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Our Favorite Swimming Binder: Dive into Comfort and Confidence!

Early this summer we put together a list of gender-neutral swimwear and now we’re adding our full swim binder list.  It’s always summer somewhere and with that comes the excitement of spending time by the water – whether at the beach or poolside. For many trans and non-binary individuals, the excitement of swimming can be dulled by the struggle to find gender affirming swimwear. We understand that finding a reliable and comfortable chest binder for swimming is essential to fully enjoy those sun-soaked moments.

In this article, we’ve curated a collection of our favorite swimming binders, designed to help you enjoy time in and around the water with comfort and confidence. These specially crafted binders are made to withstand water (chlorine in particular can be really harsh), allowing you to embrace your authentic self without compromising on style or functionality.

Let’s ditch the Nike sports bras that stay soggy and stop hanging on the sidelines as a safe way to keep our shirts on. I’ve carefully selected products from trusted brands that prioritize your comfort and safety, so you can focus on having a fantastic time in the water. Whether you prefer a full-coverage compression swim top or a versatile binder swimsuit, our top picks cater to various preferences and needs.

Join us as we explore these exceptional swimming binders that combine fashion, function, and freedom. Embrace the summer vibes with a chest binder for swimming that empowers you to revel in the magic of the season, and feel confident in your own skin while creating unforgettable memories.


The Flatsea Compression Swim Top is a solid option for a compression swim top. Designed by Outplay, a brand we already love for their swimwear, the Flatsea offers a full-coverage design with built-in compression to create a flatter chest silhouette. This is a super solid option for all-day wear and they have a bunch of colors to make paring with shorts simple.

Underworks Swim Top Binder

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Known for its high-quality construction and durability, this swim top binder from Underworks is designed specifically for swimming. It offers one of the highest levels of compression safe to be considered a swim binder and is made of quick-drying fabric.

HumanKind Swim Swim Top

This is my choice for the most stylish version. The Human Kind Swim Top is a high-quality, versatile swim binder designed to provide some chest compression while swimming. Made from a blend of nylon and spandex, it offers a comfortable and secure fit. This swim top is quick-drying and chlorine-resistant.

Flavnt Bareskin Binder

The Flavnt Bareskin Binder is designed with a nylon and spandex blend for a comfortable and secure fit. While not made specifically for spending time in the water the Bareskin Binder provides effective chest compression and is available in various sizes to accommodate different body types. I love this option for people looking for a binder that they can easily wear in a variety of situations. I also love that it comes in many different skin tones offering the appearance of having your shirt off.

Spectrum Outfitters Binder

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Spectrum Outfitters offers a range of binders designed to be swim-safe. They offer a few bright fun colors. It is recommended that you size up if you plan to be doing a swim workout or anything strenuous. It’s important to keep in mind that wearing a chest binder that is too small impacts your ability to take a deep breath, an obvious no-go for swimming.

Trans Tape

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While not a traditional swim binder, Trans Tape is quickly becoming one of the top binding options for swimming because it offers the closest to a shirtless swimming experience. Trans Tape is designed to be waterproof and can provide effective chest compression for swimming activities. You can also pair it with a pair of Trans Tape Swim Trunks.

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