Binding 101: Safety Before Having A Binder

Chest binding IS possible without a binder.

Warning: Talk of breasts because god knows its sooo wrong to talk about those. Also, talk of self hate.

This is for all you out there who want to hide your all too obvious breasts. I have been there. Whether you are a trans man, or a gender neutral, or agender person and you just don’t want them to show because it’s too much of a reminder of what others see you as. Or maybe the mirror hates you as much as it hates me. Maybe it’s an inner struggle you just don’t want to battle all day everyday. This is for you.

When I was starting high school, I started developing breasts. I had been confused my whole life about my gender, and I had been dressing more neutral without even knowing. Being nonbinary, I don’t feel like a girl. And I have struggled with hating my breasts since I was a child and learned they were a huge part of the reason people saw others as a girl. The moment they started to truly form, my confusion and my self hatred grew to a point of almost having a breakdown. I looked for any way I could to hide my breasts.

And that’s when I heard of binding.

However, because I hadn’t come out, and I didn’t even know what to come out as, I didn’t know how to ask for a binder.

See, binding is in short, hiding your breasts.

When I learned of binding, a scene from a movie I had seen as a kid kept playing in my head. Now And Then, the movie I had seen, never really made a huge impression on me. Thinking back, the only scene I recall is the scene where a girl with long black hair was wrapping her chest with duct tape. At the time I didn’t know what she was doing. But even when I was younger I longed to do something like that. It just seemed fitting. I remember relating to the character and wanting to be seen as “one of the guys”, yet not wanting to be “one of the guys” at the same time.

So when my breasts started developing and I learned what binding was, this scene reentered my mind, and I was tempted to do the same. Dear god I am happy that I didn’t.

Later in life I learned that duct tape can actually damage your breasts tissue. It doesn’t move with your body the way that a binder should.

But, I know there are a lot of you out there who don’t know how to bind safely without having to buy a binder because I know a lot you haven’t come out yet. So I want to give you some tips on things you can do that may help you hide a little without hurting your body as well as some safety tips. These are all my personal opinions and what I have had some success with. There will be links to more sources that have great info on binding below. It is always better to buy a binder if you have the resources to.

DOS:

  1. Sports Bras. Here’s the thing, sports bras are designed to keep your breasts from bouncing as much when you run. Therefore they keep them more in place rather than normal bras that push them up more. They also move with your body, unlike duct tape.
  2. Camis. I know it seems basic, but get a cami that fits a bit loose. The extra layer of clothes can help your chest blend with your lower stomach.
  3. Loose fitting t-shirts. Basic again I know. Here is the thing, loose fitting t-shirts lay in a way that blends your body together. I usually get shirts that are a size to two sizes bigger, depending on how it fits. I usually go for longer ones because I can bunch them up over your belt and that adds a little fluff to the lower area and that helps camouflage the top.
  4. Jackets. During the fall and winter, try to stick to the looser fitting jackets and hoodies. Form fitting ones will show your breasts more. However, if you get some that are a bit form fitting, don’t zip them, that they they stay open and loose! Being open, they can also help camouflage your breasts.
  5. Drink lots of water. Wearing extra layers can make you over heat easily so be sure to drink plenty. Especially during the spring and summer.
  6. Always be safe.

DON’TS:

  1. Bind for longer than 8-12 hours. Meaning if you go to school, stop binding when you get home. It can put stress on your breasts to bind too long.
  2. Use ace bandages, that’s not what they were made for and don’t move with the body. They can also stick to the body with sweating.
  3. Use duct tape. They pull and stick to your body. It is also very uncomfortable and does damage to your body. A friend of mine used duct tape and pulled a layer of skin off after getting hot and it sticking. So not worth it.
  4. Buy shirts or bras too small. That puts too much pressure on your breasts they are a sensitive area and you don’t want to hurt them. It will also be uncomfortable all day.

Some resources you may find helpful:

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If you are interested in buying a binder and you are capable of doing so, I suggest GC2b. The prices are reasonable, they are actually comfortable, and I was super impressed with my results!

A version of this was previously seen on Courtney’s Voice.

Tank Top Binder by gc2b: Review

For awhile now I have been looking to get a second binder, and after a huge Amazon mishap, I decided to trust the company I put my trust in with my first binder; gc2b.

Why the tank top version?

