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  • How to Break in Your Corset or Waist Trainer

    How to break in a new waist trainer

    When you first receive your steel-boned corset or cincher-style waist trainer, it can be very tempting to want to see your results right away! But it’s very important that you take the time to break in the garment before you simply start wearing it nonstop. This will provide the most comfortable effect for you, and it will ultimately create the best slimming results.

    Corsets and cinchers are both effective for waist training, but they are slightly different when it comes to trying them on and breaking them in. Be sure to follow the instructions for each style of garment carefully.

    How to Break in a Cincher-Style Waist Trainer

    The first step in breaking in your brand new cincher, which is probably made of latex, is to try it on and make sure that it fits correctly. If it’s the wrong size, you risk damaging the garment, and it will not produce the most flattering results for your figure.

    If you’ve never tried on a waist trainer with hook-and-eye fasteners, it is a little tricky the first time. The easiest method we recommend is starting with the bottom hook and fastening it around the narrowest part of your waist. You should be using the loosest setting so that you will have room to size down. Work your way up the garment one hook at a time, pulling the waist trainer down over your abdomen as you go. When the garment is completely fastened, it should be very snug and sculpt your torso into an hourglass curve. If you have much difficulty fastening the hooks, even with this method, it may be because the garment is too small. Don’t force it into place; consult its size chart online, take your measurements again, and try to determine what would be a more appropriate size. In some cases, you might enjoy a different style that will suit your body type better.

    Once you’ve determined that your garment fits and that you love the results, it’s time to slowly break it in. We recommend that you wear it for the first day for only about an hour; this will help you grow accustomed to the way it feels. If you’ve never worn one before, it might feel slightly restrictive and will take some time to grow accustomed to.

    If you plan on participating in an ongoing waist training program, increase the time you wear the waist trainer by about half an hour to an hour a day. This gives your body opportune time to adjust to the way it feels, and it also allows the materials to mold to your unique body shape. After a few weeks, you should be wearing the waist trainer for about 8–10 hours a day to achieve the best results.

    If you plan on wearing your waist trainer only for special occasions, we still recommend that you break it in before the event. Wear it at least 4–5 times, again increasing the amount of time you wear it so that you can grow accustomed to the way it feels. If you plan on wearing it at a long event like a wedding, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve prepared for that in advance (just like your shoes!).

    Finally, we’ll add that it’s very important to take proper care of your waist trainer, for when you’re breaking it in and beyond. Let it air out over a chair or on a clothes hanger when you’re not wearing it, which allows the latex to regain its shape. Spot clean using a very mild detergent, or clean in a bucket of warm water when needed. Always hang to dry.

    How to Break in a Steel-Boned Corset

    The process of breaking in a steel-boned corset is called seasoning, and it’s a very important step in getting the most out of the waist training garment. Like cinchers, the first step is putting it on and making sure that you have the right size. First, loosen the laces completely, put it on and fasten the busks in front.

    If you’ve never tightened a corset before, you may want to ask for some help; at the very least, do it in front of the mirror. You’ll want to do it gradually, starting at the top and the bottom of the laces and working towards the middle. It’s kind of like tightening shoelaces, only you will tie them off at the middle instead of at the end.

    This is very important: do not completely tighten the corset the first time you wear it, or you risk warping the steel boning inside. The modesty panel underneath the laces should only just reach the other side. You should still be able to slip your hand underneath. It will feel very rigid, and that is normal. Wear it for about 30 minutes, and then tighten it slightly. Then, after no more than two hours of wear, take it off for the rest of the day.

    As with a latex cincher, if you plan on doing a waist training regimen you’ll want to increase your time of wear gradually, by no more than about an hour a day. Lace it up a little bit tighter each time, but don’t force it. You’ll find that as time passes, it will more naturally mold to your figure, and you should be able to pull it very tight after about two weeks.

    If you only want to wear your corset for a special event, it’s still important to use the seasoning process—again, just like you would break in dance shoes. Order it well in advance and wear it for a couple of hours a day for a couple of weeks before your event.

    It’s also important to take proper care of your corset while you’re breaking it in and beyond. Place it lining side up over a chair or hanger when not in use and spot clean as needed.

    We hope you find this information helpful as you prepare for waist training or a special event. As always, contact us with any additional questions, or see our tips for shapewear care.

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  • How Will a Waist Trainer Look on You? Here are Some Examples

    Waist trainer before and after

    If you’ve been following any of your friends’ or even strangers’ waist training journeys for a while, you will probably notice that everybody’s results are a little bit different. For example, a petite woman with a straight build in a waist trainer will certainly look different from a very curvy woman in a waist trainer—although both can look very flattering, IF they have the right garment for their body types.

    So the question is: what will a waist trainer look like on you?

    It depends on your natural body type as well as what type of waist trainer you use. Sometimes women like to have several different types of waist trainers in their wardrobes because of the different results they will produce!

    To better understand what your results might be, here are a few examples of different body types, waist trainers and corsets.

    Waist Trainers on Different Body Types

    Your natural build is very important when determining what types of waist trainers are going to work best on you! Here are some common body types along with their ideal waist trainers.


    If you’re shorter than about 5’2”, you’re going to get the best results in a shorter cut waist trainer; a longer style might feel awkward or uncomfortable. Workout bands are cut short to provide more freedom of motion, so they’re also ideal for the petite body type. Check out these recommendations for short torsos as well.

    Long Torso  

    If you’re taller than about 5’8”, or if women’s tops seem to be short on your build, you’re going to look best in a waist trainer with a longer cut. This ensures that you get full coverage for your abdomen and lower back; otherwise, you might not like the way it sits. Check out these recommendations for long torsos.

    Curvy Bust 

    If your bust-to-waist ratio is high, you’re going to love the extra lift and support that a waist trainer provides. While it’s a matter of preference, many bustier women prefer the support of a vest-style waist trainer, which will also provide fuller coverage for your upper back. Check out our collection of vest-style waist trainers.

    Straight Figure 

    Women with a long and lean body type can benefit a lot from waist trainers because they create instant curves. There are a lot of great options if this is you. In general you’re going to want to stick to latex cinchers that have only two rows of hook and eye closures, as three rows are better designed more for women who are trying to lose a lot of weight. Try these everyday styles as well as workout bands. You might also like the results you can achieve from a lace-up corset, which can dramatically pull in your waist and give you a custom fit.

    Plus Size

    Waist trainers can provide stunning results if you are especially tall and/or curvy. But it’s very important to get one that’s the right size. Some people mistakenly believe that if they order a smaller size, they’ll get better results; but the opposite is true. If your waist trainer is too small, you might not even be able to get it on, and if you do, it will create a very unflattering “spillover effect.” If you’re in the plus sizes, be sure to check out garments designed especially for your build.

