Waist Trainers for Long & Short Torsos
Looking for the perfect waist trainer for your body type? A common question we get at Hourglass Angel is: do we recommend a particular waist trainer for short torsos or long torsos? And the answer is—yes! There are some options you should consider when it comes to a waist trainer's length.
First, you can determine whether your torso is short, long or average. Use measuring tape to measure the length between the base of your neck (where the shoulders meet the neck) and the base of your spine (rest your hands on your hips and note where your thumbs meet in the back).
For women, a torso measurement between 15 and 17 inches is average; less than that is considered short and more than that is considered long. In general, if you're taller than 5 feet 6 inches, your torso is probably long. If you're shorter than 5 feet 2 inches, your torso is probably short. But be sure to measure.
Now the fun part: what garment is best for you?
One of the frustrations of a longer torso is that some waist trainers don't cover your lower abdomen. In particular, workout bands are shorter because they are designed to give you more range of motion during your workouts. This is not actually a bad thing, so consider whether it's a real problem or not!
If you're concerned about lower abdominal coverage, you might like the Long Torso Sporty Exercise Band for your workouts. Or, pair the waist trainer of your choice with shaping leggings for more coverage.
If you have a long torso you may want to consider different types of material and compression levels. Tight-fitting spandex and high compression might be unflattering and uncomfortable, while lighter compression cotton cinchers will provide much better results.
The main problem with a shorter torso is that some garments just don't fit correctly, and depending on how they are constructed they could even jab a little at your ribs or your hips.
You might find that a workout waist trainer fits you well because of the narrower design—if you're interested in ongoing waist training, wear a workout band under your everyday clothes. You might like our versatile Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia that transitions from workout band to an every day waist trainer.
And like women with long torsos, you might also find that lighter compression cotton cinchers will be more comfortable and flattering for everyday use.
We hope you find these tips useful as you find the perfect waist trainer for your body type. As always, contact our customer service team for more specific recommendations.