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  • How to Conceal Back Bulge and Create Balance in Your Figure

    3 Tips to Hide Back Bulge

    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:

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    Check out our waist training choices as well as shaping panties. For special occasions, you might also want to check out all-over shapers that shape and smooth your whole torso.

    1. 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!

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  • How Many Waist Trainers Do You Need to Waist Train Daily?

    Number of waist trainers ideal for every day use

    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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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  • Waist Training Essentials: Products That Enhance Your Waist Training Experience

    How to get the best waist training results

    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.

    Garment Pairings

    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.

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  • How To Waist Train Effectively

    How to get the best waist training results

    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.

    1. Choosing the Right Waist Trainer

    Understanding waist trainers and waist-slimming shapewear

    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.

    Related: Waist Training 101: Waist Trainers vs. Corsets (What’s the Difference?)

    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

    How to measure your waist, bust and hips

    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

    how to put on a 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!

    1. Using Waist Training as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

    Waist training beginner plan and tips

    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.

    Exercise Regularly

    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.

    Related: Waist Training Exercises To Try At Home

    Eat Smart

    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.

    1. 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!

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  • Waist Training Transformations Revealed

    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.

    1. The Stay-At-Home Mom

     Waist training motivational stories

    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!

    1. The Fashionista

    Waist training motivational stories

    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! 

    1. The Full-Time Nanny

    Waist training motivational stories

    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.

    1. The U.S. Army Soldier

    Waist training motivational stories

    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!

    1. The Busy Student

    Waist training motivational stories

    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.

    1. The Multi-Tasking Mom

    Waist training motivational stories

    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. 

    Get Started!

    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:

    1. Find your perfect match: choose your waist trainer based on your goals, body type and lifestyle (check out this guide).
    1. Find your perfect fit: take your waist measurement accurately and be sure to follow the sizing chart exactly (check out these tips).
    1. Place your order! Then you get to wait with anticipation.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. 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.

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  • Interview: Busy Mom Drops 2-3 Sizes Instantly with Waist Trainer

    Waist Training Before & After Interview

    Jessica is a hardworking mom who is balancing her education with a part-time job. Her busy schedule has made it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But when she tried waist training, everything changed. Her waistline instantly looked 2-3 sizes smaller, and this gave her the confidence she needed to pursue her long-term slimming goals. Since she can wear her waist trainer almost anywhere, she's been able to wear it 8-9 hours a day without interfering with her hectic schedule. We recently reached out to Jessica for an inside scoop on her results – check it out!

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    My name is Jessica. I work and go to school part time. I'm a full time mother and wife. I love crafts and couponing! My aspirations for the future are to be able to manage all of the above with a healthier lifestyle!

    2. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I decided to give waist training a try because I wanted to enhance my trouble areas—my midsection mostly. After giving birth, your body is not the same, especially your midsection! I wanted something to reshape me and help me tighten my tummy. And the waist shaper helped a lot!

    3. What garment did you use, and why?

    I used the Ann Chery metallic edition waist cincher. I loved the latex-and-metallic look! Also loved the fact that I was able to go down a hook as I've seen changes in my body!

    4. What were your first impressions?

    The first time I put the garment on I was so impressed! I became obsessed the minute I put it on! I had just gotten it by mail and couldn't wait to put it on! I struggled a little to put on but it was only because I had never tried one on. As I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe how fast and dramatic you were able to notice a difference. You really go down 2-3 sizes! My stomach was flatter and my waist was smaller. The moment you put on, you become obsessed!

    5. What was your waist training routine?

    My routine with my waist trainer was daily for about 6 hours to start, after a week I was so comfortable I was wearing 8-9+ hours a day! It became so that I couldn't walk out the house without it! It gave me confidence and better posture.

    6. Did the garment meet your goals and expectations? How so?

    The garment exceeded my expectations! It not only helped with reshaping my body but also my posture! I suffer from scoliosis and it gave my back extra support! Can't live without it!

