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)


86 thoughts on “Can I Waist Train in That Corset?

  1. Lucy, I recently ordered a peachy-coloured reinforced mesh corset from True Corset in the CORRECT size, and no matter where I sat it on my torso while lacing up, it was extemely painful on my hips and back without ever touching my waist, and it would not mould well at all. It would not lace evenly either, and I couldn’t make it form a gentle bend for seasoning. I’ve never had this issue before. I’ll probably just send it back.

    What do you think about that?

    1. Hi Anna, it sounds like the corset is not curvy enough for your body. True Corset’s website can sometimes be a little confusing because their size selection buttons recommend certain sizes for a specific range of natural waists, but you have to dig a little deeper to find the rib springs and hip springs. If your own body is curvier than the corset itself, it will definitely pinch the hips without supporting or cinching the back and core – no amount of breaking-in/seasoning/moulding will change the measurements of a corset. You should return it for a curvier corset. If you don’t know your rib and hip springs or how to find a corset that fits your proportions, my Corset Database can help you.

  2. Hi there Lucy!
    I wanted to chime in and second/third/etc your remark regarding weak or popped grommets on TrueCorset products. I had the middle one pop out on the fourth day I owned it. I’d only worn it 3 times for 3-4 hours at a time, and the post part of the closure popped off when I sat down in the car. The fourth felt wobbly when I took the corset off, and seemed to even have some scratchy patches on the fabric next to the post. Superglue?? I’ve been discussing the situation with their customer service, but I’m not impressed. I’d expect better quality from a company touting plus size waist training corsets, but at the same time, they’re not clear in the slightest on where/who makes their corsets. Found out from an interior tag that they’re made in Pakistan, despite all info on the webpage touting Kinnaird of Ireland.

    Probably gonna end up going with Timeless Trends, or a custom corset from Electra. It’ll cost a lot more, but this is looking to be a case of “you get what you pay for” :(

  3. Hi Lucy!

    I told my husband I wanted a bespoke corset for my birthday. He told me he found some on CorsetDeal. What is your opinion on those for waist training? Or should I pass and spend some more in a higher quality one? Which bespoke brands would you recommend that are not soooo crazy expensive? (Less than $500 perhaps).
    Thank you soo much!

    1. Hi Mary, the bespoke corsets from CorsetDeal are really just “made to measure” and some of my followers have already reported that the corsets don’t fit very well – while the measurements technically match, they ribs and hips of the corset were not expanded in a way that makes sense, anatomically speaking. I would recommend checking the corsetiere map for someone who works close to you, so you can get a personal fitting and maybe even get to see / try on their samples.

      1. Thank you so much. Will do!

  4. Hi Lucy! Thank you for the article. What is your opinion on True Corset, specifically the Playgirl Mimi Waspie, for waist training? I’ve been looking for a piece that’s short enough (9.5 inch torso length) but also curvy enough for my body (underbust 34, waist 26, hips 40) for a while but won’t break the bank

    1. Hi Isa, I have a version of the Mimi waspie (without a busk) and it has a 6-inch rib spring and 8-inch hip spring. For a waspie to fit your measurements, say you want to wear a size 24″ corset, you would need a 10-inch rib spring and 16-inch hip spring, so my fear is that the Mimi would not be curvy enough to give you a waist reduction without pressing on your ribs / hips comfortably.

      1. Thanks for the reply, looking at different corsets it’s usually the rib and hip springs that have been keeping me back. Do you have any recommendations of pieces that might fit?

  5. Hi Lucy! You don’t have Rebel Madness listed on your ‘Can I waist train in that corset?’ directory. I was wondering if you would recommend their underbust corsets ( for waist training as you did say in your review video they are a bit flexible.

    Also, I know brocade is a strong material but is jacquard similar to that? How does it compare to satin and cotton?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Orla, all of the corsets in my shop can be tightlaced or waist trained in – the seams are strong and the pattern is curvaceous enough to reduce the waist without pinching or digging in at the ribs and hips (of course this depends on how curvy one is to begin with!). The RM corsets are the softest and most lightweight corsets in my shop, and some people are more accustomed to the heaviness and rigidity of India / Pakistan-made OTR corsets, so this lightness can sometimes put someone off – but it is surprising how well the RM corsets can still shape the body.

