Very sturdy! I have purchased many shapers to conceal my mid section but this is the only garment that actually gives me the shape I want. Other garments just smooth over my rounded belly and love handles but still shows the actual shape. but this belt really does trim n slim the appearance of my mid section giving me the waist line I haven’t seen since having children. Lots of Velcro, so hopefully it will hold its strength thru all the tearing!