My first binder was a half binder that I have loved and adored. It fits perfectly. However, I don’t always love that some of my more see through shirts shows my half binder, or that it gets sweaty and rubs that area where the seam ends. Sometimes that area of skin can get a little raw, something that has become increasingly evident during the summer. Though I am not doing anything insane while wearing it, like playing soccer, I am going about normal daily life. At the same time, the same thing is happening when I wear a sports bra.

My point in telling you things you probably feel you didn’t need to know?

unnamed (8)I wanted to try a tank top binder to see if maybe it would solve that issue of being uncomfortable and sweaty in my mid section. As well as wanting something that would look more uniformed when wearing my see-through shirts.

This beauty came in about a month ago. And I have excitedly waited to write this review so that I would have enough time with it to try it with multiple weather conditions, outfits, ect.

** Reminder: Always practice safe binding

The Make Up

Now, to say I love my half binder would be an understatement. But, if that was love, I don’t know what this is.

Both the half binder and the tank top have a mesh like backing. The front does the actual binding, while the back has a fabric that breathes and moves. The feel and breathability of fabric reminds me of a workout shirt. In other words, it reminds me of spandex.

While I knew that the tank-top would more than likely be made of the same material, I was still surprised to open it and see that the stomach was indeed made of the same spandex like fabric. It felt soft, and my first reaction was to try stretching it (which it did willingly) to make sure it wouldn’t be adding unneeded pressure on my stomach.

So let’s talk about actually wearing it.

First few days I wore it were for short periods of time. 2-3 hours at a time while I was simply trying it on and testing outfits. IMG_1140

The real test came during BlogHer, because I wore it at the max I ever wear a binder (or anyone should) 8 hour days. While the days were long and my body grew sore (for chronic illness reasons), my binder never hurt my back, my sides, or made me uncomfortable in anyway that any other binder wouldn’t. There were times I completely forgot that I was even wearing it.

When it comes to weather, I am of course drinking plenty to stay hydrated because it is another layer of clothes. While I am sweating, I don’t have the issue with the seam rubbing my midsection anymore. So that’s an issue solved that I wasn’t sure would be!

So obviously, I adore this thing.

But, the one con I have found with it is that it works its way up often. Personally, I don’t like it when undershirts ride their way up my stomach, so I often felt I had to keep it tucked in. This wouldn’t bother some; having to have it tucked in. And it doesn’t really bother me. But I am putting it out there as a warning.

Otherwise I highly recommend this binder for anyone! Gc2b has remained my favorite company for binders so far

Binding Update: 6 Months

A little over six months, I began a journey that changed how I viewed my gender, for the good. This journey was something I knew would be a huge milestone for me. And I decided to publicly share that first day of the journey with the world in the form of a video.

That’s right, I recorded my first time trying on my brand new binder and how it made me feel, as well as a little bit about why I decided to start binding. Over the past six months I have shared a lot about chest binding, all of which will be linked at the end of this article. One thing I also promised was to update you all while I traveled down this road.

Six months may not seem like much of an update to some, because what could I learn in six months right?

The answer is a lot.

One of the biggest things I learned was how much I hated pass culture. Binding helped me cope with gender dysphoria but it opened me up to a whole new part of the pass culture world. For the longest time I thought once I was able to hide those sacks on my chest that I despise so much, I thought I would pass as a guy and everything would be rainbows and unicorns. Oh how I was wrong. As many people repeatedly pointed out to me; I look like a teenage girl who hasn’t hit puberty and boys don’t wear makeup.

Considering I am nonbinary, I find pass culture hard anyways.

What do I pass as? Do I try to pass as a girl though I hate my feminine body? Do I try to pass as a guy and feel trapped not getting to explore every part of gender expression that I want to? 

MTM4NDQwNzcxNTA1MjM1MjkzThese were the thoughts that plagued me, and still do. I have not fully escaped pass culture, though I am trying extremely hard to do so.

But, despite my war I have raged with pass culture, I have noticed I am becoming increasingly more comfortable with my own body. Maybe this

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Reminder that binding can be beautiful and sexy despite the fact you are hiding a part of your body that this society overly sexualizes. You are still beautiful and valid. 🌈😘

comes from seeing one less thing I hate about myself when I look in the mirror. Maybe it is because I am accepting myself more and more as a trans person due to how happy I feel when I am binding. Honestly, no matter which one it is, I am accepting myself and my body more. That in itself, is a huge deal to me.

