Training Corset Size Charts

Training corsets are curvier than fashion corsets, are made with better materials, and are better suited to cinching the waist for extended periods of time. But what to buy when you’re a complete beginner can be baffling.

The first thing to remember is that these sort of corsets are not sized by dress sizes. A size 18 corset is not the same as a size 18 dress – rather, it’s got an 18″ waist. It is imperative that a training corset that you intend to tightlace or train with fits you correctly. This is as important – perhaps even more important! – than having a correctly fitting bra.

For all steel boned training corsets, you should choose a corset that is a somewhat smaller than your waist. Corset Story recommend a corset size that is 4 to 5 inches smaller than your natural waist measurement – eg a 30″ waist would wear a roughly 26″ corset. This is because corsets are cut to be smaller in the waist than most garments.

However, we recommend that you pay closer attention to the rest of the corset’s measurements, as your rib and hip measurements better determine whether the corset will fit you. It is better to have a corset that only reduces your waist by 2″ but fits the rest of your body well, than a corset that has the potential reduces your waist by 4″ but is too small elsewhere. A corset that is too small in the hips or chest won’t fit properly at best, and will be uncomfortable at worst. Pinching at the hips and/or chest can get very painful!

As such, the best way to choose a corset size is to measure the rest of your body and choose a corset that most closely matches these measurements whilst also having a waist size that is roughly 4″ / 10cm smaller than your waist*.

Using this diagram as a guide, measure around the fullest part of your bust and around the high hip (which is the top of the pelvis – NOT the fullest part of hip and bum! It should be around 4″ / 10cm below your natural waist) and compare your measurements to the measurements given.

*Consider your body type when choosing a corset, too. How much cinching you can do lies very much in how ‘squishy’ your waist is. Larger bodies be able to get away with a slightly larger cinch of 6″ / 15cm or so, while very thin or muscular bodies may struggle to cinch more than 2″ / 5cm. Bodies that are already very curvy, where the waist is much smaller than the hips and bust, may find that off the peg corsets aren’t curvy enough for their needs.


Handmade corset sizing is offered in both centimetres and inches due to how these garments are sized (by waist measurement, in inches).

Most of our handmade corsets are designed to be worn with a gap in the back, unless otherwise stated. Therefore when your new corset arrives, don’t be alarmed if you measure its waist and learn that its waist is a few inches smaller than its given size – eg, a 24″ corset may measure 22″ at the waist.

This included gap allows a little more room for adjustment, as well.

We’re currently revitalising the way we approach and create handmade corset making. They’re currently not available online.


The following charts are for all branded corsets listed under the Corsets & Shapewear >> Steel Boned Training Corsets category. For fashion corset sizing, please check the clothing size chart page.

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Corset Story

Sizing for Corset Story’s higher quality training corsets, listed under Corsetry & Shapewear >> Steel Boned Training Corsets when in stock. All other Corset Story corsets are sized by the chart under the Clothing Size Charts >> Branded Clothing section.

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Corset Size Your Waist Your Bust Your High Hip
18″ 56-58cm 71-74cm 76-79cm
20″ 61-64cm 76-79cm 81-84cm
22″ 66-69cm 81-84cm 86-89cm
24″ 71-74cm 86-89cm 91-94cm
26″ 76-79cm 91-94cm 97-99cm
28″ 81-84cm 97-99cm 102-104cm
30″ 86-89cm 102-104cm 107-109cm
32″ 91-94cm 107-109cm 112-114cm
34″ 97-99cm 112-114cm 117-119cm
36″ 102-104cm 117-119cm 122-124cm
38″ 107-109cm 122-124cm 127-130cm
40″ 112-114cm 127-130cm 132-135cm




Because training corsets are sized by waist measurement in inches, we thought it was a good idea to provide a conversion chart for inches to centimetres.

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Inches Centimetres Inches Centimetres
16 40.6 34 86.4
18 45.7 36 91.4
20 50.8 38 96.5
22 55.9 40 101.6
24 61 42 106.7
26 66 44 111.8
28 71.1 46 116.8
30 76.2 48 121.9
32 81.3 50 127


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