     “Average” Build and Proportions

    If you don’t have any features in your body type that stand out—meaning, you’re of average height and weight and have relatively proportional measurement ratios—you’ll have a lot of options available. Choosing the most flattering garment also depends on your goals, so check out the sections below if you need additional guidance.

    Before & After Photos

    Curious what waist training looks like when it's done right? Here are some great before-and-after photo examples of the results you might expect.

    How a waist trainer looks on youWaist training before and after

    Other Features to Consider When Choosing a Waist Trainer

    Body type can be a big factor when choosing the ideal waist trainer, but sometimes you’ll want to consider a few other factors, such as what your goals are, your lifestyle and a few other personal preferences. Here are some additional features in waist trainers that might affect your choice.

    Workout Options

    Wearing a waist trainer during your workouts can be a highly effective way to boost the intensity of your exercise routine, as well as provide the motivation you need to keep it up. But you don’t want to just wear any waist trainer or corset to the gym. Our collection of workout bands consists of garments that are designed to be more durable, provide more freedom of motion and stimulate heat to make you sweat more with less effort. They also tend to come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns, which makes them fun to show off.

    When selecting your workout band, just be sure to consider all of the options (such as number of hook rows or garment length) to ensure the best results for your unique body type.

    Lace-Up Corsets

    While latex cinchers are the more popular option when it comes to waist training, we are also big fans of traditional lace-up corsets. These garments have two benefits: first, since they lace up they are completely customizable and can size down with you day by day for the most dramatic results. Second, since they are constructed with steel boning, they may last longer. You could go down several dress sizes while waist training with the same corset. 

    2 Vs. 3 Rows of Hooks

    If you’re planning on losing a substantial amount of weight while waist training, you might consider choosing a cincher with three rows of hooks, giving you the most room to size down as you slim down. These are especially popular among women who are trying to lose post-pregnancy weight as well as anyone trying to kick-start a healthy lifestyle. If you’re not planning on losing substantial weight and you’re on the smaller side, you’ll get better results with two rows. 

    Visibility Under Clothing

    A common question we get is how easy it is to conceal waist trainers under clothing. While waist trainers will be invisible under many styles, you might want to be cautious when you’re wearing a top or dress that is especially thin or light in color. In those cases be sure to wear a waist trainer in a color that can be better camouflaged next to your skin, like nude or black. For those occasions you might also consider a no-closure waist cincher to ensure that the clasps won’t show through.

    Materials and Style

    Beyond these basic recommendations, the remaining options have to do with personal preference. If you have a sensitivity to latex, be sure to check out our latex-free options. Beyond that, if you’re still have trouble selecting the perfect waist trainer based on your body shape and other factors, be sure to check out the reviews for the garments you’re considering. Look for insights from people who share about their own size and shape and what results they experienced. You can also checkout #BeTheHourglass on Instagram and see what people are saying!

    Hopefully it’s evident from this post that there’s a flattering waist training option for pretty much every shape and size! Be sure to research your options thoroughly before making a purchase to ensure that you’re getting the best choice for your unique body type. And if you can’t decide between garments, why not try both? We highly recommend having at least two waist trainers in your wardrobe that you can rotate, in order to keep them clean and help the latex rest, when applicable. It can also be useful to have more than one option depending on what you’re wearing and what you’re doing.

    If you still have questions, please contact our expert stylists on our customer service team. We are passionate about helping women find their perfect fit…and we wear waist trainers too! Our team members come in various shapes and sizes just like anyone else, so we can make genuine recommendations based on our own experience. Call or email after you’ve browsed our site and we’ll be happy to help you make a decision.

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  • Tips for Safe & Effective Waist Training

    Safe, effective waist training tips

    “Does it really work?” and “Is it safe?” are common questions we receive frequently about waist training. If you’re considering trying it, you might be wondering the same thing. So to answer your questions and potential concerns, here’s the basic rundown of what you need to know for safe and effective waist training.

    1. Find the right garment.

    There are so many choices when it comes to picking a waist trainer, but don’t be overwhelmed. When you know what you’re looking for, it doesn’t take long to narrow down your choices. It’s important to find the right garment in order to achieve the best results and fit for your body type.

    Here are some features to consider when narrowing down to your ideal waist trainer:

    1. Size correctly.

    Finding the correct size for the garment you have chosen is vital for safe and effective waist training. Most problems women encounter are because their waist trainer doesn’t fit. We have carefully curated and tested each and every garment on our website, so the size charts are customized for every one. Don’t rely on your dress size; take your measurement whenever you’re ready to order a new waist trainer.

    • Use vinyl or fabric measuring tape designed for sizing measurements.
    • Measure the narrowest part of your waist, which is a couple of inches above the navel where there is a natural bend.
    • Make sure the tape is level with the floor and lies flat against your skin or a very thin tank, without being pulled tight.
    • Follow the sizing chart for your garment exactly. Note that for garments with number sizing, the number isn’t the same as your waist size. Reference the chart carefully!
    1. Try the waist trainer on properly.

    Once you receive your brand new waist trainer in the mail, it might be a little bit tricky getting it on for the first time, especially if you’ve never worn one before! Just remember, if you’ve chosen the best garment for your needs and have sized it correctly, you shouldn’t have to yank or pull on it to get it on. It will certainly feel snug, but don’t risk breaking it by forcing it to close. Here’s how to put waist trainers on:

    • With a hook-up cincher, start at the bottom of the garment and clasp the bottom hook at the narrowest part of your waist. Fasten up the garment one hook at a time and then pull it down over your lower abdomen.
    • With a steel-boned corset, we highly recommend using a mirror or another person for guidance. Fasten the clasps in front first, and then begin tightening the back. To do this, you will be working from the top and bottom laces and working your way towards the center. It’s a lot like tightening shoelaces, only you’ll be tying the laces off in the middle. Note that corsets need to be seasoned, or broken in, before you tighten them fully. The first time you wear it, pull it tight enough that it holds its place, but not tight enough to provide firm compression. Wear the corset for about an hour a day for a week or two before you tighten the laces fully.

    Once you’ve tried on your waist trainer, it will feel tight but it should not pinch, restrict your breathing or cause any pain. If it does, take it off immediately and try to determine why you probably have the wrong size.

    1. Ease into a waist training regimen slowly.

    You might be excited at your results even just by trying your waist trainer on, but your body needs an adjustment period before you start wearing it for long stretches, just as it would need to grow accustomed to a new workout program. The garment needs to be broken in anyway, especially corsets. Start out by wearing it for about an hour at a time and then slowly work yourself up to longer increments. You can add about a half hour to an hour of wear a day. If desired, take a day off a couple of times during the first couple of weeks.