  6. Can I tight lace/waist train in a Timeless Trends Beige Cashmere Corset, Libra Silhouette, Regular?

    1. Hi David, yes it’s strong enough for waist training. Have you compared the measurements of the Libra to ensure that it will fit you properly? I have a measuring guide and contact form here (my personalized recommendations are free), and Libra corsets are also available in my shop here.

  7. Hello, I’m hoping to clarify whether fashion corset (26 steel boned, but probably just flat thin steels) could reduce the waist? Could it reduce it a little (not as drastic as real corset that’s meant for waist training), but it’s just not durable?

    I asked this bc I’m planning to try the 26 boned satin corset. I’m from a third world country, so authentic steel boned corset is unlikely to be found here. also, the ones labelled as ‘authentic/real’ are still fashion corset. I’m planning to invest on a real corset for waist training once our economy become good, and once I’ve saved up. I’m just hoping to slim down so I could just order one authentic corset (24″) to save some money

    1. Hi Kiz, do you have a link to the type of corset you’re looking to buy? Steel bones are a good start but you also need a corset that will hold up to a lot of wear, and one that is compatible with your measurements so you can reduce your waistline without pinching or cutting into your ribs and hips if you intend to waist train.

  8. hello Lucy, is a gemini corset suitable for waist training?
    and do the results differ from a normal (hourglass?) corset?
    thx for all the valuable information

    1. Hi Crystal, yes the Gemini corset is suitable for tightlacing and waist training, and comes with the same lifetime warranty as TT’s other corsets. :) The Gemini corset is recommended for advanced / experienced waist trainers, or people with very curvy bodies who are already able to close an hourglass corset (or equivalent from another brand) and they’re looking to “graduate” to something curvier. If you have never waist trained before and you can achieve a 4-6 inch waist reduction in the hourglass corset, I would not recommend starting with the Gemini as it would be too curvy for your body.

  9. Hi Lucy ! I just recently started waist training and I purchased the Luna Waspie 22 inches from What Katie Did from there US store. I am only 4 feet and 11 inches in height and I have a very short torso. I was just curious as to what is the best corset that I should do waist training in , for refrence my ribs are at 28 inches , waist at the smallest is 26 inches , and my hips are at 31 inches. The corset I purchased from What Katie Did makes a V shape in the back so I’m not sure if I purchased the right size or even the right corset to waist train. Please help ! Thank you !

    1. Hi Viviane, WKD released a statement that their corsets are strong enough for waist training, but if you’re on the lookout for a corset that suits your body measurements more closely, you can check out the Corset Database. I’ve already plugged your measurements into the filter to narrow down your options (chose a maximum torso length of 9 inches because I didn’t know your true torso length), and you can continue narrowing down your options by playing with the other filters. :)

  10. Hi Lucy,

    I bought a corset from Mystic City Corsets. Are your familiar with them? Would you recommend it?

    1. Hi Michelle, it’s a popular brand, although I’ve only tried a couple of their (many MANY) styles. The all-cotton pieces would probably be more appropriate for training compared to their mesh pieces; mesh tends to break down much faster with daily wear and this is true of any brand because it’s a property of the fabric itself. The quality of their corsets have improved dramatically over the years, though their customer service has a history of being spotty, so getting exchanges/ returns has been difficult for some people. From those I’ve talked to, the vast majority of people are happy with their orders; I would just be extremely careful before ordering, to avoid dealing with an exchange later.

  11. Hey lucy
    I have been looking at a overbust corset from timeless trends.
    Can I waist train with over bust corsets too?

    1. Hi Brittany, some people do waist train in overbust corsets, but it’s more tricky because it’s not as “stealthy” as an underbust corset, it covers more of your chest so it may affect your breathing more, and it allows less mobility compared to an underbust. I wrote an article on when to choose an overbust or underbust if you want more details.

  12. I really appreciate all work you do and share with us.
    I try to read before asking. I did not find or missed on your above list timeless trends ” lite Hourglass Silhouette ” collection. They say they are suitable for waist training. Do you have opinion on this?

    1. Hi Val, while I haven’t road-tested the TT ‘Lite’ corsets, if Timeless Trends are willing to back these corsets with their same lifetime warranty, then I can’t think of any reason not to use them. If they do happen to break, TT will replace them so the financial risk is off your shoulders and on theirs. :)

  13. I’m looking for an underbust corset in the $100 range for waist training. My measurements are as follows:
    Underbust – 30″
    Waist – 27″
    Height – 3-34″
    Torso length – 8.5″

    Which do you recommend? I’d like to wear it all day, every day.

