The 7 Best Waist Cinchers

Updated May 09, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

7 Best Waist Cinchers
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We spent 37 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Perhaps you're looking for a little extra support for your back, or you want to increase your calorie burn during workouts. Maybe you simply want to ensure that your dress looks perfect on you for a special night out. Whatever the need, one of these waist cinchers will be perfect for the job. We've rated them here by comfort, durability, and ease of use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best waist cincher on Amazon.

7. Ann Michell Vest

The highly supportive Ann Michell Vest has two wide shoulder straps helping it to stay firmly in place. Its adjustable body has two rows of hooks, so you can make it tighter as your body gets used to it and slims down. Its exterior is latex, and its interior is cotton.
  • noticeable difference in a few days
  • helps to uplift the breasts
  • can create a pooch when sitting
Brand Ann Michell
Model pending
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. Yianna Training Corset

Some may find the combo zipper and hook closure system of the Yianna Training Corset easier to use than the standard hook and eye closure. It has five large straps with just 10 hooks, and the rest is zippered to go on quicker with less fumbling.
  • flawless stitching everywhere
  • interior loops for hanging
  • sizes tend to run small
Brand YIANNA
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Camellias Corsets Trainer Belt

The Camellias Corsets Trainer Belt might not look as sexy as some of the others, but its double-Velcro adjustment straps allow it to adapt to your body size as you lose weight. It's also more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
  • available in bright pink or orange
  • 4 reinforced acrylic bones
  • rides up high under the breasts
Brand Camellias Corsets
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Maidenform Flexees Women's Shapewear

The beautiful jacquard fabric stitched into every Maidenform Flexees Women's Shapewear not only looks good, but also helps eliminate muffin tops. It promotes a sleeker, curvier silhouette, but feels soft and smooth on the skin.
  • easy hook and eye closure
  • creates a great hourglass shape
  • delicate and must be hand washed
Brand Flexees
Model 6868
Weight 15.5 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Ann Chery Women's Faja Workout

Treat your body right with the Ann Chery Women's Faja Workout. It offers added support for everyday use, but also works great while exercising by helping to keep your muscles warm, allowing you to pump away for longer stretches.
  • comes in several bold colors
  • covered boning for added support
  • three rows of closures
Brand Ann Chery
Model 2023
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. Squeem Perfect Waist Compression Shapewear

The Squeem Perfect Waist Compression Shapewear is a great option for taller women. It's a long design that provides wonderful contours and posture, while flexible internal boning prevents it from rolling up or down as you move.
  • natural rubber exterior
  • speeds up fat burning
  • strong fused fabric technology
Brand Squeem
Model 26PW
Weight pending
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Ann Chery Women's Faja Clasica

The sexy and slimming Ann Chery Women's Faja Clasica provides phenomenal comfort and support without skimping on design. It works well on women of all sizes, and it fits perfectly if you order by the company's sizing chart.
  • durable latex outer layer
  • soft and cozy cotton interior
  • provides all-day coverage
Brand Ann Chery
Model 2025
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

The Mid Century Girdle - A Memoir

When I think of girdles, I remember my Granny’s girdle. Picture mid-century Massachusetts. The season is fall, through a vintage lens. The sort of grainy crackling you experience when you watch old home movies filmed in Super8 film. Color, but faded, so that the yellows are a muted gold, the reds with an orange-tinge, like the whole world sat in bleach for a few minutes.

My paternal grandmother, Gert (Goldie in the old world) was the most lovable person I’ve ever known: short, doughy, her worn face a bit manly and framed in thick black eyebrows, almost handsome, wearing a housedress that buttoned down the front, with pockets and a 2-inch bias-tape edge, and her stockings worn without a garter belt, scrunched around her ankles like loose socks. She wasn’t the type to wear a girdle around the house.

Such an ordeal was Gert’s girdle, it had to be a real occasion for her to stuff herself into one. Squeezing her stumpy 4'11" Eastern European body into the stiff elastic contraption took both a mental run-up and a considerable amount of single-minded strength.

When I looked at her all dressed up for these special occasions, I still saw all the layers under her heavy wool herringbone coat. Her big-buttoned tweed ladies suit. Her silky old slip with the cling of freshly splashed Jean Naté. And, underpinning everything, holding her together in a neat, immovable brick shape, gripping her stockings with industrial strength, was her girdle.

Granny was making a huge sacrifice on behalf of this rare vanity. Crimping her abundance of flaccid old flesh into the confines of super-tight elastic and struggling to hook the ugly fasteners left her breathless and relieved, a surprised little “I did it!” on her red-pressed lips.

