Knowing Your Size with the Waist Trainer Size Chart

Whether you’re new to the waist trainer world or are looking to simply try one on, there’s no sense in looking into them without knowing your proper size. When it comes to the best plus size waist trainer, you don’t need a corset size calculator—just a corset size chart.

However, before we unleash you out into the world of corset and waist training, we’ll tell you a few things about the size charts, like the girdle size chart and the corse measurements guide with the intent to help you while trudging through the waters of the unknown.

It is actually pretty dangerous for your health to be wearing an incorrectly-sized waist trainer so the more you know, the better off you’ll be.

The Measurement Options

When it comes to measuring out sizes, no matter what it is, everyone will have different theories. Some will swear by their own theories—each one different in their own way.

Through the pretense of making this guide as short as possible, we’re going to go through only a couple of options when it comes to measuring for a waist trainer. The fact of the matter here is that your size is truly essential to know. Whether you should be wearing a waist trainer size 38 or a waist trainer size 36, the smallest margin of a size can make all the difference—whether it’s in your comfort or the efficiency of which it works.

Without further ado, here are the two options for accurate sizing.

Option Number One: First and foremost, it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out what size you are—more like rock science, which is actually quite a fascinating subject. Even though waist trainer sizes vary pretty greatly from one to another, you can simply choose a size by basing it off of other people. For example, you can just base what works for you off of other customers. Normally, this type of option works since you can briefly tighten them to give the correct amount of pressure. A rule of thumb goes for ordering. All you need to do is know your normal shirt size. Then, order your waist trainer simply one size larger than what you would buy for a new tight tank—although, make sure you’re not referencing this size with the size you would order for a comfortable sweater or hoodie.

Well, if you don’t like option 1 or you’re not keen to doing research and trusting your judgment from others, this is a more specific option to answer the question: “How do I know what size waist trainer to get?”

This brings us to option 2, which is not exactly a waist trainer size chart from the US or a waist training corset size chart, it’s more of how you measure it. We’ll get into the charts later. However, first you need the actual measurements to then refer to the chart with.

Option Number Two: It doesn’t matter if you’re measuring for a plus size waist trainer or a normal-sized—you need waist measurements.

To measure your waist out, you’ll need to start your measurement at the narrowest part of your torso. Aim to record the measurement that is located right above your belly button. Once you have that number, you can move on.

It’s imperative to know, however, that to get the best possible measurement, you’ll want to measure in the evening after you’ve done all your daily activities (but not particularly right after you’ve eaten a rather large meal). Normally, around 5 or 6 o’clock, before dinner, is the perfect time to take measurements.

To measure, you’ll need a measuring tape. If you don’t have one on hand, however, you don’t have to necessarily go out to the hardwood store and buy one at 6 p.m. You can easily use a non-stretchy string and a ruler to do the measuring for you.

Okay, got everything? Here is how you’ll measure:

1. First and foremost, take off your clothes or at least lift up your shirt to well above your chest (it’s simply better to take your shit off). Make sure you have no type of clothing on your waist.

2. Once you have your clothes removed, you’ll need to “find your waist”—which shouldn’t be hard to do! This doesn’t mean that you’ll be put on some sort of never-ending quest, it just means you have to find where your anatomic waistline is so that you can measure properly.

        • To do this, use your fingers and fiddle at the top of your hips. Once you get to that hip bone, make note of where that is.
        • Next, you’ll need to find the base of your rib cage. Make note of that too.
        • The “waist” is technically the part between those two bones (rib cage and hip). Anatomically speaking, you should be measuring right above your belly button.

3. Now that you have the spot, you can take your measurement. Don’t suck in or move about in a strange way that your waist is then “smaller”. An accurate measurement means being honest with yourself about where you are in your size. To measure, stand up straight and breathe normally. Hold one end of the tape measure or string at your navel and bring the other end around your waist and circle back to the front. That circle around your waist will fit snugly around your torso without digging into your skin.

4. Whether you want to pinch where the end is (mark where the tape measure meets the open end (zero) of the starting tape measure) or just read it as is, it’s pivotal that you remember that number. This is your waist measurement.

5. Once you’ve done that and recorded your number (preferably writing it down to not forget), do the entire process again—just to ensure that you got an accurate original, measurement. If you happen to get a different number the second time, do it a third time. If it’s also different, just take the average between all of those numbers and that will be your waist.

6. Now, you have to get your torso length. Some waist trainers have this measurement also included when you need to pick out the best waist trainer for you. To get this measurement, simply sit in a chair and straighten out your back. Place the measuring tape directly underneath your breast and run it all the way down to the top of your thigh. This is your torso length.

