bodysuit. Be sure to check out backless and low-cut options if needed.
Are You Up for the Challenge?
We’re excited to see the results of many brides and wedding parties this season as they prepare for their dream weddings using waist training to achieve the look of their dreams. If you want to participate in a slim-down challenge, we’d love to see your progress and final results! Share with #BeTheHourglass on Instagram and Twitter and tag @HourglassAngel.
As always, if you have any questions about finding the perfect waist trainer for your needs, be sure to check out our Waist Training Guide or contact one of our stylists.
- Month 1:
When you’re ordering a waist trainer online, especially the first time, an understandable concern is whether or not it will fit properly. While we provide lots of tips to help you get your waist trainer order right the first time, we understand that some customers need to try on their garments before they can determine if it's the perfect fit.
While it can be disappointing when you discover that the size wasn’t quite right, try not to worry. Sometimes it can take a little bit of trial and error to find what exactly you’re looking for. So don’t fret—follow these tips to ensure that you do in fact find the right fit with your waist trainer.
How to Try On a Waist Trainer Correctly
First, before you convince yourself that your waist trainer isn’t a good fit and send it back, you’ll want to make sure that you’re trying it on correctly in the first place.
If you are using a latex waist cincher that fastens with hook-and-eye closures, it can be a little tricky to try on for the first time. The hooks should be in the front of the garment. Start with the hook and eye at the very bottom of the garment and fasten them at the narrowest part of your waist.
Work your way up the front of the waist trainer, pulling it down as you go. It will feel very snug, but you shouldn’t have to yank on the hooks, as you risk damaging them. If you find that you need to use a lot of force to get the garment closed, it is too small and you shouldn’t force it.
If you have a lace-up steel-boned corset, trying it on is a little different. The steel busks should be in the front and the laces in the back. Loosen the laces generously and then step into the garment. You will probably need help, or at the very least, a large mirror. Pulling the corset up over your waist, slowly tighten the laces from the top and bottom towards the middle, similar to the way you would tie shoelaces. Note that you do not want to pull it as tight as it will go because you will need to break it in first. Tie off the laces when the corset is snug but not constricting in any way.
How a Waist Trainer Should Fit
If you were able to try on your waist trainer, you should be able to tell relatively quickly whether or not it fits well. A cincher should feel very tight, but it shouldn’t pinch or cause any discomfort. Ideally it should be on the loosest row of hooks when your first start out so that you’ll have room to tighten it later as your waistline slims down. If the garment doesn’t provide firm compression or provide a flattering hourglass shape, it is either too large or possibly the wrong style of garment for your body type.
When you’re trying on a corset, it should likewise create a very flattering hourglass shape, even when it’s not tightened all the way. If it sits very awkwardly on your waistline or if it seems very loose even when fastened tightly, these are indicators that it doesn’t fit correctly.
How to Return or Exchange Your Waist Trainer
If you’re certain that your waist trainer isn’t a good fit, not to worry—we want to make sure that you are 100 percent satisfied with your order. Within 30 days of your purchase, you have the option to return or exchange it. It must be unwashed and in its original condition, which means that the tags are on and that it doesn’t have any damage, markings or odors. It should also be in its original packaging. To begin the return or exchange process for purchases that meet these conditions, click here.
How to Take Measurements and Size Correctly
Once you start your return, it’s back to the drawing board; we want to make sure that you get the right garment this time. First, you’ll want to ensure that you are in fact taking correct measurements and ordering the right size. Here are a few tips we recommend.
First, the most important measurement for a waist trainer is, unsurprisingly, your waist. Use a soft vinyl or fabric measuring tape and measure at the narrowest part of your waist, a couple of inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your torso when you lean to one side. The tape should be level with the ground, and snug but not so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath (it shouldn’t be digging into your skin).
Once you’ve taken your measurement, please look closely at the sizing chart for the garment that you want to order. We have carefully curated and tested each and every waist trainer in our shop, including sizing trends. Different brands will fit a little bit differently, and we have adjusted our sizing charts accordingly. Some brands go by number sizes, while others use sizes like S, M, L, etc. Don’t refer to what you think your dress or top size is; go with each garment’s specific guidelines. You might also want to check out customer reviews and see what others are saying about a particular garment’s fit.