Due to accepting myself more and more, as well as becoming more confident in my identity, I have noticed I am increasingly becoming more vocal about my struggles as a trans individual. For me, this is great. It shows how much I am coming to terms and loving myself. But I am also getting feedback from people, thanking me for helping to educate them. This means a lot to me. I love being able to help people.

And more people in my life are addressing me by my pronouns. This comes from how confident in myself I am, and the fact that I am more willing to confront people when they don’t. To so many people, that is such a small thing. But for me and a lot of other trans people, its a sign of respect which is something that everyone wants.

Something I learned quick, is that my body needs a break.

I don’t bind everyday. To be exact, I usually take 1-2 days off a week. I noticed my muscles in my back would be a bit tense if I bind everyday. Not everyone has this result. But giving my body a break a couple days a week seems to solve this issue. Of course I do not bind more than 8 hours a day, and usually it’s closer to 6 (I have noticed so far) in the summer. When I bind more than 6 hours (so far) during the summer, I get super hot and my skin feels almost raw mostly because sweat sits inside of it.

Links to things I have wrote about binding & resources: 

Selfies & Gender Dysphoria

They don’t go hand in hand… Always.

Gender dysphoria is defined as the feeling that a person’s psychological/emotional identity differs from their sex. It can affect people differently, but a highly common symptom is anxiety about parts of your body that make you look like the sex you were born as; ie. breasts, bulge in the pants, strong cheek structure, soft facial features, and the list goes on.

For people like me, AFAB, a big part of that anxiety is to do with breasts. That is why some of us choose to bind.

Anxiety in itself can be extremely hard to deal with, and a lot of people are willing to do whatever they can to ease it. When that anxiety comes from a part of our body that we feel shouldn’t be there, it can be overwhelming. There isn’t a lot you can do to fix it. You can bind, you can wear oversized clothes, you can avoid public situations that may make it worse. But outside of that, surgery, hormones, and other medical things can be the only other answers.

Selfies, they cause so many pains.

When I was a child, it was family photos. Looking back at them, seeing the pink frilly dresses on a tiny baby turn into bras and less frilly dresses, only reminds me of the pains of trying to fit in with what everyone wanted me to be.

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As I got older, the selfie craze was huge. And in trying to fit in, I joined in on the “fun”. I tried to pretend that I was happy, that I enjoyed it. That I wasn’t highly self conscious. The flood of likes, at least the ones that got likes, and the nice comments boosted myself esteem a bit, and by a bit I mean enough to make my stop digging my fingers so deeply into my skin.

Over the past year, my personal instagram account has been filled with selfies, despite my hate for them the years before. What changed? My transition and wanting to capture as much of it as I possibly could. About a year ago I came out as a nonbinary trans person and started my transition to a more androgynous look to fit what I felt inside. I started with my hair, something I have struggled with for a long time. Finding a look that I like, that fits who I am, that shows who I am on the outside; has been a long time goal that I have struggled with.

I started slowly with my transition, cutting only small amounts at a time as to not jump into something while I was still getting used to publicly being who I am, and working on the fears that can come with it. But this really isn’t about my transition as much as it is about selfies along the way. I am still transitioning, and I am still working on being comfortable with who I am on the outside.

But selfies, selfies have helped me such a great deal. Being able to see where I was in 2012, and where I am now, is amazing. Looking through the selfies, I watch my happiness grow, I watch my comfortability change. 12814754_452723654923158_7409103115130495911_n

I have always been an insecure person, but over the past year, those insecurities have greatly changed.

My smile becomes more and more real everyday. My body feels more and more my own as I work through things.

I watch how I got here, how I got to the point I am, and I realize that selfies encouraged my self confidence. When I started to feel better about myself, I started the selfie obsession you can call it. Suddenly, I felt my pictures were worth sharing. And the more I took, the more I began to think, “Hey maybe I don’t have to pass to be valid” or “Hey maybe I don’t look that bad.”

And the amazing community of friends I have built on Facebook only reaffirms this everyday. I post a picture, and watch as my supportive friends like and comment.

I see people posting selfies, and talking about self love, and I feel like I belong. Suddenly, something I hated for so long, is something I love. Because as I work on learning to love myself, I like to share it with others. Honestly, I am so proud of where I have gotten.

Ever since I got my first binder and started addressing my gender dysphoria over my body, my confidence has done a 360. I went from hiding behind my attractive friends, to an instagram feed full of selfies. Suddenly, I find myself thinking “I look good today, I should take a selfie.”

Suddenly I find myself becoming more open about my confidence as it is growing.

