Waist Cincher vs Corset

If you begin to know about garments which help us loose inches of belly, do you ever wonder the differences between “corset” and “waist cincher” ? The quick answer is “lots”. And after that, did you ask “Should I start with a waist cincher before buying a corset?” I am going to try offering more detail related to differences of these products. Both are effective at training your waist, so does it matter which type you use?

Waist Cincher vs Corset
Waist Cincher vs Corset


Corset (1789 Lady’s Monthly Museum) is the new term for the c18th stays or c16th pair of bodies. The stiffened garment that supported and shaped the torso. Principally a female fashion garment, but occasionally worn for male fashion. Generally back-lacing and front fastening.
Waist Cincher is a type of corset that looks like a belt and is designed to narrow the waist with plastic stiffeners and elastic materials. Within the corsetry community, “waist cinchers” are still genuine corsets – but simply shorter than a full under bust corset.
Therefore, in this article, I would like to compare between “waist cincher” and “traditional steel-boned corset” which is typically constructed with some columns of steel boning for the firmest hold. The number of steel boning depend on specific purposes of producer.


A waist cincher usually reduces your waist 1-2 inches instantly while you are wearing it and is designed to provide a slimming affect underneath your clothes. Most cinchers are made from a combination of nylon/latex/spandex , some with plastic/thin steel boning, and designed not to let your skin breathe, overheat your body and make you sweat to reduce water retention. All you need is to wrap it around your midsection by row hook and eye front (cinchers don’t use lacing). If you carry your weight in your tummy, they can help give you more of a waistline for sure.

Can you waist train your way to Kim’s curves ? (Source : Instagram)

Steel boned corsets are designed to not only give you the most dramatic waist-slimming effect, but will instantly take three, four even six-seven (or more) inches off instantly. Due to steel boning, it helps to fix your posture better than a waist cincher does. Most lace up the back so you can achieve that hourglass look by lacing and pulling to your desired tightness. Many corsets will take multiple inches off your waistline instantly while you wear it.
Corsets can be uncomfortable after wearing for a few hours, although you may get used to the way they feel. They also don’t always provide a seamless look under clothing, particularly where the laces are. If you’re going for a smooth, invisible look under your clothes, a corset might not always be your best choice.
Due to construction of waist cincher, while it will look smoother under clothing, it won’t give the same precision fit that corsets do. However, you may find that they’re more comfortable for extended use, to sleep in and work out in. Many women want waist train almost around the clock, but sleeping in a steel boned corset is not for everyone and you shouldn’t work out in one certainly. Corsets are bulkier as well, and if you are looking to for some slimming help underneath a fitted top or dress, the cincher is easier to hide.
Talking about price, many people buy a waist cincher because it seems to be a cheaper investment (around $40 for some brands, as opposed to $75-$100 for an entry-level corset). But even a not-so-great corset may still give you useful experience in corseting, and can help you reach a 4″ reduction in your waist, even if it falls apart within a month or two. By contrast, a latex cincher may cost less and more comfortable but also won’t give you as much waist training progress as a corset does.


To sum up, either cincher or corset does have its own disadvantages or advantages. You choose the garment based on what your body need.
Waist Cincher vs Corset-waistcinchercenterI recommend steel-boned corset to people who are short of stature or who have a short torso (because full under bust corsets on the market are often too long, which pushes up the breasts unnaturally and/or may dig into the lap when sitting down). People who has back pain also should use corset to have support for your back.
Someone of average to longer waist may also enjoy a cincher because it provides more mobility and less rib contouring than a full under bust. Though you don’t have to choose either/or when it comes to corsets and cinchers, they’re so versatile and you might just want to have both. For days you want dramatic slimming or a vintage look, wear a corset – under or over your clothes. For long days at the office, wear your cincher.

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