Please note that if you are ordering a steel-boned corset, the number size does not correlate directly with your waist size. Instead, it will be 4–5 inches less (Ideally, what your waist size will be once you are wearing the corset). Again, follow the size chart carefully to determine your exact size. It might not be what you think it is at first glance!
If you’re in between sizes, whether corset or cincher, our advice is always to go up rather than down. The logic is that when you’re in between, you can always tighten a waist trainer when you need to, but you can’t make it larger. If your garment is too small, you will not have the most flattering results.
How to Pick the Perfect Waist Trainer
Sometimes you can technically have the right size waist trainer, but it still doesn’t seem to fit quite right. Here are a few other variables to consider if you’re having trouble finding the perfect waist trainer:
- Petite: If you have a small build, you might find that certain waist trainers are too long or just don’t look quite right. If your waist trainer is too long, it might pinch or dig into your ribs or hips. Furthermore, if it doesn’t provide a flattering result, it just might not be the right cut for you. For example, perhaps you ordered a cincher with three rows of hooks and shoulder straps. Generally that style is going to work better on a woman with a curvier build. We recommend that if you’re petite, you choose from our selection that tends to fit that body type better here.
- Tall: If you have an especially long torso (particularly if you’re taller than about 5’8”), you might find that certain styles of waist trainers don’t provide the best coverage, particularly on the lower abdomen. If this is the case with you, look at these waist trainers that come with a longer cut.
- Curvy: You might find that a vest style waist trainer with straps is a lot more support and comfortable—not to mention, it will provide better coverage for your back, especially over your bra line. If you are planning on losing more than a few pounds of weight, you might also prefer a cincher that has three rows of hooks instead of two, so you’ll have more space for sizing down. Note that depending on how curvy you are, you might prefer a garment with adjustable straps to ensure that you’re getting the tightest fit around your waist.
- Plus size: We carry a selection of waist trainers that range from 2XL to 5XL. Again, be sure to refer to our sizing charts to determine your best fit.
- A special note for workout bands: these garments are designed for use during exercise but are not intended to be worn all day. In general, they are cut a bit shorter and provide slightly more freedom of movement in order to optimize your workouts. On the flip side, everyday waist trainers aren’t designed for vigorous movement. These are factors to consider when you order your waist trainer and try them on; imagine how you will feel wearing them for the activity they are intended for.
We hope you’ve found these sizing tips and instructions about what to do when your waist trainer doesn’t fit useful. Remember, if you need help or would like to provide feedback, please contact our customer service team and we will be happy to answer your questions. We also encourage you to leave a detailed review about any waist trainers you’ve tried so that you can pass on anything you’ve learned about sizing to other customers who are looking for the perfect fit.
Back bulge: a super-popular topic, right? We know it’s not something most women enjoy thinking about, letting alone talking about, but nonetheless, most of us struggle with it in one form or another. That’s why we thought it would helpful to pull together some of our best and tips and resources to battle back bulge!
What is Back Bulge?
Just as we come in different shapes and sizes, so do the problem areas on our back. Generally speaking, you’re going to wrestle with these two varieties (or both):
- Bra bulge: the bra line creates an indent on your upper back, especially at the sides.
- Muffin top: your get bulging that gathers around the top of the waistline of your pants or skirt, especially around the sides.
We know you hate it. We hate it too. So here’s what you can do about it:
- Get a Great Bra That Fits You Well
It doesn’t matter what size you are; if you don’t have a bra that fits, you are going to get some unflattering bulging in the back (yes, even if you’re on the slim side!). In some ways, this should be a relief because it’s a relatively easy fix.
You should measure your bra size about every six months—yes, you read that correctly! Women can go through all sorts of changes, particularly if your weight has fluctuated or you’ve gone through a pregnancy.
To get an accurate measurement, measure the fullest part of your bust as well as just underneath your bust. For the underbust measurement, round up to the nearest even number; this will be your band size. To get your cup size, subtract the band size from the number of inches of the fullest part of your bust. Each inch of difference represents a letter of cup size, starting with A at 1 inch. So, if your band size is 34 inches and the fullest part of your bust is 36 inches, your bra size is a 34B. If your band size is 40 inches and the fullest part of your bust is 45 inches, your bra size is 40DD. And so on.