    With patience and persistence, you can comfortably wear a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day after about a month of easing into this practice. This will provide the best results. Be sure to track your progress with waist measurements and photos!

    1. Pair waist training with a healthy lifestyle.

    We do not recommend using waist training as your only method to slimming your waistline. It’s vitally important to be fueling your body with whole foods, drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, and aiming for five days of exercise a week. These practices help your body stay hydrated and healthy while strengthening your muscles (and we highly recommend focusing on your core!).

    If you follow these tips and start a new waist training regimen mindfully and listening to your body’s cues, we have no doubt you will be thrilled with the results.

    Need further assistance in selecting the most effective garment for your waist training needs? Contact our stylists who are experts in waist training to get the advice you need to start your waist training journey out right.

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  • What Results Can You Expect When Waist Training? See Pictures of Real Customers

    Waist training before and after photos

    Many people ask us what kinds of results to expect from waist training. Understandably, it can be difficult to predict exactly what it will be like for them. As we often say, every body is different, and results can vary quite a bit depending on a combination of factors.

    These factors include:

    • Natural body shape: if you are petite for example, your results are not going to be the same as someone who is tall and curvy.
    • Goals: are you trying to slim down after pregnancy or lose a lot of weight? Or are you simply trying to enhance your figure without losing much weight? Your results will vary depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.
    • Lifestyle: are you already active or planning to be active? Is your diet going to change when you start waist training? Those factors have a huge influence on your overall results.
    • Genetics: there are a lot of ways your genes influence how much your body can change. For example, how elastic is your skin? How tall are you? Where do you tend to carry your weight?
    • Waist training plan: Someone who wears a waist trainer sporadically is not going to have the same results as someone who is dedicated to wearing a waist trainer the recommend 8–12 hours a day.

    That being said, we can still confidently say that you will get results no matter what your conditions are! Your results might not look like someone else’s, but if you are dedicated, you will see them. It’s important to track your progress with photos and waist measurements so that you can really see the gradual progress you make.

    If you’re still curious, here are some real results that our customers of varying shapes, sizes and lifestyles have experienced. You might get a little glimpse of what your results will be like if you take note of each of these women’s experiences.

    1. The Busy Nanny

    Desire 8 Week Waist Training Transformation

    One of the biggest challenges to implementing a healthy lifestyle change is finding the time. Desire is a young nanny with a demanding schedule. She knew that she wanted to change, but she just didn’t see how she could fit it into her schedule.

    She started seeing friends posting their experiences with waist training on Instagram and was intrigued. Why not give it a shot? Immediately after wearing it for just a few weeks, she started seeing substantial changes in her most stubborn trouble areas: her waist, lower abdomen and back.

    Her waist trainer of choice as a beginner was the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery. She explains her decision for this particular trainer: “Personally, I love the latex feeling because it's tight and doesn't more around. I also love this cincher because it comes with 3 bracket levels. As you begin to lose inches from your waist, your cincher becomes looser. With the 3 rows of hook-and-eye closures, I was able to find more use it in rather than purchase a new cincher every couple of months. After finally putting the trainer on, I felt like a million bucks. I loved how it enhanced my waist and how much slimmer I felt.”

    While she started out with just waist training, she began to get more motivated about changing her whole lifestyle by working out for 30 minutes a day and eating clean. She felt compelled to continue making changes because she started feeling so much more confident about herself! Her friends and family noticed her changes, and she loved the way she looked in the mirror.

    1. The Fashionable Interior Designer

    Suzie Waist Training Transformation

    As an interior designer, Suzie knows that the first impression can mean a lot when she meets with clients. She’s very conscious about the way she looks and presents herself. When she first heard about waist training, she thought it would be a great way to slim her midsection and emphasize her already lovely curves. She was surprised to discover that it did much more!

    She started out initially using a basic garment: Perfect Waist by Squeem. She loved it from the beginning and eventually wanted to take her waist training regimen up a notch with the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery.

    Suzie illustrates just how much waist training can do when you’re dedicated to it for six months:

    “I can see drastic results. My body has always been more of an hourglass shape, so it really helped emphasize that. I get so happy because I’ve had people tell me they really like how my waist is cinched, and that’s been when I’m not wearing one! I lost 4 inches more than I expected!”

    Like many others who start waist training, she started to eat better and become more active. She walks 4–7 miles a day and practices better portion control and food choices; the waist trainer has motivated her to start signing up for fitness classes as well.

    “These garments have given me so much encouragement! I feel great every day and they gave me the confidence to pursue my fitness goals further! I am now looking in to signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.”

    1. The Stay-At-Home Mom

    Lillie Hall Beautiful Waist Training Journey

    Lillie is the proud mom of a toddler and needed to slim down for her upcoming wedding day. No matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t shed the extra 20 pounds of baby weight she had put on. She saw waist training results on Instagram and knew she had to try it. She chose Ann Chery Workout Trainer and documented her journey online.

    Her results are truly inspiring. She worked her way up to wearing the waist trainer more than 8 hours a day. She finally started slimming down and was further motivated to eat smaller portions and work out 5 days a week with online exercise videos. She noticed results after just a few weeks and kept it up in anticipation of the big day!

    “The waist trainer absolutely met my expectations and then some! I honestly had a curvy hourglass shape naturally and didn't think it was going to make a huge difference in that area. Turns out that there was a wonderful difference made that I am beyond excited about! I am not only tiny all around, having almost completely lost my belly pooch, back fat, and side fat, but I'm also so much curvier than I ever thought I could be!”

    We hope you’re inspired by the real results that women like you have experienced with waist training. No matter what your goals are, we hope you try it for yourself and see what it can do for you.

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  • First-Time Waist Training Experience Delivers Big Results

    Before & After Waist Training Success Story

    Yuliza is an aspiring ASL interpreter who is currently balancing a retail job with studies in American Sign Language. When one of her friends tried waist training, she was so amazed at the results, she decided to try it herself. Her goal: a curvy, hourglass figure and a slimmer waistline underneath her most form-fitting outfits. The effect was instant – she loved her new shape as soon as she put on her new waist trainer. But also, by pairing her waist trainer with a consistent workout routine, she began to see results even when she wasn't wearing the garment. We recently chatted with Yuliza to learn more about her experience:

    1. Tell us a little about yourself.

    Hi there! My name is Yuliza. I currently work at Victoria's Secret, but I am going to school to learn American Sign Language so that I can be an interpreter. I love to read, write, and create makeup videos for my friends to learn.

    2. Why did you decide to try waist training?

    I wanted to try waist training when I saw the results one of my co-workers experienced. I wanted to give myself more of an hourglass shape for some of my more form-fitting dresses and body suits.

