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Apologies on the haphazard-looking binder. I did research; I really did. Didn’t help. I found a lot of pictures of people theoretically wearing them underneath their clothes, but I still don’t have a very clear idea on what a binder itself actually looks like. So, I don’t really know what I was going for in Kylie’s hand, but it looks stupid to me. If anyone has a competent reference, I will be more than happy to update this page in the future.
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Yay for the binder
Aww Lynn, don't push yourself with something like a binder. I looked up a lot too, and it looks like Kylie has one of the beater-type compression shirts in her hand, or a sports-bra-style binder. Either way, it passes in my book.
I didn't think it looks off or odd at all!
Yeah, don't worry too much about the binder. A lot of kinds (and in my opinion, the best ones) have shoulder straps, but that one could have them and we can't see or it could not. Also, ftm.underworks is a great website if you want images of binders.
great place to shop for binders... (she says from experience). I always buy black ones though. Personal preference I guess.
I can help with that! I actually used a binder pre-transition to hide my chest growing and all for a very very long time, and they're really simple: think really tight vests. My good ones were thin, tight, and zipped up in the front. They went down to my natural waist line. More common ones (I think, anyway) are like full-on t-shirts that are really thick and tight, and veeeeeeeeery uncomfortable and do NOT do the job at all. The tight subtle vest worked so much better and was so much more comfortable. Also, they all require layering. The shirt style one would bunch up at the boobs and give a nicely visible sports bra effect and make boobs obvious, but the vest just made me look like I had awesome pecs. Still needed to layer though. Hope that helps!
But, for comic's sake, you could always go with the tried and true 'bandages' or 'wrap' style binding when drawing. I don't think viewers are going to be too picky.
Thank you for the input. ^_^
I tried to stray away from going with bandages, because I've heard a lot of FtMs don't recommend it. "It can be very uncomfortable and even cause injury if the bandages are wrapped too tightly. Tight bandages can restrict breathing and movement, and their edges can cut at the skin". I tend to hear it's accepted as a "temp method" until the person in question can get something more efficient (so who knows? Maybe that's what Kylie's been doing up to now).
Anyway, with that in mind, I didn't want to sound like I was potentially promoting something that is not necessarily a healthy method. So I definitely wanted to put focus on the binder - which if I understand correctly - is pretty much the number one method for hiding breasts.
And again, I claim to be no expert on FtM matters. So if I'm WAY off the mark here, I hope somebody corrects me.
Haha actually good question, who is she and what has she done with Ky's sister? :P But seriously, glad to see Heather's growing as a person :)
Binding your breasts through any method is unhealthy and painful, if you're doing it right. Even with a binder. They're not exactly comfortable, you just get used to it.
I disagree, at least about the "painful" part. At this point, my binders don't start to hurt me until after I've been wearing them all day (and even then, it's more of a slight ache, usually in my back, than real pain).
I bound with bandages for a little while before I got my first real binder. They were pretty terrible, though - they constricted my breathing to the point where doing anything more strenuous than walking slowly winded me. But with my binders, I don't have that problem. So yeah, binders really are much better than bandages.
As for what they look like, it depends on the type of binder! Most of mine have looked like A-shirts at the top (with that sort of wide shoulder strap/sleeve type thing, rather than the thinner straps of a bra). Some are longer and go down to your hips, some are shorter and only go down to the belly, or only cover the chest. Some just pull over the head, some have a zipper in the front, or velcro on the sides... there's some variety.
Ok, maybe not terribly painful or anything, but pretty darn uncomfortable. I found that wearing it for ten hours from when I woke up to when I got home from work was generally fine, but once I got home and unzipped it, putting it back on was reeeeally uncomfortable. The hardest part by far was layering shirts just right to hide it all well enough.
Yup bandages tighten as you breathe, so really are not good for even chest injury in the long term let alone something like moobs (either the emasculate or effeminate variety). Binders are the best method I know of, though they should not be painful - a little achy but not much. I have Cs and my binder does not hurt much beyond an ache at the end of the day. Like pants (or anything else really), you just have to find the variety that fits AND looks good, which isn't as simple as it should be.
Someone PLEASE make an in-person binder store with many different kinds. It would be amazing and I would shower you with... um... sock animals and my boyfriend's cookies. :)