Women have long used undergarments to mold their bodies into pleasing shapes, depending on the trends of the time. In some case, social fads have led women to eschew undergarments entirely, but by and large, women utilize undergarments as a means of increasing comfort, enhancing activity, and ensuring that clothes drape nicely on the body.
Long gone are the days when stiff corsets and girdles were part of the average woman’s wardrobe. And yet, there are still women who appreciate the shaping such garments provide. Some women even wear them as a stylish addition to outfits by purchasing pretty corsets and wearing them as standalone tops or over blouses or dresses.
That said, you might have a specific purpose in mind when you go for shaping garments, and you probably have some questions about how to accomplish your goals. What is waist training? What does a waist trainer do? Here’s what you need to know to determine if waist trainers are right for you and what results you can expect when you use them.
What is Waist Training?
Let’s be clear – waist training has nothing to do with going to the gym, wearing waist cinchers during workouts, or hiring a personal trainer to help you shed unwanted belly fat. People often confuse waist training with these common practices, made popular by celebrities, but these are not true waist training activities.
Waist training has to do with wearing corsets, specifically with stiff boning (such as steel) for the purpose of creating an hourglass shape. Over time, tighter and tighter corsets are worn to permanently, or at least semi-permanently reduce waist size. Scarlett O’Hara lamented the loss of her 17-inch waistline after having a baby, but with waist training, she might have gotten it back.
What Does a Waist Trainer Do?
When used properly, a waist trainer cinches at the waistline to accentuate your natural curves. Over time, as your corset becomes “seasoned“, or broken in, you can begin to cinch it tighter to achieve increased and lasting results – i.e. a smaller waistline. For waist training, stiff boning, ideally steel, is a must to achieve an exaggerated hourglass shape.
Waist training can cause some movement in floating ribs, and over time, internal organs. When used in a safe and responsible manner, however, there is no danger associated with waist training.
Safe behavior includes purchasing waist trainers that are appropriately sized, making sure not to cinch them too tightly, and increasing use gradually, starting with just a couple of hours a day and working your way up to extended wear. Slow and steady progress is the name of the game if you want to see lasting results without damaging your corset or suffering common side effects of overly aggressive cinching, such as bruising or discomfort.
Is Waist Training Right for Me?
If you’re interested in losing weight, and specifically, reducing belly fat, waist training will not do the trick. You need diet and exercise for these results. If you’re happy with your weight but you want to mold your physique into a more feminine, defined hourglass shape, waist training can help you to reach your goals.
My name is Rachel, I am the owner of Glamorous Corset, a small business founded by me in 2010. Back In 2005, I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated disk. Much to my surprise I learned steel boned corsets were beneficial to several medical injuries including mine. I was always intrigued with corsetry, their history and their beautiful aesthetic. I love sharing knowledge about corsets, educating my wonderful readers and breaking the negative stigma related to corsetry. In combination with my years of research and personal experience I hope my articles are useful and can help anyone who has struggled with some of the same things I have. More about me…