How to Lace a Waist Trainer or Corset (Read If Confused)

It can be difficult to lace some corsets or waist trainers! In this article, we will teach you how.


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Are There Different Types Of Waist Trainers To Lace?

You are spoilt for choice when you want to buy a high quality waist trainer to lace up and to waist train in. However, we are not in the Victorian era, there is a lot of choice. You can choose from corsets (perfect with lingerie), waist trainers with flat steel busk rods for heavy duty waist training, waist training belts, and waist cinchers.

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The best part is that waist trainers offer a long-lasting curvy, hourglass figure, when you wear them for recommended periods, you will look like a celebrity! They are the favored shapewear to reshape your body type and get a slimmer waist and more defined curves to your body shape.


How different are new corsets from waist trainers? Corsetry offers great definition to your middle body and corsets often have a corset liner for comfort. They will not only shrink the waist, but also smoothen and uplift the butt and support the bust.

Some corsets are overbust corsets, while others are underbust corsets. You can get them in a wide range of fabrics and designs that offer varied support and waist cinching options.


Cinchers can be narrow or wide belts that reduce, or cinch, only your waist size. If you have well defined hips and bust, with only a wider waist, then cinching is what you want.

Additionally, cinchers help give support when you are training at the gym or working out, because they have more flexibility.

How to “Lace” a Waist Trainer (Well, button up!)

The waist trainer has hooks and eyes, similar to a bra. Or it can have zippers or Velcro. In any case, it is easy to ‘lace’ up. You can adjust the size as well according to your convenience and the tightness that you want.

This adjustability means that, as your waist size shrinks, you can tighten the ends of the laces.

How to Lace a Waist Trainer or Corset

If you have ever worn shoes with laces, you know how laces work. The laces on a waist trainer or corset are longer with more eyelets and there is a right way to lace your corset.

How Can You Tell If You’re Wearing The Waist Trainer Correctly?

Before you buy a waist trainer and put it on, make sure it is the right size and fit. You can get different ones for short, medium and long torsos. Waist trainers are made of varied fabrics and come in many ways of tightening. So put your basic research in place before getting one.

 You can tell that you are wearing the waist trainer the way it is meant to be worn when it does not feel uncomfortably tight and does not cause skin problems, redness or itching. It should not interfere with your breathing or cause other physical problems. It should support your bust, if it is meant to do that, and shrink your waist. Additionally it should not result in unsightly bulges, flattening and curving the mid-section in the right places.

Learn how to measure yourself.

Measurement is key to get the right fit and the results you are aiming for. If your measurements are off, you will not get the right size, you will be uncomfortable and then wonder what is wrong. You know how it is when your bra does not fit well and you have to keep adjusting it? You really don’t want to do it with a waist trainer.

 Try and take the measurements without any restricting clothes that will alter the numbers.

Measure your bust.

Just like for a bra, first measure under the bust. Hold the tape measure taut, make sure that it is even from the back as well and measure yourself. Check and write down the measurement.

The tape should be tight enough that nothing can go under it. It should not be so tight that it feels uncomfortable.

Then measure the bust. Make sure that it is right in the middle, so it should be the widest part of the bust. Again ensure that the alignment at the back is the same because if the tape is not even, you will get wrong measurements.

Measure your waist.

Look at yourself in a mirror and measure yourself where the waist appears the slimmest. That would be approximately mid-way between your pelvis and your bust – a little above the belly button.

The tape should be held evenly at the front and back and you can use the mirror to check. If you are unsure of the readings, measure again. In fact, you can measure three times and take the average, if the measurements are different.

Measure your hips.

Take the tape measure and measure around the widest part of your hips – from the middle of your butt cheeks and then take it to the front, around your pelvic bones.

Measure from under your bust to where you want the waist trainer to end.

When you want to get the length of your torso to buy the right fitting waist trainer, you have to measure from under your bust to the beginning of your leg or where you want the waist trainer to end.

This will give you the length of the torso. A short fitting waist trainer will do no good to you if you have a long body.

It’s possible to wear it incorrectly!

While you may be able to fit into your waist trainer and close the hooks with grommets, are you sure you are wearing it correctly? If your waist trainer shaves off some inches from your natural waist, gives support to your bust and does not cause bulges in your hips, you are wearing it correctly.

If it is too tight, if the hooks or eyes look over-stretched, if you are bulging in the wrong places, if you can’t breathe and feel just too tight you are not wearing the waist trainer correctly.

While the trainer should feel tight, it should not make movement or breathing uncomfortable. You should also get the torso size right.

Create Your Own Waist Training Routine.

For long lasting results as corset wearers you need to have a waist training corset routine. Wearing the trainer occasionally will only give you temporary results. At the same time, it is not a good idea to start your training by wearing it for long periods of time initially.

You can wear it from between one hour to two hours on the first day. Gradually increase the wearing time by an hour daily. Within a week, you should be able to wear it for 8 hours a day.

Put it on right when you wake up.

You can put on the waist trainer soon after you wake up or after your bath and morning routine.

Give yourself enough time to lace it correctly.

If you are always in a hurry in the morning, rushing to get to work, remember to factor in the time it will take to lace the trainer correctly. Initially it may take you 10-15 minutes to do so.

Practice makes it faster and easier and soon you will be able to do it in a couple of minutes.

Never wear it for longer than 8 hours each day.

Do not wear your waist trainer for longer than 8 hours daily. Your body should get used to wearing the trainer.

Never wear it to bed.

While some women are happy to wear it when they are sleeping, it is a good idea to leave your body free in the night. This will enable better rest and recuperation for the skin and the internal organs as well.

Listen to your body!

Whatever happens, listen to your body. Occasionally, you may not want to wear your waist trainer at all and that is okay as well.

Will You See The Waist Trainer Through Your Clothes After Lacing It Up?

The purpose of wearing a waist trainer is that you show a curvier body and thinner waistline. So your waist trainer should not be visible when you are wearing clothes, tight lacing is the answer.

Wear a belt.

If you wear a belt over your clothes, it may give better definition to your waist and also cover some part of the waist trainer that you are wearing.

Wear thicker fabrics.

You should wear clothes made of thicker fabrics to hide the waist trainer. If you wear too clingy or thin clothes, the trainer will be very visible.

Patterned tops can hide the lines of your waist trainer.

Printed or patterned tops will go a long way in hiding the lines of the waist trainer that may be visible under solid colors. If you do need to wear a solid color, then buy one made of textured fabric or one with a self-design.

A nude or black waist trainer can be best for daily use.

Using a nude waist trainer will help make it less visible and enable you to wear clothes in different colors. While you can wear a black waist trainer under dark clothes, it may show under light colored clothes.

Try going up a size in your clothes.

A waist trainer is supposed to reduce your size and tighten bulges. However, the trainer itself is somewhat thick and, if it does not fit under your regular clothes, you should consider buying a somewhat larger size to cover the trainer.

Wear layers!

When you wear layers, you not only bulk up, but can remove layers as and when required. Layering is a great way to hide trainers.

Summing Up How to Lace a Waist Trainer:

  • Decide the kind of waist trainer you want – you have a wide choice among trainers, corsets, belts and more.
  • Measure yourself correctly – hold a flat tape taut and make sure that it is well aligned at the back and front.
  • Ensure that the trainer is worn correctly – you don’t want to look lopsided, so centering it is important.
  • Build up a wearing routine gradually – don’t go all out wearing it initially for hours together.
  • The waist trainer should not be visible under clothes – wear thicker clothes that are opaque and do not show the trainer.
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