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Finding clothes for the summertime can be a nightmare for transmasculine people.
Here are five tips to help you keep cool and affirmed in your gender during the summer months.
Bind your chest safely with a binder from a reputable business and apply baby powder under it to absorb sweat.
Check out thrift stores and don't be afraid of going to a tailor when you have clothes you like but don't quite fit.
As a 4'11" transmasculine nonbinary person, finding a summertime wardrobe is a nightmare for me.
While the winter, fall, and spring give me options to work with — button-ups, long-sleeved baggy shirts, sweaters, and, most importantly, pants — the humid seasons aren't so forgiving.
I often end up traipsing around multiple stores in one day, only to leave empty-handed because nothing I liked the look of fit my body.
The summer apparel designed for cisgender men may be stylish and plentiful, but many transmasculine people find we can't just walk into a men's section and find things that fit our frames.
So, here are five tips on finding clothes and surviving the heat while masc this summer.
Bind safely and apply a lot of baby powder
Binding is a common practice people use to minimize the appearance of their chest by compressing their chest using fabric or a binder to do so.
The safest way to bind is by getting a binder from a place with a good reputation like gc2b or FLAVNT (I'm personally a fan of half-binders for the summertime because there's less fabric, but do whatever makes you feel comfortable.) If you can't afford to buy a binder, or can't do so safely, Point of Pride has a free binder program and can mail you one for no cost.
While binders are fantastic for tackling dysphoria, they're a sweaty mess to deal with in 90-degree heat.
Applying some baby powder under your binder can do a world of good in absorbing your sweat and keeping you a little less sticky in the summer months.
If you want to go swimming at the beach or pool, get a size up on your binder to avoid discomfort and trouble breathing.
Baggy t-shirts can be a breezier way to minimize your chest — and they can also be cut into tank tops that can cover your binder
Personally, I am a huge fan of long-sleeved button-ups for the cooler months, but they can be a bit much when contending with a New York City summer. Rather than sweating profusely in these, baggy t-shirts are the next best thing.
Large t-shirts can help minimize your chest and also provide a breeze that other tops may not provide. They can also be cut into tank tops with wide enough straps to cover a binder.
Here's a tutorial on cutting your own by YouTuber Ty Turner.
Take your clothes to a tailor or learn how to alter your own clothes
If you find clothes you like at a department store or thrift store, but they don't quite fit correctly around the waist or are just a bit too long, going to a tailor can make a world of difference.
Often, shorts can fit correctly around the waist, but just be a bit too long for those of us who are on the shorter side. Hemming typically runs between $10 and $25 depending on the tailor.
Gender-affirming tailors like "Uncommon Closet" in Chicago also exist if you would feel more comfortable with a tailor with some background knowledge of trans and non-binary people.
Check out the children's section
Don't knock it until you try it.
For people who are on the smaller side, the little boy's section can be a great place to find shorts, polos that aren't too long, and even get a few cute short-sleeved button-ups that you aren't swimming in.
Shop at gender-affirming brands that cater to trans and gender-nonconforming people
If you have the money to spend and want to support LGBTQ-businesses, checking out clothing companies that specifically cater to trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people can be a great place to find summer apparel with the right fit.
They can run a little on the pricey side but if you want to invest in pieces than will last you a while, these are great first stops.
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