And that isn’t a bad thing.

The Ugly Truths Of Binding

That you should know before deciding to bind.

ASTRONOMY 101

I have been binding for the past 4 months or so. I started at the beginning of this year, but I started researching heavily about binding with an actual chest binder last year. While binding is a highly personal experience, and it’s about what results you want, the style you like, and in general all about you, I think it is super important to share about my binding experience as well as for others to do the same. The more experiences are shared, the more resources people who are considering starting binding will have to learn with. One thing that I don’t often see shared is some of the ugly truths of binding

My facebook feed is often full of images of people trying on a binder and falling in love (I am in a lot of trans groups). Scrolling through Twitter and Tumblr, I see a lot of the same. Honestly, I hardly ever see anyone post about the ugly truths of binding.

The first post or article I ever saw that had some of the harsh realities was by a person I highly admire, Sam Dylan Finch. I highly suggest you check out his post because it is a great resource.

That being said, I want to jump into some of the ugly truths of binding that I don’t see talked about much.

#1 It’s not going to be but so comfortable.

Let me restate this so that you honestly remember it. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE BUT SO COMFORTABLE. If you think you are going to jump into binding and that it will be like wearing a sports bra, you are wrong.

Yes, you want a binder that will be highly comfortable. But you need to understand that it may become slightly uncomfortable at times. You are wearing something that is compressing your breasts, that will never be like walking in a field of lilacs. That being said, the binder I use is highly comfortable as long as I follow the simple rules for safety.

If you get one that fits wrong, it will be highly uncomfortable and you should not wear it. 

DO NOT wear it longer than 8 hours. Personally, I try not to wear it for longer than 6. I feel my side starts getting sore after 6 and a half hours.

Hydrate. You are wearing an extra layer and can dehydrate easily.

Stretching. You are wearing something that is tight and not moving enough (I have found) can make it seem uncomfortable. I always stretch before putting it on, while wearing it, and after taking it off. It keeps from letting my body get too stiff.

Also, taking a day off. I do not bind everyday. I try to take at least one day off a week for my body to relax. During these days I wear a sports bra and oversized t-shirt. This is also a day I try to pamper myself, and by try I mean if my depression is not overwhelming, I take a warm bath with epsom salts.

Lastly, watching my skin to make sure it’s not getting irritated. And paying general attention to my body to make sure there aren’t any changes that may indicate my binder is too tight or I am wearing it too long.

#2 It can be a b*tch to get on.

It’s tight, duh! A lot of people ask about getting one on because they try to go over their head. While you technically can do that, it is a lot harder. The best way is flipping it inside out, stepping into it with the arms facing down, pulling it up to about your hip area, putting your arms into the arm holes, and pulling it up fast. This should make it face the right way. Then adjust as needed.

While it still isn’t like pulling on your favorite t-shirt, it is a lot easier than going over your head.

Also, if it isn’t the right size, it will be extremely difficult to get on, and extremely tight. Again, never wear a binder that is too tight. It can be dangerous.

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#3 It isn’t 100% safe.

A big misconception that a lot of younger people have about binding is that it’s safe. No, it is not, especially if you use tape or duct tape. Even using an actual binder you take some physical risks.

Often times, those physical risks are seen as worth it because it relieves so much gender dysphoria. For me, the relief is worth the risk, but I am also super careful. Making sure to take care of my body is one of my priorities. And it should be important to anyone who is binding.

As long as you take precautions, you should be fine. But there are risks you are taking on with binding, especially if you are not paying attention to size problems, how your body is handling it, and the things you are doing to take care of yourself.

#4 It’s an investment.

The best binders are not cheap, which is something I learned the hard way. If you want a binder that will have amazing results, comfortability, safety, and be able to move freely, you are going to have to pay a bit. It’s not like we are talking about hundreds of dollars. But the better binders are $30+.

For me, it was money well spent.

I felt like it was an investment in my mental health. And looking at it that way made it a lot easier to spend that kind of money on a piece of clothing.

#5 It doesn’t fix everything.

With high hopes, I ordered my first binder. I tried it on for the first time very publicly by recording a video for youtube. Honestly, I thought that binding would completely fix all of my dysphoria.

While it helps me a great deal to cope, it doesn’t change my highly feminine facial features that I hate, or change how people address me as she, still.

My point?

Binding may help you to cope with dysphoria of your breasts, but that’s all. It won’t completely fix everything that you find to be too feminine or not right.

