Outplay Compression tops

Outplay Compression tops

Wondering what Outplay compression top level would work best for you?

With several different levels of compression available, how do you know which one would be best for you?

This is a question we get a lot and it's a hard question to answer because it all depends on what you want to accomplish with the compression and how you want your Outplay gear to look and feel on you. Most of all, it's about what will make YOU feel your best and most comfortable.

Outplay compression tops are available in: no compression, low compression, high compression, and super.

Depending on how the top is made and what materials are used, the compression level is different.

Here's how:

 Outplay illustration of no compression No compression - the tops we offer with no compression are like regular bathing suits or sports tops. Their cuts are androgynous and gender inclusive but they are made in a variety of traditional fabrics used for swimwear or sportswear. They don't have any extra support in them or any additional materials that can create any type of compression over the chest or torso.

Outplay model side view wearing black Flatriver compression racerback compression swim top with low compression

You can try our racerback full coverage top like the Flatriver with no compression for this look.

 Outplay illustration of low compression top Low compression - the tops offered in low compression have a special mesh material in the front. This mesh material is placed between the outer layer of fabric and the lining and it stretches differently than the inner and outer layers of fabric mentioned. This special mesh fabric creates some compression only from the front as it doesn't allow the traditional stretch material on the outside to stretch as much as it would on its own. This creates a hold on the front portion of the top. 
Outplay model wearing low compression racerback black Flatriver compression swim top
Outplay illustration of high compression top

High compression - the tops offered in high compression have this special mesh material in both the front and the back and through out the top. When the top fits nice and snug, this special material between the outer layer of fabric and the lining, restricts the stretch of the top enough that it creates a strong hold on your body, hence creating a feeling of compression. 

Outplay model wearing black high compression full coverage Flatriver swim top

 Outplay Flatsea S androgynous tomboy gender neutral swimwear compression top Super Compression - this level of compression is only offered on the Flatsea S right now. Thats where the S in the name comes from. The Flatsea S has the same mesh material in the front and the back, like the high compression tops and it also has a stronger mesh material only over the chest area to give it even more compressing force over the chest. This option is the strongest hold we have at the moment, that allows you to still move and be active in for long periods of time without causing internal or physical issues. Because the fabrics are constricted in order to create the compression, it's not the easiest top to put on but once it's on your body and it fits nice and snug, it will compression your chest very well.


You can read more about how we made the Flatsea S here on our blog.

Outplay Flatsea S

In all Outplay compression tops currently available, the compressing mesh material is found throughout the entire top evenly, so it would compress your chest as well as your stomach. Of course, all bodies are different so how and how much it compresses your stomach and chest depends on your personal experience and shape.  It also depends on the size and cut of the top you choose as well.

You can find different levels of compression offered on our swimwear tops as well as our sportswear tops. Outplay compression levels are the same regardless of them being swimwear or sportswear and most of them (not all) can be used for either one as well. So going from the pool to the gym means you don't need to change in some cases.

Please remember our compression tops are not binders. Depending on the size and fit you choose, they can serve very closely to a binder. But because the materials we use are made to stretch and chosen for you to be able to move, swim, and be active in freely and comfortably, they are never going to be or hold the same as a traditional chest binder.

Always check our size chart to find the size that would best fit you.

 If you have any questions regarding how to pick the right compression level for yourself, please feel free to leave us a comment below or reach out to us by writing to us at hello@outplaybrand.com.

December 27, 2019 — Outplay
Extra Strength Compression

Extra Strength Compression

We're adding extra strength compression!

You spoke, we listened and the result is pretty cool.

There is something really special about getting to hear directly from our customers; the good and the bad. Thankfully there is a lot more good than bad and the bad is usually not really bad. We wanted to let our customers know we listen very closely to everything you tell us. This is why we are adding an extra strength compression level to our Flatsea.

Our compression tops aren't binders, they can never be as tough as traditional binders as our compression tops are swimwear and they are made to be active in so the spandex materials we use will always stretch a lot more than any fabric used in traditional binders. But we heard a lot of you ask for more compression so we're working on an option. For those of you who want or need more compression, we have designed and are working on creating an extra strength compression version of our very popular Flatsea. We'll start with the Flatsea and as we continue to grow and see how this new compression level does, we will add it to the rest of our compression tops.

How did we do this? Well, we went back to the drawing board and added a few details in the inner layers of the Flatsea that would create more compression. First we took a close look at traditional binders and thought of how we can incorporate some of the aspects and cuts of these binders into our swimwear tops. Taking into consideration our swimwear tops are made with spandex and much more stretchable fabrics, we ran a few tests to see how we can still reach a higher level of compression.

Outplay pattern making for new extra compression Flatsea

An extra layer of a super tightly knit stretchable fabric was added to the front and back of the Flatsea, creating a tighter level of compression. This fabric is what is called power knit. Now there is the compression material thought out the entire Flatsea, plus the super tight power knit fabric only over the chest area for maximum compression and a crisscross layer of the power mesh in the back to help with creating maximum compression.

Outplay making for new extra compression Flatsea queer swimwear, binder, tomboy swimwear, lesbian swimsuit

The sample makers were meticulous in making sure this new layer was placed in just the right area in order to reach the best results. It took a few tries but we think we've got it down.

This is the inside of the back side of the extra strength compression Flatsea.

(we're still working on a name for this compression level. If you have any suggestions, let us know!)

This is the first fitting after we put it all together. We're still working on a few tiny details, like that little bubble at the bottom of the neckline and we're raising the neckline just a bit more, but the extra compression level is very noticeable, don't you think?

Outplay Extra strength compression Flatsea test sample

As soon as we have the final sample ready, we will have a price for it and we will begin offering it at pre-sale pricing for the first 30 days, like we usually do with all our new products. They will be available for this summer!

Like the new compression level? Have anything you'd like to say to us? Let us know in the comments, or write to us at hello@outplaywear.com

June 19, 2017 — Outplay