    1. Hi Victoria, thanks for your measurements – in the future please use the contact form on this page as I check it much more often than comments. I’ve sent you an email with my recommendations – please check your junk or spam box if you don’t see my email.

  14. Hi there I have very broad shoulders and a big chest with a long torso would you recommend a gemini or a straight line hour Glass ? I’m want a very curvy waist but I also don’t want to look like a line backer !

    1. Hi Stephanie, the smaller the waist is, the larger or wider the bust/shoulders and hips will look by contrast – but there are some silhouettes which soften the look more than others. It’s important to get a corset that properly fits your underbust area though – I have a measuring tutorial and contact form here. If you let me know your measurements, I can tell you which corset will fit your body best!

  15. Just to confirm, “Waist Training Friendly – Yes” means I can use their corsets for body modification specifically?

    From what I understand, there should be no pain when wearing a corset.


    1. Hi Emerald, that is correct – a corset should not cause pain. As long as the measurements of the corset fit yours properly (with enough waist reduction to create change), and you find it comfortable enough to wear for long periods, you should theoretically be able to train in it. Different people prefer different silhouettes, rigidity, number of bones, etc – so there is no such thing as one objectively perfect corset for everyone. When I say that a corset is waist training friendly, it means that the corset contains the required components to make a strong corset, combined with a decent amount of curve (and ideally, sufficient customer service). But it doesn’t guarantee that the corset will fit your body properly, as everyone is shaped differently.
      If you’d like more waist training corsets, see my sister site Corset Database which I keep more up to date. These corsets are guaranteed by the brand to be strong enough for daily wear (including waist training) although you will need to filter the results to find one that fits your body, and other preferences like budget.

  16. Hi Lucy, I was wondering if you had checked out corsets-uk’s new line of corsets called “expert waist training”. They claim to have put more research, time and money in them than in any other of their corsets. Do you think they would be at least a little more suitable for waist training? Do they look curvier to you? Thanks!

    1. Hi Marithé, I haven’t tried their underbust training corsets specifically, but I have tried the overbust version of the corset you’re interested in, which is indeed curvier than their previous line of corsets. The rib and hip spring measurements are probably the same for the underbust – but I make some notes about their construction and about how the fit of the corset is crucial because of the hip panels.

  17. You’ve said “train at your own risk” for the restyle corset. What are the reasons behind that?

    1. Hi Casey, some of the older stock did not come with a waist tape, and a couple of customers have reported that a seam had ripped on their corset. It’s nothing that can’t be repaired as it was just the thread that had snapped and not the fabric itself that had ripped. But it was noted nonetheless. Now the quality control seems to be much better, I haven’t heard of any construction issues in awhile. But I would not create unreasonable expectations for a $50 corset to perform the same way as a $300 corset.

  18. Hello, I am currently using a charmian Womens double heavy spiral steel boned corset and was curious if this could be used to waist train. It fits snuggle and feels pretty sturdy, but the price is on the lower end. Should I opt for a more expensive one? I really like the shape of this one because I have wide hips but not the longest torso lol. Thank you!

    1. Hi Madison, that is one corset that I haven’t tried (yet) so I can’t say with confidence how good quality it is just from the product photos. If it feels comfortable for you and it reduces your waist, you’re welcome to keep wearing it.

  19. I don’t see the morgana femme coutoure (specifically the MF1331) on this list, is it decent, do you think for waist training?

    1. Sorry I meant do you think it would work for waist training, typo:)

    2. Hi Riley, this table mostly deals with off the rack corsets. Morgana Femme Couture has a made-to-measure option, as well as you can choose different colours and fabrics, so I do think they are able to make corsets suitable for training. :) I would send them an email about your needs, and their customer service should hopefully help you.

  20. hello! i am looking to reduce my lower ribs and waist slightly just to give me more of an hourglass shape (my ribs at the bottom actually stick out further on the sides than at my bust). I was looking at the timeless trends hourglass clincher, do you think that will help with ribs?

    1. Hi Lana, sorry for my late response! The hourglass corsets do have a bit of a rounded ribcage, but if your floating ribs protrude quite a lot (more than your underbust area) then it will still probably pull in your lower ribs. If you know that you’re able to tolerate more pressure on your ribs, you could try one of the conical rib corsets (one of the Gemini styles is conical which is quite restrictive over the ribs).

