Sizing Guidelines

GenderwearSA Sizing guideline
Bodies come in many shapes and sizes, which makes sizing a bit tricky when it comes to an item of clothing that’s purpose is meant to hide that shape. Since all mediums are not created the same and due to the features of the products we offer, it is important to know how they are meant to work. Read more below to understand how to use our products and how to measure yourself to determine which size would fit you best.
*** We cannot stress enough the importance of choosing the correct size binder or tucking garment and wearing it correctly. We strongly urge you to follow your measurements and not to order a size smaller. In general, if worn daily, our products should only be worn for up to 8 hours. If worn for longer than recommended on a regular basis, various problems can arise. **
According to Dr. Kevin Adams, a leading Cape Town plastic surgeon specializing in transgender surgeries, serious damage to breast tissue can occur if a binder is not worn correctly, which could make breast removal problematic in future due to increased skin stretch and tissue damage. Additionally breathing problems can develop as well as chronic pain in the chest and back.

In their research concerning tucking as a gender-affirming practice, Malik et al. (2024) found that half of those who participated in the study experienced itching, the presence of a rash as well as some discomfort in the groin. It is important to be aware of the potential risks this practice may involve when making use of our products. If worn properly, our products are validating for self- esteem, help to reduce gender dysphoria and allow transgender, non-binary and gender fluid folks to present themselves comfortably to the world. 

How to Measure for an Order

In order to determine your size correctly please use a cloth tape when taking measurements. Ensure your fingers are not between the tape and the skin. Pull the tape tight but without puckering the skin. Measure accurately! Even 1 cm can make a difference so be as precise as possible. If your dysphoria allows you, it is often easier to have a loved one help you.

Measuring for a Chest Binder

Take the following three measurements, add them together and divide by three to get your size:
1. Top measurement: Measure fully around the chest just under the armpits.
2. Middle measurement: Measure fully around the chest over the breasts tissue.
3. Bottom measurement: Measure just under the breast tissue at the bottom of the rib cage fully around the body.

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Measuring for Tucking Underwear

Take the following three separate measurements to determine your size:
1. Hip measurement: Measure fully around the hips.
2. Thigh measurement: Measure fully around the thigh.
3. Strap measurement: Measure from right underneath the belly button where the hips start, 
through the crotch area and all the way to right above the hip at the back.

To choose the correct size, your hip and thigh measurements must be closer to the starting 
measurement within each range. The range for the stap is much larger to account a wider variety of sizing. 

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