Review by Kaden O’Reilly

Product name: Neoprene Waist Trimmer

Price: At a dollar store, three dollars.

Cup size at time of use: On the A/B borderline, I think

Ratings:

Comfort: 2.5/5

  • I figured out really fast to wear a tight wifebeater beneath it, folded in half while ensuring the entire area the binder covered was covered, because it does not breathe. Sweating is a huge problem, so if you’re walking up a hill or standing in the sun, it can get uncomfortable really fast. And then of course when you finally get home you have the lovely job of pulling a tight sweat-soaked shirt over your head. As my current only way of binding, I’ll take the bad with the good, but almost anything would be more breathable. If I pull it up high enough the neoprene will sometimes pull on my underarm hair, and if it’s lower so that doesn’t happen it loses some of its effectiveness.

Effectiveness: Between 4 and 5, depending on where it’s sitting (4.5/5)

  • When I’ve got it in the right spot, it makes me look almost completely flat in a tight shirt, and even when I found myself in an unfortunate situation where I was being intimidated for money and a fellow clapped me on the chest in mock-friendliness right over my breast he didn’t realize I wasn’t a biological male, which definitely made a bad situation not take a turn for the worse. For that, it deserves about a 10/5. For regular, everyday situations, I pass well,. When I pull it down so it’s not tugging on hair like I mentioned earlier I sort of pop up a bit on top, creating a bit of a funny bump, but in a loose shirt it’s not too much of an issue.

Discreetness: 4/5

  • When I’m wearing a tighter shirt, sometimes you can see the line of the top of the binder, which looks kind of out of place but probably wouldn’t get anyone questioning too seriously. I haven’t seen anything showing in the back, though I imagine it’s a similar story to the front. If I wear a polo, I need to make sure that the button-down part doesn’t show the wifebeater. Same thing while wearing a t-shirt with a loose neck: I need to watch that the wifebeater straps aren’t visible, though it’s not completely unusual for a guy to wear an undershirt. I stays where I put it when I’m resting to slightly physically active, but as soon as I spend a day with a seven-year-old playing soccer, pushing swings, and jumping over waves, it slides down frequently and I have to try to be discreet about pulling it up and trying to make it sit where it started. I haven’t figured out if I need to bind tighter to prevent that, or find a way of fastening it to the shirt I wear underneath. One of my other big problems with it is that when I sweat a lot with it on, I can smell the sweat. I haven’t figured out if other people can, but it doesn’t make me smell appealing to myself and I can’t see other people enjoying it.

Overall: 4/5

  • It does the job, and the price was right, but it has its drawbacks. I think I’m going to have to try some modifications, but they still can’t fix some problems like the breathability.