Frequently asked questions
How much do your binders cost?
We want to make sure that our binders are priced as affordably as possible, therefore we are not able to give a price until we have worked out all the finer details of our costs to get the binders to you. When we have our pricing worked out, we’ll be adding it to our website.
Do you accept orders placed outside Australia?
We sure do! Helping those who need access to safe and comfortable binders is super important to us, so will be shipping to as many places as we can! We don’t yet know all the countries and jurisdictions we will be able to ship to, but we will definitely be shipping to Australia, the US, the UK, and parts of Europe.
Once we launch our online store we will list all the places we will be shipping to.
What sensory issues do your sensory-friendly binders help alleviate?
Offering comfortable binders is something we really value.
Being autistic and having sensory sensitivities themself, our founder Andy Amor has designed all our binders to eliminate as many of the things as possible that typically cause discomfort for people who have sensory sensitivities, such as bulky internal seams, scratchy labels, rough fabric, and tight elastic.
Is chest binding safe?
There is always some level of risk with wearing any garment that compresses the body. However, chest binding if done correctly with a properly fitted binder, and following recommendations, is safe for most people.
The first thing to be mindful of when binding is how to do it safely. We do not recommend ever using Ace bandages or duct tape - these are definitely not meant for binding and can cause real harm to your body. By using these techniques to bind your chest you could restrict your own breathing, cause fluid build up in your lungs or even break a rib!
It might feel tempting to also place two binders on at a time; however, this can also cause harm to your body and cause you to overheat, and is not likely to give a flatter appearance.
We only ever recommend wearing a binder in your correct size. Do not try and squeeze into a binder that is too small, or place bandages or duct tape on top of or underneath your binder. For more information on how to choose the correct size binder, check out our sizing information below.
All bodies are different, and chest binding is not safe or advisable for everyone. We always suggest checking in with your doctor to ensure binding is a safe option for you.
How do I know what size and style binder will fit best for my body?
We acknowledge that not all binders fit well on all bodies, which is why we have several designs to choose from! Our binders have been designed to fit well on a range of body shapes and sizes.
To assist you in choosing the right binder for your body, we are developing a sizing system which will recommend a style and size based on the measurements that you provide. We will also have a guide available to help you with taking your own measurements accurately.
We will update our site when the measurement guide for Amor Binders is ready!
How long can I wear my binder for?
We recommend against wearing a binder for more than 8 - 12 hours. We know it can be tempting to never take it off, but it’s important for your body to be able to breath and have a break from binding. Even the most comfortable binder needs to come off sometimes.
All bodies are different, so it’s important to listen to your body. If you are feeling any pain or discomfort, take your binder off and give your body break. Chest binding should never be painful. If you are experiencing pain, your binder may be too small, or you may have been wearing it for too long.
If you’re currently on testosterone, you might find you are sweating more than usual, so you may need to take off your binder and give it a good wash more frequently. It’s always best to have more than one binder, so that one can be washed, while the other is being worn.
How do I care for my binder?
Caring for your binder can increase its longevity. It’s important to remember to wash and air dry your binder regularly. Sweat, oil from your skin, dirt, deodorant, and lotions can all build up and damage the fabric of the binder if it is not washed often.
Good news is, our binders are machine washable! So it’s easier to keep them clean. We recommend only using a cold, gentle cycle, and placing your binder in a laundry bag to protect it from damage in the wash.
For extra longevity we recommend that you hand wash your binder with cold water and mild detergent, and always lay your binder flat when drying.
Do not place your binder in the dryer, this will cause damage to the fabric and could make it stretch and warp, meaning it won’t fit well or last very long.
How do I put on and take off my chest binder?
This is usually a personal preference, and we recommend trying different approaches to find what works best for you. Sometimes it is easiest to put one arm and shoulder in first and then pull it over your head. Then you can reach your other arm in and roll it down over your body.
You may find you will need to rearrange your chest once you have the binder on to get the best fit and flattening effect.
It’s best not to push your chest tissue upwards, to the sides, or with nipples pointing down, as this can affect fit, cause discomfort, and potentially cause skin to stretch.
To get the binder off, sometimes it is easiest to roll the bottom up a little, and then grab it with either one or two hands and pull it over your head. We do not recommend grabbing your binder from the back and pulling it over your head, as this can damage the fabric, causing it to stretch and possibly tear over time.
Andy Amor has plans to include a video guide on our website to putting on and taking off binders before we officially launch our online store.
Can chest binding impact my ability to have top surgery?
Chest binding safely, by following recommendations and wearing a correctly fitted chest binder, should not impact your ability to have top surgery.
Some people find that binding can alter their skin's natural elasticity, which may cause some minor cosmetic changes.
What is your return policy?
We are still working out the finer details of our return policy. We want to make sure that everyone gets a product from us that fits well and functions as it should, so we will most definitely be accepting returns.
Are your products ethically produced?
Yes, they most definitely are! This is something we take great pride in.
All our binders are designed and lovingly made by Andy Amor at our small manufacturing facility in Australia. They are then packed and sent out to you by Andy themself.
Fair wages are paid to all who are employed or contracted by our business, and we pride ourselves in our diversity policy, which aims to employ, contract, and otherwise support people within our community who identify as being part of a marginalised group, including trans and disabled people.
