Mens Bras for CrossDressers


white lace mens braAs a crossdresser I wear mens bras that was not made for a man so the bras I buy and wear are girly and feminine, with cute patterns, colors, bows, lace, etc. There is a trend starting where mens bras origninally created for, and marketed to women are being repackaged and sold to men as mens bra. I myself will never buy a mans bra because of the simple fact that they are made for a man, and therefore wearing one would not be crossdressing. Although I applaud this attempt to legitimize and normalize the wearing of mens bras, it does take away from the thrill of wearing womens clothing.Paula Ann

 

In today’s world of seemingly never-ending options for under garments and the like, how exactly does a wearer decide what is perfect for them and what is not? If there are so many options in terms of dresses to wear and shoes to pair, is it safe to say the same about things like bras? The short answer to this question is- definitely.

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In fact, there are more than a dozen different types of mens bras and each have their own unique appearances, styles, purposes and looks- so many so that we’ll be splitting this topic into two posts, so stay tuned for more delicious options if you enjoy these ones and crave more!
So, what are these different types and how can they be worn? Look no further, because we’ve got your complete guide right here. As mentioned, this will be split into two parts- this part will cover the more practical, casual-to-semi-sexy designs, as well as how to put them on, and in the next segment, we’ll discuss the sexier, more lingerie-esque mens bras types- and how to size yourself the right way, which is such an incredibly common error in bra sizing that Victoria’s Secret rarely even gets it right!

The tee-shirt mens bra: This adorable little number is designed to be easily concealed beneath a basic, classic tee shirt (hence the name!), a dress, and tops with thinner fabrics. This is achieved because the bra typically has no underwire and no seams, and the cups are either lightly padded or made with a thick fabric to ensure that one’s nipples do not poke through. Do keep in mind, though, that these don’t do any good for adding size or enhancing the bust; these are simply your average, every-day mens bras that look and feel good for the casual wearer.

pink and black mens braThe bandeau mens bra: Is it technically a “mens bra” if there’s no straps, no cups and made essentially with a single piece of (usually stretchy and flexible) fabric? Sure! The bandeau mens bra is ideal for wearers with smaller breasts, and some are compatible with inserts or padding and stuffing as well. Some even come with their own removable inserts. They are strapless, and best worn beneath tank and spaghetti strap types of tops, as well as halter-style tops, as they’re comparable to a super-mini tube top just for “up top”. They’re perfect for when one just needs enough to add a little support or “oomph” without all of the complexities of straps and hooks.

The demi  mens bra: One of the most popular bra designs by far, next to the tee shirt bra, the demi cut mens bra is defined by the cut. Generally, these bras are low-cut to accommodate lower-cut tops like v-necks and tanks (if the wearer doesn’t mind the wider-set straps showing). These bras are diverse in the sense that they come in a wide variety of padded-ness for a wide variety of wearers, from extreme push-up demi (larger-chested wearers may find, however, that there’s generally a bit of a spilling-over issue with these), to an un-padded, simply demi cut mens bra. Some of these are also compatible with inserts and can be manipulated for “create your own” padding levels, however, due to the deeper cut on this type, it is advised that only the wearer using a bit of push-up use these, because otherwise, one may risk an insert falling out of the top if it is too large or too wide.

white fake boobs mens braThe full-cup mens bra: Think of this mens bra as the demi-cut’s more conservative cousin. Instead of having lower-cut cups to show off a little bit more cleavage, these lovely pieces are designed to fully cover the entire breast of the wearer. If one is using inserts, forms or cutlets, these are probably a better option than the demi simply because of the coverage of the cups and the lesser likelihood of spillage or, heaven forbid, dropping an insert. Unfortunately, this cut is not exactly the best for low cut tops, as often the tops of the cups will be visible over the hemlines. A lot of them also contain underwire or padding, so unlike the tee shirt bra, these bras are not quite as subtle. However, they’re perfect for larger-chested wearers as well as wearers with larger, broader chests who prefer to use inserts and forms to enhance their shapes, as they can easily keep up.

The sports mens bra: Along the lines of the full-cup bra, but without the bells and whistles of adjustable straps and underwire, there is the sports bra. These are amazing even without the “sports”! Usually made of cotton or other more absorbent, stretchy and breathable fabrics, the sports bra typically has a “racer” or “t-back” to them, making them more suitable for tank tops and other tops with exposed shoulders. These are convenient for the casual wearer due to the ease of putting them on- unlike traditional bras, one can usually pull these bras over their heads, or they can clasp in the front (which is less common). These bras afford a broad range of movement and are excellent for both high-intensity activity and low-intensity relaxation; they are less tolerant, however, of inserts, as they are made more for action than inaction. However, just because they’re made to be worn playing tennis or running track doesn’t mean they have to be utilized in that way! These bras are great for lazy, cozy days in and for sleeping in at night for the comfort of larger-chested wearers, or simply wearers who enjoy the feel of a bra but don’t want straps digging into their shoulders at night.

The mastectomy mens bra: An unfortunately overlooked, lesser-known bra type is this bra, originally designed for ladies who have had their how to fit a mens brabreasts removed due to cancer or other complications. These women often struggle with feeling as if they’ve lost a part of their femininity with the loss of their breasts, and these bras were made to recapture that feminine essence. As such, these are also spectacular for the wearer without natural breasts who seeks to unleash their femininity as well. These bras are designed with either built-in forms, or with pockets to insert one’s own. These are a little more difficult to find, however, with proper measurements, they can be ordered online and delivered to one’s home for ultimate convenience and security.