Now, once you have an accurate cup size, we hope it goes without saying that you should invest in a high-quality bra. Not only will you be more comfortable with the ideal amount of support and the most flattering bustline, but you’ll notice immediately that you’ll have less or even no back bulge.
Check out our collection of bras for all shapes and sizes.
- Use Back-Concealing Shapewear
Once you’ve got a great bra in place, you can further conceal upper back bulge using shapewear that is designed to provide coverage over the bra line. These styles typically provide shaping for the midsection, complete with supportive straps with more coverage for your back. We recommend using open-bust designs because you can customize your fit by pairing them with your favorite bras. What’s more, they provide additional extra support for your bust, making them ideal for women who are extra curvy on top.
Check out this selection of shapewear specially designed to conceal bra bulge.
Let’s talk about the other type of bulge: the muffin top of the mid to lower back. We’ve got you covered there too. Choose a waist-slimming shaper like a waist trainer, or a high-waist panty shaper to smooth out your whole midsection and create hourglass curves.
- Dress for Your Shape
Once you’ve got the perfect bra and some great shapewear in place, the final touch to concealing back bulge is to create overall balance in your figure. How to do this depends on your particular body shape. Here are some general tips:
- Shapely on Top: If your shoulders and bust are wider than your hips, you don’t want to draw too much attention to your top (and you probably battle with bra bulge frequently). Wear outfits that define your waist—perhaps with a waist trainer—and try to add volume to your rear, either with a shaper or butt-lifting jeans.
- Curvy on Bottom: If your hips are wider than your shoulders and bust, you’ll want to do everything you can to emphasize your waistline as well as add volume to the top. Choose shapewear that smooths your midsection and enhance your bust. Top it all off with tops that draw attention to your bust to provide that all-over balance.
- Hourglass: Your main goal is to provide all-over smoothing, especially around your torso. Choose back-concealing and waist slimming shapewear as well as a supportive bra and some fitted jeans or another style of bottoms. Do that and you’ll look good in pretty much anything!
- Straight Figured: Your objective when dressing is to create curves while still concealing the bulging you’re dealing with. Like every body shape, it starts at the foundation with a great bra and shapewear. You are going to look curvier by using a waist-slimming cincher as well as any butt-enhancing panty or jeans.
- Round Figured: If you have a small waist-to-hip ratio, you can do a lot of figure enhancement with the right shapewear. A vest-style waist trainer will look very stunning by slimming the waistline while providing extra support for your bust and coverage for your back. Shaping camis and panties also work great with your figure by providing a smooth, controlled waistline and back. Wear styles that draw attention away from your waist—you’ll look especially flattering in skinny jeans and leggings.
No one likes back bulge, and no one has to put up with it either. Arm yourself with the right shapewear, bra and styling tips, and you’re well on your way to a smooth, sexy silhouette from top to bottom. As always, if you have any specific questions for your shaping needs, contact our customer service team at any time!
If you are seriously considering doing a daily waist training regimen, one of the issues that will come up fairly quickly is whether just one waist trainer enough. And if not, how many do you need?
The answer is: it depends. Here are several factors you should consider when deciding how many and what styles of waist trainers to own.
- Resting Your Garments
If you have a latex-style waist trainer, what makes it so effective at slimming your waist is the maximum-compression material. But in order to work well, the material needs time to “rest” and regain its elasticity. This is especially the case if you’re wearing it all day. While you don’t necessarily have to follow a strict every-other-day rotation, we do recommend that you give latex waist trainers at least a couple of days to rest each week.
- Regular Cleaning
You’re going to notice pretty quickly that your midsection sweats when you’re wearing a waist trainer—a lot. While you don’t have to clean your waist trainer daily, use your personal judgment to decide when it needs some freshening up. Since the latex needs to air dry, you’re going to find that in order to keep it clean, you’ll need at least one other garment to rotate through your wardrobe if you are going to stay committed to a daily plan.
