Before you request a free binder, you’ll need to know your size.
Our measurements/sizing applies to all 2b styles
Please keep in mind that garments are sized and graded for compression purposes, so they are designs to fit snugly, in order to compress and flatten.
Do Not intentionally go down in size: you will not be able to put your binder on.
In a correctly fitting binder, you should be able to breathe without trouble. Your binder should not cause excessive discomfort or dig into your skin. If you experience any of this, you likely have the wrong size!
Grab a measuring tape and place it under your arms, around your back and chest. The tape should be just below your armpits. We use gc2b’s sizing guide as our model. Because all binder manufacturers are slightly different, if you’re in between two sizes, please round up to the larger size. (For more details and a video demonstration
Step 1: Prepare
- Get a flexible measuring tape- if you don’t have one, CLICK HERE to download a printable ruler and measure w string
- Do not wear a bra or any other compression products
Step 2: Take your measurements
Image description: A forward-facing illustration of a human torso with three lines going around the chest indicating where you need to take your measurements. Read below for more information regarding each chest measurement.
TIP: Each chest measurement should be taken all the way around your torso. The measuring tape should not compress your chest tissue but should touch your body. If the measuring tape is not touching your body - it’s too loose.
(1) Underarm measurement: Take this measurement just above where your breast tissue begins. The measuring tape should lay just below your armpits and at the beginning of your breast tissue.
(2) The largest part of the chest: Take this measurement around the torso and chest where the most breast tissue is (usually around the nipples, but this will vary person to person).
(3) Underbust measurement: Take this measurement directly under your chest tissue, where you would measure your band size for a bra.
Image description: A drawing of a human head and torso facing backward. There is a white line across the person’s shoulders from point to point. The line is arched to follow the curve of the shoulders.
Shoulder width: Place the measuring tape at the point of one of your shoulders. Then stretch the tape to the point of your other shoulder. Don't wrap the measuring tape all the way around your shoulders for this measurement--just point-to-point.
Step 3: Find your Size
Click here to use our sizing chart to find your size! Email your measurements to [email protected] for a sizing suggestion or if you’re confused about any step!
I have my measurements - now how do I find my size?
Compare your largest chest measurement and your shoulder measurement to the sizing chart. If your chest and shoulder measurements do not align with the same size, choose the larger size.
Now that you have found your size, it’s time to determine what style is going to fit best!
Compare your underarm measurement and underbust measurement to the sizing chart. These numbers will help you determine what style fits best. Ultimately, it’s up to you to pick a style that you’re comfortable with.
- Tank: If your under bust measurement is 3-5 or more inches (7.5-13 cm) smaller than your largest chest measurement, we suggest ordering a tank binder. This style works well for people who are in between sizes.
- Half: Regardless of your body shape, the half binder tends to work best for people who have a small amount of breast tissue. Additionally, if you live in a warm climate a half binder may be a comfortable style.
- Racerback: If you’re looking for a binder that provides a wide range of motion, less visibility under clothing or thin straps - this is the binder for you!
Please let us know if you have any questions - we're here to help! Email us at [email protected]
• Please keep in mind that these garments are sized and graded for compression purposes. They are designed to fit snugly in order to compress and flatten.
• Do not intentionally go down in size; you will not be able to put your binder on.
• In a correctly fitting binder, you should be able to breathe without trouble. Your binder should not cause excessive discomfort or dig into your skin. If you experience any of this, you likely have the wrong size!
Still unsure about sizing?
• Feel free to send us an email with the following measurements (1 chest measurement + 1 shoulder measurement). If you're confused by measuring, you are welcome to schedule a telephone or in person consultation with a Diversity Center staff person. We will suggest a style/size we think will work best for you.