  21. Hi Lucy! Is waistershaperz a good brand? I honestly ordered them for aesthetic reasons but once I put it on I noticed how the pressured calmed my nervous system (I had complex ptsd and anxiety disorder) so I decided to google information and your blog (which I am in love with) was the first thing to pop up related to this kind of information. So now that I have this product in my hands, and that I read your rubrics for the benefits of corsets, was wondering what your take was on this brand?

    1. Hi Coco, technically that brand does not sell corsets. There are differences between genuine corsets and rubber cinchers, which I outline here. :)

  22. Hi Lucy! I see here that the Orchard Corset CS-426 doesn’t come with a warning about possible pooch/muffin top. Is that true for the longline, specifically or also the short? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jessica, the CS-426 longline should cover most people’s lower tummy and may help flatten existing pooch. The short (or I think it’s called the “426 standard” now, just recently renamed) may not cover lower pooch.

  23. Hey Lucy,
    Frist I’d like to thank you for this wonderful list. It helps a lot!! :)
    I was wondering whether you had any experience with retrofolie’s training corsets. Do you you think they actually withstand daily wear at a pretty high reduction? Also, she offers dupioni silk pieces as well as cotton ones… I love the silk look, but I am a bit concerned whether it is actually as durable as the cotton version (Stretching issues/wear). I would be so glad if you could give me some advise!
    Thank you so much, I simply adore this website! Keep up the good work!
    Love from Germany, Anna

    1. Hi Anna, the ones with the cotton fashion fabric would be the best for training. The historical art corsets aren’t made for regular use only because the art is printed onto the fabric, and with a lot of wear the fabric will begin to ease and will distort the picture over time. For the silk corsets, theoretically if the strength fabric is good quality then it could be used for training, but dupioni can be delicate and it can easily pull, run (like a stocking would run if you catch something sharp on it), and water stain so it’s not the most hardy and resistant of fabrics for everyday wear. These are superficial flaws and wouldn’t affect the strength of the corset, but still the cotton fashion fabrics will look better for longer.

  24. HI lucy I’m sort of interested in waist training but I’m afraid I won’t know what is the right style and measurements for me and I don’t wish to waste money. The reason I’m interested in it is because I don’t like my shape. I am very short 5″3 with D cup breasts but a very short torso and ribs that stick out too much. I am about 15-20 lbs overweight for my stature but I am naturally an inverted triangle shape so I have natural thin arms and legs. I gain weight in my stomach and breast mostly. Since my breasts are very large, I feel like my hips are too narrow and my waist lacks curve. It seems I could lose that excess fat in my stomach but I’ve been thinner before and its the same issue on a smaller scale, and besides I like being a little thicker because my legs will become chicken legs again if I lose weight. I would like to be thick like I am now but curvy. I do not like how wide my chest looks due to my breasts and large rib cage compared to my narrow hips. I feel I would benefit from emphasizing my waist so that I can add more curve to it and make my hips stand out more.

    1. Hello – thanks for your comment. When wearing a corset, there is a visual contrast between the smallness of the waist and your natural hip, so it can give the illusion that your hips are wider and the effect of an hourglass silhouette. As an added benefit, you may find that your back is supported and the weight of your bust won’t be as much of an issue. Unfortunately, the corset won’t have an effect on the shape of your legs (some people claim that wearing a corset encourages the wearer to put on weight in other parts of the body, but I don’t believe this to be true). The corset modifies the appearance of the torso but your body will always be yours, if that makes any sense. If you’re not sure if you’d like to commit long term waist and rib training, I would go with one of the companies with an excellent return policy so you can try it out without feeling like you’re forced to make a huge investment.

  25. Hi Lucy,

    Do you have a similar comparison chart for custom corsets?

    1. Hi Stef, no I don’t have a table for custom corsets, because a reputable maker should always be able to communicate with the client regarding what they are looking for (regarding waist training, daily wear, etc) and create a corset with this specific use in mind. They may use a higher quality strength fabric, use more bones, add a waist tape or sturdier grommets etc. If you are ordering from a custom maker, always develop a rapport with them and communicate clearly, so they understand what you want and you get a sense of whether they are knowledgeable and capable. :)

  26. You said the cotton orchard CS-201 would be okay but what about the satin? :) Thanks

    1. Hi Danielle, I tend to prefer the cotton corsets. In the past, the satin corsets had issues with the steel bones in the back grommets eventually wearing through the fabric and popping out of the channels. Since the cotton is thicker and hardier, this was less of an issue and the corsets seemed to last much longer. This is the primary reason why I recommend the cotton, but if you purchase the satin the shaping should still be the same, just be aware that there is a higher risk for structural issues down the road.