- Working Out
Some of our most popular waist trainers include a variety of styles and colors of workout bands. If you plan on using a waist trainer for your workouts (highly recommended!), then you should plan on having at least one of these. But consider this: while these style of trainers are effective at slimming your waistline, you don’t want to rely on them for all-day wear! They are designed to be worn at three to four hours at a time, tops. You’re going to be more comfortable and get better results in an everyday waist trainer for all-day wear. Conversely, don’t work out in everyday trainers, as you risk damaging them or injuring yourself.
- Different Occasions
How many waist trainers you need also depends on how you dress. While most everyday waist trainers work well under casual or professional attire, you may want to have at least one that is in a color close to your skin tone to wear under lighter-colored or thin fabrics. You also might also prefer a no-closure cincher from time to time so that you can truly conceal its presence.
Some women also love the style of classic steel-boned corsets. These create more dramatic hourglass curves than latex cinchers and can also double as vintage outerwear.
- Your Waist Training Goals
Do you plan on losing a lot of weight in a short period of time, or are you looking to stay at relatively the same weight while working on your midsection?
These decisions can affect how many and which waist trainers you want to own. If you’re planning on dropping multiple sizes, you might not want to invest in more than a couple of cinchers, since you’re going to size out of them anyway. (Another tip: consider getting a waist trainer with three rows of hooks instead of two so that you’ll have more space to size down without getting another garment.) Once you’re closer to your goal weight and size, you might want to invest in several waist trainers or steel-boned corsets that you can use for the long term.
- Wear and Tear
Even the best waist trainers don’t last forever. If you don’t size down out of a waist trainer you wear almost every day, you will eventually wear it out. Latex waist trainers lose their elasticity after a few months of use. You can tell when it’s time to replace one when it doesn’t provide the firm compression it used to.
Note that steel-boned corsets will not wear out in this way, since they use the tightening of the laces to provide compression rather than latex. You can continue to wear it for as long as the garment lasts.
Remember, regular cleaning and care of your waist trainers ensures that they will last longer, so you that you won’t have to replace them as often. In addition to cleaning them properly by hand in warm water with gentle detergent, hanging them to dry and giving them rest, be sure to store them correctly by draping over a hanger.
The Final Word
In conclusion, we’d say that most women are going to want at least two waist trainers if they are going to be committed to an everyday regimen. This will ensure that they can stay committed to waist training while also taking good care of their garments and making them last. What is more, different occasions call for different styles of waist trainers—like working out, special occasions, or different styles of dress.
One strategy that works well for rotating different waist trainers through your wardrobe is to stagger when you purchase them. You could start out with just one while you’re adjusting to your waist training routine and then buy your second one after you’ve been wearing it for a month or so. By doing this, you’ll also get a better idea of what your personal needs and preferences are, so you won’t buy a garment that really isn’t what you want. By the time your first waist trainer wears out or you’re ready to size down, you should have one or more other waist trainers you’re also using, so the transition to a new one will just be a part of updating your wardrobe going forward.
We hope this answers this commonly asked question about how many waist trainers to own! Obviously, the answer will vary from person to person. As always, contact our team of stylists if you need any guidance meeting your personal waist training needs.
- Resting Your Garments
When you just get started with waist training, you’ll quickly find that the journey is about way more than “just” putting on a waist trainer and being good to go. It’s not magic, after all; to get the best results there are definitely some strategies to follow. But don’t worry; they’re not complicated or difficult.
In order to make your waist training journey a success, we’ve got products that are designed to enhance your experience. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro waist trainer, these products and related tips are for anyone who wants to take their waist training to the next level.
Waist Trainer Detergent
Waist trainers are powerful and effective at slimming your waistline because they are constructed with maximum compression latex. But while the latex is very strong when it comes to compression strength, it is also very delicate if not handled properly or cared for in the long term. This gentle waist trainer detergent takes all the guesswork out of taking care of your garment and ensures that it will last longer before losing its elasticity.
Lusciously scented with lavender, it leaves your waist trainer fresh and clean (which you’ll want, because let’s face it, waist trainers get sweaty!). It also contains lanolin, a gentle but effective oil that will provide additional protection to your waist trainer while it’s in use. Using the detergent is easy; simply add half an ounce to a bucket of warm water and hand wash your garment. Hang the waist trainer over a hanger or chair and you’re good to go. And there’s a little bonus: this detergent also works in cold water for your other intimate garments and shapewear.
