The Definitive Waist Training Guide with Corsets

The Definitive Waist Training Guide with Corsets


Why did we write the Waist Training guide?

Obtaining an hourglass figure isn’t exactly easy, and we continually get questions from ladies who seem lost in the process. We wanted to provide a guide that would clear up a lot of the questions and provide some answers on what to expect when approaching waist training with corsets. We don’t expect to answer every question but we intend to answer most of them. Waist training doesn’t exactly have a “perfect formula” as results vary significantly from person to person, but we will try and outline the things that will contribute to your success.

Who is this Corset Guide for?

This guide is for everyone who wants to take up waist training or improve their waist training techniques or goals. With that being said we are primarily writing the guide to help beginners and women who might be interested in waist training decide if it is right for them. Along with that, hopefully we can provide a few tips and tricks that experienced waist trainers didn’t know or needed to be reminded about!

What exactly is Waist Training?

Waist training is a method in which a person (usually women) wears a Corset for extended periods of time in order to shrink their waist and increase the size of their buttocks. The method dates back centuries and has proven to be effective throughout history. Although waist training works, some people have expressed concerns as to the effect it will have on your internal organs and overall health. If you’re someone that is worried that waist training might be dangerous, refer to our article on the topic here.

Is Waist Training for You?

To me this is the most important part of the entire guide. In this economy it is imperative that we spend our money wisely, and QUALITY corsets aren’t cheap. If you’re thinking of taking up waist training because it’s “easier than working out” you’re probably not going to be very successful. I’m not saying you won’t have success because as some of us find it easier to perform certain tasks. An example that is relevant would be that some people enjoy lifting weights, while some people hate it, but enjoy running. All I’m saying is that waist training is hard, the saying “No pain, no gain” most definitely applies. The “technique” of waist training is easy; the hard part is wearing a corset for prolonged periods of time. As you can imagine having your waist compressed for hours on end can be uncomfortable, it takes a lot of dedication and determination to keep cinching your waist and dealing with the pain. At the end of the day, I can’t make the decision to corset train for you I can only tell you that it’s not a walk in the park.

Which Waist Training Corset should I Buy?

Well, I’m glad you’ve moved on to this paragraph that means you’re interested in corsetry and I for one am glad that you’ve decided to pursue it! Choosing which waist training corset to buy isn’t a walk in the park, hopefully we can simplify the process and eliminate a headache. Generally there are two types of corsets when it comes to waist training an overbust corset and an underbust corset. An over bust corset is a corset which comes over a women’s breasts; similarly an underbust corset is one that stops below a women’s breasts. The most common corset to get is an underbust corset as they tend to suit the needs of most women. Make sure that the corset you’re purchasing is of the highest  quality, read reviews and only purchase a waist training  corset if it is a steel boned corset. Below we outline the reasons to get each style of corset:

Reasons to get an Underbust Corset:

  • They provide more mobility
  • They fit under clothing better
  • They are more cost efficient
  • They allow more lung capacity
  • They are easier to size or fit

An Underbust Corset

Although an overbust corset isn’t as popular, for certain women there are definitely reasons to consider them.

Reasons to get an Overbust Corset:

  • They provide better posture support
  • They support large breasts
  • They can reduce and/or remove upper back pain / problems
  • They can reduce or prevent pain from shoulder problems



An Overbust Corset

What Size Corset Should I get?

Choosing which type of corset is generally an easy choice, choosing the size however can be more complicated. Since buying a corset off the internet is the only choice for most people, it can be difficult to gauge what corset you need without trying it on. The most accurate way to size yourself for a corset is to measure your waist with a measuring tape. It is important to follow these steps in order to correctly measure your waist.

How to Measure your waist:

  • Wrap the measuring tape around your waist and pull it snug, but not tight.
  • Make sure there is no slack on the measuring tape.
  • Find your “Natural Waist” which is the smallest portion of your waist generally located just above the belly button.


If you are buying an overbust corset, you will be required to measure your bust.