      1. Thank you so much, that really helped me make my decision :)

  27. Hi Lucy,

    I was wondering how waist training works if you have a bigger arch in hour back and a bigger bum? The corset that I tried (granted it was a cheap one) dug into my button because it couldn’t accommodate my arch. Is that normal/to be expected? Would the morticia underbust by wkd work for me in this case (it has the silhouette I’m looking for)?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Dominique, I have a tutorial on how to curve the back steels of a corset to hug your lumbar curve and over the bum more comfortably. I find that the Morticia corset has quite stiff steels in the back so you would have to bend them to the amount that you prefer. To figure out if the Morticia corset will work for your overall measurements, head over to the lace base and try out the calculator for the Morticia style and size that you want to buy – then compare the ribcage and hip measurements to your own body measurements. :)

  28. Hello Lucy, what would you recommend for a tall or long waist? I am over 5’9″ and need something for my long back. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Connie, I have a whole gallery of longline corsets for people with a long torso! You can find them here. :) Cheers!

  29. Hi, im going to start to save up for a waist training corsets, the 2 main brands im looking at are isabella corsets and morganna femme couture, if i decide for the isabella one would be the petitte josephine in size 22 since its measurements match me perfectly but i dont want it with satin, they give you the choice of fashion fabric and inner lining so i was thinking well maybe i would buy the petitte josephine with coutil lining and cotton lining as the fashion fabric, it would cost me $245 but i thought this way the corset wont stretch out over time, do you know if the over time stretching happens also on these fabrics? Also morganna has listed in her etsy shop the MF1346, which is a training corsets, made with 3 layer and 2 of them are english coutil, she has it on size 22 ready to ship for $202 but the measurement 5 inch below the waist is 34-35 but my measurement is 32.25, do you know if it would be to wide for me?? Also on her site the training corsets custom made would cost me $320, which i dont think its that bad for a custom made..

    1. Hi Karla,
      All corsets will stretch at least a little bit over time. According to Ann Grogan, satin coutil stretches the least; about 1/4 inch in a size 20″ corset she says. I’m not sure what kind of coutil Isabella uses in their corsets; fine-weave herringbone stretches a lot less than domestic (American) herringbone coutil which has quite a wide weave. But I think the cotton would likely be more breathable and may be more abrasion-resistant than the satin, both good things.
      I think if the MFC corset is 2-3 inches bigger than your hip measurement, it will probably flare on you and feel too big. Even my thickest jeans don’t fill out the space of 3 inches difference in the hip. I’ve heard consistently good things about their custom corsets.

  30. Hi, I was just wondering what your thoughts are with regards to the What Katie Did powermesh demi corset and its suitability for waist training? Thank you!

    1. Hi Lucia, I normally don’t recommend the powermesh pieces for daily training. To use as shapewear is fine, but anything that has stretch to it will eventually stretch out and get larger over time, meaning that it will become less and less efficient at pulling you in. And anything that has elastic can eventually dry-rot (if you’ve ever had socks that “crackle” when you put them on, and the bands loosen and don’t hold the socks up anymore, you know what I mean).

  31. Hello Lucy, I have been following you for some time and have decided to bite the bullet and 1) waist train to lose weight and 2) waist train for the discipline and the resulting silhouette! I am excited and your list is a BIG help. You have given incredible information aiding first time purchases. Here is my first stumbling block: I am incredibly squishy and have a huge pooch. I have read that a spoon busk is very helpful in resolving the tummy issue but I have just stumbled on an article stating that a spoon busk is not recommended for tight lacing! Any opinions/advice?

    1. Hello Tulipfrills! A spoonbusk is fine for tightlacing; where did you read that it was not appropriate? The spoonbusk was made to do two things: to scoop under the lower tummy so that it didn’t fall out of the bottom of the corset (where needed), and to strengthen the waistline of the corset because they were commonly used in “Pretty Housemaid” corsets which were worn by the working class, so they were made to withstand a lot of bending or stress at the waistline. There’s only one OTR corset I know of that uses a spoon busk, and that’s the spoon busk Morticia corset by What Katie Did. However, if you order a custom corset then you can have the choice of getting a spoon busk upgrade. :)

  32. Hi Lucy, You’ve mentioned here that Timeless Trends cinchers aren’t suitable for waist training. Is this true for their Hourglass cincher as well? (Dragon Hourglass Waist Cincher) Thank you!

