Flattening the Chest

Thursday, 24 February 2011, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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One of the quickest ways to determine gender is to take a glance at someone’s chest.  This is why it is so important for females to flatten their chests when they are crossplaying.  As you will quickly discover, this endeavor is not without a cost.  Since this method requires you to displace a few pounds of flesh and muscle, it often applies great pressure to your lungs, which can make you short of breath.

The Three Types of Binding

Compression Shirt 

Pros: Professional Looking, Easy to use, Moderately Comfortable
Cons: Expensive

Velcro Back Brace 

Pros: Professional Looking, Less Expensive
Cons: Uncomfortable, Difficult to Use

Ace Bandage 

Pros: Cheap, Easy to Use, Moderately Comfortable
Cons: Unprofessional Looking

COMPRESSION SHIRTS

We strongly recommend the use of compression shirts, which are intended to flatten a female chest.  Not only are these shirts quick, reliable, and comfortable, they also can be ordered in various lengths and necklines.  They can be easily ordered online from T-Kingdom or Underworks, however, their ease of use means that they are the most expensive method listed. (Note: If you order from T-Kingdom, an Asian-based company, you may need to order one-two sizes larger than you normally wear.)

VELCRO BACK BRACE

A cheaper alternative is a Velcro back brace.  This product can be quickly secured, but we recommend asking a friend to help you.  Due to the elasticity of the straps, back braces are one of the most uncomfortable binding methods available.  If you feel lightheaded or short of breath while wearing the back brace, either loosen the straps or remove the back brace entirely.  To maximize comfort, wear upside-down and on top of a shirt.

THE ACE BANDAGE METHOD

Traditionally, the Ace bandage is the most popular method due to it’s inexpensive cost and overall comfort.  If wrapped incorrectly, however, the bandage can slip down to your waist.  We have provided a step-by-step tutorial to inform you about proper wrapping procedure.

 

Begin wrapping below your chest, starting in the center of your abdoment.  Pull the bandage behind your back and continue wrapping.

 

Using one hand, hold the front edge of the bandage so you can apply pressure as you wrap.

 

Continue wrapping the bandage tightly around the torso, until you have completely covered the chest.  Increase pressure as you wrap, covering the previous wrappings and being careful not to have any obvious creases or bulges.

 

When you have reached the edge of the bandage, you may tuck the end underneath the wrapping or use one of the provided metal clamps.

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