The Subtle Art of Stealth Waist Training
In one of our previous articles, we shared fashion tips geared towards creating fashionable outfits utilizing a corset or other type of waist trainer. However, we know that even the proudest of training lovers or most dedicated of fashion fans have those occasional moments when the corset or cincher just needs to stay hidden.
Whether your trainer just doesn't fit in with your daily outfit or you're tired of answering questions about your routine, we've all had those days. Yes, even our staff here at Get Waisted, who practically live in our favorite waist trainers, have had times when we've preferred to keep it hidden.
If you're new to keeping your corset hidden, you've probably looked at its bulky lacings or prominent row of fastenings and thought to yourself how on Earth am I ever going to hide this? Never fear! That's what we're here for! This quick and handy guide will teach you all there is to know about stealth waist training, the art of hiding a trainer under clothing without creating any unusual lines or bumps in your outfit.
We'll show you that yes, you absolutely can have your cake and eat it too - keep your waist looking amazing and those pounds practically falling off without any of your friends or colleagues becoming any the wiser!
Stealth Corseting or Stealth Cinching?
At first glance, the choice of which type of trainer to use for "stealth" days seems obvious. Corsets typically feature both ribbon or cord lacings up the back and a solid, vertical piece called a busk in the front, with many modern busks also including a line of hook and eye fasteners for ease of removal.
Meanwhile, the majority of latex cinchers forgo the lacing in favor of the single row of front fasteners, and in some cases even replace the hooks and eyes with flatter snaps or Velcro. (Some cinchers even skip the fastening altogether, and are able to be put on simply by pulling them over your head and down towards your waist!)
With that information in mind, most people would assume that cinchers are always the right choice for wearing under clothes, while corsets should always be kept on top for those days you want to look extra fashionable. However, it's not that simple. In fact, both garments have their pros and cons when it comes to stealthing. Luckily, the amazing news is this: both corsets and cinchers CAN successfully be worn under clothing. (In fact, even a thick, wrapped trimming belt could be sufficiently concealed under a particularly bulky top.) However, the slightly less fantastic news is that each type of waist trainer has unique considerations which should be taken into account when planning your "stealth" outfit.
Corsets, as mentioned before, have lacing up the back which can create a pattern of odd lines and bumps if worn under a tight top. In particular, the knot or bow which is tied at the back of the waist can prove difficult to hide. In addition, the trailing ends of the laces typically hang lower than the hem of a standard shirt or blouse. Busks are not nearly as much of a problem as they initially seem, as they are typically designed to lay flat against the sternum and do not protrude. Additionally, most corsets slim the waist more dramatically than cinchers, with tighter corsets offering up to 8 inches of compression. This gives you more "wiggle room" to choose slightly more fitted or less bulky clothing and still remain stealthy.
Cinchers do not typically have the issue of the lacing, and usually have a non-prominent set of fastenings. However, the average cincher is much less rigid and stable than the average corset. Cinchers are made from stretchy materials such as latex, spandex or neoprene, in order to accommodate the movements of the body during workout. They also have either lightweight plastic bones or no bones at all, while corsets use steel boning.
As a result, it is possible for the cincher to ride up or slip down as you move around throughout the day. This can cause wrinkles to form which will be easily visible under your clothing, especially in areas such as the hips and the top of the ribcage. Additional problems can occur if wearing a cincher which fastens using Velcro, as it can get caught on, snag, pull at or tear your clothing if not properly fastened or if the fastening comes undone during the day.
Lastly, cinchers do not compress the waist as dramatically, so you may need to plan a looser outfit if taking your cincher into "stealth mode" for the day.
Regardless of which type of trainer you choose, these tips and tricks can help you get through the day without a single slip. Each and every one was personally submitted by our helpful Get Waisted staff and inspired by their own "stealth" experience!
