For MTF crossdressers or transgender individuals, breast forms can really help with “passability”. Not only do breast forms add weight to your chest, which in turn naturally causes the shoulders to settle back into a more feminine position, but they also visually add curves to an otherwise masculine frame that can help a person blend in better (or stand out) as a female.
For some people it might be strange to think of breastforms has helping someone “blend in”, especially when you try some on for the first time. If you’ve never worn forms before, or aren’t used to having the extra weight on your chest it feels like they really stand out – but that’s not necessarily true. If the goal is to look like a natural female, then it’s important to mimic a natural female look as much as possible. While there certainly are genetic women in the world who are completely flat chested, the majority of girls are not. So having a shapely chest is as natural as not having a beard. So even if it feels strange at first, chances are you look a lot more natural with them than without them.
My personal objective and preference in having breastforms is to “blend in”, not to stand out. But certainly there are those who would be more interested in standing out – and for those people there are large forms that scream “HELLO!” Since my objective is to develop are more natural look, I have chosen forms that should hopefully compliment my frame, and look normal for what one might expect for a genetic girl in my family.
I’ve been a customer of The Breast Form Store for many years (ordered my first pair of forms in 2003), and have been very satisfied with both the forms and the service. I recently added a second pair of forms to my wardrobe, and decided to review the entire process. Since there are many pictures of the forms over at TBFS website itself, I’ve not taken pictures of the forms themselves here – but instead I’m focusing on purchasing process, shipping, and how they look on my chest and with my wardrobe. For more detailed information about the product itself, please see The Breast Form Store website.
The Breast Form Store offers a lot of different choices in different types of forms, and even accessories to go with the forms. I’ve only purchased the Premium Attachable Asymmetrical Forms. Personally I like these forms because they are specifically shaped for your right and left sides which I think helps them fit a bit more naturally.
Sizing on the website is pretty easy to figure out, and depends on two things: 1. What your existing chest size is, and 2. What kind of end result you are looking for. Since my chest (below my bust) is about 44 inches, I selected the size 7, which should give me a “B” cup, size 8 should give me a “C” cup and would also probably be acceptable for my frame.
Ordering was easy on the site. The first time I ordered I actually had a question about what size I should go with, and was able to email customer service and I got a prompt response within a day. The order process itself is very straight forward on the site.
Each time I’ve ordered from The Breast Form Store the order has arrived within a few days. My last order was sent via USPS priority mail, and was delivered within 3 business days. The forms are packaged well, and each form comes in its own box that is moulded specifically for that form. It protects them really well during shipping, and these boxes are a great way to store your forms when not in use.
For me, privacy is extremely important. And here The Breast Form Store does a great job. The forms are sent in a plain brown box, and the return address is a standard address that looks like a residential address. There is no company name associated with the shipping label at all, and no way that anyone who looked at the package would know that it contains breast forms inside. Your privacy is absolutely protected all the way to your front door. I was glad to see this.
About the Forms:
The forms themselves are of excellent quality. You can read about the construction of the forms on their website, but I can testify to the fact that they are soft, they feel natural, and once the forms warm up to the temperature of your body they feel very natural. Additionally, while they warn on the website and in the instructions included with the order about not sleeping on the forms, and being gentle with them (I agree!) I can testify to the fact that the forms are of good quality. Normal bumping of the forms, and normal use will not damage these forms – they will last for many years with proper care.
The effect of having properly sized breastforms is quite immediate! I’ve included pictures of what my chest looks like without any forms on, and then the picture with the form to give a feel for the effect. I think there’s a tendency for first timers to want to be sure they get “big enough” forms, but I would point you to the sizing chart and recommend that you consider a “B” or “C” size form. If your interest is in going out and really getting noticed that’s one thing, but if you want to just run errands in girl mode some day, or have a nice evening out – I think going for a more average size is quite big enough. You can see the dramatic effect these forms have on how my chest looks in the pictures below.
One thing you’ll notice in these closeups is that the corners of the forms themselves are indeed visible on my chest. It would be difficult I think to wear really low cut tops or dresses that would reveal this line. This particular top I’m wearing helps obscure the visibility of the forms themselves against my chest. Even though the color of the chest blends well with many skin types, I personally feel that I can’t expect to be able to wear really low cut, or revealing tops with these forms (or perhaps any forms for that matter). Even so, I’m not sure that I’d choose to wear really low cut tops anyway since I’m not particularly looking for this kind of attention from strangers.
This problem can be solved with a camisole, or with tops like the one I’m wearing in these pictures. Overall, I think the effect is very nice, and gives me a natural “B” to “C” look without overdoing it. Compared with my bare chest, the forms help fill out the clothes very nicely.
One note about these forms, they are mildly “perky”, meaning that with a thin bra and thin shirt you will see two bumps that make you look just a little bit cold all the time. I will usually put a small piece of cotton in front of the forms to avoid this look, but many people might prefer this look. They are not overly noticeable, and certainly not in bad taste. But my preference is for no bumps with most outfits. TBFS offers a variety of accessories that can even enhance these bumps more if desired.
This pair of forms shipped with a bag of adhesive strips that can be used to attach the forms to your chest. This I think can be helpful depending on the type of bra you choose to wear with the forms. Personally I rarely if ever use the adhesive because I usually wear full coverage bras that hold the forms in place very well. But if you had a strapless bra, or if you wanted to wear a plunge-style bra you’d probably want to use this adhesive because it will help the forms from moving out of place.
However, once the forms have been on your chest for about 10 minutes they tend to want to stay in place anyway. Even with walking around, going up and down stairs etc, I don’t find the forms coming off my chest or moving around much. They hold to my body quite well if you wear a properly sized bra.
I’m definitely a fan of these Gold Seal Forms from TBFS. I’d recommend them without any reservations whatsoever. There are certainly cheaper forms out there that can be purchased, but with both orders of mine from The Breast Form Store I’ve been pleased with the consistent quality, great customer service, and their commitment to my privacy. It’s well worth paying for a superior product, and a trustworthy customer experience. And having a product guarantee against defects is something you won’t easily find.