One of the many frequently asked questions about TransTape is how to determine what size or technique is best for you and I'm here to help you figure that out!
It may ease your mind to know that with enough tape, the right mindset and technique, I believe you can use any size for your application.
However, you may still benefit from one size more than the others.
Or you may even benefit from using two different sizes at once!
When considering what size you should buy, you should also think about what technique you're going to try.
You may only need one size of tape, but many people use more than one for their application to help achieve their desired look.
If you're not sure, you can always search for TransTape on TikTok, YouTube or Instagram for how-to videos, inspiration, tips and tricks.
It always helps to look at how others use TransTape to get a good idea on what you may need for your own application.
What Is TransTape?
If you've visited this blog in the past, you may be very well versed in TransTape and the benefits versus "traditional" chest binding. So feel free to fast-forward a bit, I won't be offended.
If you're new here, welcome! And let's dive in to why TransTape is better than sliced bread.
TransTape is a body transformation system that allows you to safely bind, pack or even tuck. It's a wonderful alternative to bras, binders, gaffes, packers and other self-affirming products.
It's meant to help everyone find their freedom.
And if you have sensitive skin, that's totally fine too!
TransTape is made with a 95% cotton and 5% spandex blend and with a non-medicated, latex free, medical grade acrylic adhesive.
It is always recommended to do a test strip prior to fully applying TransTape for the first time regardless of the level of your skin sensitivity. Even with the highest quality materials, it is still possible that your body may have a reaction. Always do a test strip!
You can also safely wear and even sleep in TransTape for up to 5 days without the fear of rib damage or difficulty breathing. With other chest binders, you're actually limited to how many hours you can safely wear one for!
Did you say five days? Yup!
And I can sleep in it? Yup!!
Can I shower in it too?! Yup!!!
This tape is absolutely life-proof and will get you through your hardest days and even survive the long, hot shower afterwards.
It actually helped transform my life.
Whether you're asthmatic, an all-star athlete, a frequent toker, all of the above or more, TransTape is definitely worth your consideration, my friends.
What Are My Options?
TransTape comes in Small, Medium and Large.
For the Starbuck's fans like me out there, that's tall, grande and venti.
Every size comes in 4 skin tones, 6 pride colors and 1 Ink'd design.
No matter what tone or color you get, the sizes and material will never change.
So if you want to order a size up or down, you're still going to have that same flexibility and strength in every roll of tape.
The small size measures 3 inches wide and is typically recommended for A/B cups.
Some people also use the small paired with the medium or large sizes to help smooth out their application around the edges.
If you're unsure of what cup size you are, fear not! There's a section coming up on how to measure yourself to find out.
The medium size measures 4 inches wide and is typically recommended for B/C cups.
Again, some use the medium size paired with the small or large sizes to smooth out their applications.
There's no shame in using more than one size tape in your application!
The large size measures 5 inches wide and is typically recommended for D/DD+ cups.
The large size can also be combined with the small and medium sizes to smooth out applications.
In some cases, one strip of large tape may even be all someone needs.
When I first started using TransTape, that's actually how I used to apply it. As much as I liked it at the time, I did end up changing my technique later on.
And then another two or three times after that.
Finding your size may be a trial and error process, so try to be patient with yourselves while you find what works best for you.
Everyone's body is different and there really is no wrong way to apply.
Measuring Your Chest
Measuring your chest and knowing your cup size can help you better understand what size TransTape you may benefit from the most.
If you're like me, you might be totally clueless about bra sizes.
I wore them for years, you'd think i'd have an idea, right?
Absolutely not. I just looked for the sports bras and gambled.
For those of us who don't know our cup size, let's figure it out together.
All you need for this is a measuring tape and your body.
We'll also be referring to inches for this mini tutorial.
Without wearing a bra or binder, wrap your measuring tape around your body just underneath your chest tissue.
Making sure it's snug, round to the nearest whole number.
If the number is even, add 4. If it's odd, add 5.
This will be your band measurement and comes before the cup size, or letter, in bras.
Try your best to measure right under your chest tissue for the most accurate number.
Next, loosely wrap your measuring tape around your chest at nipple level and round your measurement off to the nearest whole number.
Here we are measuring the thickest part of your chest.
And this number will be your bust measurement.
