According to Psychology Today, everyone is gender-fluid to a degree. That’s because traditionally, people have been expected to behave or look a certain way on the basis of their biological sex. These days, people are becoming more aware of and challenging modes of thinking that make it harder for people to express themselves through dress, … Continued

According to Psychology Today, everyone is gender-fluid to a degree. That’s because traditionally, people have been expected to behave or look a certain way on the basis of their biological sex. These days, people are becoming more aware of and challenging modes of thinking that make it harder for people to express themselves through dress, style, and other personal choices.

To be clear, people who are gender-fluid generally don’t have a strong attachment to any gender, and may feel more traditionally masculine or feminine depending on the day. Though the phrase gender-fluid is often used interchangeably with nonbinary—not associating with any gender—people who are gender-fluid may or not be nonbinary.

Depending on the way they wish to express themselves, shape-wear may help certain people feel more comfortable.

  • It may enable people to express themselves more fully and affirm their gender or wear drag.

  • It’s less invasive and risky than surgery, and involves less commitment.

  • It allows people to feel more comfortable in their bodies on any given day, and can be done for a prolonged period of time if precautions are taken.

Though shape-wear such as chest binders and other items are temporary, there are a few things to remember.

  • Make sure to use the right size. Loose garments won’t pose much problems, but they’ll be uncomfortable.

  • Tight garments or chest binders can be painful to wear for long periods and can eventually cause breathing issues or skin scarring if worn for days on end.

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 compression garments or shape-wear you can use to change your appearance without surgery.

Chest Binders

There are many reasons why some people consider a chest binder. Often, they will help you present as male by making the chest look flatter, though they’re a common drag, cosplay, and role-play. Wearing a chest binder can also be helpful for people who have chest dysphoria.

Layering shirts, kinetic tape, and wearing sports bras are common ways to bind one’s chest, but commercial chest binders come in many sizes, colors, and designs. The most common you will find anywhere include:

  • Tops that look like sports bras

  • Compression chest binders cut off at the belly button

  • Binders that go all the way down to your waist

Girdles

Girdles were traditionally a women’s only item and often worn to cinch one’s waist and change one’s shape. They’re often associated with people who want to present as female, as girdles flatten the belly and accentuate hips. Some can even help you reduce the appearance of back fat and love-handles depending on how high up they go.

Girdles are still a handy item to keep around if you’re agender, as they are generally easy to remove depending on the kind you buy.

Common types include:

  • Slimmer thongs

  • Boy short girdles

  • Shape-wear bras (commonly used to smooth out back fat)

  • Mid-thing shapers (scuba suits)

Full Body Compression Suits

These compression suits often reach from your shoulders to the bottom of your thighs to make you look leaner overall. They come in a variety of materials and designs. Some of these have openings in the fly area to better help you go to the bathroom and resemble the look of rompers. Others look almost like dresses.

Drag Queen Gender Fluid person in a dressSafety Tips for Choosing a Girdle or Full-body Shape-wear

Shape-wear can better help you feel more authentic in your gender expression and can help you accentuate or diminish the appearance of some of your features. It’s critical that you find one that fits you just right so you can avoid some of the common risks associated with them, such as:

  • Skin irritation caused by the chemicals used to make materials so stretchy or by wearing the shape-wear for too long.

  • Constriction of blood. Shape-wear won’t cause permanent damage to your body, but it can cut off your blood circulation and even cause acid reflux if it’s too tight. Make sure your shape-wear isn’t leaving any marks on your skin. If it is, choose the next bigger size.

Finding the right shape-wear, regardless of which is right for you, will take a few tries. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or experiment, and as always please reach out to us with any questions and we’ll help you find your perfect fit.