    7. What were your diet and fitness habits during your waist training journey?

    My diet and fitness habits changed. I was super exited and motivated by the waist trainer! I started eating healthier and drank more water.

    8. In the past, have you faced any challenges with weight-loss or fitness?

    I've faced many challenges with weight loss! Tried various diets and nothing worked! I like to see fast changes like anyone else. The waist trainer gave me hope for the future! It gave me a visual of how my body could be if I keep up a healthier lifestyle.

    9. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results within a week and a half. I would notice that my posture would stay the same even after I took it off! It also made my midsection flatter with it off. Within two weeks I was able to go down a hook.

    10. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    Everyone noticed my results as soon as I put it on! I had a lot of compliments. Everyone wanted to know what I was doing. My family has also noticed the results of my shape without the waist trainer on!

    11. What would you say to others who are thinking about trying waist training?

    My tip to anyone that is thinking of getting a waist trainer is keep your garment on for the hours recommended! You will feel a little discomfort at first but it's only because your body is not used to it. A few days later the discomfort will go away, as your body gets used to it! Great way to slim your body, especially mothers after giving birth. It's never too late to try! You will become obsessed!

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  • Corset Fit 101: Why Measurements Are Important

    How to put on a corset

    If you’re looking into ordering your first corset, picking one out can be a very exciting process! Whether you’re planning on starting an ongoing waist training regimen with your new corset or you just want to have it for special occasions, you’re in for a real treat when you see just how dramatically a steel-boned corset can pull in your waistline.

    One of the most important factors to consider when picking out your corset online is making sure your order a size that fits. Corsets fit tighter than a glove, and a poor fit can create an uncomfortable and unflattering experience.

    In this post, we’ll explain how and why to take accurate measurements for your corset. This will ensure that you’re getting the perfect fit, no matter what you want to use your corset for.

    How to Measure for Your Corset

    You’ll find a lot of measurement guidelines when it comes to intimates and shapewear, but there’s typically only one that really matters for a corset: your waist.

    You’ll want to get an accurate measurement in inches for a precision fit. If you order a corset that’s too small, you’re going to find yourself forcing your way into it. If you order one that’s too big, you may not get the very best slimming results.

    To take an accurate waist measurement, use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape. While keeping it level to the ground, measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is about two inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your torso. The tape should lay flat against your skin or a very thin tank top, but it shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath.

    We’ll note that if you have a particularly short or long torso, you may prefer a corset that has a short or long cut. If you have a petite build and your corset is too long, it can dig into your ribs or your hip bones and not give you the ideal hourglass shape. If you are tall or have an especially long torso, a corset that is too small might not give you full coverage, particularly for your lower abdomen. We recommend these options for short torsos and these options for long torsos.

    What Waist Measurements Mean

    This part is important: your waist measurement does not equal your corset size. Many people make this mistake. Refer to your garment’s sizing chart to find your ideal size based on your waist measurement. For most steel-boned corsets, the size is 4–5 inches less than your actual waist measurement. So if you have a 28–inch waist, you would order a size 24 corset. This is more or less what your waist measurement should be once you have fully tightened the corset.

    Some corset brands go by S, M, L, etc. It is very important when ordering one of these brands to be sure that you are following the instructions on the sizing chart accurately. Do not simply rely on what size dress or top you might wear, which will not give you the best fit. Follow the chart.

    How to Put On Your Corset Correctly

    Once you’ve selected your ideal corset and it arrives in the mail, you’ll still want to try it on to ensure that it fits. It’s very important that you put it on correctly so that you don’t damage it in case you need to do an exchange. See our policy for more information on our 100% guarantee.

    First, unroll your new corset and make sure that the laces are loose and the busks are fastened. The steel busks will go in front and the laces will go in back. We recommend using a mirror or help from a friend when fastening it.

