Summer Binding: A How-To

This small post is a PSA for all my trans and nonbinary folks that use binders, how to bind safely during the summer!

Summer is crazy hot and will only get worse as time goes on (thanks global warming) so for those of us that use binders, it makes summer extra hard to go through!

Binders are literally heavy layers of fabric against your chest. You think your chest used to sweat under a bra? Try wearing a binder in the sun! It’s like a waterfall down your chest and back!

These tips are assuming you ARE using a binder and that you already know how to put it on your body correctly!

So, here are lots of tips for binding in the summer:

  • If you’re going to work out, wear a binder that’s one or two sizes bigger than your normal size, so that you can breathe steadily when you work up a sweat.
  • If you’re going to swim in your binder, preferably wear a size up to breathe well, and wash and dry your binder thoroughly afterward to get the chlorine out and to keep it from shrinking or stretching.
  • If in the fall and winter you usually bind for 8 or more hours in a day, scale it down to 4 or 5, because wearing it in the sun will tire you out way quicker, and can constrict your breathing.
  • If you must wear your binder the whole day because of dysphoria, try to stay indoors most of the day, and drive/take transit instead of walk.
  • Drink as much water as the Niagra Falls! Dehydration mixed with having on your binder can lead to heat stroke, dizziness, lightheadedness, and you could even pass out.
  • If you are very sensitive to heat/susceptible to heat stroke, maybe switch off the days you wear your binder! Or once you’re at home, take it off and put on a baggy shirt to air out and minimize dysphoria. Give your body a rest and still drink plenty of water!
  • Binders are really sticky to your body when mixed with sweat/water! And can have a suction-like action on your chest. Pull on the front of the binder throughout the day to air/even it out and get rid of the suction. This will make it easier when you have to pull it off at the end of the day.
  • If you’re someone who sweats a lot and wear your binder every day, consider keeping a washcloth in your bag to wipe sweat from your chest, back, and armpits to keep cool while wearing your binder!
  • If you tend to have to take your binder off frequently throughout every day in the summer, consider keeping a baggy shirt or a sweatshirt that doesn’t give you dysphoria in your bag.

Please be aware that your health is of utmost importance! Physical and mental, and these tips are only meant to give you ideas on how to balance the two in the summer. I hope you all have a great summer!



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