Can I Waist Train in That Corset?


Contrary to popular belief, waist training is not synonymous with tightlacing. One can tightlace on an occasional basis (for special events, or just for fun) while waist training is the process of wearing a corset on a daily or nearly daily basis for a specific goal – for instance, the ability to close a certain size corset, to achieve a specific silhouette, or to modify your natural waist (semi) permanently. (Many people who wear a corset on a regular/ daily basis for other reasons (such as back pain relief or prevention of anxiety) often “accidentally” waist train – because the body responds to consistent pressure, even light pressure over a long period of time, they may find that they need to size down to maintain the same pressure on their torso.)

Many people have their own requirements as to what a waist training corset should comprise of, so please take this information with a grain of salt. Note that this list is my opinion – and where applicable, I will include notes and disclaimers made by the corset maker/ company. Also note that overbust corsets are not mentioned here because most people prefer to train in underbust corsets. Overbust corsets may present some fitting/ mobility issues that underbusts don’t – although it’s not impossible to train using an overbust.

My requirements is that a waist training corset:

  • has strong stitching to withstand the rigors of daily wear without tearing of the seams (preferably reinforced with a waist tape)
  • contains sufficient steel boning that do not warp or break, thereby preventing extreme/ uncomfortable wrinkling at the waist
  • resists warping or collapsing over time
  • contains sturdy, fair quality grommets that don’t pop out under stress
  • preferably comes with a guarantee or statement by the vendor or corsetiere
  • has appropriate curves for the wearer – **while curvy corsets are more comfortable for me, the curve of a corset may not reflect its quality. Please note that some corsets are more compatible with different body shapes than others. Choose a corset that will best fit your body, not necessarily the curviest corset on the market. If you would like to compare proportions of different corsets and see which one will fit you best, see my Corset Dimensions Directory.**

Should I avoid a brand completely if their corset is not suited for waist training?

You can still purchase and wear any corset you like! Just because a corset is not recommended for waist training doesn’t mean that it’s not a good quality corset. For most of the brands shown below, I have been able to tightlace in them for 8 hours (if the proportions of the corset allow me to do so) although not every day. Just know that if you choose to train in non-training corsets, some may last longer than others, and some companies have better service/ policies than others. So in some cases a “no” is not definitive – more like a “proceed at your own risk.”