Waist Training Gel
When you’ve got a waist trainer compressing your midsection around the clock and you’re working up a sweat, the last thing you want to neglect is your skin! That’s why we offer this specially formulated skin-smoothing gel that is ideal for use with a daily waist training regimen.
Formulated with extracts of Catuaba bark, Pfaffia (Brazilian ginseng), Mara Puama flowers, and a synthesis of caffeine and fat burning lipolytic enzymes, it packs a powerful punch when it comes to reducing the appearance of cellulite and loose skin. This can be especially helpful when you’re trying to lose weight. The gel also helps your skin retain moisture while stimulating microcirculation, adding to the thermal activity in your core provided by the waist trainer, for an optimal experience.
To use, put it directly on the skin daily, ideally just after you get out of the shower or bath. Then watch it work with a daily waist training regimen, ideally with a nutritious diet, exercise and adequate water intake.
Ultimate Waist Training Kit
Why not just have it all? We’ve bundled the essentials you need for a successful waist training experience (in addition to your waist trainer, of course) into this handy little kit! Our Ultimate Waist Training Kit comes with the gel and detergent mentioned above, as well as:
1) Garment bag: Have you considered that you might need to travel with your waist trainer? You’ll want to be sure that you’re packing it in a separate bag so that it won’t get any tears or snags, or have anything spill on it. This drawstring bag is an ideal accessory that slips easily inside your gym bag or travel bag, or you can just carry it alone when needed.
2) Measuring tape: One important component of a successful waist training journey is tracking your progress! This soft vinyl tape is durable and will provide reliable measurements. For the most accurate read, pull it around the narrowest part of your waist while keeping it level to the floor. It should be snug but not so tight that you can’t easily slip a finger underneath. Wear your waist trainer regularly and watch that measurement go steadily down! You might also be curious to see how many inches your waist trainer takes off your waistline immediately after you put it on.
3) Waist training guide: This is a handy little stylist that you can fit in your purse, offered exclusively in this waist training kit. Get all of your waist training questions answered, including how to put your waist trainer on, how to start an ongoing regimen, what results to expect, and how to properly care for your garment.
In addition to these essential products, one of the best accessories to a waist trainer is…a second waist trainer. If you’re serious about waist training, you’ll quickly find that you’ll want at least two garments to rotate through your wardrobe.
The main reason why you’d want more than one is for maximum effectiveness. Your waist trainer needs to rest and be washed so that the latex can contract and maintain its elasticity. Wearing just one garment all day every day won’t allow you to give you much time to do that. What’s more, you might prefer different colors and styles depending on what you’re wearing.
Here are a couple of options to consider in your waist training wardrobe:
- Everyday cincher: this will be your go-to waist trainer most of the time, as it will be easiest to conceal under most clothing and is designed for all-day use.
- Workout band: you’ll definitely want one of these as part of your fitness routine. Designed with extra durability and a slightly different cut to allow more freedom of movement, a workout band will help you work up a harder sweat and intensify your workouts.
- Steel-boned corset: some people love the waist training results they get from a corset. This is a durable, latex-free style of garment that will dramatically slim your waistline because of the custom fit you get from tightening the laces as well as the strength of the steel boning. Some corsets also double as very sexy and stylish outerwear.
As you can see, waist training involves a whole lot more than simply throwing on a cincher, crossing your fingers and hoping it works. We hope you’ll check out all the options available to give you the best experience possible.
When you’re new to waist training, a very common question you might be wondering is: how can I waist train effectively?
It’s a great question because there are so many factors that go into a successful waist training experience. We thought it would be helpful to round up some best practices and answers to your frequently asked questions, so that you’ll be fully equipped as you start your personal waist training journey.
When it comes down to it there are three basic components to effective waist training: choosing the right waist trainer, using waist training as a part of a healthy lifestyle, and making waist training a daily habit.
- Choosing the Right Waist Trainer
It all starts with the right tools. In order to get the best waist training results, you need to have a waist trainer that is designed to help you meet your unique personal goals. Here’s how to get started finding the perfect waist trainer.
Determine Your Personal Goals
What do you want to use your waist trainer for?
