For transgender and gender-nonconforming people who choose to bind—the compression of chest tissue to create a flat appearance—shopping online for binders can be an overwhelming yet affirming experience. In a 2017 study of 1,800 transmasculine adults, participants reported decreased gender dysphoria, anxiety, depression, and overall improved mood after binding. Since there are often obstacles and health risks to binding, accessibility, safety and comfort are imperative.
Reliable choice for every body. Amazon
Underworks’ Tri-Top is one of the strongest medical grade compression binders that fits right, feels good, and hides discretely underneath your clothing with no seams or bunching. The fabric is a nylon-spandex blend and comes in three basic colors—black, white, and beige. Binder sizes range from XS to XXXL for people with 28 to 52 inch chests. Plus, every Underworks purchase goes towards helping donate a binder to a trans person in need.
More colorful than the rest, but just as comfortable. Amazon
If you’re bored of neutral colors, the Jarazin tank top binder has you covered with seven bright colors and sporty designs. From raw material selecting to finished product, each step of the advanced quality testing system ensures every binder is brand new, high quality, and causes no harm to skin. The material is 86 percent cotton and 14 percent spandex, and there’s a hook design with a 3 cm adjustable range, making it easy to wear, remove, and flexibly adjust the chest width.
Safe for exercising. Amazon
Since it’s unsafe to wear a full binder while exercising and playing sports, the Underworks MagiCotton Sports Bra is ideal for keeping active with compression and support. The binder’s fabric blend—32 percent spandex, 22 percent nylon, and 46 percent cotton— makes it breathable and durable. Straps and bands on the binder are built wide so they won’t dig into your shoulders or ride up during vigorous exercise.
Tucks into your trousers. Amazon
This full-length tank binder contains layers of high-quality golden Powernet and a moisture-wicking, high-grade medical compression fabric. The fabric is soft, elastic, and porous, so it absorbs heat, releases sweat, and provides uninhibited movement.