Go Back   Cosplay.com > Cosplay Construction > Crossplay

Thread Tools
Unread 12-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
Registered User
Mikonomeian's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 19
Females cosplaying as males

When cosplaying as a male character..(if you do) do you bind your chest to look the part or don't bind at all? I'm going as a male character but I'm not sure where to get a good chest binder..any suggestions?
Mikonomeian is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-16-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
Pokémon Master
Levinanth's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 52
I'd say to wear a sports bra first, before you try to bind anything. Depending on how big your boobs are, I'd say then bind accordingly. I normally just use bandages, cause I'm super cheap, haha.
Levinanth is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
probably a frackpants
Mangochutney's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 6,974
Workin' on:
Tom Petty [Final Fantasy XV] (9%)
Bondage Finch [Bondage Finch Adventures] (12%)
Your Mother [Debbie Does Dallas XXIII] (8%)
Mangochutney is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-16-2012, 09:50 PM   #4
Pokemon Master
violetlights's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 277
The two times that I've crossplayed, I just layered like, three sports bras and a tank top, it worked pretty well for me. (This is coming from a girl with relatively small boobs, so it may not work for ladies with larger chests. If you plan on crossplaying often, I would suggest investing in a good binder. [my friend bought hers from t-kingdom.com, and she likes it a lot])
violetlights is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-16-2012, 09:54 PM   #5
Registered User
Libis's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 357
I use a tritop binder (made for men but works well for boob-flattening) from underworks.

Libis is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-17-2012, 09:15 AM   #6
Registered User
Asezuna's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 106
Ha. Only done crossplay with chestbinding once before, (sports bra, corset like thing AND binding) but I failed miserably. I looked like the character - but still like a female version from an alternate universe. It was uncomfortable, so any time I make a crossplay in the future, I won't bother to bind, but simply go as she-insertrandomcharacternamehere. xD
"When a guy tells me I’m cute, it’s not something desirable. Cute is more like what you want your pet to be."
"Fight with me, brother! Or die alone!"
".... Not much of a threat, considering we're already in Hel."
Asezuna is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #7
Phuriously Khorrupt Lily
TenTigerLilies's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 258
Typically, I'll just wear a sports bra (as the ace bandage method will suffocate me), and I don't really go out of my way to flatten myself out, especially since I don't attend any big cons where I think it's a very important aspect. I don't do the fem! versions of said characters, but to be honest, I don't think it affects my costumes all that much, especially since a lot of them are baggy in the chest area or involve a lot of layers that just sort of looks like, well, a lot of layers of clothes. So, frankly, I don't see it as a huge thing if you go as a male character and don't bind.
~Finished costumes:
*Kefka Palazzo - Final Fantasy VI (Being repaired.)
*Kankuro - Naruto
*Ryoga Hibiki - Ranma 1/2
*Soul Eater Evans - Soul Eater
*Antonio Salieri - Mozart L'Opera Rock
*Rapunzel - Tangled