    3. What garment did you use, and why?

    I used the Workout Waist Trainer by Bonitaz, because I wanted something that didn't have boning, so that it didn't restrict my movement as much when I was at work or working out.

    4. What were your first impressions?

    It was fairly simple to put on. I thought it would be much more difficult - like if I were putting on a tight pair of jeans, but that was not the case. I was home in my room when I first tried it, it felt firm but comfortable. When I looked in the mirror, I instantly fell in love! The shape looked great, even without a garment on top!

    5. What was your waist training routine?

    I started wearing the garment only twice in the first two weeks, but then I began to wear the garment 5 days a week for 8 hours a day. I would switch between only wearing it at work and wearing it for my workouts.

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

    The garment definitely filled my needs and expectations! It looked absolutely amazing underneath dresses and made my waist look so much smaller, so it enhanced my shape.

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

    I was eating much healthier food choices and working out 3 times a week for an hour.

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

    I've had some issues with losing weight in the past, a lot of the times I wouldn't work up a sweat. Wearing the garment made me sweat around my midsection and back—areas where I wasn't perspiring much before, even when I worked out.

    9. When did you start seeing results?

    I started seeing results around week 5 and so did my co-workers! They would consistently compliment me and my achievements. I am most definitely going to continue to use the waist trainer as I work out.

    10. Has anyone else noticed your results?

    My co-workers noticed, they would constantly compliment my shape and how much smaller my waist has gotten.

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

    I would absolutely suggest they try it! I would say to start off slow and get something with less boning like the Bonitaz one. Keep hydrated, work out, and eat right and you will definitely see results!

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  • How To Stay Committed to Waist Training and 5 Reasons Why You Should

    Waist training plan for the New Year

    At the beginning of the year we see a lot of people excited to start setting goals for weight loss and overall better health. It can be especially motivating to start a waist training regimen after the indulgence of the holidays – plus, there’s hardly a better time to start fresh than the New Year.

    Of course, it can be a different story come the end of January…or February, March and beyond. The mistake many people make when setting goals and resolutions is not being realistic or having a long-term vision for themselves. You might start out feeling gung-ho about going to the gym several times a week, along with all the other resolute fresh starters. But when you hit a plateau or the newness of your program wears off, it gets increasingly difficult to stay motivated.

    It’s one thing to start a waist training and healthy lifestyle program; it’s quite another to stay committed to it.

    Our advice for staying committed is to be realistic with yourself and start slow. Keep focused on your long-term goals rather than your day-to-day results. As a matter of fact, you might even want to ditch the scale altogether! It’s not the most accurate gauge of health anyway, and it can fluctuate depending on how much water your drink or what time of day it is! Instead, focus on building healthy habits. To track results, take photos and waist measurements no more than once a week.

    How to Start Slow with Waist Training

    When you get that pretty new waist trainer in the mail, it’s tempting to want to put it on and wear it 24/7. But if you’ve never tried it before, you might be in for a bit of surprise with your first experience. First of all, to be effective, a waist trainer is very snug, and you might have difficulty getting it on to begin with. Put it on slowly, fastening the lowest hooks first at the narrowest part of your waist and then working the garment down your torso once it is fastened (see here if you opt for a lace-up corset instead of a cincher). If it fits properly, you should not need to yank on it to make it fit, or you risk damaging it.

    Once it’s on and you’ve ensured that it fits well, you will love the way you look! But your body may not yet be used to the firm compression around your midsection, so expect an adjustment period in the first couple weeks.

    When you start, wear your waist trainer for more than an hour or two a day and then slowly add more time in small increments (half an hour to an hour). For the first couple of weeks, you may even want to take a day off from waist training. Once you’re wearing the waist trainer for longer periods each day, you may want to break them up into smaller sessions to give yourself a little break.

    By about a month, you should feel comfortable with wearing your waist trainer for 8–12 hours daily. By working your way up to the number, you’re much more likely to have a built a habit that will last, and that is the goal.

    Building Healthy Habits

    In the meantime, while you’re adjusting to your waist training routine, you will need to supplement it with realistic diet and exercise plans. While there are many routes you can take with this, we have just a couple of suggestions.

    • First, use a workout band during exercise; you’ll see better results and will feel more motivated.
    • Second, try to schedule your meals and snacks for when you’re wearing your waist trainer, as it can help with portion control.
    • Finally, eat smart with a diet rich in whole foods rather than processed products. While nutritionists may vary on more specific nutrients you might need, pretty much everyone agrees on that.

    If you need accountability, do it together with a friend, or make the investment to hire a nutritionist to coach you. Remember, you’re worth it!

    While you’re setting your goals and making your plans, it can be helpful to take some time to reflect on why you want to make a change. Fitting into a wedding dress or preparing your summer beach body can be helpful for a time, but these aren’t always motivating for the long term. You’ll have to discover your motivation for yourself, but here are a few reasons why you’ll want to stay committed to waist training even after you reach your goals:

    5 Reasons to Keep Going!

    1) Improved Posture and Back Support

    This is an unexpected benefit of waist training that many customers don’t realize when they first start out. We know so many women who spend more than eight hours a day hunched in front of a computer. This lifestyle can lead to back pain as well as a terrible posture that communicates fatigue and a lack of confidence.

    When you’re wearing a waist trainer in front of your desk, you will be forced to keep your back upright, which can have numerous benefits including a reduction in back pain. In fact, you may be very surprised when you take your waist trainer off just how badly you may have slouched. Once you grow accustomed to holding better posture, you will not want to go back!

    Waist trainers not only improve your posture if you’re at a desk job; but also women who work on their feet or carry small children on their hips will find it very helpful as well. Just remember to continue to strengthen your core to help improve your posture even when you're not wearing your waist trainer.

    2) Instant Slimming

    This is one of the obvious benefits of waist training and the reason most women get started, but we hear again and again just how surprising the slimming benefits can be! If you’ve had a problem area that you’ve been trying to work on for years, a waist trainer might be just the thing you need. This can especially be the case for love handles and the lower abdomen. A good waist trainer will slim and smooth those trouble areas as soon as you put it on.

    Just remember that in order for you to maintain the results that a waist trainer provides, you have to continue to wear it. But once you see the results, that shouldn’t be too hard.

    3) Increased Confidence

    Some common feedback we get from customers who have tried waist training is how frequently their friends and family have commented on how great they look. They look slimmer and stand with a more confident posture, and others can’t help but notice. What a confidence builder!

    The confident attitude that you exude from day to day can affect your work performance and the impression you make to other people. When you feel happy about the way you look, it will naturally affect many other areas of your life.

    4) Workout Enhancement

    Some women like to start waist trainer just for the workout benefits alone. When wearing a workout band you will notice that you sweat harder, not to mention use better posture whether you’re lifting weights or running. Essentially you get a more effective workout without having to actually do anything different other than show up!