    Step into the corset and gently begin tightening the laces. They are somewhat like shoelaces, except you’re going to tie them off in the middle instead of the top. Work your way from the top and bottom inward, pulling each row of laces a little bit tighter as you go.

    It is very important not to yank the laces as tight as they will go the first time you try the corset on. You’ll risk warping the garment and damaging the busks, in which case you won’t be able to send the corset in for an exchange or return. Instead, tighten it until it is relatively snug and stays in place but is not tight. You may want to wear it over a shirt or sweater when you’re first trying it out.

    How to Tell if Your Corset Fits

    A corset that fits your body correctly should fit snugly over your midsection and create a flattering hourglass shape even when it’s not tightened all the way. While it will feel stiff, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort, digging or pinching. If your corset has a modesty panel, it should only just cover the area underneath the laces when it is loosely tightened.

    What Next?

    Once you are certain that you have found the perfect fit, you’ll still need to season your corset before you tighten it all the way. To do this, wear it for an hour or two a day for at least a week before pulling the laces tight. This will give the garment time to break in and mold to your torso’s unique shape. By the time it’s ready, it should easily cling to your midsection and create a stunning hourglass finish. Seasoning a corset is similar to breaking in a pair of shoes, so be sure to give yourself time to do it if you’re ordering the corset to wear at a special event. If you’re using your corset for regular waist training, you can go ahead and start slowly increasing how long your wear it fully tightened each day.

    We hope you feel confident picking out the perfect corset! Contact our waist training experts if you have any more questions, and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.


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  • Stealth Corseting: Everything You Need To Know

    How to wear a corset under clothes

    Steel-boned corsets are growing in popularity now that waist training overall is becoming trendy, but one the questions we often get is: is it possible to wear a corset underneath your clothing?

    Latex cinchers with hook-and-eye closures are pretty easy to conceal, but what about slightly bulkier lace-up corsets?

    It is definitely possible to waist train with a corset while concealing what you are doing (although it can be a lot of fun to wear a corset as outerwear too!). The key is knowing what types of outfits to wear. Here is everything you need to know about stealth corseting so that you can keep your waist training routine a secret.

    The Most Flattering Waistlines

    Women have been corseting for hundreds of years, and they never had an issue hiding their corsets underneath their everyday attire. If you think about it, up until recently, women’s clothing always came in at the natural waist, making it natural to sport a corset underneath. This held true for a variety of gowns as well as pants and jeans when women started wearing them more.

    It got trickier over the last few decades, particularly when jeans started riding a lot lower. If you try to wear a corset with hip hugger jeans, you’re going to have a strange, bulky look around your lower abdomen.

    That’s why it’s important when you’re waist training with a corset to pick outfits with waistlines that come in at the natural waist. You should want to do this anyway, since if you’re waist training, you’re going to want to show it off! Luckily, high waist styles are coming back into fashion, so don’t hesitate to pair your steel-boned corset with some higher waist jeans, pants or skirts. Dresses and suits tend to highlight the natural waist more frequently, so try those as well.

    It’s All about the Fabric

     It should be obvious that the thinner the fabric, the more difficulty you’re going to have concealing anything underneath. If you’re having a hard time hiding your panty line or bra, then of course your corset is going to be pretty visible as well. If you want to wear thin, fitted blouses or dresses, you’re going to have much better results wearing seamless shapewear for those occasions rather than your favorite corset.

    Having said that, you just might be surprised about how many outfits you can pull off wearing a corset. Try tops and dresses with ruching, ruffles and other embellishments that not only draw attention away from whatever texture there might be underneath, but can also be used to highlight your hourglass shape.

    Even if you prefer wearing a t-shirt and jeans, you can still pull it off with a little trial and error. Remember to wear jeans with higher waistlines, and choose t-shirts in darker colors, prints or patterns. Just experiment with what you already have in your closet and you might be pleasantly surprised.

    Belts, Belts, Belts 

    We’ll let you in on this corseting fashion secret: belts are going to be your best friend. If you have a corseted waist, you’re going to want to show it off, and what better way to do that than with cute belt?

