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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!