Corset vs. Cincher: What Is the Difference?

Corset vs. Cincher: What Is the Difference?

Corsets are being created and made for all different tastes of wanting consumers in today's market. Any flavor you can think of is most likely either available or can be made. Whether it is an erotic corset or a functional workout waist-trainer, the demand is high for these body shaping garments. With such a wide variety of bodice products, it is very easy to get confused as to what each actually does.

Not armed with enough information about these differences can be so frustrating it would make anyone who wanted to actually purchase say, a waist-trainer, shyly turn away. So here it is, the difference between Corsets and Cinchers.

What Is The Difference Between a Waist Training Cincher and Waist Training Corset?


  • Non Breathable
  • Latex
  • Steel Boned
  • Used by the Stars
  • Not As Comfortable





  • Breathable
  • Mesh
  • Less Expensive
  • Used by many throughout the day
  • Less Effective




Neither of the two above are true underbust corsets which are typically made with more steel bones and the material is often cotton while being breathable. 

Corsets are tight-laced in order to wear. Corsets are typically worn as fashion, foundation, medical, erotic, and of course, for fun. A corset will provide an immediate temporary smaller waist and create a beautiful silhouette.

A waist cincher is a type of corset which is designed for waist compression and creates a flat abdominal region. Waist cincher corsets are specifically designed to focus on supporting the waist alone. It is also referred to as 'compression underwear, or shapewear'. Most brands of waist cincher corsets offer a range of support levels from very light to extra firm control. Many of the newer brands of waist cincher corsets which are cheaper come with a zipper in the back. True corsets have specific construction to be called a corset.

Corset waist cincher

It’s important to note that calling a corset a “cincher” vs. “under-bust” depends on the person, a short corset that is advertised as a “cincher” by a certain brand, could easily fit like a full under-bust corset on a client with a particularly short torso. Corsets that are between 8″ – 10″ on the side seam often considered to be a gray area, because depending on your height and torso length, it may fit either like a cincher or a full under-bust corset.

Waist training with a waist cincher is all about reducing one's natural waist size over time by the consistent wearing of corsets. Waist training using a cincher is more result oriented when using one designed for workouts. You will have more freedom of movement with the shorter waist cinchers, and there is no pressure on the hips or breasts. If you are on an exercise routine, besides seeing the immediate results, within no time as six to seven inches of the middle part sweat away.

Here is a quick flow chart to identify what type of corset you may want for your own specific purposes.

Elastic “waist cincher” Corset “waist cincher” Full under-bust corset
Length/height is irrelevant to its definition. May be 6-8″ long on the side seam. Doesn’t come right up to under-bust, and stops short on the hips. May be 9″ or more on the side seam. Comes right up to under-bust, and may be short hip or long line.
Very few bones, often plastic. Wrinkles at the waistline. Fair number of steel bones. Should not wrinkle. Fair number of steel bones. Should not wrinkle.
Stretchy, unbreathable panels made from latex/rubber. 100% cotton strength layer, breathable and not stretchy. 100% cotton strength layer, breathable and not stretchy.
Fastens with hook and eye tape (not as strong) Fastens with a steel busk Fastens with a steel busk
No laces in the back. Ties up with laces. Ties up with laces.
Gives perhaps 2″ waist reduction Can give 6-8″+ waist reduction Can give 6-8″+ waist reduction

Corset Cincher are perfect for those who are short or have a short torso, as full under-bust corsets are often made too long. The results end with the breasts being pushed up unnaturally. Those who are average to longer waist may enjoy using a cincher because it provides more mobility and less rib contouring.

About different fabrics

Many corset and shapewear companies are knee-deep in creating new designs and fabrics for wear. Latex and rubber seem to be the latest trend. Know that an quality, genuine corset and a latex cincher are going to feel completely different. The latex cincher has weak bones, not giving enough support. If the bones happen to be plastic, they will warp and poke into you. Then the fabric bunches into rolls, wrinkling and making the figure look worse. As well, rubber is non-breathable, grippy and itchy fabric which for some women can be unbearable.

Even though a true corset is more rigid and bulkier, it still reigns as more comfortable, effective, and breathable over the newer fabrics and constructions. It is also is much more effective at giving a dramatic waist reduction.

For beginners looking for that special starter corset to try out tight-lacing, opt for a corset cincher. Pick one which will not come high upon the rib cage. The mobility is better and you will be able to expand more freely.