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Raini

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I haven't used either, but I want to start and want to find good brands, and I need some help with it all because they can get quite expensive, at least to someone like me, who is on benefits and doesn't work.

 

With binders, I have trouble deciding which one to get and how the sizing works because I have bigger breasts, but one side is a bit bigger than the other, so it often makes me feel like I'm not balanced, and my breasts are the biggest source of my dysphoria. I have tried transtape, but this wasn't a fun experience. I have mostly been using sport bras, but these ones I don't like too much. I would like to be comfortable, so been wondering whether the long binders would be better than the short ones.

 

With packers, it's hard because I need something I could wear even during my periods. I only use period pads. 

 

I want to get a good fit with both binder and packer on the first try. I don't want to have to buy a new one because the old one didn't fit.

 

i want to hear about your experiences, about any tips or maybe you have other kinds of information.

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@Raini I don't know how what's available in your country differs from what's available to me in the US. But, I can relay that as someone who also has a big chest, I like long binders better. I also prefer the way they feel as wearing a bra-shaped garment causes me dysphoria and physical pain.

 

The best binder I've tried is this one, but it's expensive. They fit true to the given size guide. https://transguysupply.com/products/nytc-long-binder

 

I recently got this one from Amazon. It's less expensive but comfortable and accommodates large chest. I didn't like how thick the shoulder straps and collar were, so I tailored that on my sewing machine. They run large and also stretch. I ordered one size down from what's indicated on their size chart, and after wearing for a while, I think I could have sized down 2 sizes. Good thing I have a sewing machine. https://a.co/d/6FNp6VL

 

Again, I don't know if either of these companies ship to Estonia. If not, maybe this can help inform your shopping. 

 

For measuring, as far as one side of the chest being larger, just inhale and then take the overall girth of your chest at the widest point (usually across nipples). Then when wearing the binder you can shift the breasts around to arrange them so that they are as flat as you can get them. Tip: I usually lie flat on my back after I put on the binder so that gravity makes them settle down flat in a rather uniform way and then adjust as needed.

 

Sorry, I have no feedback about packers as I don't wear them. 

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22 minutes ago, Vidanjali said:

@Raini I don't know how what's available in your country differs from what's available to me in the US. But, I can relay that as someone who also has a big chest, I like long binders better. I also prefer the way they feel as wearing a bra-shaped garment causes me dysphoria and physical pain.

 

The best binder I've tried is this one, but it's expensive. They fit true to the given size guide. https://transguysupply.com/products/nytc-long-binder

 

I recently got this one from Amazon. It's less expensive but comfortable and accommodates large chest. I didn't like how thick the shoulder straps and collar were, so I tailored that on my sewing machine. They run large and also stretch. I ordered one size down from what's indicated on their size chart, and after wearing for a while, I think I could have sized down 2 sizes. Good thing I have a sewing machine. https://a.co/d/6FNp6VL

 

Again, I don't know if either of these companies ship to Estonia. If not, maybe this can help inform your shopping. 

 

For measuring, as far as one side of the chest being larger, just inhale and then take the overall girth of your chest at the widest point (usually across nipples). Then when wearing the binder you can shift the breasts around to arrange them so that they are as flat as you can get them. Tip: I usually lie flat on my back after I put on the binder so that gravity makes them settle down flat in a rather uniform way and then adjust as needed.

 

Sorry, I have no feedback about packers as I don't wear them. 

 

Thank you very much. This is already very helpful. And yes, with sport's bras I hate, when the lenght is a bit longer than a bra and with short binders I'm afraid it would feel the same, which is why I'm thinking the feel of the longer ones would be better for me. If it males sence. The sports bras that are a little longer the edges always roll up and is uncomfortable.

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