I have never had a real binder, but I will hopefully be getting one soon.
When I do, I’ll make a post about how it works and add pictures. :)
However, I know from experience that what works best for me is the back brace method I described on my Binding Tips page. As long as I’m wearing a somewhat baggy t-shirt, it makes me look flat-chested (like in the picture where I’m wearing the white JROTC t-shirt, at the bottom of the page).
To use this method, you should get a backbrace.
Mine looks like this:
In the above picture, that is how you would wear the brace (which is a posture corrective back brace) normally, but for your purposes, you will put the brace on backwards.
Next, take the bottom and pull it up, doubling up the brace over your chest. You will need to use at least two safety pins.
You will want to wear a thin, soft, but somewhat tight sports bra underneath the brace and also one on top.
To complete the look, lift up your makeshift binder and smoosh your boobs down and off to the side.
I’ve heard that layering can help with binding like this.
I know when I wear a t-shirt and then put on a button-up over it, I look even more flat-chested. Jackets/hoodies also help.
In reference to the real binders, I plan on buying this binder (It’s called the The Concealer FTM Chest Binder: Disguised Inner Panels for Extreme Chest Compression. You can find it at Underworks, here). I’ve researched different methods and how different binders work, and this is the one everyone has recommended.
I’ve heard things about binders running small, but I’ve also heard of them stretching out after a few times of use…So I think I’m just going to get the recommended size on the site.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you need anymore assistance or have any other questions.