By Raven Hawkins (he/him)
Looking to buy a binder? You came to the right place!
Well, at least the right place to find the right place. There are many online stores that sell chest binders to transgender and gender diverse people. It’s important to remember to never bind with anything other than a proper binder (even for cosplay), as materials such as tape and bandages can do serious damage to your chest, ribs, and lungs. You should never bind for more than eight hours at a time, or to run with a binder on. When looking to purchase a binder, make sure you measured yourself correctly and look at each stores sizing rubric before choosing your size. This prevents you from getting the wrong size, which can cause injury.If you’re between sizes, it’s a good idea to go for the larger one, because a binder that’s too small can cause injury. It’s important to be comfortable in your binder, both physically and mentally.
For more information on binding: https://ygender.org.au/a-guide-to-binding-safely
The most well known places for getting a binder are gc2b and UnderWorks, but there are plenty of other places online that sell very good quality chest binders. All prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and don’t include shipping.
Gc2b $45 – $50
Gc2b is a well known online store that sells chest binders at a reasonable price. It’s a trans owned store that ships worldwide. They have a diverse size range and the binders are about as comfortable as binders can get. They arrive (generally) within a month from the USA in very discrete packaging with a return envelope is you need a replacement. The binders come in black, white, grey, blue, red and green, as well as 5 skin tones (which are very good for wearing under white shirts). The binders only come in two styles, the tank (sleeveless shirt) and the half tank (also sleeveless, but only reaches to the base of the ribs, and costs slightly less.) Gc2b only sells pullover binders, which can be difficult to get on at first, but you get used to it and they stretch over time. Their binders don’t restrict breathing and are good if you walk a lot **don’t work out in a binder**. They do stretch over time, but generally last up to a year or two if looked after well. Gc2b mail your order with the United States Postal Service (USPS) which allows you to track your delivery from the time it’s left the store. This is the source Ygender recommends as the safest and most reliable option we’ve found!
T Kingdom $40 – $80
T Kingdom is a company founded by Winson Lo in 1999 to sell comfortable binders to gay and transgender people in Taiwan, but now ships a variety of chest binders worldwide. The binders only come in black and white, and either tank or a half tank. The binders have backs similar to a sports bra – that cuts around the shoulder blades. Unlike gc2b, binders from T Kingdom are available with velcro or a zipper, instead of a pullover. The zipper makes it very easy to put on and take off, though it would show through a tight shirt. The velcro allows you to change the width of the binder depending on your chest size. It’s not legally possible to get a return and exchange if you purchase the wrong size, but a replacement may be possible. You can track your delivery once it has been shipped out, with information on the website. Shipping generally takes between 2 – 3 weeks.
Underworks are well known for being a cheap but good quality alternative for chest binders. The f2m website is aimed at transgender guys, but Underworks itself is not owned or aimed at transgender people. The most popular binder is the magicotton tank, which is very similar in appearance to gc2b’s tank binders, but it only one layer thick and a lot cooler as far as temperature goes. They are only available in black and white. Underworks has a bulk pricing deal, meaning that the more binders you purchase at once, the more you save. This is good if you want to get an extra binder a size too big to give your back, chest and shoulders a few days off. It also gives you a chance to still be wearing a binder while your others are being washed. This binder is quite effective at flattening, but is quite a high cut, which isn’t good for wearing under v-necks or other low cut shirts. It can also rub on your underarms. That being said, it’s reasonably comfortable and made out of quite a soft material.
DANAE $50 – $85
On the slightly more expensive side is DANAE. A trans friendly Dutch company that sells good quality binders. It gives you the option of having an extra strong binder material for an extra $5 and if you are between sizes or want to make sure your binder fits very well, you can have it tailor made for an extra $17. The binders come in white, black, beige, or brown. DANAE also sells swimwear for gender diverse people wanting a flatter chest. There’s information on all the binders regarding chest size and whether it’s suitable for exercise on the website. The tank binders are perfect if you have a larger chest, but are suitable for all sizes, the half tanks are better for small chests and don’t get as warm. The bands are cooler still, are good for wide cut shirts, and are adjustable.
NABAY up to $100
NABAY is a lesser known Japanese brand that sells very high quality binders that are suitable for running and swimming. The binders come in smaller sizes than these other stores. They are available with or without sleeves in blue, red, black, or beige, depending on the style. Other products on the website include shoe insoles that make you slightly taller ($46). The running shirts are very good if you are buying your first binder, as they are breathable and easy to get on and off, while still flattening your chest.
There’s a lot to consider when buying a binder, and it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. If you’re unsure, have any more questions, or want a binder but can’t afford one, check out https://ygender.org.au/trans-youth-support-kits or contact us at [email protected]!
We help trans young people access binders and other gender affirming items. To support that program and make sure we can provide items to everyone who needs it, make a donation at https://chuffed.org/project/trans-youth-support-kits!