Since it’s getting warmer outside, I wanted to make a guide on how to survive the warmer weather – especially because it can be difficult, as there are a lot of things to consider. So this guide will hopefully help give you some ideas for how to make the spring/summer seasons a bit easier and less dysphoria inducing.
Besides, this will be my first summer as a transmasculine nonbinary person, so ‘passing’ will become harder. But I do know that the summer is harder for some trans folks – especially for those who are pre-everything. But I can only speak from my perspective as a transmasculine nonbinary person, as I don’t want to talk over any other nonbinary person who expresses their gender differently and validly. I’ve also split each piece of advice I have into sections so it’s easier to digest.
- Vintage Shirts: I’m slightly biased because I like buying vintage clothing from vintage clothing stores or charity shops. I would recommend trying to find some button-up t-shirt. This will mean that you will be comfortable as well as fashionable – they will also hopefully hide your chest and more importantly, you will be able to breathe. Plus these shirts are often fun, patterned and stylish – so you will be able to not draw attention to your chest with the pattern.
- Layering: But if you want to wear layers, wear a simple t-shirt with a buttoned-up shirt unbuttoned.
- Shirts that are a little bit big: This basically means that get a shirt that is in your size, but it just a little bit big. Again, this will mean that you will have room to breathe.
- Broad Shorts: If you feel dysphoric about your hips, then these may help – they’re also apparently fashionable and convenient. I’ve never worn any but I may want to wear some this summer.
- Basketball Shorts: Again, if you feel dysphoric about your hips, then these may help – they’re long and may hide your hips.
For Long Haired Folks:
- Get a Haircut: This is obvious, but if you have long hair, you may wish to get it cut off. But I do understand that this isn’t so simple – you may not be out yet, your parents may not accept you, or you may like your long hair. But don’t worry – there are ways around this. You could convince your parents/carers that a). your head gets really hot with all that hair, b). say that your head itches and that you get rashes constantly with all that hair or c). show them female celebrities who have short hair. Or get gum stuck in your hair – that will convince them.
- Styling your Hair: But if you want to keep your long hair, or are forced into a situation where you have to keep it, then style it in a masculine way. This could involve trying to get a long masculine haircut or putting it into a messy man bun.
- Beanies and Clips: You can also buy beanies and clips, put your hair into a ponytail, flip it onto your hair and clip the extra hair to the top of your hair. Position and play around until it feels right then simply put the beanie on, mess it up a bit and perfect it – then you have a short looking haircut.
- Half Tank Binders: These are binders that stop near your ribs. These binders will help you breathe more easily, and will hopefully make you sweat less – but the same rules apply regardless of season, so check out my binding advice post here. I would recommend gc2b, as that’s where I got my full binder from.
- Go outside at specific times: If you are unable to get a half tank binder, or worried about wearing a binder generally during hot weather like I am – then don’t worry. You can go out at specific times (such as the evening, as it will be less hot). So try and figure out your areas/towns temperature each day and plan.
- Colour of your binder: Try and get a light-colored binder, as it will soak up less heat (this could mean getting a white binder for example). But if you have a darker colored binder like I do, I would stick to a gray one because black will soak up heat.
- Take a Break: This is just a general piece of advice for folks who bind, but please take a break – even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. Also, drink a lot of water and stay in the shade if you can.
Swimming / Exercising:
- Don’t bind whilst Swimming or Exercising: I wouldn’t recommend this at all. It’ll restrict your breathing, which is the last thing you want to want in this hot weather. Just don’t do it, it is not worth fainting over – while I have no direct experience with this, I would recommend instead wearing a sports bra for exercising.
- Swimming Shorts: If you can, try and buy some swimming shorts from the men’s section. But since I don’t recommend wearing your binder whilst swimming, I would recommend getting a bikini top – I know it may make you feel dysphoric, but being able to breathe is more important.
- Sports Swimming Suits: But if you aren’t able to get a pair of swimming shorts, then get a sports swimming suit.
- I also like H&M for shopping, or if you really need help finding for your spring/summer wardrobe, I would recommend making a Pinterest Board for all the clothing you like. But it’s more expensive, so I’d recommend thrift stores if you are short on money.
- Don’t forget to wear deodorant during the summer – regardless of gender identity and expression, we all sweat and smell!
- Drink water – again, regardless of gender, we all need to drink water to stay hydrated, so try and drink as much water as you can during the day.