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    Fit Notes for Transfeminine People

    There are fit notes in all bottoms product descriptions for transfeminine people, specifically focusing on coverage and fabric (for hold/compression). Please note that fit is highly individual and is ultimately determined by body type, personal preference, and other variables. 

    Binders

    Illustration by Ania Majewska. Copyright Ania Majewska.

    We currently stock binders from one company, Danae. You can see the fitting chart for both Danae binders on the product pages.

    A few tips for binder wearing, generally:

    • Never use additional binding techniques such as Ace bandages or duct tape.
    • As in all things, personal comfort is most important, but a snug fit is recommended. Don't, however, buy a binder that is too small. That can lead to injury.
    • It can take a while to get used to wearing a binder. We recommend building up everyday usage slowly, starting only a few hours at a time. Binders are recommended for usage 8-12 hours/day.
    • For health reasons, we advise against working out in and/or sleeping in your binder, as they restrict breathing. Sports bras can provide some chest compression while allowing for easier breathing. 

      Bras

      Illustration by Ania Majewska. Copyright Ania Majewska.Illustration by Ania Majewska. Copyright Ania Majewska.

      Bras, like other items in our closet, don’t come in standardized sizes. And honestly, it’s probably better that way! Our bodies are unique, and even people wearing the same size can wear that size for vastly different reasons.

      Since fitting isn’t standardized, any bra-wearing person is probably going to have a lot of sizes in their wardrobe at any given time. That’s totally normal!

      Because bra fit incorporates so many different variables and is so subjective - and because our bodies are so unique! - we believe that fit can be tackled without breaking out the tape measure.

      (P.S. Check out our rockin' blog post on The 4 Biggest Bra Fitting Myths!)

      How do I find my bra size?

      We believe that you know your body better than we do. This section is designed to give you the knowledge and tools to learn how to assess your own bra fit. Shared knowledge benefits everyone! (And since we are still learning ourselves, expect to see this section change over time as we pick up new tips and tricks to share.) 

      Step One: Put on your best fitting bra and find a mirror. 

      Tip: You will also need a small handheld mirror (a smartphone will do in a pinch).

      Step Two: Look at the Band

      The band is the foundation of your fit. 80-90% of your support should come from the band! When people are wearing an ill fitting bra, it's often because the band is too big and the cups are too small. This is because the size of the band and the size of the cups are related. 

      Put simply: if you go down a band size, you go up a cup. Or, if you go up a band size, you go down a cup. The reason is that different sizes can actually contain the same cup volume even though the ribcage (band) measurement is different - it's all about proportion. So, a 32DD would go up to a 34D, a 34F(UK) would go up to a 36E(UK), a 40B would go down to a 38C, and so on. You get the idea!

      With that in mind, let's walk through some fit tests:

      Illustration by Ania Majewska. Copyright Ania Majewska.

      Is the band riding up your back?

      The band should be parallel to the floor. If it is, this probably means that the band is too large. This is a very common fit issue! Try going down a band size. (Remember, going down a band size means going up a cup size!)

      Is the band so tight that it causes irritation/pain?

      Bands should be snug against your body. They shouldn't cause you pain. Regarding irritation, though it's normal to have some red marks when taking a bra off at the end of the day (much like there are temporary marks on our ankles after removing socks), significant irritation and skin breakage are definitely not normal. We recommend going up a band size (which means going down a cup size). 

      Can you raise your arms and move around throughout the day without the band moving?

      The band's job is to support you. If it's not staying in place, it isn't supporting you. A band that fits will stay anchored and parallel to the floor throughout the day.

      Step Three: Check Your Cups

      Be sure to check our cup size chart at the bottom of the page. The bra alphabet doesn't end at DD - far from it! Know your options in terms of potential cup sizes. 

      Illustration by Ania Majewska. Copyright Ania Majewska.

      Are my breasts spilling out of the cups (aka "quadboob")?

      If so, we recommend going up a cup size.

      Is there any space between my breasts and the cups? Are the cups "wrinkling"?

      The cups should lie flush against your chest - there shouldn't be any space between the breast and the cup (nor should the breast be pushing against/spilling out of the cup, like we just talked about). If there's space or gapping, try going down a cup size (in which case, go up a band size).  

      Does one cup fit better than the other? 

      Having one breast that’s larger than the other is very common. Be sure to fit for the larger breast. With the cup for the smaller breast, you can tighten the strap to minimize the gap between the cup and breast. A cookie or pad can also be inserted into the cup.

      Does the gore (the center panel between the cups) lie flat against your sternum?

      If the gore lies flat, this is a great indicator that the cups fit. If it doesn't lie flat, this is a strong indicator that the cups are too small. Try going up a cup size. 

      Step Four: Securing the Straps

      Are my shoulder straps loose?

      Try tightening your straps. Alternately, there are two common reasons for this issue. First, the cups could be too large, in which case we recommended trying a cup size smaller. Secondly, many bras have wide-set straps, and lots of people have narrower shoulders! If you have narrow shoulders, learning which styles tend to have wider-set straps (e.g. balconettes) may be helpful so as to avoid chronic shoulder strap slippage in the future.

      Are my shoulder straps digging in?

      Only 10-20% of the bra support should come from your shoulders. If your shoulder straps are digging in, odds are good that the band is too big (and thus not supportive enough). Try going down a band size. 

      Step Five: Double-Check For Comfort

      Is the underwire poking me? Is it exposed anywhere on the bra?  

      Underwire could be poking for a variety of reasons. The bra could be on its last leg and completely worn out (we recommend hand washing bras to preserve structural integrity and lengthen their lifespan). The band could be too big, causing the band to slide around against your skin during everday wear and thus wear down the fabric, freeing the underwire. The cups could be too big, so the wires could be riding too high under your armpits and poking you (ouch!). Or, the cups could be too small and poking your underarm (again—ouch!).

      Alternately, you may just really not like underwire—and that’s okay! There is no law that says you have to wear a bra that has underwire, even if you’re full busted. We recommend trying soft cup bras and bralettes.

      P.S. There's no law saying you have to wear a bra - at all! At the end of the day, it's all about what makes you happy. 

      Illustration by Ania Majewska. Copyright Ania Majewska.

        Cup Size

        Once you hit a DD/E cup, cup sizing varies significantly depending on where you are in the world. (Band sizes stay the same, even though their fit may vary depending on factors such as the stretch of the material.) 

        US Cup Size

        UK Cup Size

        EU Cup Size

        AA

        AA

        AA

        A

        A

        A

        B

        B

        B

        C

        C

        C

        D

        D

        D

        DD/E

        DD

        E

        DDD/F

        E

        F

        G

        F

        G

        H

        FF

        H

        I

        G

        J

        J

        GG

        K