    Some of our favorite outfits to wear with corsets are long tops paired with leggings and finished off with a belt. Your tiny waist will look amazing, and the long shirt and leggings will help elongate your figure, giving you a longer, leaner hourglass shape.


    There are a lot of options when it comes to wearing dresses over your stealth corset. As with all of the outfits discussed so far, your results are going to depend on the fabric and the cut. Many dress styles come in at the natural waist, so it will be easy to wear your corset underneath. Where you may get into trouble is with any lightweight dresses that tend to show off every little curve. A belt can come in handy again; you might also do well pairing your corset with other shapewear like shaping panties, tights or leggings.

    For the best results we recommended dresses will frills and ruffles, with a stiffer structure, or with thicker fabrics. You’ll also do well with belts to draw attention to your tiny waist.

    And of course, we have to mention that corsets make some of the best bridal undergarments! They create a stunning silhouette for brides and bridesmaids alike. We especially recommend using them with A-line, ball gown, mermaid and strapless styles.


     Anything you can use to layer your look can go a long way in styling your stealth corset outfit. Aside from belts, jackets and vests also create some natural camouflage. You can also use cardigans and scarves to your benefit.

    Corseting is a little bit easier in cooler weather because you’re naturally going to be wearing loose-fitting sweaters, which pair beautifully with most corsets. But don’t worry; you don’t have to give up waist training in the summer months or warmer climates. Just choose loose-fitting or textured fabrics that can highlight a slim waist without giving away your secret.

    Does the Type of Corset Matter?

    Some corsets are more effective than others when it comes to invisibility under clothing. First, the color can be important. If you’re planning on wearing any light-colored clothing, be sure to choose a corset closure to your natural skin tone (like nude or black), rather than some of more colorful varieties. Second, some corsets are lighter than others and are easier to conceal.

    When It Just Isn’t Working

    There are certain styles that simply won’t work with a lace-up corset due to the cut and the fit of the materials. But not to worry—you can still enjoy the benefits of waist training even if you need to find an alternative to your favorite lace-up corset.

    While the results will be a little less dramatic, using a latex cincher in place of a corset when you just have to wear a certain outfit can solve your wardrobe problems. There’s definitely a benefit to having both styles of waist trainers in your wardrobe, depending on what you’re wearing. In particular you might want to have a no-closure cincher for absolutely seamless slimming. That way you can wear more figure-revealing outfits without getting set back in your waist training regimen.

    If you’re very committed to waist training, remember that it’s okay to take a break every now and then. You don’t have to wear your corset to the beach, after all. Just be sure to get right back into your routine whenever you’ve skipped it—or wear your waist trainer at odd hours in order to make up for lost time. Some women even like to waist train while they’re sleeping.

    Outfit Suggestions

    Here’s the fun part: getting inspired with corseted outfits! It's easier than you might think when you have the right inspiration.

    Outfit 1: Casual black dress with belt

    Not only will you look stunning with that tiny little waist in your corset underneath, but wearing a belt over a black dress will create a statement for your outfit. We told you belts would be your best friend!

    Outfit 2: Long tops with leggings (belt optional)

    This can be a go-to comfortable-yet-stylish outfit for pretty much anyone! Go without a belt for a more flowing look, or add the belt to emphasize that shaped waist.

    Outfit 3: Butt-lifting jeans plus t-shirt

    Our butt-lifting jeans are ideal to wear with corsets because the waistlines are cut higher and will fasten easily around a corseted midsection. You can wear these jeans with any number of tops. Wear your favorite graphic tee or printed top for a casual, sexy look.

    Outfit 4: Frilly summer dress

    If you choose a fabric that has lots of little ruffles or other texture, it will work beautifully with your favorite figure-slimming corset. We also recommend choosing prints and patterns, but experiment and see what works for you.

