Steel Boned Corset vs Latex/Spandex Waist Cincher

The Difference Between Cinchers and Steel Boned Corsets

Shaping, Slimming, or Smoothing?

We’ve added even more information about the differences between waist cinchers and waist trainer corsets and what it really means to waist train to our Waist Training 101 page!

Hello OC Blog Readers! We get asked all the time “What’s the difference between a waist cincher and a corset?” The quick answer is “LOTS!” I am going to try an offer a little more detail today as to the differences of these products, and also how you might want them both to work together towards your goals.

Waist cinchers, which is a term used to define those shaping garments that target the abdomen specifically. That is where the similarity to corsets ends. A waist cincher will usually shave an inch or two from your waistline while you are wearing it and is designed to provide a slimming affect underneath your clothes. Most cinchers are made from a combination of nylon and latex or spandex, some with plastic boning. If you carry your weight in your tummy, they can help give you more of a waistline for sure-but not the hourglass curves a steel boned corset will give you.


46.5″ natural waist in a size 36 CS-411

Steel boned corsets are designed to not only give you AMAZING curves, but will instantly take three, four even six-seven (or more) inches off instantly (depending on how much “fluff” you have). Corsets also will help you to re-shape your body overtime (like braces for your teeth or tapers to stretch earlobe piercings-I personally find corsets to be less invasive than either of those options-but you get the idea). Proper dedication and patience to waist training will give you a smaller waist even without your corset on, and a little corset maintenance will keep it that way.

Many women find they want to waist train almost around the clock, but sleeping in a steel boned corset is not for everyone-and you certainly shouldn’t work out in one! That is where you might benefit from both products. Cinchers are more comfortable to sleep in and work out in, but still provide some support and shaping. Corsets are bulkier as well, and if you are looking to for some slimming help underneath a fitted top or dress, the cincher is easier to hide (as it is meant for that). As I said at the start of this blog, you will not achieve the same results with a cincher, but it will shave a little (and bring in your waist if you carry excess weight in your tummy).

Vedette-bodybriefer-shapewear-cropAnother coupling of these two products come from trying to reduce or eliminate that dreaded “back bulge” that can arise from wearing some styles of corsets. The CS-426 sits high on the back (which usually prevents any bulge), but not everyone can wear a longline underbust. For women with average to short torsos, the CS-411 or CS-305 work better, but can sometimes leave an unwanted back bulge between the corset and the bra line. Wearing a high-backed cincher or other bodybriefer form of shapewear under your corset will help.

So many products with so many different uses..it can make your head spin! I hope this clears up at least this one FAQ for many of you. We would love to hear your experiences and advice on cinchers and corsets below in the comments.

Great curves belong to everyone at Orchard Corset!



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133 Responses

  1. Great Information about Waist cinchers!!

    Anyone can try for waist cinchers for instant results at this garment provide full support to your body.

    Your blog is really very informative for those who really want to lose weight.

    Thanks for sharing!!


    HI, after giving birth to my daughter, now already 1.5 year old, my tummy still bulge and my belly button protrude, when I do crunching, the middle tummy tissue push out, I read from internet this is diastasis recti. Can I correct my problem with corset or waist cincher?
    I read that it’s not possible.. hope to hear from you if other wise. Tqvm

    1. That definitely sounds like something that you should talk over with your doctor. Depending on how severe the diastasis recti is, your doctor may recommend a splint which is a little different from a cincher or corset. There are also specific exercises you can do to repair the damage.

    2. Kelly

      Connie, My son turned 19 a month ago. In Oct I saw my plastic surgeon to have a tummy tuck. Since I had a hysterectomy in 2002, and woke up feeling like I’d been run over by an 18 wheeler, I swore I’d never get a tummy tuck. I had a pooch for over 18 years. What convinced me that I had to get the tt was when I had the consult with my plastic surgeon, and he told me I had Diastasis Recti, and he said it would never go away, no matter how many exercises I did, because the muscles had separated, and had to be sewn back together. One reason I believed him, other than the fact I’ve had other surgeries and procedures done by him, is I still remember being in high school, and my English teacher, who was also the aerobics instructor and volleyball coach had her first baby, and lifted her shirt in class one day to show us how her stomach muscles were separated. She had stomach muscles you could see, unlike me lol. I wore a corset and waist trainer before my tummy tuck, which took 3 inches off my waist the first day,and it stayed off, but the muscles stayed separated. About 8 or so weeks after the tummy tuck, I went back to wearing my waist trainer and corset. Everything I’ve read says surgery is the only option to fix he muscles. If you don’t have a lot of loose skin like I did, sometimes some women only need the muscle repair, and not an entire tummy tuck. I feel like my muscles at the top still stick out a tad, but I can feel that they are together, and not on each side of my stomach. The tummy tuck was a BREEZE. Nothing like the hysterectomy. You leave the surgery with a pain pump, which they take out I believe on day 1 or 2 post op, and my Dr. told me to stop taking the pain pills on day 2 as well, because they slow the healing. I was barely taking them anyway. My back hurt the worst from being hunched over, scared to stand up straight. I wish I would have had the surgery years ago. Yes I was cut from hip to hip, and my hips are 42 inches, but the incision started to fade within weeks. It’s been since 27Oct, and you have to look to see the scar. Good luck with whatever choice you make 🙂

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  4. Sonia

    Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great day. I bought the Vedette 103 powerful Latex Waist Cincher from you, along with your corsets. I have found that after a couple of wears the center of the waist area has creased substantially , I guess because my tummy creases when I sit. Challenge seems to be it doesn’t seem to return to its original shape afterward, the creases seem etched into it but I don’t want to do something to try to fix it and make it worse. Any suggestions at all or is it just a fact of life with this type of product?

    1. Hi Sonia! I have seen that effect when a cincher is too long for your torso, the 103 does the same thing on me and it’s much too long for me! The 103 measures 12.5″ long in the front, which is rather long… we do have the 348 style that is 11″ or even the 902 which is only 7″. A cincher can’t hold itself upright like a corset can so our natural creases aren’t smoothed out and held in quite the same way. It could also be slightly too big for you, rather than squeezing you in it might only be sitting on top of your stomach. If you want to get in touch with our sizing experts with your measurements they can be more accurate with sorting out what’s going on, the email address is info@orchardcorset.com

      Thank you for being a customer and take care!

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