Corset 101: Waist Training Tips Using Off-the-Rack Corsets

Waist Training is a Journey:

Patience and Diligence Required

Double Steel Boned Corset CS-426Hello OC Blog Readers! Waist training using steel boned corsets has really taken off and is working it’s way quickly into the mainstream. While it is fantastic that so many people have discovered corsets and the many benefits associated with corsetry (back support, anxiety relief, and an hourglass shape-if that’s what you want), we have many newcomers without the knowledge needed to use their corset properly. This blog does not hit on all of the do’s and don’t’s of corseting, but I will talk about what it takes to get (at least in part) to achieve the hourglass so many women desire using OTR (off the rack) corsets as opposed to custom fit corsets.

If you are born with great curves and already have measurements like; underbust 33, waist 29, upper hip 39; then you will have no trouble finding a nice curvy corset that will fit well right out of the box and accentuate those beautiful curves. But what if your measurements are more like 30, 34, 38? For many women, especially after childbirth, the bulk of their weight is carried right at the waistline…giving the appearance of no waist. This provides a challenge when purchasing off-the-rack corsets that are not custom fit to each figure. But there is hope….

If you have patience and determination, there is a good chance we can help. One approach would be to start with a gentle curve corset like the CS-305. This corset is single-boned and therefore less rigid and is an excellent introductory corset to waist training. Your goal with this corset would be to not cinch up the top and bottom edge (as this would be easy when your weight is carried in your midsection), but to work on training your waist to cinch down so that eventually you have a more parallel lace that feels evenly snug from top to bottom.

Double Steel Boned Underbust Corset-CS-411 Gray

Natural Measurements:    UB 43″, W 46.5″, UH 51″

If you wish to jump right to the 411 or the 426 (to learn more about how these corsets differ, read this blog), a similar (perhaps more challenging) approach is recommended. If you have a smaller, leaner frame and are lacking in curve it is likely this will be too much corset to start with. However, a woman with more fluff (a higher squish-photo to the right) will be able to work with these curvier corsets as the corset will push and redistribute her weight to the outer edges of the corset while she works on training down her waist. This is especially true with the 426 as it has an exaggerated hip spring. The 411 has the same curve, but is shorter and doesn’t have the same hip pocket (a curvier double-boned 305). The key again is to not bowed boning in corsetbow the lacing bones (see photo to the left-moderate example) because the top and/or bottom edge of the corset tightens so much easier than the waist. Training your waist takes time and effort.

I get asked all the time, “How long before I see results?”. There is no one answer to that question. Every body will react differently to waist training. Many people incorporate diet and exercise into their program, which will speed up your progress. Some will wear their corsets 12-15 hours a day (after several weeks of seasoning), while others are only comfortable with 6-8 hours. Waist training is done over time….weeks, months and even years depending on your goals and level of commitment.

We welcome experiences and insights that might help other readers. Please share in the comment section below!

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94 Responses

  1. Rachel

    Good morning!
    I’m buying my first corset from you today and I just wanted to run my measurements and goals by you to make sure I’m buying the right size.
    UB: 39.5 Waist: 35 UH: 49
    My underbust to upperhip is 14 inches long standing and 11.75 sitting.
    I’m trying to be accurate with measurements but bear in mind, I’m not a professional, lol.

    I’m buying a corset for waist training and I’m pretty serious about it. I already have curves but I’d love to enhance them and I want to create more dramatic curves. I’m actively loosing weight right now as well, and I like the added benefit of posture support.

    I’m thinking of buying the 426 longline, size 28 in black satin. Do you think this will be too small?

    In your plus size section you said plus size ladies can size down 7-11 inches, but plus size was also defined as a 38 inch waist.
    I would generally consider myself plus-size, but my waist is only 35 inches.
    I do consider myself squishy.
    Can I wear a 28 at my current size?

    Thank you so much for all of your help and advice!

  2. Alexis

    Good evening, I’m new to this as many people on her are. I was hoping you could helps figure out which corset would be best for me.
    My waist is 26in
    Under bust is 29 1/2 in
    My upper hip is 32in
    I am really excited to start my waist training and can’t wait to hear from you. Thank you south for your help!!