The minimizing mens bra: Made for larger-chester and larger-breasted ladies who want to lose an inch or two from their bust, there’s the minimizing mens bra. These were designed with full cups and tighter fits to make the breasts appear smaller, and they are also excellent for inserts and forms due to their fabulous coverage. If your top is a little tight and you need a lithe, more streamlined femme form to to fit into it, this bra has got you “covered” as well! The straps are often wider as well, minimizing the annoyance of the delicate spaghetti-style or just-slightly-wider-than-spaghetti (maybe linguini?) style bra straps.

Now that we have a general idea of some of the differing types of bras, how exactly does one put them on? A majority of bras are all put on the same way, however, some (such as the sports bra) are a little different.
For the sports bra, as well as the bandeau, putting on is easy- simply pull it down over the head and you’re set. These bras tend to be made pretty tough, so they’re a lot less delicate than, say, a lace bra with tiny straps would be.
As for other bra types, things can get a little complicated. Not to worry- we’ve got your back! For bra types such as the tee shirt, the demi, the full cup and the minimizer (and sometimes the mastectomy bra, depending on how it’s made- one must use their discretion on this one), the easiest method is as follows:

1. Take your bra and unhook the back so it’s open. If you are capable, you can simply adjust the straps in the same way you would adjust how to put on mens brasadjustable spaghetti straps, put your arms through, and reach backward to hook the back closed on your back- however, many people can’t reach and/or are incapable of doing it this way for one reason or another, so this step by step is the easiest method to put a bra on if you are not able to (or don’t want to) hook a bra closed by reaching backwards to do it.

2. Place your mens bra about six inches or so above your belly button and below your chest. Make sure it’s inside out/upside down. This means that the cups and straps are facing downward and the inside of the bra is facing the outside instead of against your skin. It’s also extremely helpful to have the cups against your back for this step- that’s right, your back!- so that the back clasps are in the front.

3. With your clasps in front, close the bra accordingly. If you like it a little tighter, clasp it on the furthest inner hooks. If you like it a little more loose-fitting (but not too much- the ideal bra size will fit snugly on the last hook- more on sizing in the next post!), clasp it on the outermost hooks.

4. Gently and carefully turn the closed bra with both hands so that now the clasps are in the back and the cups are in the front, still upside-down. If you find that you cannot easily turn the bra around without tugging and yanking on it, thus risking damaging the band, it may be too tight for you.

5. Flip the upside-down cups rightside-up. Gently and carefully put your arms through the straps and begin to pull the bra up onto the proper place on your shoulders.

6. Strap adjustment time! You shouldn’t have to yank and tug to get it to cover your chest and sit on your shoulders properly. Adjust the straps by gently pinching the plastic (sometimes metal) adjusters and pulling down/towards your front to tighten and back/towards your back to loosen.

7. Once the ideal strap length is found, finish the job by pulling the bra straps the rest of the way up onto your shoulders, and adjust the cups/band to finalize your fit. An ideally fitting bra will have the center part of the band between the cups fitting flat against your ribcage and there will be no spillage out of the sides or tops of the cups or band.

So, that’s that! It’s that simple to put a mens bra on. Just remember, it’s key to be gentle with them as they can be super pricey and you don’t want to rip or pop the straps on your gorgeous, brand new designer bra- or any bra, for that matter! The next entry on this topic will cover sexier, more lingerie-style bras as well as how exactly to find your best fit, so make sure that you have your measuring tape available and be ready to begin measuring yourself. As tedious as it sounds, a bra that actually fits the wearer can make a tremendous difference in the way it fits and, when it fits properly, a mens bra can be incredibly flattering to the wearer, resulting in a more effeminate and ladylike shape while minimizing unflattering things like back fat or rolls beneath the arms.

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It’s amazing what a good mens bra can do, and it’s very important to take proper care of them as well. As mentioned, they can be quite expensive and the worst thing ever is when one pulls them out of the dryer (shudder) to find they’re warped and ruined. Hand washing and air-drying with one half tablespoon of detergent to every half-gallon of water (alternatively, you can research how to make detergent for delicates using baby oil and essential oils as well!) is by far the best option, as one can control exactly how they’re washing their mens bras and can account for the delicate nature of them, but not everyone can do this; so, how exactly does one machine wash and dry mens bras without destroying them? It’s not as tough as you may think!

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The type of wash is everything here in the world of machine-washing your bras. Put it on “delicate” or, if that isn’t available, “light” wash. If neither of these is present, choose the most gentle, slow wash that your machine has, because it will be far easier on your delicate fabrics and beautiful laces than your regular wash will. Some will say that the type of detergents matter, however, this writer has never found the type of detergent to be of any hinderance or helpfulness as much as the process itself is, so feel free to use your favorite detergents here. It’s preferable to simply do a whole load of delicates this way, so tossing in your favorite undies, lingerie and other “unmentionables” is a good idea to save water and energy.

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Another excellent option is a mens bra bag: these are mesh bags designed to house several mens bras in a wash so that the straps and bands don’t wrap around themselves or each other. This also allows them to be pulled out of the washer easily and set aside for drying.
Never, ever put mens bras in a dryer! They are far too delicate and they will be damaged and warped by doing this! The best way to hang them to dry is not by the straps (they might stretch) but by the center part of the band between the cups. If hanging them outdoors is not an option, there’s also the bathroom, in the tub, or over the shower rail.

Stay tuned for more advice on bra care, sizing and the sexier types of bras!

 

 

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