For me, it fixed the biggest issue. But, I started noticing the little ones more and more.

Does that mean I am going to stop binding? Heck no.

I just don’t want you all to feel like binding is the magic fix all. It helps greatly, more than I could ever tell you. But it won’t magically fix everything. You may still battle some dysphoria, you may still battle some anxiety about how you identify (for me fear of not passing).


I hope that you all find this helpful. Please understand that this was written purely from my experience and that I am not trying to discourage anyone from binding. Binding has changed my life in a very positive way. But, I do want everyone to take the negative aspects into consideration when deciding to bind, as well as think about the safety aspect of things.

These are my ugly truths of binding, but I would love to hear some of yours. Leave a comment down below, or tweet me @courtneys_voice to tell me what some of your ugly truths are!

Binder Review: Amazon Purchase I Regret

*Note: This binder review is written solely on my opinion and my opinion alone. I am writing this in hopes others won’t make my mistakes.*

One thing I preach about binding is that once you order one and make sure it fits properly and gives you the results you desire, you should get one or two more. Why? Because if you only have one and wear it over and over, it will get stinky. We are humans, we sweat and it does not smell good. So if you are someone planning to bind regularly, you will want to have multiple binders so you can switch them out and wash them.

It is something I still stand behind.

After getting my first binder and falling in love with the results, I decided to order another one so that I had one to wear while the other was being washed. Only thing was, at the time, I didn’t have the $30 to put into one. So late one night while I was shopping online, I decided to search amazon. One of the first ones I found had a 4 star rating with 42 reviews. Sounds pretty good right? The “fits as expected” had a 44% rating, and I studied to see what issues others were having. After studying the size information closely, I placed my order.

Now let me just say, these things were cheap. So cheap, I ordered 2. At $7.80 a pop, the two still added up to less than what I spent for my first binder. And if they worked, I had just found a gold mine.

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Les Lesbian GL Undershirt Tomboy Chest Binder Flat Slim Vest $7.80

I anxiously awaited for them to arrive, because again, if they worked I had found the binding gold mine.

Because I thought it was a good idea to have some in different colors, I had ordered a black and a white one. But I should have paid more attention to the description. Looking back “Make chest flat and become cool” would have been a huge red flag. Who binds to be cool? I bind to not hate myself as much as I normally do, and to feel comfortable in my skin. I didn’t know that binding would make me cool, or I would have started binding with an actual binder when I was in high school!

Now, let me take a moment to tell you some brutally honest truth about binding.

It is never 100% comfortable. You are literally pushing your breasts against your body, if you thought it would somehow be natural feeling, I am sorry to tell you otherwise.

But, that being said, there is a certain level of discomfort you can expect with a binder, but it is minimum and you should never wear that makes you feel extremely uncomfortable for any reason. You could be doing damage to yourself. As I have said before, you should never wear it for more than 8 hours anyways.

Keeping that in mind, let me tell you how insanely uncomfortable these binders were.

In ordering them, I was excited that you closed it from the side in a way that mimicked a corset. I thought it may make it easier getting the binder on and off, because honestly I am an active person and sweat and just like leggings can be hard to get off after a workout, so is a binder. So the fact that this went over your head and then you closed it at the side was really appealing to me.

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I hate it.

Binding is a highly personal thing. Different people have different preferences just like with makeup.

But I can not wear this binder long before the side that has the corset type buttons gets super sore. Moving and bending in that direction is really weird feeling because it feels so stiff. At first, I thought that I had ordered the wrong size, but honestly, it fits fine. I can use any of the three rows of buttons and it doesn’t hurt. It is simply the feeling of the corset style buttons being there on my side against my ribs that makes it so uncomfortable. Living Queer (1)

And the results aren’t worth it. It feels like it doesn’t do much better than a sports bra. Here is me in one of these binders. You will be able to see how loosely it fits and feels. If I ordered a size smaller though, I feel like it wouldn’t be able to button without feeling way too tight and even more stiff on my side and ribs.

I will admit that it does somewhat hide my breasts, but the results honestly remind me of the days where I would wear two sports bras and say it was because I had soccer practice.

Even in this picture, which I don’t have many of me in it because it is so uncomfortable that I just feel ugly and stiff wearing it, I am having to take the picture at a certain angle because when I tried taking one with my arm extended above me a bit, it felt really stiff and unnatural to move that way.

Now let’s compare it to some pictures in my gc2b binder.