    Enjoying your workouts is an extremely effective motivator when it comes to long-term lifestyle change and getting daily exercise. Many of our customers are excited not only to work out in a waist trainer but to get their friends on board with it. There are many options that are colorful and stylish (and you have to admit they contribute to some amazing Instagram posts!). It’s hard to not want to show them off.

    5) Core Thermal Activity

    The last way that you can benefit from a commitment to waist training is the ongoing maximum compression that it will provide around your midsection. One of the major components of waist training that makes it effective as a slim-down technique, especially for trouble areas around your midsection, is the way it stimulates thermal activity in your core. Even when you’re not working out, you’ll notice that a waist trainer keeps your whole torso warm, which causes perspiration.

    After extended wear, this in combination with a workout routine can help you shed inches from your midsection. Just take it from many happy customers! You can share see their results and share yours as well with #BeTheHourglass.

    Make the most of 2017!

    As the New Year gets into full swing, we hope you feel motivated to stick with your waist training routine so that you can see the long-term results that so many women are thrilled about. Just like any truly effective slimming routine, it isn’t an overnight fix. But with daily dedication, you can see incredible results in just a few weeks, which will only grow more impressive as the months and years pass. We hope that 2017 is your most confident yet! If you have more questions about how to get started with an effective waist training regimen, be sure to explore our blog and contact our customer service team with any questions.

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  • Lessons from Our Customers: How You Inspired Us in 2016 #CURVECONFIDENTIAL

    Customer Lessons Hourglass Angel

    Happy New Year to all of our customers and waist training fans!

    Most people are taking some time right now to dream big and set some goals for the upcoming year (yep, you know that the gyms are going to be packed over the next few weeks). If you’re like us, you might also enjoy a time a reflection whenever the beginning of the year rolls around. It’s a time not just to make resolutions and change for the better, but also to be reflective and thankful. This helps us set meaningful goals as we look forward.

    Here at Hourglass Angel, as waist training has surged in popularity, we have interacted with many women from around the world, of every shape, size and culture. As we look back, we can’t express how thankful we are for our customers and the community that we’ve been able to engage with online.

    Hundreds of women have proudly posted #BeTheHourglass as they’ve watched their bodies and their confidence transformed. Their dedication to waist training and a healthier lifestyle is deeply inspiring, not just to us, but to others who see their results and feedback on our website and social media channels. Our stylists also speak every day to women who are looking for a change—to be the very best they can be, inside and out. It fills us with such joy knowing that we get to play a small part as they reach for their goals. So we give a heartfelt thanks, to every one of you!

    We love providing you the waist trainers and other shapewear because of the way it makes you feel. Being beautiful is about so much more than physical appearance. Beauty isn’t defined by a particular size or shape; rather, it’s a reflection of an inner confidence when you embrace every inch of who you are. Every woman is uniquely beautiful, and we love being able to provide tools to make that uniqueness shine.

    It seems appropriate that our call this year is #EmbraceYourCurves.

    Embrace your curves, because your curves are what make the shapewear great. Embrace your curves, because when you do, you help us know how to help other women embrace theirs. Embrace your curves, because you’re beautiful uniquely.

    As a thank you to our customers and to encourage your ongoing feedback, here are several ways that you have helped us, so that we can better help you.

    1. Reviews

    The customer reviews on our website are so valuable, whether positive or negative. They help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of every garment, as well as to better understand what our customers are looking for. If a garment receives multiple 5-star reviews, then we know that it’s a keeper! If it has multiple instances of negative feedback, then we know that there’s a problem either in the way we’re presenting it or in the garment itself.

    When you leave feedback, we truly appreciate it when you’re very specific about what you like or don’t like. We like to know your thoughts about the way it fit, they way it felt, the material, your comfort, and the results on your figure. For example, if many customers are reporting that a particular garment seems to run small, then we are going to test it further and make a note on the size chart and the garment description so that future customers can be aware.

    We strive to curate and carry only the very best shapewear and waist trainers. If you don’t love it, we don’t want you to own it. Return it within 30 days, in its original condition, and we’ll be happy to process an exchange or refund.

    From time to time we sell garments that our customers just aren’t crazy about. We need to know about it so that we don’t continue selling them, giving people lackluster results. Your feedback also guides us as we curate and create new garments based on what you really want and need.

    So go ahead, leave an honest review, with as much detail as possible! And if you’ve already done so, thank you. You’re helping us make our shapewear collection even better.

    1. Customer Service

    Did you know that we have a team of expert stylists just waiting to answer your call or message? We’re here for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t figure out the answers to your questions! Everyone on our team is passionate about helping customers figure out exactly what they need so that they can feel stunningly confident sexy, no matter what their personal goals are.

    We’ve had every conversation imaginable when it comes to shapewear. Sometimes customers need help figuring out what size and style they need, while other times they have all sorts of questions about the results they are expecting and experiencing.

    These conversations have helped us figure out how to explain how to put a waist trainer on (because it’s not straightforward if you’ve never done it!). They’ve also made us aware of other common questions or concerns that people encounter when they start waist training. This helps us produce relevant content for our website and other material that can help customers make informed purchase decisions and get the most out of their orders. We can also modify our guidelines and policies to best serve their needs.

    So thank you, if you’ve ever reached out to us, for helping us create a better experience for you! And if you ever have a question or comment, please don’t hesitate to connect!

    1. Social Media

    It’s no secret we’re a little obsessed with Instagram around here, along with other platforms. It makes connecting with our customers and their friends so easy! Not only are we able to share information that we think is helpful if you’re trying to embrace your curves, but we are able to get immediate feedback, as well as see the incredible results that are customers are experiencing!

    One of our favorite ways to connect with social media is through campaigns and challenges. Occasionally we’ll have a promotion that encourages women to stick to their waist training and fitness goals. It creates such fun community and inspiration when you’re able to participate in such a challenge and be inspired by what other people are doing.

    Seeing photos is especially helpful as we can see waist trainers in action on every size and shape. We test all of our products thoroughly, and we like to think that our customers test them even further! Your photos and comments provide us with valuable feedback about the way our garments fit, if and how they are producing desired results, and what styles people prefer.

    If you love waist training, we highly encourage you to share your experiences! Hey, if the Kardashians do it publicly, there’s no reason to keep it a secret, right? Not only will you help us with your feedback, but you’ll also be an inspiration to many other women of every shape and size. #BeTheHourglass #EmbraceYourCurves.

    Dress for Success This Year

    Needless to say, we’re thrilled to start a new year, anticipating the many lives we have a chance to impact. We hope to continue receiving your valuable feedback as we are always growing and changing as a company. We’ve got some exciting products and trends to unveil this year, and there’s no one better to share it with than all of you.