Are you using it exclusively for workouts, or do you want to use it as part of an all-day, everyday regimen (which we highly recommend)? Are you trying to lose inches from your waistline or are you primarily just trying to firm up your midsection? These factors can all go into the decision of what style of waist trainer is right for you.
Identify The Features You want
We have many options when it comes to the style and function of our waist trainers. Here are some of the features you may or may not prefer based on your preferences and needs:
Steel-boned lace-up corset vs. latex cincher: corsets will give you the most dramatic waist-slimming results without the smell or feel of latex, while cinchers might be more comfortable and versatile under clothing.
Workout vs. everyday waist trainer: workout bands are very durable and you won’t risk damaging them during strenuous exercise; since they are also cut shorter, they can give you more range of motion. Everyday cinchers and corsets are ideal for all-day wear and provide more coverage, particularly for the back and lower abdomen.
Vest style vs. band style: some women love the extra bust support that vest style waist trainers provide, as well as coverage for the back over the bra line.
Closure options: the biggest difference here is between lace-up corsets and hook-and-eye closure cinchers, which is discussed above. Hook-and-eye closures generally come in two or three rows. You may prefer three rows if you are planning to lose weight, so that you will have more room to size down. A few cinchers also come in a no-closure style for when you need to be especially discreet or zip-up style when you want maximum control.
Sizing: If you are especially tall, short or plus-size, you will want to consider the waist trainers that are designed for your body type, so that they will provide the optimal amount of coverage and compression for your midsection.
Style and color: these are more a matter of preference, but it can be fun to have a colorful or metallic workout band! For everyday use under your clothes, you might also want to have a black or nude colored cincher or corset.
Take Accurate Measurements
The most important measurement when selecting your perfect waist trainer is, of course, your waist. Using a vinyl measuring tape, measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is typically a couple of inches above your belly button, where there is a natural bend in your torso when you lean to one side. Make sure that the tape is level. It should lie flat on your skin or a very thin tank tap, but it shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath.
Once you’ve determined your waist measurement, follow the sizing chart for your garment of choice precisely! Every waist trainer on our site has been carefully curated and tested, and we have adjusted the sizing charts to reflect exactly the way they will fit, based on your measurements. Don’t simply go with your dress size. Also, note that corset number sizes do not correspond exactly with your waist size; instead, they represent what your waist measurement will be while the corset is tightened.
Try on Your Waist Trainer
Once you receive your waist trainer in the mail, try it on carefully to ensure that you in fact have the ideal size and style. It can be tricky to try on, so follow the instructions carefully. Whatever you do, do no pull or yank on the garment, as you will risk damage and will not be able to return or exchange it. While a waist trainer should be tight, if it fits properly you will not need to force it.
Hook-and-eye closure cincher: when trying on this style of garment for the first time, it is easiest to start at the bottom and work your way up. Using the loosest row of hooks, begin by clasping the bottom hook while holding it at the narrowest part of your waist. As you move your way up the row, pull the garment down. By the time it is fastened, it should fit snuggly over your whole abdomen and provide an immediately flattering look.
Lace-up corset: Fastening a corset is quite different than trying on a cincher. To start, make sure the steel busks are in the front; step into your corset. Ideally you should use a mirror or ask another person to assist you with tightening. The laces in back make an “X” pattern, similar to shoelaces. You will be working your way from the top and bottom of the laces towards the middle. Carefully tighten one row at a time. The first time you try on your corset, do not fasten it as tight as it will go. Instead tie off the laces when it is snug but not constricting you. You should still be able to tell how well it fits based on the coverage it provides around your midsection. Even when not fastened tightly, it will still give you an immediately flattering hourglass shape.
Once you’ve found the perfect waist trainer and confirmed that it fits, it’s time to incorporate waist training into your lifestyle! And don’t worry if you can’t pick just one. We actually highly recommend that you have at least two waist trainers to rotate through your wardrobe!
- Using Waist Training as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
This is the fun part: incorporating waist training into your healthy lifestyle, to get you the long-term results you want! To ensure effective waist training, make sure you follow these tips:
Break in Your Waist Trainer
Before your start wearing your waist trainer all day every day, it is going to take an adjustment period. What’s more, your garment needs to be broken in, just like a pair of shoes. If you plan on wearing your waist trainer at a special event, be sure you give yourself adequate time to prepare.