I have more questions!
Awesome! Feel free to get in touch via our contact form, and Andy or one of our admin team will get back to you.
Don’t worry if this takes a few days, being a very small and independently run business means we have a lot of missions to complete each week; however, we will always get back to you <3
Is it safe to exercise in a binder?
Unfortunately there is no hard yes or hard no to this question. All bodies are different, so it's always important to listen to and understand your body, and your own unique health situation when binding your chest.
Our binders have been designed to be as comfortable as possible, which means they aren't as restrictive as some binders you might find. This means they may be safer and more comfortable to wear while exercising than some other binders. However, not everyone is able to safely bind their chest while exercising. For some people, it is unsafe, no matter what binder they wear.
We strongly recommend that you speak to a health professional, such as your doctor or treating specialist, to help you decide if wearing a binder while exercising is safe for you.
How sustainable are your binders?
Great question! We care deeply about the environment, and want to have as little impact on it as possible. Being a sustainable brand is something that is high in our values. So, we take whatever measures we can to reduce our environmental footprint.
We have dedicated ourselves to source the most sustainable materials for all our products as we possibly can.
Our fabric is only sourced from reputable Australian suppliers, so we can be certain that we know where it's come from, and how it has been produced.
All our binders are made up of a high quality, eco-friendly, recycled Nylon Lycra, from a supplier that participates in the Healthy Seas initiative - 'A journey from Waste to Wear' - with the aim to repurpose discarded fishnets for healthier seas.
We also use 100% Australian milled cotton - vintage deadstock fabric from the iconic Bradmill cotton mill. Meaning our binders are not only made from sustainable materials, but also contain a piece of Australian history!
Can I sleep in my binder?
We understand that dysphoria doesn't just go away when we go to bed. However, we do not recommend wearing binders overnight, or while sleeping.
It is important that your body is not restricted in any way while you sleep. None of our chest binders currently available are designed for wearing while sleeping.
Can your binders be worn swimming?
They can be worn swimming, although they are not designed as swimwear.
You might need a size up to wear these swimming, as getting a damp or wet binder that has no fastenings off can be quite tricky. Plus the extra room will allow for more movement if you do laps etc. I will be releasing binders at a later date that are designed specifically for swimming in.
Do you sell skin tone binders?
We have made the decision not to sell skin tone or 'nude' binders, for some really great reasons that we'd love to share.
Firstly and most importantly, because if we can't offer a binder in every skin tone, we don't want to offer them in any. This is a choice we made because we believe strongly in fairness and equity for everyone, and we don't want to contribute to systemic racism - which is sadly all too common in the fashion industry.
Secondly, we don't offer them because a lot of people associate ‘nude’ colours with lingerie, which can cause dysphoria for some people if their binder is visible at all.
And thirdly, because we have found that tones of grey that are matched to people’s skin tones are just as effective as nude colours underneath light coloured clothing.
Do your binders fit larger chest sizes?
They certainly do! Our range is size inclusive, with a wide size rage of 9 sizes per style. Not only that, we are developing a binder that is designed to fit even better on people with larger chests.
We still need to try it out on a few more people before we launch, but hopefully it wont be too long now! We're very excited to be making the world's very first binder designed specially for people with large chests.
Sign up to our mailing list if you'd like to receive updates about when we're launching and when new designs are available to order.
Will you be selling pride binders?
We're so glad you asked! After we have officially launched we will be releasing a limited edition range of pride binders, designed by our founder themself! So everyone can celebrate and affirm their true selves with pride.
Do you sell gift cards?
That’s fantastic that you are looking to get a binder as a surprise gift! What a lovely thing to do.
We certainly will be offering Gift Cards when our store has launched.
Are you currently taking orders?
We're not taking orders at the moment, but we will be soon! We're working hard behind the scenes to get everything set-up to launch as soon as possible, so safe, comfortable binders that fit your amazing body will be more accessible.
Sign up to our mailing list if you would like to be the first to know when Amor Binders are available and the online store is up!
How do I take my measurements?
If possible have someone help take your measurements for you. Use a tape measure and measure all the way around your torso in three places: your upper chest, full chest and your under chest.
Your upper chest measurement should be taken above the chest tissue, with the tape measure touching under your arm. It’s best to have arms to your side when measuring. Your full chest measurement should be taken from the fullest part of your chest, usually where your nipples are.
Your under chest measurement should be taken directly underneath your chest tissue. The measuring tape does not need to be pulled tight, but it does need to be taught against your body and lying flat. For best results measure either without clothes on, or through a thin t-shirt with nothing underneath. Measuring while wearing tight undergarments, or thick layers will give incorrect results.
Do you use OEKO-Tex certified fabric?
We sure do! We care about your health, so we only source fabrics that are safe to have close to your body. The main fabric of all our binders are OEKO-tex certified, so you can be sure that they are safe to wear on your body, with no harmful chemicals or substances that could leach out into your skin.
What does this mean? Oeko-Tex certification is an internationally regarded certification that regulates the manufacturing processes of textiles. It ensures that no harmful chemicals were involved in the process of producing and treating the fabrics. Products with an Oeko-Tex certification are free from over 100 chemicals and substances that are harmful to human health.