Before we get into the details of corsets and waist training, keep in mind that there is a lot of conflicting information and claims as to what corsets and waist trainers can really do, how they can improve your life, and so on. There should be no health risks if you wear them properly, such as breaking in corsets and only stiffening them as much as is comfortable for you, but it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor if you have any concerns about choosing to wear either garment. We highly recommend checking out a step-by-step guide to corsets. You can check for articles online to learn how to begin waist training.
While we talk about corsets in this article, we’re referring to the garment on the left; when we talk about waist trainers, we’re referring to the garment on the right:
1. Rigid and spiral steel boning
A corset is made up of flat or rigid steel boning as well as spiral steel boning. A waist trainer seems to have no boning, a few other acrylic or plastic boning, or steel boning to help shape the waist. This is most often less than a corset, as it only has four steel bones instead of the eight or more than a corset has. Corsets with plastic boning rather than steel bones are also available at a lower price.
These really are better suited for fashion than waist contraction, and they’re certainly not best suited for waist training. This is because spiral steel bones are crafted to be flexible while remaining strong, whereas plastic boning buckles when subjected to the pressure required for waist training. The interior of a corset, revealing the spiral steel boning streams and the lacing at the rear.
2. Hook and eye compared with lacing
Lacing at the rear end of the garment secures corsets. This is how they can be removed or properly fitted by tightening or loosening them. The front of the waist trainers has a row of hooks and eyes. A busk is usually attached to the front of a corset. This is a steel fastening with threads on one side and pins on the other side. This makes it easier for the wearer to get into and out of the corset rather than having to put it on over their head or hips.
3. Nature of material
A corset is typically made of non-stretch natural materials like cotton or leather. They’re also available in silk, satin, or mesh fabrics, all of which are non-stretch. A corset’s foundation is usually made of coutil, a thick, strong fabric. A waist trainer, on the other hand, being contrary, is made of stretchy materials like latex, nylon, or spandex. Synthetic materials are frequently used. A waist trainer is crafted to stretch and tighten the wearer’s body, whereas a corset’s strong fabric helps the garment maintain its very regimented shape.
4. Cinch and compression
The waist is the only part of the body that a corset is crafted to flatten. A corset’s construction allows it to fit snugly around the waist while remaining loose everywhere else. In contrast, a waist trainer is a compression garment that applies pressure to the entire torso. Corsets can be made to fit a wide range of body types even more easily. Orchard Corset’s CS426 corset with hip linkages, for example, is configured for a very curvy hourglass figure that dips in more at the waist; on the other hand, their CS305 corset is crafted for more agile body types.
I require a very curvy corset; when I wear one that isn’t tailored to accommodate my hip shelf, which is disproportionately larger than my waist, I experience increased tightness on my hips, which is uncomfortable. The development of a corset allows for these proposed and compared to the differences, kudos to multiple panels, steel boning, and strong textiles.
A waist trainer or waist cincher, on the other side of the coin, due to the reduced panels and stretchy fabric, does not have the manufacturing versatility to fit the garment to a more specific body type. Because of this, I’d have a hard time finding a waist trainer that happens to fit my underbust, waist, and hips. If I blend it to my waist, I’d receive way too much stiffness on my hips; if I fit it to my hips, it’d have no impact on my waist.
5. Basic function
Both are properly functioning garments, but each is designed for a specific goal. A corset is worn for fashion, often as underwear and occasionally as lingerie, whereas a waist trainer is worn to reduce the size of your waist. A corset is supposed to be worn to give a precise shape and style, typically for those into iconic and retro patterns so that their body shapes fit the outfits from a certain era effectively, thanks to its cinching factor. They can also be worn for productivity and performance reasons on occasion.
6. Difference in action
Corsets and waist trainers have been shown to be able to permanently alter your shape. I’m not trying to mention whether I believe it to be true or not, but these claims should be taken with a grain of salt. Your shape will be distinct while wearing either garment unlike when you are not wearing it. A fixed change in body shape, on the other hand, is something entirely different, so setting this as your ultimate objective when choosing to wear a corset or waist trainer isn’t always the best idea.
You may hear corset wearers refer to “waist training,” but this is not the same as what a waist trainer can do. Whenever a corset wearer talks about “waist training,” they’re referring to the process of acclimating their waist to corsets so that they too can proceed to a smaller waist and curvier corsets. When the corset is withdrawn, the waist returns to its original size and shape, but it has been “trained” to actually fit into the relatively small corset. Weight loss can be a side effect of wearing a corset.
People who wear waist trainers have a slightly distinct goal in mind: they’re usually wearing them as part of a workout routine with the goal of losing weight around the torso and altering their waist shape with contraction.