    1. Hi Nata! Thanks for reminding me that I need to update this list! Yes, if the measurements of the new hourglass silhouette cinchers from Timeless Trends are compatible with your body, then it can provide enough cinch in the waist (and be strong enough) to be suitable for daily wear or waist training. :)

  33. Hi Lucy, I was eyeing Mystic City’s MCC36 and was wondering if this was suitable for waist training?


    1. Hello – I still need to update this page with the recent corsets I’ve reviewed! But if the measurements of the MCC36 works for you and you find it comfortable, sure you can train in it. When I tried it (borrowed from a friend) it seemed to be well constructed and would hold up to regular wear. But it’s important that it fits you well and you find it comfy!

  34. I was wanting to start waist training to slim my waist. I do wear a neoprene belt while working out, but want something more breathable during work. I work in a hot room, do a lot of walking (on cement) and plenty of lifting. My load today was about 2,500+ pounds. I want the metal bracing to help support my back, but I get lost with 4 bars, 7 bars, 28 bars. Then I don’t want to buy something that I can’t breath in and pass out. Or get something I can’t move\bend in.
    Have any suggestions to what I could use?

    1. Hi Christin, for my corsets I prefer to have at least one steel bone for every 1-2 inches around the waist. So if I wear a size 24 corset and I plan to wear it on a daily basis, I prefer 24 bones – although if it’s a corset that I only wear for fashion once in awhile, I could probably get away with 12-14 bones instead. 4 bones or 7 bones is definitely not enough for any size corset. If you work in a hot area, you may feel more comfortable with a mesh corset at first – I organized mesh corsets from many different brands in a gallery over here. Apart from Contour Corsets (which is close to $800!), mesh corsets will not last as long as cotton twill or coutil corsets – but they will be more comfortable heat-wise and offer slightly more mobility in the waist.

  35. Hi Lucy,
    Thanks so so much for the amazing amount of info on your website. I am just starting out and I am trying to decide between three orchard corsets. I have a 10-11 inch torso (as I have scoliosis so don’t have a beautiful long waist!). I have checked and corsets are safe for my condition.I am trying to decide between the orchard corsets cs426, the cs201 and the cs411 (all in cotton)- I just can’t decide! Do you have any advice? Do you know which would produce the biggest reduction the quickest? I am very straight up and down :( and would love to one day have even a couple of inches reduced in my waist! I have chosen Orchards because I am in the UK and they are reasonably priced. I cant find any other good uk brands in my price range :/
    All the best :)

    1. Hello! Orchard Corset is actually based in the US (Washington to be exact) rather than the UK. If you want to order from the UK, send me a direct email and I can let you know which OTR brands might work for you, or you can check the Corsetiere Map if you want something custom. If you still want to go for Orchard, in order to properly choose the most suitable corset for you, I’ll need your measurements. Alternatively Orchard Corset has their own sizing agents ready to help you choose a size based on your measurements as well. :)

  36. Hi Lucy,
    You’ve done many video reviews on Vollers. With their new line of Waist Training Corsets, would you say that they are suitable for Waist Training?

    Thank You <3

    1. Hi Emma, unfortunately I haven’t tried Vollers newer waist training corsets, so I’m not sure what they’re like! Sorry!

  37. this is a really good flo chart. This is what people want. Please bring it up todate please.
    This is fabulious.

  38. It is my own fault for assuming, I’m sure a lot of other watchers assume the same, which specific definition of the word review you use when you title your YouTube videos. Your channel is very focused on serious long term waist training. I would believe you are the most watched and trusted personality on YouTube for waist training advice, obviously the reason I’m here. My question is why would you not inform your viewers whether you recommended a corset for waist training or not during a review? You cannot honestly believe that you should hold no responsibility when it comes to informing your viewers. I haven’t watched every single review, but I have watched some of the ones here, I have not yet heard you give a flat no like here only a stress to get custom made. You can delete this, people think I’m overreacting, whatever, disgusting as the rest.

