Please Bind Safely
STEP 1: PREPARE
- Get a flexible measuring tape- if you don’t have one, measure with string
- Do not wear a bra or any other compression products
STEP 2: TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS
TIP: Each chest measurement should be taken all the way around your torso. The measuring tape should not compress your chest tissue but should touch your body. If the measuring tape is not touching your body – it’s too loose.
- Underarm measurement: Take this measurement just above where your breast tissue begins. The measuring tape should lay just below your armpits and at the beginning of your breast tissue.
- The largest part of the chest: Take this measurement around the torso and chest where the most breast tissue is (usually around the nipples, but this will vary person to person).
- Underbust measurement: Take this measurement directly under your chest tissue, where you would measure your band size for a bra
- Place the measuring tape at the point of one of your shoulders. Then stretch the tape to the point of your other shoulder. Don’t wrap the measuring tape all the way around your shoulders for this measurement–just point-to-point.
HOW TO SIZE:
Compare your largest chest measurement and your shoulder measurement to the sizing chart. If your chest and shoulder measurements do not align with the same size, choose the larger size.
Now that you have found your size, it’s time to determine what style is going to fit best!
Compare your underarm measurement and underbust measurement to the sizing chart. These numbers will help you determine what style fits best. Ultimately, it’s up to you to pick a style that you’re comfortable with.
- Tank: If your underbust measurement is 3-5 or more inches (7.5-13 cm) smaller than your largest chest measurement, we suggest ordering a tank binder. This style works well for people who are in between sizes.
- Half: Regardless of your body shape, the half binder tends to work best for people who have a small amount of breast tissue. Additionally, if you live in a warm climate a half binder may be a comfortable style.
- Racerback: If you’re looking for a binder that provides a wide range of motion, less visibility under clothing or thin straps – this is the binder for you!
Please be very careful, Whilst wearing your binder.
We are by no means doctors and our knowledge comes from experience. Here are our binder safety guidelines to live by:
- Don’t wear a size too small! Wearing a size too small will not give you a flatter appearance, and can put you at risk of physical harm.
- Don’t bind for more than 8-10 hours a day, OR more than your body is telling you to. You shouldn’t be binding 10 hours a day on a regular basis if possible. It’s important to remember that this is a compression garment that IS stressful on the body, so while they are incredibly important for many of us, they should not be worn for extremely long periods with no breaks.
- Take days off every once and a while if you can! This will give your body time to relax
- Never sleep in your binder! Even if your body feels fine, you should not be binding for this long. You may feel more comfortable sleeping in an athletic compression shirt if you find binding to be a comforting feeling.
- Don’t wear your binder if “something doesn’t feel right”. Our binders should not cause pain or breathing trouble!
- Stretch! Stretching is generally good but can also help relieve stress from binding.