Waist Training Glossary: Your Guide to Understanding the Lingo

The best way to learn about something is to read up on it and waist training is no exception. In fact, doing your research on the best waist training tips as well as do’s and don’ts is an easy way to become an expert before you even strap on a corset or waist cincher.

The only problem? All that new waist training lingo that you don’t yet understand.

Yes, this world comes with its unique set of terminology which can be confusing at first. The good news is that these seemingly mystical terms all have a simple explanation behind it. And this waist training glossary will help you sort it all out.

Ready to speak the lingo of a true waist trainer? Read on!

Aglet

This is the plastic or metal cap at the end of laces, only found in some corsets.

Basque

Simply another term for the tight-fitting bodice of the corset.

BBT

You’ll hear this term tossed around a lot when shopping for corsets. BBT simply refers to “Boning, Binding, and Trim” – all of which are important components of the corset.

“Boning” refers to the “bones” of a corset which is usually made out of metal, plastic or whalebone and gives the corset its shape. They’re sown in between the panels of the corset, dividing the sections of the corset vertically.

“Binding” is the fabric that covers the front busk closure and the back lacing area.

“Trim” is the fabric that caps the top and bottom of the corset.

Busk

A busk is the rigid closure in the front of a corset. They’re usually made of two long pieces of steel that are sturdy enough to withstand the tension of corset lacing. One side has the eyes and the other has posts to fasten the corset.

Corset seasoning

This is the act of slowly sprinkling your new corset with salt and pepper. Just kidding!

Corset seasoning refers to getting gradually letting the new corset get used to your body and vice versa.

Flossing

Flossing refers to the embroidery at the top and bottom of each bone panel on a corset. It serves not only a decorative purpose but it helps reinforce the corset and prevents the boning from coming through the fabric.

Grommets

Grommets are the metal or plastic rings that surround and reinforce the holes created in the corset to thread the lacing through. Grommets prevent the fabric from ripping or tearing.

Lacing

These are the sturdy laces made of tightly woven cotton, silk, satin or other fabric and used to cinch the corset to the wearer’s preference.

Lining

Many corsets have cotton lining that’s sewn into the interior to soak up sweat and protect the corset’s outer fabric from the damage of continual use and wear.

Overbust Corset

Overbust corsets are exactly what they sound like – corsets that include cups to cover and support the breasts.

Underbust Corset

Also exactly what it sounds like – underbust corsets don’t cover the breasts and instead start right below the bust line.

Tightlacing

This is a term you come across a lot in the waist training world. And it means exactly what it says: the act of lacing as tightly as one can comfortably lace.

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