    Outfit 5: Fitted pantsuit or skirt suit

    Make a statement at the office by wearing a fitted suit with a corset. If you choose a blouse that has appropriate ruching, ruffles or thickness to conceal the corset, you can look sexy and professional.

    Outfit 6: Corset on top

    Okay, we know this article is about stealth corseting, but don’t forget that corsets double as amazing outerwear! See what new looks you can create simply by putting your corset on over your favorite tops.

    In conclusion, it is definitely possible and recommended to do waist training with a corset underneath your everyday attire. You just have to know what types of fabrics, cuts and accessories work best with your lifestyle and personal preferences.

    Do you already wear a corset under your clothes? We’d love to see some of your results and outfit recommendations! Give us a shout on social media and show us your stuff! #BeTheHourglass

    And as always, if you need additional styling advice, be sure to contact our team of experts who can help you find the perfect waist training solution for your needs.

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  • How Will a Corset Look on You? Corset Shaping Examples

    Wearing a corset is a classic, yet trendy way to slim your midsection and get an hourglass shape – and the results are truly stunning.

    Some people like corsets for special occasions and for styling, while others use them as part of an ongoing waist training regimen. Not everyone’s results are the same. How you look in a corset can very quite a bit depending on a variety of factors including your body type, the type of corset you’re using, and how committed you are to wearing one.

    Wondering how a corset will look on you? While you won’t know for sure unless you try it, here are a few factors that can affect your immediate and long-term results.

    It's worth noting that this article primarily explores corsets, which are identified as lace-up garments, typically reinforced with steel boning. These aren’t to be confused with waist training cinchers, which typically fasten in the front with hook-and-eye closures. See this post for more information about what results you might expect when wearing a latex cincher.

    Before we explore the differences between corsets, it’s also important to note how different your results can be wearing a corset versus a latex cincher. Lace-up corsets can be fastened very tightly and therefore have more dramatic results. While wearing a latex waist trainer typically reduces your waistline by 1–3 inches, a steel-boned corset can instantly reduce it by at least 3 inches and more. You’ll notice more emphasis on the natural bend in your waist when wearing corset, and you may have varying results if you choose to wear a tightened corset every day.

    Corsets on Different Body Types

     Your natural build, no matter what your weight, is a huge factor when it comes to how a corset is going to look on you. Corsets can be flattering on every body type; you just need to know what style is going to work best for your curves. Here are some common body types and what to look for when choosing your ideal corset, plus some examples of what real people look like when they wear corsets. 


    You have a petite figure if you’re shorter than about 5’2”. This could also apply to you if you have an unusually short torso for your height (do tops always hang longer on you?). You’ll get the best results in a corset with a shorter cut; the longer style can feel uncomfortable and may even look awkward. Overall, you can go a long way in emphasizing your curves to flatter the petite build. Check out these recommended corsets for short torsos.

    Long Torso

    If you’re taller than about 5’8”, or if you know you have an unusually long torso, you will probably prefer a corset designed for long torsos. This is to ensure that you get full coverage, particularly on your lower abdomen and back. Otherwise, even if you get cinching at the middle, you might not have the most flattering look from an ill-fitting garment that provides incomplete coverage. Check out these recommended corsets for taller women and long torsos. The results are stunning when you emphasize your curves on a longer silhouette.

    Curvy Bust

    If you have an especially curvy bust, you are going to love the extra support that you get from wearing an underbust corset. For special occasions or lingerie you might also enjoy the lift that an overbust corset provides, although this style isn’t as ideal for everyday waist training. Just remember when you pick out your outfits that you’re going to want styles that provide balance to your figure. Try not to wear too many embellishments on your top half. You might also enjoy some butt-lifting shapewear or jeans to create more curves to complete that hourglass look.

    Straight Figure

    If you have a long and lean body type, a corset can be a huge benefit because it creates curves that are otherwise lacking. There are a lot of great corset options for you—in fact, unless you have a short or long torso, you really can’t go wrong with any of these gorgeous corsets. Plus, even if you’re already slim, you may be surprised to find just how much narrower your waist can get.

