MTF swimwear

For non-passing MTF folk, are swim tops necessary for you to feel comfortable?

I’m trying to gauge how other non-passing MTF folk feel about swimwear.

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  • Crucial, must wear
  • Needed to be comfortable
  • Comfortable with or without
  • A top isn’t necessary
  • No way would I wear one
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  • #121087
    Attie D.

    I’m having a really hard time finding a swimwear solution and am wondering if anyone has some advice.

    First, the person behind my eyes isn’t male but I’ve got a huge man body. I don’t have any interest in passing and frankly at 6’2” 240lbs with linebacker shoulders, it’d be pretty difficult. This also means I’m not doing HRT but am making smaller hormone changes with herbal supplements with fantastic results. They can help immensely with my mental and emotional state but don’t change my chemistry enough to change my physical appearance.

    That’s all fine and I’m happy enough with my hormone solution and my androgynous presentation with about a 50/50 mix of boy/girl cloths. I don’t get too many looks and I can navigate the world without much conflict. But also, if I look much more feminine I might land in that uncanny valley where I’d get ALL the “what are you?” looks. Being this huge is a real pain at this point.

    The problem is I can’t get passed a strong emotional reaction to being topless… and I live in HI. So I haven’t been swimming in months because I just couldn’t take the naked panic emotions anymore. After internet searching for hours over weeks I’ve basically given up on finding a solution, but I still really want to go swimming without feeling like I’m skinny dipping around strangers.

    My thought was to find a tankini swim top without a built-in bra. That doesn’t exist. So any women’s swimsuit without a bra… still not out there. Even mastectomy friendly suits are all built to put breast prosthetics in.

    so rashguards? Try finding sleeveless, in an XL/16/18 that doesn’t make me look like athlete. Maybe quick dry tank tops? I found some, but few seemed like they’d really be water friendly, still find bras built in and ALL ATHLETIC WEAR ONLY COMES IN BLACK GREY OR BLUE.

    How can it be this hard to find something to wear?! That’s cute and made in a way that comes at least close to fitting?!

    Anyway, in an ideal world this is what I’m after:
    I would love a racer back tank top, with the compression of a rash guard or one piece, no bra, no built in support or shelf, no ruffles or skirt flair at the hips, not a crop top, AND that also looks cute (not solid black or grey etc.). Also, not stupid expensive.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thank you!


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    • #122607

      When I’m out as Dawnie, I’ll wear a tank top, maybe one with a built-in bra. I’ll never upgrade to chat in the MTF chat room! 1 ambassador calls herself the mom. All she wants to talk about is her airplane simulator and post pictures of  airplanes, she should be spending more time about us, not her hobby! Then we have rebecca, she brags about her $10,000 male fat cell implants paid for by her insurance while me & others are paying out of pocket growing breasts. I got into it with her, she does photo’s of her holding her cell phone above her head taking pictures of her implant cleavage. Now I see she is saying she has been on HRT meds for 15 months if I read that correctly. I’ll just read the MTF chat when ever I get on this site.


    • #122602

      I am not your average run of the MtF. I’m more of the “I don’t give Frick what people think”

      Those of you on here that know me on a personal level. Know that I am more of a Gender Bender that wears ladies wear 100% of my life, but with a catch.

      I wear a beard and chest hair. So when I go to the water park, river beach or what have you. I always wear my two piece bikini set and that means I wear the top to.

      My chest hair is thick so it actually fills out my A cup triangle top.

      I would show you a photo of me in my swim wear, but my swim wear does make it past the moderators. (Everything is covered, but still they don’t allow that photo of me)

      So I say go all the way and make the best of it. Sure people are going to stare, but thats when you say to them.

      “Hey you want a selfie with me, I don’t mind?” Trust me, that helped me a lot get over the people that want to stare.

      Now I wear the bikini set just like a naturally born woman, but with a beard.

      I maybe different, but the results are the same. So I hope my story helps you and if it does help you, please share my story with others.


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