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Daily Compression Wear Do you wear compression wear? This gear is a staple in many people’s daily wardrobe whether it’s for working out, shaping their body under their clothing (shapewear), or as a medical device for a number of purposes. High performance athletes wear compression wear for improved performance, but you don’t need to be … Continued

Daily Compression Wear

Do you wear compression wear? This gear is a staple in many people’s daily wardrobe whether it’s for working out, shaping their body under their clothing (shapewear), or as a medical device for a number of purposes. High performance athletes wear compression wear for improved performance, but you don’t need to be a sports star to wear compression wear on a regular basis.

In fact, there are many benefits to wearing compression gear regularly. But, like anything else, before you get started you should know your options and know whether compression wear might be a good option for you to wear every day.

What is compression wear?

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Compression wear might look like a tight or sleek sports garments or a silky undergarment with a slight sheen to it. The material is woven very tightly and consistently in order to provide a comfortable support while restricting the movement of your body. These garments give a feeling of support to your body’s tissues while you are moving around or working out, which many find to be comfortable.

And don’t worry, you can move around without restriction. If you can’t there is a chance your compression wear is way too tight.

Types of compression wear

There are different types or “grades” of compression wear depending on how tightly the fabric is woven. Compression wear that is designed for daily use tends to be woven slightly less tight in order to provide enough comfortable compression while still allowing ease of movement and unrestricted support.

Compression wear that is “medical grade” is woven more tightly as it is designed to be worn after surgery or as a medical device for a specific purpose with regards to circulation. These types of medical grade garments should be recommended by your physician before use, as compression wear isn’t necessarily safe for everybody if you have underlying conditions.

Sports wear and shapewear compression are likely not medical grade but you can check with a sales representative if you’re unsure.

Compression wear for daily use

In addition to compression wear for athletes, compression wear for daily use can be beneficial to those with extra weight or extra skin on their body, as it provides a unique type of support that is not often found in other types of clothing.

Not only does compression wear provide support for your body as you go about your daily routine, it helps improve circulation throughout the area of use. So if you spend a lot of time on your feet, wearing daily compression wear or shapewear on your lower half could be beneficial to help you keep your blood flowing.

As a result, at the end of a long day you may feel “fresher” than you have previously, since your body has been circulating blood and repairing any muscle fatigue or micro tears that would normally have occurred on a regular basis.

Buying compression wear for daily use

There’s more to buying compression wear than just selecting a tight garment or piece of clothing that feels “too small”. As mentioned, compression garments shouldn’t be too tight or feel like they’re cutting off your circulation. As a result, high quality compression gear will always be custom sized. You will need to take your measurements and apply them using a sizing chart provided by the company you’ll be ordering your compression gear from.

The type of compression wear that you choose to buy will depend on your body’s measurements and your goals for getting the wear. An easy way to get started is through compression tights or shorts, as your lower half is required for most day-to-day activities that may benefit from compression wear.

These garments tend to also provide a smoother and sometimes “ideal” silhouette. Whether this was your intention for selecting shapewear to wear on a daily basis, or a nice additional benefit of your compression wear for health purposes, it’s a nice additional feature of the garments.

Be sure to check out pieces like the following, to get started:

Abdominal Panty Girdle 4in Waist Closed Crotch – Our Abdominal Panty Girdle provides a uniform comfort underneath your regular or gym clothing. The high quality Lycra Spandex material makes it a comfortable material for daily use and the laced front panel laced provides a nice feminine pattern.

Slip On Mid Thigh Girdle Closed Crotch – This slip on high quality Lycra fabric with reinforced abdominal panel provides a great amount of support for daily activity. Holding your body’s shape comfortably, this compression wear is ideal for daily use. The soft lace trims the mid-thigh for a beautiful design.

Brief Body Shaper With Side Zipper Closed Crotch – If you’re wearing compression wear daily to provide an aesthetic silhouette, look no further for your ideal garment. Our body shaper with side zipper provides comfortable compression for under your daily clothing. The 55% Lycra Spandex material compresses fully with cushiony softness while providing compression to the thighs, breast, abdominal area, upper/lower torso. Adjust your shoulder straps for comfort control and a custom fit.

For more information on compression garments you can visit our website here.

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