    Naturally Curvy

    A corset can be a curvy or plus-size girl’s best friend because it can help you emphasize what you’ve already got. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you want firm control for your figure, a corset helps you define your shape. As with any body type, it is very important to get the right size, and when applicable, the best torso length. Note that many corsets come in number sizes as opposed to "small, medium," etc. These numbers do not represent your waist measurement! Rather, the number is typically several inches less than your waist measurement to represent approximately what it will be once you’ve tightened the corset. Follow the size chart for the garment you want exactly to find the precision fit.

     “Average” Build and Proportions

    If you don’t have any body type features that might make a difference in your corset choice—if you’re of average height, weight and measurement ratios—most corseting options are probably going to look great on you. Choosing which corset is best is going to depend mostly on your personally preferences and goals, which we explore in the next section.

    Corset Shaping examples

    Check out how our favorite steel-boned styles fit our lovely employees here at the office. Click on the pictures to shop their style. 

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    C. Hoffman

    Measurements: Waist - 26" -Hip - 39" - Underbust - 30" -Height 5'3''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUD-044 & TUB-210

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    E. Salgado

    Measurements: Waist - 33" -Hip - 38.5" - Underbust - 33.5" -Height 5'3''

    Shop her favorite styles: BONI-035 & TUD-210

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    G. Chavez

    Measurements: Waist - 25" -Hip - 37" - Underbust - 29" -Height 5'4''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUD-044 & TUB-210

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    J. Ruiz

    Measurements: Waist - 34.5" -Hip - 38" - Underbust - 33" -Height 5'4''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUD-210 & W-03

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    M. Uriostegui

    Measurements: Waist - Waist - 36.5" -Hip - 46.5" - Underbust - 37" -Height 5'2''

    Shop her favorite styles: BONI-035TUD-033

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    R. Uriostegui

    Measurements: Waist - 39" -Hip - 50" - Underbust - 40" -Height 5'1''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUB-210 & TUD-003

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    Y. Lopez

    Measurements: Waist - 27" -Hip - 33" - Underbust - 28" -Height 5'3''

    Shop her favorite styles: TUB-210 & BONI-49

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    Other Factors to Consider

    While body type is a large factor when imagining your corseting results, you may also want to consider variables including your personal corseting goals, lifestyle and style preferences.

     Personal Style

    Customers commonly ask us how difficult it is to conceal corsets under clothing. It really depends on what you’re wearing on top. While thicker materials look fine over the top of corsets, you might run into problems with tight-fitting or very thin fabrics. It can be a trial and error process when figuring out how to style your corset. For this reason, you might want to choose a corset based how you planning on dressing when wearing it. You may prefer a cincher style waist trainer or taking a day of from waist training with your corset whenever you want to wear a more revealing outfit.

    On the other hand, many people love how stylish corsets can be as outerwear! Use a corset to create curves over a thin top, for a vintage or burlesque look. Imagining how different styles of corsets look in your favorite corseted styles can help you decide which style is ideal for you. 

    What About Workouts?

    Corsets are not designed for working out. You might be tempted to do it, especially considering that a lot of people use waist trainers during their workouts very effectively. But using a lace-up corset for this purpose will be very uncomfortable and could possible result in its damage. Go with a latex workout band instead.

    Even if you primarily use a steel-boned corset for your waist training regimen, we highly recommend that you try using a workout band during your exercise routine.  This style of waist trainer is designed with the durability that can withstand heavy sweating and vigorous movement; it is also constructed so that it will provide more freedom of movement.

     Waist Training Goals

    Steel-boned corsets can be very effective as part of an everyday waist training routine, and many women prefer them because of their sturdiness, durability and slimming power. Because of the laces, they can be customized every single day to the exact shape of your body. With dramatic slimming power around your waist every single day, you’re going to have dramatic waist-slimming results long-term.

