Are you looking for a binder to flatten your chest or to bind your breasts? Trans-Missie has a product range with over fifteen different kinds of chest binders. Whether you search for a standard chest binder, a strapless binder, a binder for special use such as a sports bra binder or a swim binder, we offer you many possibilities. Almost all of our binders are custom and handmade in our atelier in the Netherlands.
What is a chest binder?
A binder, also known as a chest binder, FtM binder or breast binder, is a piece of underwear which is used to effectively and painlessly flatten the chest. Binders, like an undershirt or top, are often made of elastic material and fit tightly around the upper body. It spreads the breast mass and pushes them flat against the chest. You can use a binder for various reasons: as a transman or transgender to look less feminine, for cosplay or cross-dressing, but also for theater actors a chest binder can offer a solution for creating a character with a different gender.
How to put on a chest binder?
Putting on a binder can be difficult sometimes due to the stiff material. Therefore buying the correct size is of great importance. A binder can be put on in two ways; either over your head or over your legs. After you put the binder in place, you place the breasts in the correct position. The right position would be when the breasts lie towards the side and/or the armpits. In this short video, an animation demonstrates how to put on a FtM binder.
Buying a chest binder, what should you pay attention to?
There are a few points of attention when you are buying a FtM binder or breast binder. Trans-Missie advises you to look carefully at the size and buy a well-fitting binder, especially to not buy a too small binder. People often think they should buy the smallest binder possible to squeeze the breast properly, but this is certainly not true. When the binder is too small or of poor quality, it might damage your skin or it might cause problems with your breathing. In the worst case, you can bruise your ribs when you start working with duct tape and bandages yourself. A correct size binder, will fit like a second skin around your body. In this size chart, you can find more information about how to take your own measurements.
In addition to the regular binders, Trans-Missie designed binders especially for sports. These sports bra binders are somewhat shorter than the regular binders and have an extra low-cut back. The low-cut back prevents friction and excessive sweating to come through the fabric.
How long can you wear a binder?
Trans-Missie advises to gradually build up the time you are wearing a binder. Start off with 2 hours, then 4 and eventually you can wear the binder for up to 8 hours. Trans-missie advises to never wear a binder for longer than 8 hours, as the lungs need to be given room to breathe properly. Don't sleep with the binder, as this can negatively impact your breathing. If you are having trouble breathing or are experiencing other physical symptoms when wearing the binder, we advise you to take the binder off.