Should I Wear Clothes Under My Waist Trainer?

Key Take Aways: 

  • It is a personal preference whether to wear clothes under a waist trainer, and there is no right or wrong answer.
  • Wearing clothes under a waist trainer can help prevent chafing and irritation, and can make it more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
  • However, wearing clothes under a waist trainer may affect the compression and shaping provided by the garment, and can potentially make it less effective.
  • If choosing to wear clothes under a waist trainer, it is recommended to wear lightweight, breathable fabrics that won't trap heat or moisture.
  • Ultimately, the decision to wear clothes under a waist trainer depends on personal comfort and preference.


More often than not, waist trainer are worn under clothing and strategically concealed to leave no trace of it being there in the first place. This is because the common goal in using this kind of shapewear is to discreetly look and feel slimmer, both instantly and in the long run with consistent use.

Should I Wear Clothes Under My Waist Trainer?

However, there are no hard or fast rules when it comes to how you layer your waist trainer so long as you are constricting it safely and appropriately, without causing any pain or damage to your abdomen or the undergarment itself. The following are the different ways you can wear your waist trainer and their corresponding benefits:

1) Wearing your waist trainer under your clothes

As mentioned, wearing the trainer under clothes is the most common style of layering and has multiple benefits to it, such as:

  • Discreetly gives the illusion of the sleek, hourglass figure.
  • Helps you stick to your routine even while at work or school.
  • Helps you stick to your routine even when you are out on errands.
  • Makes your clothes instantly fit and look better on you.
  • Fosters proper posture, making you look and feel more confident.

Recommended waist trainers for this approach:

Gym waist Trainer, Latex Waist Trainer, and Classic Waist Trainer

2) Wearing your clothes under your waist trainer

Wearing clothing under a waist trainer is a less popular style of layering but still practiced by many as it offers a lot of positive effects, such as:

  • Wearing a thin tank top or shirt under your undergarment helps prevent rashes, skin irritation, and friction from the fabric rubbing against your skin. This is most useful for those with sensitive skin, or if you are allergic to the fabric of your undergarment.
  • Compression bands are meant to trigger perspiration, so wearing an absorbent piece of clothing can help lessen the moisture sitting around your abdomen.
  • For those that are unable to properly wash their trainer after every use, wearing clothing under can help lessen the bacteria transferred directly to the undergarment and make it more hygienic to use with less frequent washes.
  • Many fashion forward individuals use this practice to style their outfit and wear it as a fashion statement. The most versatile type of trainer used in this instance is the classic waist trainer with fashionable laces at the front or back that also serve as reinforcements.
  • Note: The best types of fabric to wear under your garment are the more lightweight types such as cotton, linen, and breathable synthetics.

Recommended waist trainer for this approach:

Classic Waist Trainer

3) Wearing your waist trainer to the gym

A compression band is a great accessory to take with you in order to enhance your exercise routine and flush out more water weight than you normally would without one. It also helps support your core and back while you perform exercises or do some heavy lifting. When utilizing a waist trainer for working out, it is fairly common to wear it in any of these ways:

  1. Under your active wear.
  2. Over your active wear.
  3. Directly on skin.

Recommended waist trainer for this approach:

Gym Waist Trainer

4) Wearing your waist trainer while you sleep

Whether or not you decide to wear your trainer directly on your skin, under your clothes, or over your clothes, you may combine your preferred approach with another less common type of practice, which is to wear a trainer as you sleep. Some find this to be more convenient for the following reasons:

  • If you find it bothersome to wear a waist trainer while going about an errand day, wearing it as you sleep can help prevent that without you needing to sacrifice your fitness routine. You can still get enough training hours in and not let it disrupt your busy day.
  • You may find that it helps you keep a steady and healthy sleeping position all night since its level of compression restricts you from slouching or bending your spinal column too much.

Recommended waist trainer for this approach:

Latex Waist Trainer

wearing waist trainers under cloths


General benefits of wearing a waist trainer

The specific approaches on how you wear a trainer may have their own positive impact but keeping up with a routine no matter your approach is filled with benefits in itself. These include:

Better weight control. Waist training constricts your midsection enough to decrease your stomach’s capacity. Because of this, you will be unable to take in too much food and in turn have better control of your weight.

Improved posture. As mentioned, waist trainers provide support to your core and back, preventing you from being able to slouch or curve your spine unnaturally.  Good posture in itself has multiple benefits.

Tightens your waist postpartum. After the initial recovery period of at least six weeks, new mothers can utilize waist trainers to hasten the healing of their abdominal wall and support any open wounds. At the same time, the compression can aid in slowly getting them back to their waistline pre-pregnancy.

How to hide a waist trainer under your clothes

If you are considering the more common method of wearing the undergarment beneath your outfit, here are a few guidelines on how to pull it off discreetly:

  • Unless your waist trainer is seamless, avoid clothes that are too tight and body hugging.
  • Avoid low rising jeans and skirts as these do not help fully conceal the waist trainer.
  • Certain fabrics crease more than others, some are also very thin and flimsy – these make it harder to keep the waist trainer from showing through the cloth.
  • Choose the right waist trainer and material of the trainer for the activity. For example, a gym waist trainer is usually made with Velcro and is a little bulkier than the classic waist trainer, which is made of sleek latex and embedded with inner steel bones.


Hourglass Waist had a simple goal of delivering the best waist trainers, shapewear and booty enhancers to the women of Australia. Since opening our doors in 2016, we feel like we have achieved this goal! Helping women all across the country to lose fat, burn calories and tone the body. With self-care tools such as waist trainers, amazing results can be reached much faster and with less effort! The team at Hourglass Waist believes in providing the best education and information on waist training exercises, diet and healthy thinking patterns. Giving you all the tools needed to reach the best version of yourself, both mentally and physically.

Hourglass Waist stocks 3 main styles of waist trainers, all designed to burn calories and fat around the waist, hips, thigh and core area. Regular waist training and exercise will long-term help shape your body into a natural hourglass look, in the short term, waist trainers flatten and smooth your body. All Hourglass Waist corsets are designed to be comfortable and worn anywhere at any time! Driving in the car, working in the office, studying at university, in the gym or at home, you can wear your waist trainer.

Founded by Amber, an ex personal trainer, Hourglass Waist has a team of passionate and knowledgeable health, fitness and waist training experts. If you are looking to find the correct size waist trainer, exercises for waist training or appropriate diet just reach out to us and we will be in touch.



Author Bio

Hannah - Manager at Hourglass 

Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.