    Having said that, just how dramatic your results will be depends on other factors including your lifestyle, how much you wear your corset, your body shape and even your genetics.

    We love corseting at Hourglass Angel and hope that this post inspires you to check it out! We encourage you to research your options thoroughly before you make a purchase to be sure that you’re getting the best garment for your body type, lifestyle and preferences. What’s fun about corsets is that once you start, you’ll most certainly want another. Our advice is to just try it, and once you get into a groove, you’ll have a better idea about what your personal preferences are.

    And you don’t have to exclusively wear a corset; you can pair one with a latex waist trainer as a part of your ongoing routine depending on your personal style and your fitness routine.

    Still have questions?

    Contact our expert stylists, who are experienced not only in helping people with their waist training decisions but also do it themselves. They come in various shapes and sizes just like everyone else and can personally guide you to your ideal recommendations.  Call or email after you’ve browsed our collection of corsets and we’ll be happy to help you make a decision.

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  • Waist training 101: Waist Trainers vs. Corsets (What’s the Difference?)

    Difference between waist trainer and corset

    One of the questions we get the most frequently is: what's the difference between a corset and a waist trainer? And which one is better to use?

    The truth is, we actually recommend both styles of waist-slimming garments! Which is better for you depends on a number of factors including your personal goals, style, shaping needs and overall preferences.

    First, here’s a brief definition of each garment:

    A corset is a garment, typically constructed with steel boning, that slims the waist with the aid of tightening laces in the back.

    A waist trainer, also known as a cincher, is a garment that slims the waist with the aid of compression material, typically constructed with a latex core and hook-and-eye closures in the front.

    It’s important to note that both terms can actually refer to either style of garment. This can obviously be a little confusing. In general, we use the term “waist trainer” because it refers to the results that you can achieve with regular use: an overall slimming of the waistline. The term “corset” can also be a general term for waist-slimming garments. For the rest of this post, however, the term “waist trainer” will refer to the cincher variety, and the term “corset” will refer to the lace-up variety.

    In this article, we’ll explore the main differences between waist trainers and corsets, and then we’ll discuss the benefits of each.


    The most immediately noticeable differences between corsets and waist trainers are the materials. The fabric in corsets is typically cotton, satin or leather, with long flexible steel rods to give the garments their structure. On the front of corsets, you’ll usually see small steel busks that fasten into place. Satin laces in the back are used to pull corsets very tight, typically resulting in an immediate reduction in the waistline between 3 and 6 inches.

    Waist trainers, on the other hand, are constructed with synthetic materials like nylon, latex, and Spandex. They also use some plastic or occasionally steel boning to help retain their shape. Waist trainers are fastened using hook-and-eye closures in the front. Instead of using laces to slim the waistline, the materials provide firm compression, which typically results in a reduction of 1 to 3 inches from the waistline. You can size down a cincher by fastening the tighter row of eyes with the hooks.

    How to Wear Them

    Waist trainers and corsets are typically both used as styles of undergarments that are hidden underneath your attire. Corsets are slightly more difficult to conceal underneath clothing because of the slight bulkiness of the busks and the laces. For these reasons, some wearers prefer waist trainers for everyday use and might pull out their corsets for special occasions. Having said that, it can sometimes be tricky to wear waist trainers under clothing too. If you plan on wearing something that is very revealing or tight-fitting, you might prefer a no-closure cincher or even a different style of seamless shapewear.

    There are occasions, however, when corsets and waist trainers both function well as outerwear. A corset can be a stunning statement piece worn over a thin top; it can also function well as a part of a burlesque outfit. Some corsets even have an overbust design, although these typically are used more for special occasions and as costume pieces, rather than as everyday waist trainers. But they are quite flattering on any body type; not to mention, they provide additional bust support.