Now that you have your measurements, we can refer to the size chart. Even though you may feel self-conscious about your number, there are waist trainers for plus sizes available, and it is nothing to be ashamed about—plus, you’re shopping online so it’s that much easier!

The Size Chart Explained

You can refer to the size chart below to help order the accurate size of your waist trainer. No matter if you are shopping for waist trainers at Walmart or at one of our stores, this is important information—so make sure you pay attention!

Getting your correct size isn’t just measuring and then picking the closest on the chart. You have to know what kind of fit you want to begin with.

If you want your waist trainer to be a very tight fit and you’re in between sizes on the chart, you should go with the smaller size.

If you want your waist trainer to be a bit more comfortable (recommended for waist trainers for plus women), you should choose the larger of the two sizes.

XS 24-26
S 26-28
M 28-39.5
L 30.5-32.5
XL 32.5-34,5
2XL 34.5-36.5
3XL 36.5-38.5
4XL 38.5-40.5
5XL 40.5-42.5
6XL 42.5-45.5


Just to make sure you did it correctly, the size that you should have measured out will probably run around 0-1 size bigger than your regular shirt size. Of course, if you normally wear really tight clothing, it might up to 2 sizes larger—it’s all relative.

However, it’s important that you really don’t choose anything too big or else the waist trainer won’t “function” properly and then actually be much too big to make any sort of difference.

Just be aware that there might be a size variation from one to two cm…Don’t worry about the cm THAT much since you’ll have three rows of hooks to work with to adjust!

If you’re really are having trouble about measuring your site, you can send us a message. To get the most accurate measurement and best corset, you’ll also need to take into account your body shape—which can range from an “apple”, “straight”, a “pear”, or an “hour-glass”.

Remember, as we mentioned before, some waist trainers need more than just your waist measurement and also need your torso length—don’t confuse the two numbers!

Once you have those final numbers, however, it’s on to almost ordering your waist trainer!

Now, you have to choose what type of style you like.

Different Styles of Waist Trainers

We all know that women come in different shapes, sizes, and curves—and so do waist trainers! There are so many different options that you can choose from and different styles to not only suit your body but also your lifestyle, as well.

First and foremost, you need to justify the reason behind getting a waist trainer or a corset. You might be planning to go on a waist training regimen or you just one for those one-time events where you have to fit in a dress or want that hour glass figure. You might even want to see how dramatically your body will change once you wear one—just to see if it’s all worth it.

The first thing you need to determine is whether you want in “overbust” or an “underbust”. This is normally a matter of preference. However, let’s take a look at the reasons behind wearing either one.

Choosing an Overbust

If you’re not a first-time waist trainer wearer, you can easily break into and get used to wearing the overcast corset. However, even if you are a first-timer, you might need to wear an overcast because it goes underneath your dress perfectly for an even. For an overcast corset, however, you’ll also need to take into account your breast cup size. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for an overbust waist trainer in the store, the combination of your bust size, upper hip, waist, and underbust size measurements will be hard to find.

Especially if you are a bustier gal, you will probably have a hard time finding an overbust waist trainer in your cup size. If you do have a lot in your top, you might want to consider some lacing tips, as well.

Choosing an Underbust

If you’re simply looking for a waist trainer to work on your figure, you can probably get away with choosing a waist trainer or corset as an underbust. Normally, you’ll have to choose between getting a standard length waist trainer, for women who have a torso of about 9″ or more, a longline waist trainer, for women who have a torso length of about 11″ or more, or a wasp waist or mini corsets. 

Again, as we mentioned before, the style of your corset will depend full-heartedly on your purpose behind your purchase. If all you’re looking for is to get a curvy accessory for your clothes, you can easily just choose a standard length or a shorter length. However, if you’re worried about that dreaded bulge between the corset and jeans, you’ll want a longline waist trainer.

Especially there are so many different kinds of measurement guidelines for waist trainers, the main measurement to worry about—really—is your waist. Some waist trainers don’t even come with numbers and simple are sized by “small, medium or large”.

Just remember—the waist measurement normally isn’t the only thing you need for your  waist trainer size. This is where most women go wrong. They measure their waist (maybe even inaccurately) and they go from there—plugging in the number on the chart and clicking to order. However—please don’t forget that you need to take into account your torso length since you’ll be bending over, etc.

Also, it’s important that you don’t just go with whatever size dress or top you wear, either. This will either be too loose and not even function properly or might even possibly be too large (especially if you like loose-fitting clothes. When in doubt, follow the steps we talked about earlier and always, follow the chart.

At the end of the day, you’ll need to take note that there are several different factors and styles that will help you choose—not simply just overbust and underbust!