Latex cinchers: after you try yours on for the first time, only keep it on for about an hour the first day. You can slowly increase the amount of time you wear it each day by half an hour to an hour. Read more below about how to daily regimen into your lifestyle.
Steel-boned corsets: it is very important to go through a process called “seasoning” your corset so that the material and steel boning can mold to your body’s shape. As with the latex cincher, start by wearing the corset for about an hour or even less on the first day, and only loosely tied. You can gradually add a little more time each day and even tighten it a little bit each time. It should be snug but not tight for the first two weeks. After fourteen days of up to six hours a day, you can pull the laces tight and start wearing it longer. By the time it is seasoned, it should really hug your figure without any gaps, and the laces should glide easily through the holes.
Introduce a Waist Training Regimen Gradually
It’s convenient that waist trainers need to break in because so do you! Chances are you are accustomed to sitting and standing with a slouch, so holding your back and core straight for long hours along with tight compression can feel a bit awkward at first. Add a little bit of time each day for the first three to four weeks of waist training. You may prefer to break it up into two small sessions a day instead of one long one. Your goal should be to wear a waist trainer for at least eight and up to twelve hours a day for the best results.
We can’t emphasize this enough: a waist trainer is just one piece of an effective slim-down plan. You also need to try to work out regularly—ideally four to five days a week. We especially recommend doing strength-training exercises to boost your metabolism and strengthen your core. We have many workout suggestions, all of which are ideal for use with a workout band.
You’ll be sabotaging yourself if you work so hard to keep your midsection slim with waist training but then harm your body from the inside out!
Maintain a diet rich in healthy whole foods. While occasional cleanses can be helpful to jumpstart eating right, we actually don’t recommend that you “go on a diet” in which you starve yourself; in the long term this is not a sustainable technique and your weight will only bounce back. Instead, avoid sugar and processed foods as much as possible and eat only when you’re hungry. The waist trainer can help you with portion control and will encourage you to eat several small meals a day instead of three big ones.
- Making Waist Training a Daily Habit That Lasts
Starting a waist training plan is one thing; keeping up with a waist training plan is another. In order to make waist training most effective, you have to stick with it for the long haul! The key is to make it a habit that is easy and natural to keep up. You get dressed every day, right? Your waist trainer should just be a part of that routine. Here are some tips that can help.
Just Do It: over and over again our customers have told us that the thing that motivates them to keep waist training is seeing results. If you do it every day for a month, you will start to notice its effects, and you will want to keep it up. Your friends and family will notice too, giving you that boost in confidence that works to motivate you!
Track Your Progress: Take measurements and photos of yourself at least once a month and preferably more, so you can see just how much you’ve been able to slim down! That will get you excited to keep up the good work.
Find a Buddy: Waist training is better together! Do it with a friend and hold each other accountable. This can be especially fun if you are slimming down for a special event together.
Make Easy Reminders: Do little things in your everyday routine that will remind and encourage you to put on your waist trainer like writing notes for yourself on your mirror or laying out your outfits the night before. You’re much less likely to fail if you’re setting yourself up for success in advance!
Try, Try Again: If you get out of the habit, remember that it is very easy to start it up again. All it takes is a little decision. Don’t give up!
Related: How To Make Waist Training a Habit
We hope that most of your questions are answered about how to waist train effectively and that you’re motivated to get started!
- Choosing the Right Waist Trainer
Need inspiration and motivation on your waist training journey? Look no further than other women just like you who have used waist trainers and corsets to completely transform themselves!
Whether you’re a mom trying to lose the baby weight or you’re just trying to cultivate a healthier lifestyle, here are five incredible stories that will give you a vision for what waist training can do for you if you stick with it.
- The Stay-At-Home Mom
Lillie is the proud mom of a toddler who loves being able to stay at home to care for her son. She has always been naturally thin, but she was having trouble losing the extra twenty pounds she was carrying after pregnancy, as well as firming up her midsection. Plus she had to get ready for her own wedding in just a few months!
After extensive research she decided to try out the Ann Chery Workout waist trainer, which comes in vibrant colors and has hundreds of positive reviews. She wore it faithfully every day for 8–12 hours once she grew accustomed to the way it felt. She started noticing a difference after just a couple of weeks and soon everyone started noticing that it looked like she had never been pregnant. Great job, Lillie!