    As you’re getting ready to embrace your curves this year, our biggest tip for you is: stick with it! You know that we love to share our customers’ success stories…but on the flip side there are some who aren’t able to achieve the desired results with waist training. The reason is because they don’t make goals and stick with them.

    While we strongly believe that you should fully embrace your unique curves and who you already are, waist training or not, we also believe that everyone can push themselves. If you want to start waist training, make a commitment to yourself. If you skip a day, do it again the next day. If you fall out of the habit for a month, start again the next month. If you haven’t included workouts as part of your regimen, it’s never too late to start. If you had one too many “cheat meals,” hit the reset button and start fresh tomorrow.

    Happy 2017!

    To summarize, our customers have inspired us to believe than anyone and everyone can embrace their curves and make the most out of their waist training and shapewear experience. Whether you’re a first-time customer or a waist training champ, we hope that you continue to grow and to love your curves more and more. Keep giving us the feedback that we need and love to make our brand serve you even better. And lastly, continue seeking to inspire others with your journey. Stick with it, leave reviews, and share your progress so that other women can embrace their unique curves, this year and beyond.

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  • Hungry Girl's Weight Loss Rules for 2017

    How to lose weight without a crash diet

    It’s goal-setting time, and if you’re like a lot of people around the time the New Year’s ball drops, then you’re hoping to shed some pounds over the next few months. But if you’ve ever dieted before, you know that one of the biggest challenges is always feeling hungry!

    Want some advice? Stop dieting. If you’re like most people who try crash diets, you’ll only bounce back to your former eating habits after you’ve had a short period of success. According to "Hungry Girl" foodologist Lisa Lillian, hunger and cravings are not your enemy—you just need to plan ahead and set yourself up for success when they strike. Here are several of Hungry Girl's rules, along with our own expert tips, to help you curb your cravings, feel satisfied with your meals, and stick to your weight-loss goals for 2017.

    1. Be Diligent About Daily Waist Training

    While wearing a waist trainer should not be the only strategy you use, firm compression around your midsection can be extremely helpful aiding your portion control. Your stomach won’t be able to expand as much as it normally would, so you will feel full after consuming a smaller meal. Waist training works well with a lifestyle that includes five to six small meals a day, instead of three large ones.

    For the best results, wear your waist trainer for eight to twelve hours a day. You might want to take note of the times of day you’re most likely to succumb to unhealthy cravings, like the mid-afternoon slump. Be sure you’re wearing your waist trainer when cravings strike, as well as when you consume your meals to prevent overeating.

    1. Boost Your Metabolism with Strength Training

    You don’t have to feel guilty about eating when those calories go towards building muscle! Strength training is a surefire way to boost your metabolism because even when you’re resting and recovering, your body is hard at work rebuilding muscle tissue. Add strength training to your fitness routine about three days a week and you’ll be amazed at the results, especially if you’re not already doing it (don’t forget your workout band!). While a great exercise program isn’t a blank check to eat whatever you want, it is a vital part of a sustainable healthy lifestyle. 

    1. Eat More “Pasta” with Less Guilt

    Pasta is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to delicious but high-calorie food that doesn’t make you feel great. Eat a bunch of it and you’ll feel full and heavy after lunch, only to crash a couple of hours later. But it’s difficult to consider giving it up altogether! Here’s the trick: expand it with veggies. Spiralizers are easy to find. The next time you’re craving pasta, use one with whole grains and then make your plate bigger with spiralized veggies like zucchini, or skip the spiralizer altogether and use spaghetti squash. You may find that you want to leave the wheat pasta out altogether once you discover how satisfying and delicious the veggie alternatives are. 

    1. Get to Know Your Cauliflower

    Have you discovered this magical vegetable yet? It works in many dishes as a creamy yet guilt-free substitute. Try swapping out some of your mashed potatoes for steamed and mashed cauliflower and see if you notice a difference. You’ll have fewer calories and much better nutrition without sacrificing taste. You can also use cauliflower in creamy dishes like baked macaroni and cheese. No prep for this: simply add some frozen cauliflower to your favorite dish.

    1. Speaking of Frozen Vegetables…

    You should always have these on hand! Even when you’re strapped for time and have to grab a convenient frozen meal, you can double the size of your meal by adding the veggies. Many are simple to prepare and can be steamed right in the bag. These should make a hefty side dish at any meal.

    1. Get Smart about Your Sweets

    One of the most difficult things to give up when you’re trying to lose weight is dessert. But you don’t have to feel bad about indulging every now and then if you don’t go overboard. Here are a couple of satisfying desserts that won’t wreck your calorie intake:

    • Apple pie in a mug: cut up an apple and place it in a coffee mug. Put a handful of Red Hot candies on top and microwave for 2 minutes. Add a little cinnamon and crushed graham crackers on top for a gooey (but not too indulgent) gooey treat.
    • No-guilt chocolate cake: take any brand of chocolate cake mix, but instead of adding fats, pour a can a club soda into the mix and bake as directed. The result is a moist and delicious cake with a fraction of the calories.
    1. When You Can’t Avoid Packaged Food

    Everyone knows that home-cooked meals, cooked from whole, unprocessed ingredients, are the best options, but in real life you are always on the go. While it’s still best to prep your snacks and meals ahead of time so you’re not in a nutritional bind, from time to time you might have to spring for some prepared food. When you do, pick brands that are limited on empty calories and weird ingredients. Here are some suggestions for various times of day:

    • VitaMuffins Vitatops: each snack pack is only 100 calories and is packed with whole grains as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Grab these to power through your morning.
    • Evol Mini Burritos: This all-natural, organic product delivers a tasty meal for under 200 calories with several varieties.
    • LesserEvil’s Baked Veggie Krinkle Sticks: Instead of reaching for the chips for an afternoon snack, get a satisfying crunch for few calories, plus the added nutrients of whole grains and veggies.
    • Amy’s Toaster Pops Pizza: for those evenings you only have time for a quick bite, grab one or two of these at only 200 calories a pop (plus you can satisfy your pizza craving!).

    Losing weight takes work, but it’s not as hard as you think. Don’t go hungry—make these smart lifestyle choices and get the long-lasting results you really want.

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  • The Most Amazing Waist Trainer Results Our Customers Have Shared with Us

    We love hearing stories about waist training success, and none tell it better than some of our very own customers. We’ve heard some incredible before and after stories over the past year. If you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation to slim your waistline in 2017, check out these great stories.

    1. Desire
    Desire 8 Week Waist Training Transformation

    Desire is a full-time nanny. With a demanding schedule, she had always struggled to fit in time to lose weight and exercise. She knew she had to try something different if she was going to make a lasting lifestyle change.