~Upcoming costumes:
*Miss Martian - Young Justice - 70%
*Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece - 60%
*Kotetsu T. Kaburagi - Tiger & Bunny - 40%
*Ryuk - Death Note - 30%
*Toph Bei Fong - Avatar: The Last Airbender - 5%
TenTigerLilies is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-22-2012, 02:50 PM   #8
Registered User
SugarDust's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 14
I bind, especially as my hips are wide so I need to make myself look as masculine as possible. If you don't have large breasts or don't cosplay guys regularly (I've only cosplayed one proper male (have done a few androgynous but that doesn't matter)) then sports bras will work best. I use 1 sports bra (not the two cup type) and then another one I've had since I was 12 (it was so tiny it got lost in my drawer xD only to be found 3 years later). But I'd recommend binding if you want to make the cosplay look accurate
SugarDust is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-23-2012, 02:16 AM   #9
Hindari's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 78
I use Underworks too, just a different top. They're really comfy and worth the buy. If you're not that big though, the sport bras are probably best.
Hindari is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #10
thelovelysin's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 196
If it's not a genderbend, I'd say binding would be better, after all, most male characters don't have boobs! What I do to bind my breast is wear a sports bra 1-2 sizes smaller than what you'd usually wear and wrap one of those "weightloss" waist trimmers over my chest. This method works really well for me, I'm a D cup and doing it this way can get me almost as flat as a board. It's inexpensive and pretty safe since the the waist trimmer is strapped on with Velcro, so if it gets uncomfortable or hard to breath you can easily take it off.
thelovelysin is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
Registered User
Joybug's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 20
I would say it depends on your chest size. Mine was small (I say 'was' because I don't have my girls anymore due to cancer) so I didn't need to worry because without a bra they pretty much disappeared on their own. ^^; but I do know people who have bound theirs using tenser bandages (which can be hard to breathe in and painful if your chest is large, depending on how tight you wrap them), or sports bras. Its really up to what makes you comfortable. I would say try the sports bra first.
Joybug is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 01:38 AM   #12
Registered User
momomilk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 164
I've crossplayed quite a few characters. I'm not that big chested so I usually wear a sports bra. The characters I've done typically don't wear tight clothes, but more "fitted." But yet, it's a little loose around the chest so that it appears flat. Like, I'd say wearing a Kimono/Yukata doesn't require heavy binding. The other time I actually somewhat binded was for an open-chest cosplay. I wore a sports bra and binded it with ace bandages (not too tight but good enough that it was flat) before wearing a skin colored shirt on top. And it turned out fine.

But of course! As others have it, it depends on your breast size. Best to go with a sports bra and then work your way around it! It would also depend on the character.
momomilk is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 01:46 AM   #13
creator of my own world
chibi_kitsune's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 2,042
I hadn't tried binding yet as the few crossplays I did, the guys were either androgynous or feminine and hard to tell with the outfits. This time it is going to be really noticeable that I am cosplaying as a male, so I am thinking of investing in a binder/chest compression shirt as I do kind of have big boobs and hips and ace bandages I heard isn't really the safest way to bind. I wear sports bras all the time for dance, etc...it really doesn't do much for me.
chibi_kitsune is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 02-05-2013, 10:05 AM   #14
queen of the closet
rubyspitfire's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,162
sports bra for me. depending on the character and how many layers i'm wearing, i sometimes wear two. i have used an open-shirt tape method and had some luck, but my skin wasn't very happy so i don't do that often
Old enough to know better, still young enough to not care

cosplay schedule
SoDak Con!!
Jean Havoc - Fullmetal Alchemist and FMA: Brotherhood
Sanji - One Piece
Catwoman - DC Comics/Gotham Girls (fanart version)

Ruby Spitfire, official D20 Girl
Support a single mom ^.^
rubyspitfire is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 02-05-2013, 11:57 AM   #15
Still broke. D:
MissJava's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 341
I'm a c-cup and I use a compression top like the ones Hindari and Libis recommended; works amazingly!! After struggling with ace-bandaging and sports bras etc etc, this is the most comfortable and most effective that I've found, personally.

Also, keep in mind to pad your waist. One of the biggest differences between men and women is that curve between your hips and your chest.

One last thing to note, even if your character doesn't have facial hair, put a liiight bluish-green tint on your jawline ( unless you're a blonde man, then just play it accordingly ). They still grow hair, but they keep it shaved. But you would still be able to see a hint of where it is, if you know what I mean. If you want stubble, Vaseline and coffee grounds over the blue-green as stubble works strange wonders and it stays on for hours so long as you don't play with it. Just experiment and see what works best with your face and your character.

Just keep in mind the key notes of being a grown man;
• thick eyebrows
• no curves
• posture ( which is easier since you can base it off of your character )
• traces of facial hair

There's always exceptions to the rules, like I said, play by what character you're reenacting and practice practice practice!!
MissJava is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 AM.

Copyright 2002-2018 Cosplay.com, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All comments and posts in our forums are the opinion of the respective poster.