** Check back later as changes are currently being made to their construction**

Is waist training recommended using this OTR Corset?
Brand/style Waist Training Friendly? Guarantee/ Policies/ Customer Service Construction concerns? Curviness?
Axfords C242 Corset No (train at own risk) 60-day exchange/return on non-custom items Single bones/ no waist tape reported. Moderate
Burleska Athena underbust No 21-day return/exchange Plastic bones/ partial waist tape reported. ** Check back later as changes are currently being made to their construction** Mild
Corset Story/ Corsets-UK (etc) No 30-day exchange/return Weak/ popped grommets reported, single bones/partial waist tape in some styles.
Questionable materials reported.
Very mild
Isabella Corsetry (Immediate Line) Yes 10-day exchange/return of non-custom items
Long wait times and unreliable customer service reported.
 Some variability in curviness of corsets reported.
Reports of the waistline stretching at least an inch over time (especially satin corsets).
Very curvy
Leatherotics No 7-day exchange/return (20-day for international) for non-custom items only.
Unreliable customer service.
Weak/ popped grommets reported, single bones/partial waist tape in some styles. Mild
Meschantes No (train at own risk) 14-day exchange for unworn non-custom items; 21-day repair window for custom items.
Unreliable customer service.
Plastic reported in closed-front trainers (though not in those with a busk). Moderate (standard size waist trainer)
Ms Martha’s Corset Shoppe No (train at own risk) 5-day exchange/store credit on non-custom items.
Ms Martha states that although the silk collection is strong, her corsets are not guaranteed for waist training.
Single bones/ no waist tape reported. Moderate (geometric cincher)
Orchard Corset CS-201 Yes for cotton, no for mesh 30-day exchange/return.
1-year guarantee has been revoked as of 2014.
Responsive customer service.
Popped steel bones reported. Opt for all-cotton fashion fabric; stronger structurally. Mesh corsets wear down quickly. Moderate
Orchard Corset CS-301 No (train at own risk) 30-day exchange/return.
1-year guarantee has been revoked as of 2014.
Responsive customer service.
10 bones/ partial waist tape reported. Moderate. Length may promote tummy pooch/muffin top.
Orchard Corset CS-345 Perhaps 30-day exchange/return.
1-year guarantee has been revoked as of 2014.
Responsive customer service.
Single boned, partial waist tape reported. Opt for all-cotton fashion fabric; stronger structurally. Mild
Orchard Corset CS-411 Yes for cotton, no for mesh 30-day exchange/return.
1-year guarantee has been revoked as of 2014.
Responsive customer service.
Popped steel bones reported. Opt for all-cotton fashion fabric; stronger structurally. Mesh corsets wear down quickly. Moderate
Orchard Corset CS-426 Yes 30-day exchange/return.
1-year guarantee has been revoked as of 2014.
Responsive customer service.
Popped steel bones reported. Opt for all-cotton fashion fabric; stronger structurally. Curvy
Restyle “Wide Hip” underbust Yes but Train at own risk 10-day exchange/return
Restyle tells me that the corset is suitable for rigorous daily use and comes with a 2-year guarantee.
*Updated* new stock now has waist tape. Some torn seams reported in old stock before waist tape was included. Very curvy
Snobz Corsets No 7-day exchange/return on non-custom items.
Unreliable customer service.
Single bones/ partial waist tape/ single-piece eyelets reported. Moderate
Timeless Trends cincher No 45-day exchange/return; lifetime manufacturing guarantee.
Responsive customer service.
Very mild. Length may promote tummy pooch/muffin top.
Timeless Trends HOURGLASS cincher Yes 45-day exchange/return; lifetime manufacturing guarantee.
Responsive customer service.
Curvy. However, length may promote tummy pooch/muffin top.
Timeless Trends standard underbust Perhaps 45-day exchange/return; lifetime manufacturing guarantee.
Responsive customer service.
Some variability in sizing/ proportion. Mild to very mild – 2011 stock is curvier than 2013-2014 stock.
Timeless Trends HOURGLASS standard underbust Yes 45-day exchange/return; lifetime manufacturing guarantee.
Responsive customer service.
Size 26″ hourglass corsets in the blue, emerald and burgundy have a slightly smaller ribcage. This has been corrected in the other styles. Curvy
Timeless Trends longline underbust Perhaps 45-day exchange/return; lifetime manufacturing guarantee.
Responsive customer service.
If your hip spring is more than 16 inches, the side hip ties run the risk of splitting over time. Small ribcage; contains adjustable hip ties for curvy/very curvy hips.
Timeless Trends HOURGLASS longline underbust Yes 45-day exchange/return; lifetime manufacturing guarantee.
Responsive customer service.
Curvy. Contains adjustable hip ties for curvy/very curvy hips.
True Corset steel boned cinchers No 30-day return; 60-day exchange Single bones, weak/ popped grommets reported. Partial waist tape has been corrected; they now contain a full waist tape. Mild
True Corset waist training long cincher Perhaps 30-day return; 60-day exchange Mild
Vollers Corsets No 21-day exchange/return on non-custom items Single bones/ partial waist tape reported. Single-piece eyelets. Mild to very mild
What Katie Did Corsets (all underbusts) Yes 30-day exchange/return on non-custom items;
store credit given for custom items.
WKD recently revised their previous statement and now says that their corsets are suitable for training.
Eventual stretching at waist reported (satin pieces only). Mild (Gina) to moderate (Mae) to very curvy (Morticia, Baby and Vamp)

 

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