Both tight lacing and waist training are terms that are regularly used interchangeably by many people. The confusion is not only normal, there is also not that much information available out there for people to educate themselves about the topics. Not only is this incorrect but it is also potentially damaging. With the current ‘corset training’ trend in full-force, it’s rather important to note the difference between these terms, timeframes, and why people choose to do each. In this article, we will generalize tight lacing as the use of any corset type, and waist training as using modern day rubber/latex trainers.

What is Tight Lacing?

Tight lacing is a method wherein you lace and wear a corset. It entails lacing into your corset to a degree which feels particularly tight or even ‘challenging’ to the wearer. Tight lacing is done to promote an hourglass figure or attain an extreme waist reduction or achieve a particular silhouette (compared to the natural, un-corseted waist) for a short time period. This may be done for a photoshoot, for fetishistic/sexual reasons, or just for the feeling alone. How tightly you lace into a corset is a matter of comfort and personal preference and it does vary from person to person. There isn’t any magic number of inches you’ve to lace down, or corset size you’ve to wear in order to consider yourself a tight lacer.

Tight Lacing Objectives

Steel-boned corsets are worn for multiple reasons and situations. Some persons wear them as a fashion statement, whereas others wear under clothing for back & posture support. Many women are however looking for that classic hourglass figure in order to really turn heads at special events. Tight lacing typically involves cinching up into a corset for a limited period of time. It isn’t meant to be permanent in any-way, which as you will see, is the opposite to waist training. It’s something that can be performed weeks, months or years apart and it’ll always be possible for you to lace tightly to a degree. You should never wear a corset so tight as to cause shortness of breath or pain. Unless you’re accustomed to tight-lacing, it’ll be hard to perform for over an hour or so. It’s amazing the curve level you can obtain without extreme cinching! People who are looking to tight lace aren’t usually looking for any permanent waist-line reduction, and therefore they aren’t looking to wear a corset for long periods of time.

What about Waist Training?

On the other hand, waist training is the process of slimming your waist gradually using a certain corset. A corset is worn regularly over a long period of time oftentimes with a specific end goal in mind, usually of achieving a semi permanent reduction in your waist line. It typically falls under the category of semi permanent body modification where people modify the shape & circumference of their waist. Results vary because people’s end goals with this process, how long it takes for them to see results, and how-long the results last are oftentimes very different!


Arguably the most common goal for women (and men) embarking on a regimen is to gradually reduce their natural, un-corseted waist measurement, to a specific size or even by a specific amount. It isn’t a quick and easy process. It does take time and dedication, often several hours of daily or near daily wear for years or months to see results. Some people opt to reduce their waists yet maintain a more-or-less natural shape, while others train to take on different shapes, an instance would be a pipestem silhouette. This process must be undertaken over a prolonged time period and shouldn’t be rushed. Another reason someone might choose to train, is to tight-lace to an even smaller waist.

Other key differences

Tight lacing falls under the category of-corset training since this act also uses a steel-boned corset. A corset trainer and a waist trainer are quite different. Corsets are typically made of leather or-other strong materials. On the other hand, trainers are undergarments made of latex & spiral or plastic-boning. The spiral steel boning offers a healthy alternative as it flexes with the body and doesn’t restrain you, or cause the ribs to shift position. Unlike corsets, waist trainers feature rows of interlocks in-the front which secure you safely with no damaging effects as that of corsets lancing. They work by targeting your fat-cells in order to help you reduce your waist line and achieve curves. When properly worn they have no health risks.