How to size a waist cincher

Updated July 20, 2017

Women are often looking for ways to achieve a narrower waist. A cincher, or a belt worn around the waist, tightens the waist and can make it smaller by up to 3 inches. A cincher, also referred to as a waspie, should be close-fitted and outline your body. Choosing the right size for a cincher is important.

Tie a piece of thin rope (you can also use elastic) around the narrowest part of your waist area. Lean from side to side, the rope will settle on your waist.This is your natural waist line. Do not correct the position of the rope.

Measure your waist. Wrap a measuring tape at the level where the rope is rested. Don not let it to be too loose, otherwise the cincher loses its purpose. If you do not have much body fat around your waist, your waist will not compress as easily as if you were larger. Therefore, if your waist is larger than 32 inches, you may wrap a measuring tape a bit tighter. During measuring, keep your body relaxed. Although you want to have an instant slimming effect, if the cincher is too tight and not comfortable, you will not be able to wear it.

Check the fabric content the cincher is made of. The physical size of the cincher should be 2 to 6 inches smaller than the natural waist measurement. If a cincher has a lot of lycra content, it will stretch more around your body than a cincher made of fabric with a low- or no-lycra content. Take this factor into consideration and adjust your measurement accordingly. For cinchers made of stretch fabrics, the measurement should be rather tight, and vice versa.

Use this size chart to find your size. Cinchers are sized by waist measurement, in 2-inch increments. For example, the right cincher size for women with a waist measurement of 31 to 33 inches will be a medium.

Size Waist measurement

XS 25-27

S 28-30

M 31-33

L 34-36

XL 37-39

2XL 40-42

3XL 43-45

4XL 46-48

5XL 49-51

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Thin rope or elastic
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Elena Rakitskaya began her professional writing career in 1985 as a journalist in Russia. She holds a degree in industrial arts and has taught fashion design at Ryerson University in Toronto. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in adult education at the University of Calgary.