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Top Tips for Buying a Waist Training Corset

Traditionally, “waist training” refers to the use of steel boned corsets to develop a perceivable hourglass shape. By cinching a waist training corset tighter, a woman’s floating ribs will be pulled and even do some rearranging of her internal organs to successfully decrease the circumference of her waist. The outcome is semi-permanent, which means that continued corseting is required after the goal reduction has been reached.

If you are thinking about buying one for yourself, you have a lot of options. Even if it is certainly fun to shop for them, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Before going out to buy a waist training corset, here are some of the top tips that you need to keep in mind.

Figure out Your Size

As a basic guideline, if your natural waist (where you bend side to side) is under 38″, opt for a corset that is 4-7 inches smaller than your natural waist. If it is over 38″, purchase one that is 7-10 inches smaller than your natural waist. The waist trainer should be tight enough to pull your waist in on the 3rd hook closure. It should not obstruct your breathing and there shouldn’t be any pain. The shaper must close properly minus any bulging.

Decide between an Under-bust or Over-bust Corset

Waist training corsets are found either as under-bust or over-bust. Like the name suggests, the under-bust corset sits under the bust, so there is no coverage of the breasts. This can be beneficial since they can be worn with various types of bras, pasties, or even over your other garments to create a costume or a fashion statement. Contrastingly, the over-bust corset offers coverage of the breasts and may be purchased in a wide variety of neckline styles. You can also get them with or without straps.

Determine Type of Boning

Steel boning is available in two different types, spiral steel and flat steel. Spiral steel is more flexible than flat steel, but they are typically both used in the same corset. Even if corsets with steel boning are usually a lot more costly, the benefits of buying a corset with this kind of boning are well worth the extra cost. A steel boned corset can be used for waist training if the overall construction of the corset is sufficiently strong. Double boned corsets, which are constructed from steel, are mostly used for waist training. They have twice as much boning as a usual corset so they provide more support and can also be laced tighter.