Waist Trainer and Corset, Are They Different?

Today, in the ambition of possessing an attractive body, many people, especially models and post-pregnant women try to take advantage of brilliant beauty inventions, two of which are waist cinchers/waist trainers and corsets. Although both of these two types of beautifying tools can help people have a desirable abdomen shape, there are quite a few distinctions between them.


Corset is a stiff form of clothing which holds and molds the torso. Sometimes, it is used by men but generally by women. It is usually tied up with lace in the back and fastened in the front.

Waist trainer is, in fact, a belt-like sub-type of corset and is designed with plastic stiffeners and resilient materials to reduce only the waist size. In the corsetry industry, a waist cincher is still considered to be a real corset – but shorter.



With the aim of reshaping the waist and emphasizing the hips and the breast, corsets are made from durable but elastic materials such as cotton, satin, leather, mesh and often strengthened with steel boning. Despite their rigidity, corsets are still more efficient in giving people a perfect torso shape in a short time.

Most waist trainers are constructed from nylon, latex or spandex, sometimes, plastic boning is added. Although unable to help you have an hourglass-shaped body like a corset, they surround and narrow your oversized midsection. Skin, fat, and fluids are pressed and repositioned to give a smaller abdomen. However, if the cincher has frail plastic bones, it can bend and prod into your body. Besides, low-quality plastic may be irritating and non-breathable for some women.


When wearing a corset, you need to do up the front busk and then tighten the back laces, which is quite time-consuming.

Nevertheless, you can prepare for training your abdomen with a waist cincher much more quickly because it only has eyes and hooks on its closure.

Efficiency in waist training

If you want to narrow your waist quickly, a corset might be an ideal option because on average, it takes 3-6 inches off your waist. However, it could be intense when lacing corsets too tight because you are pushing your ribs too hard, making your organs shift. As a consequence, you can be inflicted with various health problems such as high blood pressure and broken ribs.

If you want to work out or sleep while at the same time waist training, cinchers can help you achieve the goals. Thanks to its flexible materials, a waist trainer does not restrict you or make your ribs pulled a lot, but it still help reshape your waistline by reducing it by 1-2 inches. If worn in the right way, a waist trainer poses no health risks. Moreover, a cincher is shorter than a corset; therefore, easier to be hidden and more suitable to be worn during the day.


What to choose depends on your needs and your body. It is advisable for people with short back to choose corsets with steel boning as full under bust corsets on sale are usually too long, which unnaturally pulls the breasts, or when you sit down, could dig into the laps causing inconvenience. People who have average or long back should wear a cincher because of its mobility and less ribs pushing.


In conclusion, both waist trainers and corsets have their own features. A corset helps you to have an hourglass-shaped body but it poses health problems if fastened too tight. On the other hand, a waist trainer gradually reduces your waistline alone but is generally more health-friendly than a corset. The best course of action would be to properly use both waist cinchers and corsets to maximize the advantages and minimize the disadvantages so that you can have a nice body and maintain good health at the same time.

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