- First and foremost, EVEN IF your waist trainer is taking the place of your undergarments, wear a camisole, tank top or thin liner underneath it. Yes, even in the summer or hot, humid weather. Contact between the trainer and your bare skin, especially in the case of a corset, can cause red, itchy irritated skin due to excess friction. Sweat, deodorant and natural body oils can also potentially permanently stain certain types of corset, making lining extra important!
- If your trainer has laces, make sure to tuck the trailing ends somewhere secure, such as between the corset and corset liner. If you're extra worried about potential slipping, use a safety or straight pin to fasten them to your camisole or liner.
- When picking out a trainer for use on "stealth" days, choose nude / skin tone or light, neutral colors such as white, beige or pale gray. Your trainer will be much less likely to draw unwanted attention even if an accidental wardrobe malfunction occurs.
- If you're wearing a cincher and wish to avoid the wrinkling issue, try going slightly smaller or tighter than you are used to to keep the garment in place. Alternately, choose a longer cincher which can be tucked into the waistband of your pants and skirts. Waist training vests are another great option, as they come with shoulder straps which can eliminate slipping entirely.
- A belt or high-waisted skirt, shorts or pants can keep even a latex cincher sitting firmly at your natural waist. Additional compression in that area can leave the cincher with nowhere to escape to, effectively removing the risk of wrinkling throughout the day.
Choosing the Right Outfit
Of course, just as important to "stealthing" as the waist trainer itself are the layers of clothing you wear over it. Even with the flattest, most neutral of corsets with properly hidden laces and a non-prominent busk, distracting lines and protrusions can appear if you choose the wrong outfit. Luckily, there are plenty of options which will help keep that corset or cincher totally hidden all day!
Here are some of the Get Waisted staff's favorite options:
In general, try to gravitate towards looser clothing if you wish to avoid the risk of unnatural lines or bulges. Bulky sweaters, T-shirts, and flowing blouses are great choices for for up top, while wide-leg jeans and tube or pencil skirts can easily hide possible lines around your hips.
Avoid anything skin-tight or hip-hugging, as it will leave your waist trainer with no place to hide. Layers are another great option to provide your waist trainer with that little extra bit of disguise. Jackets, cardigans, sweaters, vests, and scarves can hide the lines which the top of your trainer might form at the bust as well as providing extra padding to hide any back lacing.
Choose a jacket or sweater longer than your trainer to provide additional concealment to the area around your hips. If you are absolutely certain your trainer is going to be visible in some way, bits of detail scattered throughout your top layer are a great method of drawing the eye away.
Ruffles, ribbons, and bright, bold, eye-catching patterns will hold attention and distract from any potential failures of your stealth setup. Pants, skirts and shorts with higher waists tend to conceal a hidden trainer more effectively than low-rise options. Leaving too much space between the base of the trainer and the top of your pants or skirt can result in "corset muffins" - visible lumps of fat sticking out along your sides and above your hips. Higher waists match and emphasize the natural waistline your trainer provides without producing any unpleasant "muffins".
On the other hand, avoid high-waisted tights and leggings which would sit underneath the corset or cincher. These can make using the bathroom difficult as you may have to remove your waist trainer (and therefore all the layers above it) in order to free the tights enough to pull them down. This can leave you irritated and frustrated, as well as set co-workers gossiping about your extra-long restroom trips - drawing suspicion even if your stealthy outfit is otherwise perfect!
If you follow this helpful advice, concealing a corset or cincher will be a breeze. You'll drop pounds and thin out your waist without your friends, family or coworkers even realizing that you've got on a training garment. At that next work party or family gathering, when someone asks, "What did you do to get such a great waist?" you can just wink and smile mysteriously - and leave them guessing throughout the night!
Got your own favorite strategies for putting together a "stealth training" outfit? Share them with the Get Waisted staff by contacting us here. We absolutely love hearing from our fellow waist training enthusiasts! And of course, if you're looking for that special corset or perfect cincher to use on your "stealthy" days, go here to check out our extensive catalog of waist training products. We've surely got something to satisfy even the shyest and sneakiest of stealth trainers!