What Size Waist Trainer Should I Get?

What Size Waist Trainer Should I Get?

Waist training is a bit like training a puppy in that you have to exercise consistency in order to enjoy lasting results.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could make our abdomen more obedient, though?  I would definitely make mine shrink on command.

Realistically, though, you’ll still get a slimmer waist and even enjoy semi-permanent results when you consistently wear your steel boned corset, incrementally reduce sizing, and of course, purchase the right products to help you reach your goals.  This means not only opting for steel boned, waist training corsets that feature busks in the front, laces in the back, and sturdy textiles, but also choosing the appropriate size to get you started and help you achieve the slim silhouette you crave.

It’s natural to wonder, “What size waist trainer should I get?”  If you’ve never purchased a waist training corset before, the sizing can be understandably confusing.  Here are a few pointers to help you figure out your perfect size.

Taking Accurate Measurements

Before you even begin looking at eye-catching, waist training corsets, you first need to know the dimensions you’re working with.  There are several measurements you may need to get started, including the bust, underbust, waist, hip, and torso length.

If you’re considering overbust corset models, begin by taking your bust measurement, or the circumference of your bust line at the fullest part of the breast.  Next, move your measuring tape right under the bust, or the crease where the breasts meet the rib cage, for the underbust measurement.

Your waist is the narrowest part of your torso, between the underbust and belly button, and the hip measurement can be taken by placing the measuring tape over the top of the hip bone.  As for the torso, start with the measuring tape at the underbust, sit in a chair, and measure to the hip crease (where your leg bends at the hip when seated). Do this at each hip and use the shorter measurement, if one side is shorter.

What Size Waist Trainer Should I Get for the Waist Size I Want?

Let’s just start by saying you need to be somewhat realistic when it comes to waist training, which is a marathon, not a sprint.  You’re not going to pop on a corset and take ten inches off your waist, lickety-split.  Still, you can see fairly significant reduction, even early on, by purchasing the right size waist trainer (See: Corset Sizing Chart) and seasoning it.

If you plan to wear your corset for costume purposes, for back support, or to improve your posture and your appearance, or you’re not sure you’re serious about waist training and you want to start slowly, go with a corset 3-5 inches smaller than your natural waist.  If you plan to go down quite a bit or you’ve waist trained before, it makes sense to opt for a corset you can cinch by 4-7 inches so you have room to progress before you need to size down to a smaller corset.

When you’re wondering “What size waist trainer should I get?”, it will depend somewhat on your goals and experience.  If you’re not sure, it’s best to start slowly and work your way toward greater waist reduction as you feel comfortable with it.


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