    Enter waist training. Desire tried the Clasica by Ann Chery as her first cincher. Once she saw just how effective it was at slimming her waist, it helped motivate her on her weight loss journey to move past her psychological hurdles.

    She decided to try waist training after seeing on social media just how much it was changing lives. She had nothing to lose! Immediately she started seeing changes in her trouble areas: the waist, lower abdomen and back.

    She chose the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery after extensive research. She decided that whatever she used should have latex in it, as it would boost perspiration for maximum effectiveness. Here are more reasons why she loved this particular garment:

    “Personally, I love the latex feeling because it's tight and doesn't more around. I also love this cincher because it comes with 3 bracket levels. As you begin to lose inches from your waist, your cincher becomes looser. With the 3 rows of hook-and-eye closures, I was able to find more use it in rather than purchase a new cincher every couple of months.”

    Starting to wear a waist trainer can be a bit of an adjustment if you’ve never done it before. When Desire first tried on her cincher, she immediately thought that she had order the wrong size! There is a trick to getting it on: start by attaching the lowest hooks around the narrowest part of your waist. Work your way up the garment and then pull it down over your lower abdomen.

    “After finally putting the trainer on, I felt like a million bucks. I loved how it enhanced my waist and how much slimmer I felt.”

    She was motivated to make it a part of her daily lifestyle. At first she only wore it at the gym for 1–2 hours a day, but eventually she worked up to 8 hours a day and more. She found that she could wear it effectively during her 9-hour work days. After two months of waist training, Desire met her goals and tightened her cincher to the next row of hooks.

    In the meantime she has been trying to improve her lifestyle all around by eating clean and working out for at least 30 minutes daily. Waist training has transformed the way she looks at herself:

    “My first garment mentally helped me feel better about myself. I started loving what I saw in the mirror when I had the garment on. It was like I couldn't go anywhere without my waist trainer on.”

    Her friends and family started noticing a positive difference in her as well. Desire highly recommends trying waist training if you’re a skeptic. After all, what do you have to lose?

    1. Lillie

    Lillie Hall Beautiful Waist Training Journey

    Lillie is a stay-at-home mom of a one-year-old boy and was preparing for her wedding day. She thought she’d give waist training a try in order to get her pre-baby body back. She chose Ann Chery Workout Trainer and documented her journey on Instagram. If Lillie looks familiar, you may recognize her from MTV's "Made," in which, as a teenager, she she received help from a UFC fighter to make her into beauty pageant queen.

    Lillie decided to try waist training after seeing the Hourglass Angel Instagram account. She had been frustrated ever since her son was born because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t tighten up her abdomen and lose 20 pounds of baby weight. Desperate to try anything, she did extensive research and ordered the Ann Chery Workout waist trainer due to its multiple positive reviews and the bright colors.

    Like many people who try waist training for the first time, she had difficulty getting it on in the beginning. But she was amazed at what she saw:

    “I saw an immediate difference. I was standing in front of my mirror so that I could see the difference after getting it on. I instantly saw my waist shrink and was so thrilled! I ran to find a cute fitted shirt to put on over it and was so happy to see how amazing my body looked wearing the waist trainer. I knew at that moment that, once I got used to it, I would want to wear it all the time.”

    She started to wear the waist trainer every day, working up to 8–12 hours daily. Lillie had it on whether she was working out, cleaning, running errands or relaxing. After wearing the waist trainer for some time, she continue to be amazed at the results:

    “The waist trainer absolutely met my expectations and then some! I honestly had a curvy hourglass shape naturally and didn't think it was going to make a huge difference in that area. Turns out that there was a wonderful difference made that I am beyond excited about! I am not only tiny all around, having almost completely lost my belly pooch, back fat, and side fat, but I'm also so much curvier than I ever thought I could be!”

    Lillie was motivated to maintain and active lifestyle and worked out 5 days a week with online exercise videos. She ate a nutrition shake in the morning a few small snacks a full meal at dinner—something she calls “the mom diet” because it’s all you have time for as a mom!

    She started noticing changes in her body after about 2–3 weeks and was able to size down after a month. Many of her friends and family have noticed her results and have asked her for her secrets. She’s been told that it doesn’t look like she ever had a baby at all! She encourages anyone who is thinking of trying waist training to go for it because everyone deserves such a boost in body confidence.

    1. Suzie

    Suzie Waist Training Transformation

    Suzie is an interior designer with an eye for fashion. She is very conscious of how she looks because it can give an impression about her work. Waist training seemed like a good way to firm up her midsection and emphasize her curves…but she was surprised that it did much more!

    Initially, Suzie started with a popular basic waist cincher: Perfect Waist by Squeem. Once she grew accustomed to wearing it, she wanted to take her training a step up and ordered the Classica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery.

    When she first tried on her waist cincher, Suzie loved the way it felt: it was firm, snug and kept her warm. She had difficulty at first sitting with straight posture all day, but soon she learned to love the feeling. It had the added benefit of helping her control her eating habits.

    After waist training for over six months, Suzie was transformed:

    “I can see drastic results. My body has always been more of an hourglass shape, so it really helped emphasize that. I get so happy because I’ve had people tell me they really like how my waist is cinched, and that’s been when I’m not wearing one! I lost 4 inches more than I expected!”

    Suzie supplements her waist training routine with an active lifestyle; with her job she walks 4–7 miles a day. The waist trainer helps her have better portion control and healthier food choices. Sometimes she’ll indulge herself after a very active week.

    Another reason waist training has been a life-changing practice is because it helps her stay driven to put her health first:

    “These garments have given me so much encouragement! I feel great every day and they gave me the confidence to pursue my fitness goals further! I am now looking in to signing up for workout classes. I smile every day because of the changes I'm seeing in my body, thanks to my waist trainers.”

    It didn’t take long for Suzie to start seeing results, and her friends saw it too. After just a month of daily waist training she put before and after photos together and was completely shocked. If you’re thinking about waist training, she highly recommends it but also cautions to be realistic: true lifestyle change requires proper diet and exercise as well as shapewear. Another little tip: wear lotion to keep your skin hydrated while waist training.

    We’re hope you’re inspired to commit to a healthy lifestyle in 2017. If you want to start a waist training regimen, be sure to track your progress and be amazed at the before and after results.

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  • Our Top Waist Training Tips

    Best waist training tips for beginners

    Around here we love waist training! If you’re new, getting started can be a little overwhelming. We thought it would be helpful to compile all of our best waist training tips in one place. Whether you’re new to waist training or just need a little advice to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, there’s something here for you.

    So, let’s dig in!

    Choosing the Best Waist Trainer for You

    The first step to getting the most out of waist training is making sure that you’re picking the right one for you. Some questions to consider when selecting the ideal  waist trainer should be:

    Body type: are you tall, short, curvy or narrow-figured? Knowing your own shape and what type of shaping and support you need is important to helping you select the best option.