    1. Christina, my channel and website are not solely focused around waist training. I also cover corset making, repair and alteration, tightlacing (which is different from waist training), corset related fashion, therapeutic use of corsets and health effects. The waist training craze has taken off in the last two years, but this doesn’t change the fact that many people consult my videos for many different reasons, even if it is centered around one common interest in a garment. But my corset reviews are designed to be objective and observational, and to also be as long-standing as possible in the event that company policies or even my own opinions change over time.

      For instance, from 2010 to 2014, What Katie Did said that their corsets were only for occasional tightlacing, but not appropriate for waist training. They’ve since changed their policies. Conversely, Orchard Corset used to offer a 1-year warranty on their corsets for waist training, and this has since been changed to more around 3-6 months. Some independent corsetieres make beautiful, comfortable corsets that would be more than suitable for training, but they have told me personally that they don’t want to cater to the waist training community and would rather focus on more ornate pieces for special events. 6-7 years ago, I might have thought that Corset Story sold corsets suitable for training just because they had a section on their site called “Waist Training corsets”. However as my own knowledge has improved, I know that one brand’s idea of a suitable waist training corset does not necessarily meet my personal requirements for waist training. I cannot legally stop a company from advertising it as such, though.

      So there are many factors that go into what makes a corset suitable for training, not only construction but also the policies of the company or brand, whether or not I agree with them (many of these factors are covered on this page, and will be expanded on in my upcoming book). Most people who have seen more than 3 corset reviews are able to recognize what’s involved in a quality piece, and judge for themselves whether they’re suitable for their own purposes. But I stress custom made for a reason – because it’s not only more comfortable than even the “closest fitting” OTR corset, but also the corsets tend to have better construction methods, contain higher quality materials and last longer over time, making it more economical even as a larger initial investment. Informing my viewers of this IS being responsible.

      Thank you for your comment, but I will not be changing the structure of my reviews to focus solely on waist training – this would not only make my reviews 20 minutes long to explain the reasons behind my verdict, but it would also only result in exclusion of a very large part of the corset community to cater to only one specific subgroup.

  39. Hello Lucy. In the past year or so I recently got involved with waist training and I’ve found your blogs and videos incredibly helpful and I thank you. I’m curious if maybe I overlooked something however. What waist training corset is best for people with short torsos. I have a 10.5 torso in length and and very busty so I find that longlines and sometimes standard underbust corsets are difficult to wear. Is there a reliable seller for quality corsets for a short torso woman?

    1. Hi Samantha, a torso length of 10.5 inches is actually quite normal. But if you’re looking for a corset that won’t lift up your bust, then maybe try these curvy cinchers.

  40. Hello lucy i was wondering if this corset is waist train friendly? I hope you can help me! :)

    1. Hi Jessica, I haven’t tried that corset specifically, but it looks to be a similar construction as Orchard’s CS-301 waspie (except less expensive), which I generally wouldn’t recommend for training for the reasons I outlined above.

  41. Hey Lucy! I’ve been lurking your blog and youtube channel for some time now, and finally started waist training. I bought a corset from alt noir and was wondering what your opinion on them is? I don’t think I’ve seen you review it yet (or maybe I’m blind).

    I know that to waist train, you want a sturdy/strong material. I’m planning on investing in the CS-426 short once I’m done with school as a pat on the back, but I saw they have a really pretty lilac in satin. I’m assuming in the spreadsheet when you’re saying the 426 is waist training friendly, you’re talking about in cotton, right? I’m also thinking that satin is going to be somewhat easier to break-in, therefore won’t stand up to the wear-and-tear of waist training.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Naomi, unfortunately I haven’t tried Alt Noir corsets, so I don’t know what the construction is like! At first glance they look to be a distributor for Corset Deal, but I could be wrong. If they are Corset Deal, I have reviewed those in the past and they’re not the best for waist training.
      I would personally go for the cotton for waist training, mostly because the cotton pieces don’t have the same tendency for the back steels to wear a hole through the fabric the way that the satin ones are prone to.

  42. In the guided galleries under modern slim it mentions Corset Connection, but I don’t see it here. Can they be used to waist train? Also, are there any extreme hourglass OTR corsets that can be used to waist train with?

    1. Hi Anon, the corsets in this table are only those that I have personally tried and tested. Since I haven’t reviewed the Corset Connection budget corsets, they’re not yet included. But coincidentally, I have a corset from them currently lost in the mail. Once it finally reaches me, I’ll be able to test the construction and update the page on whether they’re suitable for training.

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