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Bodyshaping 101: Waist Trainers vs. Shapewear

Bodyshaping 101: Waist Trainers vs. Shapewear

Bodyshaping 101: Waist Trainers vs. Shapewear

 Bodyshaping is a term that some people will bug their eyes trying to understand the reality of what it really entails. And, for some it's an unimaginable thing to shape one's body. It can be confusing what bodyshaping is, what are the different things you can do to achieve a certain body, and what waist trainers and shapewear are.

Certainly, waist trainers and shapewear have many similarities but they greatly differ in many things that are beneficial in specific aspects. It's important to know what they are and how to select a body shaper  or waist trainer for you.

 What is Waist Trainer?

 A waist trainer is a garment that's much like a corset but less constricting and more convenient. They're usually made from materials like nylon, latex, spandex, lycra and cotton.

Here's how you would wear a waist trainer:

  • You simply need to wear it like you would with a belt. With a body trainer, you wrap it around your midsection.
  • Then, ensure a tight fit but without making you uncomfortable. You should still be able to breathe, walk, move around, sit and exercise without any movement restrictions.
  • Close the waist trainer using its hook-and-eyes if it's included. Then, proceed with closing the zipper.
  • If your waist trainer comes with a belt, wrap the belt tightly, and adjust the compression level appropriately

Sculptshe Waist Trainer with Detachable Bandage Wrap

A waist trainer is mostly used for the following purposes:

  1. Waist cinching to achieve a smaller waist line
  2. Back support
  3. Bust support
  4. Compression Garment
  5. Waist training for a long-term flatter stomach

What is Shapewear?

Shapewear is an undergarment that is more appropriate for everyday use. It has different compression levels: soft, medium and high

There are different kinds of body shapers targeting different body parts such as:

  1. Butt Lifters
  2. Tummy Flattening
  3. Hip Enhancers
  4. Thigh Slimming
  5. Full Body Shapers

In wearing shapewear, you usually wear it like any other undergarments but always wear it first from the bottom, especially if it has shorts.

Sculptshe High Waisted Seamless Body Shaper

How are They Different?

 Waist trainers and shapewear are similar and different in many ways.

Waist trainer tend to focus on the waist only, with the exception of waist thigh trainers which focuses on the waist, butt and thighs. On the other hand, body shapers have different types, and are generally focused on body slimming.


Sculptshe Push Up Butt Lifter Body Shaper

Which One Should You Choose?

Choosing which one to wear is like choosing between sunnyside up eggs, boiled eggs, or scrambled eggs. They're all eggs but with different texture and uses. Like with waist trainers and shapewear, they both aim to shape the body. What you need to determine is what you need to shape.

Choose a waist trainer if:

  1. You want a set time and schedule for waist training.
  2. You are going to use it while working out.
  3. You need the stomach and back support while doing rigorous and exercises.
  4. You only want to slim down your waist.
  5. You don't want to wear an undergarment the whole day.

How Can You Use Both Waist Trainer and Shapewear?

 You can wear waist trainer and shapewear at different times and for different purposes if you're simply at home, doing chores or working, you can wear your waist trainer for up to 8 hours. During your rest days, you can wear it for up to 12 hours maximum.

Sculptshe Tummy Wrap Waist Trainer

 Then, when you have to go out, choose to wear an appropriate shapewear. A waist trainer vest tends to be bulky with belts and thick fabric, which is why bodysuits and shaping shorts are preferable to wear under normal clothing.

Shapewear and waist trainer for plus size women are both beneficial in helping you slim down by training your body to be in a specific form. They both give instant slimming effects while wearing them. Wearing them properly will help you maximize their benefits.