Chest binding is a practice that has been used since ancient times. The use and purpose of chest binding changed based on the culture and time period in which it was used. Men and women have both worn chest bindings for different reasons, including for beauty and for practical purposes. In current Western society, chest binding is used mainly for beautification purposes, as well as a tool to support proper healing after elective medical procedures.

Things You'll Need


Using a Binding Undergarment

Rub baby or talc powder lightly on your bare chest. Put on a lightweight moisture resistant T-shirt after applying the powder, but before you apply the binding. Avoid chaffing and other issues caused by binding by taking these precautions before beginning to bind your chest.

Pull the binding undergarment over your head and chest as you would if you were putting on a snug fitting T-shirt. Use the binding undergarment only after you have applied the powder and the lightweight T-shirt.

Adjust your breasts once the garment is in place to achieve maximum comfort and the best binding level possible when using this binding technique.

Put on your regular clothing once you are satisfied with the fit of the chest binding. Wear loose-fitting clothing to best hide your chest binding.

Using an ACE Bandage to Bind

Rub baby or talc powder lightly on your bare chest. Put on a lightweight moisture resistant T-shirt after applying the powder, but before you apply the binding.

Begin wrapping your chest with the ACE bandage by starting in the middle of your chest. Take one end of the bandage and pull it across your chest, so that the bandage is covering your nipple area and the beginning end of the bandage rests on the side of your body.

Hold the end of the bandage in place and begin wrapping the rest of the bandage around your chest. Pull the bandage tight with each pass, and move the bandage up and down the chest, alternating the direction with each time you wrap the bandage.

Adjust the bandaging if you feel extremely uncomfortable or have trouble breathing. Secure the bandage with clasps or safety pins once you are satisfied with the fit of the chest binding.

Put on your regular clothing once you are satisfied with the fit of the chest binding. Wear loose-fitting clothing to best hide your chest binding.