Yes I bind and wear makeup and love it. I feel like I could be a model. Binding gives me confidence.
Yes I bind and wear makeup and love it. I feel like I could be a model. Binding gives me confidence.
Reminder that binding can be beautiful and sexy despite the fact you are hiding a part of your body that this society overly sexualizes. You are still beautiful and valid. 🌈😘
Reminder that binding can be beautiful and sexy despite the fact you are hiding a part of your body that this society overly sexualizes. You are still beautiful and valid. 🌈😘
I am obviously able to move more
I am obviously able to move more

Overall, I would say better results, more comfort, and I can move freely.

This post isn’t sponsored, (but let’s be real I would love for it to be) but if you are looking to buy a binder, make the investment and get a good one. I love my gc2b, and I hear underworks has nice ones too.

 

5 Things About Chest Binding

That you really should know.

5 Things

I have been binding for a little over a month now with an actual chest binder and not just sports bras. In order to keep from others from possibly having to learn some of the important things I have during this experience I want to talk abou the 5 biggest lessons I have learned about binding. (Some of these you may still feel the need to learn for yourself and that is fine.)

#1 Don’t wear your binder for more than 8 hours.

I know this seems like a basic rule, and I know many of you will still not listen to me because everyone says it, but seriously don’t. Usually it is suggested no longer than 8-12 hours because it can leave bruises. Me being my stubborn self, decided to try it anyways. I wore it for about 22 hours before my back and chest got so sore I had to take it off. They are meant to be snug, and they move with your body very well, BUT they still aren’t but so comfortable and the longer you wear them to more sore your muscles seem to get. Not to mention how flat out raw my skin felt.

However, I know many of you will still try it yourself. You won’t want to take it off and have to face looking at yourself with breasts, or other people knowing or seeing the. I know. And it will make you want to push your body. But its not worth it. And hopefully you will listen to me. I was stiff for several days after that.

#2 People won’t care if they see your binder beneath your shirt.

So I was raised to believe that women should not show their bras (doesn’t stop me from posting pics of me in my sports bra celebrating gaining weight but that is a story for another day). Anytime I wore shirts that I thought you may be able to see my bra through, I would wear jackets over so you couldn’t see. As I have gotten a bit older I have realized this is ridiculous and it shouldn’t show someone to see me, a grown/teenage person with visible breasts wearing a bra. And that there shouldn’t be a reason to be ashamed of the fact I am wearing one, because all of us people with noticeable breasts have to wear one. But being raised this way, I was worried about people seeing my binder. It’s shoulder is much bigger than that of a normal bra. I literally spent two hours in front of my mirror trying on different clothes and playing on throwing away whatever didn’t cover it.

Looking back a big part of the fear was more that someone would know what it was and ask about it or worse, say something I probably wasn’t prepared for. Some part of me feared being pointed out and called out in public for being trans. Or someone assuming how I identify and try to tell me all about my identity. There was a lot of social fear.

But then, I put on a tank top. and I realized that it actually just looked like I was wearing a form fitting tank top under it. All of a sudden my fears melted away because I realized it looked like a shirt, not a bra.

# 3 You Need At Least 2

Unless you want to wash it everyday, you should probably order 2. Or at least get one, see how it fits and how you like it, then order the second one. I actually suggest 3. But 2 will work.

Trust me, you will sweat and it will stink.

#4 Check all reviews you can find.

I made a rookie mistake; I ordered 2 from Amazon. Don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon. There are amazing things on Amazon. But we all know there are some pretty crappy ones too. I noticed a positive rating, got excited about the $8 something price, and I want shopping happy. Probably my biggest regret. I looked forward to them coming in and got so excited, that was until they came in and were basically just a sports bra.

#5 Don’t forget you don’t have to just bind with a binder to be binding.

I did an entire piece about safe binding when you don’t have a chest binder, and I want to remind you all that binding with sports bras and tank tops are still highly valid and do produce results. If you feel like you need to give your body a break but you still want to bind, don’t forget sports bras. I know it may be a bit disappointing to go from the binder to a sports bra but it’s better than nothing. The results won’t be the same, but they are still worth it.

And if it makes you feel weird to go back to sports bras, avoid doing it on days when you have to go out in public. Reducing the number of people who you know will see may actually help you feel a little bit better about it. I know some people are probably shaking their fists at me right now about advising people to avoid something that gives them anxiety, but honestly, until you have been there you wouldn’t understand.