There is a lot of confusion and sweating (I would rather you sweat INSIDE your waist trainer, not OVER it ) about choosing the correct size of a waist trainer/ waist cincher. While it is not an easy task like buying that ruffled top online, it is not that big a deal either.
So what is waist training, you ask? It is reducing the size of your waist over time by continuous use of a waist trainer/ cincher or a corset. The change in your waist happens, not by magic, but by compressing your floating ribs and the surrounding fat pads (don’t freak out, just stay with me here). These “floating ribs” are the last 2 sets of ribs under your ribcage and are NOT connected to your breastbone and hence flexible and not prone to damage. So what a waist trainer does is: target these fat pads around your floating ribs by using”thermal compression” technique to reduce 2-5 inches in a couple of weeks! Now that is the power of waist training. The more you sweat the more you burn! A good latex trainer with steel bone support will also provide lumber support to your back, improving the posture while reducing inches from your waist. So it is really good for those long-hours spent behind your desk. And keeping your back in good shape over time (it has my back, pun intended).
So the good news is that you’ve decided to waist train, and the better news is that you have actually gone online and chosen your waist trainer/ waist cincher, hopefully from waistshapers.com (just kidding, though they do have the finest selection and the best prices and quick delivery). So before you press the “buy” button, consider these handy tips to make sure your waist trainer is the right size.
To Take the Best Measurement:
Measure in the evening after your usual daily activities. Preferably not first thing in the morning as the body is still retaining fluid and may give incorrect measurement.
You will need:
A flexible measuring tape or non-stretchy string and a ruler.
1. Remove or raise YOUR clothes: Remove your shirt or raise to just below your chest. To get an accurate measurement, you need to remove any layers of clothing blocking your waist.
2. Find your waist. Use your fingers to find the top of your hips and the base of your rib cage. Your waist is the soft, fleshy section between these two bony parts. It will also be the narrowest part of your torso (Usually just above the belly button).
3. Take your measurement. Stand up straight and exhale slowly. Hold the end of the tape measure at your navel and bring it around your waist to the front. The measuring tape should fit snugly around your torso without digging into your skin.
4. Read the measurement: Look at the place on the tape where the zero end meets the other end of the tape measure. The location of this meeting point is your waist measurement.
5. Double-check: Repeat the measurement once more to ensure the accuracy of your original measurement. If it is different from the first time, measure for a third time and take the average of the three numbers.
Waist trainer/ Cincher are sized by waist measurement, in 2-inch increments. For example, the right cincher size for women with a waist measurement of 31 to 33 inches will be a medium.
NOTE: If you are closer to the tighter end of the measurement it would be recommended to go to the larger option and then train your waist down to the smaller size. Never select the size you would prefer to be instead of the size that actually fits you. There is no point getting a waist trainer and not have it fit at all, or otherwise only just fitting and being very uncomfortable wearing it. Listen to your body.
The size you come up with should be approximately 0-1 size(s) above your regular shirt size, depending on how tight or loose you usually wear your clothing. If you usually wear it tight, it may say to order 1-2 sizes bigger, if you usually wear loose / baggy style, it may be the same size or 1 size bigger than your shirt size.
Choose the one that you match closest with. For a very tight fit: If you are in between sizes, or fall into 2 size categories, choose the smaller size. For a comfortable fit, choose the larger of the two sizes.
DO NOT pick a bigger size than what your measurement is, as it will be too loose!
Check the fabric content the cincher is made of. The physical size of the cincher should be 2 to 6 inches smaller than the natural waist measurement. If a cincher has a lot of lycra content, it will stretch more around your body than a cincher made of fabric with a low- or no-lycra content. Take this factor into consideration and adjust your measurement accordingly. For waist trainers/ cinchers made of stretch fabrics, the measurement should be rather tight, and vice versa.
TIP: There may be a size variation of up to 2 cm when ordering, which means your trainer may be + / – 2 cm from the exact inch size inch listed in the size chart. Since you have 3 rows of hooks / size options (in the hook closure type of models) you can just use the next size up or down should one set of hooks be too tight or loose.
Do let me know in your comments if this was helpful.