Now, take your bust number and subtract your band number.
The difference of those numbers will determine what cup size you are based on this chart.
What Technique or Style is Best for Me?
You're ready to buy tape, you've measured your chest and now you're wondering, "What technique should I try? Do I need more than one size? More than one strip?"
I've said it before and I'll say it again, everyone is different.
Your ideal chest may look different than someone else's, which is why it's good to experiment with your own application once in a while.
You are also not limited to two strips or one size per side!
A lot of people use more than two strips and different sizes for their application to provide them with their most ideal chest.
TransTape is about helping you become the best version of yourself.
So don't limit yourself just because you've never seen someone else do it!
A and B Cups
If you are a small A cup, or AA based on the chart, start off with just one strip of the small, medium, or even large tape on each side, see how that makes you feel and adjust from there.
Depending on your preferences, a small B chest could even consider using one large strip of tape on each side.
If you find yourself to be a larger A cup, or in between an A and a B, try using either two strips of the small tape on each side or combine one strip of small and one strip of medium on each side.
A larger B, or in between B and C, could also benefit from that same combination.
C and D/DD+ Cups
If you are a small C, you'll probably want to start off by using two strips of medium tape on each side.
If you are in between a C and a D you may want to use a combination of medium and large tape on each side.
If you are a D, DD or above, you will probably benefit the most by starting with two strips of large tape on each side and adjusting from there.
Adjust the lengths of your strips or add more strips before moving up a size!
Depending on your body, you may need to lengthen your strip a little bit instead of moving up a size. You might even just need an extra strip!
I typically recommend starting off with three sections of tape and two strips per side, but there's nothing wrong with using more sections or strips if that's what you need.
To determine a good strip length for your application, hold the roll up to your chest where you'd place the beginning of your tape and unroll it until it hits just underneath your armpit.
Start off with the tape ending at your armpit and adjust to halfway or a little bit past if you need more support or a better overlap.
You don't want your strips to go too far past your armpit or on to your back though. This is to avoid overstretching and any extra unwanted wrinkles.
The best part of TransTape is that it's nonrestrictive and wrapping it around your back will defeat the purpose and limit your range of motion.
And don't forget, when you use multiple strips in your application, you want to make sure the end of every strip is making contact with your skin.
TransTape will not properly adhere to only itself.
So always overlap your tape for best results!
Th-Th-Th-That's All Folks!
Finding your size and your personal taping technique will likely be a trial and error process and that's perfectly normal!
Be patient with yourself and your body.
Often when we're taping, we're hyper focusing on a part of our body that we're a little uncomfortable with.
So always take a quick moment to check-in with yourself and ease into a good mindset before applying.
Maybe listen to your favorite podcast or play some good music before you tape up! I personally love the podcasts That's Spooky! and Toke and Trans which is hosted by TransTape's very own Aaron and Beau!
Being in a good head-space is just as important as finding your best technique. And learning new things takes time, nobody is born an expert on anything.
So don't beat yourself up if you don't get it right away, I sure didn't!
I don't think anyone does.
You may even find yourself switching up your size and technique weeks or months down the road after you thought for sure you had the perfect application.
I've personally changed my application at least 4 times in the past 3 years.
Everybody is different, so find what works best for you.
And if you're ever unsure on what size you should use or need some tips on how to apply, you can reach out to the TransTape help desk and someone will be glad to help you!
Sometimes taping is a team effort!
If you have a significant other, close friend or family member, they could also give you a hand in applying. There's no shame in asking for help when you need it!
Until next time, you beautiful humans!
Stay awesome, stay beautiful, stay you.
You are loved and it gets better.
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My name is Jamie and I'm a young (ish) transman born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York state. I started my transition in May of 2017 and since then, I've made it my mission to live unapologetically as myself and spread awareness through my pursuit of happiness. I am the creator and writer of Spilling T blog, a proud affiliate of TransTape and when I'm not outside with the best dog ever or hanging out with my two cats, I make and sell my own beard care products through Buckaroo's Beard Care. I'm always looking for my next adventure and have been skydiving, road-tripping, hiking in the mountains and even served for a short time in the United States Marine Corps. My life has had its fair share of twists and turns and I hope to use those experiences to create helpful and relatable content that may help someone else navigate a difficult time in life.
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