My Waist Training Journey,  Waist Training

In Your Words! Samantha B’s Waist Training Journey

If you arrived here unfamiliar with the concept of waist training, it is a form of body modification which is used to develop an hourglass-like figure. We like to make the comparison to wearing braces to straighten your teeth. By continually applying pressure to the lower ribs and waist, waist trainers can achieve a shift in both that will result in an hourglass shape even when not wearing a corset. However after you’ve achieved your desired waistline, just like wearing your retainer after having your braces removed, you’ll have to continue with some “maintenance corseting” to retain the hourglass shape you worked so hard for. Latex cinchers and plastic boned fashion corsets aren’t appropriate for waist training as they are NOT able to apply the required pressure to the appropriate areas.

Seasoning my CS 411. It is sz 22 laced to 24.5" . My natural waist was 25". This is 3 weeks in.
Seasoning my CS 411. It is sz 22 laced to 24.5″ . My natural waist was 25″. This is 3 weeks in.

Our waist trainer of the week is Samantha B! Thanks for sharing your journey, Samantha!

How long have you been waist training?

almost one year

How many days/week and hours/day do you wear your corset?

4-6 days per week, 2-10 hrs

This is right after I added hip gores for my naturally wider hips. This is my CS 411 sz 22 laced to 23.75!!! Just needed more room in the hips.
This is right after I added hip gores for my naturally wider hips. This is my CS 411 sz 22 laced to 23.75!!! Just needed more room in the hips.

What was the measurement of your uncorseted waist when you started to waist train and what is it now?

25.5 now it is 24.25 – 24.75

 

What is your favorite corset to wear for waist training?

my modified cs 411, sz 22

This is 6 months into my journey. CS 426 size 20 laced to 22.5"
This is 6 months into my journey. CS 426 size 20 laced to 22.5″

What was your biggest waist training challenge?

My biggest challenge with waist training is my fibromyalgia. It makes it hard to want to get out of bed, and sore so that I don’t feel like putting on my corsets sometimes. When I do wear my corset it does help me to relax and not hold my joints so tight.

What advice do you have for someone just getting started waist training?

Go slow, breaking in a corset takes time. Measure yourself and your corset, make sure you are getting the right corset for your natural shape and proportion, the staff at OC is very helpful with that and Lucy of Lucy’s Corsetry has an entire matrix of information.

 9 months of  corseting in my CS 426 size 20.
9 months of corseting in my CS 426 size 20.

Do you typically stealth corset or do you wear your corsets over your clothes?

I usually steath my corset, I have on occasion worn my CS 301 over a sweater dress (purple satin).

What do you like to wear when you are corseted?

I love to wear slip dresses with lacy ruffles with leggings and a tunic or a dress (dresses are so short now, they are pretty much tunics. I definitely love the layered boho lace look.

10 months of waist training, seasoning my size 20 CS 301.
10 months of waist training, seasoning my size 20 CS 301.

Have you changed your diet & exercise habits while waist training? i.e. are you losing weight while you are waist training?

My diet habits have changed, more due to food sensitivities than corseting. I have always been an eater of small frequent meals (snacks). I have been trying to exercise more, but my joints really don’t like the cold and wet weather. I am hoping that school schedule will calm down enough to get back into some yoga. I have lost some weight (@ 4lb), I attribute this more to the avoidance of trigger foods and increase in protein.

10 months of corseting modified CS 411 size 22 laced to 23.5"
10 months of corseting modified CS 411 size 22 laced to 23.5″

What has been your favorite part of corseting & waist training?

My favorite part is when you get your corset on and it just feels right, it just is molded to your shape and you feel powerful and put together.

Anything else you’d like to add about waist training or corseting?

It becomes addictive, like chips, you can never have just one.

If you’re waist training and would like to share your story, visit our My Waist Training Journey, Submission Form blog and send us your information! We might feature YOU in an upcoming blog!

 

Hiya! I'm the Marketing Director here at Orchard Corset, which is pretty much the best place ever to work! (like you hadn't already guessed THAT!) I live in beautiful Washington state with a husband a few animals and some kiddos in the mix. I prefer margaritas (on the rocks with salt) but a mojito will do in a pinch!

4 Comments

  • seleenak

    is it really possible to reduce waist measurement by 1+ inches in a year by corseting just “4-6 days per week, 2-10 hrs” or do you suspect other factors had a greater influence?

    • Brandy West

      I was waist training for only a few months when I started to see a real difference out of my corset instead of just in it. I’m a slightly fluffy gal, and have somewhat of a natural apple shape. I got the corsets as a way to get the hourglass figure I longed for, mostly on special occasions or with specific outfits. I found myself wearing it more often, sometimes 2-6 hours a day, 4-5 days a week, so not even enough to really consider myself “training”. I didn’t change my diet, I didn’t exercise more, I actually put on my normal 5-10 lbs that I put on every winter, but still, I had lost 3 inches in the waist (with the corset off!) in about 5 months. Sadly for me, shortly after this amazing figure started to show, I moved halfway across the country and had my corsets packed in boxes for 6 months. I retained about 1 inch off my waist (unlaced) and lacing up was like starting over, my size 32 corset went from being able to close, to having about a 4 inch gap in the back, but now I’ve been wearing it again for about 3 weeks, and already I can close it to a 3 inch gap. Still no inches off without it this time around, but I’m going to keep at it! 😀

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