Every binder brand fits differently, making some better for different bodies.
all is fair in love and wear is expanding the reach of our sizes to better fit everyone's body, but we may not fit you at the moment. If you order a binder and it doesn't fit how you would like in some way, please contact us. We have a 30-day return and exchange policy.
How can you check this before you purchase your binder?
[note the coffee binder is made with a different poly-cotton blend, and is more restrictive--it can provide more compression, but sizing also differs slightly]
1. You need to check your chest size:
First, you'll need your bust and underbust measurements. You measure your bust around the widest part of your chest–run a measurement tape around and under your arms so that it's snug around (but not tight) right above your nipples. Don't bind and take this measurement, and try to wear thin, loose fitting clothes or nothing at all when you do. Write down this measurement.
You measure your underbust the same way, except this time it's right under your breast tissue–essentially the circumference of your ribcage. Write this down too.
Second, take your bust measurement and your underbust measurement and add the two numbers together. Divide that sum by 2, and you'll receive the average of the two measurements: this is your chest size.
Binders operate through compression (pushing or squeezing), compressing your breast tissue towards your chest. In order for that compression to work, you basically need put something stretchy around something larger than itself. Rubber bands, for example, only work because they're put around larger items. So your chest size needs to be larger than the size of our binders by a certain amount, in order for them to operate properly.
We're constantly doing math and measuring different bodies and how they work with our binders. What we've found is that if you're ~15-20% larger than one size, it should provide a comfortable fit and excellent compression. As that percentage decreases, it will compress less and less until it's ineffective and just a shirt. As that percentage increases, you get tighter compression. If you are ~30% larger than a size, it's probably too small and you should move on to the next size. DO NOT USE A SIZE 30% SMALLER THAN YOUR MEASUREMENT. GOING A SIZE DOWN CAN HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON YOUR HEALTH.
Let's take for example, someone with a 42" bust and 36.5" underbust. 42+36.5=78.5. Divided by 2=39.25. They have a chest size of 39.25" Now let's consult the graph below: hover over each point, to see the range of measurements in relation to each size. Hovering over the points above S, we see that the 120% Best Fitting Measurement is 39". That's only a fourth of an inch from their chest size of 39.25"! That'll be a perfect fit.
How about someone with a 34" bust and 33" underbust? They would have a 33.5" chest size. Let's consult the graph. Hovering over XS, we can instantly see that 33.79" is the start of the "Probably Won't Fit" range. Since we're below that range, none of our current sizes will probably work for that person.
your chest measurement and our sizes (inches)
2. Check your hips and waist size:
Our hip and waist measurements operate in a similar fashion.
First, measure your natural waist: this is above your belly-button but below your ribcage. If you bend to the side or forward and see a crease above your belly-button, that's the spot (essentially)! Don't suck in or stick out–stand straight and tall–and measure around your body like before. Write this measurement down.
Second, you need your hip measurement. This is the widest part of your hip region. Make sure that you're measuring around the largest part of your butt and back around to the front. Write this measurement down. Most garments sit right above where you take this measurement, including all is fair binders, but it's important to have.
Now, you don't have to average these–but you do need to be aware of how your measurements may compare to our sizes:
|Size||Waist (in)||Hips (in)|
If you are above a size by any more than ~15-25%, that size may not work for you, as you may find it difficult to get the zipper down without help or excessive force. DO NOT USE A SIZE 25% SMALLER THAN YOUR MEASUREMENT. GOING A SIZE DOWN CAN HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON YOUR HEALTH.
We hope that we could help you find the right size, or find out if all is fair is the right brand for you.
More sizes will be available in the future, so stay posted. And if you're size is underrepresented, you can help us move toward offering that in the near future! Send us your measurements to add your information to the to Every Size Initiative (ĒSĪ) so that we can collect data on who we need to accommodate and how! You'd be a great help to anyone with your body-type!