The Best Lingerie for the Transgender Community
For those transitioning from anatomically female to male and/or those transitioning masculinely, a common request heard is an undergarment that will minimize the look and shape of breasts. Some trans men will elect to have their breasts removed, or use hormone therapy to make their breasts smaller. Others wear a tight, compression style sports bra underneath their clothing. Others still have found binders to be very effective. Binders are an undergarment made specifically to "bind" the breasts down. A modern alternative to the old school binding (and perhaps dangerous) method of wrapping the bust with gauze or tape, these new designs are made in several styles like a tank, bandeau, or crop top.
Keep in mind, the snug material is designed to flatten, and can often be difficult to put on and take off—especially full body, very firm, over-the-head styles. One such wearer described a fainting spell brought on by a too-tight garment in an article on trans undergarments inThe Guardian.
On the other hand, feedback suggests that binding is a great option for those who want the traditionally flat chest look of natal males. And because they are seamless, they can often be worn underneath clothing without anyone else noticing. This provides peace of mind and a clean look for many outfits. Most of these options are very plain and are offered in only basic colors. They lean very heavily toward a more functional and less fashionable design, perhaps because their purpose is more about hiding rather than accentuating. Either way, new innovations and more styles are desperately needed in the lingerie and undergarment industry for the portion of a trans man's and/or trans masculine individual's life.
A few places to purchase binders:
- Danae- This European company has several undergarment items for the trans community, including . Their Trans-Vormer collection even includes a swimsuit! There are varying styles of firmness, depending on how much the wearer would like to flatten the chest. And there is even a front zip style which can make putting it on and taking it off easier than going over the head.
- Underworks- This company specifically carries shaping undergarments for many needs. Trans people looking for a binder may find just what they're looking for in their array of . The shopping section is intended for cisgender men with gynecomastia, which the Mayo Clinic describes as "swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone." Yet, many people transitioning to a traditionally masculine silhouette can use the products to flatter their bust and top torso. Alternatively, a in the "women's" section is another option.
- All Is Fair in Love and Wear- It's worth noting this independent company for their commitment to safety when it comes to binding. In fact, they have a guide for learning . Their website states: "We are setting the standard for safety, comfort & aesthetics in binding, as we believe that binders should be as comfortable, effective and attractive as the people who wear them."Please note that this company is currently in a production freeze with plans to return at a later date.
Video: Transgender Clothing - Underwear for Transitioning Ladies & Gents
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