Nowadays, Granny wouldn’t have to go to all that trouble. Today’s women get to wear velour pants with elastic waistbands. Dress it up with a flowy blouse. No stockings. No effen girdle. Now it's a choice, not a convention. We are lucky ladies, indeed.

Ladies Unmentionables: From Brutal to Beautiful

Let's go way back for a minute. We'll start at the time the iron corset would have been worn - the 16th century. (Before that, everyone, men and women, rich and poor alike, just wore a long linen nighty, or shift, under their clothes). According to at least one very smart source, scholars believe this iron corset was a medical device used to correct spine curvature.

During the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, women went from wearing just this unisex loose linen nighty, to wearing the shift in addition to farthingales and corsets. The affect of the farthingales and corsets during that time in history was to flatten the bust and taper into an ice cream cone shape to the waist, then a dramatically wide hip.

A quick aside: You should know that during this time, women wore nothing to cover the nether regions. In the context of human history, drawers are a relatively new invention. It's only since the 1930s that underpants as we know them today came into regular use. About the same time as the brassiere, and interestingly though not serendipitously I suspect, when plumbing became widely available. As you can probably imagine, women didn't need any more encumbrance to relieving the bladder than they already had under all that whale bone and buckram. So, they went commando.

In the 1700s, baleen and textiles made up the corsets, or stays, that elongated the conical shape to the waist. The equipment list under a woman's dress included: hoops of various widths; a cloth pocket tied around the waist; baleen or wooden stays with busks; and, of course, the linen shift. All with the goal of looking light and airy. By the end of the century, the ideal had changed from wide-loads to junk-in-the-trunk, replacing the hoops with bustles.

Then, the end of the 18th century saw a 30-year period dubbed the Empire/Directoire, in which women dropped all of this artifice in favor of a classical Greco-Roman look. Then modesty won, and the bustle made a big comeback that lasted about 100 years. The corset also came back with a vengeance. The late Victorian corset was so restrictive and contortive that it inspired a whole movement called the rational dress movement.

From the late 1800s through about 1908, we have a combination of undergarments that create an incredibly idealized shape with a dramatically prominent butt and breast that are impossible to achieve in nature. Not coincidentally, this era is the heyday of medical exploration. There was a lot of doctoring to death going on at the turn of the 20th century. Doctors were at the top of the social heap, and they began to deem the restrictive corset as a danger, squeezing the organs, causing hysteria and liver failure, and more.

So, as we wend into the Edwardian era, we see the corset change shape into the S-bend, or "health corset." Supposedly less stressful on the organs, it created a flat tummy, a smaller bust, and a protruding tush. Unfortunately, although women looked healthier due to the flattened abs, any health benefit was counterbalanced by injury to the back. Ironically, the S-bend bent the back in ways that the corset was originally invented to fix. Nonetheless, this style was popular up into the 1910s, when brassieres made their first appearance.

And so we arrive at the Golden Age of Girdles, stretching from the 1920s to the 1960s. Our most iconic ideals were naturally curvy: Jane Russell; Liz Taylor; and, of course, Marilyn Monroe.

In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, nobody wore underwear. Less was more. As a culture, we celebrated a freed bosom and bottom, and a tiny figure, like Farrah Fawcett's. And that led to the 1980s athletic ideal, a big bust and tight buns as exemplified by Jane Fonda's remarkable fitness even into her 50s. In an effort to look natural and to free women from the confines of undergarments, both exercise and plastic surgery spiked. Now you could get your tummy tucked, your breasts augmented and your butt lifted, permanently. Underwear became practical and comfortable. In an effort to slim the hip, we adopted shoulder pads that lasted all the way to the next century.

The next undergarment revolution came when Madonna famously, shockingly, made it popular to wear underwear on the outside. We still see the exposed bra-strap today, and it isn't always pretty.

In the 21st century, millennial women exercise. We make the most of what nature provided. And we can buy waist cinchers to help nature along without a knife. Part underwear; part exer-wear. We've found a way to give ourselves the hourglass shape, but only if we want it. And that is a beautiful thing.

How to Size Your Waist Cincher in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Tie a length of elastic around the smallest part of your waist and wiggle from side to side to let it settle. You have found your natural waist.

  2. Using a tape measure, measure at the level where the elastic settled. If your waist is larger than 32 inches, you may want to wrap it all little tighter, since it will compress more easily than a fat-free waist. This is where judgment comes in. Too tight and you won't wear it. Too loose and it won't cinch properly.

  3. The fabric of the waist cincher is very important in determining size. Waist cinchers made with more elastic, lycra and spandex will stretch more, so they need to be a little smaller. To show results, it must be rather tight.

  4. Use the manufacturer's size chart. Most companies put a lot of research into these charts, and they will, more often than not, provide you with an incredibly close-to-perfect option.



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Last updated on May 09, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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