6 Tips To Live By When You First Start Binding

6 Tips To Live By When You First Start Binding

Binders are great for those who need them, here are my six tips for when you get your first binder!


Binding is safe when done the right way and it can make you feel great about yourself! Not everyone feels the need to bind, but those that do need to make sure they are being safe when they do it or you can suffer from several health issues.

1. Know Where You Want To Buy Your Binder From


There are several places you can buy binders from, the place most people that bind get binders from are gc2b. Yes, there are other places you can get binders, but gc2b offers different styles, colors, and sizes all for a reasonable price and a good return policy. Another bonus with gc2b is that they ship their binders very discreetly so that if it is unsafe for you to order one, the packaging does not reveal what is inside.

2. What Style Binder Are You Going To Get?


A binder is a binder, right? Wrong. Gc2b offers a half binder and a tank binder, as do most binder companies. I personally prefer a half binder because they are much cooler. The fabric is thick and is made to be tighter fitting on your body, so the tanks get really warm really quick. However, if you are trying to hide your hips or you want something you can tuck in, then the tank is probably best for you!

3. What Size Do I Need To Get?


Do NOT try and measure yourself on your own! I promise if you measure yourself you will not get the right size. Have a friend help you measure yourself. There is a size guide on most binder websites, here is the link to gc2b's size chart.

PS: Always go up a size if you are in between sizes or if you are unsure! Trust me.

4. How Do I Put It On?


Well, you put it on like anything else you'd put on in that area. But, I'm not the most graceful of people so I got stuck in mine the first few times I tried it on and took it off. So that being said, again, I'd have a friend with you that can help you. The back of the binder is flexible but the front doesn't really move and it's hard to get on and off.

5. How Long Do I Wear It?


Most people say not to bind more than eight hours at a time. I have asthma so I can't always bind that long. For the first week or so, don't try to bind more than a couple hours a day. Bring something else that you have used prior to your binder and change after a couple of hours. Also, please don't try to bind every single day it isn't safe and it will hurt!

6. What Should I Wear On My "Off" Days?


What you wear when you aren't binding is up to you and what you have done before. Personally, I wear Compression Fit Sports Bras from Target. They are fairly inexpensive and I've found that they make my chest look flatter than most things. Some days my shoulders hurt too much from binding with a binder or a sports bra, so I just have to wear a regular bra. Those days suck.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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