Choose according to your lifestyle: You will need to choose a waist trainer depending on the fact if you’re planning on working out in it or not. If you are, you’ll need a waist trainer that has a workout band—this will even help you sweat more, which can definitely help in the weight loss process.

You might even be an office-woman who is planning on keeping it all under-wraps all day. Especially since some waist-trainers actually help with your posture, it’s pivotal that you want to get a waist trainer or cincher that is designed in a neutral color so that no one notices it while you wear it underneath your clothes. A skin or white color (depending on the tone of your skin) will definitely be preferred here.

If you’re a new mom looking to lose your baby weight and get back to your pre-baby bod, you might also turn to the waist trainer. The specific style that will work best for you here is one that has three rows of hooks. This will make it possible to size down as you get closer and closer to your target weight.

Choose according to the material: Once you get your specific style down, it’s now time to narrow the waist trainer you want to the material being used. Although we’ve devoted entire articles already to the material of waist trainers, here is a quick overview of what you may need to know.

Generally, most waist trainers are designed with latex. They are the most preferred material of all waist trainers because they are durable and will last a long time—making your investment extremely worthwhile. It’s also pivotal to understand that latex also helps provide that firm compression you need for it to actually work all day long.

Unfortunately, some of you out there might have an allergic-reaction to latex. You can get something that is lighter and more comfortable out there, like a no-closure cincher. This definitely helps with beginners since it’s less restricting than other waist trainers.

You can also get the cotton waist trainer which is also less-restricting and better for those who often a too-tight experience with other waist trainers.

If you really are looking to go hard-core with it, though, you might want to consider even upping your game to more traditional, lace-up style corsets or even steel-boned corsets.

Choose according to your Body Type: Last but not least, you’ll want to take you into account. This is where women mostly focus but not without reason—it’s one of the most important factors!

If you’re smaller and have a petite frame, you’ll want to go with a shorter waist trainer.

If you are plus size, you’ll need to look into getting one that is specifically designed to fit you so you’re comfortable.

If you need extra bust support, you’ll want to aim for a vest-style waist trainer. This type of trainer also comes with adjustable straps so you can get the best fit—which is important, especially if you really have a large bust.

If you have a longer torso, you’ll definitely want to consider going for a longer waist trainer so you can get the full amount of coverage.

Okay, now you know ample amounts of information about your waist trainer—from how to get your proper measurement size to comparing it to the chart, from which style you need to what material you need to what type of body you have and how that can affect your waist trainer style decision.

Now you actually have your waist trainer—let’s figure out how to put it on:

How to Put On Your New Waist Trainer

Especially if you’ve never worn one before, this can be a bit difficult. You might have a bit of a panic attack once you realize how tight it is and if you have difficulty of breathing. If any of that happens to you—don’t worry, you’re not alone!

While you’re putting it on, it’s important to not yank on the clasps to get them on. The clasps start from the bottom of the garment all the way up to the front of your body. To get it properly on in the right way, you should start with the narrowest part of your waist and then once you’ve got that done, pull the entire waist trainer down over your abdomen.

Ideally, the clasps should be at at the loosest setting. If you are already having to clasp it on at the tightest setting, you’ve gotten a waist trainer that is too big for you and you have no room to size down.

At first, you’ll want to just wear your waist trainer for an hour a day. If you want to know a little more about the specifics of wearing them, please check out our other article.

Before you finalize your wear, consider some of our best waist trainers to think about buying:

Whether you’re going with any of our waist trainers from our collection, you really can’t go wrong. You can choose between our CO-1330-SPORT THERMAL WAIST CINCHER, our CO-1331-ULTRA COMPRESSIVE WAIST CINCHER, our CO-1339-SPORT WAIST CINCHER SILVER or our CO-1405/1406-DOUBLE CONTROL WAIST CINCHER, which are really some of our best sellers.

Any of our waist cinchers will help you rock all the different outfits you have. No matter what shape you start with, our waist cinchers will help you get the perfect waistline. Since they press and compress your midsection gently, you’ll be able not only to get the impressive figure you want at that particular moment, you’ll also be able to start waist trainer to get your waist down to that figure.

Especially after surgery or after giving birth, you might be a bit self-conscious about your body—which is completely normal! Our products, like the Double Control Waist Cincher can help you tame it and get you back into shape after recovery. Nothing helps you recover fast like a beautiful figure, you will be looking forward to step outside and show off your flawless waistline!

Especially with the 3-position hook closure that can be adjusted, you’ll be able to fit into a lot of our waist trainers, no matter what your size is!

Hopefully, this article has helped you determine what size you are with your waist trainer.

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