The Dos and Don’ts of Waist Training

The Dos and Don'ts of Waist Training

You’ve probably taken plenty of tutorials to learn how to use Photoshop, bake a cake, or even replace the float valve in your toilet. Yes, we can! What you might not expect is to have to learn is how to properly wear your garments.

Okay, sure, if you went through a punk phase in high school like me, it definitely took some time to figure out how to get into those stupid, strappy pants (not even a little bit practical). For everyday clothing, however, you can pretty much just throw it on and go.

When you decide to start waist training, however, you expect your corset to do a lot of work, and you need to understand how to care for it and use it properly in order to achieve desired results. Here are just a few dos and don’ts to help ensure you get the most out of your waist training experience.


  • Research
    Before you leap headlong into waist training, you need to do a little research, starting with trying on different corsets to find the right size and style for your body. From there you need to create a waist training schedule designed to help you get used to wearing a corset daily and then begin reducing your waist size.
  • Season Your Corset
    You’re on board with seasoning game hens and cast-iron skillets, so why not your corset? This body-shaping garment is meant to stand up to stress, but if you use it improperly, you could still bust a seam or warp the boning. Start by lacing your corset snugly, but not too tight, until it starts to take on your shape. From there you can begin tightening it incrementally to achieve desired results.
  • Follow Washing Instructions
    Most corsets are of the hand wash or dry clean variety, so you should never, NEVER put them in the washing machine or dryer. It could damage the fabric and warp the boning. [See: How to Wash a Corset: A Guide to Cleaning Your Corset]
  • Wear Your Corset Any Time
    Corsets are meant to be worn, whether you secret them under your everyday outfits or show them with pride as a fashion statement. They are extremely versatile garments that can be worn at any time!


  • Wear It on Bare Skin
    It’s always best to wear something between your corset and your skin. This is bound to be more comfortable and it also helps to protect textiles from sweat and oils that could break down the fabric more quickly.
  • Sleep in It
    This is a big no-no. Some women are big proponents of sleeping in waist trainers, but if you’re wearing your corset throughout the day, take a breather for a few hours at night so you don’t risk damaging your corset while you sleep.
  • Exercise in It
    Again, no. Forget the Kardashians and other celebs who swear by wearing “waist trainers” (actually cinchers) while they work out. Range of motion is important in exercise, and you’ll limit yours and risk harming your corset when you wear it to work out.
  • Rush It
    There’s no need to rush waist training. The best and most lasting results are attained with a slow and steady approach to slimming your waist one inch at a time.

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