How do you use a waist cincher?

Megan Smith
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How do you use a waist cincher?

How do you use a waist cincher?It all depends on the type of shapewear.

How do you use a waist cincher? Introduction

Waist cinchers are less restrictive than waist trainers or corsets.

They are often made of thinner material and contain little to no reinforced boning structure.

To know the difference between waist cinchers and trainers, read our other article What is the difference between a waist cincher and a waist trainer?

You use a waist cincher to help you look slimmer for a short while, like while wearing a specific dress during a night out.

For specific examples of waist cinchers, have a look at the best plus-size waist cincher for weight loss.

The types of waist cincher

  • A classic waist cincher is just like a piece of underwear that goes under your other clothes, for more information about this type and its effect on your body, you can read What happens when you wear a waist cincher?
  • A more rigid waist trainer come with fasteners like hooks and eye clasps or zippers to regulate the compression.
  • An actual corset comes with laces at the back  tightened like shoelaces.

A more rigid waist trainer

Waist trainers are literally designed to train your waist in order to mold it into an hourglass shape.

These are often made of thicker material and contain reinforced boning structure.

This gives more compression of the waist.

These can be a little difficult to put on if you have actually never tried them in the past.

They will feel extremely tight, but you shouldn’t have to pull too hard on the clasps to get them on.

With a waist trainer, start closing the hooks at the bottom of the garment.

It works best if you grip them around the narrowest part of your waist.

Then pull the garment down over your abdomen as you work your way up.

Ideally when starting a waist training routine, your garment should fit just right on the widest setting

You can still size down as you progress.

Use your waist trainer for about an hour at a time at first to break it in.

How do you use a corset with laces?

A corset with laces is fastened differently as it laces at the back

This takes some practice and you may wish to ask for someone’s help at first.

It’s somewhat like tightening shoelaces.

Only you work from the top and the bottom of the corset towards the middle of your back.

Once it is tight, attach the laces.

Note that bodices require to be seasoned (broken in) before pulling them as tight as they will break.

For the first few times you wear one, don’t pull it as tight as it will go.

Just as tight as it can get without sliding around.

Use it for an hour or two at a time for a couple of days before lacing it up more.

Safety first

If your waist trainer appears to cause any bulging, pain or shortness of breath, it does not fit properly and you should take it off instantly.

If you are not accustomed to wearing one it may be uneasy to use for an extended period.

That’s why a progressive breaking in period is advised when you start waist training to assist your body adjust.

How do you use a waist cincher? Conclusion

Different kinds of shapewear come with different instructions on how to use them.

The most common types of shapewear are:

  • Classic waist cinchers used to look slimmer while wearing it
  • More rigid waist trainers used to train your waist into an hourglass figure
  • Corset with laces if you want the most compression
About Megan Smith

Megan has been fighting overweight and her plus size since her teenage years. After trying all types of remedies without success, she started doing her own research. Megan founded Plus Size Zeal to share her findings. She also developed various detailed buying guides for plus-size people in order to make their lives easier and more comfortable. Read More