- The Fashionista
Suzie is an interior designer with an eye for fashion, so when she heard about waist training she was very intrigued. She decided to try it in order to flatten her stomach while keeping her curves. In just a few weeks, she and her friends and family started noticing drastic results.
Suzie was surprised at how effective wearing a waist trainer was in helping her portion control during meals. After a few months wearing Perfect Waist by Squeem, she switched to the Clasica Waist Cincher by Ann Chery and continues the journey. She definitely recommends waist training for anyone trying to slim down—with commitment it really works!
- The Full-Time Nanny
Desire has a busy schedule and has struggled with weight loss and fitness for her whole life, which in turn as impacted her personal confidence. She decided to try wearing a waist after seeing many inspiring results on Instagram. Using the Clasica Black 3 Hook Waist Trainer by Ann Chery, she started waist training for just a few hours a day and then worked up to eight hours daily.
After just two months of wear she met her goals and tightened the cincher to the next row! She’s now eating better and exercising more now that she’s motivated and feels more confident about herself.
- The U.S. Army Soldier
Ana knows what it means to be disciplined as a soldier! She has been in great shape before, but following pregnancy, she was struggling with slimming down just like anybody else.
She was eager to try waist training and loved the results she saw after just a few weeks. She wears the Amia Sculpting Vest 8–10 hours a day and works out five days a week. Everyone wants to know her secret about how her waist got so small!
- The Busy Student
Yuliza balances a busy life work and study; she works at Victoria’s Secret while studying to be an ASL interpreter. She noticed that one of her coworkers had an incredible hourglass shape and wanted to her know her secret. It was waist training, of course! So she started wearing the Workout Waist Trainer by Bonitaz five days a week, eight hours a day.
She was thrilled with the results she saw after just a few weeks and loves the shape of her figure under dresses. Pairing a waist training regimen with a commitment to a workout routine has contributed to her seeing results even when she’s not wearing a waist trainer.
- The Multi-Tasking Mom
Jessica balances life with a young child with working part-time and going to school. She definitely doesn’t have a lot of extra time to devote to her health and fitness, but she knows it is important. She decided to try waist training using the Metallic Edition Waist Cincher by Ann Chery after nothing else she tried was able to tighten up her midsection after having a baby.
She was blown away with the results; even putting it on for the first time she dropped a couple of sizes. Immediately hooked, she started wearing it daily and was able to tighten it to the next row of hooks within a few weeks. She also loved the improvements she felt in her posture.
What Will Your Story Be?
These results aren’t from celebrities or professional athletes; they’re from regular women just like you! You CAN take control of your habits and your health and love the way you look. It just takes the desire, the decision and the commitment to make a change.
We love that all of these success stories aren’t just about improving physical appearance. All of these women have a unique body shape and size and, after trying waist training, felt more confident in their own skin. And that’s the key: setting your own personal goals and committing to your own personal journey.
So what are you waiting for? You can get started on your confidence-boosting waist slimming journey right away! Here’s what you need to do:
- Find your perfect match: choose your waist trainer based on your goals, body type and lifestyle (check out this guide).
- Find your perfect fit: take your waist measurement accurately and be sure to follow the sizing chart exactly (check out these tips).
- Place your order! Then you get to wait with anticipation.
- Try on your waist trainer. This step is very important if you’re going to get the ideal results. It can be a little tricky to accomplish if you’ve never done it before because a waist trainer that fits well is going to be very tight. Yet you don’t want to damage the garment by forcing it too hard if it is in fact too small. See these tips for how to put on a waist trainer.
- Start your waist training regimen! You’ll want to start out with just an hour or two a day and gradually work your way up. After you’ve been wearing your waist trainer daily for two or three weeks, you should feel comfortable wearing it at least eight hours a day.
- Track your progress! Be an inspiration to yourself and others by taking progress photos. We’d love to see your results too! Share it with us on social media using #BeTheHourglass.
We can’t wait to see you crush your goals by transforming your figure and your confidence. Maybe you’ll be the next inspirational story that helps many others make the decision to make a change.