    • Petite figures: you may need a shorter waist trainer, so that it doesn't sit uncomfortably on your hips.
    • Tall and plus-size figures: you may need a longer waist trainer that provides more coverage on the abdomen, or a style that runs in larger sizes.
    • Curvy figures: if you need extra support in your bust or coverage for your back, consider a vest-style trainer. If you have a large bust-to-waist ratio, make sure you get straps that are adjustable so that you still get maximum compression around your waist and optimal support for your back.

    Waist training goals: are you trying to lose a lot of weight (following a pregnancy for example)? Do you want to wear a waist trainer when you work out? Are you planning on wearing a waist trainer daily?

    • If you plan on losing a lot of weight, we recommend either a three-row hookeye waist trainer or a lace-up corset so that you have more room to size down before replacing your waist trainer.
    • We highly recommend using a waist trainer during your workouts to maximize your efforts. Be sure to use a workout band designed specifically to hold up during intense movements.
    • If you plan on wearing a waist trainer daily, we highly recommend rotating at least two through your wardrobe. For some women it works to alternate between a workout band and everyday trainer, although others may also prefer to have several colors and styles to choose from.

    Style and material: do you have a sensitivity to latex? Do you like bright prints and colors? Would you prefer a lace-up style?

    • Our most popular waist trainers are constructed from latex, due to the material’s effectiveness in providing maximum compression for long hours of use. If you have a sensitivity or dislike of latex, you may prefer a latex-free cincher or a steel-boned corset.
    • There are endless styles available when it comes to colors and prints. Most of our brightly colored waist trainers are designed for workouts (great for showing off at the gym), but some women simply prefer wearing them every day because they are so much fun. However, if you’re wearing light colored clothes, you may prefer the more subtle black or nude options.
    • Some women prefer corseting as their type of waist training—using a steel-boned corset instead of a latex waist cincher. It’s really a matter of preference…a corset can be more durable and may provide more dramatic results when you’re wearing it. It’s also perfectly customizable since you can tighten it to the exact compression you want.

    Getting Your Size Right

    Some of the most frequent questions we get about waist training are about sizing. We’ve carefully curated and tested all of our waist trainers and know all the nuances when it comes to sizing and fit. So even if you can’t try one on before ordering, you can ensure that you get your size right if you follow these essential tips:

    Make sure you have the right style for your needs: sometimes customers mistakenly think they have a sizing issue, when really the issue is more with the style they have selected. Find the right type of garment first. Then be sure to get the right size.

    Take accurate measurements: it’s vitally important that you take measurements whenever you are ready to order a waist trainer, even if you think you know your size. Here’s how to get it right:

    • Use a vinyl or fabric tape measure. Anything else just won’t be as accurate.
    • Your most important measurement is your waist. You might find on some shapewear garments that you need to take measurements for the bust, hips and waist, but for waist trainers, the waist is the only measurement that really matters.
    • 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.
    • Be sure you’re holding the tape measure level when you take your measurement. We recommend doing it in front of the mirror.
    • The tape should lie flat against your skin or a narrow tank. Don’t pull it so tight that you can’t slip a finger underneath, and don’t let it be loose so that it droops. 

    Follow our sizing charts exactly. We have tested every garment and adjusted the size charts accordingly. Do not simply rely on what you think your size is, as each brand can vary. Take your waist measurement and then line it up according to a specific garment’s chart. Note that some waist trainers have number sizes, but these numbers aren’t the same as your waist measurement. For example, on most steel-boned corsets, the number is 3–4 less than your waist measurement in inches.

    Remember: a smaller size does not mean better results! Some people mistakenly think that getting a size smaller will make them look better. But you’ll be in for a shock; when a waist trainer is too small, the results are extremely unflattering and uncomfortable. Stick to your size; and when in doubt (or in between sizes), go with the bigger size. Otherwise you risk having a “spillover” effect, being uncomfortable, and potentially damaging the garment.

    Trying Your Waist Trainer On

    If you’ve never worn a waist trainer before, you might be in for a bit of a surprise when you try it on for the first time! When it fits correctly, a waist trainer will feel very tight; you should not be able to bend at all at your torso. However, it should not be so tight that it is pinching or restricting your breathing at all. When fully fastened, it should be very flattering for your figure; as mentioned above, there should be no “spillover,” which would indicate that the waist trainer is too small. Never try to force the clasps! If you do, they may break. You shouldn’t have to yank on the garment in order to get it to fit.

    How to fasten a hook-and-eye cincher:

    • Start at the bottom of the garment, pulling together the hook and eye at the narrowest part of your waist. Use the loosest setting.
    • Work your way up the garment, fastening from bottom to top, always at the narrowest part of your waist.
    • Pull the garment down over your abdomen as you fasten it.
    • By the time it is all fastened your waist trainer will be very snug! But it shouldn’t pinch or cause pain. 

    How to put on a steel-boned corset:

    • Make sure the clasps on the front are fastened. Never yank on these, as you can cause damage.
    • Use a mirror or ask a friend to help as you tighten the laces in back.
    • Tighten the loops the same way you would tighten your shoelaces, only starting from the outside and working your way in. You will tie the laces at the middle, at the narrowest part of your waist.
    • A corset needs to be seasoned before you can tighten it all the way. For the first several times you wear it, fasten it snugly but not as tight as it will go. Wear it about an hour a day for a week or two until it molds to your shape. Then you can start pulling the laces as tight as you want. 

    Following a Waist Training Regimen 

    For the best results, we recommend wearing a waist trainer for 8–12 hours a day. However, you will have to work your way up to that goal, as there is a bit of an adjustment period. Here’s how to get started:

    • Start by wearing your waist trainer for an hour or two a day. It should be on a looser setting when you start out.
    • Add a half hour to an hour of wear each day. If needed you can break it up into two sessions a day. In the beginning you can also skip a day if desired.
    • You should be up to at least eight hours a day after you have been wearing your waist trainer for about two weeks. From there on out you can adjust your plan according to your needs.
    • Remember that waist training works best with a healthy diet with nutritious whole foods, and regular exercise. You should especially be working on strengthening your core (here are some great moves to get you started).
    • We highly recommend having at least two waist trainers to rotate through your wardrobe so that they can rest, be cleaned and perform optimally.
    • Be sure to take progress pictures and take your measurements so that you can see the progress you’re making!
    • Once your waist trainer is starting to feel loose even when fastened to its tightest setting, it’s time to order a smaller size! Celebrate!

    Good luck! Be sure to bookmark this page or print it out, so you can easily refer back to these tips when you need them. And don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about waist training.

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