Steel Boned Corset vs Latex/Spandex Waist Cincher

The Difference Between Cinchers and Steel Boned Corsets

Shaping, Slimming, or Smoothing?

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.

Full-figure-corset

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!

 

 

31 thoughts on “Steel Boned Corset vs Latex/Spandex Waist Cincher

  1. L.foster

    I want to purchase one I want to loose stomach fat. Which one would be best for me?? I’m not big but the front area of my stomach is what want to loose..

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Corsets do not help you to lose fat. They can help you to lose weight if you corset regularly and therefore reduce your portion size while eating. Latex cinchers can help you sweat more when working out. But diet and exercise are essential to fat loss.

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  2. becky

    I ordered a corset two weeks ago…Love it! (although my last little metal snap/button popped off :(, but I am hoing that wont affect it too much since it was the bottom one. I realized now that I need a smaller size because I did not take into consideration my “fluff” and yes I have a good amount right in my waist.Before ordering an additional (smaller corset) I am now considering a waist cincher, but i dont know if I need the Vedette 103/149 POWERFUL Latex Waist Cincher, or the Cortland 2027 Short Torso Waist Cincher, I am shorter with a short-average torso.. the cs411 corset fits perfect in length.

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      hmm..tough question. The Vedette is much firmer. Depending on what size you need, you could go with the vedette 348, which is a little bit shorter than the 103. Also, I added a credit to your account (just log in when you order) of $25 for the pin snaffu to help cover the cost of your next corset.

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      1. becky

        thank you very much, I truly appreciate it! I like the nude option of the 103, but I am now trying to determine if the 103 is any tighter/ more powerful than the 348. (I do not mind tight and I want to wear it under clothes and probably while sleeping.)

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  3. SuePack

    I offer custom girdles to my clients. I refrain from getting them into the steel boned corset right away because most are over 35lbs overweight and have a postpartum stomach. The cinchers (both latex and alike) are great for creating a thermal heat and enhancing fat loss during a workout. I recommend everyone bring down the fluff as much as possible so that you can wear a steel boned corset that isn’t made to measure. I find that girdles/and cinchers are highly effective in defining the waist line alone . However, if you’re looking to reshape the lower portion of rib structure to cinch in – this is something only a steel boned corset can do . I find that most women don’t want to use a steel boned corset at first, but once they wear a girdle/compression garment and get used to that , they are then open to wearing a corset. Cinchers like the Vedette, Ann Chery are great ‘training wheels’ per se for those who are on the fence about jumping into a corset.

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  4. Leticia

    About how long are the waist cinchers? I’m looking for a longer one, I currently own the 426 corset and love it’s length.

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Hi Leticia,

      That depends on the cincher. I have the dimensions listed for some of the most popular styles like the 103/149 and 100/150 from Vedette.

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        1. Cheri Dudek Post author

          Again that will depend on which cincher you are looking at. If you check the website you may find the one you want has the dimensions. If not, let me know which item number and I will check for you.

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  5. Crystal

    Cheri, why do most of the cinchers OC sells have latex in them? I watched the video by DanielleDisease and she said if u wear them together, you will sweat. Well, I would prefer not to sweat in my corset (eww). So, is there a reason that 90% of the waist cinchers are latex? Which ones are not? I think wearing two is a good idea.

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Hi Crystal,

      Take a look at Rago and Cortland-no latex (and the Vedette 939 and 907 I think). Vedette is a line of extra compression shapewear..and latex is great for that!

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  6. Lilly

    I recently ordered two cinchers from the oc website. I have a little extra “fluff”, but it’s not anything anyone would really notice. I have been thinking about getting into waist training for a while now, but want to shed that fluff first. Should I start with the waist cinchers then move to the corsets or go right into the corsets?

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  7. Maria Shaw

    Hi, thanks for that breakdown! Question…Im looking for something to be worn under a fitte dress. Would the Vedette cincher be bulky to where you could tell its there?

    maria

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  8. Jana

    The CS-411 and CS-511 are comfy and control my extra belly fat well. I need something to wear under more minimal dresses. I’m interested in trying a cincher. But cinchers and shapewear in the past have made me look fatter not slimmer. I think it’s because they were shaped like a straight tube rather than an hourglass. Can you talk about how Orchard Corset cinchers are constructed? Do they work with an hourglass shape — would they be less likely to turn my torso into a sausage?

    For reference, I have about 3 inches of extra abdominal fat, strong abdominal muscles, and a natural hourglass shape (measurements 40-30-44).

    Thank you so much!

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Hi Jana,

      We don’t make any of our cinchers, but we carry reputable brands like Rago and Vedette. Most have some hourglass shaping, but not as much as our corsets. I recommend reading customer reviews on any that you might be interested in, as that is a great source of information on these products. Most of our customer love the cinchers.

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  10. trixielane

    Cheri, this is so informative! Thanks to Orchard Corset, women can take back their waist lines! After a decade and a half of low rise jeans, rolling our tummy over the top and creating muffin tops and flat derrieres, it is so refreshing to see the hour glass making a come back. Love your blog!

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  12. Bunny

    i just got the cs-426 size 20 underbust corset and its my first day breaking it in but i noticed its kinda big (wide) on the bust area i put it on and laced it but it seems that the top seems a little bit too big ? is it supposed to be like that till i break it in? or is the cs – 426 too big for me? and i made sure it was on correctly its not upside down or something

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    1. Cheri Dudek Post author

      Hi Bunny,

      The top (and bottom) edge doesn’t usually lay flat when you first begin to wear and season the corset. However, if you have a very small underbust (ribcage) it could be that it will be too large at the top edge-especially if have little to no fluff to fill it out from your waist (which I would guess is the case in a size 20). If you are able to close the top edge without any trouble, then yes it is too big-at least at that part of the corset.

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