Open shirt binding is a theatrical method in which a woman binds her chest tightly with tape to give the illusion of a manly chest. This method dates back to the Shakespearean era when women dressed up as men to play characters in the theater, because women were forbidden to become actors. For women to convince the audience of their gender, women were required to bind their chest. This act is called “Cosplay” for costume play or “Crossplay” and has been adopted by transsexual and cross-gender communities. This process is to be approached with caution, as the tape can cause skin irritations and restrict breathing.

Things You'll Need

Cover each nipple with an elastic bandage. Place each elastic bandage vertically. Protecting this sensitive area is vital.

Measure out 8 pieces of sports tape, each 10 inches long, with your ruler. Cut each piece of tape off with your scissors and stick one end to a bench or table as you go.

Push your right breast across towards your armpit with your left hand.

Place the first piece of tape at the top of your chest, 2 inches to the left of your right nipple (as you look at it) with your right hand.

Pull the tape across towards your armpit as hard as you can and secure it on your back. Keep your left hand in place.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to secure another 3 pieces of sports tape on your right breast, directly underneath the first piece of tape. When you are finished, your right breast should be secured flat to your chest.

Push your left breast across towards your armpit with your right hand.

Place a piece of tape at the top of your chest, 2 inches to the right of your left nipple (as you look at it) with your left hand.

Pull the tape across towards your armpit as hard as you can and secure it on your back. Keep your right hand in place.

Repeat Steps 8 and 9 to secure another 3 pieces of sports tape on your left breast, directly underneath the first piece of tape. When you are finished both your left and right breast should be secured flat to your chest.

Try a shirt on and leave it open. Your chest will appear flat.