  3. Ace Q

    Hiya! I’m new to corseting/waist training and for the past few months I’ve been taking an interest to it, so I finally took the leap and purchased a corset (cs 201 mesh in size 18 – ub: 27, w: 25, uh: 30). Now, I’ve been seasoning it for about three days using the 2-2-2 method (2 inches, 2 hours, for 2 weeks). So far, I like it, it’s snug but not (overly) uncomfortable, and the way it holds me up is very.. dignifying. Anyway, so after the third day seasoning, I’ve noticed some wear and after reading this article, I’m not sure if I actually bowed the back opening, or if I’m just paranoid and it’s just the cloth being pulled taut by tension around the waist. I try to be really careful and cinch no more than two inches from my actual waistline and that the back opening is perfectly parallel to each other, so this has got me too worried to even try to season it a fourth time.

  4. Hi,
    I had purchased a size 38 longline satin corset, cant find a style number when I was 20 pounds heavier. I loved the look but wasn’t really buying it for the purpose of waist training. Now that I’ve lost some weight I wonder if I can still utilize it for waist training? Also can you recommend another cotton corset I can use for waist training, whether or not this corset I previously own can’t be used for waist training? My current measurements are 46 bust (at the fullest point) 40 for the underbust, 41 waist and 40 hips. Thank you in advance !

  5. Victoria

    Hello I’m Victoria I’m new to waist training I was wondering what you think is best here my measurement 40 48 52 13 and I’m 5’3 thank for your help

  6. Alyssa Zaczek

    Hi there! I’m new to waist training and want to make sure I get a corset that fits properly. I’m a 34DD with approx. 31-32 in hips, and the last time I tried a (cheap, poorly made) corset it didn’t work with my wide hips! What model would you suggest and in what size? I am looking at the CS-345 because it seems very versatile but obviously I need some help!

  7. zane

    Hi! I want to start waist training as I have a very boyish figure ,though I don’t want to lose any weight. My exercise regiment is aimed at bulking up my legs and bum. Which corset should I get to reduce my UB and waist and accentuate my hips (or lack there of !)

    UB: 27 3/4 ”
    Waist: 27
    Hips: 33 1/4.

    I’m 5’3″ and 110 lbs with a goal weight of 115 alongside an UB and waist reduction of 3-4 inches. Which is the best corset for me ? I want to start out with a few hours on evenings then move on to 8/day at work. Help!

  8. Ola32

    I’d love to lose my postpartum tummy. I am currently on UB-36, waist-38″, hip – 43 and torso-10″. I am 5′ 3″ tall. what are your recommendations?

    1. Hi Ola, it depends on how far out post-partum you are. We suggest that you start with a latex waist cincher until you are closer to your pre-pregnancy weight. Otherwise you will be out of your corset and needing to size down shortly after you’ve seasoned it! Based on your waist measurement I’d suggest a XL in our Vedette cinchers.

  9. Leslie

    Hi, I have a 45 underbust, 47 waist, and 58 upper hip. I am 5’1″ and measure 12 inches from my underbust to my hip at the bend mark. Would the 426 work for me? I have the 411 and find it a bit short in the front and the back sits on top of my back hips.

    1. Hi Leslie, if the 411 is sitting on the top of your hips in the back, I think the 426 would be very uncomfortable for you as it is longer and would really dig in to the top of your hips there.

  10. sonia marron

    Hello! I’m currently saving to buy my first corset. I’m thinking about doing some light waist training, I just want to reduce about 4 inches, since I’m already on the curvy side, I just want to enhace my fetures.
    I’m 33 under bust, 31 1/2 – 32 (depends on the time of the day and day of the month) and 39 1/2 on the upper hip and my torso is about 10 inches long. I was thinking about the mesh CS-411 or the mesh CS 201, which would be better and what is the difference?

    1. Hi Sonia,

      Both of those would work well for you! The 411 has more boning and will feel “stiffer” and is longer on the sides and back. I would suggest a size 24 in the 201 and probably a 26 in the 411.

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