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    No.346: Guide to Transgender Breast Forms

    Tips & Guide to Transgender Breast Forms

    In the  transgender community, many people choose to wear breast forms. Whether it’s before or after surgery or with/without hormones, there are many reasons people opt to wear breast forms. This ranges from an increase in confidence, to make clothing fit better, and for the options to wear different breast sizes without having to undergo surgery. We know how important it is to get your confidence back after a major life change, which is why we’re here to help guide you through the different types of breast forms available to our transgender community.

    We know firsthand how challenging it can be to find and select breast forms that work best for you. It’s a personal choice and unique experience that helps you express yourself to feel more like “you”. There’s much to consider when choosing the right breast form. From the material, size, style, and price, you want to make sure you’re making the right decision. Making sure you’re happy with your breast forms is essential. Read on to learn more about breast forms and their use in the transgender community. 

    Finding the Right Breast Forms as a Transgender

    Different breast form options

    It can be difficult deciding the right breast form for you. You have to consider what size, shape, and style that you want. Just like how all boobs are shaped differently, there are multiple options for breast forms, too. Breast forms can be created in oval shapes, triangles, symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes based on personal preference. Additionally, consider the material you want for your breast forms. Breast forms are usually made of silicone, gel compounds, and foam.

    Silicone Breast Forms

    Silicone is the most popular type of breast form and has a wide range for prices based on the quality you’re looking for. Silicone feels the most realistic; however, they are open to damage from sharp edges and extreme temperatures. With silicone breast forms there are different skin tone options, nipple tone options and more. The more expensive the silicone, the more natural and realistic looking your breast forms will be. Silicone breast forms can also be attached directly to the chest with certain adhesives or worn in a  pocketed bra

    Gel Breast Forms

    Gel compounds are not as soft as silicone but their sturdy makeup means they are not as easy to damage. You can trim and shape your gel compounds for a customized look. They are also reasonably priced. Even though they won’t give as much of a natural feel as silicone, they are the closest alternative. One great aspect about them opposed to silicone breast forms is that they are difficult to damage and therefore will last longer. 

    Lightweight Foam Breast Forms -AnaOno F(oo)B® Forms

    AnaOno  F(oo)B® Forms are a great option for your ideal breast forms as well. They are extremely lightweight making them an easy option for everyday wear. These forms provide comfort and still help you achieve the look you want. Because they’re made of foam, they are not as heavy as the other options so you’ll be cool and comfortable. They are a molded cup shape, making it easy to wear under your clothes and can actually be slept in as well. Simply slip them into any AnaOno pocketed bra and go on with your day confidently. 

    Note:  AnaOno F(oo)B® Forms are also machine washable for easy care. For more information,  check out this guide to inserting F(oo)Bs®.

    foob forms on top of dusty rose bra

    Finding the Right Fit

    With breast forms, you have the freedom of choosing your own cup size. When choosing your cup size you have to consider your band size, height, weight and preference. Once you’ve decided that, you can move on to finding your perfect size.

    Finding the perfect fit for your breast forms is a must. We’ve written a  quick guide that you can follow to make sure you choose the right size for F(oo)Bs. If you’re thinking of getting custom forms made, you’ll have the freedom to choose whatever size and style you’d like. We recommend going to a local mastectomy shop to speak with an expert.  

    Taking Care of Your Breast Forms

    When handling your breast forms (regardless of the material) you should be careful not to damage them. Be sure to remove all jewelry on you! 

    Make sure to keep your breast forms clean (many wash them every day with warm water and soap). Stick to antiperspirants because sweat can damage your breast forms. It has also been recommended from multiple sources that you do not sleep in your breast forms!

    Finding the right bra for transgender breast forms

    After finding your perfect forms, it’s time to go bra shopping, yay! All our bras are  pocketed to allow for breast forms, giving you the freedom to choose what style of bra you want based on personal preference. We offer styles ranging from cute and comfortable to lacy and sexy. At AnaOno, there’s a bra for every occasion. Here are some popular options that customers love. 

    The Rora Pocketed Front Closure Bra

    It's all about comfort and practicality with the  Rora Pocketed Front Closure Bra. This has been rated one of AnaOno’s bestsellers thanks to its unique combination of softness, adjustability and style.This bra includes pockets that easily accommodate expanders, prosthesis or lightweight breast forms as needed and also lays smoothly when nothing is in the pocket, making it a must-have for many. This is a great option if you value comfort along with style.

    It features: 

    • Soft, modal fabric and wirefree design
    • Pocketed to fit expanders, prosthesis or lightweight breast forms
    • Adjustable, convertible straps for traditional or criss cross style
    • Wide back bridge for additional back and underarm support

    The Leslie Soft Leisure Bra

    The  Leslie Soft Leisure Bra offers custom support that's flexible, comfortable and never restrictive. Use the adjustable and convertible straps to reach maximum comfort with this bralette. Because it features a customizable fit, it's the perfect style for just about anyone.This bralette is comfortable and fashionable! 

    It features:

    • Convertible cross-back or traditional straps for customizable fit
    • Made with better-than-cotton, eco-friendly modal and mesh inserts
    • Double layered lining throughout
    • Adjustable straps
    • Underwire free
    • Pocketed to accommodate lightweight breast forms and expanders

    The Molly Plunge Pocketed Bra

    You'll feel comfortable and sexy all day long when you wear the  Molly Pocketed Plunge Bra. Designed with you in mind, the versatile plunge front bra includes pocketed cups that easily accommodate lightweight breast forms as needed. Pair this pocketed bra with our  F(oo)B Breast Forms. It also features comfortable wire free cups with removable modesty pads. The slight stretch in the material and seamless cups give you a smooth, natural look under your clothes regardless of whether the pockets are filled. Use the adjustable straps to get a custom fit and comfy support.

    It features:

    • Wire free cups
    • 4-Hook back closure
    • Removable modesty pads
    • Adjustable straps
    • Plunging neckline
    • Pocketed to fit expanders, prosthesis, or lightweight breast forms
    • Soft modal material

    All  AnaOno bras are made to make you feel great no matter what. We want to make sure you feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing. We want to show our continued support for the transgender community and want to provide everyone with products that will make anyone achieve the look and style they want.

    Foob forms being placed inside a dusty rose bra


    Finding your perfect breast forms just got easier. Make sure to do your research before purchasing. Check out these Transgender support groups to learn more from the community. These groups offer the opportunity for individuals to talk about their experiences and connect with others:  Translifeline and  The Trevor Project.

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.