    If you have an Instagram account, then you are probably already aware that workout waist trainers can be worn over a light tank or with just a sports bra. Many of the bright colors, sheens, and patterns are meant to be shown off! Whether you’re working out at home and want to take some shareable selfies in your waist trainers, or if you want to draw attention to yourself at the gym, a workout band makes a statement in your workout wardrobe, in addition to its waist-slimming benefits.

    Uses and Results

    Both waist trainers and corsets are effective for a waist training regimen. If you are wearing either style for at least eight hours a day over an extended period of time, you may see some great results because of the added heat stimulation to your core—not to mention some added posture support and overall confidence boost.

    Some women prefer corsets because overall you will get a more dramatic hourglass shape when you wear one. But others prefer the ease of use that comes with waist trainers, as well as the versatility they have under clothing.

    One benefit that waist trainers unquestionably have over corsets is their effectiveness during workouts. In fact, many styles are made exclusively for that purpose. They come in a shorter cut and are flexible yet durable. You will have ease of movement while increasing the intensity of your workouts. And, as mentioned above, they definitely add to your workout wardrobe – the bright colors make them fun to flaunt at the gym. Corsets and even everyday waist trainers, in comparison, are not designed for this purpose—in fact, using them during workouts could damage them or cause you unnecessary discomfort.

    Some women like to do waist training in their sleep, and in this case, we recommend that you use a waist trainer for more comfort. Some people use old, looser waist trainers for exactly this purpose. You may prefer a no-closure style cincher to ensure that you won’t have any discomfort lying on hooks for any part of the night.

    Additional Comparisons

    If you’re still not sure which style of waist slimming garment is best for your purposes, it really comes down to a matter of preference. Here are additional factors that may help you choose one over the other.

    1. Durability

    Hands down, a lace-up corset is going to be the most durable and long-lasting options for a waist training regimen. The steel boning will not wear out any time soon, and since you will be tightening with laces, you will not lose any of the compression benefits. What’s more, you will always have a custom fit and should have no problem keeping the garment tightly fastened as your waistline starts to slim down.

    A latex cincher, on the other hand, will eventually need to be replaced if you're wearing it regularly. With time, the latex loses its power and may not provide as firm of compression as a new garment will. Furthermore, as your waistline sizes down, you may find that a cincher has limitations in how tight in can fasten.

    1. Comfort

    Both styles of garments have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to comfort. Since they are made with compression materials, you may find that waist trainers lack breathability—although, making you sweat is part of the reason they work. Corsets are generally a bit more breathable. But, on the other hand, corsets are definitely less flexible (hence why waist trainers are better for workouts).

    One added benefit of waist trainers is that many of them come in a vest style. If you have a larger bust or would like more compression coverage for your back, this can be a preferable alternative for you.

    1. Style Options

    Corsets can be very fun to wear if they fit with your personal sense of style. You can find them in a variety of colors, cuts and even with certain embellishments. Waist trainer styles are a completely different look, which you may or may not prefer. Corsets give you that feminine, vintage, or burlesque look. Waist trainers come in a variety of bring colors and prints, as well as classic black and nude to hide underneath lighter-toned clothes.

    If you are going to be wearing them under your clothes this may not be a huge deciding factor for you anyway—unless your outfits tend to be more revealing. In that case, waist trainers would probably be better because they are easier to conceal.

    1. Pricing

    While there are high-end and low-end choices for both corsets and waist trainers, in general corsets are going to be more expensive. Waist trainers are typically in the $50–$70 range, while most steel-boned corsets are at least that much, and often over $100.

    1. Ease of Use

    When it comes down to it, corsets are tricky and time-consuming to put on, while waist trainers tend to be more user-friendly (although they can be tricky too!). Both garments just take practice. However, if you tend to be in a rush when you get dressed in the morning, the waist trainer may be the more practical option.

    We hope this article has cleared up some of the confusion and questions that many people have when trying to decide between wearing waist trainers or corsets. Ultimately, we love both garments and recommend either or both, depending on your preferences and needs. And remember, you can always reach out to us if you have any more questions!

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