Chest Binders

Outside of the internet, I reckon there’s still a lot of confusion about binders – about what they are, what they do and what they mean. Because of this, I decided to put a post together to try and shed a bit of light on binders and explain why I use one occasionally. 

First off, I don’t wear a binder all the time and by no means have any extensive knowledge on binding, these are just my personal experiences. 

What Is A Binder? 
There are many different ways to bind, but using compression shirts is the safest way to do so, companies such as Underworks offer compression shirts in different lengths, sizes and colours to be sure that you find one to suit you (all the photos in this post feature my Underworks binder). 

Why Do People Bind? 
People bind for many different reasons. They may be wanting to flatten the chest in order to present as male or another gender, they may feel most comfortable when they bind, it may be for cosplay or a host of many different reasons. Personally, I bind occasionally, particularly if I'm struggling with my gender identity or not feeling very body confident as I find that this helps me, but as I've said, the reason is different for everyone AND IT DOESN’T ACTUALLY MATTER. 

What Are The Types Of Binder? 
When I was researching binders for myself, I found loads of different types. Some were compression shirt, like the one in this post (which you can get either as a Tri Top, which is like a crop top or a full-length shirt), while some have zips and others are sewn into the shirt. I tried the vest type and it was a nightmare, so I’d highly recommend the compression vest style. 

Do Binders Actually Make A Difference? 

No binder vs. binder

Are There Downsides? 
Binding can be a painful experience and can cause back pain, so if you’re wanting to bind, try to make sure you don’t wear your binder for hours at a time. I think the longest I've ever worn my binder for was about 10 hours, and after that, I was really sore, but as long as you aren’t doing that constantly, you shouldn’t do any serious damage. 

Another problem I had with binding was getting it on. When I received my first binder 2 years ago, I just looked at it and thought what the fuck, as I had no idea how to get it on (there are some seriously helpful YouTube tutorials on this, though). 

Finally, if you have bad anxiety and can avoid binding on those days, I’d advise that. If you want to bind, though, remember that the tightness of the binder can restrict breathing a bit, which can make your anxiety a bit worse. 

Where Can I Get A Binder? 
If you’ve read through all this and reckon that binding is something that you want to try, I’d suggest looking on Underworks for a binder (and no, not just because this post is sponsored by them). I've tried a few different binders from different companies in the past but I've found that Underworks work the best – and they last pretty well too. Here is a link to the one in this post, which costs $29.99 (roughly £25). 

For me, the confidence I get from binding far outweighs the side effects, although I feel like I've made binding sound awful. It’s really not, as long as you know what to expect and remember that you never have to justify binding to anyone – as long as it makes you happy and you’re safe, you do you. 

Like I said, I don’t know everything there is to know about binding, but if you’ve got any questions, feel free to message me on Twitter or Instagram and I’ll do my best to help. 

Disclaimer: products featured in this post were sent to me by brands in return for honest reviews but the opinions are entirely my own. 


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