How to Waist Train Safely & Effectively - Tips for Success

Posted on August 12, 2016

If you're new to waist training, or you're ready to get serious with it, follow these tips to get the most out of your training. These suggestions are based on our more than 20 years of experience helping women waist train with steel boned corsets and waist cinchers, as well as feedback from thousands of women we've worked with.

  1. Make sure you get your size right. Poor fitting corsets are uncomfortable, and wearing a corset that’s too small won’t get you results any faster.
  2. Find a waist trainer that fits your body type. Corsets come in many different styles designed to fit different body types. Here’s a style guide. You’ll be more comfortable, and get better results, in a corset designed for your body type.
  3. Your corset will need “seasoning.” The first time you lace up your corset, it’s important you DON’T lace it too tightly. Lace your corset so that it is snug. You should be able to easily slide several fingers to your whole hand in the top or bottom of your corset. Ideally, your modesty panel should just reach the other side if your corset, but depending on your natural measurements and “squish factor” your modesty panel may not reach and that is okay! The boning will take on your shape as the corset adjusts to your body. Trying to force the corset too quickly can damage and warp the boning-and cause you some discomfort as well. We have damaged corsets in photo shoots trying to get that fitted look you only achieve after breaking a corset in.
  4. Only wear your corset 1.5 – 2 hours the first time you wear it. Repeat this step several times over the first several days of breaking in your corset. This applies not just to those who wish to waist train, but also those people who have purchased a corset for a special occasion like a wedding or event. Listen to your body and take it slow!
  5. If you plan on waist training, the keyword is “gradually.” Don’t tighten to the point where it’s painful. We recommend gradually increasing your time from 1.5 hours a day to around 6-8 hours a day over the course of 10-14 days. Take your time lacing yourself down tighter ... don’t rush it! I know you want to see your results TODAY, but you risk damaging the corset (and yourself) if you try too much too soon.
  6. Give yourself a break. Even the most aggressive waist trainers take days off. You will find that some days you can wear your corset for many hours, and other days only for a few.
  7. Partner your waist training with a healthy diet and exercise regimen … specifically core strengthening exercises. If you take care of your body, you’ll have a great chance of seeing results and feeling great both in and out of your corset.
  8. Don’t exercise in your corset.
  9. Don’t expect results from a lingerie or fashion corset like you might find at Frederick’s of Hollywood or Victoria’s Secret. Fashion corsets are designed for looks, not waist training, and often don’t have the steel boning necessary to “cinch” properly. It's equivalent to wearing a tube top and expecting an hourglass figure.
  10. Don’t use a waist cincher if you’re allergic to latex. Cinchers are most often made of latex.
  11. If you’re between sizes, choose the larger one. A corset is meant to be tight, but not that tight. You will not achieve your desired results any faster and will likely damage the corset (and even potentially your body) wearing a corset that's too tight.
  12. For maximum results, purchase a high quality corset made with flat & spiral steel bones and a flat steel busk.
  13. If you don’t want anyone to know you’re waist training, learn the ins and outs of “stealthing.”
  14. If you plan to waist train while you’re sleeping, cinch up your corset about an inch to an inch and half less than you would for daytime corseting.