How to Measure your Bust:

  • Wrap the measuring tape around your bust, pull it snug but not tight
  • When wrapping the measuring tape make sure it goes over the fullest part of your bust (Usually directly over top of your nipples) and around your back.
  • Leave no slack on the measuring tape.
  • Read the measurement.

At this point you should have chosen a style of corset, and have acquired your waist and bust (If you want an overbust corset) measurements. Now its time to determine what size corset is right for you. More often than not your corset size falls about 4-6 inches below your waist measurement. If you have a size 35 waist, you’re most likely going to need a size 30 corset. If you are new to wearing a waist training corset it is better to get one that is too big, than it is to get one that is too small. A corset that is too small will be painful and most likely ruin the experience of waist training. If you are a beginner we suggest getting a corset that is a reduction of approximately 3-4 inches. It’s important to keep in mind that these are guidelines to go by when sizing a corset, each individual is different. Someone who has more muscle will find it harder to get a corset that is 6 inches below their waist measurement, where someone with more fat tissue will find it easier. The reason for this is that it is easier to compress fat tissue. For reasons like that choosing a corset is different for every individual and a decision needs to be made keeping those factors in mind.

Here’s a video on how to measure your waist, and your bust.


Breaking in Your Corset

So you’ve chosen a size, bought your corset and it has arrived. The moment you got your corset you probably tried it on and determined you got the wrong size. Rest assured, you probably got the correct size no new corsets fit properly. Every corset has some irregularities unless it is custom made and molded exactly for your body. In order to get a corset to fit, you need to work it in and season it. After a couple weeks of wearing a corset it will begin to set to your body and all the minor discomforts you incurred will be gone. Although tightening your corset up all the way when you first receive it is important to determine if you got the correct size, it is important not to tighten it up prior to breaking it in properly. If you tightlace immediately you risk damaging your garment and losing the significant investment that you’ve made. It’s not only important not to tighten the corset up all the way for the sake of the corset, but if you tightlace you run the risk of pushing your body too hard, too fast.

How to break in your corset:

  1. Wear your corset for approximately 1-2 hours a day for the first two weeks.
  2. If you’re impatient and wish to break your corset in quicker, wear your corset 2 times a day for 2 hours each.
  3. Don’t lace yourself in more than 4-5 CM.
  4. Increase the tightness a SLIGHT AMOUNT each time you dawn your corset.


Which Waist Training Method?

In the corset world there are generally two methods that are used. One method requires you to wear a specific waist reduction for a specific amount of time, for a specific amount of days. An example would be having a waist that is 32 inches and wearing your corset at a reduction of 2 inches (30 inches). You wear your corset at this reduction until you are able to wear it for an entire day (about 8 hours). After you have achieved a couple weeks of wearing your corset at the desired reduction you then reduce the size by another 2 inches. After you have reduced it by 2 inches, you work your way back up the 8 hour mark and repeat the process. Using this method requires you to be mindful of the amount of time you’re wearing a corset and the reduction you’re wearing it at, I recommend that you keep a log or a spreadsheet of your progress.

The second method requires a little less discipline and isn’t as stringent. This method is taking into consideration that the density of your body fluctuates on a day to day basis from belatedness, or water retention. Therefore when you’re lacing up you go by a “feel” you tighten your corset to a tightness that seems similar to the one you’ve been using previously. This can be compared to how you tighten your shoes to a level of comfort that is normal for you. If you’re wearing the corset and it doesn’t feel tight, tighten it. If you’re wearing the corset and it feels loose, loosen it. This method allows you to work within your limits, reduces stress, and keeps waist training somewhat comfortable.


In conclusion it’s important to remember that waist training is what you want to make it for yourself. If you want to have a serious reduction in the size of your waist, it is up to you to put in the conceited effort to make it happen. However; if you’re someone who wants to take your time and enjoy wearing your corset and not make your goals result orientated that’s fine too. One of the beautiful things about waist training is that it’s a personal experience which is different for every individual. Either way, we have compiled some waist training tips to help you with your goals.

I hope that you’ve found our waist training guide informative, helpful and enjoyable. If you feel as if we’ve left anything out or that we need to add anything to perfect the corset guide, please let us know.

Marcel Aronson

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