Originally Posted by Mikonomeian
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?
I would say it depends on your size, the costume style, and the character look.
I am a 38D, 28waist, 36hips, so kind of "top heavy" and I have never bound. But than again, I tend to crossplay really girly looking kimono wearing dudes (all of them from InuYasha - Naraku, Jukotsu, Miroku, Sesshomaru, etc). When worn historically accurate (including correct under garments - meaning with a juban and no bra - and several kimono one on top of the other) a kimono is a binder in it's own right, thus no binding is required, because just wearing/wrapping/folding a kimono properly does a good job of flattening any curves out and filling in any curves in.
I can't comment on other (non-kimono) costumes though. I suppose there are several that could be quite troublesome. I know if I was going to bind, that I would use those nice soft self sticking leg wrappers made for horses and sold anywhere you buy feed grain and horse supplies. I've used them for bandaging and such and they are wonderful because they don't stick to your skin or your hair, so no pulling. Plus they are washable and reusable and come in dozens of colors so you could match them to your costume so they wouldn't show through the fabric.